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Monday, 20 November 2017

Mary's Prim Heart

Here is my November Primitive Design, X-Mas in my Heart by Abby Rose Designs.

Hearts are so tricky to make smooth and even! Any tips? My is all lumpy but fortunately the trim covers it up!

One more month! This has been such a fun SAL!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

How ironic.  In the last post, I said I was grateful for technology.  I guess I still am but in different ways.  Right after the last entry, my computer died.  Big black screen, the whole works apparently gone.  I was able to get files recovered but the computer was still old enough that it was not restoring.  And then the search for a new one began.  I never thought of myself as old-fashioned until the search.  I like using my mouse, I use my USB ports for numerous things.  I still use thumb drives.  I want to be able to play my CDs.  Never thought this would be such a hard thing to find.  But finally I did and now I'm learning new software, new operating systems, etc....

Hopefully this is still working.  Here goes.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Themes for 2018??????

Hellooooo, lovely Christmas Elves,

Long time no see from me!  

I have been having rather a blog hiatus these last few months (don't worry lots of stitching has been happening - you can see updates on Instagram and FB, if you use those social media sites and follow me) but I didn't want to neglect my duties so I have popped up to organise the 2018 themes, with a little bit of help from you.

I must say, I am so impressed with all of the gorgeous Christmas stitching that has been happening on both sets of themes this year - well done you!

Anyway, I have decided that we will keep running two alternate set of themes in 2018.

We will keep Theme One as it is:

On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me
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.
Subsequent verses follow the same pattern, each adding one new gift and repeating all the earlier gifts, so that each verse is one line longer than its predecessor:
Calling Birds
Gold Rings
Geese a-Laying
Swans a-Swimming
Maids a-Milking
Ladies Dancing
10 Lords a-Leaping
11 Pipers Piping
12 Drummers Drumming

There are so many different designs out there on this theme - I just did a quick Google search and look at all of these:


Theme Two will be a variety, just as we had in previous years (and there is no reason we cannot use some of the same ideas again). So, get your Santa hats on and start sending through some choices to me!  

Please comment on this post only and I will leave it open for around two weeks and then decide.

If we have more than twelve ideas for Theme 2, then I will set up a little poll.


hugs, Kaye

P.S. TraderVic and I are going on a big overseas trip shortly - so probs no blogging from me in the near future but I plan to be all reinvigorated for 2018!

P.P.S. Just as a reminder here are the themes for the last three years:


January - Music
February - Snow
March- Santa and his helpers
April - Ornaments/Decorations
May - Reindeer
June - Christmas animals/pets
July - free choice
August - Christmas clothing
September - Christmas Food
October - Toys/Presents
November - Oh Christmas Tree!
December - Angels/Nativity


August - Mr and/or Mrs Santa
September - Christmas Tree/Presents
October - Angels/Nativity
November - Snowflakes/ Snowman/Wintry scene
December - free choice

October: Nativity - Lili

My October ornament!

Design: Shepherd's Bush - Mary and Joseph
From the Magazine Just Cross Stitch 2006 Special Christmas Issue

Fabric/Threads: 32 count Soft Cream Linen / DMC floss

See you soon!
Happy stitching,

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Serendipitous Jo's October Ten Lords-a-Leaping

I neglected to post this here in October, but better late than never!

October's block was the energetic young Lord leaping with his ribbons:

Here is where the piece was last month:

And here is where it stood when I completed my Lord:

Since then I have completed the entire border and almost all of Block 11.  Not long to go until a Christmas finish.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A Tiny Nativity for October

Here is "Tiny Nativity" by Bent Creek. While I had finished the stitching back in October, I really wanted the ornament FFO'd for my post and I finally got to that last night! It's amazing how just as much work goes into finishing such an itsy bitsy thing as something so much bigger! This is only 1.5" square! But I think it's charming and was very fun to do!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

October's Nativity


Here is my nativity "ornament".  

I can't believe we only have 2 months left this year!  Time needs to slow down a little bit.

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Gwen: 12 Days

My ornament this month is the 5th of Hands On Designs, 12 Days. I used Kreinik and some MH beads to add some bling,.
Hands On Design
12 Days
5 Gold Rings

Saturday, 28 October 2017

October - Nativity

Starry Night, Nativity Scenes
Lesley Teare

Oktober 2017

Thank you for the beautiful words in September!
My October assignment is low in color. The gold color replaced them:

I'm looking forward to November :-)

Monday, 23 October 2017

Faith's October Ornament

Well here we are at Day 10 already!

I refused to call this one the F word because I have been ripping things out a lot lately! So I call him Mr. Toad instead.

He stitched up pretty quickly and is a wonderful addition to the series!

12 Days of Christmas
Day 10
Ten Lords A Leaping
Designer - Margaret Sherry
He looks just like the Lord he is
meant to be with that fancy cape on!

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

Sunday, 15 October 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Day 9

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Free design - link to the Plum Street Samplers "Grand Finale" blog post is here

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan "Gold Digger" - Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: Jodryi Designs (Wuthering Heights, Sense & Sensibility, The Olde Curiousity Shoppe, Midnight Hour)

Ninth Day
Started: 2 January 2017
Finish: 15 October 2017
Another one bites the dust!  Day 9 is late... but is now finished!  Can't believe that there are only three more squares left to go with this one now!  I am going to a stitching retreat at the end of the month so plan to take this WIP with me in an attempt to try and get Day 10 finished on time!

Til next time... happy Christmas stitching

Monday, 9 October 2017

Leaping Lords!

Or in this case, dragonlets. Number 10 is done.

And here's what the whole project look like to date.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

September - Santa

The Prairie Schooler, Book Nº 13
A Prairie Year: December

Faith's September Ornament

This cute dancing lady is finally finished! 

She literally took me the entire month to finish but she is DONE! 

Day 9
Nine Ladies Dancing
Designer - Margaret Sherry
She looks kinda cute in that
tutu and graceful on her feet!

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

Not Quite Caught Up

Well, I had hoped to have August and September done by this month end, but haven't quite made it. August is finished

and September is about half stitched. Maybe if I hustle for the rest of the day?

And I did it! Dragon 9 got finished with about 5 1/2 hours to spare. Terrible fabric colour - the picture of #8 is much better.

Hopefully Dragon 10 won't be such a last minute stitch.

Friday, 29 September 2017

September: Santa - Lili

This is my choice for this month! 
What a lovely Santa!

Design: Mosey'N Me - The Once-A-Year-Visitor
(Just Cross Stitch Magazine Special Christmas Issue 2000)

Fabric/Threads: 40 count Natural Thieffry linen/DMC cotton floss and DMC metallic Light Gold

Happy stitching,

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Serendipitous Jo's September's Nine Ladies Dancing

This was a lovely block to stitch, just a few spaces to add beads at the end:

Here is where the whole piece was last month:

And here is where we are now:

Monday, 25 September 2017

Santa's Bed

Well hello!

I really had to stretch the theme this month!

No Santa in ABC Christmas by LizzieKate but Santa's hat appears on this sweet little bed so I am going with it.

Here is the whole project.

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Creating Beauty Lady Stitcher- 9th Day of Christmas

                9 LADIES DANCING
                      Design by Margaret Sherry

     Our August contestant is our own Miss Piglet representing 9 Ladies dancing. Isn't she a beauty!  She shows such poise in her tutu and toe shoes. The flowers on her head show her elegant movement so wonderfully!


     Changing charted colors, and using coordinating outline color is starting to come easier.  The first thing that I changed was her skin tones, beautiful Terra Cottas.  Then as I was stitching her first toe shoe the contrast between the White and Baby Blue used was so striking that it just looking odd to me. So I looked through my stash, and I came up with Ultra Light Baby Blue. It looks a bit like shading, with just a hint of blue. 
     Next up were the flowers. There is already a lot of white, and I didn't really think that it needed more. So I traded the white for pink, and the pink for lavender. I also put in French knots to make the blossoms stand out. As I stitched I discovered so many mistakes. Some I frogged, and others I just worked in.
      I outlined the Very Light Cranberry in her skirt with Medium Cranberry, and the Cranberry in the letter with Very Dark Rose. The Ultra Very Light Antique Blue in her leotard is outlined with Dark Baby Blue. The Ultra Very Light Baby Blue, and White in her toe shoes with Very Dark Baby Blue. The French knots used for her eyes are also Very Dark Baby Blue.  Her head, arms, snout, and ears are outlined in Very Dark Terra Cotta.  With French knots of the same color in her snout.
      I chose Garnet for my lettering as it blends well with the overall feel. 

     I hope that you enjoy her as much as I have. I also hope that your stitching days are easy and the frogs stay far away. Unless of course they show up in time to change up a color like mine did for me. 

                X  - Creating Beauty Lady Stitcher

Creating Beauty Lady Stitcher - August 8th Day of Christmas

                        8 MAIDS-A-MILKING

                                      Designed by Margaret Sherry

     Our next pretty lady is Miss 8 Maids-a-milking.  She can sing, dance, and balance a nice glass of milk at the same time!  She is such a pretty heifer.


     A few thread colors were changed, but I think that she stitched up beautifully! 

                                       Up next is 9 Ladies Dancing

        -Creating Beauty Lady Stitcher

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

September 2017

Thank you for your nice comments in August!
My post in September:

I wish you beautiful autumn days and the joy of cross stitch!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

I'm W-A-Y Behind!

And doesn't that sound familiar? My last post was for June, so this will be a short catch up.

July is done

and August just needs the back stitching so I hope to post him soon and hopefully have September done by month end. Wish me luck!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Mary's September Santa

Here is my Santa for September! It is the 2001 Prairie Schooler Santa, stitched on "clay" linen with the suggested DMC. I love that it has the Partridge in the Pear Tree which is one of my favorite themes. I am not finishing this one myself so I am just sharing the finished stitching. Thanks for your nice comments on my previous entries!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Day 8

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Free design - link to the Plum Street Samplers "Grand Finale" blog post is here

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan "Gold Digger" - Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: Jodryi Designs (Wuthering Heights, Sense & Sensibility, The Olde Curiousity Shoppe, Midnight Hour)

Almost on target.... I finished Day 8 last night so thought I best get on here and blog about it now otherwise you won't see it for months!!!

So here you go - 8 Maids a Milking....

Next Sunday I will continue on with Day 9 which is another "big" block of stitching.. 9 Ladies Dancing!

So til next time, happy Christmas Stitching
Hugs x

Saturday, 2 September 2017

August 2017

Girls, thank you for the nice words in the last post! They enjoyed me!

Here is my August post:

I'll finish and at Christmas I can enjoy a new tablecloth :-)
I wish you joy in the new cross stitch!


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

2 Blingy "Biscornuments"

Here are my blingy August ornaments...2 of the Biscornuments from The Victoria Sampler (there are 5 designs). I have admired this pattern a long time and decided since it fit the theme pretty well that I was up for the challenge. They were quick to stitch and slow to assemble. The cording and tassels were fun to make. I will enjoy these very much on our tree this year!

Lili's July and August Ornament: Birds/Animals ~ Blingy Ornaments

Hi everyone!

My July ornament is a lovely dove:

Design: Knotted Tree NeelleArt - Peace (in 2017).
The pattern is from the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Special Christmas Issue 2008.

Fabric/Threads: 40 count linen hand dyed by me / DMC floss.

For August blingy ornament theme I stitch this ornament:

Design: Thistle Threads - Ribbons Ornament
The pattern is from the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Special Christmas Issue 2012.

Fabric/Threads: 40 count Country Mocha linen /DMC floss.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy stitching,