Saturday, November 5, 2022

Heart the Christmas Cow - Barnyard Christmas Freebie

 

Howdy , ya'll.  Grab your farm boots and let's head to the barn.  This is a barnyard post.


Can you pick out which one is named Ears? Lol . They are so cute! 

I am fully into Christmas stitching right now. Two years ago I began creating ornaments for my Barnyard Christmas  tree . 



This will be the 3rd Christmas in which I decorate with the farm theme. 


Here is my first year's Farm tree.



Last year I decided to buy a pencil tree. It was cute, but I could not get all of my ornaments on it and I just like a big over sized tree. 




This year the big tree will return to the living room, but the Barnyard ornaments will still be on the pencil tree in the hall.  I just may have to add some of them to a smaller tree as well. 

I have been working on some new additions to the tree.  Earlier this year, I fell in love with the way that Rakel on Instagram finished her Barnyard Ornaments. So I ended up copycatting her. I hope you do not mind, Rakel. Thank you so much for the inspiration.


One of my favorite cows that has been on the family farm was a cow named Heart. I wish I had a photo of her but alas I do not. Heart was born and grew up on the farm. She was  such a sweetie; we named her heart because she had a perfect heart shape right in the middle of her forehead.  Sadly, poor heart was struck by lightening two years ago. She is certainly missed.  So this ornament is dedicated to her and is called Heart the Christmas Cow . 

 Now Rakel found the cutest pack of wooden ornaments on Amazon - a pack of 50. Fortunately, I was able to find them and quickly put in an order for myself. I have been painting them with  Apple Barrel Barn Red paint that I bought at Walmart for under a dollar. I then used sand paper to remove some of the paint.  Dollar tree twine was used as a trim  and for the hanger.  The greenery was cut from an old Christmas wreath. I just added a bit of white paint to make it looked like it is flocked. The bow is a simple strip of homespun that I wrapped some green thread around. If I am lucky enough to find a teeny embellishment for the center of the bow, I will add it later. Rakel found some teeny pinecones for hers. 



If you are interested in stitching, Heart the Christmas Cow grab the images below. Many of ya'll know but I always encourage you to read my little disclaimer and note about getting my charts. 


NOTE: Normally I have been able to create links to the charts and instructions which were in JPG form. For some reason, recent updates on Google Docs. has prevented me from doing that and I am not able to create a pdf without having to deal with storage issues.  Many dear stitchers say they right click, save the image and then print.  I think some have copied and pasted it to a Word document that they can print off as well. I hope you are able to find a way to enjoy this chart. You will have to click each page to save. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding and for all of the helpful tips and ideas. 

Many of you know , but I always like to leave this little disclaimer.  

I stitch my little designs for fun and to decorate my home. I feel very blessed by this community and love sharing my little charts, but I am not a professional designer. And I do not have professional software. Thank you for understanding . I am always grateful for your kind encouragement , your visits, and for stitching my little designs.





I hope you like Heart the Christmas Cow. I am very grateful that you stopped by to give her a gander. I have several more of the farm animals in this style to share over the next few weeks including a horse, goat , sheep and pig ; so stay tuned. 


Have a beautiful day, my friends  . 

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa 

Whatever makes the soul happy- do that! 

Hugs and Stitches!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงต❤

Dedicated to my baby sister, Amy  Sundays are always the hardest. . I love and miss you Amo.  


Love ya, till the Christmas cows come home!!!๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ’š


Have a MOOEY CHRISTMAS  ! 

30 comments:

  1. So cute - thank you for sharing. I'm sorry to hear abut Heart. How sweet to remember her with a darling pattern.
    Blessings

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    1. Aaah thank you so much, Donna. She was one of my favorite cows. She was a beauty.

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  2. Heart is precious in her ornament form, Melisa. What a lovely ornament you created in her memory!

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    1. Aah thank you so much, Robin. She was indeed one of my favorite cows to live on the farm.

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  3. This is probably a really silly question but I'm kinda that a way. Do you live in Missouri and did your husband work for Midwest Medical in Lee's Summit? There was a salesman with the same last name and his wife was very creative. Enquiring minds want to know. HAHAHA

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    1. Aaah thank you for asking, Susie. No that is not me or my hubby . We live in TN, but I will have to ask if he has any family members living in the area. Wouldn't it be something if he does? Lol.

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  4. We had a cow with the same sort of heart and her name was Val - short for Valentine. So sweet. My daughter and family have moved to the family homestead farm and I am doing your ornaments for them. Picking who gets what is a challenge. Looking forward to the individual animals! Thank you so much for your generous spirit!

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    1. Aaah that is a cute name, Ginny. I will have to remember that if we ever are lucky enough to have another Heart cow. Oh how fun that you are stitching these up for your family. That just warms my heart. I hope you enjoy

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  5. That is adorable, Melisa. Thank you! I'm so sorry about poor heart, but this is a great way to memorialize her! I used to have my kitchen done in cows, now its cows and chickens/roosters! I just love seeing all your decorations. I should hire you to come decorate mine! LOL

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    1. Aah thank you so much, Brenda. Heart held a special place in my heart that's for sure.I love farm decor too. How fun! I used to have my kitchen in cows as well. Now I do like you - mix it all up. Lol Thank you for the sweet visit.

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  6. Love the Christmas Cow! Your decorations and tree are just awesome! Thank you for sharing your sweet designs with us dear friend. Blessings always. :)

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    1. Aah thank you so much, dear. I have had so much fun in creating these Barnyard ornaments and especially sharing them . Hugs and blessings.

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  7. Oh Melisa, I love this stitchery...thank you!! 25 years ago I had a jersey milk cow I named Honey Buns. She was the sweetest and would lick me when I was milking. She took me on as her calf. When I'd call her from our field, she'd come running (kind of scary a 1000lb. cow running to you) and then stop and hug my body with her neck. I'd kiss that brown leathery wet nose. It was love on both our parts. Eventually she died and I never bought another one. There just couldn't be another one as sweet as Honey Buns. Each and every animal has a personality and it hurts to see any abused. .Patty McDonald

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    1. Oh Patty what a heart warming story about Honey Buns. I can just imagine her running to you and giving you a hug. It is amazing how cows have their own personalities as well. I can tell Honey Buns holds a special place in your heart. I am so glad this little ornament brought back such fond memories. Hugs.

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  8. Always very festive in your corner of the world. Love all the little stitched ornaments. Your trees are awesome. Poor Heart being struck by lightning. A sweet design in her memory. Take care.

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    1. Aaah you are so very kind, Tammy. Thank you so much. I have been pulling out Christmas . I do love the holidays. I was heart broken when Heart was killed, but her sweet memory does live on. Have a great day.

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  9. Oh dear, what a terrible thing to happen to poor Heart the cow. I do hope lightening strikes aren't a regular occurance in your area?

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    1. It was quite a surprise for Heart to die in such a fashion. Unfortunately we do have lightening strikes often , but this was the first time a cow had been struck . So sad. Thank you for the sweet visit, Jenny. I look forward to catching up on your blog posts since I have been gone.

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  10. Oh heart is precious!!! My dad had some cows get struck one time. He was on the news for it and was interviewed. We giggled and giggled....not at the cows, but at seeing Daddy on the news. He's so country and he said "At first I thought they were sleep".... (not asleep).

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    1. Oh my how odd that more than one were struck. They must have been very close together. What a sweet memory of your dear dad, Penny. We are as country as all get out here too. Lol

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  11. As always thank you for sharing such a lovely design, I hope I can have time to stitch a few of your Christmas designs, they are so beautiful! And I just published on my blog the Ophelia Manor, thank you so much, I really enjoyed making it!!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Diana. I do love stitching Christmas especially farm related Christmas pieces. I am so honored that you stitched Ophelia Manor. Your finish is amazing. Hugs.

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  12. Oh my goodness! He is adorable and I LOVE the finish on the red ornaments. I can't wait to stitch him (as well as your other Christmas "stamps"). I made so many last year, but couldn't resist giving them away. This year, I hope to make the whole set for our family tree. Thank you for sharing your wonderful patterns, Melisa!!!

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    1. Aah thank you so much, Ann. I enjoyed finishing them this way. It definitely was a quick finish. Oh yes, you do need a set of these for yourself. Lol. Thank you so much for stitching them last year . I am so grateful and honored. Hugs.

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  13. Hoping that you are enjoying your get away and that it will be an adventure. Heart the Christmas Cow is adorable. Will be waiting to hear of your trip and to see what you have to share. Sending you warm hugs from sunny Arizona.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, dear Mary. We had such a fabulous trip. It was quiet and very relaxing and I got to sew the days away. Lol. I hope your week has been a good one, my friend. Hugs and blessings.

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  14. Tha k you so much...he's adorable!❤

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    1. Aaah you are so welcome, Renee. I hope you enjoy her and thank you for the sweet visit. Have a blessed week . 

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  15. just wanted to say how wonderful your ornament finish is and lovely memory of Heart.....thank you for sharing with us. You do wonderful work for us to get inspired.

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    1. Aaah you are so very kind . Thank you so much for the sweetest compliment and for brightening my day. I had a lot of fun finishing Heart the Christmas Cow and even more fun sharing her. Have a blessed week.

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