December is my favourite time of year as it's such a magical month. Apart from it being Christmas it is also my birthday a week tomorrow so it's extra special for me. I love the magic of the season but I find myself quite stressed in the run up but come Christmas Eve when everything is done and we can relax I start to enjoy things a little more.
I've been missing in action for a week as DH had the week off and we've been Christmas shopping. Thankfully it's all but done now. I have been stitching but not as much as usual as by the time we've got home, had tea, done bits on the PC and finally got relaxed time has been getting on. So I'll catch up now on what I have stitched. All WIPs except one finish as I can't show the others.
Monday was Christmas Carol SAL night with dear Barb. I didn't get much done and honestly don't think it's going to get finished in time. I decided to frog the snow and try DMC B5200 as it's a much brighter white but I have to finish frogging and restitch it yet!
Tuesdays are Jane days with Barb at the moment. I was horrified to realise that I have messed up on this one but there's too much to frog so it's staying as it is. I started the word meetings too far across but as I'd got the whole of the verse, the top and below the word stitched before I realised there's no way it's coming out!
Another SAL ( I'm doing 4 at the moment!!!!) is with my surrogate sis Lisa and it's L*K 6 Fat Men. We are both on Snow Friends and loving this piece so much.
My final SAL is the December SAL with Chris and Lesleyanne. Chris and I started this tradition a few years ago and this time the design we're stitching is Tra La La Snowman and Lesleyanne is stitching Lizzie*Kate 2010 Snowman. Loving the Tra La La Snowman already! Looking forward to seeing how Chris and Lesleyanne have got on.
Final stitching is my finish of Renato Parolin Love and start of Joy.
1st December meant I could start on my personalised advent calendar which my surrogate sis Lisa made up for me. I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying opening these gifts each day. Here is our Father Christmas showing the first 4 days gifts :)
Day 1 was the Shepherd's Bush Merry Be chart. Lisa stitched and finished this beautifully recently :). Day 2 was a very cute Sharpie highlighter. Day 3 was a Wish chocolate ( yummy!) and today was some lovely Kiwi Illusions fabric:)
If all goes to plan Chris is coming through on Friday afternoon which I am really looking forward to. I'm hoping to have her ornament made up by then so I can give it to her.
I was reading my dear friend Michelle's blog and noticed that she was planning on having a new start at Christmas and that is Plum Street Samplers Christmas Tea. I have loved this design since it came out so emailed Michelle to see if she'd mind me stitching along with her and she said she would love it:) So I've just ordered the chart from 123 Stitch ( never ordered from them before but have heard good reports about them) along with a couple of Crescent Colours threads. I'm using cotton as opposed to the silks as I just can't afford those. I'm really looking forward to starting it ( please postal service get it to me in time!) as I love settling down with something to stitch on Christmas evening.
Lisa and I were chatting yesterday and she asked if I had a new start planned for New Years Day. I said I'd like to start something as I have the last few years and she mentioned she might start something small like the Kelmscott Designs Miniature Monogram Hornbook-Margin Marker which I have so we've decided to start that! That is if I've decided on a thread colour by then :) Lol!
Now I'm thinking I have finally lost the plot as I've decided to stitch from my chart stash from 1st January to 30th June 2012! Yes I know I'm crazy. I've tried this before and failed but this time I am determined to make it work and get my chart stash down a bit. I buy new then the older stuff goes to the bottom of the pile and it's such a shame as I have some lovely charts. Lisa is possibly joining me. The only thing I will be buying is the 3rd BBD Loose Feathers chart as I'm on auto for that. It was supposed to be released this month but I think it might be late seen as the 2nd one was. So I'm going to ask y'all to encourage me please!
That's all for now! I have loads of finishing to do so thinking I might do some tomorrow once I've done some housework . Who invented that dreaded thing???? Lol!
Take care everyone.
Love & hugs