Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

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We are looking forward to Annabeth really enjoying this Christmas. I hope you all have a joyous time with family. I will be in Myrtle beach this coming week so I may not post. I'll see you all next year!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas exchange.

Front of exchange sent
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My ornament was received today and I also received mine form the Hooked On Exchanging group.

The one I stitched was for Alison in australia. I did the brightneedle design from the 07 JCS the front frm the preview issue and the bk form the actual ornament issue. I am very happy with the finishing on this a beaded edge and hanger.

Exchange sent
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I changed some of the colors out due to the blah originals, I am stitching the front for myslf as an ornament, but not the back.

I also recieved my exchange from Deanne in Newfoundland today, It is a Lizzie Kate TIny Tidings done as a pillow finish and hanging on my tree already!.
Isn't it cute! I love Lizzie Kate.

exchange recieved
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Monday, December 07, 2009

Christmas is coming!

Just in case you haven't looked at your calendar. You have 17 shopping days left, 14 if you use Amazon as your shopping source.

I have 90% of my gifting done, who is left? My husband and daughter of course. Eventually I'll learn to withhold the good ideas for my own purposes instead of handing them off to the grandparents. Thats ok though school is over for me tomorrow and I will have some time to shop and think over the next couple of weeks.

We are decorated but without a tree yet, we need a non rainy evening to head out and get one, we have decided on a small one this year since we are leaving 2 days after christmas for a week at the beach with my parents. We did this 2 years ago when A was 6 months old and it helped deepen my post partum depression, but I hope this year will be better. A is walking and talking better than ever now, she has really progressed alot in the past 2 months (I'll have to put up some video for you all soon). She sings the alphabet song, and counts to 10, she is learning her colors, we definitely know red, others we still need some time on.

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um Ok this was not supposed to be a baby post, sorry. Back to stitching. I finished another ornament (above) the Joy Tree by M designs (05). I have had the floss forever for it and just now got around to doing it...I should have plenty left for cording, although it seems a waste to use silk floss for cording. oh and just for fun, here is a better picture of the advent calendar (not it is not magnetic, just plain pressed board). I think it needs something else, Ian suggested a mirror in the center, but I am not sure.

Better pic
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Advent/countdown Calendar

Countdown calendar
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Growing up our advent calendar was a paper one with little windows you opened up every day to reveal a new picture. from what I understand this was a real pain because the pictures were changed out every year using old Christmas cards. We also had a felt one that had peppermint candies tied to it for each day in Dec.

I have been debating for a while what I wanted to do for my daughter for her Christmas countdown. There are lots of really cute ones out there but I wanted one handmade. My cousin Betz has the best one ever but seemed bigger than i wanted with alot of work to find the right book and my traditional cross stitch field was not yielding any thing I liked.

Then I saw this on Michaels store website, and thought, let me see if i can make that less cutesy and more festive. (and bigger). I am kinda surprised at myself as it is more contemporary than what I usually like.

close up
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My plan is to have lots of different things in the tins for each day,
Like one might have candy, the next an ornament to put on the tree, and the next a little note to tell of a holiday event to do that day, like decorate/bake cookies. I think i need to tweak it a bit, I used velcro to attach the tins (per instructions), but I am thinking glue would be better.

Sorry about the photo quality the shinyness of the tins combined with the flash kinda cancelled everything out.