Thursday, January 8, 2015

Partridge and Pear

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It’s January now and we here in the North are focused on organizing our closets and sitting under our full-spectrum SAD lamps and knitting giant scarves and cowls in a feverish attempt to keep the frostbite at bay, but I wanted to show you these holiday ornaments I made and gave away. It was easy to give them because I love my people a lot and giving handmade things is one of the ways I show them that, but it was also a little bit hard to give them away because look at them.  They are so CUTE.  I wanted to keep them ALL.  There were so many fun hours in these, and I really mean it.  From the color decisions to the stitching on of teeny seed beads, I had a blast.  They are Partridge and Pear by Larissa Holland, and I made so many of them that they didn’t even all make it into the picture.  And I wish you could see the ones (blogless) Michelle made, dang, her stitches are so immaculate, and she did one in lilac and the most indescribably awesome sage-mustard color, which almost sent me back to the store for more felt, until I remembered that I still had kilt hose to finish.  I love little projects like this.  The little packets of beads and curated skeins of floss and stacks of colorful felt; the hours concentrating on one wing.  I really love that. 

28 comments:

  1. They are lovely! Maybe if I start on them now, I'll have a few done by next Christmas!

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  2. They are absolutely gorgeous. I also made some felt decorations for Christmas. There's still a pile of felt, beads and embroidery thread so I guess I'll be making more. Maybe soon because Christmas has a habit of coming round more quickly every year.

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  3. Beautiful. The details are stunning. A good idea for next Christmas.

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  4. Kristen, it's easy to see that these would be great fun to make. Playing with color and embroidery and beads in endless combinations, with results that make perfect gifts.

    I've made a note for next Christmas.

    I also agree with you about the charms of staying indoors during frosty Jan., althought our current 11 degrees must seem warmish to you upstate folks.

    xo

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  5. Oh these are just beautiful. Maybe if a I start now I could have some ready for next year? Or technically, this year! :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  6. ooooh, you are a nice lady to give them all away! That's true love. These are the sweetest ornaments ever. My tree is full of almost-tacky Christmas ornaments that the children love and can hang without worries. . . but I know I could make a place for a little partridge or a pear in solitude on a window or cabinet pull somewhere.

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  7. They are gorgeous, especially the ones in blue tones.

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  8. Oh, my! So beautiful and you described the pain/pleasure of making and giving them away so accurately. I gave away a bunch of mine to my special beloved family members this Christmas. Good excuse to make more. I hope you kept at least one set for yourself? That's the mistake I often make. LOL. They do look lovely all in a pile don't they? I'm excited to add this to my board on Pinterest. I'm so glad you enjoyed the pattern. Happy new year!

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  9. Hi Kristen! These are absolutely amazing! <33
    Thank you for sharing!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  10. They are so pretty! I love the embroidery work and the beads on them. Do they sparkle in the light? I always love decorations that sparkle on the Christmas tree. You did excellent work. The ones that received your decorations were very lucky indeed :)

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  11. These are beautiful Kristen. Thanks for sharing them. I'd love to make some to put on gifts. Only for best friends of course. They would be a lot of work but such a gift of love.

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  12. Love the fun color combos! The recipients will treasure these for years to come.

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  13. It's a good thing you didn't blog about these before Christmas, because I would have had to make some right then and there, and I had no time to squeeze in one more handmade anything.
    These are adorable and I want some.

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  14. Oh Kristen, I love your ornaments! You did a great job, they're beautiful. I'm not sure I should thank you, though, as I am poorer by about $70 just from reading your blog this week, lol. I ordered 3 of Larissa's patterns immediately and have read through each with delight. I have a lot of wool blend felt in different colors and also have the Solvy sheets, which I've used on cotton fabric for embroidery. I'm thrilled to find that I can also use it on felt with her excellent instructions. I plan to start next year's Christmas makes for co-workers and neighbors soon. I also ordered 2 skeins of DIC Smooshy to make some "sleeves" for my granddaughter and I. I love DIC yarn and didn't have any of the fingering weight, so can't wait to see it when it arrives.

    I do so enjoy your blog. You have inspired me to crochet a giant granny square blanket, one made of smaller squares, and I intend to hand quilt a simple patchwork quilt I'm going to make for one of my boys, all from your example. I also wanted to say sorry about your lovely girl. I saw her photo and smiled to see her happy face, then promptly burst into tears when I read your post. So painful to lose them, the only thing worse would be not to have had their love and companionship for the time they were with us. Thanks for sharing your crafting life and joys and heartaches with us. Take care.

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    1. Becky, thank you so much--this is lovely to hear. I hope you enjoy your (many!) projects in progress. Thank you, too, for your kind words about my dog. She made my life nicer just by being there, and I miss her something fierce. xxxooo

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  15. They are wonderful. Stay warm, knit a big, warm wooly blanket.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  16. No wonder you didn't want to give them away! They are beautiful and full of creativity. Jo x

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  17. These are just beautiful! The detail that went into each piece must have taken hours. I'm sure the receivers of these precious gifts were thrilled.

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  18. Cute is not the word. They are so, so, so pretty! Handmade is definitely best and I bet these brought much joy to the recipients. Best wishes, Tammy

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  19. Hi Kristen, this are so lovely. I have made a decision to try to embroider a bit more this year. I tried it last year but not very successfully, seeing yours so inspired me to go back and try again. Beautiful.

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