Tuesday 26 December 2017

Christmas 2017

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and are still enjoying the festivities today, St Stephen's Day. I had a lovely time with my family, it's always nice when we are all together.

Christmas is about giving and receiving - I love opening presents but the best bit is always seeing others faces when they open theirs or receiving a thank you message. I've had some lovely gifts this year from friends and family: thank you everyone x x

So many lovely gifts - thank you
Perfect Radley back-pack bag from my daughter
I have some very clever friends - superb handmade gifts 
Time to get our records out of the attic thanks to our son's gift
This year I stitched a Santa ornament for each of my stitching friends both here in he UK and overseas. I also made a few Christmas cards, both were great fun to make and I hope brought a smile to those who received.
Handmade Christmas cards
A few more I enjoyed making 
13 Santa's now residing around the world 
You can see Santa a little clearer on this
photo from my friend in the USA 

Last summer on Needlecraft Haven we had a Holiday Exchange where we kitted up a small Christmas design and sent it to our partner. We had to stitch up the kit received to complete the exchange. I always send a gift to my favourite weatherman on our tv and my exchange kit was just perfect to make into a coaster for him. I had a lovely message to say it had made him smile which is what a gift is for, so thank you Deb your Holiday Exchange gift gave me joy to stitch and passed a smile on.
Stitched for my favourite weatherman
Needlecraft Haven also has a Four Season's SAL each year when we stitch a design for each season as the month's progress. This year I stitched four small designs and made them into coasters. I have four friends who I meet quite often for a coffee and chat - we all worked together at school but have now all retired. I gave a coaster to each for Christmas so they now share the four season's between them.
Four Season's SAL - four coasters for four friends 
I've really enjoyed my 2017 gift stitching, I know I have quite a few gifts to do for 2018 as looking at my diary it's a busy year with birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. However my next gift stitching is to myself  each year between Christmas and New Year I stitch a small ornament and fill it with all the orts from the years stitching.

So I'm off to settle on the sofa to choose a design from this year's Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament magazine - season's greetings to you all x x x


Vickie said...

Your gifts are fantastic! Especially the Santas you made and sent out! Wow! I like that you give your weatherman a gift.

Justine said...

Merry Christmas Clare! Such lovely gifts you sent and received. I love my Santa card, thank you.
Those coasters for your coffee friends are gorgeous.
Looking forward to seeing what you stitch for yourself!

Brigitte said...

Such a lot of wonderful gift stitching, Clare. I'm sure the recipients were thrilled. The 13 Hardanger Santas are so cute.

Julie said...

So many beautiful things in this post to see. I love my Santa, he looks perfect on the tree.
Loving the new Radley!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You've made and received some lovely gifts this year.
The four seasons coasters make a great set.
I like your annual ORT ornie tradition too.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

A great selection of gifts, Clare. I love the Santa ornament that you sent me.

Christine said...

Lots of wonderful stitching there Clare. I love my Hardanger Santa