Thursday, January 7, 2016

Another post!

Hello stitching friends!  I hope you are sitting down when you see this, because I have done three posts very close together!  It's been a long while since I've done that!  haha

I am busy taking down Christmas trees, etc.  I always wait until after Epiphany, so that gives me a few extra days to procrastinate!  And it's never as much fun to take down as it was to put it up!!!

I thought I'd show these beautiful beaded Christmas balls, before they go back into their storage box. My mother made these back in the 1960s.  I remember it so vividly!  Since I grew up in SW Mississippi, we went to Mardi Gras each year on Fat Tuesday--for the Rex parade.  It was so much fun!  We had TONS of beads, and my mother got crafty and started using them for craft ideas.  She made these beautiful beaded Christmas balls and hung them on our mantle for years.  I guess you'd say they're made from vintage Mardi Gras beads, even though it doesn't seem like I should remember anything that can be called vintage!!!  I brought them to our house earlier this year, after she died, and I didn't know what to do with them this year, so I just plopped them on a silver tray and let that be it for now!  But they really are pretty, and I will think of something better for next year!

She was very exact in her colors, using ribbon and fabrics, and she even used some tiny silk poinsettias on one of them!  Aren't they fun?  My mother was extremely thrifty, and when those beaded kits came out, she wanted to use her beads and went and bought some longer pins and styrofoam balls at our local TG&Y!  (Do you remember TG&Y?!?!?!)

I've done some stitching!  I did finish this little Prairie Schooler freebie Halloween card!  I always seem to be "off" on Holiday stitching!  haha  It's on a scrap of some hand-dyed linen.  I think it will finish up really cute!

I also finished this precious little music ornament!  It was a little gift from our friend Annette and I just think it's so cute!!  It was a tiny Janlynn kit!  Love it!!   It's on the tree by a precious little felt snowman made by my dear friend Janie!  I love all my treasures!!!

Today would have been my mother's 86th birthday!  I cannot believe she has been gone eight months. Some days it seems like she was just here yesterday, and some days it seems like forever since we've seen her.  Time is so funny that way!
This is a sweet photo of her with our son.

I have joined a SAL from The Snowflower Diaries  You know I have no business trying to do 12 ornaments!!  HAHAHA  But, if I get only part of them done, it will be worth it!  When I saw this cute little fox, I just had to jump in!   AND, on Facebook, there is also a SAL for the 2015 JCS Ornament Issue!!!  I get that magazine each year, and I jumped in on that one, too!  HAHAHA  But, I have to give it a go!

Well, I guess that's all for now!  I hope you have a wonderful day and I also hope I can show some progress on my SAL adventures!!  Thanks for stopping by and do visit again soon!