I am not sure how I managed but somehow I did some major stitching on this piece, even with all the shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, laundry. Not sure how I managed it, but hey every page gets me closer to the end.
These are pages 25-30.
Maybe my next post, I will have completed 31-35, will be able to post a picture of the entire sampler and already talking about me next project!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hannuka, Feliz Navidad, and a Wonderful Joyous New 2015 to all!!
The shopping is done, the meal was wonderful, and we have leftovers that are delicious. I could live off of turkey sandwiches. It's not all that often that I can have my children all together, so I savor those times.
My husband and my children were very good to me this year, and bought me my all time most favorite things to have. Cross stitch supplies. My sister, even pitched in, with all the DVD's of Antique Sampler magazines. I will have a fun time looking through those!!!!!
Every stitcher I know is always trying to be more organized regarding their supplies, and I am no different. I use the bag system for my threads, and have been happy with that. Somehow, the little cardboard spools have never peaked my interest. And what exactly do you do with that piece of thread that is still long enough to use somewhere. Using the baggie system, I could just shove it back in the back, problem solved. But, even though I keep my threads in numerical order for DMC, and alphabetical order for hand-dyed, I could never find a box large enough to hold the binders/rings. My thread always looked like a "hot mess!"
But my problem is now resolved, because I got this for Christmas!
I purchased blank 3"X 5" recipe cards, and have been inserting them in each of the bags, to give the baggies some additional stability. This cabinet is actually for CD's, but it's perfect for my threads. So happy with this addition!
My children and my hubby also bought me charts, fabric and threads. I am a happy camper!
I had to skip a week in posting. Just way too much going on with Christmas!!! The tree is finally finished decorated. It turned out beautifully! But, then again I think that every year of every tree we have.
I think I have one more large package in transit to be wrapped, and then I will be really, really done. Staying away from all further stores so that there will be no impulse purchases. I think the kids will be pleased. I even bought presents for the cat and the dogs. No one's going to be left out.
We purchased our turkey a few weeks ago, and did a big grocery store shop, but there will be that last minute grocery store visit for fresh fruits and vegetables. Christmas Eve, meal is planned, so I think I'm all set. These next couple of days will fly right by and Christmas will be over, and the day after will consist of recycling boxes, and wrapping paper, eating leftovers and the worse part is not hearing a single Christmas song on the radio.
I try to get the kids to make up a Christmas list, so it's a bit easier to shop. But., sometimes I have to make suggestions to the kids what they can buy for each other, and my mother is here, and I have to think of ideas for gifts from her, plus wrap her gifts to others, and wrap all the gifts from me and the hubbie to the kids. Relatives get gift cards! Worst part is wrapping a gift to me from my mother to me, that I also have to wrap. I sort of like the surprise of Christmas!
With all the activity I haven't stitched as much as I would like, but to be honest, there is never enough time to stitch. I completed 2 pages a week. Currently working on page 25 of a 35 page chart. These pictures are of pages 21-24.
I have so many completed cross stitch pieces, that I try to get one framed a month. I just recently picked up the Rosewood Manor American Quilt Sampler. Turned out quite well, and I already know where it's "home" on my walls will be.