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