Monday, 22 December 2014

Where has December gone?

It happens at the same time every year but I still get caught out by how little time there is to fit in everything that needs to be done in December.

This blog has been a victim of my prioritising what must be done compared to what I would like to do.  And alas very little stitching has been achieved.

I did finish my card for the exchange

It was also my Smalls piece for November.  It's a lovely design by Sue Hillis.

This is the fabulous card I received in exchange

Unfortunately the photo doesn't do it justice as it includes sparkly thread and beads.  It is just gorgeous and has pride of place among my Christmas decorations.

I've made a little bit of progress on Christmas Village by Prairie Schooler but not as much as I would have liked.  My goal is to finish it during the Christmas break so that it can be framed for display next year.

I shouldn't really have started another Christmas design but I just couldn't resist Let's Find Rudolph

It's a design by Ursula Michaels and is stitched on some sparkly evenweave with DMC threads from my stash.

Which leads me nicely to the fact that I have signed up for the 2015 Stitch from Stash SAL.   There is a limit of $25 per month to spend on stash (excluding subscriptions of which I have a few - some magazines, one fabric and one threads).

The Stitch from Stash is run by Mel via her Epic Stitching blog and I hope the discipline will help me to do exactly what it says - stitch from stash instead of buying more.

I have already have plans for 2015 which will take up most if not all of my stitching time.

I am joining the Mirabilia SAL organised by MrsMilkyBarKid and I have chosen to stitch At the Met which is one of the newest designs.   I've collected the various supplies, some from stash, some purchased, and am ready to go on 1st January.    I had almost decided on one of the mermaids but when this new design appeared I fell in love with it.   Also looking back on which Mirabilia/Nora Corbett designs I've stitched in the past, I've done mermaids, fairies, queens, angels and fairy tales but not the elegant ladies.

The fabric I've chosen is "Leo" 32 count Belfast hand dyed by Sparklies.   Other than that I am using the recommended DMC, Caron Waterlillies and Mill Hill beads.


  1. Both Christmas cards are gorgeous, just perfect designs for cards.
    I love Prairie Schooler's Christmas Village very much. I stitched it some years ago and it was so much fun.

  2. Welcome to SFS! Love the Mirabilia and bet it will look wonderful on Kate's fabric.

  3. Can't wait to see your progress on At the Met, I love her! Great that you are taking part in SFS too!

  4. At the Met is gorgeous and I look forward to seeing your progress on it. SfS is a great help in focusing your mind on whether you really 'need' new stash or not. Good luck with it. xx

  5. The Prairie Schooler pattern reminds me of a Charles Wysocki painting; how fun! And both cards look amazing; so perfect for cards.