Monday, December 6, 2010

Winding Down

The busy-ness of these past months is winding down; I have only two classes left now and as it is so quickly coming to an end, I am savouring every moment. For those of you who have followed along with me for a while, you will know that I have decided I am taking some much needed time for myself and will no longer be teaching.

Not teaching doesn't mean not sharing though, and I will continue with the Artful Thursday posts, which have come to mean so very much to me. I love taking the time one day a week to make something, to explore a new technique or material and to think out loud. I hope to be able to do more of that in the future.

With the Sale over, there are the inevitable left-overs. The heart above was listed in my new Etsy Shop last week and every time I look at it I think I should just keep it - I love those neutrals! 

Below is a viewing of the latest additions to my Etsy Shop: a little crazy-quilted stocking, followed by a larger one you may remember from this post... I do love my crazy quilting!

These little felt pins are also there...

And now for the Give Away...

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments about my daughter Laura winning the ornament - we were both so touched by your words. She remembered well the tradition and one remark of hers stands out "I remember the hands behind the back - the needlework was so white!!"
I did a lot of Norwegian Hardanger in those days and I think that is what she is remembering; I loved doing it and am hankering for it again. In fact, I think I will do a Hardanger ornament for next week's Give Away - I am sure I have all I need in my needlework drawer!
In the meanwhile, I am offering up the miniature stocking below. It is the blue twin of the small green one above, complete with artificial greenery. It measures approx. 7" long by 5 and 3/4" wide at the boot, 3 and 1/2" at the cuff.

All you have to do to enter is tell me something about your Christmas stocking, or one you have made.

The winner will be chosen randomly Wednesday evening; DH is ousted from the job as we all know from experience what number he would choose!

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MosaicMagpie said...

My Mother created personalized Christmas Stockings for our family when I was young. They were made from felt, mine was a red stocking with gingerbread men and other shaped sequins on it. My mother's was a high button shoe with lace, my dad's was an argyle sock and my brother's a cowboy boot. When I married I made each of my family a stocking. Mine is a Crazy Quilted Stocking, my husband's is made from tapestry fabric. My eldest daughter's has a cross stitched angel on it and the youngest daughter has a victorian looking cream satin and lace stocking. We have three dogs I guess I should make each of them a stocking next.

Marj Talbot said...

I have yet to try the crazy quilting. It's so beautifull and an expression of oneself. Every time I think of doing it I think of my husband with his darning. He loves to darn and maybe is the one who should try crazy quilting stitches. He hasn't darned his socks in some time as somehow all those old socks seem to have vanished into thin air. There was actually more darn than sock with some.

Anonymous said...

Your stockings are so beautiful. I have wanted to make some new ones for years now but am met with resistance from my grown daughters. It seems the tattered and worn old ones hold many happy memories for them. Merry Christmas! Patty

paperbird said...

Jillayne I am so happy to see that you are still creating for artful thursday. I hope to return to that sweet creative thursday.
Your stockings are very sweet and I love your flowers. My favorite stocking is a long red and white white I purchased several years ago- it looks so old fashioned.

Suztats said...

My Favourite stocking is one I haven't made yet, but I am slowly gathering the supplies.
Christmas stockings were always a wonderful prelude to what awaited downstairs under the tree. I always carried on the tradition of candy canes, a puzzle, chocolates, nuts and an orange in my childrens' stockings, slipping in some special items as well. There was great disappointment when I announced that I was stopping the stockings ( should thirty-year olds still get stockings from their parents? ) and my DD remarked that stockings were always the best part of our traditions!

Anonymous said...

Jillayne, are you breathing easier yet? I hope you have lots of time for yourself to PLAY!
I just love your hearts. As I work on my crazy quilt lace coverlet, one of the ones you sent me is tucked into my thread basket so I can enjoy it every time I pick up my project.

Debby said...

YOur heart and stockings are beautiful, beautiful. Such wonderful keepsakes.