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Monday, 9 September 2019

DJ's September Ornaments

Hi Folks!  I'm so excited as I was able to finish all the ornaments early this month!!  With a little luck I might be able to finish some of these into ornaments before the months is over!

First up is 12 Days of Christmas and here is 9 Ladies Dancing.  These are ornaments from the March 1989 issue of Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine.  

Next is Christmas Carols, and this month was Oh Holy Night, so I stitched The Holy Family from the 1993 JCS Ornament issue by Cathy Livingston.

Last is the 2010 Ornament by The Sweetheart Tree from the 2010 JCS Ornament issue.  I've stitched this one a few times, but I love it....I like stitching the specialty stitches!

I'm going to throw a couple other pictures up here that I finished recently.  They aren't part of the challenge but they are Christmas designs and thought you might like to see them.  The first is Chanson de Noel by Ekatrina Chaykouskaya...I just fell in love with her eyes and had to have her!!

The second is Let It Snow by Blackberry Lane Designs.  I changed a few of the fibers/beads/stitches to suit what I had on hand.  That little snowman is just too joyful not to stitch!!  

Last is just a portion of When Cardinals Appear by Blackberry Lane.  I only stitched the cardinal because I want to finish it as a round ornament.  I just love her designs!!

I guess that's all that's fit to print!  Happy Stitching everyone!

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Suzanne's September Ornaments

Hello everyone! I'm so glad I joined this group as it has really kept me on track. I have two finishes this month from the Just Cross Stitch Magazine 2010 Christmas Ornament issue.

Lizzie* Kate's December 25 stitched on 14 count red aida using the DMC threads finished into a round ornament with a little snowflake embellishment.

Val's Stuff, Oh Joy! stitched on 18 count ecru using DMC threads of my choice and finished into a flat ornament with white pom-pom trim, blue ribbon and tiny blue jingle bells.
I'm so looking forward to see everyone's stitching this month. 

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Honeybee's August Finish

From the 2005 issue of Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments. The threads are (from top to bottom): GAST Antique Rose, CC Wild Berries, and GAST Briar Rose.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

DJ's August update...

Whew....this year is flying by isn't it?  One of these days I hope to actually get some of these made into ornaments.  

First up this month is the 12 Days of Christmas, 8 Maids a Milking.  These ornaments were first published in the May 1989 Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine.  This was stitched on 28 ct. over one on white even weave.

Next was Christmas Carols and Santa Clause is Coming to Town was this month's theme.  This is 1999 Christmas Ornament by Vermillion Stitchery from the 1999 JCS Christmas ornament issue.  I love the vintage look, but because it was stitched on 28 count Hermosa by Picture This Plus over one, it distorted his face a bit.  I'm trying to decide if I should take out the outlining and do something a little different with his face.  I tried a little bit, but because it was stitched over one, it's quite difficult....He may have to stay looking like Quasimodo.  haha

Last is the JCS 2005 ornament.  I chose Snowman Mitten by Ursula Michael.  This was also stitched on 28 count white even weave over one.  (I'm a glutton for punishment, aren't I?  LOL)  I love his jolly face, and the bright primary colors.  I think he's my favorite for this month!

And that is all that's fit to print.  Happy Stitching everyone!

Monday, 12 August 2019

Mary's July Ornament

It's been awhile since I've participated but I did finish a little thing for July: Blackbird Design's Quaker Berry from the 2006 issue of Just Cross Stitch Ornaments. I finished it with the lace that BBD uses on their "Deck the Halls" strawberries, but I added the jewelry finding cap myself thinking that would be a good way to turn it into a hanging ornament. Hope you like it!

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Suzanne's August Ornaments

Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is well and having lots of time to stitch. I'm continuing with the Just Cross Stitch Magazine theme. This month was 2005 and both of my ornaments were from the Christmas Ornament issue. First is Glory Bee's Seasons Greetings stitched on 14 count using DMC alternatives. I used a pom-pom edging and stiffened felt for the backing.

My next ornament is Lizzie*Kate's Sweet Christmas stitched on 18 count using DMC threads. I didn't have the JBS buttons so I found sweet Sock Monkey buttons and used a red button from my stash to finish it. I also added a little back stitching on the candy because it wasn't showing up too well on the fabric. I finished this ornament the same way as the first.

I can't wait to see everyone's stitching this month!

Monday, 15 July 2019

DJ's July stitching's been a challenging month for me so far, but I'm happy to report that I've finished my challenge pieces for this month!  Here we go!

For the 12 Days of Christmas I chose the ornaments from the 1989 May issue of Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine.  Here is Seven Swans A Swimming.  This was stitched on 28 ct. over one on white linen.

For Christmas Carols the theme Let It Snow was chosen.  Here is Let It Snow by Plum Pudding NeedleArt I found in the 2013 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue.  This was stitched on 32 ct over one on light blue linen.

For July they chose the 2006 issue of Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue and I found this cutie Winter's Eve by Country Cottage Needleworks.  This was stitched on 32 ct over one on natural linen.

Off to work on something new.  Happy Stitching Everyone!

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Honeybee's April through July Finishes

Hello, everyone! We moved halfway across the country in April and I fell behind in this SAL, but I've caught up and have several finishes to share. Hope to be catching up on all your posts soon, too. 

I'm stitching Theme #3, ornaments from the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issues.

APRIL (2002)

MAY (2001)

JUNE (free choice, 2018)

JULY (2006)

If you'd like info on my color changes, I've posted everything on my blog.

Hope everyone's having a great summer!

Friday, 5 July 2019

Suzanne's July Ornaments

Hello everyone! I hope everyone has been well since last month. I am continuing with the Just Cross Stitch magazine theme. First up is Lizzie*Kate's "Happy Holidays". I stitched this on 18 count oatmeal fabric using DMC threads and added little snowflake embellishments from AC Moore.

Next is Val's Stuff "Be Merry". I stitched this on 18 count as well and finished with burlap, black stiffened felt and jute twine with a little pom pom for his hat. I used the DMC conversion threads.
Both ornaments are from the Just Cross Stitch 2006 Christmas Ornament magazine. I can't wait to see everyone's stitching this month!

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

DJ's June Ornaments

Just a quick post as I'm still crazy busy.  I attended a retreat last weekend and got started on the ornaments for this month.  I know I'm going to be busy the rest of the month so decided to get all my ornaments done here they are...

First up is the 12 Days of is 6 geese a laying from the 1989 Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine May issue.

Next are Christmas Carols and this month is a free choice, so I chose Alita's Designs Baby It's Cold Outside.  It was a freebie and you can find it on this website.  Click here

Last is the JCS Ornament Issue from 2001 to 2010 but it was a free choice this month.  So... here is Christmas Ewe from the 2001 issue.

Off to work on my WIP that I hope to finish up this month.  Wish me luck!  Happy Stitching!!

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Suzanne's June Ornament

Happy June everyone! I am continuing with the Just Cross Stitch Magazine theme. June was a free choice.

I've completed Peace by Lizzie*Kate from the 2003 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Issue.
I used 18 count fabric and DMC threads. I substituted a cross stitched bell for the silver charm. Simply finished with jute twine in an oval shape. The back is dark green stiffened felt.

Can't wait to see everyone's stitching this month!

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Faith's May Ornament

The next section of my banner is finished and I think that this is the hardest thing for most people to do. When all the presents are wrapped and looking inviting under the tree everyone always wants to open them and take a peek inside! I used to shake them to see if I could guess what is was and hated the ones that sounded like clothes! ha ha

Wait 'til Dec 25th
Chart Five of Twelve
Designer - Lizzie*Kate

and this is the way the banner looks so far! 

Thanks to those who looked at
and commented on my last post!

See you soon ;)

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

DJ's May Ornaments

Having a stitch retreat at the beginning of the month sure gave me a head start on the ornaments for this month.  I am having such a good time choosing these, and stitching oldies I've wanted to stitch for years!

So...for the 12 Days of Christmas I have stitched 5 Golden Rings.  This is from a series from Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine from May 1989.  

For Christmas Carols, Joy to the World, I stitched this little stocking from the 2001 JCS Ornament issue designed by Threads Through Time.

For the 2001 JCS ornament I stitched Home for Christmas by Julia Lucas Designs.  When life slows down this will be finished into a little banner.  

And that is all for this month.  Thank you for organizing this challenge, it's been so much fun choosing ornaments for the different themes and finally getting some of the ones I've wanted to stitch for years done.  Happy Stitching!!

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Suzanne's May Ornaments

Hello everyone!
I'm continuing with the Just Cross Stitch Theme and have two ornaments this month from the 2001 Christmas Ornament issue. First up is Christmas Cheer by Heart in Hand Needleart using DMC threads on 18 count.
Next is continuing with the Lizzie*Kate ornaments is the Greatest Gift is Love also using DMC threads on 18 count. I like to use up my stash for ornaments.

Can't wait to see everyone's ornaments this month!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Faith's April Ornament

I almost missed the month but I am just squeaking in...

Here is my April section for my banner.

Chart Four of Twelve
Designer - Lizzie*Kate

and here it is again in all it's glory!

Thanks for looking and for
the comments on my last post!

I'll be back in May!

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Serendipitous Jo's April Ornament

This year I am stitching the ornaments from the older issues of Just Cross Stitch.  I chose my 12 and started them all for the 12 Days of Stitchmas 2018.

For April and May I chose two Dragon Dreams designs because I do love a little dragon.  I started them on Days 4 and 5 of Stitchmas.  Unfortunately when I picked up the charts to continue with the 2002 design for April, I started the 2001 design instead!

So, for April I will show the 2001 design - Not a Creature Was Stirring - and then for May I will stitch the 2002 design - Peace on Earth.  No-one will notice.

Here is Not a Creature from the 12 Days of Stitchmas:

stitched on 32 count green linen

And here is the finished design:

I used the recommended DMC but changed the red and blue to metallics for an extra Christmassy sparkle.  I also made those berries in Smyrna Stitches to make them a little bit more 3D and rounded.

Here is March's design finished as a Bell Pull:

The Sweetheart Tree - Noel Christmas Bellpull

Thursday, 18 April 2019

DJ's April update

Hey....whaddaya know?  I'm actually finished with my ornaments early this month!  Will wonders never cease?  haha's what I've been up to.  For theme one, I finished Four Calling Birds from the Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine March 1889 issue.  This was stitched on 28 count white evenweave over 1.

For theme two, Christmas Carols, I finished Noel Ornament by The Sweetheart Tree from the 2008 JCS Ornament issue.  This was stitched on 32 count natural opalescent over 2.

For theme three, I finished Warm Wishes from the 2002 JCS Ornament issue.  This was stitched over 2 on a mystery fabric I had laying around.  I think it was 36 count.

I'm actually amazed I'm keeping up!  Thanks for all the encouragement from this group, I'm making the time to work on this challenge.  I'm loving all the different ornaments I've been seeing, it's so much fun to watch you all!  Happy Stitching!!

Friday, 12 April 2019

Suzanne's April Ornament


For my April ornament I am keeping with the Just Cross Stitch Magazine theme. Lizzie*Kate's Peace*Joy*Love found in the JCS 2002 Christmas Ornament issue. I used DMC threads from my stash and the flat finishing was inspired by Vonna at the Twisted Stitcher. Can't wait to see everyone's ornaments this month.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Lili's March Ornament

Hello everyone!!
My March ornament:

Design: Carriage House Samplings – Toy Shop Sign (2007 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornie Magazine)
Fabric/Threads: 40 count Vintage Country Mocha linen / DMC

Thank you very much for your lovely comments on my last post! See you next month!
Happy stitching,

Friday, 29 March 2019

DJ's last minute dash...

Eeek!  I'm always squeaking in at the last minute!  I'm truly lucky I finished these in time, so here goes....

For March, Christmas Carols, I misread the Carol we were supposed to I stitched Hark the Herald Angels Sing by Mary Beal.  This was stitched over one on 32 count natural, and I have an idea how to finish it but that will take a while.

For the JCS 2007 ornament issue, I stitched Noel from The Sweetheart Tree.  I love all the different specialty stitches, so this was a fun one!  This was stitched on 32 ct natural opalescent.

And for the 12 Days of Christmas, I'm continuing on with these from the Cross Stitch and Country Crafts Magazine from March 1989 issue.  Here is Three French Hens, stitched over one on 28 ct. white.

So there you have it!!  I hope I can keep up with the challenge.  Wish me luck!!

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Mary L's March Ornament

Good afternoon everyone,

I decided to stitch Angel Kiss from the Cricket Collection.  It was in the 2007 JCS Ornament issue.


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Mary's March Ornament

Well, I got my March Ornament done quicker than I thought I would!

This is A Star, A Star from The Sunflower Seed, found in the 2007 issue of Just Cross Stitch. I love the carol it is from, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" I used all the recommended supplies. This was my first real use of Rainbow Gallery sparkly floss and it was nice to work with. I see why people like it!