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.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The last of the batch

Finished up this afternoon.  An ornament for a  delightful teenager. The designer s credited in the post above,

I knew I should have taken the time to reposition the ornament for scanning - it's not really distorted in shape.  Just poor scanning technique.

Stitching again - four new little finishes

Thank you for the kind comments about my poor little Maddie.  I miss her greatly.  She was my constant companion for the past 15 years, and I still find myself automatically looking to see where she is before I put the end of my recliner down.  The house seems so lifeless without her presence. This is the first time in over 40 years that I have not had a doggy companion in the house. I'm finding the adjustment very difficult.  Right now I don't think I can take another dog into my life - but maybe that will change with time.  I still do have my cat Ruby, but she is very independent and aloof, and right now she's holidaying with a friend.  Maybe when she returns next month things will seem more normal.

It seems so long since I picked up my needle.  I think that so far 2014 is my least productive stitching year this century - and for many years before that!  In the last few days I have managed to finish up up four of the five ornaments that have been sitting in my work basket for the last month or so. Three are to be Christmas gifts, and the other is for me.

This is a Christmas gift for Tilly, my niece's much loved dog.  The design is adapted from the tree design in Barbara Mock's Christmas Quickies II booklet.

These design for these little gingerbread people was also in Barbara Mock's Christmas Quickies II.  This ornament is for my great-niece Chloe.

The chart for the Manger is from Graphworks Mini Motif Designs for Christmas I. I have also stitched the same design for Matthew's twin brother Daniel, but haven't yet finished upthat ornament.

And this little Santa is for me.  The chart for this Santa was in an old (1970s) BH&G Christmas Ideas magazine.  The ornament (excluding beads) is less than 5cm  (2") long  and only about 2.5 cm (1") wide.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sad news

My poor little Madalyn (15 year old Maltese) lost her long battle with heart failure this week.  She was so precious to me, and such a big part of my daily life.  I really miss her terribly.

RIP, my Maddie.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Another three Christmas ornaments finished

A little Christmas rabbit (adapted from Barbara Mock's Christmas Quickies chart) for Miss Amelia , who has a much loved rabbit that helps her get off to sleep each night.  Amelia will be having her fourth Christmas this year.

and Baby's First Christmas ornament (adapted from a LA Christmas Caboodle chart) for Amelia's new brother Finley:

and finally, a Christmas teddy ornament (adapted from a Dale Burdett chart) for their little cousin Sarben, who will be having his second Christmas this year:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Three Christmas ornaments for three young ladies

I finally made it to the bead shop and got the beads I needed to decorate the little Christmas ornament designs (adapted from a chart in  BH&G 2012 Christmas issue) I stitched for three sisters earlier in the month.  Tonight I stitched them up.

So, that makes five Christmas ornaments finished in February.  Not my best effort!  In March I plan to stitch the Christmas ornaments for my actual and honorary great-nieces and great-nephews (seven in all).

I just had to pop back in to show you what I found in my garden tonight. It's the tawny frogmouth that lives in the area.  I've taken pics of him in the garden before, but his visits are few and far between. When I took Miss Maddie out to answer a call of nature late tonight I saw him sitting on the old fence post.  He waited for me to get Maddie in and find my camera. I had to take the pictures 'blind' as I could see nothing at all in the view finder.
 then he moved to the fence
Here's a close-up
I feel very honoured that he has graced us with his presence yet again.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Another Angel

This one is a cross-stitched one.  The design is adapted from the Folk Angel in Dale Burdett's Quick to Stitch booklet - DB-N001.  I changed the Angel's hairstyle (Folk Angel had very fly-away hair!), her dress and feet, and all the floss colours.  This ornnament will be a Christmas gift for my friend who loves quirky angels and hearts.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Two new angels

One of the things I like to do is to rescue and give new life to distressed discarded angels.  Sometimes this  urge gets out of control, and I rescue discarded hand-made dolls and turn them into angels - usually to add to my own angel collection, but occasionally to pass on to another angel lover.

This little angel started life as a hand-painted wooden doll.  I found her in a charity shop in central Victoria last November, when I was making my way home from a trip to Tasmania.   I made her some wings from cardboard and string, because that's what she seemed to need, and added a hanging cord so she can hang from a doorknob or picture hook.  I have a friend who just loves hearts and collects quirky angels, so this angel will be hopping into my friend's Christmas stocking this year.

On the same trip I also found this hand-made cloth doll at another charity shop.   On her back she has the signature of her creator (I think it's Lily but can't make out the surname) and 'Christmas 2001'.

I gave her some Christmas beads and a set of wings, and now she is my Angel Holly (her dress has a holly pattern).  She will join my cloth doll angel collection.

I wish the people who created these dolls could know that they have found new homes where they will be cared for and treasured.

BTW, Emma/Itzy has a great give-away on her blog  My Creative Corner.  It's open till March 3.