Friday, April 17, 2009

Deployment Finishes

I didn't have a lot of time to stitch while I was gone but I did manage to finish a few pieces other than my exchange squares. I also finished almost all of the cross stitch on DH's stocking. Stitching was a great way to relax but typically I really only had a chance to do some serious stitching on Sundays. The first piece I finished was one I had started right before I left on deployment called Music Harmony. It was a Dimensions kit.

Music is Harmony (Dimensions)
Fabric: 14 ct Ivory Aida
Threads: Cotton floss (kit)

The next piece that I finished was one that only took me about a week and a half to do. I started it while watching the Army Navy game (which I am glad is an early game since it wasn't in the middle of the night due to the time difference) and finished it on the 12 of Dec. I have decided to gift it to a friend so no pictures until it is finished and received ... I don't want to ruin the surprise.

My last finish of 08 was an ornament kit that I received in a care package from Melissa M. who sent me a couple of books that had been on my wishlist. It's called Hearts come Home and I finished it on New Year's Eve. Now it just needs to be finished into an ornament before this upcoming Christmas.

Hearts Come Home
Designer: Leisure Arts' Designs for the Needle Kit
Fabric: 18 ct White Aida
Thread: Cotton floss (kit)

While on deployment I did make a lot of progress on DH's stocking. I finished the bottom half and moved to the top half. All I have left is some of the snow on the roof, the name and the top border (for the cross stitch). Then I have all of the detail work ... backstitching and beads. I should have no trouble finishing it this year ... I just need to actually work on it.

The last two pictures are of pieces that I finished before deployment and had framed at my LNS.  They turned out wonderfully again ... as always.  The first is the dolphins I stitched for my DH and the second is "Thank You for Serving" which I stitched for my grandfather. They both saw the finish products in December. My husband received his when he returned from deployment and my parents took the piece down to FL to give to my grandfather during our annual Christmas gathering.

So I think that pretty much catches you up on what I got done while I was gone.  I also worked on a wedding sampler and started another project (Erica Michael's Liberty Light).  I finished the wedding sampler last week and need to take it in to be framed.  I should finish the other shortly.  I am also working on my squares for the Spring round of the Fair and Square exchange.  The other fun I've had is designing another wedding piece for friends of mine that are getting married in June.  So now I just have to get started stitching.  I'm off duty for the weekend and DH and I are heading to the sub ball tonight.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with plenty of time to stitch.  I will see you next week!


Ginnie said...

Great finishesd, I especailly love that music one.

staci said...

Everything looks wonderful, congrats on your finishes! I love that "Thank You for Serving"! And your husband's stocking is really coming along!

Suzanne said...

Lovely finishes! The framed pieces look really good.

Barb said...

Great finishes. I love the music one it's so pretty. Great job on all of them.

AndreaLeigh said...

gorgeous dani! you're so talented!

I wanted to say thanks for your kind words on the post about my uncle. it meant a lot to me! i appreciate it!

Sharon said...

Great finishes! Congrats and welcome back home!

Stitching instead of cleaning said...

Thanks for your post on Thank You for Serving. Was not aware of this pattern but I went to my LNS and purchased it and I am planning on stitching it for a friend of my husbands who is retiring after many years. Lovely work!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.