Friday, 2 January 2015

Hello 2015!


Happy New year to you all and I hope you all had a cheery, peaceful Christmas.
The boys returned home from University a few days before Christmas and as you can imagine it has been great fun having them home again - despite the 7 loads of washing they brought home with them (this did include bed linen!).
We had a relaxing Christmas, but alas the snow arrived one day too late to make it a white Christmas. The snow fell heavily on Boxing Day evening  - we had tickets to the theatre and when we finally arrived home late in the evening our car struggled the last few hundred yards to our door.
The snow hung around a long time, it didn't melt until New Year's Eve. However, the roads and pavements were very icy, so hardly pleasant conditions for venturing out either by car, cycle or foot.
Oh dear, that means we will just have to sit in front of the fire - what a terrible shame!!
(A grainy photo taken late in the day)
We have had some beautiful clear days with lovely bright sunshine - and this is the view
that greeted me several times when I opened the curtains in the morning.
Please excuse the washing line and football goal that completely ruin the charm of this
 photo - we have a hard working garden and thankfully you can't see the football goal
 and the huge rebound net on the other side of the garden!
(And talking of bright clear days - did you see the International Space Station whizzing by on Christmas Eve? Incredible to think men were flying above us at such speeds!!)

I do find that at this time of year I feel a bit guilty though, because as the Christmas
holiday rolls on, I tend to get lazier and lazier. 
My excuse is that this is the only time of year when I am quite so sofa-bound. This inactivity culminated in me spending much of New Year's Day sat in the armchair cross stitching - this was pure, unadulterated luxury, a whole day spent stitching - how often does that happen?

And you'll never believe what I was making?
Christmas decorations!! Nothing like getting myself prepared for next Christmas!

On New Year's Day I completed this Santa...

... which would partner nicely with the snowman I had completed just before Christmas.
 I find these little kits ideal for making into Christmas cards and are great when you
wish to complete a project quickly or want some small stitching to take on
 holiday with you. The kits come with everything you need but when I'm making little
decorations I substitute the aida for evenweave fabric as it is much softer and more pliable,
making it easier to work with.

I had already purchased some gorgeous backing fabric - a rich blue decorated with white
 snowflakes - and spotty ribbon and buttons.

So this afternoon I hauled out my sewing machine from the bottom of my wardrobe,
set up station on the kitchen table and set to.

 Santa was completed first.   

Then it was time for Snowman. 
I couldn't take a photo of them in situ on our little tree because it was too dark by the time
 I had finished.

Sadly these two will be taken down and packed away tomorrow but at least I've
 finished them in plenty of time for Christmas 2015!!
On to the next project....
Happy New Year!!


  1. Gorgeous cross stitches. I have some Christmas ones to do as well. I'm glad you had a good Christmas. Wishing you and yours a very happy 2015. CJ xx

  2. How fun to have your boys home with time to visit and chat in front of the fire. I am glad you had some time to rest and relax and make those wonderful projects.
    Hugs to you and Happy New Year,

  3. I love your wood burning stove and your newly made festive decorations. It's never too early to get ready for next Christmas - I usually buy decorations in the sales at this time of year : ) I'm glad you and your family had a lovely Christmas. Happy New Year to you all! x

  4. Happy new year! Love your little cross stitch decorations, they are so sweet.
    Marianne x

  5. Thanks for popping by my blog. Such sweet decorations. My sister loves to cross-stitch and makes some beautiful things.
    It's the only time of the year I like to be at home all day, and don't feel guilty about sitting down and crafting. Back to normal today though!

  6. You're well ahead with your Christmas decorations for this(!!) year. The cross stitches are lovely. Have a very happy 2015.


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