Friday, January 27, 2017

January jottings......

Hi everyone!  It has been a quiet month where stitching is concerned and a busy month where family is concerned – nothing major, just life.  I do have a little bit of stitching to share but the main thing I wanted to do was give a long overdue public ‘thank you’ to Carol over at Stitching Dreams for the lovely Christmas package she sent my way.  This package took its time but reached me safely in the end which is the most important thing!

This was the delight that awaited me when I opened the envelope!

Isn’t it gorgeous?  Carol is very much the queen of over one stitching and finishing and I think we can also add in stitching on black fabric!  Black as a fabric colour I totally avoid using as I know how frustrated I would become even with using a magnifying glass!  Carol knows how much I love a Prairie Schooler Santa and this is another beauty to add to my collection.

Also inside the envelope were these goodies….

I love stitching autumn/Halloween designs and this chart is firmly on my ‘to stitch’ list for this year. These ribbons will be put to good use, as will the fabric.  I have to admit, something is missing from this picture – chocolate!!!  That has long since been eaten!  Thank you again Carol, it is always such a joy opening your gifts.

On the stitching front?  Well, not very much.  I have some thoughts on what I’d like to stitch this year but, as yet, I haven’t gathered things together.  I do want to finish BBD’s Garden Club Series and have made a start on that (then promptly ground to a halt!!)…..

 this is the extent of my stitching on The Gardener, #9 in the series….

I do want to continue stitching Christmas on Sundays throughout the year but last Sunday was the first where I did actually manage to do that!   Towards Christmas last year this one was popping up on IG and it reminded me that it was one I’ve always planned to stitch, the Plum Pudding Needleart freebie Fa La La.  Roll round to last Sunday and I did find time to sit down and make a start.

And yes, that is the sad, sorry amount of stitching I’ve accomplished so far this month!!  Life should be a little calmer come the middle of February and then, hopefully my needle will be flying through fabric and I’ll have lots to share!
Hope all is well with you and yours.

Until next time….


Marilyn said...

What a great pkg.
Carol's work is perfect.
Love waiting for the pics of her Christmas Tree every year.
You have some cute starts, a little stitching is better then none! :)

Vickie said...

Hello Lois! What special gifts from Carol. Beautiful. The Garden Club series is gorgeous. I love it. I have begun AotH. I plan to finish it this year.

Margaret said...

Such lovely gifts from Carol! And your stitching is looking good too. Sometimes life gets busy and the stitching gets neglected. That's ok!

Sally said...

Wonderful gifts from Carol.

Lovely stitching. It's always nice to get a few little crosses in.

Melissa said...

What a lovely package of goodies from Carol! And yes, she is the queen of over one stitching, and her finishing is always so gorgeous!

I hope you get more time to stitch soon!

Christina said...

What a lovely parcel from Carol...a little worrying that it took so long to get to you. I'd love to know what happens to these parcels that become 'lost in transit'.
I love the fa la la freebie - I've been meaning to stitch it for years!

Carol said...

Oh, you have me blushing here, Lois--thank you for your sweet comments! I'm so glad you liked your PS ornament--I loved making him for you and he is on my "must-stitch-for-myself" list, too :) At least my package did arrive--there is one that never made it to England :(

I'm sure February will offer you many more hours spent with your needle and thread--I'm hoping I have that luxury, too! I feel like I've hardly done any stitching this month...

Enjoy your Sunday, my dear friend!

Brigitte said...

That's a wonderful gift you received from Carol. Her stitching and finishing is fantastic. Enjoy the ornament and all the goodies she sent.
Great stitching on your WIPs.

Penny said...

Carol put together a lovely package for you! And you have some nice things in the works. Hope you find more stitching time in the months to come. : )

Cindy's Stitching said...

Carol's pieces are precious treasures. so pretty

Von said...

Beautiful little gift from Carol! Her stitching and finishing are exquisite!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

You received a lovely gift from Carol. It's always nice to get some stitching in, even if it is not as much as you'd like.

Karoline said...

A beautiful gift from Carol and your wips are looking lovely