Come visit with me as I stitch and craft my way from one Christmas to the next - I like to have Christmas projects close by me all year. I have a particular fondness for Santas and Angels. If you have the time, leave a comment so I know you've visited.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness Report (slightly late)

I'm a little late (sometimes life just gets in the way), but as my Granny used to say, better late than never.  I'm working my way through my gift list for Christmas 2015, and this month I have eight Christmas ornaments finished, and another one stitched and almost ready to finish.

Full designer details are in previous posts.

I am stitching this next ornament to give to my sister Gayle, who is besotted by cherubs, and likes a little bling.  I've stitched the design and have just started on a border (which will contain soem beads when I have finished it).

The chart came from LA2970, Angel Alphabet.
  The designers are Nancy Dokter and Linda Culp Calhoun.
I stitched this as charted, using  the purple clothing choice.
The only change I made was to add some gold blending filament to the cherub's wings.

I'm hoping that for the next report (and I will try to make it on time) I will have finished all the ornaments on my Christmas stitching list - even the two not yet added to the list!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Another batch of Christmas ornaments finished

I'm working my way through my stitching list - another five ornaments to cross off the list today.

First is the replacement for the ornament my pup destroyed last month.  This will be a Christmas gift for a young Christmas visitor.

The letters are adapted from the Santa Hat Alphabet
 in Alma Lynne's A-Z series Christmas Alphabets and Borders.

These three Nutcrackers will be Christmas gifts for three brothers.

The Nutcracker design is adapted from the Nutcracker
 in the "Merry Christmas" picture from
 Just Cross Stitch's 1991 Special Ornament Issue

 The letters are adapted from the Santa Hat Alphabet
 in Alma Lynne's A-Z series Christmas Alphabets and Borders.

And this one is for a lovely young couple who have recently started their life together.

The design is adapted from Dale Burdett's Christmas Minis booklet

Friday, July 17, 2015

Three finished ornaments

I made these up tonight.  Had Angela not been such a busy little baby there would have been four ornaments in the pic.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A disaster - and it was all my fault!

I was making up one of the ornaments I had stitched last week.  I had just the last side to finish when I decided to have a short break, and sat down at the computer (in the next room) to check on this month's GG posts. Minutes later I heard the sounds of a very happy puppy growling and rough-playing with her toys back in the lounge room.  Something made me go and check - too late, unfortunately.  Miss Angela had got into my work basket (which was on a box well over a metre (3 foot) from the floor - and was playing with my almost-finished ornament.  Luckily she left the needle behind in the basket.  This is what I retrieved from her (eventually - she thought it was a great game):

She has not only chewed off some of the edging and inner border beads, she has torn several holes in the stitched design and shredded the seam allowance of the side I hadn't yet stitched.  I have no option but to start again. Fortunately for Angela, I love her a lot.  And she is still a puppy - almost. It's not the first time she has got away with one of my stitchy projects (though up till now I have always rescued them before too much damage was done), so I have only myself to blame for it.  I am going to have to get cleverer about protecting my basket.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day - and hopefully life goes on!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for July

Well, I sort of met my target for this month, and I have made an impact on my 'to stitch' list.   I have had quite a busy month.  And apart from my stitching, we had a birthday in the family - Miss Angela turned one.  Her favourite Auntie taught her all about party caps and opening presents.

So - the stitching.  My target was ten ornaments, and I have stitched and finished 8, and stitched another 4 - so I'm calling that a win! I also stitched and finished two other gift items. These four ornaments, are the ones I have yet to make up. The Christmas tree is for a favourite aunt who likes a bit of Christmas bling, and the other three are for children who will visit me at Christmas time.

The chart for the candy cane (but not the letter T) came from
 Alma Lynne's Christmas Alphabets booklet - I did change all the colours
(only because I used floss colours already in my work basket).

The Santa hat alphabet chart was in Alma Lynne's Christmas alphabet booklet (I changed the floss, and removed some of the hats - also changed some of the letters). I adapted the star design from a Dale Burton design, changing the floss colours and adding backstitching.

I also made this pendant (well, made the double-sided cross stitch insert for the pendant), as a gift for a friend.

I also stitched and made up these eight Christmas Tree Christmas ornaments - the first two are for friends (ex-work colleagues) who will visit at Christmas, the other six are for children who will come to see my Christmas house.

And I made this lavender sachet holder for a friend's 50th birthday. 
The inspiration for the letter came from the very first cross stitch chart book I ever bought - also the first one I ever saw! - a very old Vanessa Anne booklet.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Another pendant

This pendant is for a friend, who provided the double-sided pendant, and asked for a Christmas design on one side and a butterfly design on the other.

The little butterflies were inspired by a Dale Burdett chart, from her Borders booklet.
  The initial was a freestyle addition.

Santa was adapted from Sam Hawkins '50 Santas' book.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Another finish



It's a lavender sachet holder I made as a birthday gift for a friend. It is fully lined (with an identical piece of linen), and all hand-stitched together. The opening is at the top. I inserted a little gauze bag of lavender.