Sunday, March 11, 2012

Christmas Garden Start

I started Blackbird Designs "Christmas Garden" last week. I wasn't sure if I was liking the colors, but I think they're growing on me now. :)

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40 ct. Vintage Lt. Examplar, CC and GAST (1 over 2)

This sampler is so much fun to stitch. I have a little bit more stitched now and will share another picture soon. I asked Katrina for her permission to copy her idea of using the alphabet on the bottom instead of the words "Christmas Garden."

Another sampler I really want to start is "Mary Roe 1808" by The Scarlett House. Check out Margaret's beautiful finish!!

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I was thinking of using the same linen for Mary Roe that I'm using for Christmas Garden - 40 ct. Vintage Lt. Examplar. It's a beautiful dye-lot.

51 comments:

  1. gorgeous colors and stitching,
    love the new chart

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  2. Oh, two beautiful pieces that I want to stitch too! You're off to a great start with Christmas Garden.

    and congratulations on finishing Ann Grant! She's a beauty!

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  3. So happy to see you yesterday. They look darker in your photos, but I do still love them (posting about it now).

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  4. Nice start on Christmas Garden Nicole. Can't wait to see your progress on Mary Roe. I started that this morning:)

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  5. Beautiful start, Nicole! I finally finished mine and made a slight change. What a fun stitch this (finally) was!

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  6. Nice start on Christmas Garden... the colors look good to me. I think Mary Roe will look great on the Vintage Light Examplar too.

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  7. I've got BBD's Christmas Garden in my stash as well. I am going to be pulling it out this year too and stitching it up. It's gorgeous!

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  8. Great start! The colours look great from here :-)

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  9. I'm with you on the colors. Although they have grown on me, I was not sure I liked them, or if I could like them enough to continue working on the sampler. I tried changing colors, but none of them looked right, and after that, the original colors looked better to me.

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  10. Your Christmas Garden looks amazing and I love the colors. Your the second person starting Mary Roe today, that's a popular one. CJ in OK ;-)

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  11. Your CG looks beautiful already! I'd love to start Mary Roe as well after seeing Margaret's. And now you are just about starting her. How tempting!

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  12. I love both these samplers and their colors :)

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  13. Absolutely stunning, and that linen will work beautifully for both projects. :)

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  14. Christmas Garden is on my stitching table calling my name. I wan't so fond of the floss either...but I've seen it stitched up and it's lovely. I'll enjoy watching yours come to life. I have Mary Roe on order. I LOVE THE COLORS...that Margaret is such an enabler isn't she? Although I don't need much urging to spend $$$ on stitch.

    Have a great week...

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  15. I love Christmas Garden! That fabric will look great for Mary Roe as well. I just saw Margaret's finish a few minutes ago.

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  16. Hi

    Just found your lovely blog.

    I love your Christmas Garden - the colours are so lovely.

    I love Mary Roe too!

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  17. Your Christmas Garden is wonderful!!! Ok, now I want to start that one too. lol! You'll enjoy Mary Roe -- she's so much fun!

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  18. Had fun stitching with you yesterday! As always, your piece is looking good!

    happy stitching...

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  19. Beautiful Nicole, just beautiful
    LiBBiE in Oz

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  20. Beautiful start, Nicole! I love the colors and your alpha at the bottom. Have a great week! :)

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  21. Those colors look nothing like themselves once stitched, do they? I love it now that you are going with things....And, of course, I want to stitch Margeret Roe too... Saving up for that one!

    I know you ladies had fun yesterday at the FH...Wish I could have come.... Please let me know when the next one has been scheduled for....Maybe Linda and I can make that one!

    Have a great week, Faye

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  22. I see the Mary Roe fever has spread! My Miss Grant is catching up to yours and I really love those colors in the Christmas Garden, and I think the idea of different wording is great so you can use it all year.

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  23. I have seen Margaret's Mary roe and i want to stitch her to!

    Greetings from Debby,
    www.crossstitchstyle.blogspot.com

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  24. beautiful new start :) I've got the chart a few weeks back and need to get supplies to do it .... love the alphabet idea too :) love mouse xxxxx

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  25. Lovely start - the colours are perfect :) I admit I like the idea of the alphabet at the bottom too!

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  26. Your Christmas Garden is already looking gorgeous! Katrina's alphabet idea works so well with this one. Mary Roe will look wonderful on the fabric too.

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  27. Beautiful!! Love your new start--I want to stitch that AND Mary Roe!! Then I go and sit down and do absolutely nada. I need to snap out of it. I always love seeing your pics--they're a nice kick in the pants to get going--so inspirational!

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  28. Great start! It's a gorgeous sampler, isn't it? I'm also working on it at the moment, and it's fun

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  29. Beautful! Enjoy stitching this one.

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  30. Love love love the colors on Christmas Garden. I like the idea of doing the alphabet on the bottom instead of the words. ALL of your stitching is fabulous! :D

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  31. I think the colors on BBD Christmas Garden are beautiful...they are definitely my color palette. Your stitching looks lovely as always. Enjoy the project...the motifs on this one are just so charming!

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  32. I'm wanting to stitch Mary Roe also! Well, after I buy her that is. My question - are their DMC conversions in the chart?

    Linda in VA
    lacey_huson@yahoo.com

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  33. I have been coveting both Christmas Garden and Mary Roe - I think I am breaking down on Mary Roe after seeing Margarets finish. LOVE LOVE your Ann Grant - what a lovely finish and beautiful colors. Emma Mills is a sweet little sampler - I missed that one from scarlett house. tanya is really keeping up poor these days. Cheers! Melody

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  34. Christmas Garden is beautiful and I agree with your choice of fabric, that is a lovely dye lot.

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  35. You're off to a fantastic start on Christmas Garden! It looks great. And isn't Mary Roe the best. That is definitely one for my stash list soon. Can't wait to see your start!

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  36. Beautiful new start and such wonderful new stash too!

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  37. I love the fabric you chose for Christmas Garden, Nicole. I think it looks beautiful and the colors are perfect on it. I am still thinking about what to do instead of the Christmas garden saying. I love Mary Roe too and I am also looking forward to starting mine.
    Your pictures are always beauiful and show the colors so well,

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  38. I just love christmas garden - beautiful start :)

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  39. Pretty, pretty!!!! It took me a bit to love the colors too.

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  40. Great progress on Christmas Garden! I just love the colors and the change over to an alphabet. Isn't Mary Roe wonderful! I am debating that chart buy after seeing Margaret's finish!

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  41. Beautiful stitching as always! Are my eyes deceiving me or is the border to Blackbird's Christmas Garden and Mary Roe 1808 by The Scarlett House almost identical?

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  43. A lovely start to your project.

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  44. Hey, Nicole...Hopefully, this quick question finds you well.

    Quick Question (and silly, too): For the Christmas Garden are completing a full cross stitch each time?

    I love the look of yours, but when I do it I can't tell the difference dramatic look.

    Thanks for your time!

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  45. Good Morning, Nicole. I hope this email finds you with a little time to answer a quick question. I was wondering if you are completing one X stitch before moving on to the next stitch? I can't tell the difference when I do this with over dyed flosses, but your Christmas Garden is gorgeous and wondered what you do. Thanks. Enjoy your day.

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  46. Hi Nicole,

    Just lovely work all around! About to start BBD's Christmas Garden. Would you share Katrina's alphabet? Look at her site and am a bit baffled as to how to make the request there since I'm new to blogging...and hoping this gets through to you

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    1. I couldn't email you directly because you didn't leave your email address. Have you tried leaving a comment on her blog?

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