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I have been creating since I was a little girl. I am happy to say that having my own website has opened up a whole new world for me. Trying new mediums is a joy and sometimes a real eye opener. I sell what I create on etsy and my website, someplaceinthyme. If you have questions,please email me at cpeterson72@q.com. I welcome new blog friends and am honored if you find my little piece of heaven interesting enough to follow.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


After our son was born, 36 years ago (was it really THAT long ago??!!) I decided to make him a special stocking using a kit from Bucilla. All these years later, I still have it.
I can remember thinking it was a lot of work and worth every minute, every stitch, sequin, bead and thread.

The same can be said for our daughter when she was born. Looking back, lots of love went into creating these beautiful stockings, keeping them all these years and loving them as I do.
I think maybe it's time to finally pass them on to their rightful owners.

While shopping in Hobby Lobby about three years ago, YIKES! I am almost embarrassed to admit that it has taken me this long to complete something so dear for someone I treasure so much, but that is the sad fact. I came across Bucilla pattern stocking kits. Having four grandchildren to love and adore, the idea hit me hard to buy them, make them and pass them on.
I thought, no trouble, I will start with the oldest grandchild and work my way down.
I had no idea it would take me years to finish my first one. I know I have to do much better on the rest, or they will never be finished while my treasures are young.
Allie, who was four at the time was the first stocking I worked on.
This is the pattern I choose for her:
I saw all the sweetness, cupcakes, goodies, pies and cakes and just knew it was her. Little did I know or realize at the time, all the work that would be involved. Being ever the optimist, I really thought, "what a breeze!" WHAAAAT????

This is the placement directions, the actual word directions were too small to share with you. I usually mark the directions with a yellow marker once I have completed the work, so it's very hard to photograph.

This is the finished stocking, full of so much love, and certainly living up to the name sweet.

So many tiny pieces, sequins, beads and handwork. If given the choice, I would certainly do it all over again.
It was worth every minute, hour, day, or should I say year? HA

What little girl wouldn't love candy canes and gingerbread men?

I used a little wooden gingerbread man for Allie's name tag on this stocking. I also placed the year on the back.

Since making this little goodie and purchasing the four, I now have been blessed with a new grandson. Life is so good.
I think I had better get busy, I have lots of sewing to do.

Allie on the left, Jenna and baby Reid. I do have to admit, Reid is now 8 months old. Where or where does my time go??!!


Grace said...

You are sweeter than that adorable sweet stocking!! Congratulations. It is gorgeous. Enjoy all the little ones it is so what Christmas is all about. TO see their excited faces is priceless. Happy New Year! Grace xoox

Shirley said...

Hi Char, I have enjoyed reading your blog tonight. The Christmas stockings are so pretty. Your grandchildren are adorable. I was going to make my youngest two cars pillowcases for Christmas. They might get them next year if they are lucky. The pattern is so tiny and I almost need a magnifying glass to see the instructions. I guess that is a sign I am getting old. Hehe. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Have a happy New Year. I got my Christmas wish. My oldest flew home from Louisiana for Christmas and all of my kids and grandchildren were together with mom and dad. They are filming a movie right now where he is at. Have a wonderful day. Your Missouri Friend.

Neabear said...

Your stockings are lovely! I wish you luck in getting the ones for your grands done in a reasonable time. Whatever that is!


Ascension said...

Las botitas son fantasticas y entrañables, auqneu hayas tardado tanto en hacerlas vale la pena porque son preciosas.
Tendras que ponerte ha hacer las de los demas......jejeje
Feliz Año Nuevo!!
besitos ascension

Queenie Believe said...

Such beautiful children. They are so lucky to have you as there grandma.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

sweet violets said...

Oh Char....what a beautiful labor of love!!! Those stockings are intensive work and will always be treasured!!! I have often looked at those kits....and backed away, you are brave!!! hugs...cleo

Marydon said...

This kind of a project speaks volumes of ones personality. What a patient saint you are Char ... & exquisite beauties you created. The children are just gorgeous. How lucky they are to have you creating a treasure for them.

Hope your Christmas was blessed & joyful. May your New Year be filled with love & beauty.

Happy New Year sweet friend

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Char, these are absolutely gorgeous stockings!!! And what a beautiful family! These gifts are treasures to become heirlooms for generations to come--how precious they are, my friend!!

Wishing you a Happy New Year!!!

AudreyO said...

Those are really adorable. When my oldest went off to college, I crocheted her a blanket. She loved it. It took more hours than you would even believe, but now all these years later she still has it on her bed and she still loves it. Making things from love are the best :)

romance-of-roses said...

Char, first of all darling children. Yes, those stockings look so difficult to me but absolutely gorgeous. Happy New Year...Lu

Suzann said...

Hello Char,
I hope your Holidays were wonderful and may your New Year bring you wonderful things my friend.
Love the stockings you made...you can tell they are a labor of love.
Suzann ~xoxo~
Love the picture of your grandbabies!!!

Donna said...

Dear Char,

It's been a pleasure meeting you this year and I look forward to coming by more during the new year. Your stockings are simply beautiful! So much time and love in them! Your grandchildren are adorable!

Wishing you God's blessings of love, joy and happiness!

Happy New Year!

Daniella said...

Well, at least you finished!! Making things with love and tender loving care takes time! And it turned out beautiful! You should be so proud!
The grandchildren are gorgeous!!
You are blessed!
Happy New Year