Sunday, November 20, 2011

A RAK, Two Finishes and Another SAL

It is rare to see me post twice in a month. I want to show a wonderful RAK gift from Andrea at The Craft Room. Andrea had a Christmas RAK Draw on her blog recently. She had 6 beautiful Christmas ornaments to give away. I am so lucky to be one of the winners. Here is the gorgeous ornament!

This gift came beautifully wrapped with a special Christmas card. Thank you so much Andrea, for this RAK. I will treasure them.

We had come to the end of Carol R's Mystery SAL. Here is the finale with my initial E. I will be mounting this beautiful sampler on the box in the picture. Carol gave a Bonus Chart to be stitched and finished into pincushion for the box. Thank you Carol, for a wonderful SAL. For those who miss the SAL, Carol has the design on sale on her blog - Sew A Mystery.

Next another finish to share - Christmas Eve. I love Prairie Schooler's designs and really enjoyed stitching this piece. Still not sure how I will finish this one, probably frame it.

I am very slow with the Christmas ornament stitching. Look at the Red Santa, he is still without a head. You can visit the Christmas Ornament Challenge 2011's blog to see the beautiful ornaments already posted there.

However, I managed to finish another ornament. This is a freebie by L 'R de rien in 2009. It was a fast stitch and I took away the year 09 in the design.

Design: Joyeux Noel by L 'R de rien
Fabric: 27ct PINK Meran
Thread: DMC blanc

With the end of Carol's Mystery SAL, I started another SAL hosted by The Thread Basket. The design for this SAL "A La Belle Etoile" is by French designer C Mon Monde. This is a 4-part SAL with one part per week. I am currently stitching on part two, here is a picture of part one. The fabric is actual light blue linen, close to DMC color 3747.

Designer: C Mon Monde
Fabric: 36ct hand-dyed linen
Thread: DMC

I took my mum to the 20th World Orchid Conference last week. We love flowers and I took lots of pictures. I will end with some pictures of the Orchid Show, enjoy!

Take care and keep stitching!

The orchids are gorgeous, actually a very deep purple in color.

A rare species!


Myra said...

Congratulations on winning one of Andrea's ornaments. Isn't her work just divine? You mystery piece is gorgeous and I am loving that red Santa.

Penny said...

What a lovely ornament you received. Your finishes are absolutely beautiful and your little red Santa is going to be so cute! Those orchids are gorgeous!

Theresa said...

Wow~ Look at all these beautiful orchids!!!!!

The ornament you received is gorgeous!!! You are one lucky girl~ your stitches are great!!!! Looks like you have some very nice projects going on~

Sally said...

Congratulations on winning an ornament from Andrea. It is gorgeous.

Love your finishes. The PS finish is lovely.

Veronica said...

Andrea makes such beautiful finishings. You're so lucky to have won one of her ornaments.

Beautiful stitching. Looks like you're doing great with the Ornament Challenge. I especially like Joyeux Noel. That pink and white combination is the sweetest.

Thank you for sharing those gorgeous orchid pictures with us.


Mylene said...

Love the gift you rec. beautiful!
Lovely finishes you've done i especially love the PS design.

WOW! Those flowers are gorgeous!!!

Carol said...

Oh, you're so lucky to win one of Andrea's ornaments, Ellen!! I received a PIF from her a few years ago and it is just gorgeous...

Love your stitching--especially the PS piece. And those orchids are spectacular!!

Siobhán said...

Wow, amazing finishes! Beautiful work. Congrats on the giveaway win, too!

Suzanne said...

Beautiful ornament you received from Andrea. Love all your stitching projects, you have been very busy.

Love the orchids!

Solstitches said...

The ornament you received from Andrea is gorgeous. I was lucky enough to win one a couple of years ago. Her work is so lovely.
You have some lovely finishes -your SAL piece turned out so nice and I love your Prairie Schooler piece.

Brigitte said...

Ellen, I love your choice of ornaments. And in addition you also won one. Lucky you.
Two great finishes. Carol's SAL piece will look great on top of a box. And the PS piece is so beautiful and will look absolutely great in a frame. Looking forward to seeing it framed.

Lillie said...

Congrads on your win, so lucky both for the win and the beautiful ornament received. Your ongoing projects looked wonderful.

The orchids are indeed gorgeous!

Nicola said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to following your stitching projects. I too like Mamen's designs.

Wishing you a blessed and joyous Christmas and a happy New Year, may it bring you gifts of joy, health and happiness (and lots of stitching time).