A Christmas Day Finish!

Our family left early Christmas morning
so it was a relatively quiet Christmas day at the Gervais'.
There were lots and lots of goodies leftover for nibbling,
no need to spend too much time in the kitchen.  Perfect.
Twas a very cold Christmas day here in Iowa...
a perfect day to SNUGGLE IN,
 light a fire,
 enjoy the house all decked out in her Christmas attire,
I had my final finish of 2013 on Christmas evening.
ELIZABETH CLARK sampler is now finished!
Elizabeth is now draped across the back of my "stitching spot".
Each time I pass her by,
I stop for a visit...
just to ADMIRE her ~
I always feel energized after the Christmas rush is over,
 and am ready for a fresh start 
on design work for 2014
 I spent yesterday looking through piles of papers filled with 
DOODLES & SKETCHES that I've drawn over the past several years. 
 It is always exciting so see line drawings come to life, in fabric and fibers.

I made my annual trip to check out the VALENTINES candy aisle yesterday,
 as well.
 The transformation from Christmas to Valentines candy 
is just starting to happen at the stores.  
 I figure in a couple of days I will go back and decide on this years box or boxes to use for my 3rd annual
candy box valentines cross stitch pattern.  
  I will keep you all posted on which box will be used so you have time to locate it.

Today I am changing gears a bit,
 my punch needle is threaded!
  I have a few new pieces drawn up for punch needle and will work on them today and tomorrow on the road trip home to Minnesota for

With thy Needle & Thread,


Ma Teakettle said...

Sounds like a perfect day, Brenda…and I cannot wait to see which box you chose :)


Angie said...

Love your new finish! Safe travel!

Pat said...

Love Elizabeth and will look forward to its release.

Danice said...

The Elizabeth Clark sampler is gorgeous. Your house decorations are also very pretty :)

Michal Woodruff said...

Happy New Year. Thank you for all you give us.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Oh goodness! That is a perfect day and a perfect sampler there :)I couldn't think of a better way to spend a beautiful day !

Faye said...

Love the sampler Brenda.... And, I will be purchasing the box as soon as you say.... I am SO enjoying stitching Harriette now... The eyelets have been the highlight for me....now,I am stitching the lower portion of the sampler... Perfect colors also!!! Soon it will feel 2014~ Peace & blessings, Faye

Barb said...

What a beautiful sampler!! You do some of my favorite designs!

Mary A said...

I love the idea of just draping your finished sampler over the back of the chair and admire it for a while. Can't wait to see what you come up with in the candy aisle. Love the prim little tree next to your chair too. Mary

Аленка_madewithlove said...

Волшебные фото! С Новым годом и Рождеством! Добра и тепла!

~Kris~ said...

I have loved your designs since I first saw them and have purchased several of your needle punch patterns thru my local LQS. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your new designs come to life. Today capped them all when I saw the photo of your chair with the gold floral upholstery. I have a chair covered in the same fabric. It is MY chair that I sit in to watch TV, read the paper, and stitch. In fact, I am sitting in it right now. We must share some stitchery DNA somewhere down the line. Best regards for a wonderful new year.

Lynn said...

Elizabeth is a stunner! What a lovely way to spend Christmas Day, with stitching in hand.
I look forward to your Valentine stitch for the coming year.