Thursday, November 30, 2017

Catching up on Christmas and Maui photos

Happy last day of November! How is everyone? It's been a month of battling the flu here (and I heard last night on the news that the flu shot was only 10% effective this year here in the U.S.--what's up with that?!)... But, we are on the mend and looking forward to a wonderful (and healthy!) Christmas.

Before I go any further, I want to thank each of you for your wonderful comments on the wedding photos that you left on my last post. You are so sweet and my son and his wife were as touched as I was to read your kind words and well wishes. It truly was a magical day--two cultures and religions coming together so seamlessly. If only the entire world could feel the love and acceptance and support that my son and his bride felt that day... Thank you again!

Well, I'll bet you can guess what I've been stitching, can't you? Yep--Christmas ornaments! And, at this point, it looks like I might actually finish all twelve for the year. I have three to show you today--those for August, September, and October which leaves just two for the year. I think I can manage two! My ornament for August is this darling Little House Needleworks design called "Tree Lot." 

Little House Needleworks "The Tree Lot"

I just loved the detail in this one... the red, vintage truck, the tiny cardinals, the softly falling snow. To make it ornament sized, though, I had to stitch it over one and chose 28 ct. black Monaco so that the snow would show up well. It is really tiny and I took a photo of it next to a quarter so you could get a better idea of its size.

So tiny!

I made several changes to the colors and also added more snowflakes. To finish it off, I used that wonderful Woolies Flannel that I've become so fond of. It just reminded me of a cozy flannel shirt--the kind my sons used to wear during the cold winters here in western Pennsylvania. Some tiny white x's and handmade cording finished it off quite nicely, don't you think?

The Tree Lot all ready for my tree

For September's ornament, I chose to stitch another Prairie Schooler from Book No. 48: "A Christmas Visit." As I've mentioned before, this is one of my favorite PS books--seven delightful designs and it's still being sold for the original $6.00 price tag! I forgot to write down what fabric I used, but it is a very stiff higher count natural linen (perhaps 36 ct. dirty linen?). I forgot to take a "before" photo, but finished this one very simply (and very quickly!) with coordinating cording and a little bow.
I wonder how many Prairie Schooler Santas I have stitched this year?

October's ornament was one I stitched while in Hawaii--yes, I was stitching an icy snowman in warm Hawaii! I'm sure you'll all recognize this as a JBW design. "French Country Snowman" is stitched over one on 28 ct. white Monaco with GAST Blue Jay thread. I left off the words "In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman" to make it ornament sized. Can you spot all the winter themed motifs that make up this design: the bell, the star, the ice skate, the mittens, the hats, the birds, the shovel, the trees, the snowballs? So cute!  I used a blue and white cording and a gauzy blue bow to finish it off.

JBW "French Country Snowman"


And, here is one last finish--I told you I've been stitching! A sweet baby gift for a newborn baby boy was such fun to stitch. This is one I've stitched before and it is also a JBW design called "Baby's First Christmas." For this one, I used 32 ct. black Belfast linen, made some color changes, and added the baby's name instead of the words "Baby's First Christmas." 

A new baby gift

Not sure if you can see them, but there are tiny red beads for the berries on the gingerbread boy's hat along with a white pompom at the very tip. I hope the new baby (and his mom and dad) enjoy hanging it on their tree for years to come!

Such a cutie!

Giveaway! And I have one last stitchy thing--a little chart giveaway. This one is from the November/December 1991 issue of "Cross Stitch and Country Crafts" magazine--an oldie, but goodie. It features a quintet of Santas which could be stitched in a group as shown or individually. I think the patriotic Santa is especially nice. If you are interested in giving this chart a new home, just let me know in your comments. This is just four pages torn from a magazine--not the whole magazine. If more than one person wants them, I will do a drawing.  PLEASE, PLEASE make sure to include your email in with your comment--I won't be trying to track anyone down if they haven't included their email address... Also, just so you know, I will be folding this up and mailing it in a legal sized envelope to save on postage. I'll announce the winner the next time I post...

Let me know in your comments if you would like to win this chart

So, on to Hawaii photos... What can I say about paradise? Except it wasn't--paradise that is! We had horrible weather; in fact, out of the ten full days we were there, it was sunny for only three. And what a difference that makes. You see, it wasn't just the lack of sunshine. It was two nine-hour power outages--one on Maui and one on Kauai combined with flash flooding, closed bridges and hiking trails, and a distinct lack of blue sky. We still enjoyed ourselves and it felt wonderful to relax after the wedding and celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, though. But, would we go back? That is debatable... Weather can really make or break a vacation!

Anyway, many of you had expressed interest in seeing some photos so here you go... I will just show scenes of Maui today and save Kauai for the next time...

Gray skies and clouds were the norm for the week
But, there were beautiful waterfalls everywhere due to all the rain!

Just look at this mountainside--three waterfalls in one photo!

Smiling even though it was a cloudy day

This was taken on the "Road To Hana"--a notoriously curvy, scary road

The view from our condo on the beach--we could look right down onto the water and see sea turtles!

The Grand Lahaina Luau was wonderful... tasty food and fun entertainment. We sat on the ground right up front while we ate and enjoyed the show. I was in awe at how those dancers moved--wow! Thought you might enjoy this short video that I took right at the end of the show...


A beautiful sunset at the luau

Such lovely flowers were everywhere

And so were the wild chickens that roamed the island freely!

This was probably our best day--weatherwise. We just relaxed on a non-crowded beach and my husband did some snorkeling.

The day we spent at the Haleakala volcano was so special. What made the biggest impression on me was the absolute silence as we hiked down into the crater.

We hiked for four hours down into the crater and back up. At over 10,000 feet above sea level, it made for a very tough trek... It was so amazing to be above the clouds!

Haleakala has erupted only three times in the past 900 years--glad it didn't choose to do so when we were visiting!


A sunset dinner cruise was a beautiful way to end our stay in Maui


Dinner cruise sunset with the island of Molokai in the background


My favorite place of the three Airbnb's that we stayed was a cottage in Kula, Maui. Such a treat to be in the mountains and experience beautiful sunsets like these! Total relaxation...

Aloha!

So, there you have it--Maui 2017. Up next post: Kauai, a very different island!

If you are still reading--thank you! I know this was a long post to get through... I really hope you enjoyed both my stitching and travel photos. I always love seeing your travel photos as there are so many places in the world I know I will never get to see. Hopefully, I've inspired some of you to travel there--as long as it's sunny!  Hope the month of December is good to you--busy, busy, I know. But, a joyful kind of busy and one that I am truly enjoying now that I'm retired. Thank you ever so much for your kind comments and emails--I do appreciate them! Bye for now...

70 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

Carol, what fabulous ornaments you stitched and finished! It would be hard to pick a favorite so I won't. Thank you for sharing picture of your trip to Hawaii.

Christine said...

Beautiful pictures and adorable Christmas ornaments! My brother was married in Hawaii in December so yes, I understand about their rainy season!

deb said...

Oh my ... your Maui pictures are stunning! Sad that you had such bad weather but amazingly beautiful photos.

All of your ornaments are beautiful! The LHN looks amazing on the black fabric (*brave* you!!!) and I love the delicacy of it over one (you're making me rethink my plans for the Sheep's Virtues charts in my to do box). I always enjoy your posts - makes me feel like we're having a nice visit. :)

Shelly said...

Wonderful finishes, Carol! Christmas ornaments on black fabric are so striking. Too bad about the weather but it looks so pretty there. Always, always enjoy your stitching and traveling photos!

Arlene Grimm said...

Carol, I am not sure which is prettier, Maui or your perfect stitching.

Kate said...

Carol, I enjoyed seeing the beautiful photos of Hawaii and your newest Christmas ornies that are all so lovely.

C Reeder PhxAz said...

Thank you for taking so much time to share all this with us. The ornaments are amazing. I would love to have the Santa pages. Email paracletedesigns@gmail.com.

Jackie said...

I never thought Hawaii had any lasting bad weather! I guess it isn't always paradise even though it is paradise!!!

A former co-worker saw the Bank of Hawaii had a job opening and applied. He was hired and moved this year to live his dream! He can see the ocean from the windows at work. I have to admire him for chasing his dreams...

Beautiful stitching and finishing as always. Any time I see some of your stitching on black linen I'm always drawn to it!

Jenn M said...

What beautiful finishes! And I love the ornament you have in your blog banner:those little robins are so cute!
Thank you for sharing your Hawaii photos: we spent our honeymoon on Maui so seeing your photos was a nice little trip down memory lane.
Hapy days!
Jenn

Sandy said...

I love both the stitching and your pictures of Maui. First though...the stitches are all so cute. I just love your simple finishes to those PS Santas. I am definitely going to have to add those to my next year's list.
I went to Hawaii for my college graduation way back in 1983. I had such a wonderful time. Weather does make a vacation at the beach. I always feel bad for the tourists here when it rains for days on end. One day is fine as they can hit the shopping places. I am sure it was nice to get away either way and relax.

kelly tadlock said...

Beautiful pictures of Hawaii! Love the crosstitch and the chance to win those adorable Santas patterns! My email is
jandktadlock@msn.com

kcenya1950 said...

As usual your finishing is perfect. Love the tiny tree farm. I would love to win the chart. That patriotic santa would fit right into my "flag" room. Pam kcenya1950@gmail.com

RJ said...

Carol, your new ornaments are all wonderful. I love them all but I have to admit my favorite is the first one of the tree lot. I love when you stitch on black as the colors really pop. I'm sure over one on black was a bit difficult but so worth it. Your finishes are wonderful and a joy to view.

Loved the photos you showed of Maui. Wished the weather had been better for you. You have to go back during another season so you can really appreciate the beauty of the island. We had such great weather when we went and it seemed perfect in every way. Glad you had three good days and will remember them always. Congratulations on a wonderful anniversary and may you have many, many more. RJ

Belle Marie said...

I would be thrilled to receive this chart -- I saw this on a blog this past summer and have not been able to find it! I just love Santas and would be honored to have this one stitched up. Cindy in northern Illinois

Belle Marie said...

...forgot to add my email address for the Santa chart! bellemarie1006@gmail.com

Cindy in northern Illinois

marly said...

Sorry for the bad weather but it appears you enjoyed, relaxed, and celebrated. Happy 40 years! I think the mountains and waterfalls are more beautiful than beaches. Now. About that over one on BLACK! Makes that adorable ornament even more impressive.

Nima said...

wow..it is always nice to visit your lovely blog.. so much of beautiful stuff.. lovely pics and beautiful cross stitch ornament

Gabi said...

Wow.... what an awesome post. And what wonderful ornaments. Beautiful and the finishing is always impressive. Chapeau!
Have a happy pre-Christmas time.

Kay said...

Your finishes are always so beautiful. I am always so impressed when I see stitching that is 1 over 1. x

Lois said...

Such lovely ornaments, Carol but I especially love the one you’ve stitched for the newborn. Such a lovely thing to have to hang on the tree each year.
Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather - feel better soon.
I enjoyed seeing more pictures from your holiday. Such a shame he weather was so mixed but t still looks like you managed to have a wonderful time.

Manuela said...

Hello Carol,
your new christmas ornaments are wonderful. I like them all.
Thanks for sharing the photos from your holiday on Hawaii.
Have a nice weekend.
Hugs, Manuela

butterfly said...


Wow Carol , your header looks wonderful .
Your stitched ornaments are all so beautiful .
Love all your photos , looks a beautiful island , thanks for sharing.
Hope you are both well after the flu. Hugs.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Carol, you have been catching up on your ornament stitching - there are three ornaments to admire this time. And each of them is so very special. The first as its colours look wonderful on the black fabric, and the motifs are so sweet. The second because it's from my very favorite Prairie Schooler Santa book. And the third because it's a snowman and I love snowmen. And he is a rather unusual one all in blue. All three so beautifully stitched and finished.
So beautiful, too, your little baby gift for Giovanni.

Even with the gray skies you could take wonderful pictures of the scenery on Hawaii. So sorry that the weather didn't cooperate and that you had to deal with power outages and flash flooding. Of course, such experiences have some impact on how you feel during your vacation. But good to read that you could relax a bit and enjoy your 40th wedding anniversary. Thank you for all the great pictures.

"Two cultures and religions coming together so seamlessly" - Thank you for these words, there is nothing more to add. I wish the couple a bright and happy future.

Marilyn said...

Tree Lot turned out so cute, and tiny!
Great ornament finishes.
Thanks for sharing your pics from Hawaii, just sad that the weather wasn't very nice for you. :(
On the other hand, Happy 40th Anniversary!!!
Marilyn.
P.S. You know we all can't wait to see your Christmas tree and decorations.

Vickie said...

Oh what precious ornaments. The LHN one is soooooooo fantastic!
Carol, it is a dream of mine to get to Hawaii some day. I do not think it will happen, but with God all things are possible! I thank you for taking the time to share these wonderful photos. Despite the weather you obviously had a good time!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Your ornaments are so pretty. Tons to add to your tree. The baby gift will be treasured. The HAWAII pictures bought back memories. The hike you did is amazing, impressed for sure. You both look amazing Carol. Have a nice trip to see your mom.

MartinaM said...

Hi Carol, first of all - get well soon. The motif of LHN is really adorable, and so small. And a great finish. Also the snowman looks great, and in blue it has a great effect.
I would like to win the diagram,
Thanks for the beautiful Hawaii pictures, I am very enthusiastic about the beauty of the island. Maybe I'll come there someday.
Big Hugs, Martina

Maggee said...

You are pretty much on track for the ornaments. Good job! These three are gorgeous as always! Each is going to bring more fun to your tree! Plus the baby one... I hope it is cherished a long time! Now--Maui... wow! Sorry that the weather did not cooperate, but it certainly sounds like you made the best of it, and enjoyed yourselves. I don't think I could have done the four hour hike with my asthma, but... pretty cool! Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs!

Lili said...

Such a lovely ornaments, Carol!
That blue snowman is to cute!

Great photos from your trip! What a beautiful place!

Hope the flu goes away soon.

Happy December!!

Bekca said...

I'm so sorry you had rubbish weather for your holiday, it looks like you made the best of things though! Beautiful ornaments as always, I look forward to seeing the full collection at the end of the year.

Tricia B said...

Thanks for sharing your Maui photos! It looks beautiful in the ones you shared! I have been to Hawaii when it is rainy all week and when it is sunny all week. You are right, you get a different feeling. II love your ornaments! Especially that tiny tree farm!!! The coin was a good idea. Enjoy your retired December - I look forward to seeing more of you on ig! xo

Wendy Howard said...

I just love your cross stitching. I appreciate the chance to win the Santas' cross stitch. My email is sewwendy@aol.com

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Dear Carol, I like your embroidery, the trees are beautiful!
Thank you for sharing your holiday photo. I can not get there, it's so beautiful on Earth and we're destroying it.
Have a beautiful December, no stress!

Meg said...

Hi, Carol!

I'm so enjoying your blog. I went back to the beginning and have been catching up through the years. I've made it to June 2011. :-) In fact, you have inspired me to start my own blog, livetostitch.blogspot.com. Only one post so far, but ya gotta start somewhere! It's something I have wanted to do for a long time.

Loved the Hawaii photos. My husband and I go to the Oregon Coast every winter in HOPES of bad weather. We have a favorite hotel on the beach and we cozy up in front of the fire and watch movies and listen to the wind howl and the waves crash. I guess you could say we're cold-weather vacationers. We love to bundle up, put on galoshes and go for a stroll on the beach, then go have lunch at our favorite Irish pub. It's heaven.

You have such an amazing eye for color. I think that gingerbread ornament just *pops*! The contrast between the bright red and green on the black linen... wow. I love that you point out the tiny details in your projects that I might miss otherwise. I've started to look at patterns in a new way - looking for those tiny details.

I would love, love, love to give that Santa chart a new home.

Looking forward to getting to know you more!

Meg in Idaho - donahue73@gmail.com

Julie said...

Flu vaccine only 10% effective, that's awful for you all.
Three stunning ornaments to add to your collection.
Amazing pictures of your trip.
xxx

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the gorgeous finishes Carol. Your vacation pics are awesome.

Linda

Sally said...

Hi Carol, once again some amazing stitching and finishes. Your work is always so beautiful. I loved your holiday photos. Hawaii looks like a truely beautiful place. I’ve recently come back from a holiday to Japan. We had really cold and wet weather as well but we still had a wonderful time. I would love to give your Santa pattern a new home. My email is: sallyannj@optusnet.com.au
Thanks for the chance to win xxx

Cindy said...

Hi Carol! So nice to see your pics from Hawaii. We have never been but it looks wonderful! (Sorry about the weather you had:( My SIL was there a few years ago and tripped while hiking around a volcano. She fell on her face into the lava. She was badly banged up and had to be in a wheelchair the rest of their visit!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and can spend plenty of time with your boys and stitching!

Susan Lankford said...

Hi Carol...not sure what the glitch is...haven't been receiving all your posts!! Anyway, so happy for your retirement, new daughter, and what a nice trip to Hawaii! As always, your stitching is impeccable .
Hugs, Susan

Penny said...

Each of your ornaments is just perfect! The little gingerbread boy for the new baby is especially sweet!

When you said two cultures and religions coming together so seamlessly, I thought wouldn't it be lovely if that could be the norm across the world.

I'm so sorry the weather wasn't very cooperative on your trip to Hawaii, but you still managed to capture some beautiful scenes! Hiking into the crater of the volcano sounds exciting. : )

And I have to say I find it a little scary that the flu vaccine isn't more effective. I'm so sorry the flu bug made its way through your home but glad you are finally feeling better!

By the way, I loved your two chicken friends. : )

Sweet Sue said...

thx for sharing carole, kind of you to let us follow along:) that really IS a very tiny ornie, congrats on a super cute finish! wishing you and yours every joy if the season!

Karen said...

Your ornaments are beautiful and perfect as always. Thank you for sharing those great pics of Hawaii. Definitely a place I want to visit someday.

diamondc said...

Carol: Oh my your ornaments and the finishing touch's are super beautiful, I love them all.
I am sure the new Parents will love the design you stitched for them and the baby.
Your vacation photos are beautiful, I love the chickens, it looks like they are posing for you.

Catherine

Cathy H. said...

I know you're glad to be finishing your ornaments for this year. I love the "Tree Lot" ornament and your finishing! Your pictures of Hawaii are breathtaking! I would love to see all those waterfalls!

Barb said...

What a wonderful post! I so enjoyed the photos of Hawaii. Here in Seattle you do learn to have fun even though it is cloudy. Your ornaments are beautiful as usual!!

Daffycat said...

Seriously Carol, you do the best ornaments. I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. I’m drooling over that curvy road...those are incredible on a motorcycle, and the scenery, oooo!

Mii Stitch said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing, as always!!!

Hilda said...

Carol, I love your finishings (as always). Everything on your stitching looks so perfect and well-chosen. All four of them look amazing.
Love the Maui-picuters too, altough I am very sorry you had that bad weather.
Hinkin into a vulcano is one of the things on my lists of things I want to do one day in my life. And your pictures are so wonderful. Also the sweet little movie about the luau!

Thanks for sharing my dear friend

Hugs
Hilda
P.S: Love the design you are giving away ... I have it in my stash and I really hope I will find the time to stitch it one day! So no need to put me into your it ;-)

Christine said...

I love your cross stitch so much you're going to pull me away from my knitting to cross stitch an ornament for my daughter and her new husband. Cross stitch used to be my passion! And I loved cross stitching Santa ornaments. I would love to receive those Santa pages.
Bronxknits AT Gmail . COM

Katie said...

Oh I love your ornaments and have added the tree lot one to my wishlist. How beautiful! I love it tiny like you did too. Great idea. I of course am still jealous of your beautiful finishes too. My box of shame is jealous I should say haha. The Santas are just beautiful but I'm already drowning in pieces I need to do so I'll pass on entering so someone else can stitch them up like they deserve. I love your pictures. Thanks for sharing. I love rainy days so I would have been happy but it's not good when you are trying to explore an area. I was in Hawaii when I was 16. It was just beautiful though I remember that.

Beth said...

I've been to Maui in early September - it was humid, but sunny, sunny, sunny, sunny - did the road to Hana, Grand Waileah, and Haleakala at sunrise. My nephews havbe been dozens of times as their maternal grandmother has a condo there. But weather is everything for a short vacation. Your finishes are amazing Carol. I wasn't sure what I thought of The Tree Lot, then I saw your finish and was totally charmed. Being a Blue Girl, French Country Snowman is wonderful.

Andrea said...

Beautiful finishes. I'm glad you put the coin in, it's difficult to imagine how small things actually are.
Wonderful photos. I love your holiday snaps, they are never the average photos, simply gorgeous. Thank you.
Have a good week.

Lesley said...

Your ornament stitching was lovely to catch up on Carol,they are always beautifully finished and your photos are gorgeous.I doubt I wil ever visit Hawaii so your pictures are all the more special.

Heartland Stitcher said...

As always love your ornaments. Thanks for sharing your Hawaii photos. My daughter and I are heading there on the 11th for 10 days. It is forecast to be sunny 9 of the 10 days...so hope it will be. Merry Christmas.

Judy Heartland stitcher

Sheryl S. said...

Oh goodness, what wonderful photos of Hawaii even with bad weather the scenery is lovely. Great Christmas stitching and finishing as always. I like the Tree Lot with all the details.

Mel J. said...

Carol:

What lovely ornaments! I especially love the first one on black, the falling snow is the best part. Here in the PNW we don't get white christmases very often :( I'm sorry your trip to Hawaii was filled with poor weather, but glad you still got to enjoy yourself.

I do love the quintet of Clauses, the wizardly one being my favorite. I would love to take that chart off your hands if possible.

Thanks for sharing all your wonderful stitches - it makes me itch to get home and do some more stitching myself :)

Margaret said...

Loved that video of the hula dancers! We went to the big island way back before kids, but we didn't do anything touristy. We stayed with DH's grandparents, who lived there at the time. We loved Hawaii! Such a bummer that your weather was so bad -- and power outages are no fun anywhere! Love all your ornament finishes too! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!

debbie said...

So glad your trip was good, despite the weather. Building memories. Love your ornaments!

Lillie said...

Beautiful stitching as always Carol, but I couldn't wait to scroll more to your Maui photos! :D Both you and hubby looking fabulous. Lovely scenery despite the gloomy weather and a fantastic view of the volcano.

Betsy's Stitches said...

Love your finishes. Beautiful!

Mary said...

Carol, I enjoyed your Hawaiian vacation photos so much. I would love to take a hike above the clouds and the sunset photos are amazing. It's a shame the weather wasn't as desirable as you wished for but you had a few great days and took full advantage of them.
I was recently asking RJ if she thought the Tree Farm stitch would look good on black and here you have done it and it looks fabulous!! I have never stitched on black and have been itching to try it. Love your finishing on it as well. Hope your enjoying getting ready for Christmas after your busy Thanksgiving holiday. Mary

Jennifer said...

Sorry to hear you had the flu - hope you are fully recovers by now! Love your ornaments and vacation pictures. It’s too bad the weather didn’t cooperate with you! We visited Hawaii (Oahu and Big Island) just over two years ago - it was lovely and we enjoyed it, but there are several other places I’d go before returning there, especially after the killer flight home! Hope you’re finding some time to rest after all the travel and activities! I hear tomorrow is going to be our first real snow, so I have my stitching and quilting ready! Hope you have a great weekend! Oh, and if you haven’t done the drawing for the pattern, I’d be interested too. I know I wouldn’t get to it soon, but I do think it would be fun to stitch.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Lovely ornies, especially the LHN over one, I adore over one stitching! I also love the JBW designs with all the little motifs.
The wedding photos last post were great. Your son really looks like his Dad! I loved that the two Best Men gave the speech in the two languages too, that's a wonderful idea.

Meari said...

Gosh! I think that's the most photos of you I've ever seen! Good to see you. The photos of Hawaii are beautiful, even if you didn't have a lot of sun.

As always, your ornaments are wonderful. I love the little red truck!

Wishing you the best holiday season! :)

Mavi. said...

You look happy, a great trip, I'm glad you enjoyed it. And I hope the flu happens as soon as possible, it's very annoying. Kisses.

priscilla said...

Love all your ornaments! The tree lot is fabulous and the Prairie Schooler Santa is my favorite! Wonderful Hawaii pics!

Justine said...

Hawaii looks beautiful! I would love to visit one day.
Gorgeous ornies and I see you've now finished all 12 - well done on meeting your challenge during such a busy year for you!

Julie Wright said...

You're pieces are, as always, truly amazing, Care! It's wonderful to see and read more about your trip to Hawaii. XOXOXO

Kelly K. said...

Carol, I found your blog a few months back and have just enjoyed every update immensely! You have such a great eye for colors and coordination and I love how you stray from the pattern and make it your own - always with great success. I loved your LHN Tree Lot ornament so much that I ordered the pattern and black fabric. I would love to know what color substitutions you made with the thread to get the colors to pop so nicely. Would you share? Thanks in advance - Kelly PS Happy New Year and a belated Congrats on your retirement!

Kelly K. said...

Kelly K is kckunkel1970@gmail.com. Sorry, forgot to leave that!