Saturday, December 12, 2009

Merry Christmas To All Our Family and Friends

I was very fortunate to have met Heloisa from Brazil this year on Stitchin Fingers. We fast became Good Friends. Heloisa stitches some beautiful creations and she sent me the above lovely card called "Christmas Lady". The card is truly beautiful. I also received some very pretty buttons too. Thank you very much Heloisa!

I also swaps Dorset Buttons with Jinann from Virginia. I think my Christmas Dorset Buttons are absolutely beautiful. Thank you very much Jinann for creating them for me.

I have fallen in love with creating Dorset Buttons. The top one I called a "Snowflake Crosswheel". The two larger "White Dorset Buttons" are Singleton with my touch added. I especially lile the pink flower one. I used a Woven Picot Open and Closed stitch to create them. It is the first time I have ever used this stitch and I really loved the look of it. I put a pink pearl bead in the center which I think really make it special. The small pink Dorset Button one is called a Star Shirtwaist. This is my first attempt and I found it a bit more difficult. I am going to have to perfect this technique.

I also created these Dorset Buttons too. All three were given as gifts.

I have been admiring some Art Envelope on Stitchin Fingers so I decided to try and make a Christmas Art Envelope too. This is a close up of a Poinsettia with beads.

This is a photo of the inside of the Christmas Art Envelope.

This photo shows the whole front of the "Christmas Art Envelope". I really enjoyed making it. It went to my new friend Heloisa in Brazil.

I called this needle felted Post Card in red, "Christmas Dance". I added lots of snowflakes with beads and metallic threads.

Another needle felted Post Card in Pink, also called "Christmas Dance"! I also added more snowflakes beads and lovely metallic threads to make it sparkle. I used all lovely Icelandic Wools on them both.

I made this Silk Ribbon Christmas Post Card for us. It symbolizes what a "Wonderful, Precious, and Cherished Life I have with My Sweetie".

Our Christmas Tree this year. We decided to put it in the corner this year to give us more room for family to gather about. It is decorated with hand blow and painted German Blue Ornaments along with special ornaments made by my friends.

Today the sun is shining in Michigan. At the beginning of the week I could not even see the fence from the front window we were having such an dreadful snow blizzard. We got 14 inches of snow. Thanks goodness some of it has melted from the sun and rain. vbg
I feel very fortunate to have met so many wonderful friends blogging. To me Friends are Like Flowers. Each could stand alone on it own beauty. But group together each enhances the beauty of the other.
My Sweetie and I would like to wish everyone a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas and A Very Happy New Year.


Heather said...

Merry Christmas to you Judy and your Sweetie Bill too. Not only are you blessed with all your friends, your friends are in return to have you as their friend. The "Christmas Lady" is just lovely. And then your buttons! Besides the one you made for me (the tree) that I just love, I also think the white one with the little pink flower is just adorable... but they are all so special and wonderfully made... you are indeed becoming a pro at them. All your PC's are delightful and you certainly put a lot of work into that envelope. I don't know what is worse, to have the amount of snow you have had, or to have the freezing cold weather we have been having here, -41F with the windchill... egads! Hugs.

Liz Schaffner said...

Judy, Merry Christmas to you too!
I can't decide which is more beautiful ...your Dorset buttons of your cards!
Beautiful job!!!

Bev C said...

Hello Judy, Merry Christmas to you too. You are getting very clever at those buttons. I especially liked your felted post card "Christmas Dance".Happy days.

angelasweby said...

Judy, hi :>)
I have never seen your blog before but, this morning I followed a link from a friend's blog. Your work is absolutely beautiful and your blog so full of interesting things to see and read :>)

I adore your Dorset buttons and wanted to ask you about them. I first fell in love with Dorset buttons when I found an old little cushion cover in a discarded box in Italy (long story...haha) It had these beautiful handmade buttons which i finally, after much research discovered to be Dorset buttons. I have tried over and over to find out how to make them but never been successful. Now I see you have made absolutely beautiful buttons and wondered if there was a link you might direct me to showing how to make them.
With best wishes and thanks Angela

PS I did my teacher's training course for 3 years in Dorset many years ago. it's a beautiful area but, I must admit, I never saw a Dorset button anywhere...haha!

angelasweby said...

Sorry, it's me again,
I was conscious that my comment was really long and I didn't want to make it longer but, I had to come back to comment on your beautiful envelope and postcards. They are absolutely amazing :>) I just love Christmas Dance!
Your blog is so festive and uplifting :>)!!
I have stitched several envelopes myself as exchange pieces and love doing them.
If you have a minute, you can see them here in the Mailart Album

Warm wishes Angela

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Heather, Thank your for your very kind comment about my art. You are a dear friend. I hope we never get as cold as your Far North temps. Hugs Judy

Hello Liz, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and leave your lovely comment. Hugs Judy

Hello Bev. Nice to read your lovely comment. Thanks for visiting. Hugs Judy

Hello Angela, How nice that you found my blog. I truly enjoyed reading your lovely comments about my work. Greatly appreciated. Hugs Judy

Maureen said...

Hey Judy you have been busy and your work is lovely as usual, love those buttons and like Heather my favourite is the one with the pink flower - beautiful. You and Bill have a wonderful Christmas.

acornmoon said...

Thanks for your comments about the post. I still have not tried to make Dorset buttons but would love to give it a try someday. Your Christmas ones are so lovely!

Kayla coo said...

Hello Judy,

Wonderful textiles,love the buttons and the stitched envelope.
You are so lucky to have snow at Christmas!

elingu said...

Hello Judy,
I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year - your postcards are amazing.
Elin in Iceland ... still no snow here but frost.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas from sunny Cornwall England! Been 'up country' visiting family and grandchildren and it was -5 on saturday morning when left to come home...thats to cold for me. Love your chrismassy blog so interesting. Best wishes for the New Year to you and your family. xx

Anneke said...

What a lovely blog you have! such pretty things you make! :D

Jacq said...

So many beautiful thing. I love, love your buttons, I shall have to do some in the new year. I am inspired. I wish for you a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

❦TattingChic said...

THere is so much on this blog post to take in and it's all lovely! The postcards are very striking! The stitching, the buttons...everything is lovely!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Merry Christmas Judy
Lovely post, love the buttons
Happy Holidays
Carolyn x

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