Thursday, 1 August 2013

July Christmas Ornament and two "Seed Pockets"

"Tis the time for the July Christmas Ornament for the 2013 Ornament SAL and the promised great reveal!

The HD3QBEM kept telling me that my blogging friends would love this one but sorry folks - this one is a keeper for my own tree.   The pattern is a freebie from The Stitch Specialists group and was fun to stitch.  I used a scrap of 28 count linen, DMC floss and some Kreinik braid from stash with a sprinkling of beads where necessary. I had been given a pair of tiny earrings - one scissors and one a coat hanger, so I snipped the back spike off the earring and used the 'scissors' on this.  Perfect!
Tonight the seed pockets had a press and at the weekend I hope to buy the seed packets and off they will go to their new homes. 
The rabbit in the garden will go to an Aunt and Uncle whose house was badly damaged three years ago in the Christchurch Earthquake.   Only now are they getting it rebuilt/repaired and life is really stressful for them so this is by way of a pick-me-up.    Why the rabbit?   That Aunt loves rabbits and has had pet rabbits so I'm hoping this will hit the spot.
The house is going to a niece and her husband who have just moved into their first home.   I guess they will be needing some flowers in their garden?  
Both these designs are from Brooke's Books "Brides Tree" series.   I had visions of stitching all twelve but came to my senses at these two and found a home for the charts, so removing temptation!

13 comments:

  1. The ornament is perfect for your tree! The seed holders are precious and I'm sure they will be greatly appreciated by the recipients.

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  2. What lovely finishes. Great ornament and I love the Bride's Tree series. Wishing your Aunt and Uncle all the best and that they will soon be in their new home.

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  3. Beautiful stitching! The ornament is great :) and the seeds pockets are just precious.

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  4. Cute ornament. The seed packets are adorable and thoughtful!

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  5. wow sweet ornament..pretty stitching x

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  6. The seed packets are adorable. Such a thoughtful gift. Cute ornament too by the way. I love the doily that is underneath too! :)

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  7. Lovely gifts Margaret, you are so good at getting things stitched and finished - I'm sure your family and friends love it when you make something so personal for them.

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  8. Love the seed packets; they're beautiful! I like the one with the bunny. Great stitching!

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  9. Love the ornament!!! And the seed packets. Lovely stitching.

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  10. They're all lovely, congratulations

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  11. Beautiful ornaments for your home decoration.

    garden ornaments

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  12. Very nice stitched pieces. The seed packets look lovely.

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