Sunday, December 16, 2018

Advent Post 2018

Hello Dear Reader,

So happy you could join me today for day 16 on Jo's Advent Calendar. You can see all the calendar over at Jo's HERE, but don't forget to come back and comment here, tee hee!




While writing I'd just like to say a very warm "Welcome" to any new "Followers" and would just mention that if you are a "new to me" blogger I won't know who you are unless you leave me a comment to say hello, as, unfortunately all I will know about you from the Follower badge is the blogs you follow.

But, back to the Advent Calendar!

Jo has asked us all to show some Christmas stitching and to talk about a favourite Christmas song. This is Mrs Christmas and some of you may remember I mentioned her before! This was a kit from CrossStitcher which I stitched in record time. Well, I thought so, but I'm not sure my photo reached the magazine, coz I didn't win! But, anyway, I have two Christmas finishes to show you .....

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Kit from Cross Stitcher 338

I actually liked her better before I put her together ..... still she is fully finished off!

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The Flashing Scissors

And this was the free sample I sent for from the same magazine .....

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Stitched using DMC's new Etoile. Sorry to sound like an advert ..... of course, as usual, I am not being paid to mention these I just like them a lot!

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I said I'd let you know how I got on stitching this thread (as it looked like it would be very catchy) 

I used shorter threads than usual (11" long, approx.) and a teeny piece of paper to thread the needle, so the thread didn't catch there either, and can report this method worked very well!

I used the pattern I received with the sample of thread, and I really loved stitching it. Once I started it worked up very easily.

The Flashing Scissors


To finish today, I remember, as a child at school,  I used to enjoy singing along with the the song Ding Dong Merrily on high and I found a version HERE but one of my favourite Christmas pop songs was John Lennon’s “So this is Christmas” which you can hear HERE .

Whoops, afraid time got away from me again and this is rather a hurried post, apologies for that!

I hope to be back soon with a Gifted Gorgeousness post ..... I have a couple of other finishes to share.

How are you doing ..... any Christmas finishes, are you even ready for Christmas?

Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas!


Hugs,
Barbara xxx





34 comments:

Sheryl said...

Hi Barb its always a pleasure to visit your blog to see the beautiful work that you do. I love your Mrs Claus decoration and the Xmas bauble design is gorgeous well done on your beautiful work my friend.
I think I am ready for Xmas except for the cooking,hope you have a wonderful week Barb .

Catherine - Hillview Embroidery said...

What lovely pieces! You must have a really lovely home with all your decorations. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Mary said...

Mrs Christmas is a darling ornament and how perfect you finished her! Love the free chart and that new DMC thread is perfect for Christmas stitching. Well done!! Nope, not close to being ready for Christmas and I love that John Lennon version.

Queeniepatch said...

Mrs Christmas looks very different before and after being turned into an ornament, especially the hair. I think she is charming, but I like the other cross stitch ornament even more. Thank you for the thread report.
Wishing you the very best of Christmases, too.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love your Mrs. Christmas - she's indeed a treasure! I can see the sparkle in the DMC thread too - so perfect for making Christmas ornaments! My absolute favourite song is a relatively new one - Faith Hill's 'A Baby Changes Everything'. It makes me cry every single time I hear it (good tears, I might add!).

Deborah Richardson said...

I have made a couple of those cone ornaments and shared them on my blog in the past. My kit also form a mag came with a most feeble needle that bent right out of shape. Appreciate the review on the new thread, I have been tempted but as I still have not used much from the light effects set I let my self be tempted by previously I shall wait a little more I think. All planned for a finish for gifts sewing is done (unless I suddenly think to try and do something additional, it has been known to happen. Yet still not feeling prepared. I hope by the time my day for the advent rolls up I will be able to say I am all set.

Mini said...

I love both the Christmas finishes. I’m always attracted towards non framed finishes. Merry Christmas.

Astrids dragon said...

You finished Mrs C beautifully! And your second ornament looks lovely too.
You can't go wrong with John Lennon's Christmas!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year. I like both versions of Mrs Christmas, the flat one looks like she has a big beehive hairdo under that hat!

Two more great songs. Ding Dong Merrily is a schoolchild's favourite to be sung with enthusiasm.

Nice to know the Etoile stitches up nicely, a little sparkle is always nice to add to Christmas ornies.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I love Mrs Christmas and your deer cross stitch. I also enjoyed the music. And no. Not nearly ready for Christmas - must start sooner next year... :D

Kim said...

Your Mrs Christmas cross stitch is beautiful. She looks ever so lovely all stitched up. The little bauble cross stitch is pretty as well. I remember singing Ding Dong Merrily on High.....I love Christmas Carols. I am afraid that I am not really prepared for Christmas, oh well, not to worry, I suppose it will all come together before the big day. =)

DJ said...

I think Mrs. Claus turned out beautifully!! It's always fun to make up those free kits...and they always look better than the picture!! Your other ornament is lovely too, I can see the sparkles in the thread. I struggle with metallic threads, so my hat is off to you for making it look wonderful! You've chosen a wonderful Christmas song! Thanks for sharing, and I hope you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas!

Elfie said...

Beaitiful stitching! I do love Mrs Claus, finished or unfinished. I hope your Christmas is full of joy and love.

Barb said...

Mrs. Clause is just adorable. Thank you for the tips on using that thread!

Cathy said...

I'm new to your blog, but I love your Mrs. Santa. I just received mine the other day and plan to stitch it after Christmas. I also love that Jo does these blog hops so I can find new blogs to follow on Bloglovin'.

RJ said...

Barbara, your Mrs. Christmas is perfect in every way. She is so adorable and you did such a great job stitching her and finishing her. I like the free stitching pattern too. I will listen to your favorite songs and know I will enjoy them. Have a blessed and lovely Christmas with your family. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Mary H said...

Your Mrs. Claus is so cute! And the Etoile thread ornament came out really well too! I just got a little of it myself-looking forward to trying it out soon!

Pamela said...

Great finishes! I love the Mrs. Claus!

Shirlee said...

Very pretty ornaments!

jocondine said...

Love your Mrs Christmas, she is really nice. Joyeuses fêtes de Noël ! xxx

Faith... said...

Mrs. Claus is so cute! I love the finishing on that one.

Lin said...

Nice work Barbara - Mrs Christmas is great. xx

Katie said...

What beautiful stitching. Thanks for sharing. Mrs. Claus is just beautiful. What a fun finish. Merry Christmas!

Leonore Winterer said...

Lovely stitching. I agree with you, Mrs Christmas does seem to look better unfinished, but she still came out great!
I love John Lennon, this is one of my favourite Christmas songs as well.

Sheryl S. said...

Lovely post Barbara, love Mrs Christmas and the bright happy colours and also the pattern stitched with the new Etoile thread. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Birthe M. Kalleland. Bjørhovde said...

I love both your Christmas stitching. Beautiful ornaments! :-)

Ariadne said...

Lovely ornaments! Happy holidays! AriadnefromGreece!

rosey175 said...

I think 3D stitches are so neat! But I am also learning they're quite fiddly to put together, my goodness. I like your Mrs. Christmas! I wonder about the new Etoile floss. I haven't seen it available in stores here yet, but it may be like the new colors and only in a particular chain... That I don't often get to! Sparkly things are always awesome though.

Your songs are both great! I'm a bit more familiar with the John Lennon one though!

Julie said...

Mrs Christmas is lovely, I really like her.
I have a couple of Christmas finishes to share, planning a post over he weekend hopefully when i've caught up on blog reading.

Aimetu Clare said...

Great songs, both full of Christmas. Mrs Christmas is beautiful, such neat stitching and finishing. Merry Christmas 🎄

Mouse said...

sorry your didn't get the past the post award .. love Mrs Claus though and neat trick with the paper .. thank you for popping over to my blog too … I am catching up tonight with all the blogs on the hop :) love mouse xxxx
Merryyyyy Christmas :)

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Two lovely finishes. The John Lennon song is a 'must' for Christmas.

Beth in IL said...

Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing the cute ornament. Love it!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Really lovely embroideries! I don’t know the threading-a-needle-with-paper method though!