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Christmas Stitching

Even though I have about 47 things I should be doing, stitching seems to always find its way to the top of the list.

Especially when it's cute Christmas stitching.

I've been obsessive about reindeer for the past year, so this piece has been ridiculously fun to stitch.  It's "The Night Before Christmas" from Prairie Schooler.

  The Night Before Christmas Prairie Schooler

Simple. Colorful. Love.

Sig


Mini Treats.

Today marks the second of two office Christmas parties.

It's the best day in the office.  Ever.

Food all day long.  Not even kidding.  From the second we all walk through the doors until the second we leave, it's wall to wall food.  Breakfast, lunch, desserts, snacks, you name it, we're eating it.  It's a bit ridiculous, actually. Throw in some holiday trivia games and a gingerbread house building contest, and it's a good day.  Then, it's off to happy hour to celebrate the season.

Remember that insane gingerbread cake I made last week because I was dying to have some?

Well, I made it again for the party, but this time as mini loaves, so I can give it to my friends.  Food gifts are the best.  And if it's gingerbread?  Total win.

  gingerbread mini cakes

Have you had your office Christmas/holiday parties yet?  Do you make food gifts to give to your friends and/or coworkers?  What do you make?

Sig


This month is already flying... | Scrapbooking

It's hard to believe we're already at 8 December already.

I mean, really.  There are only 17 days left till Christmas!!  I need to start binge watching my Christmas specials.  I still have some saved on my DVR from last year - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (anyone else remember that one??  The one where the clock stops and the mouse and the clockmaker have to fix it so Santa knows it's Christmas????), The Grinch (the original cartoon, not the Jim Carey version), It's a Wonderful Life....I need to watch them ALL.

I also need to watch White Christmas as many times as humanly possible in the next 17 days.

Each day has kinda flown by, but I have managed to keep track in my December Daily album.  Much of it routine, but that's ok. 

December Daily Days 3 & 4

Day 3 was just a day where I didn't feel particularly like I needed a photo, so I journaled what I was feeling.  There are some pretty awesome things happening this Christmas season, so I took this time just to jot it down in my album.  I also got my first Christmas card last week - I decided this year that, instead of saving my cards in a separate album, I'd incorporate them into my DD album as I get them.  Much easier that way.  Day is kinda hidden...because I forgot to slide the card over and take another shot...(sigh)...but it was the day I sat in Starbucks and wrote out all my Christmas cards.  (yes!  they're out! they're mailed! i can barely believe it myself!! check your mailboxes!!)

December Daily Days 5 & 6 foundation pages

 

Days 5 and 6 are just foundations pages at the moment.  Day 5 has journaling for that day, but I didn't print out the picture I wanted for that slot up top.  Same goes for Day 6 - I have the pic, just didn't print it yet.

December Daily Day 7

Day 7 was all about this PHENOMENAL gingerbread cake I made.  I was busy cleaning and purging and gathering clothes to donate to Purple Heart, and took a break for a smidge to bake.  I'd been craving gingerbread for days, and I decided to just give in and bake.  I much prefer darker gingerbread, and was skeptical of this recipe when the batter turned out pretty light.  However, it baked up super dark and moist, and OH.MY.GOD is it good.  I made it gluten-free, saved a couple pieces for myself, and took the rest to work.  There is no way I can allow this to stay in the house.  It would've been completely gone by now had I not cut it up and put it on a plate to bring into work.  Also, it's iced with a cream cheese frosting.  Next time, I'm making a chocolate frosting for it.  The thought of that....I can't even. (if you want to try your hand at this beyond delicious gingerbread, the original recipe can be found here on Joy The Baker's website)

Gingerbread is seriously one of my favorite things....ever.....

That's all I have for now!  This week should fly by as well...one of our work Christmas parties is this Thursday, which is always a good time, so we'll all be anticipating the celebration!

How is your Christmas season so far??  Have you done any baking?  Have you put up your tree?  Do tell!! :-)

 


December Daily: Day 2

Well, I'm already a little behind, but that's ok.  I have photos mapped out for yesterday and today, so at least I'm on track to being somewhat up-to-date.

Here's Day 2:  I spent the bulk of the night sewing a nursing cover for my sister.  I promised her one as part of her baby shower gift, and was so busy getting other things ready for the shower, this project was a victim of me running out of time.

December Daily Day 2

 

While I sewed, I had "Charlie Brown Christmas" on tv in my bedroom.  Somehow, I always miss the airing of this special every year, but my mom reminded me, so I put it on while I worked, AND set my DVR.  I refused to miss it this year!  I found this printable of Linus's speech, which I resized to 5x7, and put in a 5x7 Project Life protector.  Perfect addition to the day, and a reminder of one of my all-time favorite Christmas specials.

So, that's Day 2.  

I also changed my cover page - I didn't like the 4x6 I originally had in there.  

December Daily cover page

There's a moose now.  Much better.  

Sig


December Daily: Day 1 | Scrapbooking

I am seriously determined to keep up with this album this year.  Seriously determined.  Having a photo printer this go-around will hopefully help with that.

Yesterday was your regular run-of-the-mill Monday.  Nothing crazy to report.  I did continue working on a few projects, including making envelopes for my Christmas cards.

December Daily Day 1 2014

I haven't gotten to fill in the squares on the facing page yet, so I just put squares from the scraps after I made the envelopes for my Christmas cards.  Making envelopes might be my new favorite thing to do.  Ever.  I got the templates from Paper Source (same place I got the envelope liner templates which are also super fun to use), and the Cavallini paper I used I got after Christmas last year when it was super cheap.  Since I didn't make each card different this year, I decided to make a few fun envelopes instead.  Totally worth it.

The 3x4 cards up top are from Project Life (left) and Stitch In Time (right).  The stamp set I used for the #1 on the card on the left is from Cavallini.

Tea was close at hand last night...it was a dreary night as we wait for some cold air to come our way.

Hope you all had a great start to your week!  Are any of you doing a December Daily album this year??

23 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!

Sig

 


The Christmas season is officially here! | December Daily

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

This year, I ventured to NYC for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Why, you ask?  Simple.  My friend, Matt, was marching in the parade as a member of the Madison Scouts. He was one of 426 participants, made up of current and alumni members, to march in this event.

The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps was one of the groups that marched down 7th Avenue, around Columbus Circle, and down Broadway to Herald Square.  And guess what else?!  They were the group RIGHT IN FRONT of Santa, so they essentially escorted him to Macy's!!  

HOW COOL IS THAT!!!

This video doesn't do justice to how absolutely incredible the brass players are in this corps, but this is what was broadcast on tv (they played Christmas songs as they marched down to Macy's, but this is all that was captured for the broadcast....)

 

I mean, COME ON.  Those screaming trumpets!!!  I can't.  

Here's them at rehearsal, standing still, playing the cadence and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town":

 

Seriously.  So. Much. Fun.

This event, naturally, had to mark the beginning of my December Daily album.  This year, I am determined to keep up with it better than in the past.  Determined.

The December Daily is intended to be just the days leading up to Christmas and then Christmas day (1-25 December), but I like to include the entire Christmas season, which starts (in this case) with Thanksgiving Day.

Here are is my album so far ---

  December Daily 2014

I'm not sure how I like the 4x6 title, so I may end up changing that, but I do like to keep things simple.  The top left is from a Heidi Swapp value pack with embellies from My Mind's Eye, and the right is a pic I took when I was in Chestnut Hill on Wednesday morning, before I headed up to NYC.  It was too awesome with the holly boughs and the pup sitting outside Starbucks, waiting for his owner.

December Daily 2014

For this spread, I used the Merry Christmas letterpress plate from Studio Calico, a quick pic on the train, and 2x2 instas from the parade (i printed all these pics on my Canon Selphy 910, which is a great lil' printer for projects like this, so you can instantly add photos to the album.).  Unfortunately, I couldn't get close enough to the parade itself to snap pics of the Scouts as they went by, but since the balloons are enormous, I was able to get snaps of some of them.  I still have to do simple embelishments for the red squares, but I left it as-is for the moment, and hopefully tomorrow I'll be more inspired to get my stamps and embellies out to finish this page.

That's it, folks!  December Daily is officially started!!

How was your Thanksgiving?!  Have you started any of your Christmas season festivities yet?!!?

Sig


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas | Cross Stitch

Yeah, I know.  It's been looking like Christmas since before Halloween, but places are starting to put up their lights, so it's really starting to look Christmassy here :-)

Suburban Square in Ardmore, PA #Christmas

If you couldn't guess, Christmas is my ABSOLUTE favorite time of year.  I'm a summer baby through-and-through, but Christmas makes me so happy I can hardly stand it.  The music, the lights, the decorations, the card making, the cookie baking, the mulled cider, the hot chocolate, ALL OF IT.  I want it to be always.  

But, then it wouldn't be such a special time of year, so I have to settle and only have it be during December. 

(sigh)

All this Christmas excitement has me pulling out some of my newer (to me) Christmas stitch patterns, like this one from With Thy Needle - 

Letters to Santa #WithThyNeedleandThread #crossstitch #needle #thread

 This is "Letters to Santa" and is adorbs.  I am in love with the snowmen and the giant candy cane in Santa's hand.

Letters to Santa

 

And the reindeer!  I die. (ps - this second shot is closer to what the fabric really looks like - the lighting distorted the top pic a little)

I haven't decided if I'm gonna frame this (I stitched it on 40 ct. Purely Primitive from Silkweaver, because the 22 ct called for in the graph is just too much.) - it's a 5x5 square - or make it into a small.  I pulled the green fabric from my sewing stash, just to see what it would look like with this piece, and I'm really torn.  I'll probably decide sometime in 2017 what to do with this, but until then, I'll just keep on stitching.  :-)

Are you guys working on anything for Christmas right now?!  Or are you already 2 seasons ahead of me and working on summer stuff???

Sig


Sunday Things.

Sundays are for pancakes.  And stitching.   And reading.  And maybe some scrapping. And really not much else. 

This week, I finished two books - In the Garden of Beasts, and The Fault in our Stars.  Both were exceptionally good, and not what I expected when I started reading.  Now, I'm working through finishing Elizabeth I, since I've been reading it for over a year now...

Although I have to be gluten-free for health reasons, I've really been trying to stay away from all grains over the past year, but today I was really, really craving pancakes.  God only knows why.  So, luckily I found this recipe for grain-free banana pancakes.  Heaven.

I also worked on some Christmas stitching.  Nora Corbett has a line of Red Ladies, all for Christmas.  I have almost all of them (I really have a problem...), and I decided to start with the one who's holding the black kitty, since I used to have one.  Just need to fill in with the Wisper threads on her dress and for the kitty & it's done!

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Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope you're enjoying your day!

Sig
 


Red Ladies | Cross Stitch

This past weekend, for whatever reason, I was all about getting into the Christmas spirit.  Maybe it was the cooler temps that got me thinking about my most favorite season ever.  Or that July isn't over yet, so I could technically still celebrate Christmas in July.

But then again, I don't ever really need a reason to be in the Christmas spirit.

I'm a sucker for all things Christmas, especially Christmas stitching and paper.  I'm already hoarding cute Christmas paper for my December Daily album.

Ahem.

I went up to my third floor on the hunt for a new pattern to stitch (I keep them as far away from my stitching area as possible so I don't have 457 projects started and none finished), and remembered that I have almost all of the Red Ladies series from Nora Corbett.  I've done two of her larger designs (she has many), Royal Holiday and Sabrina, but this is the first of her smaller graphs that I've done.  I might even be done before Christmas.

Well, this one, anyway, not the entire series.  Although that's something to shoot for....

I always forget how much longer it takes to stitch on 40 ct fabric, since the squares are so small....until I pick up 32 ct fabric, and fly through the stitches....

Red ladies i

I decided for this series, since they're all Christmas themed, that the fabric also needed to be festive.  So, I'm stitching at least 3-4 of these lovely ladies on Crystal Legacy from Picture This Plus.  I love their fabrics and most of them can be ordered in crystal if you want that opalescent look to spice up your stitching without changing any of the fibers.  I've said before, changing the fabric is the easiest way to change the entire look of a pattern, and this adds sparkle to a Christmas piece without me having to resort to using Kreinik threads.  

Let's not even go there about Kreiniks......

Have any of you started your Christmas stitching yet??

Sig

PS - for another example of choosing a different fabric than what the model was stitched on, check out my Skeleton Crew - I get requests all the time for my floss color changes from my LNS (they're now on my Fabric & Floss page), but the biggest difference in what I did was with the fabric I chose - it changed the entire piece.


Eat, Drink, and Be Merry | Cross Stitch

As crafters & stitchers, we all know the importance of doing our holiday projects early.

Unless you're me, and you wait until Christmas Eve to sew the faux fur throw that you're giving to your sister the next day.  

Ahem.

I actually like to stitch Christmas pieces all year.  I love love love Christmas, and no matter what I'm working on, I alway have at least one Christmas piece going at the same time.

As I stitch the Rosewood Manor piece, I need huge breaks from all that backstitching, so I picked up this Waxing Moon Design to work on when I can no longer see straight from stitching script letters.  I finished it in about 3.7 seconds.  It also happens to be the companion piece to Eat, Drink, and Be Scary, one of my favorite Halloween pieces that I've stitched.

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Um.  I love this.  How stinkin' cute are those buttons?!  They're from Just Another Button Company, and they come in a pack specific to this pattern.

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The teeny lights!!  I die.

The graph calls for a plain white fabric, but I chose Smoky White instead, just to give it a little variation.  Stark white for stitching always kinda turns me off, so the slight variation in this fabric with the greys helps make it a little softer.

What are you guys working on?  Have you started any Christmas pieces yet?  

Much love ~~~

Sig