This was issued as a SAL for the Yahoo group The Specialist Stitches and has been incredibly popular with trees popping up all over the blogging world. The SAL is finished but they are keeping the charts available until at least the end of October so HURRY UP if you want to join in. I have two favourites; Wendy from Stitch & Sparkle and Charbs of Bumpy Dog fame. Wendy's is a pink blossom tree on blue fabric and Charb's is an Autumnal tree the first of all four seasons she's planning. She has also used the most darling little buttons for the owl and rabbit.
My tree is also an Autumnal tree stitched in DMC 51, a lovely variegated thread in shades of orange from yellow through to red. Some of the stitches I have stitched as it comes, with others I have "forced" the colours by doing the bottom half of the stitches first then the top half with another colour length. This has worked really well on the Rice Stitches and the vertical Rice Stitches (they're Jerusalem stitches apparently).
The Mystery gift arrived today, a gift voucher for Willow Fabrics. I have no idea who has sent it to me! I suspected the squeaky person but she says "No". I won a prize from her recently but that is supposed to be a stitched something. I don't remember winning anything else, but I am older this week so my memory may not be as reliable as it was! If not a prize then it is a very nice belated Birthday present. I think most people are aware it was my Birthday recently?
If you sent it, then Thank You very much, please own up so I can send a Thank You letter. I was very well brought up and always send Thank Yous and insist the children do too. Do you make your children send Thank Yous or do you think a phone call/text/email is sufficient in the 21st Century?