Friday, 21 December 2018

December IHSW

This weekend is the final IHSW of 2018 and it's a late one as the month started on a Saturday which means the third Friday is the latest it can be - the 21st.

Obviously we're all going to be very busy this weekend, I'm working both days and I'm not blogging on Christmas Eve other than to update the Advent Calendar so I thought I'd do the IHSW link-up post at the start of the weekend and post my progress in one of my round-up posts after Christmas.

I finished the Lizzie*Kate design I started for Gifted Gorgeousness and will show that in the Smalls round-up next Friday.  The original featured two tiny buttons but as I am stitching over one it was impossible to get buttons that tiny.  Then I received a parcel from Ariadne from Greece with a collection of tiny buttons inside!  They were still too big to fit but I have decided to make a border trim from them.  The serendipity of receiving gifted buttons while I was stitching a gifted piece for the Gifted Gorgeousness 2019 logo was too much to resist!

So what to stitch on next?  I have four days free before the 12 Days of Stitchmas starts on 25th December.  Of course, most of my larger projects are in the chest which is behind the Christmas Tree and inaccessible until Epiphany.  So that left a choice of two and I chose the unseasonable Gathering Eggs by Nora Corbett with added frogs.

Here's where I am now:

But here's where I was before:

Not only was the brown hair in the wrong place, but the skin next to it was wrong too!  So both came out and the skin has been put back correctly.  I will make slow progress on this for the next three days between work and present-wrapping.

I usually show Mrs Peggotty's Alice and the Flamingo for these posts.  Here's where she was last month:

And here is where she is now:

Finished her hair and the background up to the tree.  Now working on the border so it doesn't get left until last.

A few people have said that they don't do Facebook and asked if I could host a link-up for them, so here it is! Just add your name and the link to your actual IHSW post, not just your blog home page.



The next IHSW will be 18th - 20th January so make sure you note the date in your diary or come and join us in the Facebook Group - IHSW on Facebook. If you don't do Facebook then you can check in here.

Finally, I thought you might like to see a little video of my tree, along with "cross stitch corner" for all my crafted decorations, some made by me and some gifted to me:

Newest addition from Wee Stitchy Steph

Cross Stitch Corner

Excuse the noises in the background, this is what happens when you film with children in the house!


gracie said...

Alice is coming the video.

Astrids dragon said...

Great progress and how exciting that Alice is progressing so beautifully!
Your tree looks so lovely. I couldn't hear the noised in the background due to the noises in my background!

Barb said...

Your tree looks so pretty!

diamondc said...

Jo: Thank-you for the link, I do not do facebook I was hacked too many times.
Your tree and ornaments are lovely, thank-you for sharing with us.

Merry Christmas

Mary said...

Such a pretty tree!!Thanks for sharing a bit of your home.

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

Love your tree. hugs and a Merry Christmas to you.

butterfly said...

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, I must kit up my girl with the eggs soon, I love that chart.

Christmas blessing to all your family .

Julie said...

Your tree looks superb.
Alice is growing well.
I've come across my Nutmeg Company Panto House kit (and thought of you and yours) ...ooops that wont get completed in time for Christmas, will have to add it to my list for next year.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas x

Rachel said...

Sorry to hear the frogs visited, but that it also wasn't too bad and is all sorted now. Your trees are lovely too. I'm sure the background noise must be increasing in volume now the big day is almost here! Merry Christmas! :)

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Your Christmas tree is lovely. It's a wonderful way to display your gifted stitching ornaments.

Katie said...

Sorry the frog decided to have a visit. Love your Christmas corner. How beautiful. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas time.

Christine said...

Pesky frog! Alice is looking lovely

Bethan said...

Alice is looking great - fairly close to a finish? Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and no more visits from the frog! x

Leonore Winterer said...

Great progress! Lice is getting sooo close now. I totally missed IHSW last month and hope to do better in January :)