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.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Another finish

Front:

 Back

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.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yay! - We're half-way to Christmas

Just six more months to go to Christmas Day. That thought brings a smile to my face! It's no accident that I have some little beaded Christmas trees to show today.  They will all be Christmas gifts. I love making these beaded tree ornaments, they always make me feel joyous.


First up, Christmas trees for two friends (former work colleagues) who always visit me at Christmas.


 These two are for neighbour children.


This pair is for an Irish-Aussie brother and sister.


And finally, ornaments for another young sister and brother, members of my niece's extended family.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for June

This month I have nine Christmas ornaments to show - they are all destined to be Christmas gifts this year.

First up, Christmas gifts for two brothers, members of my extended family.  Mostyn will be celebrating his second Christmas, and Sarben his third.
The teddy is a Dale Burdett design from DB32 "A Mini Christmas".
The Santa is a Barbara Mock design from Dimensions "Christmas Quickies".
I changed floss colours in both of the ornaments.

This ornament is for the newest member of my extended family, a little boy born to Aussie parents in New York.
The stocking design is heavily adapted from a chart in LA's "Christmas Caboodle" leaflet.
The tiny koala is adapted from a Di Noyce design in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch Australia magazine.

 Another Dale Burdett teddy - this one is  for a little Kiwi, the granddaughter of an old friend.

This ornament is for my nephew and his partner.
The manger design is adapted from a design in Graphworks 
"Mini Motif Designs for Christmas Vol 1"

This one is for my niece and her husband.
The Christmas is Love design is from Sam Hawkins
 "50 Santas to Cross Stitch"

This one is for my niece's much-loved dog - if you have a good imagination you might see bones decorating this Christmas tree. There's no designer to credit for this one - it just grew as I stitched.

And finally, a pair of Santas for two little English boys, more grandchildren of my old friend.
 
The Santa design is by Barbara Mock,
from Dimensions "Christmas Quickies II" booklet.

So, that is it for this month.  I'll still be stitching Christmas ornaments in the coming month - I hope to get ten finished for the July GG report.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WIPocalypse Report for June

So, this month's WIPocalypse discussion topic is:
Do you find yourself more productive with stitching in summer or winter?

Not something I have ever thought about, really.  I live in an area where there is not a great temperature range.  It can get really hot in summer but it never gets very cold in winter.  I don't think the temperature really effects my stitching pattern.  If the weather is cold and wet I have more pain in my hands (from rheumatoid arthritis), so I might have shorter stitching sessions, but I do try to stitch every day.  The only time I don't stitch is in November and December.  That happens to be summer here, but my reason for not stitching is that I am totally engrossed in settling up the house for Christmas and then with Christmas visitors.

In the past month, I have finished up the ornaments I stitched in May, and stitched and finished another four Christmas.  

First, an ornament for a new addition to the extended family, born in New York of Aussie parents.  
The stocking is (heavily) adapted from a design in LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet. 
The tiny koala is adapted from a design by Di Noyce, 
published in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch Australia magazine.

Next, Christmas ornaments for two young brothers, honorary great-nephews.
The teddy is a Dale Burdett design, from A Mini Christmas booklet.
Santa is a Barbara Mock design, from Dimensions Christmas Quickies booklet.

And a Christmas ornament, another Dale Burdett teddy, for a little Kiwi, grand-daughter of an old friend.


Then the ornaments stitched in May and finished up this month:




And that's my stitching month.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for May

This past month has been a very slow stitching month for me.  I really do have to pick up my act if I want to see my stitching list finished this year. And I do!

So, here is my finished Santa ornament, which is a Christmas gift for my youngest sister, Wendy. I have stitched a Christmas ornament or framed cross stitch Wendy every year since 1984.
Santa ornament designed by Melinda Blackman,
 from Cross My Heart's "Christmas Magic" booklet (1992)

 And here is another Christmas gift - the ornament I stitched for my friend Kellie,who has a fondness for angels.
The angels were adapted from a Pat Waters angel chart in A Christmas Collection (1986).
The rest of the ornament was my design.

Another Christmas gift - an ornament I stitched for my friends Rohan and Ross, who have brought their family to my house for a Christmas visit every year for over twenty years.  I stitched onto this ornament a tiny stocking for each family member. I still have one little charm to add to the top of this ornament - my current thought is a little pale blue pearly star, but I may find something better when I go through my charm collection..
I adapted the holly border from a DMC freebie Holly Alphabet by Katherine Martin Tripp.
  I changed the floss colours and substituted red Delica beads for the white cross stitches in the chart.  The rest of the ornament was my design.

And yet another Christmas gift, for a gorgeous young Kiwi, the grand-daughter of a very old friend.

Adapted from TIAG's 1986 freebie, Amish Angel.
  I changed the cap to hair, used beads for the wings, and added some bling.

And here is my final finish for the month - a 'thank you' gift for a cousin who did me a great favour last year, and who expressed an interest in having a Christmas design pendant to wear in the festive season.. I found this double-sided pendant at a market in January, and stitched a tiny round 'pillow' with Santa on one side and a Christmas tree on the other.  I really love the pendant, which has a magnetised closure. I am now wishing I had bought more.

The Santa chart was adapted from a rag rug chart in LA's premier issue of Celebrations magazine.  The tree just grew as I stitched.

Monday, May 4, 2015

WIPocalypse Report for May

Here we are again - another month passed by and I really don't have a lot to show for it.  I did finish my Dimensions kit Santa's Secret, and  have stitched but not yet made up three Christmas ornaments, and I stitched a double-sided design for a pendant.

Santa's Secret

Santa Ornament
Santa ornament designed by Melinda Blackman,
 from Cross My Heart's "Christmas Magic" booklet (1992)


Stocking Ornament
I adapted the holly border from a DMC freebie Holly Alphabet by Katherine Martin Tripp.
  I changed the floss colours and substituted red Delica beads for the white cross stitches in the chart.
The rest of the ornament was my design.


Angel Ornament
The angels were adapted from a Pat Waters angel chart in A Christmas Collection (1986),
The rest of the ornament was my design.


Pendant front
Pendant back
The Santa chart was adapted from a rag rug chart in LA's premier issue of Celebrations magazine.  The tree just grew as I stitched.

So that's my lot for this month.  I'll be making up this batch of ornaments next, and hope to have a few more finished ornaments for the next WIPocalypse day.


Monday, April 27, 2015

A little finish

If it hadn't been so fiddly, and taken so much time, I may have titled this post "A tiny finish".  I stitched this for a cousin, who spent hours taking photographs of my Christmas decorations, and last year made me an incredible DVD of my Christmas house, set to my favourite Christmas music (Elvis singing Christmas songs).  She expressed an interest in having a pendant to wear during the Christmas season.  I found this double-sided pendant at a market in Brisbane in January, and it inspired me to stitch this double-sided pendant.  Santa is stitched over 1 with one thread on 28 count Jobelan.  The Christmas tree is stitched over 2 with 2 threads on 28 count Jobelan, and decorated with DMC Fil Or and colonial knots.  I mounted each design on card (I used the 10c coin as a pattern) and stitched them together with a buttonhole stitch.

Front
Santa is adapted from a rag rug Santa chart
 in LA's Celebrations magazine, Premier edition

Back
 No designer to credit for this one -
 it just grew as I stitched.

Front

 Back

That's one more off my stitching list.

Susan at Super Mom-No Cape invited me to join her  Stitchery Link Party, and I was pleased to accept the invitation.  Pop across to her blog to see what some other needleworkers are making.