Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 just around the corner

There has been too much coming and going in this house over the past week and I pretty much haven’t managed any stitching at all! I can feel myself starting to have withdrawal symptoms, I need to get a needle in one hand and fabric in the other and take myself off to a corner to stitch. Some of my lack of stitching is that I’m having a hard time deciding what project to start. As things got busier leading up to Christmas it seemed like all I had the time to do was smaller projects, somehow it was just so much easier to pick up something small. Now I’m getting past that and have the urge to get into something a bit larger but I seem to be going in circles with exactly what I’d like to start. Of course, add in the whole ‘start of another year’ thing and, while I’m not really one for making huge resolutions, there is no doubt that stitching plans come to mind. You know the ones …. finish those WIPS, work on patterns you already have, make a resolution to stay on the stash wagon and not buy any new stitching stash until you’ve made a dent in the mountain of supplies you already have. To that end, just in case I hit midnight tonight and have a moment of madness and decide to go with the no new stash thought, let me share some post-Christmas purchases that I have sneaked in before 2010 arrives!! First off, this fabric. Given my love of splodgy, tea-dyed fabric and how it never goes to waste in my fabric stash this has been a perfect choice. It arrived this afternoon and as soon as I opened the envelope I just fell in love with its yummy, splodgy, tea-dyedness and can’t wait to stitch on it.


32ct Puck hand dyed linen by Katie Trendell

www.thesamplerguild.co.uk

Then, another purchase that I’ve been thinking about this past little while and decided it was time to treat myself…….


A Perpetually Engaging Diary from the Collection of Micheal & Elizabeth Feller and
Ackworth Memory Book
- http://needleprint.blogspot.com/



I can’t say that I’m completely resolution-less, the old chestnut of an ornament a month still raises its head with me each year and this coming year I’ve got company to help me try to do that. Cari and I are going to give it a go and see what we can achieve. Let’s see if we can keep each other going!

I do want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! DH and I have no grand plans for tonight, in all likelihood us ‘oldies’ will spend this evening watching tv and leave the celebrating to our offspring who are heading out. Maybe I can even tie my brain down to deciding just what would be the perfect 2010 stitching start for me. Before I go though, I do want to say that although I have only been blogging for a few months it has turned into one of my best decisions in 2009 and I’m so glad that I finally plucked up the courage to do it. To those who have welcomed me so warmly, to those who take time to visit my blog, to those who leave comments which I enjoy reading so much, can I wish you all health and happiness in 2010 with lots of love, laughter, friendship and stitching!

Until next time ....

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Almost Christmas

I was beginning to think that I’d run out of time to make one final post before Christmas but looks like I’m going to make it! The last week seems to have flown in and I’ve managed to reach the 24th and have everything bought, wrapped and groceries organised. So, suddenly here I am and today looks like it will be one that isn’t full of stresses and battling through queues of last minute shoppers. Instead it will be spent at home enjoying having a full house again. Our eldest son arrived home Saturday night, our daughter arrived last night and both of them were very lucky and managed to avoid having any major flight delays with the icy weather that has been going on here. It’s lovely to have everyone home, we’re all looking forward to Christmas and I’m going to leave you with one final finish that I managed to squeeze in.

ornament from Christmas by Jardin Prive using suggested DMC threads and finished as a pinkeep


Wishing everyone a lovely Christmas however you are spending it.

Until next time….

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Merry Winter

Here is HE’s Merry Winter stitched and finished. I have the feeling this is probably going to be my last Christmas finish for this year. I have a couple of ornaments that may or may not be put together before the 25th but, if they’re not, that does give me a headstart for Christmas next year! Back to Merry Winter, I did enjoy stitching this one, I like that I can keep this out on display even once Christmas is over.

Homespun Elegance A Quaker Year: Merry Winter on 32ct Lakeside Linen light examplar using CC Belle Soie in Cranberry and WDW Cocoa (I thnk!).

My cards are written and sent, my tree is up and I only have a little bit of Christmas shopping left to do. There’s the inevitable grocery shopping to be done at some point next week and the dreaded queues in the supermarket but, other than that, I’m looking forward to our two sons and daughter coming home for Christmas. Our youngest son, who’s at university in the north-east of England, will be the first home; he arrives tomorrow evening and will be here for almost a month. I’m looking forward to having him home for a while.

Only just over a week until Christmas. It will be here before we know it!

Until next time …..

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas .....ornaments......time for the tree

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s only two weeks and a day until Christmas. Is anyone else finding the month of December flying in? I do have some Christmas things up around the house but I still have cards to write and a tree to put up (the boxes with the decorations have been staring at me forlornly for a couple of days) not to mention some gifts still to buy. But, I’ll get there.

This time round I have pictures to share of the lovely gift I received in the Christmas exchange I was part of. This gorgeous stocking ornament was stitched for me by Sarah (no blog). It’s a freebie design from this blog and I just love it.


http://hearty-craft.blogspot.com/



She also included this lovely mug mat which she’d stitched and is from this blog.


http://gumtreedesigners.blogspot.com


Then, as my package has now been received by my partner I can share a picture of the ornament I stitched for her.


Blue Ribbon Designs freebie

Fabric: 32ct Light Examplar

Using suggested threads


Stitching-wise, well there's still some procrastinating going on around here but I have made a start! HE's Merry Winter is over half-way to being put together and I should have pics next time.

DH and I are back to just the two of us rattling around at home. The weekend went by far too quickly and the house seems quiet now but, in a couple of weeks, everyone will be home for Christmas so we’re both looking forward to that.

Finally, I just want to say ‘thank you’ for all your comments and for visiting my blog. Hope all is well with you and yours and your Christmas preparations are stress free! Now for my tree.....

Until next time ……

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Some Christmas finishing procrastination going on.

Well, my Christmas stitching mojo may be in full swing but my Christmas stitching ornament finishing mojo certainly isn’t!!! I could stitch quite happily on a seasonal theme but actually getting round to turning things into finished articles?!?! This, of course, is where I start to wish I’d kept to that idea that I have every year of stitching (and finishing!) an ornament each month….. maybe 2010 will be the year I finally keep to that schedule (don't hold your breath, I've been talking of doing this for years!). So, no ornament finishing to show this time round but I have added a couple of Christmas designs to my stash. Here’s a pattern from Jardin Prive that as soon as I saw it knew I had to order.

Then when I was blog-hopping I came across this and knew it was another ‘must-have’.




So, both have made their way into my stash pile.

This past week we have had two birthdays in our family, my DD and my DH. My DD turned 24 last Friday, she has lived and worked in England for just over a year so wasn’t here at home on the day. She is coming home this weekend though and will be here until Tuesday. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to spending some time with her as it’s been several months since she was home. Then DH’s birthday was yesterday. We’ll just leave it that he’s a good bit older than 24!! ;) We went out for dinner last night, to one of our favourite restaurants, and had a lovely meal but that was about the height of the excitement. Still, it meant I didn’t have to make dinner and a break from that is always nice. For years now I’ve always felt that once those two birthdays are out of the way then I can really start to think ‘Christmas’. So, onwards and upwards and maybe, just maybe, I’ll have organised myself into a ‘finishing day’ by the next time I write!

Until next time ….