"She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." ((Proverbs 31:13)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


I hope that all of you had a very blessed and lovely Christmas.  We are so thankful for the precious times that we shared with our children, grandchildren and dear friends these past few days.  We hold, dear in our hearts, new and sweet memories, those very special times to keep.

            Grandma-Ma, Miss Ella & her favorite Elmo  

                    Emerson trying out his new tools on 
                                Grandma-Ma's walls.
     Baby Harrison helping Miss Ella open a present.

At long last, 'Christmas Garden' was finished only two days before Christmas!  My wonderful framer, Donna, had already assembled the frame I chose, and very kindly finished framing it, so that it could be proudly hung for Christmas!
'Christmas Garden'
by Blackbird Designs

This is a truer look of the 'Straw' shade of linen.
I truly loved every minute of stitching this wonderful design!

A close-up view of the frame.

Of course, some of the best gifts that I received were some new stitching designs!

I can't wait to go to my LNS to pick up linen and threads to begin working on these beautiful pieces!  Oh, more decisions to make, and so many more hours needed to stitch all the things that I want to stitch!  But, oh what bliss!

We are supposed to have 6-9 inches of snow tonight, overnight into tomorrow.  Oh what joy!  I love the snow, and what more perfect excuse to stay indoors, all cozy and warm, sipping cups of tea and stitching to my heart's content.

I have loved reading all of your comments, dear friends. Thank you so much! 



  1. Oh Kathy Ellen! What a lovely post! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Many blessings to you in the new year. Your grandchildren are so precious! The BBD Christmas Garden is so lovely in that frame and your new designs are so pretty and delicate!

  2. Kathy,
    It sounds like you had a very blessed Christmas! I love your Christmas Garden! It turned out so beautifully!

    I love your new patterns, have fun picking out fabrics and threads!
    Love, Heather

  3. lovely to see the wee ones having fun and well done on getting the christmas garden finished in time ... looks gorgeous .. I've got the chart just need to kit up :)
    hope you have a very merry stitchy new year too :) love mouse xxxxx

  4. What lovely family pictures Kathy Ellen.
    The picture of Emerson working hard with his tool set is adorable :)
    Your finished sampler is beautiful and looks perfect in the frame you chose.
    Wishing you many happy stitching hours in 2013 as you work on those lovely new designs.

  5. It looks like a wonderful Christmas! How nice of your framer to be prepped and ready to go so you could have Christmas Garden in time for the holiday!

  6. Wow! What a framer! A gorgeous finish. Lovely new projects. Sweet Christmas pictures.

  7. Wishing you and your family a Happy Healthy New Year!! Love the pics of the grandkids and absolutely love the Christmas Garden Finish! Simply Beautiful!

  8. Christmas Garden looks stunning! Well done, love your new stash and your grandchildren are adorable.

  9. Lovely post! Your grandchildren are adorable!! Christmas Garden is stunning ~ truly a treasure for always.
    Wishing you all the best in the new year!

  10. How lovely to see you and the grandkids celebrating Christmas! And your Christmas Garden -- just gorgeous!! Enjoy the snow and the holidays! Happy New Year!

  11. Miss Ella looks so much like you in the 1st photo, so sweet seeing your grandchildren. Christmas Garden is gorgeous! You got some great new things to stitch. Can't wait to see your progress with them.

  12. How wonderful that you finished and was able to get Christmas Garden framed and hanging by Christmas day! The grandbabies are adorable. Great new stitchy gifts. Happy New Year.

  13. Looks like you had fun and love from your family.
    Beautiful stitching and lovely gifts.hugs.

  14. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!
    Christmas Garden looks amazing. Lovely new projects too.

  15. Great pic of you and the darling little ones!

    Your Christmas Garden is just stunning and the frame is perfect! Nicely done!

    Lovely new charts to stitch for the New Year! I do enjoy gathering linen and threads for the new projects, don't you?

    Enjoy the snow and the stitching/tea time!

  16. Looks like you had a lovely Christmas what a fantastic frame you have to do that for you just in time for the big day!

    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  17. Merry Christmas wishes to you and your family Kathy!
    It certainly looks like you had a wonderful day.
    I love the pic of Emerson hammering away on your wall!
    You received some lovely new stash and I hope you enjoy stitching them as much as you did your Christmas Garden. It's just so beautiful!

  18. It's such a blessing to be able to celebrate Christmas together with children and grandchildren and to enjoy each other's company. This year our daughter and her family couldn't be with us but we spent a little while together on Skype. But our sons and daughter-in-law were here and we spent some happy family time.
    Your Christmas Garden looks wonderful in its frame and it certainly was great to have it finished and framed by Christmas.
    You got some very pretty new charts and I'm sure the next visit to your LNS choosing the fabrics and threads for them will be just as much fun.
    My best wishes to you and your family for the New Year!

  19. What blessings you have, Kathy--to make all of those special Christmas memories with your sweet grandchildren must be one of the highlights of your year!! How dear they are--and, oh my, does Miss Ella resemble you!

    Christmas Garden looks lovely-so glad you had it framed in time for Christmas!

    Wishing you a wonderful New Year filled with good health, happy times, and, of course, lots of stitchy goodness :)

  20. Kathy,
    What sweet pictures of the Grandchildren. Your truly blessed.

    Christmas Garden is beautiful in the frame. How nice to have it hung in time for Christmas!

    I can't wait to see what you have planned next.

    Stay safe and warm and happy stitching!


  21. Christmas Garden is breathtaking, Kathy! Beautiful stitching & framing. And your Christmas gifts look lovely!

  22. Adorable family photos Kathy:) and gorgeous stitching.
    Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2013

  23. Congrats on finishing Christmas Garden. It is gorgeous!! I am going to stitch that in time for Christmas 2013! Along with three other large Christmas projects! Off to read more of your blog! Happy New Year!

  24. Your grandchildren are just adorable. Wishing you a wonderful New Year.

  25. Such cute photo's of your grandbabies :)

    Congratulations on finishing Christmas Garden, it's gorgeous

    Happy new year :)

  26. How wonderful that you finished and was able to get Christmas Garden framed and hanging by Christmas day!

    McDesert Safari

  27. Your Christmas looks wonderful, such beautiful pictures. Christmas garden looks fabulous, how special to have it on our wall just in time.
    Much love, wishing your a wonderful year.

  28. So nice to see the children enjoying the holiday. Nice gifts... and Christmas Garden looks wonderful. Stay warm....

  29. Wow!A gorgeous finish. Lovely new projects. Sweet Christmas pictures.
    Love for you always x

  30. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! Your granddaughter is, as they'd say here, "the face off you!". In other words, you look alike! :) Your Christmas Garden is OH MY GOSH so stunning! Beautiful finish and the frame is perfect for it.


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