Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Looking Ahead to Christmas

I know it's a little early but when you have as much stitching time as I do, you have to start early.

I know I have some new followers so for those of you who are just joining up--welcome and thanks for the lovely comments on the wedding piece.  For this post to make sense, I need to fill in some backstory.  My husband and I met at college.  His wife left him about 3 years ago and we reconnected and got married (he is in fact, Biblically divorced, so he was free to remarry).  That's the short story.  The college we went to had 2 courses of study:  Christian teaching and pre-seminary for pastors.  So, we both have a very Lutheran house.

He thought it would be cool to have a all-Christian Christmas tree.  Now, I love Christmas trees as much as the next person and I have a very large collection of ornaments.  But most of them are secular, sad to say so it's really not "Christian" in that sense.  My goal is to make a collection of Christian symbols for the tree.  So, today I got started.

I have a bunch of patterns for different Christian symbols that I got out of my grandma's stash.  They are supposed to be made of three different shades of gold (in this case, meaning "yellow").  I thought it would look cool in metallic gold and white and black.  So, I had some DMC metallic gold and perforated plastic and went to work.

Needless to say, they turned out a bit small.

I figured I would try again with larger plastic canvas.  I had some Lions Brand Glitterspun yarn which was the only yarn I could find that was metallic gold.  I got it a few years back when I was making a kleenix box cover for a friend.

Much better sized but I cut it a bit weird. 

You can clearly see the size difference.

I am also hoping to do some beaded Christmons like what my Grandma used to do.

I also glued Tartan Teddy onto the journal.  I used Crafter's Pick Ultimate Glue which Pat recommended.  Bob recommended Mighty Mendit but I decided to try the other stuff because Hobby Lobby had it on sale.  Next task for it to do is fix some couch cushions.  We'll try the Mendit if this stuff doesn't work.


  1. You've been busy, Joy! That's a great idea for your tree. This is the first year that I stitched ornaments for my tree.

  2. What a great idea for decorations, I love seeing new ideas for decorating the Christmas tree


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