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Festive Ornament SAL

I thought it would be fun to have a Christmas ornament SAL next year.….and even more fun to have other stitchers joining in. Which led to FOSAL being created.

Remember when we were kids how much fun lucky dips were? FOSAL is a bit like that!

How it works:

EITHER:

Pick out twelve patterns for Christmas ornaments that you would like to stitch during the year.  (Any kind of stitchy goodness, not just cross stitch.)

Kit each one up separately. (Snap lock bags are an easy way of doing this.)

Place them together in a box/bag for safe keeping.

On the 1st of each month close your eyes, put your hand in your box/bag and pull out one kit. That is the one you are working on for the month.

OR:

Pick a new project every month.

During the week beginning 1st January, please post a list and a related picture of your choices.

During the weeks listed below, post each month’s finished ornament for all to admire.

Start date: 1st January, 2010.

Blogger allows 100 members. If there are vacancies, people may join during the year.

Please post a picture of your finished Festive Ornament during the week beginning on the following dates:

January – week beginning Sunday 24th January 2010.

February – week beginning Sunday 21st February 2010.

March – week beginning Sunday 28th March 2010.

April – week beginning Sunday 25th April 2010.

May – week beginning Sunday 30th May 2010.

June – week beginning Sunday 27th June 2010.

July – week beginning Sunday 25th July 2010.

August – week beginning Sunday 29th August 2010.

September – week beginning Sunday 26th September 2010.

October – week beginning Sunday 24th October 2010.

November – week beginning Sunday 28th November 2010.

December – week beginning Sunday 26th December 2010.

If you would like to join in, grab the piccie at the top of the post and add it to your sidebar, then let me know either here or over at http://fosal2010.blogspot.com/ so I can add you.

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Squeezed A Few More In

I’ve managed to squeeze a few more finishes in.  I don’t think I will be finishing any more this year, as I have run out of wadding and also pillows for stuffing.  Ned Kelly Kitty was stuffed with soft beads used in bear making!
 
 

 
 
Ned Kelly Kitty is for The Missus.  She asked if I could put our names on the front rather than her initials. 
 

 This is a teatowel bag requested by The Missus to keep her Ipod bits and pieces in.  The cross stitched cup cake in the middle looks larger in rl. 

This piccie has decided NOT to play nicely.  It is fuzzy when turned sideways.  It is the emboidered  blocks from Gail Pan’s Christmas BOM finished as a wall hanging…..minus one block.  I’m convinced the block “Merry” was possessed.  If a block was going to be misplaced, it was this one….more than once.  It trimmed up wonky – 2 inches on one side and 1/2 inch on the other and crooked….I’m sure it was shifting under the ruler!  I do like the way it looks, though.  It fits perfectly on a long narrow wall next to the bookcase in the lounge.  I can see it from here, now….the right way up!  This was the first BOM I’ve taken part in and I had fun.

I’m starting this one sometime in the next few days using Japanese fabrics.

If I have added everything together correctly, that makes a grand total of 57 finishes this year.  I may be able to squeeze one more in, but that will be it!  I didn’t set out this year to finish so many projects…..until I got close to last year’s total and I had one of those “I wonder if    (I could beat last year’s total by one)” thoughts….I had a ball doing it.

A lot of what I make is on a whim.  I like making lists AFTER the fact, not before.  This means no concrete “to do” lists for next year.  I’ve been cross stitching for 25+ years, so I can’t see that stopping anytime soon!  I can see myself playing with my sewing machine more next year….foundation piecing and applique quilts….plus a bag or three!  On the knitting front…There is a good possibility I will have a go at knitting socks.  My feet are freezing in the winter during playground duty….so a pair of warm handmade socks will go down well!  I may teach myself to crochet next year.  I’m left handed, but plan on teaching myself how to crochet right handed….same way as I taught myself how to knit.  I’ll be doing a bit of scrapbooking and cardmaking, too.

This will probably be my 2nd last post for the year……one more with something which may be of interest to the cross stitchers (not any more FO’s! lol).  The only hint I give is that FOSAL may become part of your vocabulary next year.   

I’ve had a ball in Blogland this year and look forward to more of the same next year.  I wish you and your families all the best for the festive season and the New Year.

Tis The Season

Everything’s on track for Christmas Day. I picked up Rufus (the traditional name for the turkey – handed down from my grandparents to my parents to myself) yesterday. The Missus is in charge of wrapping presents Anything I wrap looks like it has been completed by a substance abusing club-footed reindeer. The cards are written and posted where necessary. The Christmas pudding is in the cupboard. (Thank you Big Sister!) We are picking up the ingredients for the salads early on Christmas Eve. We will prepare those and cook Rufus on the same day. I can’t remember being this organised for Christmas – EVER! That must mean it is time to sit down with a cup of tea, a slice of Christmas cake, the cricket (Aussies vs. Windies test match here at the WACA) and some blog reading. 😉

These Jim Shore’s Heartwood Creek Christmas ornaments sit on a hardanger embroidery table runner made by The Missus’ dad. He was a very talented needle worker. All the stitches and cutting are exact.

These are the biscornue I had sitting in the “to be finished” pile. The brown one makes me think of Walker’s shortbread….must be the time of year and the thistles.

Mum and Dad came for a visit on Tuesday and were held up for an hour, which gave me the perfect opportunity to whip up these Halloween cushions. Then it was just a matter of stuffing them while sitting in front of the Evil Dead trilogy last night with The Missus.

The Christmas placemats are on the back burner until I get some wadding. They will be ready for next Christmas instead. I will be ahead. This year I made the two snowflake biscornue in the earlier piccie, a cross stitched ornament and a small Christmas angel quilted table topper. That is plenty of crafty bits.

I have reached my goal of having one more FO than last year. To date this year I’ve finished 54 crafty bits. I first started counting last year out of curiosity. Then kept it up this year. I don’t think I’ll get anything else finished this year, but it has been a good way of keeping my WIPs under control. Not that I ever think I will be working on one project at a time. I find that having a few projects on the go I am less likely to get sick of something.
 
 

 

Tis The Season

Everything’s on track for Christmas Day. I picked up Rufus (the traditional name for the turkey – handed down from my grandparents to my parents to myself) yesterday. The Missus is in charge of wrapping presents Anything I wrap looks like it has been completed by a substance abusing club-footed reindeer. The cards are written and posted where necessary. The Christmas pudding is in the cupboard. (Thank you Big Sister!) We are picking up the ingredients for the salads early on Christmas Eve. We will prepare those and cook Rufus on the same day. I can’t remember being this organised for Christmas – EVER! That must mean it is time to sit down with a cup of tea, a slice of Christmas cake, the cricket (Aussies vs. Windies test match here at the WACA) and some blog reading. 😉

 

I had every intention yesterday to begin making the Christmas placemats. Then decided the dining table needed something Christmassy…..Here tis – a quilt as you go log cabin table topper. I was instantly hooked on the quilt as you go method. I can see myself using it again. It was great being small, too, because at the moment I have the attention span of a tadpole, so it was the perfect project.

It was also another one to tick off the list. Last year I finished 53 crafty items. This year I thought I’d see if I could finish one more. If I finish another eight I will do it. I am using it to motivate myself into finishing the pile of cross stitch ornaments and biscornue I have sitting in what seems to be an ever growing pile.

State Of Excitement

When I picked up the mail today I got a stitchy surprise. Colours Down Under – my favourite Aussie online cross stitch shop is opening a store in Perth TOMORROW!!! I got so excited I dropped the mail. lol It won’t be long before I visit with explicit instructions from The Missus. I have such an awful sense of direction that I get lost coming out of shops in the Hay Street Mall in the city………and I‘ve been visiting there for 30 years!!! 
The ornament at the top of the piccie is the one I mentioned in my last entry. It is Sweet Baby by Shepherd’s Bush Printworks. I might even make myself one sometime I like it so much.

The scissor keeps on the bottom left and right of the piccie are made using fabric printed on the computer. It is such a simple…and cheap…technique I’m writing an easy peasy tutorial. Stay tuned!

One can never have too many pincushions! I printed the piccie for this one (between the scissor keeps) using the same technique as the scissor keeps. The Missus is about to start her second stitchery tonight, so it is time she had some accessories. The scissor keep on the left and the pincushion are for her.

This is Dovecote. My first finished block in Anni Downs “A Gardener’s Journal. One down, twenty seven to go. The hard part is choosing which one to do next.

I’m off to have a go at the tutorial for quilt as you go placemats which Vickie gave the link for.  tytyty Vickie! 

A Warmun

The Missus told me last night that the predicted maximum for Boxing Day is 45 degrees C (113 degrees F).  I’m willing to do a swap with someone…..I will send some hot weather, you send me some cold.  Any takers? lol

The Christmas decorations went up yesterday and most of them went on the bookcase in the lounge. Everywhere else looks a bit bare. I think I will have a mooch through my patterns and see what I can make for next year.

This was originally a wall hanging….I just never got around to adding the sleeve.  Makes a nice table topper, though.

This pic and the next one are washed out.  I think it is the light this morning.  This log cabin wall hanging is foundation pieced and tied.  I’m thinking of changing the ties to gold coloured seed beads.

These fabrics will be used to make a set of  six Christmas placemats and coasters.  I’m tossing up between bagging them or adding a binding.  If I add the binding I will need to use a different fabric on the back, as I don’t have enough to do both.  It will be pondered upon!

Today’s project is to finish Their Baby Kept as an ornament for mum and dad’s tree.  I plan on having all my cross stitch ornaments  finished by the end of the year.  If I get those finished, I will be happy. 

Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr! 

I’m hoping that is a Christmas greeting in Gaelic….not “May the fleas of one thousand reindeer infest your armpits!” or something similar!

Happy Chanuka!  I can see a lot of exercise in the near future….The Missus is bringing home donuts….and I’m cooking livivot.