Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fa La La

Every time I see/hear the name of this ornament, I immediately think "Fa La La La Lifetime..." Apparently I spent way too much time watching Frasier re-runs on this particular channel over Christmas break. LOL!

I debated on a New Year start this year...I had so many new starts during Christmas that I didn't really think the new year justified yet another one (I usually never even stop to think about a new start...I don't know what came over me...). In the end, I compromised and started (and finished!) the first of the monthly Little House Needleworks ornaments "Fa La La." Cute, fun, and easily completed. I hope to stitch one each month as they come out. We will see.... The stitching probably won't be the problem; it will be the actual finishing it into an ornament that I will struggle with. I don't enjoy finishing nearly as much as I enjoy starting and stitching. I stitched this on a miscellaneous 40 ct. scrap that I had in my "smalls" fabric stash. I like the small count for these.

I have been stitching exclusively on Paradise Lost since finishing Fa La La. I don't feel like I have much to show for it. The leaves on this tree have taken me FOR-EVER. I just put the last stitch into the last leaf. There are 30 leaves on this one tree...not that I have counted or anything... I LOVE stitching it though. It is a lot of fun. I can't wait to start Eve tonight. I am hoping I can keep myself interested in seeing this to completion and have it hanging on my wall soon. This will be the first A&E sampler that I have ever stitched, but already have accumulated a stash of several more to join it.

I had to go back to work yesterday. I had forgotten how unpleasant getting up at 6:00 am can be. And cold. I know most of the US is experiencing record breaking lows, that even in January, are colder than usual. Here in Kentucky is no exception. We are expected to get 4-6 inches of snow later in the week. If we get it, it will be the first significant snowfall that we have had in a long time.

Michael and Jake are at Little League basketball practice for another 45 minutes. I think I will fix a cuppa hot tea and start stitching Eve.

Have a good one! Stay warm!


  1. PL is looking good!

    I haven't started Fa La La and received the 2nd ornie in the mail today. It's only Jan 5th and I'm already behind!

  2. Fa-la-la! Those two girls look really cute.

    I've been debating back and forth about stitching Paradise Lost and I think I will wait. I have so many things to stitch! But I will enjoy seeing your progress!

  3. Fa La La La looks great, as does Paradise Lost. It is a beauitful pattern, so I look forward to keeping up with your progress.

  4. I know I've forgotten, but are you close to Indiana Kellie?
    I love your ornie, and I'm with you, I plan a lot of ornament stitching this year (I hope). It's cold in the a.m. but I LOVE to get up early :) we're expecting 4 - 7 inches (supposedly) starting tonight...we'll see...

  5. Adorable finish! I think I'm going to have to get on the auto for these ornaments - they are really sweet! Great start on PL! I really want to get back to mine one of these days! :)

  6. Oh, I love your Fa-La-La, Kellie! So sweet...I think I'll have to add that one to my "to-do" list!

  7. Congratulations on the finish! That's super cute.

    Your PL is coming along so nicely. That tree took me awhile, too. It was worth the time but I swear, I was seeing leaves in my sleep! LOL Good luck with it!

  8. Cute ornie! PL is on my list of to-dos. I spent a good deal of time stitching and watching Frasier over the break, too! Funny!

  9. Kellie,
    I can't gt my email to work so I'll just post here really quick to let you know how I made the bobbins. Trace around one of your bobbins to make a template. Use any kind of thin cardboard such as poster board or even a cereal box. You'll need to trace your template on the cardboard twice for each bobbin. Add a very thin layer of glue to one side of the bobbin you cut out. Cute around leavig about 1/4" border a maybe a little less. clip at curves and glue that down. After you have made both sides, glue the uncovered sides together. you might need to hold it for a little bit to get all edges to adhere to each other.Hope that makes sense.

  10. I am still stitching Fa La La; can't seem to get into this one but I will eventually get it done.
    Love your "YULE" in the previous post...he's so cute!