Holidays,  Stitching

Love Presents

Mom and I started what the girls hope to be a new tradition this Thanksgiving: we got each of them what we like to call a "love present," which is a present for absolutely no reason other than the fact that you're loved.

When I've got the photos uploaded and ready to go, I'll show you the ones of the gifts my mom got for them, but for now here are the photos of the ornaments I chose to stitch that accompanied each of their presents…

This one was Breanna's, and it's from the 2011 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue. The designer is Brittercup, and as soon as I saw the kitty and the tree, I knew it must be Bre's! (I swapped out the colors for darker ones by Gentle Art, however.)

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I loved the trim on it, which I got in Archiver's, a scrapbook store…

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This one is Sophie's, bc her signature colors this season are turqoise, green, and pink. I thought she'd love this ornament, but I had to laugh when she saw it and said, "Who's the dude?"

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Btw, Sophie's is by Country Cottage Needleworks, and I think it's the most precious design! It's from the 2009 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue, and I switched out these colors to slightly different ones from Gentle Art. πŸ™‚ (The only reason I switched was bc I didn't have on hand what was called for, so I made the best substitutions I could.)

Finally, I stitched Mosey 'N Me's Rejoice ornament (also from the JCS 2009 issue) for Sabrina bc she is always so happy…I thought the little leaping sheep fit her personality perfectly. Again, I switched out the original floss colors for different ones by Gentle Art, but this time it was their wool. I'd never stitched with wool before, and I loved the effect.

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The chenille trim is from Victorian Motto, which I discovered when I was in Myrtle Beach at the Pals Retreat

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It's hard to see in the photos, but I sprayed each of the ornaments with some glitter spray (also purchased at the scrapbook store).

Btw, while I was at it, I stitched Mom one as well! This one came from the Joyeux Noel book by Blackbird Designs..If memory serves me correctly, I believe the strawberry design is by Niki's Creations, whose work is featured in the book.

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I have no idea which colors I used, bc I just grabbed some from my DMC box and got to work!

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Btw, it's sitting on top of one of Natalia's stitching wallets, which I gave to Mom. I also put the chart for Shakespeare's Peddler's A Part of Ann Dale inside, along with the latest Loose Feathers Blackbird Designs chart and some needles.

It was such a fun Thanksgiving, and I truly enjoyed stitching these ornaments. Ornaments aren't something I generally do bc I don't usually have a lot of "recreational stitching" time outside of models, but this year I decided it had to happen.

And now it's back to models. πŸ™‚



  • Margaret

    I think this is going to be a favorite tradition in your family. πŸ˜€ I love what you made — so pretty, all of them. And very fitting for each girl too. (That trim on Breanna’s is so neat! But then I love the trim on all of them.)

  • beritbunny

    Awesome, Paulette! I love the “Love Present” thing that you and your family do now and again–presents are definitely one of my “Love Languages”. I am so happy when giving and receiving them! πŸ™‚
    These ornaments you made are so great! I am glad you were able to make time to do it this year.

  • Lynn

    Beautiful ornaments! I love how you’ve matched them to each girl’s personality.
    I’m thinking of doing this for my granddaughters each year. I’m currently stitching an M design name tree for each.

  • Robin Hager

    What a great tradition! I love the ornaments and the finishing. Any way I could be adopted into the family? πŸ™‚

  • joann tx

    did you do your own finishing? great job!
    all the ornaments turned out lovely! can i send all my ornaments to you next year to do the finishing???? πŸ™‚

  • Cathryn

    You did a lovely job with the ornaments, Paulette. That is a wonderful idea for love presents. Have to make a comment on model stitching here. I don’t know how you do it. I tried the 1st year I started designing and it was such drudgery and I missed stitching for fun so I just couldn’t do it anymore. Bravo to you! Also while I don’t stitch ornaments (well, a few), I do get my grandchildren an ornament a year at Christmas time, so when they are grown they have a treasure chest full of ornaments to start their own tree with. πŸ˜€ Cathryn

  • Betty

    Beautiful ornaments–beginning of a wonderful tradition. These ornaments will become treasures for your daughters
    PS I started a blog today

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