Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Little Gifties

Hello friends

Oh my goodness, the past week has flown by in one great big whirlwind!  But it's all part of the fun of the Christmas season, which I just love, and this time next week I'll be starting a three and half week holiday break too, yippee! Glenn also starts his break on the 21st and we're both so looking forward to being at home with Hannah, enjoying summer, spending time with family and friends, having barbeques and swimming in our pool, and having a little trip away for a few days after New Year's.

As always, thanks so much taking the time to leave a comment or send me an email. I'm so far behind in replying as I'm still having limited internet time - my computer had to go back to the techie for the second time earlier this week. But it should be home later today and hopefully the problems have been all fixed! 

Today I can reveal a bit of secret stitching I worked on last month, firstly, a gift for my dear friend Kath's birthday last week.

After having stitched Basket of Memories by Blackbird Designs earlier in the year, I knew I was going to stitch it again sometime for Kath.  It took me ages to decide on just the right thread, I must have pulled out a dozen or so "green" threads from my collection - in the end I went with a DMC, 372 I think it was.



Basket of Memories by Blackbird Designs
stitched on 32ct cream belfast, DMC Thread

For many years now, Kath and I have exchanged an ornament at Christmas time and  I always give my one to Kath along with her other birthday pressies.



Peace by Blackbird Designs JCS 2012
stitched on 30 ct Abecedarian linen by R & R Reproductions with mostly recommended threads

For this year's choice I went with Peace by Blackbird Designs from the 2012 Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine.  I loved stitching this design.

I have several other finishes to share soon - I'm very pleased to say that the last of my 2012 ornaments and gift stitching are all finished.  I've already started thinking about next years!! There's been some great freebies come out in the last month and I've kitted a few up to make a start on in late January. 

A couple of parcels of new stash have arrived from the US this week, a early Christmas treat to myself, lol, so I'm looking forward to working on some new projects over the Christmas holidays. I also signed up for the Country Cottage Needleworks Santa's Village stitchalong,  can't wait to get this underway very soon!

See you soon x

19 comments:

Shirlee said...

Very lovely gifties : )

Elizabeth said...

Goargeous gifts.
Love the shade of green you used in RememberMe.

Lelia said...

What beautiful stitching!!!!

Giovanna said...

What pretty gifts!

Chris said...

What wonderful finishes!!
What nice exchange pieces for your friend.

Vickie said...

Oh my! You did a fabulous job on finishing. =)

Annette-California said...

Such pretty stitching and gifts you made. I too am stitching Santa's Village:) Merry Christmas to you.
love Annette

Karoline said...

Beautiful gifts, congratulations

Jeanne said...

Oooh I love your BBD ornament! I'll be putting it on my list for 2013 stitching. I really enjoyed stitching ornaments this year and plan to continue on stitching Christmas items right into the new year. (I'm resisting Santa's Village though...I have so many similar patterns already!)

Charlie and Wendy said...

The gifts you made are gorgeous and your new stitch along looks beautiful, it will keep you busy!

Tatkis said...

Adorable finishes, I'm sure your friend will be happy to have them!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Lyn said...

What lovely gifts..I followed the link to Santa's Village..loks intriguing..am wondering where you get your patterns and supplies for your cross stitch ...

Lyn said...

What lovely gifts..I followed the link to Santa's Village..loks intriguing..am wondering where you get your patterns and supplies for your cross stitch ...

Solstitches said...

Both of these pillows are gorgeous.
I really love the BD one - such beautiful colours.
Margaret

Lynn said...

Oh, but your gifts are so very lovely! I adore the Peace ornament. I spotted it in the magazine a couple of weeks ago but I haven't had the time to start it yet.

Rai Rai's Stitches said...

How lovely!

Andrea said...

Lovely gifts.

A very Happy Christmas to all of you.

Valentina said...

Very nice gifts, I love the lace you've used for the Remember me one.

Suzanne said...

These are such lovely gifts you stitched and the finishing is impeccable.

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