Tuesday, December 12, 2017

12th Day of Christmas

I'm kind of sad this is the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas exchange.  It's been such fun getting to know the ladies of the Stitcher's Circle Yahoo Group.  We've been chatting and ooohing and aaaahing over all the lovely little gifts.  But...there is always next year!!

So today I received this lovely needle holder for needles and other things I might need while using yarn.  In my case Crochet, because I can't Knit to save my life!!  What a lovely gift, and I know I will put it to good use.  Thank you so much, Marcy!!

My gift to Lynne today was a teacup pincushion.  I had made this in the summer for this exchange, and then found out I was sending to Scotland.  YIKES.  I tried to pack it as best I could and it looks like it made it there in one piece.  

Ok, off to battle the crowds again today.  Yesterday was a nightmare, standing in lines everywhere I went.  But I must say, I had several pleasant conversations along the way.  At least the people I chatted with yesterday are in the Christmas spirit...although I think I might have offended someone when I wished them a Merry Christmas.  How politically uncorrect of me...hahaha  So I guess I'll do it again.  To all my friends here, Have a Merry Christmas!!  If you celebrate another holiday, I hope yours is Merry as well!

Happy Stitching!

Monday, December 11, 2017

11th Day of Christmas

So today I had to laugh when I saw my gift.  It was a frog measuring tape and a seam ripper.  I don't have to explain why the two of them went together...and I know they will come in handy.  My partner sure has a sense of humor!!  LOL

I wasn't too original with my gifts, but seeing what others have been given has given me ideas for next year.  I hope my partner enjoyed the gifts I gave her, and honestly, I can't wait for her to see what is there tomorrow....I think I saved the best for last!  Here is what she received today...

I can't tell you what a huge sigh of relief I felt when I finished the 2017 Mystery Sampler from Linen & Threads.  I'll post that in a few days.  I'm trying to decide if I should do the 2018 sampler...I'll be keeping that in the back of my head for now.  I still have these 4 from Tempting Tangles that I am working on.  I was able to catch up on two yesterday.  Here is This Corner of Earth

This is  Springtime Easter Delight

I am hoping to work on the other two later today, but for now I must get ready to go shopping and to the post office.  My car is still covered with snow so I'm dragging my feet hoping the shining sun will take care of part of the issue!  Haha.  Living where we do, the sun doesn't hit the front part of our house for very long, so our plants don't thrive, our parking spots freeze and stay frozen, and our front steps can be hazardous to navigate once they melt and refreeze.  Oh the joys of winter...NOT!!  The snow sure looked pretty over the weekend though.  It kept me home so I was able to finish decorating the big tree, set up my Christmas village, and write out my Christmas cards.  Quite the productive weekend!  

Yesterday was The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting for families who have lost children.  We lit a candle for Katie last night.  My heart breaks every time I think of her.  Someone posted a song they had chosen for their first dance at their wedding and I heard it for the first time this morning.  Katie's song  It was perfect for them......Katie we miss you!!!

Ok, enough dragging my feet, off to run my errands.  Cherish your loved ones...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

It's the 10th day of Stitchmas and my stitch friend gave to me.....a beautiful pattern from Summer House Stitch Workes.  All along I've been given, floss, fabric, and and even trim to make this little cushion!  Now I have everything I need to make this, isn't that thoughtful?  I truly have been spoiled rotten!!

Today my partner, Lynne, received a retractable tape measure.  I hope she enjoys using it, she mentioned she didn't have one that rolled itself up.  Aren't we Americans spoiled?

Yesterday my husband decided he was tired of dodging boxes in the living room, and got me started decorating the house for real.  I'm only posting a few of the decorations we have around...but I assembled my village, finally put the ornaments on the tree and even decorated the mantle.  I guess he was having a wee bit of cabin fever because it was snowing and he didn't want to go anywhere.  Haha...ah well, it's done now...

I even had time to FINALLY finish the Linen & Threads Mystery SAL, but that shall remain a mystery for you until the 15th.  I'll unveil it then for Gifted Gorgeousness.  Now all I have left to do is finish shopping, get my cards and a couple packages in the mail, and get everything wrapped.  Monday is going to be a fun day!

I'm taking a break today though, and trying to get my other SAL's caught up.  We'll see how that goes!  haha  I hope you are having a restful Sunday and enjoying the season!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas

It's the 9th day of Christmas and my stitch partner gave to me...TWO Christmas nail files.  Are these not the cutest??  They literally made me chuckle.  I don't know where Marcy found all these Christmas themed things, but they are the best!  Thanks, Marcy!!

I missed posting Day 8 of my gifts for Lynne yesterday so I'll post 8 and 9 today.  Day 8 was a magnetic notepad...

Day 9 was a retractable sharpie.

Yesterday my son got tickets for us to see the new Jumanji movie, a sneak peek....and I loved it!!  There were some "inappropriate humor" for little kids, I guess that's why it's PG13, but I really did enjoy it, and for the first time in a long time there was applause at the end of the movie!  I'm putting it on my Christmas list for next year!

I worked a wee bit on my Linen & Threads Mystery SAL.  I just don't have time, my family keeps running me from here to there...haha.  But hopefully I'll finish by the 15th for Gifted Gorgeousness.  Keep your fingers crossed that I have enough red thread...I'm getting close to running out!!

I'm still enjoying the online Advent Calendar over on Serendipitous Stitching.  Jo has such fun activities, I enjoy visiting her blog!  She has even been hosting a Blogger of the Week.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas

It's the 8th day!  Today I received Silkweaver 36 count Silver Mist.  Aren't I the lucky one?  I have never stitched on Silkweavers before (though I just picked some up at the last retreat I attended.) So I'll have to look through my patterns and see what I can find once the Christmas rush has settled down a bit.

I'm off to see what is happening on the Advent Calendar that Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching has going on.  I've seen some pretty cool Christmas stitching!  Care to join me?  You can find her page here.

Have a wonderful stitchy day!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas

Well, we have passed the halfway mark.  I still keep getting some awesome gifts!  Today I received some chenille trim.  I've been going through the inventory of stuff I have stitched in my brain thinking carefully if there is something I can use this on...I know eventually I will find something.  I have been looking at the chenille trim, and now I have some to work with....thank you so much Marcy!!

Here is what Lynne received today.  I gave her scissors yesterday, so today she received a scissor fob I made for them.  

I'm thrilled I had the chance to stitch yesterday!  I finished the December band.  A few months into the SAL the designer swapped out one of the bands for one with bees to commemorate the tragedy in Belgium.  He later posted the original band.  I loved the lattice design and decided to wait until I was close to the end to see if there was room enough to stitch that band too.  And there was!!  So....I'm fitting that in just before the last band.  I'm having troubles deciding on which colors to use (there isn't much left of the red and I don't know if I'll have enough left for what I want to do) so I'll be trying to work on that a bit today.  Here's what I have so far.  I had to frog a portion yesterday (28 over one is NOT fun to frog!!!  UGH!!) and I was so keen to finish that band I stayed up until 3 AM working on it.   Anyway...here is where I am today.  I hope to finish this by the 15th so I can display it with the other Gifted Gorgeousness goodies.  
I'm taking part in the annual Advent Blog Hop over on Serendipitous Stitching that Jo is organizing.  If you are interested in seeing what others are doing and hearing about their Boxing Day traditions, why not head over and see what everyone is doing!  You can get to the blog hop here.  My day is later on in the month...so keep watching for me!

And that is all that's fit to print today.  I need to get shopping, I haven't bought any gifts for my guys yet!!!   I hope you are all enjoying the anticipation of the holidays and getting some rest while stitching! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas

Are you tired of my posts yet?  Because I'm having fun with this exchange!!  I am being totally spoiled by my partner, Marcy!  I wonder how she knew I liked these little ornament frames?  I will have to find the perfect picture to put in it!!  Thank you so much, Marcy!

And now that we are halfway through, I will show you pictures of what I have sent Lynne over in Scotland.  Since I didn't take pictures myself, I'm relying on those she has posted on the group.  So...here is the box I sent with the goodies all packed inside.  I numbered them in the order I wanted her to open them, and wrote a little clue for her to guess before she opened them!

Day one

She didn't post pictures of Day two which was a package of butter mints...
so on to Day three

Day four

Day five

Day six

Nothing else new to report, yesterday I was out all day from 8:30 AM until 10:30 PM so no new stitching to report but I hope to rectify that as soon as I get off this silly machine!  Happy Stitching everyone!