Friday, 9 December 2016

Stitching December.

Here we are in December and the weather is so dull and yucky! We've had the odd day or two of frosts and beautiful sunshine but it keeps going back to this! I hope this isn't going to be how Winter is. Longing for plenty of frosts and some snow but it doesn't like we're getting any this month according to the forecast.

As you may well know I have been doing a private ornament exchange with Chris for a years and then Barb and I started to exchange as well. Mine to Chris and Barb are in the post and should, hopefully, arrive today and yesterday I received mine from Barb. I can't express how much I love it! It is so me! Thank you so much my dear friend. Here is the front and the back :)

Isn't it gorgeous?

My stitching has slowed up a bit this past week or so as we've had some long days out shopping so I've been too tired to stitch as much. I'm hoping to make up for it though! I have, however, finished the bonus block on my Anniversaries of the Heart piece! Yay!!!!! I now just have to finish the personalisation on a couple of other blocks and frog some I've done as I don't like it!

I have had new starts :) First one is my December SAL with Chris, Ages ago we decided on Country Cottage Needleworks Merry Christmas My Deer and I have chosen to stitch it with the recommended fabric and threads. I took it with me to craft group on Tuesday to get a bit more done but I forgot to take my tin with my needles and scissors in! Duh!!! So I had to knit instead. This is a couple of evenings stitching.

My other new start is my SAL with Barb which is Cross Eyed Cricket Collection Winter. After much deliberation and almost ordering some fabric I decided on some 18 count Silkweaver Expressions Blueberry Delight that I had in my stash! Not much done yet but we'll be stitching away on it tonight.

Next week Barb and I are having our monthly stitch on one thing for a week. I haven't decided whether it will be Winter or this jolly old fellow!

Isn't he looking amazing, even though I say so myself! I am just in awe of how he looks.

Final WIPs is Sotto La Neve which is growing slowly but surely.

At the moment I can't see me getting my other two pieces started that I wanted to start this month but you never know. If I can get the personalisation done on AotH that will be a free slot in my rotation plus I don't think I'm going to get an ornament done for this month but I might do that at craft group. Time is moving on and I have so much to do!

That's all my news for today. Hopefully I'll be back next week to show the ornaments I stitched for Chris and Barb :)

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxx


Christine said...

Such a lovely ornament from Barb, and a great finish on AToH.
I love the new start on the spotty linen

gracie said...

Wonderful projects and stitching. Funny how we think we plan for the Christmas stitching and then it all falls apart. There is always next year or an off Christmas exchange!

Mii Stitch said...

That little ornament is so sweet! What a cute little bird :)
Love your latest CCN start & the spotty fabric is perfect for it.
Note to self, get some of that fabric!!!
Have a lovely weekend

Lesleyanne said...

A lovely gift Sally. You stitching is as always gorgeous. I am always in awe of it.

Vickie said...

Oh your ornament from Barb is so very special! I love it!
Yay! You are ever closer with AotH! Keep at it!!
Winter is quite a lovely pattern. :D

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

I love your ornament from Bard. It is gorgeous. Well done on completing AoH, bar the personalisation. I hope you work on Santa next week as he is looking good.

Barb said...

I think I may have to stitch another at some point Sally as I was so pleased with how it turned out. Blowing own trumpet here. Nothing arrived toay so maybe it will be here tomorrow. Also I have not got my winter fabric yet again I think Dawn said it may be tomorrow. So what to stitch on tonight hmmm maybe do Decembers ornament and see if I can get it done.,,
Will see you in a little while . Loving Jolly Old Fellow if he needs a good home lol you know where to send him. He is gorgeous. Your others are almost there too , good job done you.

Pull the other thread said...

Lots of fantastic stitching. Love your new starts and I have to agree your HAED Santa piece looks awesome. Love the ornament you received from Barb as well.

Linda said...

Lovely stitching and progress as always Sally.


Carol said...

We are having the same gray, cold December weather, Sally! At times like this I wonder why I haven't moved south :)

Lovely stitching and I really look forward to seeing the CEC winter piece grow--I just love their seasonal designs! Best of luck with your shopping, baking, etc--it sure is a busy time of year!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Oh YOWZA your Anniversaries is done?! GOOD FOR YOU! Can't wait to see it all in total :)
And I adore the sweet birdie ornament that Barb gave you!
And of course all the bits and bobs you are working on. You stitch to who beat the band!

Jackie said...

Even here in Florida there are too many gray days in winter! Today, however, isn't one of those days. Wishing you some beautiful sunshine or some frosty snow!

laceystitcher said...

Love the double-sided ornament that you received; it is gorgeous. All of your projects are looking good. You certainly have been busy. Which reminds me, I had better get stitching too! LOL

Kay said...

The ornament is beautiful, I love that she stitched both the front and back to make it reversible. x

Penny said...

Yes, your ornament from Barb is gorgeous - I love that little bird! And your Anniversaries of the Heart is so pretty. You have some lovely works in progress. : )

Andrea said...

Love the ornament from Barb, you're right, it's gorgeous!! Love the Santa too, he's wonderful.

Sherri said...

What a great ornament...front and back. Here on the other side of the pond, it is cold and brisk today making it a nice day for Christmas weather. I've not commented on your post before, I don't think, but I love reading your blog and seeing all you've stitched. You turn out so many beautiful ornaments as well as other great stitching items. Love seeing them all.

Julie said...

The spotty line is gorgeous, Barb did make a delightful and perfect ornament for you.
Jolly Old Fellow is perfect, his expression is superb.
Congrats on getting on so well with AOTH, not long now till a finish.

Maggee said...

What a really pretty ornament from Barb! Congrats on finishing up the last block on Anniversaries of the Heart! You can whip out those last bits of personalization quickly, and it will be a fine piece of art! Love to see all your WIP progress pictures, they sometimes inspire me to get back on track with my WIPs...(not all times, cause you know... life...). Yesterday it came to me that Christmas is just two weeks away! Yikes! Hope yours is merry! Hugs!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Very beautiful stitches

Brigitte said...

Such a lovely ornament that you received from Barb in your exchange.
Congratulations on finishing the bonus block of Anniversaries. Good luck with personalizing the individual blocks. I also have twelve names/ events for my blocks but I find that it's not always easy to decide what to write on each block.