Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Greetings

To all stitching bloggers and to all the wonderful friends I have made this year in blog land, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy the festive season.

And all the best for an enjoyable 2009.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Meme

Just a bit of fun
1.Wrapping paper or gift bags? I prefer to wrap my gifts, but I will sometimes use a bag if the gift is fragile or too hard to wrap
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial, I hate the needles all over the floor with the real ones
3. When do you put up the tree? The first weekend of December
4. When do you take the tree down? After January 6th
5. Do you like eggnog? No
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Stereo system
7. Hardest person to buy for? My Dad
8. Easiest person to buy for? My Son
9. Do you have a nativity scene? No
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail them of course.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I have never really received anything tragic, I remember one year my Nana buying the most horrible dress I had ever seen, but as an adult I would probably say bath salts because I dont even have baths, I always use the shower
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Santa Claus
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I pretty much shop throughout the year, if I see a bargain I grab it, its really only the hard stuff that I leave till the last couple of weeks
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes. Sometimes I have passed on those tins of biscuits, just not my thing at all
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Turkey with cranberry sauce, and brandy custard
16. Lights on the tree? I have coloured non flashing ones at the moment
17. Favorite Christmas song? Cant say I really have one.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Much prefer to stay home
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Lets see, Donna, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Prancer, Dancer & Vixen - I think thats it.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? No, I have a star
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The crowds in the shopping centres.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Snowmen, santas, my main colours are red and gold.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Lamb or turkey
25.What do you want for Christmas this year? A new outdoor setting - table and chairs

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Teacher Gift & MAW Received

Hi Everyone, I managed to finish the Teachers gift for my son's Kindy teacher yesterday. I made a simple pin keep minus pins. This is a LK design which was super quick to stitch up and I used a bone coloured 28ct evenweave and DMC threads.
I also have to apologise to Leena for taking so long to post a picture of the lovely ornament she sent me through the MAW group (Make A Wish). I asked for a Homespun Elegance design in any finish, and seeing as it was christmas time Leena chose to finish it as an ornament for the tree. I love it Leena, thank you.
Thank you all for visiting, take care

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ornament from Jody

As promised, here is a picture of the cardinal ornament that my friend Jody stitched for me.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my reindeer no-sew cube, I am pleased with how it came together.

My son's kindy graduation went well, and terrible me forgot the camera, how awful is that!!! Anyway he enjoyed himself heaps, he was an apple that the hungry caterpillar had to eat through. Then they had to sing two songs for all the guests and were then presented with their certificates and a book. We enjoyed a small picnic afterwards. There are only 2 more sessions of Kindy left after today and then he is off to Pre-Primary next year. Our school year runs differently to the States and UK, they start in February and finish in December, there are 4 terms separated by 2 weeks holidays and the end of year is a large 6-7 week gap before the new school year starts.
Happy stitching

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cheryl's Reindeer Games Parcel

As the heading say's, I heard from Cheryl that the SBEBB Reindeer Games parcel arrived safely in Scotland.
I chose to stitch Cheryl a design from American Folk Art Designs which was of a reindeer that was dated back to 1666 design wise. I loved the look of this reindeer and I added the little white snowflake to its antler as an extra something. I used Six Strand Sweets floss "Black Licorice" and finished it as a no sew cube. The extras I included were a tea towel, wooden reindeer ornament, some floss and christmas charms. I am happy that Cheryl liked everything.

I myself received a wonderful parcel from my friend Jody (no blog) in the USA, we always send each other parcels at christmas time and birthdays. As soon as the box was opened this rather yummy smell was seeping out of the wrapping, inside I found a delicious "Gingerbread" candle, two squares of chocolate, a notepad with cardinals on it, two gorgeous cardinal ornaments for my tree, and some lovely ribbon. Jody stitched me a lovely ornament this year with a cardinal on it, I will take a picture of it and post it tomorrow.

After work today we are attending my son's Kindy Graduation Play. They are performing "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". It should be a lot of fun, hopefully I can take some photos there aswell.
Until next time dear friends, happy stitching.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Change to Blog

I thought it could do with a bit of a Christmassy look. My hedgehogs are off to hibernate.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

SBEBB Reindeer Games

I received a wonderful parcel from Cathymk for the SBEBB Reindeer Games exchange. Just look at this amazing tree that she made for me, it is from the Prairie Schooler's Christmas Trees II and is stitched on Lakeside Linen's "Pear" Edinborough. It is just gorgeous and a lovely surprise. She also included a small wooden reindeer ornament, some tissues, pins, thread rings, tags and a stocking. Thank you Cathy, I love it.

I also received word from Heather that she had received the ornament that I sent her in our ornamant swap. Its the first time I have finished an ornament with beading around the edge.

Hopefully my recipient of the Reindeer Games exchange wont have to wait too long to receive the parcel I sent.
Bye for now

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ornie's Galore!

Well its that time of year when all you really seem to be stitching is ornaments. I dont mind stitching ornaments, I try to do different finishing techniques with them to give me a little more variety.
I heard from two more dear friends that their ornaments had arrived in the mail, and I used two different techniques with their ornaments.

First up is the ornie that I stitched for Sandra (no blog) who lives in England. Sandra signed up for my PIF's during the year and we have stayed in contact. I picked the Prairie Schooler design from this years JCS Ornie special.

And the next ornie is one I stitched for Sharon, this one is the Lizzie Kate Blessings ornie "Song". These are such quick easy ornie's to stitch up and experiment with, I have just stitched up the "Family" one for my Mum's tree, just thinking of which way to finish it now.

We decided to put the Christmas tree up over the weekend. This year I have accumulated some lovely ornies from friends that I was able to display. I seem to have gone off the use of tinsel now and didn't use any at all, just the lights and the ornie's, and I think it is better looking this year. The top of my buffett stand I have placed all the stand up regular things like some reindeer and a tin santa and also a lovely snowman box that Angela made for me last year. I have also hung the stockings from my rocking chair. My little reading and relaxing nook has turned into Christmas land. I am hoping to take pictures this week and I will post a couple.
I was totally blown away by Becky's beautiful christmas home decorations, I particulary like the old world santas and her gorgeous snowmen on display. My christmas land is no where near as big a display as this, but I am hoping to collect some more santas and old world style ornie's over the years to make it more exciting for my son. Christmas is soo much more exciting when you have kids that start to understand the meaning of it more. My son cant wait to go and see Santa this year.
Thats all my latest news for now. Happy stitching!