I've been meaning to do a post for days now and not getting around to it. Festive and sporty social engagements for the children are taking up a fair amount of time and when not doing the usual 'jobs' I've been finishing off my DJ swap blocks – they're all done now and on their way to the hostess (phew!). I was a bit hesitant about joining in with this swap having only recently started making these blocks but it went better than I expected. I made one block that I've made before and two blocks that were completely new to me – all with plenty of needleturn applique on them. The more practice I get the better the results are :D
I've also spent a little time with the curly tree – it's quite a challenge but I'm determined that it will be done…eventually!
I think I need to make a list of things that I intend to work on and finish next year. I recently dug out some cross stitch as a little break from the applique and then of course, I went surfing and discovered some beautiful Christmas ornaments that needed to be stitched! I fell in love with the designs of Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Crafts earlier this year. It was very difficult indeed to pick a design to begin with – they're all gorgeous. I love Geraniums so I began with Geranium Cottage from Country Cottage and then got thoroughly distracted by various things so there's only a little bit of stitching done on it – I intend to try and finish this before the New Year (!!!)
Not a brilliant picture, it's a bit dark here this morning.
Now – the ornaments. These are by Little House Needleworks, as mentioned above and there will be one a month to stitch. The first one is called Fa La La and I've been having a bit of fun with it…well it wasn't too fun when I realised that I can't count and had to undo 😮 (that's why it looks like I've started stitching one tree before finishing the other one!)
I intend to finish this to hang on this year's tree!
Far too many lovely and tempting things around to sew at the moment. I've signed up for a SAL to encourage me to get my Blackbird Designs stockings stitched…and guess what? While I was reading the SAL blog I spotted another few things that were calling out to me. Enough though, I'll be tempted no further until a finish occurs. There's a new Inklingo collection out as well – Orange Peel. Gorgeous designs to be made from that one but I dare not download it, my POTC require some attention (planned for over Christmas).
I'd better go and squeeze in a little sewing before it's time to collect the children from school, lol!