Monday, 12 November 2012

Some Christmas Stitching!

Good afternoon from a very grey, dismal and damp Lancashire UK! After the frosty sunshine of yesterday, we're back to what I suppose is a typical November day for us, with dark grey skies, drizzling rain and the sort of chilly dampness that seems to invade the house.  Roll on spring!  The only 'nice' thing about this sort of weather is that I get a great sense of 'Home' and comfort when the fire gets lit, candles are lit (I've got a rather worrying fetish for candles...) and it all feels warm and cosy.

Anyway, I thought that I'd share a bit of cross stitch with you for a change today.

This little decoration was made with some gold-flecked aida fabric and odds and ends of green embroidery threads, and then some different coloured beads threaded and stitched across for the garlands.  The pattern came from an old American cross stitch magazine.  There are some fabulous American stitching patterns and magazines, but some are hard to find in the UK. However, I managed to pick up a couple from a second-hand book shop a while ago, and one of them had some fantastic Christmas decorations and patterns in - which is where this came from!  I've made several decorations from them which will probably be appearing on here over the coming weeks! I must confess that I love to decorate our home up at Christmas and probably go a bit OTT with white lights (I don't like coloured ones lol!), candles and cross stitched bits and pieces!
So hope you like it! 
But just before I go I'd just like to wish my eldest step-daughter Charlotte a very happy birthday today! 
This is our three gorgeous girls - and Charlotte is at the front! 
Back soon, Kim x 

I'd like to enter this cross stitch into the following challenges:-
Gingerloft Challenge - a touch of gold
Make it Monday - anything goes
Pin and Tack Blogspot - spark your creativity anything goes


  1. I like that lots, the stitched beads are great on there. xx Flora

  2. You are so clever Kim. This is lovely. Happy Birthday to you step-daughter. They are beautiful girls.

  3. Beautiful cross stitch....lovely

  4. This is beautiful Kim it's something I've wanted to try for a long time. Happy Birthday to your step-daughter. Caroline xxx

  5. This is gorgeous, love cross stitch but they do take a while don't they? Your girls look beautiful xx

  6. Kim this look gorgeous,and i love your photo of the girls, have a good week, x carol

  7. This is so pretty Kim.
    Your girls look beautiful too. Happy Birthday Charlotte

    Hugs Kelly

  8. This is lovely Kim, love the little blingy touches... cross stitch used to be my thing, but I haven't done any for years! Lovely photo of your girls :o) Hugs, Lisa x

  9. Oh your girls are so pretty! Beautiful picture Kim. :-) Love your cross stitch piece. When I used to do it many moons ago I always went for the patterns with beads. They add such pretty sparkle. Hugs!

  10. This is gorgeous Kim, I love the gold fleck and the tiny beads looks so beautiful.
    Happy Birthday to Charlotte, that is such a lovely photo.


  11. This looks stunning Kim. Love the tree and the beads look gorgeous.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  12. Wow so beautiful and a lovely pic of your pretty girls too! Karenx

  13. A beautifully stitched tree and the little beads look fab.
    Your girls are all gorgeous, lovely photo.
    Lorraine x

  14. Fab! I haven't cross stitched for ages. Feel I should pick it back up again.

    Your girls are gorgeous, beautiful photo.

    Susan xx

  15. Love your cross stitch. The addition of the beads look great. Hugs Nina

  16. Beautiful cross stitching Kim, love the tree and the tiny beads, so pretty.
    Gorgeous photo of 3 gorgeous girls...Happy Birthday to Charlotte..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  17. Great project for our challenge this week it's beautiful.

    Thanks for joining us at gingerloft.


  18. Beautiful card Kim. Love it. And a very Happy Birthday to Charlotte.
    Caz x

  19. That's gorgeous Kim, love it. And your garden card is so cute too. Hope Charlotte had a lovely birthday. x

  20. Beautiful cross stitch. A lovely tree and the beads look great. Saw this on MIM

  21. Beautiful cross stitch (love your beaded garland) and gorgeous pic of your girls too! :)

  22. Hi Kim,

    Stopping by from MIM. Your tree really stood out as I was scrolling through. Cross stitch is one of the only crafts I just couldn't get into! I would go cross eyed trying to count LOL!! I love yours though especially with the beading...beautiful touch.


  23. Hi Kim,

    I just love your pretty Christmas tree in the frame. I use to do cross stitch all the time. I'm so glad I stopped over from MIM. I hope you will drop by for a visit.

  24. Beautiful stitching Kim. I used to love cross stitching but it eventually ruined my eyes. Still have a Victorian snowy street scene 95% finnished... must complete it one day.....
    What beautiful girls you have hope Charlotte had a great birthday
    Eileen x

  25. Kim, you sound just like me! I've got a terrible candle fetish and I refuse to have anything other than white lights at Christmas - everywhere!
    Your cross stitched tree is beautiful and the aida with the gold lurex flecks looks wonderful against the greens. I adore beads and the idea of using them for garlands is perfect.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But A Card and I do hope we'll see you again soon.

  26. A gorgeous cross stitch Christmas tree and I love the beads.

    Thanks for joining us at One Stop Craft this week in our anything goes challenge.


  27. Kim this is just beautiful! Your stitched leaves on the tree are so's just perfect. A lot of work has gone into that :) Sarah xx

  28. Hi

    This is very pretty.

    Unfortunately though, as it is not paper craft it is not a valid entry in the Make It Monday linky party.

    Michelle :o)

  29. Beautiful project! Love the little beading detail. Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card!

  30. Wonderful - Fantastic beading, too! Thank you for sharing this with us at ABAC :)

    I invite you to join me at this ANYTHING GOES challenge here:

    Lots of crafty joy,

  31. cute little Christmas tree - love the beading on it!
    Thank you for joining us at Anything But A Card!

    Hugs, Alica ;)

  32. beautiful tree.
    thanks for sharing.


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Kim x