Saturday, 18 December 2010

Christmas Tree Festival - stunning trees

It is St Lawrence's Christmas Tree Festival this weekend and mid week. There are over 60 trees all decorated in a different theme mainly relating to trees.This is the third year I have done a tree and this year my tree is 'The Cross stitch Tree' becaue I stitched lots of crosses.My mum made some too and Dusty sent some of her own hardanger designed ones over from USA, thanks Dusty :) Angi also sent a cross; a tiny red red one that's so cute, thanks Angi.

All the photos are in my online album but here is my tree and a few more.

Me and my Tree

one of Dusty's ornaments

Angi's tiny red cross

View of the church
A couple of months ago at school I had a student teacher following me for a week: Rachel was lovely and very interested in my cross stitching class. Whenshe left I gave her a little chart, some fabric and thread to have a go. She stitched a gorgeous Santa, mounted ona card and sent it me - I'mso honoured to have her first piece of stitching. I'm hoping she will join the Stitch and Stash forum. She didn't quite get the idea as she left a blank square between each stitch - BUT it is sooooooooooooooooo effective I might do some like this myself.
A gorgeous card from Rachel
Good news is I went back to work for two days - we're now on Christmas hols; I wanted to go back to sort my classes out for January and to get my head round working again. However school have agreed I can work at home on Fridays from January until Easter which will help me rest. Friday is mainly my admin day so I can easily do that at home. It isn't my work load but the physical side of working - getting ready, driving there, walking about - so if I can have one day when I can do things slowly at home it will help me rest. Hopefully after Easter I can go back full time.

I am going to try to get my Sue Hillis finished this weekend - and I have somany things I am wanting to stitch/kit up including my two RR's for 2011.I think my stitching mojo has  returned so hopefully 2011 will be more productive than 2010 was.

Finally a HUGE thank you to all my friends who have bneen so helpful and supportive whilst I've been off ill. I know I suffer terribly from side effects when taking the steroids and my stitching friends certainly helped me through.

6 comments:

  1. Awwwww it looks gorgeous Clare. A really lovely tree. And guess what?? I have nearly finished my part of the RR! I have gridded the rest of them too. I am just missing a thread so just need to do a bit and some backstitch. Can you tell I am eager? x

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  2. Your tree is beautiful! I have to say that I agree with you on the card that your friend stitched you. It is very effective! Makes one wonder if it was truly done intentionally, lol!! Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery and that you can finally get back to work, even if for just a little bit. :D

    Happy Holidays to you and your family and I look forward to seeing more from you in the new year!!!

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  3. Your tree is gorgeous. Congrats on getting Rachel interested in cross stitching. Glad you are starting to feel a bit better and work have been so helpful. Happy Christmas. Look forward to seeing your stitching in 2011.

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  4. Wow what a fantastic tree you had there on display!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

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  5. Your tree looks lovely Clare. Well done to all the ladies who stitched for you.

    Glad you are starting to feel a bit better. Enjoy your time off and stay warm. It's certainly cold isn't it?!

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