Friday 31 December 2021
Wednesday 29 December 2021
Although I don't follow TUSAL I do collect my orts. Initially they go into a little pot in my sewing box. It's an mini jam jar that fits perfectly in my converted watch box and the lid makes a very good pin cushion/needle keeper. I made the original box in 2014 but had to make a new one in 2017 as the lid came loose ... you can read the full story here but this is an old photo of my little orts jar and the new cover I stitched. I love my box, it comes with me on every holiday and sometimes on days out too.
Monday 27 December 2021
We've had a quiet Christmas Day with our son, my mum and stepdad. It was our second Christmas really as we'd celebrated already with our daughter and her partner when we were in Falmouth.
I've had some lovely gifts from friends and family including lovely new pjs and a make up mirror from our daughter, champagne from her partner (he knows us so well) and my favourite perfume from my Hubby.
Our son bought me a super new travel craft bag, plenty of pockets for taking my sewing box, stitching, books, diary and pens on holiday.
My crafting friends have been so kind too: a scarf from Christine which I think she hand dyed, a memo pad and candles from Julie, socks and a mini kit from Brenda, notepad from Niki and a super little chart from Deb.
We have two new jigsaws and a bottle of port from our holiday friends so that's the winter months sorted! They also gave us two beautiful robin coasters.
I have two pieces of stitching I want to finish before New Year, I can't believe how many things I've stitched this year, my 2021 Finishes page is quite long.
Thank you to everyone for my cards and gifts, they are all lovely and very much appreciated.
Wednesday 22 December 2021
Blogland is a lovely place full of very clever stitchers and crafters, helping us all enjoy our blogs more is Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. She is amazing at organizing Gifted Gorgeousness every month and so many Blog Hops throughout the year. Christmas is time for the Advent Blog Hop, there have been some amazing posts each day, pop over to Jo's blog to discover them all: it's my turn for Day 22.
Jo asked us to share some Christmas stitching and answer this year's question 'all about Christmas trees'. My stitching can be shared today as although it is a gift it has now been given. We are on holiday in the south of England with our son, daughter and her partner. Yesterday was Hubby's 60th birthday so we're here for a big celebration all together, you can read about his big day at Aimetu's - wine, food and travel, lots of photos!
Today we are having our Christmas Day as this year our daughter will be celebrating Christmas with her partner's family, they were with us last year so this year they are with his family. My stitching to share is a mistletoe humbug I stitched for them and by now they will have opened. It's a design by Faby Reilly and is the first humbug I have made.
Christmas Trees? Well there is only one answer ... my church trees. Every year St Laurence's Church, Ansley holds a Christmas Tree Festival and for nearly every year since 2008 I have decorated a tree using a theme. St Laurence's is my family church, my Grandfather sang in the choir and was involved in the church all his life.
The Christmas Tree decorating began in 2008 when I used ornaments I had stitched and ornaments I had received from around the world. It was a tree admired by everyone with so many questions about my stitching.
The following years took on different themes; 2009 was special as my late Dad came up with the theme, a clever play on words. Dad passed away in 2012 so it seemed perfect to do a Family Tree, a repeated this theme in 2016.
I have linked the tree caption to the original post if you'd like to know more about each tree. They are all wonderful and mean so much to me, especially the Bouquet of Flowers, thank you so much to everyone who helped me make such a beautiful tree.
Wednesday 15 December 2021
I have lots of gifts to share in January, they are Christmas gifts so shhhh just now. I'm busy trying to get my 12 Days finished, they are a gift to our house, hopefully I will finish them in time for Christmas.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🎄