Monday, 11 December 2017

HE'S FINISHED!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited! After way too long my Father Christmas is finally finished!! So without further ado here he is 😍


Heaven and Earth Designs Mini Jolly Old Fellow

Artwork by Dona Gelsinger

25 count Magic Guide fabric

DMC

Started 21st June 2013

Finished 6th December 2017

Yes he took me 4 years but he did get put away for quite a while. I am so pleased with how he turned out. In my opinion Dona Gelsinger does THE best Father Christmas! I have a frame for him so will be getting that done soon.

Next year my surrogate sis Lisa and I have some plans afoot to stitch so many stitches a week on our BAP WIPs so for me that is HAED Guardian B&W and Tilton Crafts Always ( Alan Rickman tribute ). I will alternate as and when I feel like it. I have HAED SK A Dragon History to finish but that will get stitched on a Tuesday evening I think in place of JOF but probably not until after Christmas. Then ( yep there's more) we have also decided to do a stocking SAL starting 25th January and stitch on them on the 25th of each month or more if we want to. As it is my birthday tomorrow Lisa suggested I buy into the HAED Birthday Club then the stocking chart would only cost the $10 for the price of the club. So that is what I have done and I shall email Michele at HAED tomorrow.

Barb and I will be carrying on SALing next year too so I am looking forward to that as well.

I just have a couple of things I have finally made up to display. I have WIPs to show but I'll leave that for another day.

This one is the one Chris and I stitched for our December SAL back in 2014. Jess had this tray she had saved that had toiletries in and was throwing it away earlier on in the year so I kept it. I've roughly painted it and mounted Silent Night into it and trimmed it with white pom pom trim.

This one is Shepherd's Bush Red Snowman which I stitched last year.

I have finally found a 5" tart tin so that I can finish off Plum Street Samplers Merry Ewe. I am going to have to paint it though as it's silver coloured rather than black or dark grey so I got some paint yesterday and DH has found some metal primer in the shed. I need to rough the surface up a bit then I can get on with it. It's too cold and was rainy and sleeting to go outside to spray the primer on so that will wait until another day!

That is all my news for now. I'll be back another day with my WIPs and maybe some photos from my birthday. I have had a few packages arrive in the post from my stitching friends :)

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxx

26 comments:

Barb said...

Santa turned out stunning. Definitely worth all the time and work you put into it. I love the Silent Night piece too.

Vee said...

Congratulations on such a big finish!

Renee said...

What a gorgeous finish! Dona Gelsinger does such amazing artwork. I love her Santas and her snowmen. Beautiful job!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Sally, he is just gorgeous. Congratulations on a wonderful finish.
I also love your fully finished pieces.

Justine said...

Oh Sally your Santa looks gorgeous! Great finish. Congratulations!

Your plans for 2018 sound great. You always have the best SAL ideas and I'm looking forward to following your progress next year.

Love your Silent Night finish, what a creative idea!

Marlene jones said...

Brilliant finish, he will celebrate Christmas every year with you

Shelly said...

Father Christmas looks great! That's a huge accomplishment, congrats. Nice stitching plans for 2018 and love your holiday displays. The Shepherds Bush snowman is especially pretty!

Manuela said...

Hello Sally,
congratulation.
The Santa is amazing.

butterfly said...

Oh Sally well done Santa looks fab , you did it.
Yor other stitchies look wonderful too .
Your stitching and finishing is amazing.

Kay said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! Your Father Christmas is just a work of art, you must be so proud if it. It will be wonderful to get it out every year for Christmas with your other decorations. I really like the pom pom trim too, the tray is a fab way to finish a design. x

Mary said...

Sally, Firstly, let me wish you a Happy Birthday! Congrats on finishing your beautiful Santa, love him holding the train.
Silent night is beautiful on the blue linen and great finish on the SB stitch, love the easel!! You have been productive!! Mary

Vickie said...

Well done Sally! Santa is magnificent! Your two other finishes are darling.

Andrea said...

Amazing finish, he's wonderful. Looking forward to seeing him in his frame. Great finishes too on your display items.

Fran Caswell said...

Congratulations on your beautiful finish! Merry Christmas.

Carol said...

Well, your Santa is absolutely stunning, Sally! Just love all the little details right down to the sparkle in his eye! You should be so proud :)

Loubie's Lot said...

Congratulatins Sally he is gorgeous, I would love to finish a HAED one day perhaps I should find a mini or a storykeep I might manage it then.

Linda said...

Happy Birthday Sally. Congrats on all of the gorgeous finishes. I love your stitching plans. I'm still trying to come up with mine.

Linda

Christine said...

He is fabulous Sally, well done!

Mii Stitch said...

Congrats on the Santa finish, it looks stunning!!!!

Jackie said...

Congratulations on your big finish! You must be thrilled to bits!

Ingius said...

Congratulations :)Beautiful finish :)

Maggee said...

Yay!!! Congratulations on finishing Santa! I KNOW you are so happy! That is a LOT of stitching... I really like the piece... it is just like a painting or photograph! Very lifelike... You have not even stopped to take a breath before you sign on to do a few more HAED's... Crazy! :) Congrats again on a great finish! Hugs!

Cindy said...

Beautiful finishes!

Julie said...

SPLENDID .... Santa does look fabulous, well done Sally.

Astrids dragon said...

OMGoodness, he looks amazing! I can't wait to see him framed.
Your two other finishes look fantastic too!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on the Happy Dance for Santa! It's a gorgeous piece and will look stunning up on your wall.