Monday, 29 December 2014

Sailing Away on a Houseboat

*Poof* Christmas went by so quickly and now the New Year is almost upon us! As we "sail away" from 2014, here's my last finish of the year... 

Noah's Garden by The Goode Huswife
I've wanted to stitch this for a long time and I'm so pleased it's finally done! I've even tried stitching it a couple of times and gave up.  This time it's stitched on 32 count mystery fabric with DMC, 2 over 2. I love it! It's so colourful and happy!

I really lazed around for a few days after Christmas but now I am finally getting back into action mode. Time to get ready for a New Year and that means some clean-up and tidy, some reflections and maybe, finally, some goal setting for this new year! 

One last thing, I did make up a page for my 2014 finishes for your browsing pleasure!

I wonder about my stitching goals for 2015. This past year I did do a lot of smalls which actually worked out quite well, so I might do that. I do miss my bigger samplers so I need to do a couple at least and make a dent in my big sampler stash!  My biggest hurdle with stitching is learning how to manage it while not aggravating my neck...

What are your plans for stitching? Any New Year's starts? Please DO TELL and share! 

I want to thank you to constant readers and new readers alike for your encouragement this past year. I've started two new hobbies - painting first, then sewing, and that's taken time away from stitching but you kept the seat warm for me, so to speak, to return to stitching. Thank you! 

I wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Monday, 22 December 2014

Ho Ho Ho!

A quick post today! (Three more sleeps till Christmas)! 

This past week has just flown by and my original plans to do some sewing has completely evaporated. I did sneak in this tiny freebie from Pineberry Lane called, aptly, Ho Ho Ho!
It's just the cutest little Santa. Thank you, Wendy, for the freebie!

Stitching was all I got to squeeze in. It will have to go into my finishing pile.  It's been a cooking and baking factory around here but after Christmas I hope it be the Sewing factory as I miss my sewing! Maybe then I can attack my finishing pile too.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

My little collection of Christmas finishes

Hello there, happy stitchers! Are you busy or should I even ask? I have been busy baking cookies this past week and giving a lot away to happy munchers! I like doing it for precisely seeing the happy smiles, the gleam in their eyes, when they receive the home baked cookies.  I left some at a friend's doorsteps and she told me when she got home she ate three before she even hung up her coat! That just makes my day!

So, no fresh stitching to show this week but I thought I would collect what I have to show you. I stitched and finished more Christmas designs in the last year than I've ever done, which actually reminds me ... I have some I should dig up. They were meant to be framed but maybe I could temporarily fudge them to just hang on the wall, a la Marly!I love her displays!

Here we go:
My husband put up a couple of these IKEA picture rails above a work table recently and I so love them for I can quickly change the display. 

Here's my "bowl" for this year.
The little tree  highlights recent pieces from stitching friends Andrea and Paula (Kelmscott Designs).
Then of course, here is my quiet little helper. Daisy was "talking" to me this morning while I was staging and taking photos.  I love that pose!
Thanks for coming by and thanks for leaving me comments to read and smile at!  Have a great week, however crazy and busy it gets!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Tell Santa - Have you been...

 or Nice?

Such a sweet design from Blackbird Designs. I think this comes from the Christmas Garden booklet. I have stitched this once before for an exchange and I liked it so much I wanted to stitch it for myself.  

Here's a peek at my next project in progress. Any idea what the design is?  
It's been busy around here as I've been doing lots of tidy up, clean up, and decorating. I don't know where I'd gotten the energy from but I just went with it and got 'her done! Now will begin the Christmas baking! 

I need to take a break from stitching as well. I tend to just sit for what seems like hours at a stretch and now my neck feels like it's going to give me grief again so I'd better do something else! Does that happen to you with stitching? How long can you sit and stitch for at a time? I am just curious. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you won't get strained by all the Christmas shopping! ;-)  Have a great week! 

Monday, 1 December 2014

My Pinzzz, finished!

A finish - finally! This is My Pinzzz, from Plum Street Samplers.

Such a pretty design! I love it!

We woke up Saturday morning to a light frosting of snow.  The weather is hovering around freezing mark and the roads are just icy.  But we have sunshine and for that, we can't complain!
The Christmas lights are already strung up and we are getting ready to decorate soon!

Hope your Christmas plans are taking good shape! Have a great week!