Monday, January 10, 2011

Half Penny Angel and the snow

Yesterday evening, I finished an ornament for a friend. The design is Half Penny Angel from The Primitive Needle. I converted it to an ornament, stitched it on 40 count Sand Dune by Lakeside Linens, and finished it as a pillow. This was my first attempt at adding beads to an ornament. It worked, but it was an... interesting... experience. I don't know if I did it right, but I added the beads as I was joining the front to the back, placing the bead between the two sides on every 3rd stitch. The beads were all on the inside of the piece, and I had to push them through when I turned the ornament right side out. There's probably a more efficient way to do that...
Anyway, here's the ornament:

I've got the day off today, due to a ridiculous amount of snow (ridiculous for southern, coastal plains North Carolina). This is what it looks like outside my window this morning:

The weatherman is saying that we already have 3 and a half inches. That's great. What I'm not looking forward to is the ice storm arriving this evening.

The plan for today includes napping, reading, scrapping, and stitching some more versions of the ornament in the first picture of this post. Stitching can be a bit of a challenge in this household. I leave you with this image of the assistance I received last night in finishing the ornament. This is what my lap looked like:

Notice that there is room for a third cat to squeeze in just below my leg, since I OBVIOUSLY curled my leg up for just that very purpose (and not because it's comfy to sit that way for a few minutes). And please don't think for a minute that that unused space stayed empty for very long.


Jingle said...

That ornament is fabulous! Your day sounds like a really really good one! Enjoy it!

hilde janbroers said...

love the ornament!

Sharla said...

Your plan for today sounds absolutely perfect!! Enjoy it! love the ornament :)

ScrappnBee said...

The ornament is beautiful! Hope that you guys are dealing with the cold and snow/ ice OK (will cross my fingers for no ice on the lines!). Love the pics of the cats on your lap! They are precious!

Karen said...

Just wandered over from the Pals BB and love this ornament. You did a good job on finishing. I stitch the beads on after I have sewn it together and turned it inside out. Easier to do I think.

I can't wait to have a look around at your scrapbooking and stitching.

Stay warm....from a snowy SC.