I started out by finishing some some hanging ornaments. For the round ones, I used metal Finishing Forms I ordered from 123 Stitch. The forms come with instructions for use that are very easy to follow. The "Joy Y'all" ornament I sewed myself.
The Halloween ornament is currently hanging on a bookshelf for October. The Santa, oil derrick, and harp will be going to a friend. The harp is actually a Chrismon, or Christ Monogram. These symbols of the Christian faith are used as ornaments on Christmas trees. For more information on them, click here: Chrismons. Most of the patterns I use for these are OOP by Designing Women Unlimited and can be found on eBay. The pattern booklet numbers are 9, 19, 54, and 57.
|Mr. Scary Pumpkin Face, a blog freebie|
|"Joy Y'all" by Redbird Designs|
|From "A Cowboy Christmas" by FTL Designs (OOP)|
|From "Fifty-Five Christian Symbols" (Book 54) by Designing Women Unltd.|
I sewed two other finishes into pillows (pictures tomorrow) and stuffed them. I'd probably make more pillows except that I loathe blind stitching them closed. I've never been very good at blind stitching despite great effort to improve, so I avoid having to blind stitch if at all possible. DH thinks my blind stitching looks fine, and that I'm suffering from my usual perfectionist tendencies. He's probably right. ;-)
And last but not least, I still have several projects to frame. I dislike framing as much as I do finishing stuff. If I were filthy rich, I'd have someone else do framing and finishing for me, but as I'm not, I do it myself. DH needs to make me frames for two projects, and then I need to purchase a wooden box with a lid for another project. DH could easily make me the box, but he doesn't have a lot of spare time right now with all our other projects.
I'll post pictures as I get the projects framed and hung on the wall.