Cloud City

ATS 011611

After watching two and a half seasons of The Sopranos back to back, the cloud.is.done. I am so glad to be finished with that. In fact, I’m so relieved there was a point at which I thought, I’ll just stitch that green vine underneath this puppy and call it done. Yeah, the cloud is a killer. I can see why so many people lose steam at this point and never make it past that cloud. But, oh it is so worth it. Look how that pretty red bird pops against that slate blue. I think I may have to call him Fawkes. He was what kept me going. Love that red bird. So, I’ll be moving on to the bottom of page 1. I’m looking forward to it!

And, after finishing the cloud, I went back to Camille. She’s seen a lot of attention this week.

Camille 011611

I had to make a minor color adjustment on those diamonds. The center of the diamond was supposed to be one of the pinks (there are two), but my skeins are so nearly identical, that I decided against it. I’m pretty disappointed how identical they are, which is probably why I set this piece aside in the first place. You go to all the trouble of stitching that swag of roses in two colors of pink, and then you only get one color. Disappointing, to say the least. So, I used Quail in the center diamonds instead of the second pink. There’s another spot coming up where I’ll have pink on pink again, so I think the Quail may make another appearance. The only place it was charted to appear was in that green vine at the top, so I like that now it’s being used a couple of other places.

And I’m still celebrating Christmas over at the other blog, if you’d like to see some good food, decorating and New Year’s Eve. And since I’m behind, I thought I’d show you a couple of little gifts from Christmas 2009. Eventually, I’ll get around to posting some gifts from 2010. We’re bending time a bit over here at the Cozyegg. Anyway, these two sweet BBD ornaments were given to me by a friend of mine. She’s so clever and creative, that I wish daily she had a blog. But, I digress. When BBD’s Joyeux Noel book came out, she stitched up two of the samplers in it and then made these sweet ornaments as gifts for her friends.

Laurie's Tis the Season

Don’t you love them? I actually took photos of these last year to share, but by the time I determined my photos were crappy, the decorations had already been packed away. So, I had to make sure I shared them with you this year!

Laurie's Merry Christmas

They hang on my handmade ornament tree, and are a beautiful added touch!

Ok, off to do some house cleaning and laundry so that I can spend some time with ATS or Camille later today!

I am grateful for finishing that cloud!!!

68 thoughts on “Cloud City”

  1. Michelle, both your WIPs look wonderful! You’re making such great progress – I can see that the cloud would be a killer, but the motifs really pop against it.

    Love the ornaments you received too!

  2. Michelle, both your WIPs look wonderful! You’re making such great progress – I can see that the cloud would be a killer, but the motifs really pop against it.

    Love the ornaments you received too!

  3. GORGEOUS!!! Congrats on getting past that CLOUD! That does it…I’m sewing the new linen to the scroll rods and restarting ATS. Have a great Sunday!

  4. GORGEOUS!!! Congrats on getting past that CLOUD! That does it…I’m sewing the new linen to the scroll rods and restarting ATS. Have a great Sunday!

  5. lol, Michelle! I just sat down after finishing some house cleaning! And I have laundry going too! 😀

    Love your ATS! I never congratulated you on finishing that darned cloud! Yay!!!! And your Camille is so pretty! I’m glad you switched colors on the diamonds — it looks great. I love the ornaments your friend made for you too. Very creative and pretty!

    Hope the cleaning is done for you too!

  6. lol, Michelle! I just sat down after finishing some house cleaning! And I have laundry going too! 😀

    Love your ATS! I never congratulated you on finishing that darned cloud! Yay!!!! And your Camille is so pretty! I’m glad you switched colors on the diamonds — it looks great. I love the ornaments your friend made for you too. Very creative and pretty!

    Hope the cleaning is done for you too!

  7. That red bird really does pop, and I’m one who never made it past the cloud. Maybe someday… Your ATS is an inspiration. And I know what you mean about the disappointment of stitching in various colors, carefully changing threads and looking at the chart when you could have stitched the whole thing in one color to begin with!

  8. That red bird really does pop, and I’m one who never made it past the cloud. Maybe someday… Your ATS is an inspiration. And I know what you mean about the disappointment of stitching in various colors, carefully changing threads and looking at the chart when you could have stitched the whole thing in one color to begin with!

  9. Great job Michelle!! Filling in that much is for the birds right?! Looks fabulous and I am going to enjoy watching your progress for sure 🙂 I could watch the Sopranos anytime……

  10. Great job Michelle!! Filling in that much is for the birds right?! Looks fabulous and I am going to enjoy watching your progress for sure 🙂 I could watch the Sopranos anytime……

  11. Woo Hoo on getting through that cloud. I think that part was just the worst. But it’s going to be smooth sailing from now on!!!

    All your pieces are really wonderful, and I missed your last post but spied your A&E and I had to thump my head because I started mine on black too eons ago and never went back to it. Thanks for reminding me (I think!!!) LOL

  12. Woo Hoo on getting through that cloud. I think that part was just the worst. But it’s going to be smooth sailing from now on!!!

    All your pieces are really wonderful, and I missed your last post but spied your A&E and I had to thump my head because I started mine on black too eons ago and never went back to it. Thanks for reminding me (I think!!!) LOL

  13. Robin (Samplerbird)

    Congrats on making it through the cloud! You are making beautiful progress on both samplers. Wow, the ornaments your friend made for you are so pretty…what a nice addition to your tree!

  14. Robin (Samplerbird)

    Congrats on making it through the cloud! You are making beautiful progress on both samplers. Wow, the ornaments your friend made for you are so pretty…what a nice addition to your tree!

  15. Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog)

    Yeah for getting past that cloud – it is a bugger, to be sure! Your other WiP is wonderful – sorry about the pinks – I really hate when that happens, too.

    Those ornaments are darling!

  16. Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog)

    Yeah for getting past that cloud – it is a bugger, to be sure! Your other WiP is wonderful – sorry about the pinks – I really hate when that happens, too.

    Those ornaments are darling!

  17. Woo hoo… good for you for getting that massive cloud stitched. The red bird does look pretty against the blue sky.
    Lovely ornaments too!

  18. Woo hoo… good for you for getting that massive cloud stitched. The red bird does look pretty against the blue sky.
    Lovely ornaments too!

  19. Congrats on getting past the cloud! ATS looks great and fawkes just pops! Camille is so pretty and I like the change of the diamonds too.

  20. Congrats on getting past the cloud! ATS looks great and fawkes just pops! Camille is so pretty and I like the change of the diamonds too.

  21. Alright!!! That cloud is done and it looks great. You are going to have so much fun stitching until the tree – its fun too, but just a bit of a pain. Camille is looking so delicate and pretty. Good for you for switching out colors. Those ornies are very pretty – you have a sweet and talented friend.

  22. Alright!!! That cloud is done and it looks great. You are going to have so much fun stitching until the tree – its fun too, but just a bit of a pain. Camille is looking so delicate and pretty. Good for you for switching out colors. Those ornies are very pretty – you have a sweet and talented friend.

  23. WaHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Congratulations on getting through that cloud! You did a fantastic job on it, and will LOVE stitching the next part! Camille looks great, too!

    Your friend made some gorgeous ornaments. What a neat idea!

  24. WaHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Congratulations on getting through that cloud! You did a fantastic job on it, and will LOVE stitching the next part! Camille looks great, too!

    Your friend made some gorgeous ornaments. What a neat idea!

  25. Pointed Stitcher

    You’re making me want to start ATS!! But I have too many other big projects going, I’ll keep watching yours thought 🙂

  26. Pointed Stitcher

    You’re making me want to start ATS!! But I have too many other big projects going, I’ll keep watching yours thought 🙂

  27. ATS is looking wonderful! Well done on getting past that cloud. This is why I love blogging – you see I would have never known that cloud was there but you get to see the design in detail when you blog it. xx

  28. ATS is looking wonderful! Well done on getting past that cloud. This is why I love blogging – you see I would have never known that cloud was there but you get to see the design in detail when you blog it. xx

  29. Woohoo! Done with the cloud. I know you are thrilled. And how pretty it is. Way to get through it, Michelle!

    Don’t you love the BBD ornaments. I’ve loved them since seeing them in the book and would like to make them some day.

  30. Woohoo! Done with the cloud. I know you are thrilled. And how pretty it is. Way to get through it, Michelle!

    Don’t you love the BBD ornaments. I’ve loved them since seeing them in the book and would like to make them some day.

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