Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone! I can remember in July saying…Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye!  And guess what?!  It is upon us and I am not sure how it got here so quickly. Like so many others out there I got that awful bronchial virus and have been sick for six weeks and then my DH got hit by a car while out walking last week. Luckily it was a small car moving not too fast so DH came out of it very well. But it seems like I have been in a fog since summer time. I hope my head clears by the New Year and that the New Year brings a round of good health to all!

For now I offer you a photo journey of the finishes that were completed recently.

C.J. created this lovely skate themed piece for a Christmas gift. It was fun turning it into an ornament for her.

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The Southpaw Stitcher spent a lot of time on this beautiful needlepoint scissor case. I really love all the fibers and colors! It is lined in purple wool and has a purple glass bead finish around the rim. Also you will notice that it is TWO-sided. How fun is that?!

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I belong to the Waterfall Glen Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America. For our annual Christmas party I made this project bag as my “grab bag” gift. I like to make my purses and bags with a light colored inside so things don’t get lost in the bottom. The stitching is taken from a portion of a pattern from Stacy Nash Primitives called “Summer Gathering Pinkeep Drum.” It was quick to stitch and looks lovely on the project bag.  K.B. was the lucky recipient and I know she will enjoy it!

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The Tinsmiths Wife sent me this beautiful stitched piece which was finished into a lovely round ornament to grace her tree.

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The Tinsmiths Wife also sent me this fun Christmas House piece. This year I have done a LOT of flat folds for my clients and this one is lovely.

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S.H. gave me this small “Joy” stitching to finish for a friend. Most of my clients have requested flat “mat board” style ornaments rather than pillow style ones, so I did this one in an oval for her.

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And last but not least was this perfect “Teacher” gift done for S.G.   Here is another “flat fold” that will aid the teacher in not having to find a place to hang it! And it can be packed away “flat” from time to time!

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And last but always FIRST with me, I share a photo of my immediate family who fills my heart at Christmas time and ALWAYS.   I LOVE YOU ALL!Family 2014

And now I must finish up my Christmas week preparations for a festive weekend. It will be gone before we blink! So everyone….Have a truly Blessed Christmas and a peace-filled New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…..Averyclaire

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl
    Dec 21, 2015 @ 15:10:59

    Karen,
    I sure hope you feel better and are healthy for the holidays. Your finishing is gorgeous- thanks for posting the beautiful pieces, Merry Christmas.

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  2. Annie
    Dec 21, 2015 @ 15:24:46

    My goodness…you have been through a lot lately. You must be feeling better to do so much beautiful work. Love how creative you get with the finishes. I always line bags with light colors for the same reason as you. Didn’t know others did that too!

    Wonderful family photo to treasure.
    Happy Holidays!

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    • averyclaire
      Dec 21, 2015 @ 15:35:26

      Thanks Annie. Love my family SO MUCH. I am a little better each day, but I “finish” in the early hours of each day when I am at my best. Merry Christmas!

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  3. Southpaw Stitcher
    Dec 21, 2015 @ 16:58:09

    OMG!! How scary that your hubby was hit by a car! I hope he’s OK. Please give him my best wishes for his good health. (And you, too, of course.)

    Your finishes are gorgeous and I love them all–my scissor case in particular. I think I may be jumping on your flatfold bandwagon some time early next year. I have just the little chart in mind, too.

    You have some good-looking kids/grandkids; what a great photo! Merry Christmas to you and yours, too, Miss Averyclaire.

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  4. Janet Charleston
    Dec 21, 2015 @ 18:47:36

    I enjoyed looking at what others are doing and your beautiful work.
    Merry Christmas
    Janet

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  5. KerryCan
    Dec 22, 2015 @ 06:29:01

    I cannot believe your husband was hit by a car–that is so scary! But it sounds like all is well now–and I hope your holiday is excellent and your new year calm!

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  6. Sheryl
    Dec 22, 2015 @ 14:25:30

    Wonderful finishes as always, such pretty designs too. Merry Christmas to you and I hope all health issues disappear .

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  7. Carol
    Dec 23, 2015 @ 15:39:22

    What a lovely, lovely family you have, Karen! I’m sure your Christmas will be a special one–you are very blessed 🙂 Lovely finishing for your clients and I really love your project bag with the lighter fabric inside–such a good idea!! I need to try to get my nerve up to try making one myself. Wish you lived closer and could show me in person 🙂

    Merry Christmas–I hope your husband and you are both recovering well and that 2016 will bring only good health and much happiness your way!

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  8. Jackie
    Dec 23, 2015 @ 21:00:48

    Your finishing is exquisite! I didn’t realize you were doing needlepoint too.

    I like light insides on my bags too – it helps me see so much better. Makes a huge difference!

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  9. Margaret
    Dec 24, 2015 @ 18:50:48

    Absolutely beautiful finishing! I’m so impressed! I love your family picture too. Beautiful! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Brigitte
    Dec 26, 2015 @ 02:16:26

    Your finishings are so beautiful, I love each and everyone of them. And what a great family picture you show here. I hope you were spending a wonderful Christmas with them. And I hope that the next year will be a better one health-wise for you and your husband.

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