Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Somewhere in the Great Smoky Mountains

December started out with a surprise birthday trip 
to Tennessee and North Carolina.
The trip was my birthday gift from my daughters and 
my youngest daughter was my companion for the trip.
The weather was warm (60's), rainy and foggy the whole week.

 I won Santa Nancy's 3rd Day of Christmas drawing
on my birthday, December 3.
How cool is that!!

 Bride's Tree Ornaments
Designs by
Brooke's Books Publishing
Stitched on Wichelt's 28 count Cafe Mocha Linen
with Crescent Colors Belle Soie Silk and Cotton flosses

My happy client has given me permission to show these ornaments.  I'm pleased with how well they turned out and the Rambling Rose fabric for the backing and the box lining matches perfectly.
I stitched each ornament's meaning and pieced it with the backing fabric for the backside of the ornament.  This whole project took me almost two years to stitch and finish. 

Design by 
Country Cottage Needleworks
Stitched on supplied fabric
with DMC and DMC Color Variations floss.
Given as a Christmas Gift

Design by 
Lizzie * Kate
Stitched on unknown fabric found in my stash
with DMC Color Variations floss.
Sent to Jody R. for a Christmas Swap

Sock It To Me exchange received from Mark S

Sock It To Me exchange sent to Mark S

I received this wonderful ornament from Shirlee.
I love the beaded hanger she put on this ornament.
Thank you so much Shirlee!

I'm sure I've forgotten something in this post, 
but I'll just have to include it in a post after Christmas.

Keeping all those affected by storms around the world in 
my thoughts and prayers.

I hope you are enjoying the season!


  1. Lovely post , beautiful ornaments and exchanges , Happy Christmas.

  2. OMG!
    I LOVE the way the Bride's Tree Ornaments turned out, so beautiful!
    These are on my list for 2015, stitching 1 per month.
    I only hope I can finish them as pretty as yours.
    Love the way you stitched the meaning on the back, what a great idea.
    Thanks for showing them, and I've bookmarked your blog for reference.

  3. Such a wonderful birthday trip, Pam--I've always wanted to travel there, too!

    Love your latest ornament finishes and the Bride's Tree set is stunning--so, so pretty! I'm sure your client was thrilled... That took a lot of time and patience to stitch and finish each one...

    Wishing you a very blessed Christmas Day!

  4. What a special birthday gift. That is s very pretty part of our country. All of the ornaments are just beautiful!

  5. Smokey mountains is our all time favourite vacation destination. So much to do! Congrats on finishing all of the lovely Bride's Tree ornaments.

  6. I have not been to the Smokey Mountains since I was very little. What a lovely birthday present.
    Such wonderful stitching and it is finally done!!

  7. Beautiful ornaments and gifts.

    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.

  8. Wow! What an epic ornament collection! So, so pretty. You did a great job on them. And happy belated birthday. :)

    Merry Christmas!

  9. My oldest daughter and her family went hiking and camping all through the Smoky Mountains and also Shenandoah this past summer. They enjoyed it a lot and hope to go back soon! Loved seeing all your stitching--beautifully finished Bride's set! And the exchanges are great! Congrats on winning all that floss from Nancy!

  10. I am new to your blog and think your ornaments are so cute. I, too, have CCN Angels We Have Heard On High. Once I purchased it, I lost interest. Your ornament caught my eye with the beaded finish and coloring, so I think I'll stitch it up. What color did you use for the DMC color variations? All of your pieces are really nice.

  11. What a wonderful birthday gift - a memorable trip! Oh the thread colors - I think color is a drug for my brain - I can just look and look and look. Your bride series ornaments are just stunning! An instant heirloom.


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