Sunday, December 2, 2012

A "Christmas Garden " finish

I 'm glad many of you enjoyed seeing Pike Place Market in it's Christmas finery.  If it had not been raining, there would have been more photos. I did make my deadline and finished CG on Fri. night!  Yesterday I washed it and got it ready for framing.  The SBA(super blog assistant-he loads the photos) is my framer.  So now I have to wait till he is in the mood.  He's actually a great help and will probably do it soon.  On another note, last night we went to see The Irish Rovers Christmas Concert.  It was great.  If you like Irish music and get a chance to see them, go for it! I have also included in this post my next project. I'm doing a PS Santa. I need a small project for a change.  I'm beginning to think about my next big project.  This year I want to do more reproduction or at least that type of samplers. I hope you all have had a terrific week-end!

 I just placed the frame over the piece.  Sometimes you get a better picture without the glass anyway.

I am so glad that I decided to stitch the alphabet.  I got the idea from another blog, "A Gentleman's Sampling" .  Then I googled the idea and found many people wanted to do the same thing.   Some even skipped that part altogether. The initials that you see belong to our parents.

I have fallen in love with the color GA Heirloom Gold.  Please notice this magnificent frame from Valley House Primitives.  It goes so well with the colors in this design! Due to our light, all the photos are a bit darker than they actually appear. We have had DAYS!!! of rain and dark!

Here is the next project.  See the Santa with the sunflower. If I stitch him on 32ct. he will fit into one of my faux finished 5x7 frames.

This time of year we all  here in the Pacific NW need a bit of sun and cheer. So this design seemed perfect.
I wish you all a wonderful week ahead!


  1. Your Christmas Garden is gorgeous!

    Have fun stitching the PS Santa.

  2. Congratulations! Christmas Garden looks great. I think that frame is perfect for it.

    Enjoy stitching your PS Santa too. It is nice to stitch a smaller project every once in awhile. Instant gratification...

  3. Christmas Garden is absolutely beautiful!!!! I need the alphabet layout for the bottom... I want to do that also!!! Nice job, Faye

  4. Gorgeous finish! The frame is perfect.

  5. Christmas Garden is an absolutely gorgeous finish, and the frame is perfect for it!!

    I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on the PS Santa.

  6. Hi Barb,
    You're Christmas Garden is so beautiful.
    I'm sooo glad you like the frame and thanks so much for your kind words about our product.

    Janet from Valley House Primitives

  7. It looks great, and the frame is perfect for it.
    Congrats on your finish.

  8. What a wonderful finish! And have fun stitching the PS Santa! :o)


  9. Christmas Garden is just beautiful Barb! That frame is just perfect.
    The PS Santa is a perfect design for this time of year. I hope that you get some sun soon.
    The Christmas concert sounds wonderful too. I would love a chance to see their holiday concert.
    Have a great week.

  10. Your Christmas Garden ist absolutely beautiful!
    I hope you will get some sun soon, here at us (Germany) the sky is grey and we already had the first snow! Brrr.
    Warm greetings, Gabi

  11. Your Christmas Garden is gorgeous!!

  12. Congratulations on the beautiful finish!

    I know what you mean about the need for a smaller project after finishing a big one. I often do the same thing. However, I do like to have a bigger project in the works most of the time.

    The Prairie Schooler Santas are great. I have stitched many of them. I have the one you are started hanging over my computer desk, next to the one with the fish and lobster.

  13. Love your Christmas Garden, Barb, and it will look even more spectacular in that gorgeous frame. How nice that your husband is a "Jack of all trades!" Sure wish I could get mine to do some framing :)

    Love the PS Santas, of course, and the sunflower one is one of the best. Have fun stitching him!

  14. WOO HOO Barb! Love your Christmas Garden finish and the frame you picked for it is perfect!

    You can never go wrong with a PS Santa and what a nice change of pace after a large project like CG

  15. Beautiful stitch work. Sunflower Santa is pretty cool, too!

  16. C.G. is really, really lovely and I like how you chose to personalize it with meaningful initials. The Sunflower Santa looks most cheery and should be fun to stitch. Enjoy!

  17. Amazingly gorgeous! I wish you would travel and teach stitching. I know there is a calling in my city ;).

    I desire days and days of dark and rain. I like that! I much prefer that to sun any day. Seriously! :) Have a fantastic week!

  18. Wow!!! You must be SO thrilled with that finish! It looks great. How handy that your blog helper is also the framer. ;) I can't wait to hear what you decide to do for your next big project.

    LOVE PS. I think the Santas with the sunflowers are among my favorites of their designs, which are soooo many and all soooo nice.

  19. Your Christmas Garden turned out really pretty. I am still in ornament mode.

  20. Hooray! It looks so gorgeous! Congrats on finishing Christmas Garden! It is going to be so pretty hanging on your wall! I finally got my fabric, but it looks more yellow...Gosh I hope it works! But yours--magnifico!! Hugs!

  21. Hello rom France
    Bravo for this sampler. It issu so great ! I love the alphabet . Great idea !
    Did. you use CC And GAST. Colors ?
    I'm planning tour stitch it soon ....:-))