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.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Smalls SAL (July)

 Mary at  Mary's Thread hosts the Smalls SAL on the last Friday of each month. It's been a few months since my last Smalls report, but I have a few finishes to show today.

I finished my Kooler 12 Days of Christmas set (designer Sandy Orton), and they are packed away waiting for Christmas. I really like this set. They are so bright and colourful.  I was stitching one Day per month till we got halfway through the year, when I started panicking that I wouldn't get them finished in time for Christmas decorating. So I finished the rest to make sure they would be there when I need them. This year I will have three 12 Days sets to display. They will be decorating an internal door.  I shall run ribbons right around the door top to bottom, and peg the ornaments to the ribbons. 

I stitched a Baby's First Christmas ornament for my newest great- niece, and another for a family friend (that one is not yet finished up). I have two more of these to make this year. The teddy design was an on-line freebie that I got many years ago. I've lost the details, but I think it was from DMC, though it is not on their website now.

I made some bead decorated Christmas trees (my own design).  I love making these!

These five ornaments are for a long-term friend and her  grandchildren  -  two sisters in New Zealand and two brothers in England.  The children's ornaments are Jeanette Crews designs.  I swapped beads for stitches in the angels' wings. My friend's ornament is adapted from a design by Susan Greening Davis published in JCS Christmas Ornament issue 2015

Finally, I made another 6 tiny stocking ornaments. The Santa in these stockings is adapted from Kooler's Littlest Stocking chart. The trees and the stocking finish are my own designs.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for July

 I'm a few days late with this Gifted Gorgeousness report. Jo at Serendipitous Stitching hosts the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, and the 15th of each month is the day to report.  Pretty much all of my stitching qualifies, as most of my stitching is destined to be gifted, and the few things that I stitch for myself are stitched on gifted supplies (my family and friends are very generous when it comes to birthday and Christmas gifts).

The first thing I have to show is my HAED Christmas Dreams, home from the framer and now hanging in my craft room.  I am so happy with the framing. For this photo I sat the frame on a 2 -seater sofa, and there wasn't much room to spare on the sofa.

The next group is also mine. This year I am stitching Kooler's 12 Days of Christmas, designed by Sandy Orton.  This month I finished up into ornaments Days 6, 8, 10, 11, and 12, and stitched Days 7 and 8.

I made a glittery Christmas tree ornament for Miss 11.

This group of ornaments are for the grandchildren of a long term friend - two boys in England and two girls in New Zealand. All the designs came from Jeanette Crews Designs One Nighters leaflet, "59 Christmas Motifs". I substituted beads for stitches in the angel wings.

These four ornaments will be take home gifts for Christmas visitors.  The message on the first one is adapted from Susan Greening Davis' design 'Memories' published in JCS Christmas Ornaments 2015.

This ornament is for a family friend.  The photo isn't good. The fabric is a pretty pale blue.

I stitched these Santa initial ornaments for the grandchildren of a cousin. I stitched the children's given names on the reverse of each ornament. This Santa alphabet was in LA's Alphabets Galore book.

My current WIP is this ornament for my newest great-niece.  I have had the teddy chart for over 20 years, and I know it was an internet freebie, possibly from DMC, though it is no longer on their website.

I now have 11 ornaments to make up, and that will be my task for the coming week.