Sunday, September 2, 2012

Christmas Countdown, Giveaway and More!

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a a great weekend! As I do every Sunday, I picked up the next piece in my rotation, which this week is the long neglected Christmas Countdown by Dimensions. I picked up this kit shortly after I finished my son's stocking in 2010, but I was in a stitching burnout, especially when it came to Christmas, so after completing just a few ornaments, I put it to the side...and didn't pick up a needle until a couple of months ago...

So this is where I started at today. The ornaments are all on plastic canvas, and I wanted to get them all done before starting the actual calendar because when we get through with the calendar, I'm going to work on figuring out the attachment method of the ornaments to the calendar and wanted to have them on hand!
Six Completed Ornaments
And here is where I am today!
Nine Completed Ornaments as of 9/2/12

I got a few more of the ornaments done but have a long way to go...there are 24 in all, after all! These take a little time because I also stop to do all backstitching and details in each ornament before I move on to the next one. Of course, as I'm looking at this picture, I'm realizing I forgot to do the french knot berries in the stocking...oh well, I'll do that tomorrow.

I also went out today and took advantage of the Joann's sale on DMC floss. I decided that the next two HAED's I'll eventually work on are Angel of Compassion and Butterfly Rose Cross (pictures of both are here), so I went through my stash, figured out what I had and what I needed and came home with this:
That's A Lot Of Floss!
There were still a few skeins I wasn't able to purchase, believe it or not, because the store was out of those colors, but I have 99% of the floss I'll need when I get to the point where I'm ready to start my next HAED. I also picked up several bobbins of Krenik floss for these patterns and was able to use a 40% off one item coupon and a 15% off your entire purchase coupon. I won't be working on these patterns for awhile, but who could pass up a deal like that? They are all now all divided up between each piece in a big plastic freezer bag.. I'm not even going to try to wind them on bobbins until I'm ready to start the projects!

I also bought the fabric while I was at Joann's today to go with Birdhouse Neighborhood for World of Charity Stitching. This piece is now in the mail and on it's way to become part of a beautiful quilt!
Birdhouse Neighborhood and Fabric

I noticed today that I'm up to 41 followers! Woo hoo! I love having you guys here and reading your comments and following your blogs! To follow in the tradition of so many blogs, when I reach 50 followers, I plan on having a giveaway! What's the prize? I haven't decided yet, but I do have an idea...just wait and see!

Tomorrow is Labor Day here in the states, and I plan on spending a lot of time stitching! Have to take advantage of the day off!

Until next time!


  1. The ornaments are cute! Can't wait to see what it looks like finished.

    I went to Joann's too :) Not often we can get floss for a quarter! I picked up all the colors I needed for my second set of threads.

  2. Your Ornaments are looking great - I am only doing one this year I think.

    Thats a lot of floss! You guys are so lucky, over here one skein can cost 90p (I guess thats around $1.40).

    I look forward to the giveaway - I am still a far way away from the big 5-0!

  3. Very adorable ornaments!

    Glad you were able to take advantage of the Joann's sale. I'm one of the few that didn't buy any floss this time. I have so many projects already kitted up. Couldn't justify it.

    Congrats on the growing followers!

  4. Forgot to mention...

    The fabric for your Birdhouse was exactly what I was picturing. Looks great! ;-)

    1. Thanks! I thought about your comments when I was trying to decide between this and a brown similar to the wood part of the house...the turquoise just looks best to me!

  5. Excellent stitching =)
    I always enjoy reading your blog and comments, too =)
    So many colors... I am a bit sad that I live in Germany because threads are here so expensive and hard to get... (I always order online)