The first finish is the ornament I made for my giveaway last month. It is in its new home now so I can post a photo. The pattern is by Homespun Elegance. I used DMC and Crescent Colors and stitched over one on 28 ct celery gingham. I think it turned out well. Gabi, who won it, likes it too.
The next finish was for my Lizzie Kate exchange. It too has arrived at its new home with Conny. I used two LK patterns for this one. ABC Crazy for the initial and Stitching Friends for the rest. Stitched over one on a piece of 28 ct linen.
I have two more exchanges finished and hope to be able to show you those soon. And the rest of my stitching will have to wait until after Christmas.
Between now and then I have way too many to get done. And just like every year I ask myself the same question. Why do I always wait until the last minute to get moving on my Christmas stitching? Every January I say I will start early. And every November I start to panic because I procrastinated.
Will I ever learn?
In two days it will be Thanksgiving here in the good old USA. A time for family, for reflecting, for giving thanks for all the good in our lives, for counting our blessings. Something we really should do every day and not just at Thanksgiving. And even though this Thanksgiving will be strange for me, the first without Mom, I am still thankful for many things. Today I have been trying to catch up on some of my blog reading and have read a number of posts that have moved me to tears. One of my favorites is the one posted by Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher.
I am thankful for all the love and caring that I have been blessed with from all my online friends. You have all helped me through some rough days. I am thankful for the cherished memories of Thanksgivings past with my Mom. I am thankful for my sisters and brothers and my many nieces and nephews. You are all beautiful. And I am thankful for my Rory who has brought me so many smiles and puppy cuddles in the dark days. Even if he insists on "helping."
May each and everyone of you have a delicious and blessed Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love.
Love and stitches
and licks from Rory too.