Thursday, December 30, 2010

Stitching gifts, finishes and plans for 2011

Hi everyone! Even though it’s not even a week since Christmas Day it already feels like ages ago. I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. Ours was lovely, spent with my parents. I do have one more Christmas pic to share, a gift that I have received from my stitching friend Jenny (no blog). When I opened the package and found this inside ….

I was just thrilled. I love this CHS design and love how she’s finished it.

I can’t say that I’ve been managing to get much stitching done in the last week but, when I did, I worked on Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow and look at what I can show you…

Yes, block 1 is completed! I can honestly say I underestimated just how much stitching there was going to be in these blocks. There I was thinking, two months to stitch a block and have it as a sort of part-time project, no problem! How wrong was I?!?!?! Now that I realise that each block will take some serious, in-depth stitching I will be making sure I work on it each week and not just think I can pick it up and have it done in a few days!!

Coming to the end of 2010 and my mind is full of what I’d like to stitch in 2011. I’m definitely going for an ornament a month and I want to also include these as smaller monthly projects.

Add in my AaHRH blocks plus one main project and maybe this ‘one project at a time’ stitcher is going to find herself a little over-extended! Let’s see how I go!!!!

Thanks for all your lovely comments about my Christmas decorating in my last post. Once we get past the New Year celebrations I will be itching to get Christmas packed away for another year and then the house will seem quite bare. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2011! I am looking forward to another year of blogging and friendship!

Until next time …

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas around the corner....

Hi everyone! Thank you for all the lovely comments that you left about my monthly ornaments. I am chuffed to bits that I managed to do it this year and I’m planning to try and keep doing an ornament a month next year. Not much Christmas stitching going on around here. I did do something that is stitched, just not cross-stitched and is now hanging on our tree…

This is from a felt kit I bought a little while back and thought I would give it a go. I definitely liked how quickly it stitched up, probably just over an hour! How’s that for instant stitching gratification!!!

A little bit of fabric stash has made its way to my house. These were in the sale that Buttonberry here in the UK is currently having and I couldn’t resist. I’ve ordered several times from Emma and Lisa and have had great service every time.

Right now all I’m working on when I get the chance is the first block of AaHRH which I’m now aiming to have stitched by the end of the month (Dec 16th has been and gone without it being finished - no surprise there!). So, given that there isn’t much stitching going on I thought you might like to see some of the Christmas stitching around our house……

A few snowmen....

I do love unpacking our Christmas things every year. When they’ve been out of sight for most of the year there’s always a feeling of re-discovery when you unwrap them and put them out. Does anyone else find that?

Before we know it Christmas Day will be here. Only my daughter is still to arrive home, her flight is Thursday night so we’re just keeping everything crossed that the icy weather we’ve been having doesn’t cause further problems. DS#2 came home last week and DS#1 was due here on Saturday but had to change his original travel plans because of the weather and got home Sunday night. Before I go I just want to say thank you for your continued visits, to those who take the time to leave comments and for your friendship. May each and every one of you have a lovely Christmas.

Until next time ........

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Joy, ornaments & that resolution....

Hi everyone! An ornament finish and a look back at my monthly ornaments is what this post is going to be all about. Here is my December ornament, Cherished Stitches Christmas Joy from the 2010 JCS ornament issue. I did alter things on this one. I changed the colours, used GA Cranberry and WDW Juniper, and it is stitched on 32ct cream Belfast linen. Instead of the acorns I stitched the tree motifs.

Guess what?!?!?! This year, for the first time ever, I have managed to keep to my resolution made way back in January of stitching an ornament a month. Do you know how many years I would say that it was one of my resolutions and my family would give me that look; you know the one, that look of ‘yeah right, we’ll believe that when we see it. How many years have you been telling us this one?!?!?!?!’. Well, this year, somehow, I stayed on track. The summer months were the ones where I found it could easily have become a chore but I hung on in there. I even managed to stitch a couple of other ornaments in the mix but below you can see my ‘official’ monthly ornaments, the ones I would tell Siobhan and Cari each month that I was planning to stitch.

Jan - Prairie Schooler Santa from A Christmas Visit chart*
Feb - Blackbird Designs Merry Christmas Stocking*
Mar – Prairie Schooler Santa from A Christmas Visit chart*
Apr – Homespun Elegance Joyous Heart*

May – Homespun Elegance Mr Candy Cane*
Jun – Little House Needleworks Red House in Winter
Jul – JBW Designs Christmas Tree
Aug – Renato Parolin Joy

Sep – Bright Needle Holiday Stars freebie
Oct – Blackbird Designs JCS Ornament issue 2010
Nov – Midnight Stitching Snowman’s Quaker Christmas freebie
Dec – Cherished Stitches JCS Ornament issue 2010 (with own changes from original)

Those marked * were finished by Deb of Artistic Needle.

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments on my snowman ornament finish last time round. I think we all are in agreement at how inspiring it is to read blogs and how much we get from the friendships and being able to share in each other’s creativity. Thanks as always for your continued visits and taking the time to leave a comment. I am somewhat behind on my blog reading and commenting. My daughter was home for a long weekend (went back Tuesday night) and I can say that for the time she was home I did not pick up a needle. I’m supposedly meant to have block 1 done of AiHRH by the middle of next week. Yeah, well, we’ll see!!! I think I’ll be needing to have the turbo needles out to get that done.

Hope all is well with you and yours.
Until next time …….