Tag Archives: 12 ornaments of 2014

Hot off the needle!


well, its only taken a month to complete this small piece!. a month!!!.

I have really liked this piece whenever I have seen it round the web, but when it came to stitching it, I have really struggled with it. maybe its because the fabric wasn’t the recommended one therefore the colours didn’t always show up as well. maybe it’s to do with the constant changes of thread – 3 stitches, change thread, etc. maybe it was to do with needing to have a break from stitching after completing the neighbourhood piece. I can’t put my finger on it. I’m pleased I stuck with it and got it finished – the sewing into a small pillow will take place at a later date.

so, here it is –


every time I see this piece I break into song, it is so joyful and cheerful!.

next on the needle is going to be the Lizzie Kate ”6 fat snowmen”. I’m doing it as one piece and have got the recommended fabric for it!!.

btw!, if you’re keeping count, we’re 5 months (almost 6!) into the year and this is only the second ornament!. so much for one a month. can I count the 6 snowmen as part of the quota?!!.


A winner, and a new start


Times up!. 5 people entered in the draw to win the chart for Little House Neighbourhood.


I’d like to say Sid helped draw the name, but as you can see, he’s asleep!. so i asked my mother and she picked out ……


Congratulations Wisher. I believe I have your email address with your comments, so I will email you for a postal address. Please check your spam box and if you haven’t got an email within 48hrs, let me know on this post.


and here’s my new start!. i haven’t done much cross stitch since finishing the neighbourhood. this is an ornament and i hope to be done in a few days. i have planned to start a bigger piece in May so i need to crack on and get a couple of ornaments stitched, even if they aren’t made up into finished pieces now.


February Ornament Fail!!!.


well, 2 months into my little project of stitching an ornament a month and i’m already behind!.

my excuses are = i choose the wrong pattern to stitch in the first place, and more importantly, the fabric and i are not getting on one little bit!. its 30ct linen and i am finding it really hard to stitch, even with my glasses!. i’ve had to get out the magnifying glass on more than one occasion to check the stitches are where they are meant to be!.

anyway, this is how much i’ve done…..



I’m going to work on the top of the tree today.

and just to show how much i am struggling with this, this is the first picture i showed 2 wks ago!.



i have 2 ideas in mind for this piece – finish it as per the pattern, or just do the tree and not the snow and scrolls at the bottom and finish it as a tree shaped ornament. i may end up stitching 2 ornaments in march to make up for this hiccup!.

I’m heading away down to the lakes of central Otago tomorrow or monday and taking the neighbourhood with me, because its my plan to finish that by the end of March.



with no plans for the day, i decided to complete the first of the 12 Xmas ornaments i plan to stitch this year. i choose some backing fabric from the small pile i brought back from the UK and hand stitched the front and back together. i have a few IKEA cushions which i use the stuffing for these types of projects – far cheaper than a bag of filling fibres!. then i added a ribbon and buttons to finish off the piece. i’m pretty happy with ornament one. hopefully by ornament 12, things might be a little fancier!.

again, this is the Little House Needleworks Xmas freebie, found on their blog, rather than their website.

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my parents are addicted to cheese scones, so i tried a new recipe on them today. this is from Brett McGregor’s first cookbook, and they were very well received, and preferred over the other recipe i had been using. my father has requested a batch be made on Wednesday and put in the freezer for him to enjoy while mum and i are in Australia!.


anyone making anything fun or exciting this weekend?

gearing up for a crafty year!


i’m beginning to get into gear with this years crafty plans.

yesterday i took mum to Lincraft, a large Aussie (i think) craft store with bits and bobs for most crafty pastimes. i was kinda hoping they might have some PL stuff given its popularity nowadays, and just when i was about to give up i found a stand. i was after page protectors, and managed to get what i wanted. i just got one pack of 12 for now – which should be plenty given i am only aiming for a monthly spread. they were a lot cheaper than the recognised brands and seem ok to me. i havent had to cut any cards to fit. i didnt get an album as i have an empty AC album in my boxes which i hope these page protectors fit – another reason i only got one pack!. i’m recording things each day in the diary, indicating if i took a photo to go with it. i’ve set up a folder for PL photos on my laptop, and so far i’m sticking to the plan. when i take photos off the camera, i process the ones for the blog, and shift the ones for PL.

so here is the title page now in its page and tucked back in the packaging for safe keeping.


across the way from Lincraft was a yarn store, so i also popped in there and spied these 5 colours side by side and it hit me straight away that these colours should be for my next crochet blanket. so i brought 2 of each colour other than white, which i got 3 of as i plan on having white as the outer edge or joining colour so will need more. i checked with the sales assistant and its a brand they always have so i can stock up easily when i need to once the blanket progresses. i think i have finalised the pattern, and because i’m only using those 5 colours, it will be a square or hexagon rather than a stripe or wave. i’ll do that next time!!.


i have also begun the stitching on the first months xmas ornament. i’m planing on stitching one ornament a month so i can one day have a dedicated xstitch tree.

this is a freebie from Diane of Little House Needleworks. i only have a few snowflakes and flurries to do and its finished.  then it will need to be made up into an ornament to hang from a tree. its such a cutie.



i havent done any stitching on the neighbourhood so far this year, but hopefully i’ll get back into it at the weekend. i’m heading to Australia for 2  1/2wks and will be taking it with me so i’m hoping i can get a good chunk done there between dips in the pool!!.

so, there you have it – the plans for the year on the craft front. wonder how long i’ll keep it going!!.