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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Busy and Busier




This time of year always seems to be exceptionally busy. After all the outdoor fall work and a few weeks hiatus in November, things seem to swing into "full speed ahead" with Christmas looming. As you can guess from my rather spotty presence here lately, I've been busy just simply "getting stuff done." Find a new Doctor. Check. Annual checkup. Check. Mammogram and bloodwork booked. Check. Vet appointments and vaccinations for the kitties. Check. Register "change of ownership" for both kitties with the companies they are chipped to. Check. Start Christmas shopping. Check. Pack and send Christmas box for Laura and family. Check. Sort, box and deliver unused Christmas decor to Value Village. Check. Decorating done except for family room tree. Check.... On and on it goes. I have done some sewing, but as it is all for Christmas, I cannot show you yet. (You will see it eventually, I promise.) Next big job is the Christmas letter and cards - that's #1 on my to do list for the next few days.





Meanwhile, I've been doing some stitching in the evenings. The current project is also a gift so you won't see it until after the 25th, but here is a small one I finished a few days ago. I started it last year (or was it the year before?) got it about 95% finished, then set it aside. So it didn't take more than an hour or so to finish up, attach the tiny buttons, and deliver it to the framer. I took it in on Sunday afternoon and had it back on Monday! How's that for great service! It's a Lizzie Kate design, #Q07 in the Quick-it series. I enjoy working her designs, they are always well charted and easy to follow. (I have done this one before so you may remember it, gave it to a friend.) Here's another LK Christmas one I did a few years back - so cute!


Through late October and into November I was working on a Hallowe'en piece; seems silly to be showing it to you now, with Hallowe'en long past, but here's my progress so far, roughly half done. It was a Mystery Sampler a few years ago, done in three parts, also by Lizzie Kate. It'll be put aside now, as I have a few small winter pieces I want to do, but hopefully you'll see it next fall all finished and framed.

What's keeping you busy these days? Are you doing any Christmas stitching?

Peace,
Linda

'Tis the season to be jolly....

7 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I like the 'be naughty'! I read it to hubby and we both had a chuckle. I was going to wait until I finished decorating and cleaned my house really good. Maybe I should just do a craft or sew! lol I can never find a stopping place around here! Hugs!

Jennifer said...

Oh- I love your berries in the snow, what a beautiful picture! It would make a wonderful Christmas card. Yes, I can relate to the Santa cross stitch......right now I'm about to have a coffee then think about getting ready to play at a Christmas party this evening, and hopefully it won't be spoiled by a downpour like yesterday's three storms.

Dolores said...

I've been busy sewing and knitting. Nothing really for Christmas but things that have to get done. I did find a small cross stitch kit that I'd like to do.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

You have been really busy, Linda!
The soft, white snow looks lovely in the first photo and the stitch works are really pretty and fun. :)
I'm mainly knitting socks. It's something you can do while watching TV and I would become nervous just sitting and doing nothing...
Wishing you a happy weekend! Hugs!

Vee said...

Plenty to keep me busy without making things beyond messes. Wonderful and fun pieces you have been working on.

kath001 said...

Save Santa a trip! LOL That is so cute!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Lovely winter picture...even though I HATE that s**w!! Love your stitching. It could be Halloween at MY house year round, but then October would be nothing special and we can't have THAT!! I'm just doing what I always do..putzing and stitching.
xx, Carol

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