And here we are on December 20th--the very last day of autumn! Welcome to my 2017 "Parade of Ornaments"--one I thought just might not happen given the busyness of my life over the past 12 months! Many people have told me that this annual post (which I have done since 2010) is what drew them to my blog in the first place. So, I really didn't want to let any of you down and have to cancel the parade this year! I know there are some wonderful new followers (a big welcome to all of you!) this year, and if you would like to look back at my previous "parades," just click here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
So, grab some hot cocoa, wrap up in a cozy blanket, and sit back and relax as the parade passes by! In looking at my finishes this year, I would call it the "year of oval or round finishes"... and there is a good reason for that. Remember when my sewing machine broke back in April? Well, for a while I couldn't sew on it at all so I resorted to circular finishes. After we oiled and cleaned the machine, it seems to work just fine so I could resume making my little pillow ornaments. But, you know what? I discovered that I truly love doing the round or oval shapes! So, I'm sure you'll be seeing more of them. As most of you know, I hang the newest 12 ornaments on my banister and then move them to the tree as Christmas approaches.
|2017 Monthly Ornament Finishes|
Would you like a closer look?
|January ~ April 2017|
|May ~ August 2017|
|September ~ December 2017|
As always, I love to hear what is your favorite (or favorites!). I'll give you a closer look so you can make your decision... And if you want more information on fabrics or fibers that I used, just click on the name of the ornament below the photo--it will take you right to the post describing each finish.
|"Merry Christmas" by Samplers Not Forgotten|
|"Kris Kringle" PS Book No. 62|
|Prairie Schooler cardinal from "Button Up" (Book No. 143)|
|PS "Old St. Nick" (Book No. 58)|
|"Joyful" from an old 1992 BH&G Christmas magazine|
|Prairie Schooler "Kris Kringle" (Book No. 62)|
|Prairie Schooler Santa from the year 2000|
|Little House Needlework's "Tree Lot"|
|Prairie Schooler Santa from "A Christmas Visit" (Book No. 48)|
|JBW "French Country Snowman"|
|"Kissing Cardinals" from JCS Ornament 2014|
|Hands On Design "Silver Bells"|
So, now it's your turn--which is your favorite? Is it one of the six Prairie Schoolers I stitched this year (yes, I am a PS addict and I embrace it!) or one of the others? For me, it is a tie between the LHN "Tree Lot" with all of it's tiny details and the sweet "Kissing Cardinals." But, I'm proud to add each one to my Christmas tree. Speaking of which... I finally got my tree decorated and am just putting the final beads on... will definitely post a photo when I'm finished.
Thanks so much for stopping by, today--I hope you enjoyed the parade as much as I enjoyed creating these little ornaments! Bye for now...