Saturday, January 1, 2011


Boy oh boy has the time gone by quickly this month!!  It's been a wonderful holiday season with friends and family.

Here are some pics of my tree.  I have paper doves and paper cardinals.  I think they are so much fun.  Then while decorating I noticed my balled scraps of yarn and thought they'd make nice ornaments...and they did !!  They were also great fun for the cats if the tree got bumped and a 'ball' happened to drop to the floor.  A great chase always ensued.

And my new most FAVORITE Christmas Candy !!  OMG ..... so good I bought a box of them.  Milk Chocolate covered Mint flavored marshmallow PEEPS!!  Yes I shared but I hogged some too!!  They are yummy.

A couple of family pics:

 This is a pic of Corinne, Barb, Carly and Brent.  We had such a fun Christmas Morning.
And Taylor and Chauntel.

Now on to the 2011 Stitching Challenge of one start per day for the first fifteen days of January.  I had such a good time going through my stash. Here's my start for today:

The beginning of Anna's Bird on 32 count Black Belfast Linen.  I decided to do my own conversion of the called for Weeks and Gentle Art thread to my personal favorite....BELLE SOIE .  So far, so good.

I so enjoyed stitching June Morning with the Belle Soie conversion provided by Jean at Attic Needlework that I decided to try it myself.  It's coming right along.

Hang in there with me as I update my blog for the next 15 days.  And mind you that before March 1st I have to knit 5 hats and as many mittens as I can for a family trip to Chicago!  Plus I am continuing to stitch on the Blackbird Design stockings.  I have 6 left to stitch and then finish the last 24 into hanging stockings.  I'm also determined to finish Garden Glade, And All Was For An Appil and Molly this year.  I'll post some progress on those as well.

Thanks to all of you who have left comments on my last post of the fabulous framing from Jill Rensel.  Here's Jill's address and phone numberjust in case you might like to contact her with your framing needs.  She never disappoints !!

Jill Rensel Fine Art     (801) 627-3594
1225 32nd Street
Ogden, Utah 84403

One individual who left a comment wanted to see the entire 'Tis the Season' frame and here it is.  It's my favorite!!

And so dear friends another year is upon us...and that's a very good thing !!  Hugs and Happy Stitching


Glenna said...

Happy New Year, Cari! I see you are off to a roaring good start! Can't wait to see what you stitch. Oh, my--it's so exciting!

Nicole said...

Looks like you had a great Christmas Cari!! Love your new start!! Can't wait to see what you will work on tomorrow! :)

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Ellen said...

Love the paper birds and yarn balls on your tree. I bought the cute little sock monkeys in red and in blue for our grandsons.

Hmm--March in Chicago--it will be COLD!! You had better knit mittens too.

Julie M said...

Happy New Year Cari! I just have to shake my head at this whole 15 starts in 15 days. I honestly think the pressure would put me over the edge! It's fun to watch the rest of you though! Can't wait to see what's next.

Also wanted to add, love all your framed pieces! Jill does an awesome job. I'm saving her contact info as sometimes I'd like to have a mat decorated and can't find anyone in the area to do it. Thanks for sharing!

Margaret said...

Oh how exciting! I love your first new start! Sounds like you have lots and lots to stitch and knit. It also looks like you had a great Christmas with family! Yay! This is so exciting! Can't wait to see more!

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love your first new start of the year. And your "Tis the Season" piece is gorgeous.

Katrina said...

Happy New Year!!!! Loved your Christmas pics and I am looking forward to seeing your 15 projects. Since I modified the original challenge it will take me about three weeks to show all mine :-).

Mary said...

Thank you so much for the full view of "Tis" - it is magnificent! Loved the birds on your tree. I will be watching to see how you go with the new challenge - good luck with all of that.

Siobhan said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! :) Your ornaments are so fun. I love the paper cardinals!

I am so psyched that you're doing the challenge. It will be fun to see you unveil what project you've chosen for each day. I love your start on Anna's Bird! That was one that I considered to do myself. It sounds like you've got a busy year full of creativity ahead of you--sounds great for both you and us, since we get to see the eye candy as you work! ;)

Happy new year to you & yours, Cari.

Sherry :o) said...

Happy New Year, Cari! Love your "season" it's the reason I bought that particular book! I don't have it started - YET!!

Love your new start. Looking forward to seeing your new starts adn progress this month.

Deb said...

I'm going to have so much fun watching what you come up with for the next 15 days. I love your first day and think I have to go looking for my chart! LOL

I love the paper birds and yarn balls - what a great way to use up excess yarn. You come up with the best ideas!

Happy New Year!

Giovanna said...

Happy New Year - what a great start!

KAREN said...

So good to see the update---but did I spy a "sock Monkey"??? Who did you get that from Cherie?Cathy?Joan? Ha Ha Have a great 2011 see you soon

Chelle (Dana) said...

Thanks for posting the pic. I have my supplies for this one and want to get it stitched. I love the framing Jill did for yours. I'll be watching to see what all you have going for your first 15 days. Have fun!

Jan said...

Cari, gosh I love your paper ornaments and balls of yarn, how fun is that?

Your new start by good huswife is awesome, and I will love seeing your updates!

I hope that your new year is extra special and filled with rich blessings for you and yours!

Michelle said...

I'm late seeing this, but thanks for indulging me!! Oh, it's beautiful - no wonder it's your favorite!!