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, 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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness March report

This year is just whipping by.  Already it is time for the third Gifted Gorgeousness report of 2019. Jo at Serendipitous Stitching hosts the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.

I have finished up the designs I stitched in February - 20 in all. They will all be gifted at Christmas. Here they are all together.

The bead decorated trees are still my favourites.

This TIAG Angel is my next favourite. I stitched it for a dear friend.

I love stitching Santas. Most of these are Barbara Mock designs, except for Angus's Santa which was designed by Patrice Boerens; the Santa face which was in BH&G's Treasury of Christmas Cross Stitch Designs; and the Santa with list, which I found in the 1991 JCS Special Ornament Issue.

I stitched this Barbara Mock tree for a favourite aunt. I changed the hearts to make the shape smoother, and added a few beads.

These little stockings amd the small angel are for neighbouring children.

I have stitched, but not yet finished up, another 8 ornament designs. Two beaded wreath designs for the children of my oldest niece. 

A Barbara Mock gingerbread design for a young great-niece.

A  Christmas tree adapted from a Pat Waters design (Country Crafts leaflet #109, A Christmas Collection) for a nephew and his partner, who really aren't fussed on Christmas decorations, but love the colour blue.

A personalised Christmas tree for a nephew and his family, adapted from a Dale Burdett design.

A personalised Christmas tree for a niece and her family. It's adapted from a Barbara Mock design, in Dimension's Christmas Quickies II.

A heart design for another niece, adapted from a design in Need'l Love Company's Hollyberry Noel leaflet. 

 Finally, another bead decorated Christmas tree to add to the gift basket for Christmas visitors.

And that brings me to the end of my March GG report. I'm looking forward to popping in to see all the other GG stitching progress this month.