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, April 29, 2022

April Smalls Report

 It's been a slow stitching month for me. A busy month, but not as much stitching time as I would have liked. 

I did stitch a tiny Christmas stocking ornament. I think I may keep this one to hang on my own tree this Christmas.  As I have done before, I smoothed out the edges on Kooler's Littlest Stocking chart, and backed it to make it into a real little stocking.

I stitched two little Christmas ornaments for a friend's puppies.  I found the chart in the premier issue of LA's Celebrations magazine. 


I also stitched Day 10 of Barbara Sestok's 12 Day set. 

And I stitched three L& L Angel freebies (1986  & 1987).

I changed the floss colours, and swapped hair for the cap on the Amish Angel. I have another two to make - I'm thinking yellow and blue, maybe on ice blue floss. 

The Smalls  SAL is hosted by Mary at Mary's Thread, usually on the final Friday of each month.


Friday, April 15, 2022

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for April 2022

 It's a busy time of the month - Easter Blog Hop and Gifted Gorgeousness Report both due on the same day. Jo at Serendipitous Stitching is our host for both. My Blog Hop entry is just under this GG Report.  This month all my stitching qualifies for inclusion in the GG report, since it was all done using gifted supplies, and most of the stitched items will be gifted. 

I found a chart I really like, called Snowflake Merry Christmas Tree, on Etsy. The designer is a Ukranian lady, who stitches under the CrossStitchForFun label. I have stitched it four times now - twice on 28 count 2 over 2 ( top 2), and twice on 22 count 1 over 1 (bottom 2). The larger ones will fit on a standard 10" x 8" (25cm x 20cm) mount in a larger frame, and the smaller ones measure 5" x 4" (12.5 cm x 10cm) and will be made up into large ornaments.  All will be going to my youngest sister and her 3  adult children this Christmas.

I stitched some tiny little Christmas designs to fit into some tiny gold coloured metal frames I've had in my stash for way too long - maybe 15 years. They came 6 in a box for a super reasonable $A2.  I decided that this year I would aim to reduce my tiny frame stash by at least 2 boxes. I stitched 6 designs each for two nephews and their wives, so that's met my target for this year.

And here they are packed up and ready to go back in their boxes to wait for Christmas. The Santa hat alphabet designer is Alma Lynne, the tiny Santa is based on a Santa from the premier issue of LA's Celebrations magazine (I slimmed him down a lot), and the others just grew as I stitched. All the frames are the same gold coloured metal, more like the ones on the right of the top photo than the ones on the left.

The other designs I have stitched in the past 4 weeks are from Barbara Sestok's 12 Days of Christmas set. Believe it or not, despite the colours in the photos, all are stitched on the same ice blue 24 count evenweave.  As I'm making individual ornaments I've changed the borders and the position of the number, and in theDay 9 ornament I also changed the dress colours, the facial features and the hair. My Dancing Lady is more sedate than the charted one. 

So, that finishes my report for this month.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Easter Blog Hop

 Jo from Serendipitous Stitching is once again hosting the Easter BlogHop. The starting point is Jo's blog, and then follow the posts, collecting a letter from each one to discover Jo's message.

I don't have any Easter stitching to show, so I decided to show my L&L Tea Garden flowers. The violets and pansies were stitched last century (1994 & 1995), and I always intended to stitch the rose to finish the set, but I didn't get around to it until late last year. I will be getting it framed soon, and hang it with its chart-mates.  

The 'letter' I am sharing is actually a symbol - find it here.

Your next stop is Jocondine's Blog.