Wednesday, 20 December 2017

My Birthday, Finishes and Father Christmas Framed!

Hello everyone! I'll apologise now as this is going to be a bit of a picture heavy post. I'll start with my two recent finishes.

First up is this lovely.

Little House Needleworks Christmas Angel

32 count Platinum linen


Started 31st October 2017

Finished 14th December 2017

Then this one.

Mani Di Donna Winter Days Sewing Basket

28 count Permin Silver Blue Linen


Started 26th August 2017

Finished 16th December 2017.

If I get chance I'll start making up the basket before Christmas!

As you may know I do a private ornament exchange each December with 2 of my dear stitching friends Chris and Barb. This is what I stitched for Chris.

Lizzie Kate Very Merry ( JCS ornament mag 2017)

32 count Permin Natural linen


Started 14th October 2017

Finished 17th October 2017.

Ornament for Chris.

And this is what Chris stitched for me which I love. I've hung it from my new garland on the mantlepiece. Thank you so much Chris xx

This is what I stitched for Barb.

Lizzie Kate Flora McSample's 2016 Treats Do You Hear

32 count Permin Lambswool linen


Started 14th October 2017

Finished 31st October 2017

Ornament for Barb.

And this is what Barb stitched for me which, again, I love! Thank you so much Barb xx

I am getting down my WIPs now and am hoping for an almost clean slate to start 2018 with! Haha! If it happens it'll be a miracle!

Chris and I started our annual December SAL. We are stitching LHN No Place Like Home. I am stitching mine on 28 count Permin Amber linen using some of the recommended threads. I have frogged the words more times than I care to remember!

Barb and I are still stitching away on our SAL pieces. For our Lizzie Kate I am stitching this one.

For our sheep one we are both stitching LHN Born in a Manger. I am loving this one!

I am still plugging away at LHN Lantern Lane and now have a wall and some railings! I can't see this one being finished for the end of the year!

My socks are finished but I didn't take a photo! I'm waiting for the sock blockers I ordered to arrive so that I can block them. Fingers crossed they arrive before Christmas! I have now started a hat. Call me brave or stupid but it's my first hat and I've chosen a fairisle one!

I framed Mini Jolly Old Fellow although I am not 100% happy with him. 

Finally it was my birthday last week and I was thoroughly spoilt by my family and friends. Abi took me out for lunch on Wednesday to Costa so we could try one of their festive sandwiches and hot chocolate. We were going on my birthday but some of the roads weren't too good after rain then a keen frost. Anyway I will let the picture do the talking as I've written on them who they are from.  The only one not photographed is the jacket that Jess bought me as I have been wearing it :) Thank you all so much for thinking of me on my birthday xxxx

Oh also ( I have so much to show you that I almost forgot!) I received some ornaments from Barb, Michelle and June for my tree :). Thank you so much ladies.

Well I think that is all my news for now. I know I won't get chance to blog again before Christmas so I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Stay safe and have a wonderful time. Thank you for continuing to visit me and leave such lovely comments even though I don't visit you all as often as I should.

With much love,

Sally xxxxx


Barb said...

Lovely post Sally, what a great array of gifts you have E had. I will have to get a post done I am chasing my tail at the moment. You are so busy with your stitching etc putting me to shame , however I am a few years older than you lol. Enjoy your family time at Christmas and I shall see you with some stitching soon. Sam decided he would like a scarf like Graemes so I am busy trying to get it done for the man in red to deliver. Much love.x

Mii Stitch said...

What a lovely post! It was really anticipated from me as I couldn't wait to see your beautiful Santa all framed :) What a fantastic piece!!!! As always, plenty of sweet little crosses and also beautiful gifts for your birthday. My favourite has to be the sweet little reindeer on your last picture..... it's so cute! Happy Christmas!!

Kay said...

This is all such beautiful stitching and finishing. I love the way you have framed the father Christmas, I have to say that I am rarely 100% happy with my framing choices even though I get professional advice from the framer. Happy birthday and happy Christmas too. x

Linda said...

Lovely stitching and finishes as always Sally. Love all of your gifts. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas.


Vickie said...

Oh your ornament exchanges are wonderful Sally. And I think your Father Christmas is great!! Merry Christmas!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Beautiful exchanges. Merry Christmas.🌻

Maggie said...

Love the exchange ornaments, both sent and received.
A bleated Happy Birthday, what a great collection of goodies you got!

Hope you have a lovely Christmas x

Carol said...

Such a happy post filled with so many pretty stitches, Sally! Just love your mini-HAED Santa so much :) Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday--enjoy all those lovely presents!

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday! You have received some beautiful gifts.

Wonderful ornament exchanges. Love the Santa Claus, I'm so excited for you that you have him finished.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful festive season.

Christine said...

Gorgeous exchange ornaments Sally, and Father Christmas looks fabulous all framed up.
Happy Christmas

Astrids dragon said...

Such a lovely exchange with friends, what treasures!
I think Father Christmas looks fantastic framed, great job.
Happy Belated Birthday, it looks like you were spoiled... as you should be!

Brigitte said...

I just love your picture heavy posts, Sally. And I hoped that you would show your framed Santa this time. And here he is. What a gorgeous stitched piece.
I loved to see all your newly finished projects, and all the ornaments that you stitched or received in your exchanges. A lot of wonderful stitching again.
Happy belated birthday wishes, Sally, and enjoy all the gifts received from family and friends.

Brigitte said...

... and wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Katie said...

What a lovely post filled with so many beautiful things. Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Such pretty gifts you had for your birthday.
Mini Jolly Old is fabulous, I have so enjoyed watching him grow.
Nice SAL's you have as WIP's with friends.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas Sally xx

Rachel said...

Many many congratulations on finishing and framing Mini Jolly Old Fellow. He looks absolutely fantastic and must have taken pride of place among your Christmas decorations.
Congratulations, too, on all your other finishes and full-finishes during the year. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you are almost able to start 2018 with a clean stitching slate!
Happy New Year x

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

Happy Belated Birthday! You received some lovely gifts and beautiful exchange pieces too.
Looking forward to seeing the casket made up this year.

Justine said...

Beautiful stitching as always Sally, you and your friends are so talented with stitching and finishing! I love seeing what you find for your sheep SAL with Barb.
I think Santa looks amazing! Well done on getting him finished and framed before the big day.
Happy belated birthday and a happy New year to you. I hope you started 2018 with a clean slate and look forward to seeing what you stitch in 2018!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

A terrific array of gifts, Sally and some lovely stitching.
Belated Happy New Year to you.

Parsley said...

The 'stitch everyday' project is something I would TOTALLY do!
(new blog, old blogger) :)