I hope you all had a wonderful New Year!
I have been busy, busy, busy, with holidays and family and new stitchy projects!
Coming in 2017!
I am doing a design for the digital magazine Kindred Stitches, which will be published later this year. I'm very excited about it and honored to have been asked.
New Design: Cold Hands, Warm Heart!
In the midst of all of the holiday merriment I have also been working hard on my next design release! It is a snowman done in overdyed sampler threads, called Cold Hands, Warm Heart, I love how he turned out, and he will be finished into a cushion to brighten the dreary winter months! He will be ready in two shakes of a lambs tail!
Goodbye Designers Desk.
My favorite LNS is closing, and I am very sad about this. This place was in business for at least 20 years, probably more, and was a treasure trove of supplies, charts, inspiration and collective knowledge. So sad.
So in the spirit of final support(wink!) I helped them out by reducing some of their inventory!
I found a bunch of Prairie Schoolers and actually forced myself to put a bunch back. That blue Belsnicle from Notforgotten Farms has been on my list, and the sled pattern was actually in my cart at 123 Stitch! I love Heartstrings Samplerary, and who can resit anything from With Thy Needle and Thread!
My love affair with Carriage House continues, and I added 4 new charts to my stash!
I will never turn down BOAF or Goode Huswife, and at 75% off these were a steal!
And last but not least, who doesn't love the Mill Hill kits, and chickens, well, you know.
And the Victoria Sampler little houses chart I bought mainly for the finishing instructions, which are excellent.
On the Home Front:
I also squeezed in a little Christmas ornament stitching and finishing.
Here are some ornies from past years:
I had this bowl out on display and Isabel, my youngest complained that there were no ornaments for her. Now before you think she is neglected, she is the only one who has 2 cross stitch Christmas stockings! But I knew I had stitched her an ornament before, so I looked in my box of shame and sure enough there was a stitched but unfinished ornament for her from 2010. So I finished it, along with 2 ornaments I made for my 2 grand daughters:
Isabel's ornament is adapted from my Angels Among Us pattern, The sled is a Lizzie Kate design, and the mousie is from Brookes Books Publishing and is a freebie on her site.
And now I will leave you with some cuteness.
These are my precious granddaughters,
Hideko and Amy.