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.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Smalls Report for August

The last Friday in August has just crept up on me, so it's time for the monthly Smalls SAL Report, hosted by Mary at  Mary's Thread.

 I've not much to show this month.  Just a few Christmas ornaments, none of which has yet been finished up as an ornament. In fact, in my work basket right now I have 4 tiny stockings and six stitched designs all waiting to be finished ornaments.  That's my task for next week.

First up, a Santa and an Angel for two nieces.  The Santa is adapted from Robin Rowe's Folk Art Santa chart a Graphique Greetings design which was on the back of a Christmas card I received way back in 1988. I changed the colours, made some changes to the design and the border, and added the message.

The Angel was adapted from the Miniature Angel Belpull design by Cathy Livingstone . I changed the colours and the dress shape, omitted the halo on the angel and candle, and substituted beads for some of the stitches in the ribbon and wings.

I made another little beaded Christmas tree for my Christmas gift basket. At this stage it looks as though I won't be getting Christmas visitors this year (COVID restrictions), so my take-home Christmas gifts will actually become mailed-out Christmas gifts. 

And that's all I have to show this month. I will be trying to finish up all the stitched pieces in my work basket before I stitch any more designs, but I may not be able to hold myself to this goal. Time will tell.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for August

 I'm late again for the Gifted Gorgeousness (GG) report. Jo hosts the GG SAL at Serendipitous Stitching on the 15th of each month. Anything stitched with gifted supplies or stitched to be gifted qualifies for the GG report.

This month has been a very different one. I had a birthday, we went into COVID related lockdown, I broke a tooth which has led to root canal treatment and a crown, and it's time for my annual post breast cancer tests. A busy month for me! 

I finished up all the ornaments I stitched last month. I did show the photos in the Smalls report, but because I am in pain (from dental procedure today) and need distracting, I'm putting the pics in here too.

I crocheted a  cotton sundress for Miss Sarah's 4th birthday. I haven't been able to give it to her yet, as we are in lockdown and visiting is not allowed.  

I've stitched a few more Christmas ornaments. I can now count on my fingers the number of Christmas ornaments remaining on my Christmas stitching list, so I added to the list name samplers for three little boys who will, I hope, visit me this Christmas.   

This ornament is for my youngest sister. I started with Vermillion's Christmas Mini Ornament chart in front of me, and the angel dresses came from that (cross stitched instead of backstitched) but that needle ran away from me and the finished stitching is nothing at all like the charted ornament. 

This is the Vermillion inspiration:

A Baby's First Christmas ornament for a cousin's grandson. I'm waiting for baby's name to finish the stitching. Although it doesn't look like it in the pic, the fabric is a plain white. I have one more of these to make this year.

Some more little stocking ornaments. I think I have just 2 more of these to make this year.

And that is all I have to show.  I am really looking forward to seeing all the GG stitching this month.