I guess it’s that time of year when my blogging becomes a little sparse – too much to do at home, school and work, and not nearly enough time to do it in. But, I have lots to share! Last week, goodness was it only last week?, I attended my first Christmas party of the season. My guild held its annual holiday party, and it was my second year to attend. Of course the home it was held in is magnificent. We had a good turnout, even with bad weather. Everyone brought food to share, and we had a veritable feast. I may still be recovering from the chocolate Amaretto cake. It is always so fun to visit with fellow stitchers, particularly those you don’t get to visit with at the guild meetings. Last year I remember having so much fun and getting to know a few sweet people that I now call my friends. I brought a super yummy spinach and artichoke dip, that had a little kick to it and was oh-so-good.
After all the eating, we settled in to do the ornament exchange. Everyone who brought a stitched ornament drew numbers, and then each person got to select an ornament to open or one to steal. It was great fun, and you can see below all the amazing ornaments that made an appearance this year. If you look closely, you can see the little ornament underneath the framed one, the one that says “Merry Christmas”. One of my fellow stitchers (whose work I am always enamored with) stitched this one, on 50 count. Yes, you read that right. And she added the sweetest little beaded edging around the ornament. If it hadn’t already been stolen too many times before I got my chance, that baby would have been coming home with me!!
As it was, I was very happy with the ornament I did go home with. I loved that this had our guild’s name abbreviated on it. And the bargello was just too pretty to resist.
You may remember last year, the pretty ornament I received? I can’t wait to get it out for my tree this year. I’d love to have a little sampler tree full of ornaments. Oh and let me tell you, I am still kicking myself for not having my camera with me at last year’s party. What a duh moment that was.
And look at this pretty one…I think this is from that new BBD book. Now, I have to have that book!!
And here’s what I stitched for the exchange. This was my very first time finishing an ornament with board and cording and everything. I have Jane Timmers to thank for that – her workshop was completely instrumental in the skills needed to do this finishing myself. I also learned how to make cording that same weekend from Laurie (she of the 50-count fame). So, thanks to Jane, Laurie and Eric (who held the other end of my cord), this ornament turned out pretty darn good for a first attempt. You may remember I stitched this one a little while back, it’s Angel of Tulips by Goode Huswife. I stitched two – one for me and one for the exchange. Mine isn’t finished yet though.
So, it was a wonderful evening and I had so much fun. I wish there had been more time to visit with everyone, but there is always next year’s party!
And, really quick, I wanted to update you on my reading escapades. I finished another Black Dagger Brotherhood book – I think it may have taken me all of a week. I’ve had to ground myself from reading anymore of these until I get caught back up at school. How sad is that? True though.
So, after finishing this, I picked up Drums of Autumn again, as you can see. I only lack about 200 pages to finish it. So, after a long hiatus (well, a couple of months anyway), I think I’ll finish it.
I have more to show you, but it will probably have to wait for another day – hopefully not too long though!
I am grateful for good friends.