Monday, December 22, 2014


 Yes, the weekend was the third in the month and that means IHSW and I had a free weekend and able to stitch, last week I had started a new project this is how far I had stitched before friday.           The kit came with 14 count aida but I have chosen to stitch it on 40 count linen with one thread of floss. Pleased with the progress,  although not a lot to show for all the time spent stitching.



 Tabitha seems to think the tree was put up for her, she sleeps here at night and is often found there during the day specially when its wet and windy outside However under my small tree waiting for Christmas day is a lovely collection of parcels all from Annette of California Stitcher. Thank you Annette I have been spoilt.

and Best Wishes to all for the holiday Season

Monday, December 15, 2014


Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories 
and love of kindred, 
 and we are better throughout the year for having,  
in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. 
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

My trees are up, the first to be unpacked is this lovely one we have had for many years it needs no decorations and I think of its colours as being the night sky over Bethlehem.
My big tree is up with much the same decorations as in the past few years,  the touch of pink to blend it in with the room colours and the main decorations white birds reminding the  Christmas promise of peace.

 Some years ago we gave up having a Christmas tree as we had a cat who thought it had been put up for him to climb and the decorations were just toys.  Tabitha thinks differently about the tree when I get up in the morning I find her sleeping under the tree. ( waiting for her Christmas gift?)
  This year I added a new tree a table top tree which I plan to leave up all year and change the decorations form time to time. Caitlin and I took a visit to Santa's  choice Christmas shop last month, it was just wonderful and so much to see. and we came home with this small tree that I immediately  made it a bird tree, I will during the next year add more decorations.

the new ones we bought include a fantail and some tiny tom-tits along with another nest to add to my collection I also have Caitlin's choice of decoration tucked away for her Christmas gift.

 My small Table tree took a change of design today when I put my small angels on thr tree along with the glass birds I have had  for about 25 years and added a few other items to complete the display.

Yes I am already for Christmas just the family gifts to wrap. At the weekend we had a family gathering with Barryn  and Jackie came up from wellington and we had Family dinner at Jan's Saturday night. Sunday was the 2nd anniversary of Paul's funeral and would have been our 51st wedding anniversary, so I appreciated having all the family with me.

To all my blogging friends make you all enjoy the coming Christmas season with your families.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Little things that help one to be strong

Friday, December 5, 2014


Yes I am still  stitching decorations, Jan has requested three more and has brought me Christmas Cup cakes, reindeer and Teddy bears buttons., and this one I am stitching for myself.
however the reason for this quick posting is to let you know that in answered to requests I have posted how to make these decorations on my other blog    other side of the mountain-

Monday, December 1, 2014


How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. 
December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time
has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” 
  Dr. Seuss

It started with making two decorations for Annette's Candy and Gingerbread tree see her posting here (November 23rd. ) I had planned to make a decoration to put in her Christmas gift like the one I have made for the guild Christmas party exchange put when she told me about having a Candy and Gingerbread theme for her tree, my brain went into overdrive. Earlier in the year I had received from her some cute gingerbread buttons and also some snowmen ones. What fun I had.......... and I have just had mail to say she has received  the parcel with the decorations so I can now share the photos.

  And the fun snowballed yes I did get carried away but it was fun.! Now I need to look at the project awaiting attention but first....

Lets have a giveaway. it will have to be a quick one to catch the Christmas mail, one of these five decorations is up for grabs, leave a comment and tell me your favourite and the first person to chose the one I have earmarked will be the lucky winner.  My family have already made their choices and have claimed four of them.

 Good Luck

Wow! that was quick first comment picked the correct one Congratulations Thoeria. It will be on the way to you this week