Sunday 9 December 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

Good morning all and hope that your weekend has been going well? It's certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our house now as trees and decorations were put up yesterday.  I have to confess that it was probably a bit earlier than I would normally do them, but pressure (i.e. offspring nagging) made me do it!  It does get a bit easier as the kids have got older as they help rather than hinder - most of the time. Although tying gold tinsel round the dog probably doesn't constitute decorating the house (I think she quite liked it though!).  But I now have lots of little glowing white lights and feel ready to tackle the card-writing and present-wrapping.  I do get accused of my Christmas tree looking like a shop display, as I'm very boring (apparently) and only like white lights (and not flashing ones - a certain recipe for a migraine!) and gold baubles. So I weakened this year and allowed some soft glow coloured ones on a tree in the hall - and they do look quite nice! I do like my home to look cosy and festive, with lots of greenery and candles - we just need some snow now to make it look like a film set for performing 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' lol!

And thankfully the building work on the bathroom is now finished - and it looks wonderful! It's fantastic to have a shower with a good strong flow and a toilet that flushes properly first time! It's quite sad really how excited a middle aged woman can get over bathroom fittings.....

Anyway, just thought I'd share a bit of cross stitch with you today. I've been busy making a last few Christmas cards as well, and will try and get some decent photos today if the light is a bit better.

This little hanger was made with a chart from Lizzie Kate. I stitched it onto gold-flecked aida fabric and added a few gold beads. I just liked the simplicity of this one, and the 'rustic' charm (although most of my cross stitch offerings have a touch of the 'rustic' about them - probably to do with dog & cat hairs!). 

And this little hanger was from a pattern in an old American cross stitch magazine

I stitched this onto ivory aida - and again, can't resist adding some beads!  I was a bit disappointed though, as it's supposed to be a heart shape, but due to my dodgy stitching up and stuffing technique, it's looking like a bit of a wonky heart! Sigh. 

Anyway, I'll be back soon with yet more Christmas cards - and much as I love Christmas, it'll be quite nice when I've finished these not to have to make any more for a while! 
Enjoy the rest of your day, 
Kim x 

I'm entering these hangers into the following challenges:-
Emergency Crafters - deck the halls
Fussyand Fancy - I love Christmas
CraftUsCrazy - Christmas/Winter


  1. Kim this is just gorgeous. Love the colours and all the little finishing touches. You have a great eye for detail. Hop on over to my blog to partake in my 400 Follower Give Away - thank you so much if you have already participated.
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  2. Both of these are gorgeous Kim. Glad you are happy with your new bathroom. We all get to the age that simple things please us. Lol!!!


  3. Oh, these are really so beautiful Kim. I love the stitched designs and the added beads look fabulous.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the day

  4. You have been busy Kim. These are both gorgeous and I'm sure will be loved by whoever receives them
    Eileen x

  5. wow these are awesome i hold my hands up in praise of anyone who can stich.....totally brilliant creations kim love sassyxxxx

  6. these are just lovely, so festive xx

  7. Lovely cross stitch projects. Just remembered I was sewing a bag for my Aunt's Christmas. Oops!

    Susan x

  8. Love both of them. Love the addition of the beads. Perfect. Hugs Nina

  9. These are beautiful Kim the designs are gorgeous. Carolinexxx

  10. Gorgeous cross stitch Kim, I love the heart! And that oval card is beautiful, really like that one, and the colours, and the design. And the little boy card with the LOTV stamp, and...well, they're all great! x

  11. Beautiful work, love the way you have used the beads. xx Flora

  12. Hi Tilly. These are just stunning! Look at the amount of work that has gone into it. You are truly talented. I am so sorry for not commenting lately I have just been so busy and am now on three DT Blogs so they keep me busy lol. Thank you for leaving such lovely comments on my blog xxx

  13. These are beautiful hun! :) Gorgeous work, I love to see stuff like this! :) makes me feel all homely!



  14. Hi Kim,
    Absolutely lovely! Thank you for joining us at Emergency Crafters! ~Lucy x

  15. Hi Kim,
    Happy New Year and congrats on winning the Emergency Carfters Challenge. Fab creation.
    Have a wonderful crafty New Years Day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.


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