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Monday, January 2, 2012

January Cottage...My 2012 list...and GIFTS~~~

Okay....I struggled with my blog title today....What can I say....

Thanks for all the compliments about Sarah Eliz.Brooke! It truly is a beautiful sampler which I enjoying every single stitch....

When I arrived home this morning from my little beach sabbatical, I hopped it on into the craftroom and popped my latest finish into the chocolate brown frame that was waiting...
The Country Cottage Needleworks SAL is in full swing and they are so tiny and quick, I planted my last stitches in "January" and framed it to enjoy throughout the month...
40 count Lakeside Exemplar
Silk threads (email me for the conversion)
Added vintage lace at top....

Then I began opening mail that had arrived over the last week...Sheesh, I don't need anymore credit card applications, junk mail marketing leaflets or bills....tee-hee...BUT, I DID need a couple of envelopes that were laying there staring at me!!!

First off, from France, my dear friend Marylin had sent me the most darling of gifts....
Feast your eyes....
A perfectly stitched ornament with red checked ribbon, fabrics AND buttons....Is that not the cutest?? And, she knows my love for red silk thread so she included a couple skeins along with some wonderful french linen...It will truly be a special piece when I use that linen!!
Thanks so very, very much Marylin! You are truly a wonderful friend from across the oceans~~

AND...as if that were not enough, I was totally surprised to see another envelope with special international markings on it...hmmm...no clue what this was going to be....
The "Stitch it and Pass it on" Exchange had peaked my interest earlier in 2011 and so I had decided to participate...Long story short, things got bogged down and I was not to receive an ornament even though I had stitched one and done my part....no problem...I know these things happen... BUT, evidently Tracy and Hazel wanted to make things right...so, they sent me this...!~
 They included some beautiful Christmas fabric and metallic DMC along with a finished ornament..
Guys, you didn't have to do that...But, I love it that you did~~~ Thanks so, so much!!
Even the back has my name stitched on it...I LOVE it~~~

Many of you commented that you can't wait to see my to-do list for 2012...Well, I think I may have gone a little overboard, but one can dream...right???  So, here is what's on my mind to stitch up this year...in no particular order.........



Plum Street Samplers- Sergei
Carriage House Samplings- Fredrick
Little House Needleworks- My Dwelling Place
The Scarlett House-Sarah Elizabeth Brooke 1842 (WIP)
Primitive Traditions-A Petite Huswife
Tree of Life- Emma rose Freedom
Carriage House Samplings-The Gilded Cage
Marjorie Massey- Sous Mon arbre
Sampler Company- The Hetty Child
The Scarlett House-Emma Mills 1839
LHN- The Family Sampler (WIP)
Threadwork Primitives-Autumn Majesty Needleroll
La-D-Da-Yellow Bird (in blues...)
Hillside Samplings-Be You to Others
With thy Needle-Birds of a Feather
LHN_Thirteen Colonies
Sheepish Designs-Betsy
CHS-Shores of Hawk Run Hollow (WIP)
CHS-Quaker Stocking
Pineberry Lane-Autumn on Marigold Lane
Stacy Nash Primitives- Netty's Sampler Pinkeep Drum

and....of course my monthly CCN Cottages.....
AND.. I am embarking on something a little new...I have every single one of the Prarie Schooler Santa charts from 1984 through 2011....I want to stitch at least one each month and over time have all 28 stitched to finish up as ornaments....What would be nicer than a PS Santa tree one year..?..

I told you it was an aggressive list of want-to's.... If I get half of them completed I will be a happy camper... But, I like to set my bar high just to see how close I can come to it~~

If you are still reading, sorry for the long post..... Thanks for hanging in there with me...

Until next post.........Happy Stitching everyone~~~

Faye



64 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh nice!!!! Love how the January Cottage looks! Nice presents too! And your list -- love it! The PS Santas -- I have all of them too! lol! What a great idea to stitch each of them to hang on the tree. I originally thought I would stitch them all together and I actually started on that way back when. But that is abandoned (it's on fabric I can't deal with anymore for one thing) and I'm liking your suggestion! I have to contemplate this. lol! Nice list!! Happy 2012!

Ellen said...

January Cottage is gorgeous, love your color changes!

Wow, what a great list! I have no great plan this year except to stitch an ornament a month. Let see what comes along, ha, ha!

Happy stitching in 2012!

Hugs,

mainely stitching said...

What sweet stitching - and an ambitious list for the new year. Good luck!

pam said...

You clearly have high ambitions!All I can say is go girl- cannot wait to see them stitched up. Love the Jan Cottage!

katica said...

your cottage is lovely! its so delicate on the 40ct, and your idea for an all PS Santa tree is great!

Love your list as well... mine is fairly ambitious as well though, its fun to see how much we can actually do! I'm looking forward to your progress throughout the year!

Tracy said...

That's quite a list. I'm glad you liked the ornie xx

Keeper of the Crowes said...

How wonderful to have Tracy and Hazel make it right!!! Love your list for 2012! I see that we share wanting to complete many of the same projects! Good luck to you! What a sweet finish for your January cottage. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!!!
Linda C.

Linda said...

Hi Faye, Love your list for this year. I have a few of them. I do have all the PS cards and love your idea of a PS santa tree.

Linda

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

WOW, what a list. Happy stitching 2012! Love that you got a pass it on exchange ornament. It's so sweet. I love that design. Enjoy!

Myra said...

Lovely gifts Faye and I love your January cottage. Wow! That is one impressive list. You go girl!

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous gifts. Look forward to seeing your stitching in 2012. Love your January cottage finish.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Lovely gifts and a fabulous list of stitching for 2012.

Nan said...

If anyone can tackle that list, it's you girl. Happy stitching and can't wait to see your progress.

Denise said...

I'm impressed with just the PS Santas but everything else? Your bar is set extremely high - bet you'll clear it in street shoes! lol

Your gifts were gorgeous! Good for you!

Barbi said...

I think that a PS Santa tree would be marvelous! I can hardly wait to see it!
I love your 2012 stitching list! We are all going to have such beautiful pieces to show off this year. I'm excited for all of us :)

Carol said...

Your January cottage is darling, Faye, as are your gifts. And I, myself, can think of nothing prettier than a PS Santa tree someday :)

Cathy B said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Your January Cottage looks great; can't wait to see more. Can't wait to see your progress on the pieces listed -- great list!

Happy Stitching in 2012!

Pamela said...

I just LOVE the way you did the January Cottage! The colors look great!
Love your list for 2012. Not sure what else I will be stitching this year, other than most of the charts from Blackbird Designs, "A Schoolgirl's Work", which I received for my birthday! Thanks for sharing.
Pam

Penny said...

I love your January Cottage - very pretty! Lovely gifts too. :)
I enjoyed looking at your to-do list for 2012.

Gabi said...

Your January cottage looks great. Love your presents too.
And your list is just fantastic. Lots of that list is in my basket too. And I will enjoy watching your progress. :)

Karen said...

Your monthly piece looks great... love your color change and that little pillow is just darling.

So....what are going to stitch after July? :) I know you will easily knock this list out and probably so much more!

happy stitching...

Ma Teakettle said...

Happy New Year, Faye!
I adore your January cottage and the colors are awesome, not to mention your finish.
I love your idea of a PS tree, please share pics as the ornies progress.
Your gifts are awesome, and I think it shows just how much we all adore you by the gorgeous gifts that were made just for you...lucky gal, and lucky us.
Your list is very exciting...I can't wait to watch you stitch it all.
Hugs
Ma

Katrina said...

Sweet gifts!!!! and I love your list. Can't wait to see your progress :-).

Jan said...

Oh now that is just adorable...you always think of just the perfect little touches, to make pieces just sparkle! Love it, just so sweet!!

I kinda like your list too...I could almost say I am wanting to stitch over half of what you have! lol

I do hope that you have a super duper 2012, both stitching and otherwise. And the thought of a PS Santa tree sounds awesome. I am wondering what count you are planning to use for these, or will you be stitching over one? You know how curious I am!

(((hugs)))

Beth said...

Such wonderful gifts Faye. I can't wait to see what beauties you stitch in 2012 - from your list all are most interesting!

Mary Ann said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog for a long time, and wanted to let you know that I enjoy seeing your lovely stitching. I look forward to seeing more in 2012.

Happy New Year!

April said...

Great list of stitching projects Faye!! I lov the gifts you received too!! Happy stitching in 2012!!!

Jennifer M. said...

Lovely gifts you received. It is so nice to come home to happy mail isn't it. That is quite a list you made for yourself, but I have faith your smoking needles will make it happen.

Happy New Year!
Jen

Carol E. in AZ said...

Hi Faye,
What a wonderful list you have..... keep us posted :) And what nice friends you have. Beautiful gifts.
Happy New Year!

Catherine said...

Oh Faye, how lucky you have been with the goodies arriving in your mail! Love your cottage finish too - so cute how you finished that one!
Great goals....I have some of those on my list to do as well. Good luck with all of them, I look forward to watching your accomplishments this coming year.

♥marylin♥ said...

Déjà finit le "JANVIER" Vous êtes ultra rapide !!!!!!!!

je suis heureuse de vous avoir fait plaisir mon amie ! Encore une très bonne année 2012 pour vous et tous les Américains !!!

marylin France

Michelle said...

I love the CCN January Cottage it looks really nice and I love your list of 'to stitch' in 2012 some lovely designs there. I have the PS santas for the years my 2 sons were born - I really ought to stitch them - I think you have inspired me if you have all 28 to do! Take care x

Elisabetta said...

How wonderful to do list for the next year, but we must also consider the new patterns that will come out!!!!
Hugs
Elisabetta

Elisabetta said...

How wonderful to do list for the next year, but we must also consider the new patterns that will come out!!!!
Hugs
Elisabetta

Mouse said...

Ohhhh drools started already ..lol love your cottage looks really fab in that frame :) and oooooo that list ... yummmmm ... and such lovely gifts you got too ... I wonder how they know you like red hahahahah
and I want a fully stitched ornament tree .. I will get there too :) love mouse xxxx

Patty C. said...

Seeing your list of projects certainly makes me eager to see your progress in 2012. It should be a beautiful year !!!!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

You can write a post that will take all day to read, and I wouldn't mind! Love your blog and your inspiration. Will be checking back to see how you do on your list, too. Would love to be able to accomplish half of what you do.

Siobhan said...

Your January cottage looks great! I love the frame that you chose for it, too. Great gifts, too!

All I can say is--you go girl!!! Every design is one that I love, too, so I will enjoy watching your progress and cheering you on.

moosecraft said...

Wow! What a list! You must be very organized! Love the stocking ornament!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Your cottage is darling! What a list... will be watching your amazing progress as many of the same ones lurk in my stash! Looks like a fun, stitchy year is just getting started!

Sherry said...

You are going to be one busy lady in 2012! Can't wait to see your progress.

Kimmie said...

I love love love your "January" finish!!!! Your gifties are fabulous, too!!!

Good luck on your list. :0)

nathalie-poppy said...

Hi dear Faye !!!
your cottage is so delightful! itis so delicate and refined on the 40ct linen !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also love your list ... mine is not so ambitious ... but it will be a pleasure to admire your progress throughout the year!
big hugs !!!
Happy stitching !!!
NAt

Michelle said...

Fantastic list!!! Doing a PS Santa tree sounds like something I'd love to see at my house too. Love it!

Andrea said...

Love what you've done with the January cottage. Great idea for the PS Santas.

Happy New Year!

catherine said...

Your finished piece looks fantastic and good luck with your list
x catherine

Diana said...

That's quite a to-do list! I look forward to seeing your progress.

Solstitches said...

I love how your January cottage looks in the frame. The lace across the top is such a lovely accent.
Gorgeous gifts received and, oh my, what an impressive list you have there :)

Margaret

http://lasoffitta.canalblog.com said...

Happy New Year dear friend!!!!!
Kisses
Nadia

valerie said...

Happy New Year Faye! Love your January cottage finish. It's so cute on 40 count. And lovely gifts too! I think a PS Santa tree is a good goal. They look cute when stitched ornie size!

Beth Pearce said...

I love your little frame for your January Cottage! You did get some cute gifties - yeah!

I am excited about your list, because I will get to see all of them done by you - whooo hooo!!

Rose said...

superbe
rose

sallystitches said...

Some lovely stitching.

Such a long list there. I hope you can finish at least half of them. Good luck.

Fiona said...

Your cottage looks great. You received some very pretty gifts too. As for your to do list very impressive, look forward to seeing your progress on each and every one.

Giovanna said...

Lovely finish and ornies! Impressive list - it will be fun to watch you :-)

Mindi said...

Love the conversion you did with the January Cottage, and adding the bit of lace at the top makes it so special.

You have some fantastic pieces on your list for 2012. Its going to make for some very interesting blog reading.

Tanya said...

I love your choices for this year's projects. Your January finish is too cute.

Robin Hager said...

You better get busy, girlfriend!

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Melody said...

Wow...what an impressive list! Your needle will be flying. Love your January cottage.

Lynn said...

I love your changes to the January cottage. It looks great!
Your list is fabulous and I hope you can achieve a good portion of it. There are some lovelies on it for sure!
A PS Santa tree is an awesome idea! I can just picture it!

Brigitte said...

Oh what a list. And so mana projects that are also in my folders. I'd really love to stitch myself through your list, if I didn't have a list myself, lol. And the PS Santas, another wonderful plan. You definitela have made my mouth water ...

Tatkis said...

Adorable finish (love both design and frame!) and great gifts!
Your list looks impressive, but I'm sure you can manage it :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Chelle said...

Your January cottage turned out beautifully!

I just went to 123 Stitch to order that pattern and February and it looks like they've taken it down!!! I was late and maybe I snoozed and lost? If anyone knows where I can still get the January pattern, can you please leave me a comment or send me an email at CNewton724@gmail.com?

As always, lovely work, Faye!