Tuesday, 21 December 2010

It's Freezing!!!!

Well Winter has certainly hit the UK with avengence over the last few weeks and this morning, here on the east coast, we hit -12!!! I do not remember it ever being that cold without the help of windchill. We even had frost at the bottom of some of our windows which was one hell of a shock. We had a dusting of snow on Thursday which didn't go then on Sunday we had flurries on and off all day until mid afternoon when it came down very heavy and we had visions of DH not getting to work on Monday. I must admit it was lovely this morning looking out of our bedroom window watching the lunar eclipse with snow on the ground.

I have been getting some stitching in but these last few days I've also been messing with iTunes as if I'm very very lucky Father Christmas will be bringing me an iPod Nano but not the very latest model as I don't like the feel of them. So I set up my own user account on our PC so I could have my own iTunes rather than having to mess about deleting all DH's tunes and then do mine and I've been loading music onto it hoping that I've been a good enough girl this year!!! Lol! So my stitching! I've had this beauty finished a while but hadn't quite finished making it up but at long last on Sunday afternoon watching the snowfall I got the ruched ribbon done. I love this and it should actually be a mail art envelope but I decided to finish it this way.

Lynne Nicoletti
A Robin's Christmas

40 count blue cloud evenweave
DMC & RG Wisper

Started 23rd November 2010

Finished 25th November 2010
The chart is now for sale if anyone is interested :)

The rest of my finishes are ones I've shown before but they're made up now. Only very simply as I'm running out of time but they're done and hung up!
Little House Needleworks 

Snowy Pines

The next two I've had stitched for absolutely ages. I can't even remember when I stitched them but I think it must have been last year.
Homespun Elegance 

All is Calm

Shepherd's Bush 

Santa's Coming

Another ornament is one that I stitched for Michelle. She has become a wonderful friend since we "met" through blogs just this year and I just wanted to stitch a little something for her. I was panicking a little as this took more stitching that I thought it would so it was finished very simply so that I could get it in the post in the hope it would reach her before Christmas. I even forgot, in my rush, to stitch one of my Made With Love charms on it so I'm disappointed in myself. Anyway I am happy to say that Michelle received it today and loves it :) I decided on this one as I know she loves PS designs

Prairie Schooler 

Winter's Eve

Navy Blue fabric ( unsure of count)


For Michelle

Started 7th December 2010

Finished 16th December 2010

This week I have remembered to take a photo of Shores! I had hoped to have block 11 finished by now but I will a damned good go tonight. My eyes have been feeling so tired lately which I think is due to me not sleeping well at all ( God knows what is wrong with me) so I've been struggling a little. However it is almost there and block 12 does not look too time consuming so it may still get finished by the end of the year.

LHN Poinsettia House is going very well as I just absolutely love it. I love the colours, the designs; everything! I almost have a full poinsettia and it just looks gorgeous :) I hope the other girls are getting on well with the LHN Winter design they are doing.

Last week I received a package from Barb which she said I was allowed to open then and look what was inside. The stained glass angel, which I have hung in my dining roon window, was made by her DH. Isn't she adorable? And just look at the verse on the packet of the teabag, and the beautiful heart ornament and ribbon. Thank you so much Barb xxxx

On Saturday we went to see Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part 1. Oh wow what an amazing film!!! I can't wait for part 2 although I did spend some of the film with my hand over my eyes peaking out from behind it!!! I can't be doing with snakes so I really didn't like those bits!!! When we cam back I just happened to look in the blue bin and there was a mail sack full of parcels in it!!! Some were Amazon orders, I also had two Christmas presents from Jane and Elaine which I haven't opened cos I'm a good girl ( lol) and a birthday card and present from Heather. She had stitched a little Christmas pouch and inside that was the pretty tin and inside the tin was a gorgeous beaded choker which I absolutely love. I know we were both a little worried as she had posted it first class recorded and it took ages to arrive but it's here safely:) Thank you so much Heather xxxx

Well I think that's all my news for now so I might go do a bit of stitching or a bit more on iTunes. Take care everyone and stay safe and warm.

I may not get another blog post in, it just depends, so just want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed time with your families.

With much love.



Catherine said...

Wonderful stitchy goodies and gifts!! I must confess that I am absolutely head over heels in love the Robin's Christmas!! Your finish is lovely - such a sweet piece!!

Stay warm, safe and stitchy - Merry Christmas!

Carol R said...

Some beautiful stitching here Sally. I have emailed you about the Robin's Christmas chart

Barb said...

Please please Sally may I have the Robin chart is absolutley delightful.E mail me.
Your other ornies are gorgeous and brrrrr cold on the inside of the windows is something I remember from back when no centralheating.
take care sweetie and wrap up warm. Hugs n stuff Barb

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely ornaments. Great progress on Shores. I love your Ponsietta House. I am loving stitching on mine - can't wait to get it finished. Happy Christmas.

gracie said...

I would love to stitch the Robin piece...please email details.
The ornaments are lovely.

Hazel said...

Sally I don't know how you do it. You must have 10 pairs of hands! I have not been able to stitch one single ornie up this year for me. Yours look great as ever and I love shores. Will be joining you in stitching this next year if I can get my head around sorting out threads and fabric! I am so behind. x

Clare - Aimetu said...

Fabulous stitching Sally - I adore the robin mail art.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas x x

Olenka's Stitches said...

All your stitching is so pretty, mail art ornament is just gorgeous!
Happy holidays to you and your family!

Michelle said...

Once again lovely stitching photos Sally and I absolutely adore my stitched gift - thank you. Please stay safe xx

jane said...

Lovely ornaments Sally and Shores is coming on well, I know just what you mean about tired eyes though. Poinsettia House is just gorgeous. Love your gift from Barb too.

Mylene said...

All your ornaments looks gorgeous! And both WIP's are coming along great!!

Carol said...

Oh, Sally, that robin mail art is absolutely darling--I love it! Wonderful ornaments, too :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

mbroider said...

Wonderful xmassy stuff... Enjoy your time, and come back to an all bright 2011

WendyCarole said...

the robin stitching is great. I'd love to stitch that.
It doesn't get any warmer here either. Keep warm Sally.

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

Merry Christmas to you Sally, I hope you get much stitching time in. :-)
Lovely ornaments, I love especially Santa's coming.

Christine said...

Fabulous stitching Sally. That robin envelope ornament is gorgeous, so different and unusual.
Have a great Christmas!

Jane said...

Such lovely Christmas stitching Sally and as always the finishes are beautiful too.
I guess I will be too late to beg for the Robin's Christmas so I will go hunting whilst I'm here in The States, trouble is I came with a very long list and all the US stitchers must have taken a peek as everything is out of stock!!!!

Christina said...

Robin's Christmas is so lovely! 40ct? Wow, I'm struggling to stitch on 40ct, even with a sz 28 needle. Any advice would be gratefully received! I had to chuckle at the 5p stamp...I've just read an article about the price hike of a 1st class stamp from 41p to 46p, daylight robbery!
Your gifts from Barb are gorgeous, the heart ornament will look great hung on your tree.
Hope you have a fabulous Christmas. XXX

Elaine said...

So many beautiful finishes and wips Sally. The robin finish is just gorgeous. Wonderful gifts from Barb and Heather too.
Merry Christmas, hugs!

Michele B. said...

What a nice newsy post, filled with goodies to look at. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Ellen said...

Beautiful ornaments! Love your progress on the wips!

Stay warm and Happy Holidays!

Pointed Stitcher said...

Your stitching and finishing are just beautiful.

Sue said...

Wonderful stitching and finishing, I love the Christmas Robin. Have a lovely Christmas....Sue x

Ranae said...

Lovely post and stitching
"Happy 2011 Stitching"

Susan said...

Great progress om Shores, Sally!

All your ornaments are lovely!

Merry Christmas yo you and your family.

Siobhan said...

Wow, what gorgeous stuff in every picture!! You did a great job on it all.

Stay safe and warm--hopefully it will clear up a bit! It was -18C here the other night. FREEZING!!

Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas!

Lisa said...

More gorgeous finishes I see Sally, you're really accomplished a lot of ornies this year!