Tuesday, 29 December 2015

December 2015 - Collection of Gifts

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 ones I have given him.

I relocated my Aunt Coleen's Grumpy Cat from last year & did up her new one for this year. I mailed them both off to Florida.

I snuck Allen's ornament into a card & put it into his mailbox. I think that's one the more fun parts of my job. Gifting people mail into their boxes, not just from me but in general. The surprised expressions some people get from recieving REAL mail not just flyers or bills. My customers really dislike those envelopes with the windows that's for sure. Most common heard joke is "want to pay my bills for me".....um. no. I already pay for the PO's bills out of pocket as well as my eldest son's apartment. Which was suppose to be a temperary thing but has now been the norm. 
In the end, while I wasn't originally impressed,  I think this one was my favorite ornaments for turn out this year as far as finishing technique went.

Then there was the Scotty Dog, for Warren. He picked up his card from the mail & just grumbled a Thank You as he shuffled out the door. I'm sure he sat inside his truck & opened it there in privacy. *roll eyes* Silly farmers. 
[ turns out he wasn't as thrilled with the dog as I thought and hasn't spoken to me since]

Dad's gift: Rustic Barn 

Ronnie's rifle: he's going to do up a frame for it himself.

Barry's Christmas cutie he kept asking Mrs Claus for 😉

Couple people got these in their mail boxes: I made 6.

Andrea's Horse Welcome (Stoney Creek)

Sunday, 6 December 2015

December 6, 2015

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. 😊

Saturday, 5 December 2015

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 :
  1. Nov '12       "Take Time for Yourself".
  2. Oct '12        "Life is a Journey"
  3. Jan '13         "Listen to Your Dreams"
  4. Feb '13        " Love With an Open Heart"
  5. Nov '14       " Life is a Gift"
  6. Dec '14       " Live Every Moment"
  7. Jan ' 15       " Share From Your Heart" 
  8. Mar '15      "Remember Who You Are"

I didn't get much stitching in today as I was helping over at the community centre for their Christmas Party catering. I really didn't do much, the 3 main farm ladies did all the actual cooking & prep work for the desserts; but for whatever reason the ladies had requested I be there to help & so I went. One of the other ladies didn't know why she was there either with so little to do. My 4 things I did were to make an icing glaze & put it on a cake they had already baked. Cut the buns in 1/2. Help pull the food down the hall for the dinner, buffet style so there wasn't even any serving required. And dishes at the end.

That. Was. All.

Daughter is having a sleep over tonight as part of her Bday party. So in the afternoon, I excused myself from the kitchen & took her to town to get pizza & hit up the loonie store. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they are now carrying DMC floss! Granted I wasn't impressed that each skein was $1.05 but now I know if the fabric shop does not have a colour I can look there. Fabric shop is 79c/skein.

Tonight I have done some work on Ronnie's rifle. Only 320 more stitches to fill and then I can do the back stitching. *thumbs up* I will need to get some mounting boards & a frame.
 Tomorrow we will be going to the city to take the girls to the water park as per daughter dearests request.  Hubby took the boys into the city today for their early bday party funs. Boy child #2 brought 2 of his friends & blew most of his bday money on games at the arcade & the rest on junk food. Typical, almost 17 yr old boys. Basement dweller (Boy child #3) just wandered around the mall with his dad. While they are off on water slide adventures we shall wander the mall, people watch & hopefully find some Christmas gifts for the kids. (and a frame for Ronnie's piece).

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

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]

Outlander ( April Smalls)

I caught the 1st season of Outlander onto last year and was hooked. I’d made a generalized post about it and had a bunch of friends and fami...