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December 2015 - Collection of Gifts

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Slumping everything into one post so that I can keep a recollection of who got what this year (mostly so I don't accidentally gift a repeat quick stitch ornament to the same person should I do them again next year.....like the Grumpy Cats from Brooke Nolan).

 Darren's Mermaid - Sue Hillis Designs: I took the glass out as it pressed up against the charm & I didn't want it to crack the glass.  

MIL's St. Nick & Owl is now framed in this rustic looking navy frame I purchased at Michaels. Hubby suggested a frame with a kick out arm so that his mom could display it, but put it away after the season & not need to search for a sliver of wall space on her already heavy walls.

I gave Guy his Fleece on Earth..... I couldn't really read his reaction. It was either amused or confused. I'm sure once he has the weekend to mull it over he may get the joke aspect of it.


Floyd thanked me for his ornament & declared it would go on his fridge with the rest of the…

December 6, 2015

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We survived the mall!!!!! Thank goodness it wasn't too busy. Girls had a blast in the water park. They only played in there for 3 hrs despite it being so sparse..we thought they'd at least do 4. Then they wandered the stores buying their friendship Christmas gifts. 

Hubby drove so I was able to stitch while the girls were their hilarious selves in the back seat. I finished Ronnies rifle & started 2 more of the Xmas stitching quickies. 

I also picked up a few mounting boards from Walmart on our way out of the city and framed the Rustic Barn.

The grey weathering of the frame matches closely th weathering of the barn so yay. 😊

December 5, 2015 - Final Pattern Shop of the Year

Hopefully this will be my last splurge shop before the end of the year....Right? I recently resigned up for the Stoney Creek newsletter. BAD IDEA! There was a freebie pattern in the latest edition to hit my email. Then I had to peruse the rest of the sale items & before I knew it I had a basket of smalls ordered. (* u *) Whoops.

The Freebie which lured me in was the Dec '15 Pattern Of The Month  "Live ~ Black Swallowtail". Then I wound up with both the Autumn & Winter 2015 magazines. As well as the POTM's for :
Nov '12       "Take Time for Yourself".Oct '12        "Life is a Journey"Jan '13         "Listen to Your Dreams"Feb '13        " Love With an Open Heart"Nov '14       " Life is a Gift"Dec '14       " Live Every Moment"Jan ' 15       " Share From Your Heart" Mar '15      "Remember Who You Are"
I didn't get much stitching in today as I was …

Monday Nov 30, 2015 - Horses of Course (es)

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TLast day of November. Everyone ready for December and the Chaos that it brings? Daughter & I wrapped up all the gifts for hubby's side of the family and put them into a box so that he can bring them up with him on his next work stint. I just need to get a frame for my MIL's piece, and am waiting on the 2 hoodies I purchased for 2 of the nieces from our dance society. They should be in sometime at the end of the week we've been told. We also did up my elder brothers family gifts. I've got to get frames for both his & my SIL's pieces (& finish off the Horse Welcome for her) before I can mail those out. We drew names for my In-Provence siblings & those 2 gifts have been wrapped up too. That's what I've been working on today. Horses are done, minus back stitching. The word "Welcome" is done, minus back stitching & now I'm working on the grass.


Few steps closer. *squee*

[Dec 5/15]

Week of November 22 - 28, 2015

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SUNDAY:

Whoop! Guy's "Fleece on Earth" has been completed. Its bigger a design then I had envisioned & will be more likely a table/wall thing rather then a tree decoration.


More work on the Horse Welcome & Ronnie's Rifle. I've gridded the stock to break up the monotony of the brown. Between these 2 pieces I'm working with 6 different browns.

My MIL is an enormous Christmas buff. Her house explodes with overwhelming regalia for the season. Every room has their own tree, of varying sizes. EVERY ROOM. This year hubby's room (because he lives with his folks while works & actually spends more time up there then down here....) has a Star Wars theme'd tree. Which is fitting since he's recently taken up model making of the fleet. He has this festiveness rubbed off on him so while he was home this stint he put up our Xmas lights. Now our place looks like a little gingerbread house again. I love this photo w/ the moon at (almost) full over head.…

Week of Nov 15 - 21, 2015

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SATURDAY: I finished off Allen's Ornament. I'm not 100% satisfied with the technique (creators critical eye) but will do better for the next ones. I also put in some stitched on my FIL's Majestic Deer later on in the evening. 
SUNDAY:
Today I spend 5 hrs sitting at a table at a craft/Christmas gift sale selling my Steeped Tea. Realistically the word is "attempting to sell" as I managed to sell a whopping 4 teas.  Which is disheartening and yet still better then last year when I only sold 2. That didn't even make enough to cover the table cost. *sigh* I became a consultant because I like to drink tea, and with my large population of tea drinking granny - farm ladies I thought I would fill a niche. However that's not the reality. I've actually spent way more buying teas, product & paying for the website that nobody actually visits -  then any income I've been lead to believe I could make as a consultant. In the end I've got a lot of product.…

Friday November 13th, 2015....Ooohhh Spoooky

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I've made slow progress on the nephew's reindeer. I have left them at home & have started an Ivy block for another customer that I stitch a bit of at the office. I need to find a few missing colours and then back stitching. Plus,  I've been busier at work (go figure, people actually wanting to mail stuff out!) I even had the first Letters For Santa arrive to send up to the North Pole. ;)

I spoke to my youngest sister the other day, she let me know the kids school photos had arrived and that I wasn't to feel poorly we weren't doing any big spending for Christmas this year ~ as I had apologized in my letter. She did ask that maybe I make a 1st Yule banner for Zavier as I had done for Zyla's 1st Samhain. I let her know about these reindeer ornaments & she seemed appeased. She let me know that our other sister was trying again w/ her husband for a baby & perhaps I could think of a baby piece to stitch for her. I didn't want to do something & t…

November 9, 2015: Weekend Works

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So the Casino volunteering went well. We lucked out and had a local guy (who has since made it to the bigger stages) playing in the band pit. Craig Moritz ~ Country singer. It passed the time & everyone on the floor seemed much more animated while live music was playing. It was lulled when his set was on break though.

7 & 8 hr shifts behind the glass left for lots of stitching time, people watching and stir crazy legs unfortunately.

I finished off Allan's "NOEL"

Both Marissa & Zyla's "Reindeer". I will be using a bead for the eyes as french knots are my nemesis. No matter how many times I've practiced them, they still wind up looking like a toddler knotted their shoe.  

Started Zavier & Bowen's "Reindeer"


And got a good portion of "Remember" stitched. 

I'm finding that the poppy's are looking more pink then red though w// the 2 melded threads. There was no variegated floss at the new fabric store that opene…

November 3, 2015 Post Halloween Coma

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The kids are finally coming out of their candy induced comas. We didn't have many kids this year. Only 20. The girls took note of what spooky creatures arrived at our house & despite there being a small number, most of the kids had original outfits.

2 x Princesses                                              1 x Hockey Player
1 x Police (S.W.A.T)                                   1 x Ninja
1 x Minion                                                   1 x Elsa
1 x Storm Trooper                                       2 x Hunters
1 x Scare Crow                                            1 x Hulk
2 x Witches                                                  1 x Merida
1 x Banana                                                   1 x Cowboy
1 x Spiderman                                              1 x Cap't America

and 1 x "Box with a Face"........which I will assume is supposed to represent a "Robot" but as the girls were handing out candy bags I didn't se…

November 1, 2015

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With the kids all feeling comatose from their ingestion of Halloween sugar & having stayed up late watching Halloween Town -  I was able to get some stitching down in the quiet hum of the house. 
I started & finished my aunts piece. It still needed a finishing technique applied though. I've put it in my "Completed Chest" so I don't misplace it like I did with her one from last year.
Fizzy Friends is also 1/2 way completed. For Janice & Darlene.

I've decided to stitch the "Night Before Christmas" reindeer from Dec's 2011 Cross Stitcher magazine as the monogrammed pieces as I haven't been able to find the cute snowmen I was hoping to do.