Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Done and Dusted:)

Christmas shopping is done and dusted barring a gift certificate and some bits and pieces that we've ordered online! Phew! I just have the second bourse to finish stitching and make up then I might just get some Christmas stitching in for me as I'd love to try and get the JN Christmas biscornu done and Lynne Nicoletti's Christmas Robin but I can't see it somehow. When I plan to stitch in an afternoon I find something else I have to do and end up not stitching! Lol!

I have a few things to show you in this blog entry:) First off Andrea from The Craft Room emailed me to say that she'd like to send me one of her stitched Christmas gifts. She had wanted it to be a surprise but did not have my address. Now Andrea's stitching is beautiful as is her finishing. Look what I received from her yesterday. This picture really does not do it justice I'm afraid. It is absolutely beautiful and is backed with the prettiest rose fabric. It is so me! Thank you so much Andrea. You truly made my day with this gorgeous gift {{{{hugs}}}}.

While I remember I really must show Chatelaine Christmas Mystery IV part 11! I have started part 12 but have only stitched so much of one angel's wings. Yes we have two angel heads to stitch this time with over one faces! HELP! It's a long time since I stitched over one on 32 count fabby so it may prove interesting! I'm not sure when I'll get it finish but I think it's certain that it won't be on display this Christmas. I don't see how I can get it finished and made up for Christmas!

Still unsure about this but I think the angels might make a difference to the piece.

I sent Karen's PIF gift out to her last Friday and she received it yesterday so I can now show it:) This is the Assissi Pincushion from the June issue of The Gift Stitching. I know that Karen likes pink so I stitched it with DMC 68 I think it was. I hope you like it Karen:)


My last piccie today is of the ornament I stitched for some family friends. I chose Charlotte's Web Needlework For My Friends from the 2006 JCS ornament issue. The couple it is for have been friends of DH's family for many many years. Margaret was his Mum's best friend and it hit her very hard when she died. We have kept up giving them a small present at Christmas for all his Dad does not bother with them and their family much anymore and I thought this little ornament was quite apt.

The ornament I stitched and sent to Kerri in Simone's ornament exchange has reached it's destination safely and I'm happy to report that she loved it:) If you'd like to see a better piccie of it as well as the back of it head on over to Xmas Ornament Exchange 2007 where I have posted it:) Still excitedly waiting to see what the ornament I have been sent is like and who has made it for me:)

Oooh I almost forgot ( bad girl!). Last night was JN Queen of the Needle SAL night with Helen. I didn't get much done as I was messing about on the PC trying to sort some stuff out BUT I am pleased with it so far. I love the colours in this and am so pleased I chose the fabby I did for it. Nancy the fabby I'm using is Polstitches Dragon Shades Dusky Rose. Anyway here is my progress before I forget to upload the photo!

A few of you asked what I was going to order from Needlecraft Corner using my birthday discount. Well the answer now is nothing:( I was going to get Just Nan Christmas Wallet chart with embellishments, fabric and Pamela's Finishing Touches finishing kit BUT Drema no longer stocks older JN charts so doesn't have it nor does she have the finishing kit. As you can imagine I was very disappointed but I have ordered the chart and embellishments from Sew and So with some threads I needed ( then I forgot I needed more perle for QOTN and white DMC!) so at least I will have those. I have no idea where to get the Graziano fabby from so will more than likely end up stitching it on plain fabby but I'm not that bothered really.

I hope everyone is having a good week and not getting too strssed doing Christmas shopping etc. I'm feeling much more in the Christmas spirit now especially now we have all the decorations up:)

24 comments:

Vonna said...

Oh my .... there is lots of lovely eye candy here! I love Andrea's ornie she made for you...it's gorgeous! Congrats!!! And I so love the PIF you sent, and the ornie...both are beautiful!

Dawn said...

Everything looks wonderful Sally! You have certainly been busy!

Michelle said...

Everyting is so beautiful! You've been busy..how do you do it?? I haven't touched a needle in weeks. Michelle

Karan said...

Lucky you & lucky people who receive from you - so many beautiful pieces.
Nice progress on your JN too, love the colours.
BTW, if you'd like the Chickadee chart when I've done just give me a shout. :0)

Little Cat said...

Wow! Lots to see there! Beautiful gifties and lovely stitching. You've been very busy :o)

Michele said...

wow, I'm sooo jealous that you are done Christmas shopping!! WTG :)

Andrea's ornament is lovely! I really love your PIF and ornament too!

Christmas mystery has certainly been an interesting stitch .. good luck with those angel faces :)

Marita said...

Congratulations on finishing your Christmas shopping. Well done.

Love the stitching.

June said...

Wow, everything looks lovely! :)

Ugh, I know the feeling of ordering things and then realising that I forgot one or two small bits :(

I can help you out with a supplier for Graziano fabric if you still need to find one.

Julie said...

WOW Sally you have been busy, JN looks gorgeous and i love your PIF to Karen that is perfect for her. The mystery?? well you know my thoughts on that one!! Love the xmas gift too. I got some graziano form Willow Fabrics, not sure if its the one you are looking for though.
{{huggles}}

Lynn said...

Oooh what a lot of gorgeous stitching has gone on. They're all beautiful :)

sammyjo said...

i just love the Chatelaine Christmas Mystery IV part 11 its so sweet, it sounds like you've been very busy lol

Stitchingranny said...

Love your gift and the things you have made - can I come for some lessons on finishing please lol.

I have an apology as I cheated and did a bit more tonight. In my own defence I was tired - it was lying there - and I couldnt be bothered to move lol.

Gill said...

Your stitching is lovely as always, and that gift is so sweet!

I think Martina should have warned everyone there was going to be over one stitching, it might have influenced a lot of people's choice of fabric. Good luck with that!

Karen said...

your JN looks great so far, the pin cushion you sent is lovely thank you

Lelia said...

Hi GF: What lovely stitching you have in your post!! The JN is quite stunning [as is Helen's project] Beautiful ornament!! and your mystery4 is coming along -- Karen's pincushion is awesome, too. You have made a lot of progress with your stitching : )

Kajsa said...

Thank you for sharing all those beautiful pictures! Everything looks just lovely!

Mindi said...

Wow, lots of gorgeous stitchy updates and pictures. Andrea sent you a beautiful ornament, you're so lucky! The Chatelaine Christmas mystery is looking nice, I love the big green stars on it. I'd stitch up one of those as an ornament.

Michelle said...

Wow - lots to see. The ornaments are lovely, as is the pincushion! I am anxious to see how the angels will finish off your mystery. Good luck with the over one. The Silver Needle might be able to get you the Graziano fabric - I've ordered from them before and they do a great job.

Hazel said...

Wow super stitching Sally - and lovely gifts. xx

Lucy said...

Wow...beautiful pics! Don't you love having your BD in December...mine is the 9th...can't wait! Happy Early Birthday!

Mylene said...

Those are lovely gifts, both received and sent, well done Sally!

Carol said...

Ooh, lots of lovely stitching and finishing to share Sally - well done!

Your ornament from Andrea is gorgeous - lucky you! The perfect companion for your Christmas Peace you stitched some time ago. I still have both to do...eldest DS bought me the chart a few Christmases ago.

Not sure yet if I shall be using my birthday discount at Needlecraft Corner this year either, I think I've spoilt myself enough recently! :o)

nutmeg5 said...

So many beautiful ornaments and your Chatelaine Christmas Mystery is stunning! And thanks for visiting my blog.

Anita said...

You have lots of lovely finishes her. I love the fabric that you used for the Queen of the needle.