I spent some time in the weeks before Christmas happily creating some cross-stitch ornaments that I was thinking of hanging on our tree. Turns out when I finished a couple of them, I felt they were too big for our little tree and ended up hanging them on various drawer pulls and knobs around the house.
This was the first I made and really liked the clean simplicity of it.
I think this is meant to be a basket of Christmas greenery with red flower accents. (Or a Christmas tree in a basket?) The pattern was harder to do than it looks.
Not happy the way this Santa turned out. His white beard doesn't show up well at all on the beige Aida cloth I used. When I shared a picture of it with a friend, she wisely suggested outlining the beard would make it show up. Yep, that's what I should have done. (You can tell I'm not an expert cross-stitcher.) Too late, though, as I had it already put together with a light batting, fabric on the backside and binding.
The cross-stitching on this one wasn't completed when I snapped the picture. Outlining still needed to be done. (The pattern did call for outlining so I knew to do it.)
I also did one for my daughter that I put in her Christmas stocking. (The tree kinda looks as though it should be in a Dr. Seuss book, doesn't it?) When I first looked through my cross-stitching books for patterns, I saw that this particular pattern had a note on it saying she liked the design. The note was from twenty-two years ago. (I may be slow, but eventually I deliver!)
Mama Brag Time: Each year our daughter makes Advent Calendars to give as gifts to many on her list.
We're the lucky recipients of one of them and ours goes on the refrigerator door where, most days, we remember to open a little door to see what is hidden behind. I know the kids in the families that she gives them to really enjoy them as do the adults. She even chooses specific pictures to use for each individual calendar. And hand cuts all those little door flaps. I think this year she made eleven Advent Calendars.
That's all the holiday-ish crafting I did this year. However, as I was sitting using my needle and threads, I had a lot of thinking time and sure did get a lot of ideas for next year!
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