and a third one added from August:
3. The Christmas Ornie SAL themed blog
I have only one letter left to do in the Cubes but I have left that until next month because I really need to finish the exchange piece first. So here are my two ornies for the two blogs:
I am doing something completely different this month. Rather than choose one designer I have chosen one publication which feautures many designers. The Just Cross Stitch Annual Christmas Ornament Special. I first heard about this publication when I was new to blogging and discovered the American way of doing things! I loved the idea of an entire magazine dedicated to Christmas and to Hallowe'en too. I now have 2012-2015 as paper copies and all the previous ones on the CDs they do.
I love reading the reviews of the magazine and seeing everyone's top choices too. I chose ten this year (and forgot to include the tenth which is the lovely Brooke's Book's Angel, added by edit). So here are my top nine:
Yes, I have a subscription! I'm going to be taking part in Kaye's Christmas Ornie Blog all next year which is a great opportunity to stitch some of the wonderful designs from the magazines.
Every year I go through the magazine and write my favourites on a piece of paper which I leave in the front of the magazine to refer to later. Then I think "oh yes, I still love that one" or "what was I thinking that year?"
This year's choices were made because:
1 - I love dragons
2 - I love BRD's serieses
3 - This will make a great gift for someone I know
4 - I like the effect of the satin stitch
5 - I love an alphabet and I like the quirky lopsided look to this one
6 - Big fan of Ink Circles. Not such a big fan of tangled up lights!
7 - Love the Little Stitcher's designs
8 and 9 - Two nice abstract ornies which I think will look lovely stitched in the same colours on a high count fabric. Maybe add some beads.
10 - Brooke's Book's Angel (see below). I will probably never stitch this but it's gorgeous and so different. I love it!
I also think there was a problem with the printing this year. Everything looks very washed out. Look at the SamSarah design. Surely that will be more vibrant in real life? It made choosing the designs quite difficult, I looked at the charts and descriptions more than usual.
So what were your favourites this year? If you've done a review leave a link in the comments so we can all pop over and read it.