Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas to all! And stitching too!

First. I want to thank all of you for the wonderful comments to my blog. Especially the ones about my Rory. I try to thank you as I get each one but sometimes your email address isn't available. But I do love your comment just the same.
Second. I want to say sorry for being such a bad blogger lately. Sigh. Life just seems to fly by and before I know it another week has past. Now here it is almost Christmas and almost the end on another year. My oh my.Stitchers are such warm, kind and generous people. Not only are you all who read my blog dear to my heart but imagine my surprise when a package arrived from an address I didn't recognize. A fellow stitcher and blogger had gifted me with some jewelry to help replace some of what was stolen in the robbery. I can never thank Cindy enough. Such a sweet and generous thing to do and one that I will cherish always. This photo does not do justice to the lovely things she sent me. Thank you Cindy from the bottom of my heart.

Rory even tried to help with my stitching!
For the past month or so I have been stitching like crazy (when Rory lets me) but I can't show you any of it yet. I've stitched 8 ornaments so far and have two more to go by New Year's. I've also stitched two samplers and another piece for one of my brothers. I am never sure who looks at my blog and who doesn't so after Christmas there will be lots of stitchy photos. I am looking forward to Christmas Day and a new start. I have it all kitted up and waiting. What, you ask? I am going to stitch up You are my Sunshine by La D Da. A song I have always sung to my nieces and nephews when they were little and now sing to Rory.

I knew I had a number of things to get done before Christmas so I didn't sign up for any exchanges. I hope to get back to them in the New Year. I only have a few photos of the ones I did in October. Unfortunately the other photos were on the camera that was stolen. Here are some of the pieces I did before the Christmas stitching rush began. Including a finish that I did in October.
HOE Autumn exchange stitched by Edgar

HOE Words of Christmas from Meari

HOE Autumn exchange stitched by me.

I have had a very hard time getting into the spirit of the season this year. Even though it has been three years since my Mom passed I seem to miss her more each Christmas. In her memory I did put up the Christmas village. That was always her favorite part of decorating. I have many photos of her sitting on the floor both putting the village out and showing it to the grandchildren. Here is my version for this year.

Last weekend I finally put up the tree. It's for Rory. Really it is. If you look carefully you'll see that all or almost all the ornaments are dog related. So it is Rory's tree.
Until next time Rory and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with love and laughter. And may the New Year Bless us all with good healthy and many happy times.

Love and stitches
and licks from Rory too


Berit said...

What a wonderful post! Amazing that Rory will pose so with your stitching--what a good boy!

I also love all your stitches, and I think that having a new start on Christmas day is a great idea! I also like the La D Da you have chosen. Do you know "Peaceful Ways" by LDD? I have that in my stash for a long time, and I think it is one I need to kit and stitch. The verse says "O Gentle Words and Peaceful Ways"--definitely something I wish I could learn by osmosis!

Oh, also! Your finishing is so beautiful. :o

Oh, and how sweet that someone sent you such nice jewelry. It looks like she sent you a nice mix of costume and semi-precious/precious--honora pearls, Nice!

Ah, well--Merry Christmas and the same good wishes for your new year, too!

Jennifer said...

Faster Rory, faster.....Mom has so much more stash!

Love the pic of him "stitching"!

blueladie said...

What a wonderful post. Had me smilin' all the way. Love all of Rory's photos and the pictures of both of you at the end are treasures! Thanks so much Kathy for sharing your lives. :) Cathryn

Parsley said...

Bless his paws. What a nice helper. Love the angel topper. We have a Chihuahua one!

Deborah said...

First, i want to wish you and Rory a wonderful Christmas! I just love the picture of him stitching. Too funny. Great exchanges.

Jennifer said...

I love all your pics Kathy and you are a special friend to me. I hope you have a great Christmas and heheheehehehe Rory with glasses and stitching made me laugh hard! LOL
Thanks for sticking with me this year through good and bad. I hope 2012 brings you joy for you and Rory.

see you on FB!


GoldenAngelsWorks said...

What a great post.
I love all the wonderful photos... Think my favorites this time is Rory stitching.
Gotta share that with my son.
He will absolutely love those pics. LOL

I love all the stitching you have done as well

Margaret said...

Lovely stitching, exchanges and all! But I enjoy most seeing you and Rory together, looking so happy. :D Rory is such a sweet boy, I can tell. He's so cute in front of his tree too! I hope your Christmas is very merry and that you have a happy, healthy New Year.

Lisa V said...

Merry Christmas Kathy and Rory!! I hope the New Year brings you much joy and happiness.

MoonBeam said...

What a fun post! Love seeing stitching pix with Rory! He makes a pretty good Santa, too.


Mouse said...

ooooooo what a fab post :) mmm which bit I like best is hard but I think it has to be Rory stitching and the photos of you at the end .... glad you got your village out too ... looks lovely ... gorgeous exchange pieces too :) hope you have a fab Christmas and a stitchy new year and looking forward to seeing what you have been up to :) take care :) love mouse xxxx
ps lovely gesture from cindy too xxx

mainely stitching said...

Rory is the most remarkable dog person I've ever seen! (And that's from someone who loves her own two dog people very much!)

Wonderful stitching, and what a thoughtful gift of jewelry. :)

Happy, happy holidays and the best of the New Year!

Danielle said...

Great post! Just when I think you could not top yourself with a Rory photo and then you post the one of him stitching!! My fave pic yet. Made me laugh out loud.

Catherine said...

Wonderful post Kathy! All of Rory's pictures are so good, but I really had to chuckle at the one's of him with your stitching! Speaking of stitching - your finishes look wonderful and I'll be looking forward to seeing all your other stitched goodies when you show them!

Colleen said...

Bless you Kathy & that handsome, redheaded Guy, Rory. I love reading your posts and on FB too. Merry Christmas to you & Rory!!Love your Mom's Village, special memories for you.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

beautiful dog !

mery christmas from France

Carol said...

Rory is just a born model, isn't he, Kathy--so patient and photogenic!! Loved seeing all your holiday decorations, too...

Wishing you and Rory a joyous Christmas!

htimcj said...

May the coming year go more smoothly that the last!
Your exchanges are beautiful!
And of course Rory is adorable!

Anonymous said...

Rory is such a love! He is just putty in your hands. I am so sorry that you had a terrible September but I am glad to see you back blogging again. I really enjoy reading your blog and hearing all about Rory's adventures. It is not often we come across a dog like Rory in our lives -- enjoy him to the max - he's a special one! Merry Christmas to you both and hoping you have a great 2012. Judi Covey from ILCS

Carolyn NC said...

And a most merry Christmas to you and Rory, too! Love all the great pictures and stitching finishes and exchanges! And yes, one day I'll get that Friendship Sampler in the mail...I'm so slack! Love the Dickens Village - I understand why your mom loved it. Tree looks fantastic, too. Fav pic is the one of you and Rory. Have a wonderful Christmas and may you be richly blessed this coming New Year!

Nancy M said...

Great post Kathy. I can't believe the poses you can get Rory to do for you! Just love the one of him stitching! Lovely finishes and exchanges you have received. And that's a great village arrangement. I can see why she would get so much joy out of looking at it and sharing it with the Grandkids!

Anonymous said...

Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Love the pictures with Rory. A lovely village and guess that is why your Mom loved it.

Lovely stitching and exchanges.


Nancy said...

Kathy, your Rory is such a handsome pup. Your stitching is beautiful and I love reading your blog. I hope you and Rory have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Healthy and Happy New Year. May 2012 be a much better year then this one. (Which means even more wins for Rory! YAY!!!)

Barb said...

What a great couple you make Kathy, Rory touches so many hearts Kathy and brings so much joy. You have done a great job with him. Have a wonderful Christmas both and I adore your village.
Thankyou for your photos through the year of both stitching and the bestest dressed dog ever!
Hugs and smiles

Andrea said...

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and Rory.

Ranae said...

Pretty decor!
Merry Christmas and Happy 2012

Sapphire Stitching said...

Great photos! Knew it would take Rory no time to learn to stitch!

And This Little Pig said...

Merry Christmas Kathy & Rory, hope your day was happy and merry, and may the New Year bring you nothing but joy.

Love the stitching and I trust Rory didn't have any frogging :@

Ho Ho Ho
LiBBiE in Oz with Meah, and the Long Dogs Evie, Quincy & Podge

Katrien said...

Beautiful tree. The pics of Rory are just awesome :)
Nice finishes

Laurita Hall said...

Rory rocks!
What a wonderful stitches Kathy!


Pam in IL said...

Oh My Goodness! I so love reading your blog and hearing about all your fun with Rory. He is such a good boy and you really have him trained well.

Your stitching is beautiful and I can't wait to see all the ornies you made.

Merry Christmas!

Veronica said...

Rory is just too adorable. I can't get enough of him! LOL! Gorgeous stitching. I love Dandy Dreams. Have that one on my wish list for the longest time. Beautiful exchanges too. Hope you had a great Christmas. Have a wonderful new stitchy year.


Siobhan said...

Awww, great photos, Kathy! I love your tree and the ornaments. Lovely stitching photos, too! I hope you & Rory had a wonderful Christmas.

Villa-loredana said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Loredana from Croatia.

Kay said...

I love your post, Rory is such a ham and looks like such a well behaved dog to pose for all the pictures like he does. Love all the ornaments stitched, received and sent. Your tree is beautiful. Hope you had a lovely holiday season.

Anonymous said...

How fun. He must have the utmost patience & like accessories. From the way he's looking at you in the last picture, he adores you as much as you him.
Thanks for sharing.

Loves Christmas said...

I meant to comment earlier but forgot about it. Rory is certainly an amazing dog/human and those poses you get from him - priceless.

Where oh where did you get a replica of The White House? If they're still out there, I think I'd like to have one.


Meari said...

I am so behind on reading blogs! Your house looked so festive. Love the Christmas Village.

Marexstitch said...

Love the photos of you with himself! Wonderful stitching and a happy belated xmas!