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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Another finish

A Christmas ornament for my 3 year old great-nephew Dylan. The designis by Kooler Design Studios, from the I Love Santa series in LA's Christmas Ornament book #3428 (2003).

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Four tiny stockings ...

for four special children. I adapted this design from a chart in the Littlest Stocking series of Kooler Design Studio's LA book #3428, Christmas Ornaments (2003). It was charted to be stitched on plastic canvas, but I stitched this batch on 18 count Aida, tweaked the design a little and changed some of the floss colours, and I added the cuffs and the back, and made them into real little stockings. They are just over 2.5 cm (1") in width at the top, and just under 5cm (2") long.

I've lost count of the number of these stockings that I have stitched over the past 5 years or so. At a rough guess I would say 28 at least. These are my first for this year, and I doubt that I will stitch any more of these in 2011. But I already have two on my list for 2012, so I haven't finished with them yet!

Miss Maddie is doing fine, and getting away with some very naughty behaviour these days. I am just so happy to have her still, that I don't have the heart to discipline her. I'm going to have to pick up my act, I know - maybe next month! The vet was amazed at her improvement, and all but accused me of bringing along a healthy substitute dog for the visit (just joking - but she did ask twice if the medical record she had on the computer really belonged to Maddie). So, here's hoping the normal behaviour continues. All I have to do is feed her a low fat diet (which she is tolerating nicely) and keep her off the prednisone tablets she was on for her allergies, and withhold the cyclosporin eye drops for the time being. Not difficult tasks, for such a happy outcome!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Happy days ...

Things are back to normal at my house. Despite the warnings from the Vet, my little Madalyn has fought back to health, and is now behaving quite normally, and eating well. I am so very grateful. The Vet is still cautious about her prognosis, and keeps muttering about enlarged liver and spleen, but I'm just taking it one day at a time, and enjoying each day I have with her.

To celebrate her recovery, I have been making some beaded angels. Here are just a sample - in all I have made 84 in the past week. They're not as ethereal as they appear in the pic. Some of the angels will find their way into my 2011 Christmas decorating, others will be Christmas gifts or take-home gifts for Christmas guests.