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, June 23, 2017

My very late Gifted Gorgeousness Report for Jume

It feels as if so many things have conspired to stop me from completing my June Gifted Gorgeousness Report, but here I am at last. For most of this month I have had no telephone or internet service, and I was so pleased to discover tonight that my service has been restored.  My whole area has been out because of line issues at the exchange.  It's good to know the problem has been fixed at last. I have also had a few health issues which have limited my mobility, but that is improving too.

As usual, all my stitching qualifies for GG, since everything I have stitched in the past month will be gifted.  I have stitched 9 Christmas ornaments and crocheted a couple of little hats.  I'll start with the crochet:


The pink one is for my 2 yr old great-niece Annabelle, and the small one is for Annabelle's baby brother or sister, expected any time now.

And nine Christmas ornaments, stitched and waiting to be finished up:







I have pushed past my limit at the computer tonight, so I will have to leave it at that.  I will come back and visit the blogs so I can see all the GG progress.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Smalls SAL report for May

It's time, once again, for the monthy Smalls SAL. I didn't post last month, as I was enjoying a relaxing camping holiday with very limited access to power and none at all to the computer.

I have stitched three small projects this month.  This one is the smallest - it fits into one of the little gold frames (just a tad over 2.5cm or 1" square) I've been using lately.  A truly tiny finish.

Santa adapted from a chart in BH&G's treasury of Cross-Stitch booklet


My other two finishes are snowmen, which will be finished as Christmas ornaments to be given as Christmas gifts to English brothers, grandchildren of an old friend.  I've not stitched many snowpeople, as I live in an area where snow just doesn't happen, and we don't associate snowpeople with Christmas in the way that is common in the northern hemisphere.  It has been a pleasure to stitch this little pair, so I think I will stitch a third, for a young member of our extended family who lives in New York.  The charts for these little snowmen came from BH&G's 101 Christmas Cross-Stitch Designs booklet, published in 1999. I changed the floss colours and some of the facial features.

Thanks for popping by.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Yay! Some finishes for May

In the last few days I have finished up the ornaments I stitched on my camping holiday and after my return.  So now I am happy!

This one is my favourite.  It will find itself hanging on one of my Christmas trees this year, instead of wrapped for delivery to its intended recipient.  Such is life!

 BHG.com Love Heart freebie (with a few changes)


Two ornaments, one each for two gorgeous little Kiwi sisters, grandchildren of an old friend.

Santa Alphabet from LA's Alphabets Galore book


 I have decided to give this one to my youngest sister.  She has one of my stitched Christmas ornaments or framed Christmas designs  for each year since 1985.

 The Drawn Thread freebie First Snow, with lots of changes
 (fabric, floss, hearts instead of birds, snow omitted, greeting added)


I stitched this for the dog belonging to the family of my oldest niece.  If you have excellent vision and a very good imagination, you might see a row of bones across the middle of the ornament.

Santa Hat Alphabet from Jeanette Crews Designs Christmas Alphabets and Borders booklet


This ornament will now become a Christmas gift for my oldest nephew and his wife.

This one contains bits and pieces of designs from a variety of sources
Santa is from BH&G Treasury of Cross Stitch; 
the bow garland is adapted from Jeanette Crews '59 Christmas Motifs';
'JOY' and the Christmas trees from BH&G Love Heart freebie;
the angels are adapted from Pat Waters 'A Christmas Collection'.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for May

Two months since I last posted - and not  much stitching done in that time-frame. I did, however, have a lovely camping holiday that I enjoyed very much.  We traveled south, and camped by several rivers and lakes.  I saw many beautiful sunsets, and a few majestic sunrises (I'm sure there were more, but I slept through them), stunning night skies, and beautiful bird life.  This is a snap taken at Lake Cargelligo in western NSW, the last of our campsites.  From the camper van door I could touch these trees. The most amazing thing for me about Lake Cargelligo (apart from the most beautiful sunrises, which spanned 360 deg around the lake) was that when I stood on the edge of the lake and looked right around it, all i saw was natural vegetation - no development at all.  Of course, there was a small town just 3 km behind me, but I was able to block that from my thoughts!

So, my stitching, such as it is. No progress at all to report on Christmas Dreams - Santa is still resting. I did stitch five ornaments which I have not yet made up, and four more tiny  Christmas cross stitched designs which I have framed in tiny frames.

The teddy bear design is adapted from a chart in LA's Christmas Miniatures leaflet.


 These ornaments are for Kiwi sisters,grandchildren of an old friend.  I still have a little stitching to do on the back of Annabelle's ornament.

 Santa Alphabet from LA's Ultimate Alphabets book.


I stitched this for one of my nieces. I changed the colours, made a few adjustments to the design to define the areas more strongly, and to accommodate my finishing method, and added the beads.
Better Homes & Gardens on-line freebie from BHG.com


This ornament is for my youngest sister.  It's a mix of designs from a variety of sources.  The Santa chart is in BH&G Treasury of Christmas Cross Stitch 2003; 'JOY' and the tree shapes are from the BH&G heart freebie (above); and the angels are from Pat Waters 'A Christmas Collection 1986.




This one is for another niece.  It's adapted from The Drawn Thread's on-line freebie First Snow.  I changed the birds to hearts, omitted the snow flakes and snow, and added the star button and the greeting.  And of course I chose my own fabric and floss (I was hundreds of km from the nearest needlework shop - I had to use what I had with me).


So, there it is. Not much to show for two months work, but  all I have.  I will be finishing these ornaments in the next week or so, and then I think I will stitch a few more of the ornaments on this year;s 'To Do' list.   I fear that there'll be no progress on Christmas Dreams at the June report.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for March

It;s time for the Gifted Gorgeousness Report for March.  Somehow it always catches me by surprise.  My days are flying past this year, and I'm hoping it slows down sometime soon.


All my stitching in the past month qualifies for the GG report one way or another.  I stitched and framed six little wreaths to add to my gift basket for Christmas visitors.  The heart shaped wreath design is adapted from a Pat Waters design, from her Christmas Memories leaflet that I have had in my stash for many years.  I changed all the floss colours and added the beads and buttons.  The Christmas tree hiding among the wreaths is the one I stitched in February.  I have been looking for a frame to suit it but when I had no luck I decided to  make a few little changes to it so it would (almost!) fit in one of the tiny oval frames.




Early in March I finished up the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit growth sampler for my great nephew.  I actually unpicked some of the blue flourish at the bottom, because to my eye it was too unbalanced. The timing was good, as Angus's big boy bed arrives this week, and his room is in the process of being redecorated. This kit was given to my niece as a baby shower gift, and she asked me to stitch it for her.  I was very pleased to hand over the completed sampler yesterday - but I will be getting it back when it's time to add more age details to the chart, and when it needs a wash.  Angus is expecting a little brother or sister in August, so I will be looking for a different growth sampler to stitch for the new baby.




I have also made a little progress on Christmas Dreams.  I am now about a quarter through my 20th page (just 46 & 3/4 more pages to go). I took this pic with the fabric still on my floor frame, so it's only showing the bit I am working on now.  I will celebrate each 'row' finish by taking the fabric off the frame, and getting a pic of the whole thing.  Don't hold your breath - at my current rate of progress it is going to be ages till I finish this row!  I have only another week to work on Christmas Dreams, them I will be unable to work on it for the next 6 weeks or so.  So it will be the May GG report when I next show progress on Christmas Dreams. I hope to have my 20th page finished by then.


So that is my story for the month.  Thank you for visiting.  I am keen to see all the lovely GG reports.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Smalls SAL For February


This year is disappearing super-fast.  Already time for the second Smalls SAL report.  Most of my stitching time in the past month has been spent on my SantaWIP, but I did manage to stitch up another 9 tiny Christmas trees to decorate and frame.  I'll be adding these to my gift basket for Christmas visitors this year.

Here are the naked trees:

And here they are again, decorated with buttons and/or beads:


And now framed in their tiny frames:




And here is one more slightly larger tree I have decorated.  It is waiting for an appropriately sized frame, but it will still be only the around 5cm mark.



So, that's my 'smalls' stitching for February.  I'll enjoy visiting blogs of other Smalls SAL'ers to see what lovely things have been created in February.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

HD - Page and row finish, Christmas Dreams

So happy - Christmas Dreams is now 30% stitched!  Today I put in the final stitches in my 18th page, finishing the first three rows of pages.It's starting to look like a real Christmas picture now.  I am quite enjoying stitching this one sideways, now that I have adjusted to mentally turning all the floss symbols around as I stitch. It is nice seeing the picture grow in vertical rather than horizontal slices.

So, here is where I am now:

I have stitched 5 pages this year, and I am happy with that. I will be taking a short break from Christmas Dreams - just a week or so - while I finish up the little framed Christmas trees and also finish up Angus's height chart.  I'll be back stitching on Christmas Dreams before the end of February.