Sunday 31 December 2023

Christmas Ornaments.

As I'm sure you remember I make and swap Christmas ornaments with friends and family each year. This year time got away from me and I couldn't complete them all.  So I owe some folks two ornaments in 2024. More on that in another post. Lets have a look at what I did achieve and receive. 
This handsome blue chap was sent to Janice. He arrived late thanks to the postal system.
I'm happy to say that Janice loves him.
This beautiful blackwork tree was stitched by Janice and sent to me.
Very nice too. Thank you my friend. I love it.
Another ornament I received this year is this lovely knitted wreath from Debbie.
The Suffolk puff lollypop above it was a previous gift from Debbie.
Here is a look at my own gnome. I didn't get chance to add his final ribbon bling, maybe later today, but at least he made it on to the tree. 
And speaking of the tree.
A tree full of hand made ornaments.
Lots of bloggers do an annual round up, but that's never been my way.
So I'll just slip quietly in to 2024 by wishing you all the very best for the new year.
I hope you have a happy and healthy 12 months ahead and for those of you taking part in some of the many sewing challenges, have fun.

Saturday 30 December 2023

Chookshed Stitchers Challenge.

I'm really not sure about this, I don't often do well at these kind of challenges but the organizers have made it appear easy and doable. So here goes, I'm jumping on to the bandwagon with my bundle of works.

1) The Scrub Stitchin' bag.  It would be good to think I could complete it, but first I must start it!

2)  Some EPP. I have one project on the go another all cut and basted ready to go and yet more more in the wings awaiting their turn.... More about that when it happens.

3) Quilt Morning Moon Fairies. 

4) Quilt a scrappy quilt.
I have a few to choose from. LOL

5) Cut fabric for a new start.
Windswept, my autumnal coloured version of this beauty might make some progress this year.

6) Continue to cut for windswept or start sewing.
Yep, two goes at this one.
Obviously months 5 and 6 are interchangeable. 

7)  Work on my latest scrapper.
That is currently a floral hit n miss.
I'll show and tell when I get a little more done. So far I have a few fabric scraps cut but really not much.

8) Stitch a Christmas Ornament, or three!

For ore information about the challenge you can visit Deanna at her blog here

All of this should be going on alongside my usual sewing, some of it is my usual sewing, but that's fine. 
Edited to add.....
September and October might not make much progress on these goals as I have a wedding dress to make, 
Good luck to everyone who is planning to join in. 

Thursday 28 December 2023

It's been a while....

 What can I say?

Life got in the way.

I've been working, a lot. My colleague was taken ill again with a badly swollen leg. I'm sure it is all down to that awful new virus. She has had nothing but problems since she had it.

I have been busy in the garden and the kitchen. Preserving season has started, I already made two batches of  cucumber relish! And I made an obscene amount of fruit mince pies, half of which are gone already. There were also savoury pies, cakes and slices.

I promised a picture of a cross stitch project, then gifted it without taking the photo. My other cross stitch finishes were all the same and one is yet to be delivered, so no pic of that yet either.

Oh dear, what's a blogger to do?

I did take some pictures at work. Have you heard of the elf on the shelf?  We have two at work, myself and some colleagues had some fun and the residents had some laughs.

The toy spiders were over the elves antics and  kept them out of mischief for one night.

That's the tea, coffee and sugar canisters all wrapped up!

I was ill on Christmas day so the children visited for only a short time. I asked Grandad to take photos please. So he took video. Sigh, never mind.
Yes, I'm all better now. 

I do hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a very happy and stitchy new year. 

Hopefully I'll be back soon with some sewing content. LOL