I've been working the last couple of weeks composing a Christmas stocking for my daughter in law. Remember I mentioned that I'd done some of the Sandy Orton stockings from Cross Stitch & Country Crafts (and/or Better Homes & Gardens) - Donna Kooler Studio? Well, DIL is a teacher so I wanted to do a teacher theme for her.
I took several of the stocking designs and recompiled them. Then I made the changes necessary to fit my idea. For instance, the desk - that's from the Holiday Study stocking, I just added more bookshelves above it. Because that's one thing my DIL does - read - ALOT. Maybe even more than me! On the desk I've got a slate, an apple, a hand bell, a pencil cup and a Teacher sign. Below are the two cats that they have and a coloring book, crayons and crayon box. Over by the chair, some graded papers and a pot of sunflowers - those are her favorite flowers. Oh, and up on top of the bookcase - a model school bus! I threw in some Christmas-y decorations and viola! To me, the wallpaper makes it look dated. I mean, we're not really into that 80's country kitsch style anymore, but I didn't know what else to do on the walls; and it will match with all the others that way. Don't want to have to do solid x's to make it a painted wall. I think it looks done. What do you think?
The BH&G Heirloom Christmas Stockings book is available through Nordic Needle. It doesn't contain all the designs that were ever done. I have a collection of my original CC&CC mags that I use to supplement the book.
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