Come visit with me as I stitch and craft my way from one Christmas to the next - I like to have Christmas projects close by me all year. I have a particular fondness for Santas and Angels. If you have the time, leave a comment so I know you've visited.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for March

So, here we are again - the 15th of the month means it is time for Gifted Gorgeousness, hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. All my stitching in the past month is eligible for inclusion in the GG report, as it will all be given as gifts.

I finished up all the ornaments I had stitched for the February report, but I'm not putting in the pics in this report because they are there in the February Smalls report just below this post.

I made two little stocking Christmas ornaments for the English grandsons of an old friend (and first cousins of the Kiwi sisters for whom I stitched stocking Christmas ornaments in February). The Santa is adapted from a Kooler Design Studio chart in LA's Christmas Ornament book.

And a button and bead decorated Christmas tree ornament for my youngest sister, who has a fondness for little buttons.

I made two smaller bead decorated Christmas tree ornaments for sisters who will come to my house for a Christmas visit this year.

These four candy cane ornaments will be Christmas gifts for neighbour children. The chart for the candy cane was in a very old American magazine ( Just Cross Stitch, I think) as part of a monthly seasonal calendar. I changed floss colours and omitted the holly.

I also stitched and finished up a Baby's First Christmas ornament for a new greatnephew.  The teddy is adapted from a DMC on-line freebie chart.

And I have stitched little gingerbread girls for two little greatnieces. I adapted the gingerbread from a design in Barbara Mock's Christmas Quickies II.

That's it for me. I'll be popping by to see all the GG reports.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Smalls Report for February

It's been an unusual month for me, but I do have some stitching to show for it. In the past 2 weeks I have finished up the five Christmas ornaments I stitched in January, and I have also stitched and finished up two little stocking Christmas ornaments.

Here are my Christmas Tree ornaments:

And a snowperson ornament which will be travelling to New York state this Christmas. The chart is from BH&G's  book '101 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs' (1999).

And the little stockings which I have just finished up. They will be flying to New Zealand this Christmas. The stockings are under 3" tall.  I adapted the Santa stocking design in LA#3428 'Christmas Ornaments' book, Kooler Design Studio originally charted for plastic canvas, so that the outline was smoother,  and stitched a back.

So, there we go.  I'm looking forward to visiting all the Smalls reports to see what has been stitched in February.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for February

I've not done much stitching at all this month. It's been an unusual month. Half of it was spent in hospital having a knee replacement surgery followed by 10 days in a rehab unit. I am home now, walking well and very pleased with my progress. I have booked in to have the other knee done in April. There'll be no holding me back then!

I did manage to stitch three Christmas ornaments, which will be Christmas gifts for the children whose names appear on them.

First, a snowperson for a great-nephew who lives in New York state, and who (unlike his Aussie cousins) knows all about snow. The chart was published in BH&G '101 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs (1999). I changed all the floss colours and the shape of the heart.

And next, two bead decorated Christmas trees. These are my own designs.

Finally, a WIP, another Christmas tree yet to have the borders finished and beads added.

I'll probably stitch one more tree before I finish up this batch of ornaments.

Thanks for visiting. I'll be hopping in to check on all the lovely stitching in the February reports.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Jo's Valentine Blog Hop

Such a lovely Valentine! Did you stitch it?
Thanks to Jo at Serendipitous Stitching for organising this lovely blog hop.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

My first Smalls Report for 2018

How did this happen - one month of 2018 almost finished.  I 'm not happy with the speed at which the days are racing by.  In just 4 days I will be heading for hospital for a knee replacement operation. I'm getting very nervous as the day approaches.

I have been stitching Christmas ornaments this month. Thirteen stitched and finished up, all destined to be gifts for Christmas 2018.

This one is for a favourite aunt.
It grew as I stitched, so no designer to credit for this one.

This tree also just grew as I stitched. It is for a very special teenager with special needs.

This group of ornaments are for the four-legged members if our extended family. The stocking design is adapted from LA's Christmas Caboodle #4 leaflet, and the Santa hat initials are adapted from Alma Lynne's Christmas Alphabets and Borders  booklet.

More little stocking ornaments - these are for our 2017 babies, who will be celebrating their second Christmasses. The tiny teddy is adapted from a Graphworks design (Mini Motif Designs for Christmas #8)

This pair of Santas is for a greatniece and greatnephew, first cousins. Santa is a Barbara Mock design, from Dimensions #4 Christmas Quickies booklet.

And finally, two angels. The pink one
 is for another greatniece. It is heavily adapted from TIAG's 1986 Amish Angel. The purple angel is for a friend with a passion for both purple and quirky angels. This one was adapted from the angel in Folk Art Nativity published in an early issue of US Christmas Cross Stitcher.

I will be popping in to all the Smalls Reports to see all the lovely Smalls stitched in January.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for January

It's been a busy start to the New Year for me, with lots of  physiotherapy, doctor visits and tests. I head off to hospital at the end of January for a knee replacement, with the second one to follow as soon as I recover. This is my first post for 2018, but I have been stitching whenever I can.

Once more, all my planned stitching for this year will qualify for the Gifted Gorgeousness report run by Jo at Serendepitous Stitching. Everything on my stitching list is destined to be gifted - mostly as Christmas gifts. The only exception is my HAED WIP Christmas Dreams, which is definitely being stitched just for me.  It qualifies for the GG Report on the basis that the chart, fabric, and most of the floss was purchased with birthday and Christmas gift cards or cash. I do hope to stitch on it at some stage this year. This will be my third year on this WIP, and I have finished just 19 of the 66 chart pages.

So far this year I have stitched, but not yet finished up, 12 Christmas ornaments. My plan is to finish these designs into Christmas ornaments in the next 2 weeks, but this is what they look like now.

These four are for the 4-legged members of my extended family.  I used Alma Lynne's Santa Hat alphabet (A-Z Christmas Alphabets & Borders) for three of the designs, and for the other one my old favourite the (heavily adapted) Christmas stocking from LA's Christmas Caboodle #4 booklet.

Santa is a Barbara Mock design from Dimensions #175 Christmas Quickies. I did change most of the floss colours, using what I had in my work-basket. These two ornaments are for 3 yr old great niece and nephew (first cousins).

This one is for an angel-loving friend. It is heavily adapted from the angel design in the Folk Art Nativity feature in the US Christmas Cross Stitcher magazine, 2003.

This set is adapted from LA's Christmas Stocking design in LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet. The little teddy is adapted from the Teddy Merry Christmas design in Graphworks Mini Motif Designs Christmas Vol 8. These ornaments are for our babies who will celebrate their second Christmases in 2018 (all first cousins).

This angel is very heavily adapted from TIAG's 1986 Amish Angel on-line freebie, and is for a 7 yr old great-niece.

No designer to credit for this one - it's one of my beaded trees. This is for a young girl I expect to be a Christmas visitor this year. This is the first ornament I have made for Molly.

That brings me to the end of my GG report. I am pleased to be part of this group again this year. I may not be able to report every month, but I will be hopping in and out to check everyone's progress reports.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jo's Advent Blog Hop - Day 11

11th December - my turn to put in a post on Jo's Advent Blog Hop.  The picture I have chosen is of my Craft Tree - the Christmas Tree on which I have displayed my stitched Christmas ornaments and my beaded angels.  If you want to see some angels, enlarge the picture and look carefully between the branches. My beaded angels vary from about 1 cm to about 15 cm tall (0.5" to 6" tall) , and there are over 100 scattered over the tree.  The tree itself is a 1990s tree which was rescued after it had been abandoned by its family.  It is the first time I have put up a tree just for my handiwork.  In all, I have 7 large Christmas trees in my house this year, and this one is my favourite.

More views of the tree:

Boxing Day - here in Australia there are two things strongly associated with Boxing Day, and they are hot dry weather (I'm talking high 30s to 40s C -over 100 F), and sport.  On Boxing Day there are two big sporting events: it's Day 1 of  a cricket Test match; and the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.  In my house it is also Day 1 of the unpacking of Christmas and return of the house (freshly cleaned) to its usual state.  So, I will be knee deep in tissue paper and boxes, wrapping up Santas and Angels that are like old friends, and packing them for storage until next November, and in the background will be the cricket and yachting reports on the TV. It about 2 weeks to complete the transformation.  I used to like to have the house back to its normal state by New Year's Day, but these days I am much slower.