Friday, 5 December 2014

It's December SAL Time Again!

Yes it's that time again! Time for Chris and I to start our annual December SAL. We always seem to decide well in advance what we are going to stitch and this year was no exception! I put up a poll earlier in the year as we had 3 designs and couldn't decide which but cheated a little and actually went with the one that had the least votes! So here is my small start on UB Designs Beerenherz im Winter.  We are just stitching the heart at the top of the chart rather than the whole thing. I think it's going to be very pretty.

I've had another new start :) I'm determined to keep on top of the Country Cottage Needleworks monthly cottages so that I can have them on display next year rather than having to wait another year so here is February started. 

I really need to get myself sorted and make a way to display them. I have seen one on Pinterest so have card, fabric and ribbon etc at the ready but it's just getting going with it!

Barb and I are continuing on our 2 SALS. Wicked Since is going well and I don't think I have too much more to do on this then we are putting our Halloween SAL on hold until January! 

I ran out of DMC 3011 on Tricotine but I have some now so I'll, hopefully, get the green on the border finished this evening. Once we have both finished we're starting the CCN Classic Ornaments! Yay!

Speaking of ornaments here is my ornament tree. It's not the best photo but oh I do love looking at this! So many pretty things stitched in exchanges, as gifts for me and stitched by me. I still have to get my The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas ornaments up but I think I'm going to hang those like I did the LHN sheep. 

No robin or August's Poppy this week as they are both on hold. Time has got away from me and I had a couple of things I wanted to get stitched so one is done and half finished up and the other is half stitched! So, hopefully, I'll be back to both next weekend. Phew! I did manage a little progress on Frosty Forest Snowy Foxes though. Don't those foxes look cute! OK so they don't have eyes yet but they will!

Stitch from Stash will soon be over for 2014. We have to have our reports done in a couple of weeks I think. I am intent on joining again in 2015 but this time I am even more determined. I was very lucky to be able to go the knitting and stitching show in Harrogate last month and buy a few charts there then made the most of my free month and the spare pennies I brought home and bought a couple more and ordered a couple too but next year I am going to try extremely hard to not buy any charts at all except for a December SAL one lol. I was doing very well this year until Harrogate and when I put my charts away I just decided that I could not carry on like this! Yes I've stitched several from my stash this year but I still have a lot there and I need to get them down! We are still allowed exemptions next year which include magazine subscriptions and autos providing we have signed up before the second part is released. I have my ornament auto and also I have signed up for the Lizzie*Kate Things Unseen mystery so they are my exemptions. I am not renewing my sub for Just Cross Stitch when it runs out and will just buy the ornament issue when it comes out. I've been very ruthless and cut my wish list right down too.

I was thinking today though about the charts I've asked to be added to my magazine order which should be here this month but what with the time of year and customs it might not arrive until January then I'll be out of Stitch from Stash when it's only just started lol! If it happens I'll just have to do it on my own but report as usual!!! 

Before I go here's a photo of our main tree. Jess and Abi did this one while I did my ornament one. 

I'm so sorry I haven't visited your blogs lately but I am hoping to get caught up tomorrow. I really don't know where the time is going!

Hopefully, next time I'll be able to show the ornaments that I stitched for Chris and Barb from the private exchanges we did. Chris has hers but doesn't want to open it until she's given me the one she stitched for me :). Barb's is in the post so fingers crossed she'll receive it tomorrow!

That's all from me for now. Take care everyone.

Until next time.

With much love

Sally

xxxx

22 comments:

Vickie said...

Both trees are just wonderful Sally. I just put ours up.

WendyCarole said...

Love your ornament tree. :)

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Oh your ornament tree is beautiful--am sure looking at it brings a smile to your face

Mylene said...

WOW! such beautiful ornaments!
Lovely projects you are working on too.

Wendy S. said...

Just found your blog today. Your stitching is lovely! I was excited to see what you are doing for your SAL as I discovered a picture of Beerenherz im Winter and fell in love with it. I searched and searched for the pattern but can't find it available anywhere in the US. =(

Love your tree! =)

Carol said...

Looks like your home is almost ready for Christmas, Sally--I just adore your stitching tree :) I still have to get mine decorated--it is up and lit, but no ornaments as of yet. Nice progress on all of your WIPs, too--looks like a couple will be finished by your next post!

Linda said...

Lovely stitching as always Sally. Love both your trees.

Linda

Beth said...

What a prettily decorated tree!

Margaret said...

Love your ornament tree! Love the regular tree too, of course. Yay on the new SAL! Love all your stitching!

butterfly said...

Beautiful stitching again , love the tree's I have to wait untill next week to put mine up .
Lovely post again.

Christine said...

Two lovely new starts Sally, and your trees look gorgeous

Kay said...

I have stopped my just Cross subscription too and just get the Christmas one which is my favourite. Lovely stitching, I really should get on with my monthly cottages too. x

Heather said...

Your trees are gorgeous Sally! Your stitching is coming along nicely! I am with you about being better next year and truly stitching from stash. I am not signing up for any more autos, so I won't have to go to my LNS monthly! :-)
I hope that you are having a lovely weekend!

Andrea said...

Both trees are beautiful. Great stitching.

stitcherw said...

Lots of fun stuff to look at. Wicked is such a great piece, I think I would find it hard to put that one down even for a little bit. However, the little snowy foxes are so cute, I can see how'd you want to work on them too, ooooohhhhh decisions decisions, so many fun projects so little time :)

Loubie69 said...

I love your new SAL start Sally and your ornament tree is wonderful :-)

Karoline said...

Your trees are gorgeous and your projects are all looking lovely

Maggee said...

I am going to work on putting our trees up today... in between cooking stew and doing laundry! Love The little foxes, even if they don't have eyes yet! Your other SAL's are progressing nicely. I know what you mean about so many patterns and so little time to stitch them all. I did less purchasing this year than ever! I really want to stitch what I have! Ha!

Mary Ann said...

Both of your Christmas trees are lovely, but your ornament tree is exceptionally lovely!!

Great progress on your projects!

Julie said...

The ornament tree looks amazing!

Michelle said...

Oh Sally your trees look wonderful as do your WIP's xx

Irene said...

L'albero è meraviglioso! Quanti bei progetti, ti seguirò per tutto l'anno!