Friday, November 16, 2018

Hmm Hmm Hmm, Hmm Hmm Hmm, Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm!

Subject line!  Do you know what I am cheerfully humming?  Yes, Jingle Bells!  It's cold!  It snowed a bit yesterday!  All is right with the world   : )

I've finished three more ornaments   : )   These are from The Prairie Schooler Book 202, Evergreen.  I would have stitched more of them if I had more of the 32 count sage Jobelan.  Does anyone know where I can find some?  I have been searching but have not had any luck.  I used the suggested DMC threads except I made a slight change on the snowman.  I used 900 for his nose and 976 for his broom.

I am now wanting to stitch more Prairie Schooler stuff   : )   I have a lot to choose from, but I have almost two dozen ornaments already kitted up so I will be good and postpone them until sometime next year.  I also have plans to stitch a couple more PS samplers.  Then of course there's all the other stuff I want to stitch.  I'm going to live for at least another 50 years, right?

John and I are going to be leaving the US in less than two weeks to visit the Christmas markets in Cologne and Wuppertal.  We will first spend 2 days in London, then take a train to Cologne.  When our time in Germany is done we will take the train back to London and then head home the following day.  I'm kind of freaking out … lol!  It seems there is so much to do before we leave and it's overwhelming me a bit.  I'd like to take some stitching with me but alas, I can't even see 28 count fabric, not to mention charts, without my magnifying light   : (   I will have to instead take something I can knit along with some kind of book to read.  Now I have to choose a knitting project, get it started, and choose a book!  AHHHHH!!!

I hope everyone is well!

Friday, November 9, 2018

A Couple More Finishes and Some Purchases

The weather is cooler here in northern Kentucky and I am, of course, thrilled!  Will it snow soon?  Will it snow at all?  I hope so!

I have finished stitching two more ornaments!  I love this first one, and yes, I was singing the song in my head the entire time I was stitching it   : )

Designer:  Heartstring Samplery
Design:  The Holly Bears the Crown
Fabric:  32 ct Vintage Examplar
Floss:  WDW as suggested by designer

I stitched this next design back in 2014 but gave the finished ornament away as a gift.  I've always wanted one of my own so this is it   : )
Designer:  Nikyscreations
Design:  Faith - from 2014 JCSCO issue
Fabric:  32 ct Examplar
Floss:  DMC as suggested by designer

As for purchases, I was watching a podcast recently (Mel's Travel and Stitching) and she showed a chart or two from The Drawn Thread.  She talked about how happy she had been purchasing from them directly.  There was a design or two that I've been wanting to purchase for a while so I decided to place an order.  I ended up purchasing six kits … lol!  I am very pleased with their service.  They shipped my order either that same day or the next and it arrived here in record time, and they wrapped my purchases in pretty tissue paper.  For a brief moment I thought it might be nice if I waited and placed them underneath the Christmas tree, but since I will most likely not be decorating this year I decided to open them now   : )   I purchased Snow Day, Welcome Winter, The Night Before Christmas, Good Tidings, Christmas Thoughts Sampler, and Christmas Cards.  I have no idea when I'll be stitching them since I am so focused on ornaments now (I just kitted another 21 ornaments!) but I'm looking forward to stitching each one   : )
It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just two weeks away!  I'm toying with the idea of not making a Thanksgiving dinner this year.  Yep, no Christmas decorating and maybe no Thanksgiving dinner.  It's been that kind of year.