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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!


Monday, 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas.....

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year,

all my love and God Bless us Each and Everyone, 


P.S. I am so thankful for all of my stitchy and bloggy friends - always there to lend a friendly ear and offer sage advice and support - Thank you all.

We are in the new house for Christmas!  It has been a saga but all of that will come in later posts.

My next post will be the formal posts for themes for 2019 plus a new badge (I hope) - sorry for the delay but it has been VERY busy here! lol!

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Good King Wencelas's Yule Log...?


Happy December everyone!

I am back with my June ornament.  The song is Good King Wencelas and in the song there is some talk of pine logs and heat so I thought the yule log was fitting.  I am quite impressed with how the variegated thread ended up looking like two pieces of wood.  I would like to say I did that on purpose but that would be a lie.

Better picture this time around.  I did have to crop out the Lightening McQueen comforter my kids were using and I didn't notice when I was taking the picture but we managed.

I have my next ornament picked out and ready to go so be back soon!

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, 2 December 2018

Suzanne's December Ornament

Hello! I can't believe Christmas is almost here. At least I have these ornaments finished. Thanks for letting me join in the fun this year and I can't wait to see what everyone has in store for 2019. Continuing with my theme, I am posting the Dragon Dreams Twelve Dragonlets of Christmas 12 Dragons Drumming.

There was also another version of this freebie where he's drumming a traditional drum set, but I liked the little kitty in this one. 

And as a special surprise, the designer created a 13th Day of Christmas as to what might happen if you let a dragon around all those Days of Christmas gifts. 

All the previous ornaments were 2012 freebies and this one was in Just Cross Stitch magazine the 2016 Christmas Ornament edition.

This is how I'm going to display them this year.

I hope everyone enjoys their holidays and I'll see you in 2019!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Cheryl's Jolly Old St. Nicholas(es)

This month I added a Jolly St. Nick to my Christmas Sampler.  The chart is from Cross Stitcher Magazine Nov 2017.  I have been making good progress on the sampler and hope to finish stitching it by Christmas.

I thought it might be fun to have a little parade of Santas ... so here are a few more that I have stitched over the years:
This Santa was one of those little ornament kits stitched on 18 ct. aida.  He is one of my favorites.  I think he wants a hug!

This patriotic Santa was stitched on 14 ct plastic canvas.  The ornament is super sturdy, which is good because Santa has to hold all of those buttons in his beard.

This little Santa ornament was stitched from a free chart I found on a Japanese website.  The website is no longer there, but perhaps the chart is still floating around the web.  I really enjoyed stitching and assembling this Santa - I am always happy to find a use for some of my little embellishments.
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my little jolly fellows.  Santa Claus will be here before you know it!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Mary's Jolly Old St. Nicholas

My November Jolly Old St. Nicholas is Little Santa from Bent Creek.
I substituted Wisper for the beard and trim and I think he looks very cozy! This is only 24 x 24 stitches so it comes in at just under 1 1/2" square! I was to find a tiny ornament frame (I think I have seen them at Michaels) and it will go on my tree in a few weeks!

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Khristine's Hark The Herald Angels Sing Ornament

Hey guys!

Back again with my May ornament.

And here is the whole thing.  Kinda.  My photography skills need some work.

Be back soon!


Monday, 19 November 2018

Faith's December Ornament

Well I decided to go ahead and finish this since I had it out!

This is one of the best rules yet! Friends and Family are an important part of the holiday.

Christmas Rules
Welcome Friends
Rule Twelve
Designer - Lizzie*Kate

and here it is in it's entirety!

Now to finish it off into a bellpull in time for the holiday!

Thanks for following my year of Rules!

Stay tuned for my year of
coming up in 2019!!

Thanks Kaye for continuing the Christmas SAL!

Faith's November Ornament

Here we are at Rule Eleven already! 

This is an excellent rule for people to remember; it is not all about what you receive for Christmas but about how much you open your heart to sharing with others. 

Christmas Rules
Give More
Rule Eleven
Designer - Lizzie*Kate

Rules One thru Eleven

Rule Twelve coming right up!!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Khristine's April White Christmas Ornament


Happy November!

I am still dealing with April :)

This is my pick for White Christmas.  I think I am losing touch with how big an ornament is but anyway this one turned out pretty cute.  It is a freebie from the blog Le Chalet Des Perelles called Noel 2013.

Now I am off to get stitching on my May ornament.


Suzanne's November Ornament

Happy November to everyone. I've completed my ornament from the Twelve Dragonlets of Christmas by Dragon Dreams - Eleven Dragons Piping. I can hear those bagpipes now!
See you all next month!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Tamra's Christmas Tree

Hello Stitchers :)  No surprise I picked a Prairie Schooler tree to stitch.  It was a little promo card from 2009.  32 raw linen with called for floss.

Prairie Schooler Promo Card 2009
Have a lovely stitching day.


Saturday, 27 October 2018

Mary's Christmas Tree

Hot off the hoop, I stitched the Victoria Sampler Christmas Tree Scissors Keep from the 2009 issue of Just Cross Stitch Ornaments. It was so fun to put on the beads and buttons! I will finish it as an ornament.

I skipped out a couple months but I will be back next month! I'm already to start a Santa!

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Faith's October Ornament

I almost forgot to post for October!

This one is for the people who like taking chances in life. I don't think I could ever do this one; especially if the recipient was a stranger. 

Christmas Rules
Hang Mistletoe
Rule Ten
Designer - Lizzie*Kate

Two more rules to go!! 

Saturday, 13 October 2018

September 2018

I apologize for the delay!
October is in full swing and I'm here with a September task :-(

All I wish cheerful xxxxxx!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Tamra's Catching Up - May, July, August and September Ornaments


I'm stitching every spare minute I can get to catch up and I'm getting there!  Here are my ornaments for:

May - Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Prairie Schooler - Herald Angels - Just Cross Stitch Magazine Christmas 2003
32 Off White Linen with called for threads

July - God Rest You Merry Gentlemen:  Shoe Horn!  I made a nice quilt for the merry gentlemen to rest beneath :)

Prairie Schooler Book 14 - Holiday Homestead
32 Lambswool linen with called for threads

August - Away in a Manger

Prairie Schooler - Book 109 - Starry Night
32 Off White Linen with called for threads

September - The Little Drummer Boy

Prairie Schooler Book 80 - Old World Santas
32 Lambswool Linen with called for threads

Off to start October's ornaments.  Have a wonderful stitching day,


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Suzanne's October Ornament

Hello Everyone!

I am continuing to stitch the Twelve Dragonlets of Christmas. This month is Ten Dragons Leaping.
I hope everyone is doing well and can't wait to see everyone's ornaments through the end of the year.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Mary's July Ornament

Hi again,

I have just ffo'd July's ornament.  I chose Joy because it is in part of the lyrics of the song.  This is called Joy by Hands on Design and was in the 2017 JCS ornament issue.  I loved stitching this one so much.

Thanks for looking,

Friday, 21 September 2018

Mary's August Ornament

Good morning everyone,

I neglected stitching Christmas ornaments during summer break and now I am playing catch-up.  Here is my finish for August - Away in A Manger.  It is called A Star, A Star by The Sunflower Seed and was in the 2007 JCS Ornament issue.

The picture doesn't show all the beautiful beads in the border and the metallic gold I used but that is ok.

Thank for looking,

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Tamra's June Ornament - Good King Wencelas

Well, I found my needle after a busy fun summer.  I'll be scrambling to get all my ornaments stitched up by year's end!  I finished my version of Good King Wencelas.  A Prairie Schooler Santa bearing fruit.  From Book 36 called St. Nicholas II.  Stitched on 32 lambswool with recommended dmc floss.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Hello Hello! Themes for 2019....

Yes, I am still around - I haven't dropped off the planet - just been super busy with our house building (See this post on Kitten Stitching for the latest update) and stitching-wise I have been indulging in stitching on some of my large UFOs rather than Smalls - so no activity from me on this blog, I am sad and ashamed to say!

However, I have been seeing some of the gorgeous work that you all have been doing - well done, all of you!  Keeping the Christmas tinsel glittering!

Anyway, I thought that maybe it was time to think about themes for next year - 2019!

I am proposing three themes for next year - so that there are lots of chances for people to dip in and out and be as flexible as possible.

My three themes are:

Theme One: The Twelve Days of Christmas (this has been such a big hit the last few years that I am loath to let it go.

Theme Two: Christmas Carols again - although I am looking for lots of suggestions for which ones to include this year, please.

... and a new theme, based on the fact that I have just found this whilst cleaning out my Girl's Nest....

Theme Three: Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Magazine 2001 to 2010.

What I am proposing is that if you want to stitch Theme Three, you stitch an ornament from each Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Magazine from 2001 to 2010, with two free choice months (in June and December) when you stitch a design from any other JCS Christmas Ornament magazine that you like.  

I will generate a random order of years for the other ten months.

(Of course, if you don't have any of these mags - which for some of you I would find hard to believe, lol! - you can just choose either Theme 1 or 2 - easy peasy).
I hope that you like the three themes but do please let me know by the end of September if there is a Christmas Carol you would like included for 2019.


hugs, Kaye

Faith's September Ornament

My children swore that this rule happened every year on Christmas Eve. They would say 'Mom, do you hear that? I think I hear the bells on the reindeer!' So of course that is when all good Moms say 'Well you better hurry up and get in bed and go to sleep so Santa doesn't pass by our house!!'  I love the imagination and innocence of children when they are young, it is just a shame they lose it as they get older.

Christmas Rules
Listen for Reindeer
Rule Nine
Designer - Lizzie*Kate

The next rule will be for either the romantic in you or the shy person in you who wants to catch that special someone but don't know how to approach them! Personally I would be scared to attempt or the results for the second scenario but no risk, no reward!  

Again, thanks for looking and for all the
comments left on my previous posts!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Suzanne's September Ornament

Happy September everyone! I am posting my September Dragon Dreams 12 Dragonlets of Christmas - Nine Dragons Dancing.

How sweet she is in her ballet costume. See you next month!

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Hooties 12 Days of Christmas 5 and 6 by Little Stitches Art

I am two months delayed with this SALand I need to speed up if I want it ready for this year Christmas.

For people who don’t know my design is called “Hooties 12 Days of Christmas”, it is designed by PinoyStitch and consists on 12 owls disguised in the appropriate custom for the number they have following the famous carroll 12 Days of Christmas.

This time I did number 5 and 6, which correspond to 5 golden rings and 6 Geese-a-laying. And there is where I am at that moment.

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Monday, 20 August 2018

Faith's August Ornament

Well as promised this Rule is much more fun than the last one! Unless of course people only want to share your toys and not theirs! 

Christmas Rules
Share Your Toys
Rule Eight
Designer - Lizzie*Kate

and here it is now! 

The next Rule is one that my children used to
do when they went to bed on Christmas Eve!

Thanks for looking and for all the
comments left on my previous posts!