God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fill In the Blank

Shirlee is ___________.

(A) An idiot
(B) A moron
(C) Unable to perform even the simplest of tasks
(D) All of the above

The answer is D.

I am going to guess that someone out there isn't praying.  In 6 hours' time I "finished" 4 ornaments.  I say "finished" because I got as far as making templates, choosing backing fabrics, & sewing backs to fronts.  No stuffing, no trimming.  I also ruined one ornament.  I think I might be able to save it but it's not going to be saved anytime soon. Can you guess the bonehead thing I did?

In case it isn't screamingly obvious to you, I stitched the front of this stocking ornament to the back of the backing fabric.  Twice. Yes, I double stitched it.  Didn't want those seams to open!  What a doofus!  Ah well, at least I have 3 ... possibly 4 ... other ornaments that should finish up somewhere in the neighborhood of decent.  I say possibly 4 because the 4th one is another stocking ornament, different than the one above, & I'm not following the finishing directions ... I'm doing my own thing.  Lord help us all.

On a happier note, the cardinals have returned!  We usually have at least a dozen pair coming to the feeders at this time of year.  Thus far I've only seen 3 pair.  I'm hoping the others are just lollygagging down south & haven't made the trip up here yet. (Lollygagging ... sounds like something a little kid does if he eats too big a lollypop, doesn't it?)

Back to the cardinals.  I managed to catch one of them on film to share with you. There's another thing to ponder!  Hardly anyone uses actual film anymore now that we have digital cameras.  The term "on film" can hardly be applied & "on digital" isn't right.  I'll let Webster figure it out.  

Without any further ado, here is Mr. Cardinal.  

 I love how he's cocking his head at me in this next photo   : )
 Can you believe the big bite this guy is taking from that peanut cake?  Note the little wren along the side of the feeder.
 Did I hear a cat?
Well, that's it for this post.  I suppose I'll work some more on my finishes.  Oh boy!


Vickie said...

Okay Shirlee, now I prayed for you and your finishing. ;)
A dozen pair of cardinals. Wow! What a sight. I do love that tilted head look too. =)

cucki said...

Oh no dear...
But I am so happy for cardinal :)

Dawn said...

OH Shirlee, if we could only make our mistakes as comedic as yours, stitch on dear friend :) Yes, my cardinals were in the yard today too, so happy to see them again.

Kathy A. said...

Oh hon. That is not good but you seem to ahve a good sense of humor about it all. Hope your future finishes are error free. Love the pretty cardinals.

Catherine said...

Been there, done that!! Ugh!!
Love the cardinal pictures!

Laura said...

I love the Cardinal.

Krista said...

ok, Shirlee, I vote for (e) none of the above! lol! I feel for you on the finishing bit, that is why I steer clear of it all together! :)

Love the cardinal pics, they are my fave. I am glad to hear they have returned, I hope that means I will see more of them soon too.

Karen said...

Oh Shirlee....I feel your pain. I have done this a few times too!

happy stitching...

marly said...

I'm glad to see others stitch twice before checking for errors. I have a seam ripper in every room.
Hoping the rest of the sewing goes well!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Hmmm...seems you're quite adept at formulating multiple choice questions - how'd you like to prepare the final for my class? (Fair warning though - you'll need to turn off your spell checker as I fear it doesn't like terms like decubitus and laminectomy and such. :o() Bummer 'bout the wrong side right side thing....but me thinks we've ALL done that one at least once. Some of us are actually a bit more experienced. ;o) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Annette-California said...

I just have read your postings. I am so sorry I didn't know till now. I just now prayed for you:)So please don't give up. The Cardinal is beautiful. Love your photos.
love Annette

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

I guess I'm a dork too ~ I've done that more than once.
Love the pics!
Prim Blessings

busyhands said...

Sorry for the ornaments, looks just like the sort of thing I would do... Great photos of the cardinals, thank you for sharing

butterfly said...

Oh Shirlee, keep going I was the same to start with you can only get better.
love the bird photo's just wonderful, hugs.

Mii Stitch said...

Shirlee, I'm so sorry! I'm laughing again reading your post but so many misadventures happen to you... I hope the next ones will be ok. Fingers crossed :)

Carol said...

Shirlee--we've ALL done things like this (me, more than once!!)... It is just a learning experience and one that you might never make again...

Your cardinals don't stick around all year? I guess it is cool enough here in the summer that we get them year-round. They are such cheerful looking birds, aren't they?

Good luck with the rest of your finishes--you CAN do it!!

Suzanne said...

I think we all have some strange finishing disaster like this, at least yours is still salvageable. (I cut mine in the wrong place and ended up finishing the seams over the top of my stitching) Cheer up, and keep finishing, we all learn from our mistakes!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love the cardinals.
How Beautiful!!