Where did the last 2 weeks go???? I thought it would be a pretty quiet Thanksgiving and for the most part it was but I never had a spare minute to post. I've been doing a bit of knitting and finally got around to blocking 3 shawls.... Hallelujah!!!! I procrastinate endlessly when in comes to blocking... and I know I can't wear the shawls till they are blocked but I still drag my feet. I will post pics of them later in the week. Right now I want to talk about Christmas... its coming... and I would like to request more time right up front... say another week or so? Not gonna happen, is it?
Well I have gotten one Christmas piece finished... and I started a new piece ...and there are only a bazillion more charts I want to get to... sounds like my normal behavior. First the finish...ta dah!!!
This is the Tournicoton J'Arrive chart. I stitched it on a 32 count linen I painted... in real life it is a very soft mottled blue with hints of aqua. The reins for the reindeer were a pain in the butt and I kept putting off stitching them...and then I got to the stars/snowflakes or whatever they are. The called for stitched had 18 steps and was done with one ply of floss... I did exactly ONE and knew that there was no way that was happening. I took that one star/snowflake out and went with a simpler big cross stitch with another on top of it. Like true snowflakes no two of my stitches are the same...but they are done...and they do add a nice accent to the piece. My plan is to finish it ala Priscilla... got a piece of galvanized metal that I think will work... it is on my list of things to do...next week.
And today I started this piece...
Lizzie Kate's Merry... ain't he a cute Santa? Reminds me of my son... big head...hope Santa has a big brain too...LOL!!! Another piece of 32 count linen I painted with a diluted Cherry Red Rit dye and some Turquoise. I hope to have a little stitching time after dinner, but I also hope to get my Fall decorations put away so I can start getting out the Christmas stuff.
The weather was great yesterday so I put out the inflatables ... a BIG snowman, a little snowman, a little gingerbread man and a hippo!!! The hippo is new and has a lot of meaning...one of my favorite Christmas songs is Gayla Peevey's "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas". You can see an video of the song from 1953 here... and you can see another video about Gayla here. And here in Cincinnati we've got a rock star hippopotamus at the zoo... Fiona...a little hippo born prematurely that the zoo hand raised. She's adorable and has captured every one's heart. She was even featured in an article in the New York Times which you can read here.
A fellow crafter I met this year has done some wonderful pottery featuring Fiona...
In Cincinnati we are known for our Flying Pigs and now we have the cutest hippo too!! You can see Trish's creations here in her Etsy shop, Gardenhouse Pottery. I'm getting one of these mugs for me!!
Oh...the inflatables...well when I put them up yesterday it was sunny ...so it wasn't till the evening I realized the big snowman didn't light up ... darn darn darn...he's only 2 years old...he still inflates but no lights, no kaleidoscope inside. So I went online and searched for how to fix it. Probably is a burnt out bulb but you have to get inside the inflatable through the zipper opening in the bottom and fish out the bulb and release it from its protective covering. Hmmm... I think I can do this... so I performed the surgery on the snowman, took the little bulb that looked burnt out so off to the hardware store and got a replacement and put it back together. I have to wait till it gets dark to see if I fixed it...fingers crossed.
I'll be linking up with Kathy's Quilts today and Super Mom - No Cape on Monday. I have BIG BIG BIG plans to get so much done this week... we shall see how much actually gets accomplished. The weather is suppose to be unseasonably warm...I'll take it... 60 degrees on Tuesday. I plan to put out my Christmas lights that day...and there is a quilt for the living room wall that needs quilting ...and I'm taking a class to make a crossbody purse ...I'm doing it in Christmas fabrics in hopes that I'll get it finished...and I have a
couple several oh heck a whole bunch of new Christmas charts headed for my mail box this week. It's the most busiest time of the year!!!
Hope your week is as productive as I want mine to be!!!