Tuesday, 17 December 2013

A Christmas Finish :)

As promised I am back to show some stitching and two of those are actually finishes! However first of all I would like to say a massive thank you for all your lovely birthday wishes on my last post. I had a fantastic few days ending on Sunday ( wasn't a birthday treat but I enjoyed it none the less!) with a trip to the cinema to see Disney's latest film Frozen which was brilliant! 

I do have a few more birthday gifts to show. These arrived from the lovely Lainey. Aren't they just so sweet?

Lisa B had been perusing my wish list and sent me this beautiful chart from Midsummer Night Designs. Bless you Lisa I love it :)

Jess came home on Friday so we could all go out for a meal and this is what she bought me :)

We met up with my sister and her partner for a meal on Friday evening and they had bought me a lovely pair of earrings and some rather lovely body lotion:)

I still can't get over how spoilt I was by everybody and again thank you to all my family and friends for making my 50th so special.

Onto my stitching now. I am hoping I can keep going as I am having problems with my thumb and refuse to stop stitching! The joys of getting older I guess! Anyway I have two recent finishes that I can show.First is this one.

Lizzie Kate Hearts and Holly Christmas Sampler

28 count Vintage Country Mocha linen

WDW threads

Started 5th October 2013

Finished 14th December 2013.

I am not sure how I'm going to finish this as yet so it won't be done for Christmas.

Second finish is this one with Barb.

Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtues Wisdom

32 count Vintage Country Mocha linen


Started 18th November 2013

Finished 9th December 2013

So Barb and I have now started Friendship. Surprisingly Gratitude arrived on Saturday. Just one more to get now!

I made a start on my December ornament last week at craft group and carried on with it today. Not sure when it will get finished as we don't meet again until January.

I still have to finish PSS Mary's Sampler. I did manage a little bit of the border of Sunday evening.

I'm still hoping to get LHN Song of the Seasons finished by the end of the year but I can't see it happening as I only have one more Wednesday to stitch on it before Christmas. I had hoped for an almost clean slate to start 2014 with but it's not going to happen!

Chris and I making progress on our December SAL.

I can finally show the ornament I stitched for the Needlecraft Haven Christmas ornament exchange. 

Any guesses who I sent to? It was Barb and I am happy to say she was delighted with it!

Chris and I exchanged ornaments on my birthday. This is what I stitched for Chris.

And this is what she stitched for me which I absolutely love!

I still have to fully finish my November ornament yet. Still sewn up but no trim on it!

I received some lovely Crescent Colours threads from Lesleyanne in a gorgeous Christmas card. Thank you Lesleyanne.

I opened a beautiful card from Michelle and her family and inside were these Christmas teabags. Can't wait to try these! Thank you Michelle.

I received a lovely card from June with a very sweetly named Rudolf Red Dragon Floss :) Thank you June.

The first chart with fabric for the Country Cottage Needlworks Frosty Forest arrived from Crazy Annie's Stitchin.

I also treated myself to a chart from The Snowflower Diaries in her Black Friday sale and I also bought the Nina's Threads to stitch it with. Maja is such a sweetheart to deal with and even sent me a chart for my birthday :) Thank you Maja.

I am in The Crafty Kitten birthday club so got 12% off any order during my birthday month so I bought a couple of pieces of fabric specifically to stitch some charts next year :) The top one is Muted Garden opalescent and the bottom one is Vintage Petals.
Almost forgot for Barb here's me with a barn owl from the other Sunday.

And my new hairstyle. Photo isn't good. It is layered and quite short at the back :)

That's all from me for now. I hope to be back before Christmas so until next time.

With much love,

Sally xxxxx


Vickie said...

Whew! What a stitchtastic post! Good for you Sally. Such lovely gifts.

butterfly said...

Looks like you had such a fab Birthday.
Lovely gifts and sewing , enjoy your week, hugs.

Emma/Itzy said...

Lots of stitching and so many sweet things from your friends :)

Sounds like you had a great weekend!

I've yet to use my discount code for crafty kitten, I may treat myself with any birthday money I get on the 31st and sneak an order in at the last minute! x

Linda said...

More lovely gifts Sally and great stitching. Congrats on the finishes.


Angela P said...

I love seeing all of your stitching! Have a great week :)

Hazel said...

Gorgeous gifts Sally. Happy belated Birthday. xx

Heather said...

Wow! You have been busy! !!! Your stitching is fabulous! ! What lovely gifts too! I hope you have a very happy Christmas! !!

Margaret said...

Love your new do! Very nice! It's the kind of cut I love. So many wonderful gifts too! And your stitching is lovely as always.

Bianca said...

What a great post today. It was so fun to see all the gifts and stash. Congratulations on the LK sampler finishes. I particularly liked the way you finished the Shepherd's Bush ornie :)

Simply Victoria said...

More great gifts! Cute new haircut too.

Catherine said...

Such an enjoyable post! Loved seeing your finishes, stitches and all the wonderful goodies!

Christine said...

Loads more wonderful gifts there Sally.
Your L*K finish is gorgeous. I'm still on part 1, at this rate I won't have it finished for Christmas 2014!

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely birthday gifts Sally. Sounds like you had a fantastic few days celebrating your special birthday. Gorgeous stitching and finishing.

Shirlee said...

So many lovely WIPs & finishes! Great gifts too! Your new hairstyle is perfect ... you look beautiful : )

Mii Stitch said...

You had the most fabulous birthday ever!!! I love your pic with the cutest owl, this is just so sweet xx

Brigitte said...

Your birthday took a while with all these lovely gifts coming in. You are a lucky girl!
So much great stitching going on. And as I see you are already planning your next stitching year with charts and fabrics for future projects. I love planning as well, it's always such a lot of fun.

Michelle said...

Oh Sally Looks like you had such a lovely Birthday.
Lovely gifts and your stitching is beautiful. Love the new hairdo my friend xx

Kay said...

I am always impressed how you get so much stitching done. So happy the best went well, we all deserve to be spoiled sometimes.

Pam in IL said...

What a great post!

Barb said...

Wow!!! a lovely post Sally with lots to drool over. I love the new haircut ,mine is being done tomorrow. Owl is gorgeous thanks for the pic. You are a little further ahead than me on friendship but that nothing new lol. Will have a catch up before next Monday I hope. Better go and put wellies on ,himself has just got in time for "walkies".

Chris said...

Hey Sally!
Congratulations on your finishes and on your wonderful progress. So lovely, I want to stay home and stitch!!!
Stitching friends are the best! So many wonderful treats in the mail!
Keep celebrating!

Carol said...

So many beautiful things in this post!! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Sally :)

Meari said...

More lovely birthday gifts! What a way to celebrate the big 5-0! Happy Belated Birthday, Sally.

Julie said...

Lovely post full of lovely pics.