Advent santa is out and a nice little treat each day for me of a lindt choccie, it's a busy time for wives, mothers and grandmothers this month and we deserve a little luxury at the end of the day don't we?
The tree is up .....
My late MIL's hand knitted nativity scene is out of the box again. A very special part of our Christmas decorations .....
and at the community centre the Craftshare have put up a little advent too, no gifts in this one, just a little something to brighten up the lounge. Another one for New Year being created.
The November challenge was completed in time. A lovely design last month found by Christine here. Only 3 in the gallery this month. I decided on a simple finish for mine as the stitched area was quite busy. The hanger using some of the ribbon I purchased last month at the NEC finished it off perfectly. The fabric it sits on was used for the backing.
A gorgeous ornament arrived for me in the annual Christmas ornament exchange at NH. Jaclyn (no blog) sent to me. Thank you Jaclyn, its beautiful and sits on my tree looking fabulous.
I sent out to Deb (no blog). The first time I have done this finish having seen it when one of the craftshare ladies brought in one she had created. Very simple, just 2 squares stitched a bit like a biscornu square - although you have to make sure the design goes towards the corners as when you whip stitch it together and then sew halfway along the folded edges and turn it inside out that is the part that is visible. A beaded dangly bit added to the middle, a ribbon hanger and hey presto a little if a bit fiddly pretty ornament. Deb loved it so that pleased me.
My bunny made a safe journey over the pond to Dusty. She's named her Miss Thistle Sage Bunnyton of England.
Back in the autumn I won a gift voucher at a local harvest festival. You had to name the scarecrow and I guessed correctly her name. £25 to spend at the Royal Horticultural Society website. Having browsed the site I came across this lovely figgy pudding apron, I don't have a Christmas apron
and lookie ...... the little figgy pudding is hand crocheted. It's so delightful and being a little handcrafted makes it even more lovely.
This past week I've been stitching a little birthday gift so no pic of that yet and I've done more on O Holy Night, I forgot to take a pic of that as its on the frame so i'll wait to show you that next time, this posts seems to have got a bit long as it is.
Hope you are all progressing with Christmas plans and are calm and relaxed. All's going well here and I seem to be quite organised so far which is a surprise to me, parcels posted, cards written and posted. A few gifts left to deliver and a couple of Christmas parties next week to celebrate with friends which will be nice.
Love and blessings coming your way