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.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Smalls Report for May

Here we are again - the end of the month, and time for the Smalls SAL, hosted by Mary at Mary's Thread.

I have to confess to getting out the shoehorn for this report. I am showing six little dinosaurs finished this month. The designer is Clare Crompton, though I swapped some of the dinosaurs to balance my sampler. So, here they are:

And here they are all stitched on the one fabric piece, ready to frame for a great-nephew's Christmas gift. Believe it or not, the fabric is an unstained piece of antique white. I don't know where the shading came from. It's not really there!

I will be stitching at least one more name sampler this year  for Angus's little sister. Sarah has a liking for dinosaurs, so there may be more dinosaurs to show soon.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness post for May

I am having great trouble adjusting to the pace at which this year is disappearing. I guess it's a sign that I am showing my age. Here we are again - time for the GG report, hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.

All my stitching this month qualifies for GG, as all will be gifted. These are the Christmas ornaments I have finished since the last GG report.  I did already show this pic in the last Smalls report. Not so many finished this month. The angel is pretty heavily adapted from one of TIAG's Band of Angels; the stocking is my own design; and the poinsettias are Jill Oxton designs (Issue 47 JO Cross Stitch & Beading).

I stitched this retrospective Baby's First Christmas ornament for a 4 year old who has just joined the extended family of a friend. All the other children in the family have First Christmas ornaments on the Christmas Tree, and I didn't want Oliver to be the odd one out.

Oliver's First Christmas ornament is my 76th Christmas ornament for this year. Three of them haven't yet been finished, as I am waiting for an expected baby's name and birth date to add final details. 

These are my 2019 Christmas ormaments:

There are  actually  82 finished ornaments  - 9 were made in December 2018. The three unfinished ornaments aren't in the pic. So, I have 85 ornaments for Christmas giving.

I have also stitched Cicely Mary Barker Flower Fairy name samplers for two little honorary nieces, first cousins. I will frame them and give them as Christmas gifts. I have now stitched all the items on my 2019 stitching list. I will probably add a few more to the list - maybe name samplers for my youngest sister's two grandchildren. 

My final items are not cross stitch, but I'm showing them anyway, just because I love them. Some little white beaded angels, which I have made for a friend. I found the beads for the bodies in a charity shop, and they inspired me to create some Christmas angels. I had all the other bits and pieces in my stash. My friend collects quirky angels, and I am sure she will love them, and make room for them on her Christmas tree. 

That's all from me this month. I'm looking forward to seeing all the other Gifted Gorgeousness creations.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Smalls Report for April

Well, here we are - time for the monthly Smalls SAL report hosted by Mary.  Already four months of the year has passed. I have less to show this month. Once again, all my stitching was on Smalls, but I did less stitching in April than in previous months. I have finished just four Christmas ornaments this month.

I stitched a TIAG angel, from the Band of Angels chart. I did make a number of changes, including changes to the banner and message, omitting the parcel and gold hanging cord, and changing the sleeves and hands. I stitched this ornament for a cousin who has just won the latest battle in her fight with cancer.

This little Christmas ornament is for a 4 year old I met recently, and who has just joined the extended family of a friend.

And here are two more Jill Oxton poinsettias to add to my take-home gift basket for Christmas visitors.

I also stitched three ornaments for a brother's family. They are expecting a new arrival in September, and as the ornaments I stitched for the prospective parents and grandparents are personalised Christmas trees with a heart for each family member, I have to wait for baby's birth before I finish stitching and making up these three ornaments. I probably shouldn't be showing these yet, as they are unfinished, but the fact that they complete my Christmas ornament stitching list for 2019 tipped my hand. I now have 75 Christmas ornaments - 72 finished, and these three which will have to sit waiting till I know baby's gender and name.

So, that completes my Smalls report for this month. I'm looking forward to popping in to participants' blogs to see the lovely Smalls stitched in the past month.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Easter Blog Hop

Jo at Serendipitous Stitching is hosting this Easter blog hop.

My letter is:

I have chosen to share a picture of one of my favourite cross-stitched birds, a Graham Ross design of a kookaburra. I stitched this kookaburra way back in the 20th century  and it hangs on my loungeroom wall, where I see it every day. I am lucky to have real kookaburras visit my garden regularly, and I often wake up to the sound of the kookaburra's call.

To continue with the Easter blog hop, your next blog to visit is: Mary's

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness report for April

April 15 - time for the Gifted
Gorgeousness report. GG is hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  Once again, all my stitching in the past month qualifies for GG, as all my stitching will be gifted.

I'm working my way through my Christmas list. I finished up the ornaments I had stitched last month, and I have stitched and finished another 13 Christmas ornaments. That brings to 68 the number of Christmas ornaments I have made this year to date.

Here are group photos of my March-April finished Christmas ornaments. The first picture shows the ornaments stitched in February/March but not actually finished into ornaments at the last GG report. Since I put individual pics of these in my last (Smalls SAL) post, I haven't repeated them today.

And the next 2 photos show the finished ornaments that I stitched and finished up after the March GG report.

This Donna Vermillion Giampa initial Santa is for my niece's foster son. The chart is from the Christmas Soup booklet.

This tiny stocking Christmas ornament is for a friend's much loved dog. This one just grew as I stitched, so there is no designer to credit.

This Need'l Love Hearts and Branches ornament will go into my gift basket for Christmas visitors. Some of my Christmas visitors are really not into bling, so I like to offer an alternative to my bead decorated trees.

I stitched this for my oldest niece. The message comes from a chart in the 2015 JCS Christmas Ornament issue. Somehow, this ornament didn't get into a group picture.

And now three little poinsettia ornaments. The poinsettias are Jill Oxton design (JO Cross Stitch & Beading Issue 47).  These ornaments are going into the gift basket for Christmas visitors.

Four more beaded Christmas trees for the Christmas gift basket.

And, finally, two personalised Christmas tree ornaments, one for a long-term friend  the other for my youngest sister.

It's many months since I last picked up a crochet hook, but the urge took me this week. I made a dress and cap and a matching pillow cover for a great-niece's doll.

That's it for this month. I'm looking forward to catching up on all the GG stitching.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Smalls SAL Report for March

I missed last month's Smalls report, so I am pleased to be organised for this one. The Smalls SAL is hosted by Mary at Mary's Thread.  All my stitching so far this year has been on small projects - all Christmas ornaments.  This is a group photo of my latest batch of finished ornaments.

I have made four personalised Christmas trees for a sister, two nieces, and a friend. I took inspiration from two different charts (a Barbara Mock design and a Dale Burdett design) for these, but I doubt any designer would wish to claim my trees. 

I stitched a special blue tree for a nephew and his partner, adapted from a Pat Waters design. The recipients are not really into Christmas, but they do like the colour blue.

Two more beaded Christmas trees  my own designs. These are headed for my take-home gift basket for Christmas visitors.

A Barbara Mock angel for my second sister, who has a special fondness for angels.

Barbara Mock gingerbread babies for a young greatniece.

The Need'l Love Company's Heart wreaths (Hollyberry Noel) with minor changes for two nieces.

Beaded wreaths for a greatniece and greatnephew. These are my own design.

Finished too late to be included in the group photo, this ornament is for my oldest niece, and includes the message section of Susan Greening Davis's 'Memories' ornament published in the 2015 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue.

That makes a total of 56 Christmas ornaments stitched amd finished so far this year. Just 12 more to go. 

That completes my Smalls report for this month.  I will be popping in to see all the projects stitched by other Smalls SAL participants.