Two Christmas Ornaments

I’d hoped to stitch some ornaments for our tree before the holidays were over, but that didn’t quite pan out. However, I did stitch up two ornaments as last-minute gifts. I don’t usually fill-stitch, but since these two were such small projects (they’re in 3″ hoops) I decided to have a go at fill-stitching and am very happy with how they turned out.

I love this singing girl design — it was a freebie Elsa Mora offered on an old blog of hers, and it remains one of my favorite things to embroider.

Singing Girl -- 26Dec2013 (wordpress blog)I realized after I’d finished stitching it that I’d forgotten to trace part of the design — there should be a little bird sitting on top of her head. I think it turned out just fine without the bird, and, honestly, I don’t know that I would’ve had room for it!

For the other ornament, I wanted a Santa, and this design from Urban Threads worked nicely for ornament-size.

Skinny Santa -- 26Dec2013 (wordpress blog)

Quick Project: Card Keeper

This quick project has been on my crafting to-do list for months. Once I sat down to work on it, I knocked it out in a half hour or less, and the brunt of that time was spent hole-punching the cards.

I didn’t start keeping cards until I became a mom, and I’ve been somewhat sporadic about it since then, so the card keeper is not nearly as full as it’d be if I’d been keeping cards from childhood-forward . . . or even wedding-forward! But I *have* kept a nice mix of homemade and store-bought cards from my husband, son, stepson, parents, in-laws, siblings & spouses, nieces & nephews, and friends.

This was a guinea-pig project for me. Since I’m happy with how it turned out, I’m going to do the same for my hubby with all the cards he’s saved over the years, and also for my kiddo because he likes to save many of his cards.

I like having the ring of cards sitting on my favorite bookshelf in my office, alongside the scrapbook I made for my kiddo’s and his cousins’ artwork =).