I hope you have all had very happy holidays! We have been enjoying ourselves and our families over the past week too. If you'd like to take a peek at our annual Eggnog & Dessert Party, you can see that here. On Christmas Eve we had snow again, which seems like some sort of record to me - twice in one year. It snowed off an on for a good portion of the afternoon and evening.
I appreciate all of your sweet comments on my stitching pieces that I've decorated with this year. I missed showing you a few, but probably you've seen them before. I did need to share this though. Remember my little sheep? Well, he was of course all decked out for the holidays as well. And that sweet little hand-painted wooden spool? That was a gift from my friend, Ava.
There hasn't been a whole lot of stitching going on over here, but I thought I'd show you what little progress I've made.
I've stitched on Sweet Treats a little bit. Working on those side borders.
I also made a start finally on my Marbek Nativity. You may remember I was supposed to start this at Thanksgiving. But, I did start it on Christmas Day. I am stitching this with DMC on 36 count Sapphire linen from HeavenLee Creations. I love the fabric, it is gorgeous in person. My little white blob there will eventually be a sheep. I'm starting on the center panel first.
And, in case you couldn't tell, I'm having a hard time settling down to any one piece. So, I've also been stitching on an ornament I started a long time ago. In fact, here's what it looked like the last time I worked on it - January of 2009.
And here's what it looks like as of this morning. This is Mele Kalikimaka by Monsterbubbles from the 2004 JCS Ornament Issue. It's stitched over one on 32ct with Silk n Colors. But being over one, with solid fill in, is slow going. Which is why, apparently, I keep picking it up and putting it back down. I'd like to finish it sooner rather than later, because it is really pretty. I'm working on the ocean currently, and still have the sky to fill in plus the little bit of backstitching.
And, in the hopes that I really will get some quilting done this coming year (oh I want to be like Laurie!!), one of my Christmas gifts was this quilt kit from The Country Sampler. Here's a link, scroll down a little bit and you can see the quilt on the bed. Isn't it pretty?!
I can't wait to get started. But, first I need to finish that little baby quilt. Yesterday I got the quilting done. Today, I should be able to get the binding done, and then voila, on to other things!
Oh, I've also been reading. On Christmas morning I finished this...
This book came highly recommended, so I thought I'd give it a shot. And no, there are no vampires in this, Gloria. Although I was hesitant to start anything else after finishing Drums of Autumn, this was the perfect choice. It was so good and immediately had me hooked. It was a very quick read, I think it took me a week or so. I am definitely going to be keeping this one in my library, and buying book 2, Catching Fire. This one was not on my Book Challenge list, but boy it was well worth deviating from the plan for it. After finishing this, I attempted to pick up the book for my next book club, but I quickly came to the decision that while I'm on vacation, I should be reading something fun, rather than reading about Impressionist painting, which can be a little dry. So, you can see what I picked up on my sidebar. It will be another quick read, then I can get back to the Impressionists.
Hope you're all enjoying your last bit of stitching before the end of the year. I have some other crafting to share with you, as well as a New Year's start that I'm really looking forward to. Until next time, stay warm and stitch on!
I am grateful for family and a man who spoils me.