Friday, September 09, 2011

Gingerbread House HD

I finally finished putting together my Victoria Sampler Gingerbread House! See more pics of the house, biscornu, fob, and scissor case. I've had it stitched for a while, but I put off the finishing until I had completed Rose and Butterfly Quilt--I didn't have enough room to have both of them out at the same time. The finishing was very time consuming and had a lot of steps, but it wasn't that hard. The instructions were good, and there wasn't anything terribly tricky (much better than the Just Nan Trick-or-Treat box I put together). I'm very pleased with the results--so cute! I also redid the scissor fob that I wasn't happy with. I figured out what I had done wrong--I assumed the outline was over four threads like on the house--wrong. I also special-ordered some two-ply matboard, which made the piece thinner. Much better!

I finished this just in time to start working on the Victoria Sampler Gingerbread Tree Etui. The class for that is tomorrow, and I've been scrambling to get some preparatory stitching done on it. I'm looking forward to it. We had a trial run this morning, and Thea Dueck is great. I'm also planning to get the Gingerbread Church, but I figure I'll order it after I finish the tree.

I had planned to take a photo of Rose and Butterfly Quilt by now, but I need to get the other two adults to help me. On the day I was about to do it, the wind really picked up. That was also the day the fires started.

Texas fires: In case you hadn't heard, much of Bastrop burned. We were very worried for a while, but we look safe now. I had all my finished cross stitch pieces boxed up and waiting to evacuate. Logan's daycare hasn't reopened, so we're having to work with him at home. Not easy, I can tell you!

Anniversary: Matt and I have been married for eight years today. Best decision ever!

Diet: At long last, I'm back on track. As much as I hate eating protein, I decided to go on the South Beach Diet. It has really worked. My appetite is down to nothing, and I stuck to the diet even through all the stress of the fires. I've tried South Beach before and had mixed success. I don't remember it cutting the hunger this much. It could be the combination of the diet and the Lap-Band, I guess. I've lost 53 pounds total now. Though I have a long way to go, I'm dreaming of skinny days!


Suburban Stitcher said...

that is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Fabulous job!

Kathy A. said...

Happy Anniversary there girl!!!
WOW!!! Gingerbread House is amazing. I looked at this one but was seriously intimidated by the putting together part. You have done a wonderful job!
Good for you on your weight loss. I know how tough it is.

Patches said...

happy anniversary, glad your looking to be out of the path of the fires. How scary that must be.

LOVE the ginderbread house! I just love it. Have seen them in the LHN, or others like them, but just worried I couldn't put it together, after you saying it wasn't too hard though, I am going to put it on my WIP list and try it.

Kim said...

The Gingerbread house looks great!

I had been wondering how you were doing with the fires and all down there. Scary.

Happy Anniversary!

Lana said...

That is adorable!!! Happy anniversary, and good luck with the weight loss challenge...I am going through the same thing! I need to loose at least 15 pounds by mid Nov...good luck to us both! We can do it!!

TinaTx said...

Oh my gosh - that is awesome! You did a great job!!!
Happy anniversary!
Glad to hear you are out of the path of the fire - it is pretty scary right now. We are (fortunately) not too close to any but they are all around Houston and ya never know.

Blu said...

Happy anniversary!

OMG that Gingerbread house looks fantastic! I'm not a fan of actual gingerbread houses (mostly because I can't eat the whole thing and it ends up being a waste) but I can totally get behind this one!

Alice said...

Beautiful stitching! Happy anniversary! Congrats on the weight loss.... I think of you often and am glad things are so positive for you right now.

Z said...

Congratulations - it looks so good.

Astrid said...

The house is Gorgeous !!! and happy anniversary !! 53 pounds WOW incredible !!! keep your head up !

Michelle said...

OMG that is the cutest thing ever!! I'm so glad I got to see it in person when you started working on it. I can't wait to see the tree and the church!!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

The gingerbread house is sooo cute. Looking forward to seeing more gingerbread stitching!

Veronica said...

Gingerbread House is adorable! Congrats on the finish! I look forward to seeing more VS stitching from you not to mention pics of the Rose and Butterfly Quilt.

Congratulations too on your eighth year anniversary. Glad to hear you and yours are safe and sound.

Take care!

Judith said...

It is beautifull.

Giovanna said...

What a masterpiece! Congratulations! Also on the weight loss, well done.

mdgtjulie said...

Huge congrats on the weight loss. Well done you!! And your GH looks wonderful. What an awesome finish! Glad the fires didn't touch you, but saying a prayer for those it did touch. Can't wait to see a pic of your quilt. And Happy belated anniversary! I hope you had a great day!

Tatkis said...

Such a beautiful gingerbread house!
Congratulations with the finish, and of course with anniversary!
Good luck with you diet!