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Monday 20 December 2021

Theme announcement for 2022!

 Hello lovely Christmas Elves, 

Your hostess here, Kaisievic, who has been so slack again in 2021 and barely posted all year (although Christmas stitching has featured on my IG and FB pages throughout the year).  Anyway, here I am again after many more long months of lockdown in the Lockdown Capital of the world - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Another weird year and another year of absolutely no blogging mojo whatsoever!

But I do keep an eye on the Christmas Ornie SAL blog and I have decided upon the new themes for next year. Some are familiar, some are new but without further ado - here they are:

An old favourite ....... 

.... and a newer favourite (but with some different movie suggestions from last year)...
.... and another old favourite - everyone loves to stitch something from JCS Christmas Ornie Mags.....
.... and a BRAND NEW theme, as suggested by one of our most stalwart Christmas Ornie stitchers, dear Suzanne Harkinson .....

I already have my kit for the Nutcracker Village, already to go...

.... and lastly, here is our new badge for 2021 (for enquiring minds, the cross stitch is a Shepherd's Bush Christmas stocking which I made for a friend's grandson, I finished it just the other day).

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy stitching any combination or all of these themes in 2022 and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a much happier 2022 than 2020 and 2021 were.


Friday 10 December 2021

Suzanne's December Ornaments

Hello everyone! Christmas is almost here. This blog and Rachel from the Ten Hour Stitcher have kept me on track to stitch and finish as I go along. Thanks so much!

This month I've finished up Theme Four with Pinker n' Punkin Quilting's Barnyard Christmas, Chicken Sled and Christmas Bucket. 

These were so fun to stitch and Melisa has designed two more which I'm working on now. I've stitched them all on 18 count oatmeal Aida and finished as a flat ornament with the twine and bow. This is how I'm displaying them this year. 
As you can see, there is room for more on this tree! 

I've also stitched Theme Three: Just Cross Stitch Magazine's 2013 Ornament Issue and 2013 Preview Issue. These are Casey Buonaugurio Designs Yellow and Red Penguin. I actually stitched and finished three of these but I sent one to my great niece before I took the picture. Oops!
Thanks so much for looking and commenting on my stitching. I hope to see you all again next year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monday 6 December 2021

DJ's December Ornaments

I don't know about you, but this past year has flown's been an incredible year for my family and me.  I'm thankful I was able to keep up with the Christmas stitching, it sure made it easy for me, at Thanksgiving I had all the ornaments I like to give to family all done, and they have all been placed on everyone's tree!  I finished stitching the ornament for December, but haven't decided how to fully finish it.  I hope to get it fully finished in a few days.  I chose Special Delivery by Pickle Barrel Designs for my free choice.  I stitched this one last year and gave it away, but wanted one for my tree too!  This is from the 2018 JCS ornament issue.

I also finished up the 12 Dragonlets of 2012 and was able to finally fully finish all of them.  I'm still trying to decide how to display them for Christmas, but hopefully they will be out for all to see soon!  Here is the final one, 12 Dragons Drumming.  I love his shades!

I guess that's it for this year.  I'm terrible about checking back, are we going to do this again next year?  Inquiring minds want to know...LOL!!  Thanks for the challenge, it sure helps me get my  Christmas stitching done early!  Happy Holidays everyone! 

Sunday 14 November 2021

Hello! Hello! Hello!

 Long time no post from me (I seem to have completely lost my blogging mojo over the past two years) however I am still happy to "host" the Christmas Ornie SAL which still seems to be bringing people Christmas stitching joy.

To that end: any suggestions for themes for 2022 are most welcome - please make a comment below.

hugs, Kaye

Wednesday 10 November 2021

Suzanne's November Ornaments

 Hi everyone! We are getting so close to Christmas. I am continuing with the Pinker n' Punkin' Barnyard Christmas series I have two finishes that fit Theme Four - Christmas Animals. 

The goose on the left is called Skiing on the Farm and the stack of critters is called Special Delivery. I am finishing these all the same way on 18 count oatmeal Aida with called for DMC threads. I blended gray and white for the sheep so you could see it better. I hope you're not bored! I have two left for next month to show you all. 

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments on my previous posts. I'm looking forward to see everyone's stitching. 

Monday 8 November 2021

DJ's November Post

Hello Fellow Stitchers!

I've had a little time to gather my wits before the big holidays start rolling around!  I've finished my ornaments for this challenge for the month already, though I haven't fully finished them yet.  I'm so grateful for this challenge as it really helps me get my ornaments sorted before the big Christmas rush comes, and I've decided to give ornaments as gifts to the in-laws this year (except for the children that is).  Anyway, by next posting I hope to have things fully finished and I hope to post picture of them then. are the ornaments I stitched this month...

First up is the 12 Dragonlets of 2012...and we have 11 Dragons Piping.  They are freebies from Dragon Dreams, I find the so adorable as each one has some funny elements included.  

The second theme I have been working from is specific years of the JCS Ornament issue.  This month the year given was 2019 so I chose Chrystal Snowflake by Saving Grace Fine Needlearts.  I stitched this on 28 count Royal Blue using substituted Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid instead of Kreinik.  I really love how this one turned out so I may have to make another one!  LOL 

 And that's all for this month.  I'm hoping to finish up the December ornaments in the next few days, then I'll begin fully finishing them.  With a Granddaughter in our lives now, I want to sit back and enjoy spending time with her for her first Christmas.  I'll be back soon with those pictures.  Happy Stitching everyone! 

Monday 1 November 2021

Gwen: October 2021

 I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted here. I’ll have to take a look and see what, if any,
I forgot to post here. This month I finished 10 Lords from Hands On Designs’ 12 Days.  I replaced some of the berries with beads.

Day 10
12 Days, Hands On Designs
Aztec Red Gingham

Thursday 21 October 2021

DJ's October Post

Hi Stitchers!

Whew, is it just me or does time seem to be flying by?  What a crazy year this has been....but thankfully I'm keeping up with this SAL!

So still keeping up with two themes this year, the first being the 12 Days of Christmas.  I've been working on Dragon Dreams the 12 Dragonlets of 2012 and this month is the 10 th dragon, 10 Dragons Leaping.  These guys  are just too funny!

The second theme I've been working on was Theme Three and was specific years from the JCS Ornament issue.  This month the year was 2006 and I chose a Blackbird Design called Quaker Medallion Strawberry Pinkeep.  Unfortunately I haven't had time for finishing lately, but hopefully I'll be better next month!  (Wishful thinking on my part I think...)

Anyway, that's it for this month...I've been enjoying seeing what the rest of you have been stitching!  I hope you are all safe and well....Happy Stitching!

Friday 15 October 2021

Suzanne's October Ornament

 Hi Everyone! I've done lots of stitching and finishing but only one fits Theme Four - Christmas Baking. I'm working on these lovely freebies from Pinker 'n Punkin Quilting, , Barnyard Christmas. This one is called Baking on the Farm. Perfect!!

I'm finishing all of these the same way on 18 count oatmeal Aida with called for DMC threads. I can't wait to display them this year. 

I post all my finished stitching on my Flickr account here: and at Rachel's Ten Hour Stitcher Fully Finished Gallery each month:

I hope everyone is well. Take care!

Friday 24 September 2021

DJ's September post

Hi Everybody!   I'll be honest and say, I'm still trying to play catch up...and so far I've been able to stitch my ornaments in time, just haven't been able to fully finish them.  Fingers crossed, I'll have them finished for the next post.  (But don't hold your breath!  LOL)

I've been working with two themes this year, first was Theme One, the 12 Days of Christmas.  I've been stitching the 12 Dragonlets of 2012 so the September ornie was 9 Dragons Dancing.  Her little tutu makes me laugh...and here she is!

The second was Theme Three and the year chosen was 2016 so for this ornament I chose Snow Day by Squareology.  I have wanted to stitch this for ages, had the fabric for a long while, and finally decided this was the time.  Now I have to decide if I want to finish it as a round ornament as it's pictured, or as a biscornu as I've seen it finished before.  Decisions, decisions...anybody have a preference ?  Maybe I should take a poll? LOL

I don't know if I mentioned it here before, but we have been waiting expectantly for our grandchild to arrive since January (our kids told DH on his birthday)  She arrived a few weeks early two weeks ago.  She is the reason I've been so far behind...LOL!  Now that she has arrived and most of the stitching/crocheting I've been trying to get done is behind me, I will have more time to work on things I have been hoping to between Gigi snuggles that is!  LOL  I hope everyone is safe and well.  Until next time...Happy Stitching!

Saturday 18 September 2021

Serendipitous Jo's August and September Ornament

Once again I am following the 12 Days of Christmas theme.  This year I am stitching the Stoney Creek 2019 Ornament series as my monthly project.  I have also started the large Bothy Threads' design but won't be completing one block of those per month!

As per previous years, I started the 12 Days on Boxing Day and stitched one day for the next 12 days.  Each month I will return to the relevant Day and finish it.

In August I stitched the Eighth Day - a Maid A'Milking:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

This month I stitched the Ninth Day - a Lady Dancing:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

I didn't backstitch around the white of her skirt as it looked more lacy without it.

I picked up my Bothy Thread 12 Days again in August and reached this point at the end of the month:

Aiming for a block finish in September!

Sunday 12 September 2021

Suzanne's September Ornaments

Hi everyone! I was able to complete a few ornaments for this month's themes. I'm still working on the Pinker n' Punkin Quilting Barnyard Christmas Series. Two of them fit Theme Four - Christmas Decorations. 

Farm Truck

The Stockings Were Hung

These are so fun to stitch. I'm using 18 count Oatmeal Aida finished in a flat ornament with the red ticking ribbon and jute twine. I'm not sure how many I have left and I'll be sad when they are done. 

I've also stitched three ornaments from the Just Cross Stitch 2016 magazines. These are all Amy Bruecken Designs. 
Love Ewe in August 2016

Penguin Love in December 2016

Snowman Love in Christmas Ornament Issue 2016

These are all stitched on blue 14 count Aida with the DMC threads and finished with red and green rick rack. I made a couple of color mistakes but I didn't notice until they were practically ready for fully finishing. The recipients will never know 😊

I hope everyone is well and stitching what they love!

Monday 30 August 2021

DJ's July and August...

Hi Fellow Christmas Stitchers!

I'm so far behind I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever catch up!  LOL  I was so hoping to finish ornaments as I went along but...well so goes the best laid plans of mice and men.  So...You'll just have to see my un fully finished items for the past two months.

I've been working with only two themes this year.  The first theme I chose was the 12 days of Christmas.  I've been stitching the 12 Dragonlets of 2012 designed by Dragon Dreams.  Here are the 7th and 8th days...

The second theme was years that were chosen from the JCS ornament issue.  July's issue was from 2018 and I chose the Merry Christmas Drum by From the Heart Needleheart.  I still haven't made it into a drum, but hopefully soon I'll be getting some finishing done.

August's issue was from 2008 and I chose Christmas Centerpiece by Brittercup Designs.  I really enjoyed this one!  If I get these fully finished,  I'll try to remember to post their pictures when I do.  

Onwards and upwards!  Hopefully I'll be back on track with finishing next month.  Happy Stitching everyone! 

Friday 13 August 2021

One more for August - Suzanne

 Hi again! I forgot I had one more finish that fit Theme Three - Just Cross Stitch Magazine 2008. This is a Casey Buonaugurio Design - Let it Snow. My niece collects snowmen and I've been making snowman ornaments for her for many years. I stitched this on 14 count light blue Aida with the called for DMC threads. I finished it as a flat ornament with red twine edging. I had the little snowflakes in my stash.

I hope all is well with everyone and you are enjoying stitching every day!

Take care, Suzanne

Tuesday 10 August 2021

Suzanne's August Ornaments

 Hi everyone! I have three ornaments to share this month. First up is a Julia Lucas Designs, Deck the Windows with fits in Theme Three from the 2008 Just Cross Stitch Magazine Ornament Issue. 

I used the same finishing technique as the others, 18 count oatmeal Aida, DMC threads finished in a banner style flat ornament. I didn't have a wreath charm, so I improvised a wreath in the window. 

My next two are for Theme Four - Free Choice. I've been stitching and finishing Pinker n' Punkin Quilting's Barnyard Christmas. This month are Santa's Visit
and Christmas Tractor

I love stitching these and I'll be sad when I finish the series. Melisa has lots of freebies on her blog:

Thanks for reading and I'll see you all next month. 

Wednesday 4 August 2021

Serendipitous Jo's 12 Days of Christmas from 2017

I realised that while I take part in this blog every year, I have a tendency to start off well but fall off the posting wagon before the end of the year and never show the end of the project.

Back in December 2016 I started a large Joan Elliott project for the 12 Days of Christmas theme.  I stitched the Angel at the top for the December topic and then started each of the 12 blocks for my 12 Days of Stitchmas.  By Epiphany, it looked like this:

As the year progressed, I completed one block per month, working on the border each evening when my son was in the bath.  By December 2017 I was Happy Dancing!

And then I got it framed:

Sunday 1 August 2021

Christmas in Red

My ornaments for July was the ornaments by Sue Hillis. These sled ornaments, Christmas in Red, were charted for fabric but I stitched mine on perforated paper. I have 4 done and ready to be fully finished.
Christmas in Red
stitched with DMC 321

Thursday 29 July 2021

Serendipitous Jo's July Ornament

Once again I am following the 12 Days of Christmas theme.  This year I am stitching the Stoney Creek 2019 Ornament series as my monthly project.  I have also started the large Bothy Threads' design but won't be completing one block of those per month!

As per previous years, I started the 12 Days on Boxing Day and stitched one day for the next 12 days.  Each month I will return to the relevant Day and finish it.

This month I stitched the Seventh Day - a Swan A'Swimming:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

Saturday 10 July 2021

Suzanne's July Ornaments

 Hello! I'm still working my way through Pinker n' Punkin Quilting's Barnyard Christmas. Melisa has lots of wonderful freebies on her blog - This month two of them fit Theme Four - Farm Animals. 

Santa's Ride

Christmas Goat

These are such quick and fun stitches. I am finishing all of them the same - 18 count oatmeal Aida with DMC threads. Finished as flat ornaments with red and green twine and striped ribbon. 

I hope everyone is happy and well and I can't wait to see everyone's stitching. 

Wednesday 30 June 2021

Gwen:June 2021

 This month I stitched the last 2 Starry Night ornaments.

Starry Night
The Prairie Schooler
Next up some 12 Days and name ornaments.

Saturday 26 June 2021

Serendipitous Jo's May and June Ornaments

 Once again I am following the 12 Days of Christmas theme.  This year I am stitching the Stoney Creek 2019 Ornament series as my monthly project.  I have also started the large Bothy Threads' design but won't be completing one block of those per month!

As per previous years, I started the 12 Days on Boxing Day and stitched one day for the next 12 days.  Each month I will return to the relevant Day and finish it.

I completed the Five Gold Rings in May but felt it needed backstitch when I took the photos:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

So I added that in June:

And then stitched the Sixth Day - a Goose A'Laying