A lovely old fashioned picture of families having fun, we had fun putting it together although there was a squabble who would put the final piece in!
I was very lucky and received wonderful goodies from online friends. Thank you so much to Barb, Clare, Angi, Christine, Maggie and Karan for your kindness. Here's what the lovely ladies sent to me.
I sent out two handmade gifts, you may remember at the beginning of December I said I was making a fantastic patchwork project that I couldn't share with you. I can now .....
They are Origami Fabric Christmas Trees. A lady at the Craftshare group showed us the instructions and that was it, I was hooked and loved every stitch that went into them. They look so complicated but are in fact quite easy to make.
Here's a close up of the little triangles.....
Boxing Day we saw some snow in the evening. Snow at Christmas.....perfect. Just a sprinkling but so lovely to watch in the evening. I was pleased to be inside and not having to venture out though. I hope it didn't cause any of you troubles as you travelled this festive season. Since then its been really cold and the frosts have been spectacular to wake up to, although I'm not sure those that have been back to work have loved them as I can hear them scraping their windscreens each morning.
The last Sunday of December has gone and that means its time to reveal the final Christmas ornament challenge of the year. A challenge at Needlecraft Haven that Christine organises for us each month. I've managed to stitch all 12 this year, some were sent as gifts and some adorn my own tree. Decembers was just a small design of a pine cone, very effective though.
Here we are now the very last day of 2014 and time to think back and contemplate what I've been up to over the last 12 months.
I've been looking back at my finishes for this year. There have been 75 in all, a mixture of knitting, crochet, stitching and sewing. Some sent as gifts, some as exchanges and a few purely for me to learn new and practice my sewing skills. That was due to the start of the Crafthare group at our community centre - I've learnt a lot there.
One highlight was the SAL I did with Gillie of Elizabeth Designs Nature's Alphabet, that chart had been in my 'to do' pile for such a very long time. Our SAL ended for me with a lovely meet up with Gillie when she came over from the USA for a visit to the UK, that's was real treat.
I've had a new sewing machine this year too, so hopefully next year will see me get to grips more with that. It did mean that I could finish off my Santa Village into the bunting I had hoped to make with it when I started stitching this with friends, that was started almost 2 years ago. I think this is my most favourite piece of the year, it's taken so long to complete and looks splendid across my conservatory windows.
My book borrowers group is following a new pathway but I have still been reading for a short while both at the beginning and end of each day. A lovely way to slowly start your day and finish it all calm and peaceful. I finished my current book this morning so a new start for tonight and the start of the new year. I notched up 49 books read this year, quite impressive i think and quite a selection of different reads too, not quite one a week. I've read authors I would never have dreamed of picking up being part of the monthly book challenge at Needlecraft Haven - thank you ladies for your recommendations and thank you to Clare who runs the group. I'm lucky and have had quite a few coffee mornings with Clare over the last year as she lives quite close to me.
Two lovely meet ups with online friends happened over the year. It's always nice to meet friends you chat with who have the same hobby and enjoy the same things and another visit from an overseas lady, Dusty was at our autumn meet up.
Blog reading has been lovely too. I'm all caught up with that and have seen some wonderful things come to life that you have all been working on. Shared good times and bad times with you as you walk your own pathways. My thanks to you for visiting here with me over the past twelve months and for your support when things have not been so good and comments and encouragement on my finishes/WIP's.
DH and I have had a few trips away this year. Just a few days at a time but we have seen some wonderful sights and enjoyed some beautiful scenery and its nice to just relax and enjoy soaking up the peace and quiet.
As I enter this new year, I'm still undergoing some health issues that need resolving, life is going along at a much slower pace and I hope that I can make it a bit simpler as the days/weeks move forward.
Craftingwise I have only one project that remains unfinished to carry over from this year. Irish Garden my UFO that became a WIP project for a while that I carried over from 2013 - ooops, that didn't get finished but progress was made. Here's where it stands now .....
....still another outer border all the way round to add and then I can pass on the chart to Dusty, she's been waiting a while for it. Think positive and get on with it at the beginning of the year ... that's what i've told myself - will it happen?
My current WIP project is a pair of socks for DH. The gorgeous blue faced Leicester sheep wool was purchased at the NEC in November when I had a lovely trip to the hobbycraft show. I started these over the Christmas holidays so they are my current knitting project, so not really a leftover WIP.
I'm planning a new stitchy start for tomorrow, don't we all have a new start January 1st? I have so many things in my stash that I want to do that like a lot of you I will not be buying anything new in 2015 unless I really need it and it's going to be stitched/used straight away, no point it gathering dust in a cupboard with all the other things I have. There's also the monthly ornament challenge starting again this year and I have an exchange to stitch that needs to be received for opening beginning of February, my stitching/crafting diary has entries in already to try and keep me on track.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and craft filled 2015 with lots of good times ahead. I look forward to visiting with each of you as the year progresses.
love and blessings to you all