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Sunday, 13 January 2019

DJ's January Stitching

Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for allowing me to partake in your challenge!  I've had so much fun searching for just the right things to stitch!  So here we have...

For the first theme, a Partridge in a Pear Tree.  These designs are from Cross Stitch & Country Crafts Mar/Apr 1989 issue.

For the second theme, Christmas Carols, Blue Christmas.  I hope this one qualifies, it is one of the patterns from Le Grande Historie de Noel No 1 by Les Brodeuses Parisiennes that DH got me for Christmas this year.

For the third theme, an ornament from 2009 JCS ornament issue, and this is Get in the Spirit by Brittercup Designs.

Now to get my act together and get them finished off!  I'll have to think about that for a little bit though.  Thanks for letting me join, this has been so much fun!!  DJ

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

2019 Badge Update

OOOPS!  Silly me - I put 2018 on the new badge not 2019!

Here it is, all fixed up.

Thanks, Irene for the heads up.

hugs, Kaye

Serendipitous Jo's January Ornament

This year I decided to take a break from 12 Days of Christmas designs and go for the Just Cross Stitch back issues.  I own the CD so it was a case of going through each year and choosing my favourites from each issue.  There is a definite pattern here - 4 Dragon Dreams, 4 Sweetheart Tree and 1 each from Rosewood Manor, Ink Circles, Just Nan and Sue Hillis Designs.

I started on Christmas Day for the 12 Days of Stitchmas with the 2009 Issue and Rosewood Manor's Festive Quaker Tree:

stitched over one on 32 count Blue Hydrangea opalescent from Crafty Kitten

Each day I stitched one length of thread on the new ornament and then went back to my Quaker Tree.  So by Day 12 I had these started:

I also had a finish, my first of 2019:

This looks completely different to the model in the magazine.  I decided to use shades of blue in the 790s-800s plus B5200.  The white does show up much better in real life.  I am so happy with this finish and now just have to fully-finish it. 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Themes for 2019...

.... so sorry, this post has been a long time coming but what with the big house move these past two weeks - my life is topsy turvy to say the least!

So, without further adieu, here they are:

Theme One: 

The Twelve Days of Christmas:
(this has been so popular that it is going to be a regular, I think)

January - A partridge in a Pear Tree
February - Two Turtle Doves
March- Three French Hens
April - Four Calling Birds
May - Five Gold Rings
June - Six Geese-a-Laying
July - Seven Swans-a-Swimming

August - Eight Maids-a-Milking
September - Nine Ladies Dancing
October - Ten Lords-a-Leaping
November - Eleven Pipers Piping
December - Twelve Drummers Drumming

Theme Two: 

CHRISTMAS CAROLS: (this has also been so popular that it is also going to be a regular)
January - Blue Christmas
February - Holly Jolly Christmas
March- Angels we have heard on high
April - The First Noel
May - Joy to the world
June - Free choice
July - Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
August - Santa Clause is coming to town
September - Oh Holy Night!
October - I Saw Three Ships
November - Jingle Bells
December - Free Choice

Theme Three:

('cos I found my DVD when I was cleaning up my Girl's Nest in preparation for the BIG MOVE!)

January - 2009
February - 2008
March- 2007
April - 2002
May - 2001
July - 2006
August - 2005
September - 2010
October - 2003
November - 2004
December - FREE CHOICE

Remember: You can choose Theme One, Theme Two OR Theme Three or you can do ALL THREE (if you are Christmas Crazy!) OR you can dip in and out of each one as the mood takes you - it is entirely up to you. (Also, don't forget we love, love, love a good shoehorn into a theme!)

Also, here is the new SAL badge for 2018. Please feel free to add it to your blog, if you so wish.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Happy New Year!

This was my New Year finish.  A little freebie by Pineberry Lane Designs that I had saved on my computer and can't now seem to find online.  I think it works well with God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen as the word "Joy" appears in that carol many times.

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season!  My boys are back to school today so it is just me and my stitching!


Monday, 31 December 2018

The Maids are Milking

I'm just squeaking in my last post of the year. I got bogged down on this one and couldn't seem to finish the stitching. I finally got it done and now have just 4 more to complete the set. Used the called for fibers and fabric but used Mill Hill beads (P 40553) for the berries.
Maids - 12 Days
Hands On Design

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Cheryl's Completed Christmas Sampler

I put the finishing touches on my Christmas Sampler on Christmas Eve!   The chart is from Cross Stitcher Magazine (Nov 2017), which was gifted to me last year at Christmas.  I started stitching the sampler in January of this year.

I stitched over all of the snowflakes and snowy areas with a strand of metallic silver thread.  It doesn't show in the photo, but has a nice sparkle to it.  

I stitched the completed sampler onto red felt, added a couple of hanging loops, and did a blanket stitch around all of the edges.

Finally, I took a walk with my sweetie of 26 years around the neighborhood and down to the park to enjoy the holiday lights.  We found the perfect twig to use to hang the sampler.  So, it added a special touch to my Christmas this year and made for a happy memory to enjoy in the future.

I hope all of you made some happy memories this year, too!