So it's not really the time of year for winter holiday stitching, but a few things made it seem appropriate. First, the weather has been very hot and humid, so I thought if I stitched winter themes I could trick myself into feeling cooler. That actually did not prove to be successful. The AC is best for that. Then the JCS ornament preview issue arrived with a couple of designs I couldn't resist stitching. And finally, the World of Charity Stitching Yahoo group started a July project to collect stitched cards to distribute to nursing homes in December. I've been a member of that group for a while and finally found the time and right project for participating.
So here we have four stitched cards as a result. I decided to try ribbon trim on these. A very quick finishing technique and I was only in the mood for quick finishing.
The first is the Blue Ribbon Designs ornament from the JCS preview. I think this is the cutest in the series so far. I love the white owl, the bunny and those teeny birds.
Next is the Full Circle ornament from the same magazine. I changed the "Ho Ho Ho" to "Peace", but otherwise I don't think I changed anything. I like the long, skinny shape. Works well on a card.
At long last, I stitched my first CEC Mitten design. This was a freebie called the Mitten Mitten. The chart was in black and white and I didn't have a color photo of the finish, so this was a mystery stitch. I had no idea how the colors were going to mesh. I don't think I would have chosen that particular green for the background, but at least all the other colors show up pretty well against it. And not having enough contrast always bugs me.
And for the last in the series, we have one more Full Circle design from the 2011 JCS Ornament issue. Such a little cutie. I never got around to it last year. The red ribbon has gold glitter on it that doesn't show up so well in the photo, but in real life I think it makes a nice border.