Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Catching up with Pictures, part 1

This is probably going to be totally out of chronological order, but pictures are pictures, and in my opinion a blog post without them is a boring post.  My goal here is lots of pictures and almost no chatter.

First off the framing Jill did for me that I mentioned in my last post.  I don't usually do punch needle, but I'm not sure why,  It goes so stinking fast and is easy.  I was really excited about this piece, first because of the curved top (which wasn't totally symmetrical and caused Jill a lot of extra work) and second because I love holly.
With My Needle & Thread Merry and Bright,
with kitted fibers
Photo courtesy of Jill Rensel
Second up was a piece which had been sitting on Jill's work bench for about 6 months, just waiting for the painting and then glass. I finally said to her just a couple of days before leaving, its not working for you, is it? She agreed, and we altered our original plan to somehow paint a pineapple (southern sign of welcome) on the inner liner, and just go with some stamped stars.  This is a gift for one of my cousins this year, since last year the other cousin received Christmas Rules last year.

Blackbird Designs And To All a Good Night,
stitched on 32 ct linen with assorted silk floss
Photo courtesy of Jill Rensel
Both of these were stitched early in the year, I just never got a picture of them since at the time of the finish, I had just had the bone fusion surgery on my ankle.  I'm using Jill's photos with her permission, since she was kind enough to take them before putting the conservation clear glass on.  Glass just totally screws up taking pictures of a stitched piece, but I insist on having it.

Now that I'm reunited with some of my crafting stash, I finished off a couple of ornaments.  I was making one as a gift, and my mom loved it so much I ended up finishing off the second one in a similar manner for her.  There were just a JBW design stitched over 1 on some 28 count fabric I had, and then put in those nifty frames from Hobby Lobby.
Front, JBW Joy, Love, Peace, stitched over 1
Back of JBW ornament
I thought I had more stitching pictures to post, but everything else on my camera is of the Shepherd's Bush holiday open house, Las Vegas, and an absolutely horrible picture of my iStitch SAL piece, finished.  Yep, I finished it before the deadline, and at least got the horrible pic off to Carol, but I'm obviously going to have to take a lot of pictures of stitched stuff tomorrow.


Lesleyanne said...

Lovely finishes. Your framed pieces are gorgeous.

And This Little Pig said...

Beautiful finishes Mindi, love the framing on the BBD! Divine chart.
LiBBiE in Oz

cucki said...

lovely finishes..your frames piece are so beautiful xx

Christine said...

Beautiful finishes!

Chris said...

Wow Mindi!!
The punch needle piece is amazing and the gift for your cousin, Wow!
The ornament finishes look great too.
I love the new blog header.

Margaret said...

Oh my! Love what Jill did with your framing! Love your ornies too! Beautiful post!

Annie said...

Those framed pieces are so beautiful. And your ornaments look great. These should cheer you up for sure!

Cathy B said...

Mindi, I love the frame and the mat on the Blackbird piece -- it looks fabulous. Your picture reminded me that I have this one in my stash!

All of your finishes are gorgeous and I'm sure the gifts will be well received by the recipients!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sally said...

Those framed pieces are gorgeous! I wish my framer did them like that.

Beautiful ornaments too.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Mindi, everything is just beautiful! What a wonderful gift for your lucky cousin!!!
Linda C.

Carol said...

Wow--those framed pieces are stunning, Mindi! I love both of them. And I really like the stamped stars that the 2nd frame ended up with--perfect choice :)

Very cute JBW ornaments, too--I'll have to check for those frames at my Hobby Lobby (just got one in this area--finally!!)...

Katrina said...

Gorgeous framing, Jill does a beautiful job!!!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

What Jill does to framing is just so special! Your framed pieces look spectacular!

Lois said...

What lovely framing finishes from Jill and I love your JBW ornament finishes.

Michelle said...

The framing finishes are wonderful. I love the stars and the holly. And your little Joy ornaments are so sweet. Love them over one!