Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas is near!

And I have more Christmas decorations then last year when I only had two "meager" embroidered trees to show you - my very first post on my then new blog :-).

So as promised an update on my finished Prairie Schooler santa ornaments.

I'm still in love with my Christmas tree and started adding new branches (which takes time do to because of all the different side-branches). New ornaments will also be added ...
I still owe you some book reviews and pictures of the content!
I'm also thinking of a small give-away. More news will follow ... so stay tuned ;-)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Books, books, books!

Hi all,

This Saturday I went to a books fair held twice a year close to us. It's in a big hall filled with tables and tables and tables :-) full of books, ready to cater each and every need ... and for really interesting prices if you look around a little bit!

As you can imagine I alway go for two kinds of books: everything handcrafting ... and cook books. I wasn't disappointed ... here's my "autumn harvest" - see below :-)

Now the first book "Rainbow of Stitches" has a particular story to it ... Two weeks ago I saw a really cute Christmas ornament on Dani's site.
Beatrice's ornament held by Anne who received it (guess everyone wanted the pattern)

I asked Dani if she knew from which designer, blog, ... it was but she could only tell it was from a Dutch magazine or book. Googled it and dug through a couple of my (many) magazines but without any result. 
So fast forward to Saturday ... bought a couple of books that seemed really nice and when going through them at home you can imagine my surprise when I stumbled across the pattern for this ornament ... life's little ways ;-)!


Second book about gnomes (see earlier post)... 
translates as "The Gnome who doesn't want to go on Holiday"
Look at that quilt with birdhouses (can you imagine I bought this book just to have the pattern :-)
Nevertheless there were other nice things in it as well.

Makes me think of Joan Elliott's style

Second book from Donna Kooler I now have (first one is about stockings)

Couldn't resist this one (guess I'm typically female and bag-a-holic)

A really interesting book to have (goes more in depth how you can embellish quilts
with special stitches, buttons, beads, painting, etc. ...)

I'll share more pictures and information about these books later this week but wanted to share my excitement in finding them and not paying much for them!

As for stitching related things ... I've completely finished my Santa ornaments by the Prairie Schooler and they now happily hang on my chimney (will post piccies of that this week). I haven't been very fast with them since I started mid September and needed untill now to finish them off!

Guess I was afraid of the ornament making process that was completely new to me. It certainly won't be the last ornament I'll make because it wasn't as bad as it seemed. Everything went quite smooth ... I only needed to find the courage! ;-)

Have a nice week!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Libelle Winterfair and IHSW November 2012

Hi all,

As promised here are some photos of the Libelle Winterfair I've visited last week Thursday. This one was typical for women = cooking, baking, clothing, ... and most important all things crochet and embroidery.

Have a look ...

Bought one of the houses

Some lovely inspiration

Also tried some Décopatch

Ordered chart on E-bay :-)

 And of course, after being inspired I had to take some things home and immediately start with it :-).

My treasures

I started crocheting a scarf with it but didn't take pictures of that one yet. Alhough the wool is soft and "flexible" I think that it will be more "rigid and prickly" ;-)

The green linnen will be for future stitching of Christmas trees by The Prairie Schooler (leaflet I and II)

And because the were screaming to me, I've finished my first ornament completely. Mind you, everything was new to me ... putting together the ornament (with sewing machine), making cording and sewing it to the ornament. Phew ... one down, five to go! ;-)

And last but not least ... I've stitched some more on my "Weihnachten steht vor der Tür" by UB Stickdesigns. Have put some snow on the branches and stitched some more ornaments ... there are now 21 of them hanging on the tree.

Updates will follow ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I have been busy!

My oh my! It has been a week since I've last posted a thing. I can tell you that I've been quite busy in the meantime!

Last weekend I've finished my six Santa ornaments from the Prairie Schooler. I've put some backing to them, sewed them together with my sewing machine, stuffed them and closed the "holes" ;-). The only thing I'm not sure of is how I'm going to finally finish them by using some own made cording or something else.

I'll have the opportunity to scout around a little bit tomorrow because I'm going to the "Libelle Winterfair" (sorry but the site is only in Dutch but you get the idea) and I know that there will be some crafty boots as well :-). Something else I'm going to try is Décopatch. I want to make a complete Christmas wreath in it ... something like this but in Christmas outfit ...

I've also mad a big pompom this weekend because at work we needed a new keychain hanger. It was years ago since I last made one but I immediately felt comfortable with it ... it only took a lot of time! :-)

The next thing I'm contemplating on doing again is spool knitting (punniken in Dutch but I don't know if the translation is correct). I only need to find my little "device" again to make those famous cords (must have put it away too well because I don't seem to find it and I've been looking everywhere :-).

Photo from

After reading the post of Amarins about her recent purchases I've decided to tackle my Christmas tree by UB Design again (see previous post). It's really a joy to work on it and I know that I'll be a little bit sad when it's done but ... there's still plenty of work to be done so no worries yet! LOL!!!

Picture a little bit dark (taken early this morning)

I'll post an update tomorrow or the day after on my Winterfair adventures!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Country Cottage Needleworks - Christmas designs

I'm jumping up and down from excitement!

You see ... via Melissa's site I learned that Country Cottage Needleworks is going to release a monthly series and guess what! It will be a Santa's Village! Mellissa wants to start a SAL and I think I'll be participating!

Information from the CCN website:
The "Santa's Village" series is a 12 part series, with one pattern being released each month starting in November. All of the designs have a suggested fabric of 32 count Lambswool Linen, and all measure the same size with a stitch count of 72w by 88h. This makes them about 4 1/2" by 5 1/2" on the 32 count fabric.

Each of the designs are perfect to stitch alone, but they are really special when stitched together. If you decide to stitch the entire village in the way that I am showing it, it will have a stitch count of 288w x 268h, which makes it about 18" x 16 3/4", so you will need a 24" square piece of 32 count fabric. Horizonatally, the designs flow one into the next without skipping any stitches. Vertically, in between the rows, you skip two stitches.

Another special part of the designs is that each will use one button from Just Another Button Company. Using the button though is completely optional, and so it is not included with the pattern. If you like the button you can purchase it to add on, and if not, then just stitch the chart as directed without the button. Keep in mind that the buttons were chosen to fit with the 32 count fabric, so if you choose a different fabric count they may not fit the design as well.

To make it easier to plan out how you may want to stitch your village, I am giving a list of the pattern names in the order that they will be released : Santa's House, Poinsettia Place, North Pole Post Office, Mrs. Claus' Cookie Shop,
Santa's Stocking Store, Reindeer Stables, Christmas Tree Farm, Candy Cane Cottage, Santa's Sleighworks, Gingerbread Emporium, Elves' Workshop and Hot Cocoa Cafe.

Here's a preview from the total thing and from the first "ornament"!

 Can't wait!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Halloween and Christmas

Hi all,

As you might have guessed, I was away with my little family to one of the Center Parcs during this Autumn's vacation. Monday it's back to everyday life, but we're still enjoying our weekend.

I've finished my sixth Prairie Schooler santa ornament and will give a try at finishing them today although I'm still indicided on HOW I'll finish them :-) I'm not really experienced at machine stitching so we'll see ...
I also started stitching on that cute Halloween cat ornament.

On browsing my favourite shopping site, I've seen that Renato Parolin has released two trees which will be cool companion pieces to his Halloween tree (something I've been long time waiting for ... guess he heard my wish ;-) LOL!!!

Christmas tree

Easter tree

I'll show you my "ornaments progress" - hopefully - later this week :-)