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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Online Advent Calendar - Day 14

 
Thank you to Jo at Serendipitous Stitching for hosting the 2014 Online Advent calendar. This is my first year participating and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's posts.
 
 
I have done a lot of Christmas stitching over the years. As a matter of fact, my first counted cross stitch piece was a Santa. I don't have pictures of all of them as they were completed before the ease of digital photography and I gifted most of them, but I did run around the house taking pictures of the things that I have kept and put up every year.
 
The large one on the left is Shepherd's Bush's Santaberry Pudding. From top to bottom: Lavender and Lace's Gift of Peace; Peppermint Twist by Blue Ribbon Designs; 12 Days of Christmas by Hinzeit; Angel of Light by Lavender and Lace; Angel of Freedom by Lavender and Lace; 1993 Angel by Lavender and Lace, Fondant Icing by The Nutmeg Company; and, 1991 Christmas Angel by Lavender and Lace
We do have stockings that I stitched from the old Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine, but I haven't pulled them out of storage yet and can't find a photo anywhere.
 
Jo asked us to tell about the best present ever. I could tell you about the Needlework System 4 stand that The Hubs gave me or the year he drove the ladies at Needlecraft Corner crazy with phone calls while trying to get a pattern kitted for me or the Jane West doll my sister and I got way back when. But in all honesty, the best ever present wasn't a Christmas present but a St. Nicholas day present and it was my sister. Now, I will be frank and say that I was probably not all that thrilled at the time and there were times that I would have gladly returned or traded her, but I know that my life would be lacking without her in it.




18 comments:

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part this year. I hadn't realised it was your first one!
I have stitched the L&L freebies too. I've stitched most of the L&L ones and a few of the Mirabilia ones too, some as gifts.
I am sure a sister is a lovely gift, I hope your Dad did not hide her in the cupboard to surprise you like Katie's Dad did with her puppy on day 7!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Wow! Your shared collection of stitchery is beautiful ")
Merry Christmas*

Leonore Winterer said...

Oh, I love those Advent Calendar Stories - so many beautful christmas pieces you have there! ^_^

Linda said...

Your stitching is beautiful Susan.

Linda

Tammy B said...

I just realized you are stitching mandalas, I have one to start and kitted been to chicken to start it. At least I know someone now to ask questions

Shirlee said...

A lovely post : )

Jacquie Morris said...

Just popped by as I am doing the Advent blog hop visiting everyone :)
Your post is lovely, I love love love all your Christmas stitching.. And OOoh A finished Santaberry Pudding... I have this too, yet to stitch. Its wonderful :) Oh and your Peppermint Twist is really pretty too.... I love a lot of what you stitch :)
Merry Christmas :)
Smiles :)

cheryl said...

What a lovely collection of holiday stitching. Merry Christmas!

Angela P said...

A great collection of Christmas finishes :)

Katie said...

Finally got a chance to hop over. Love your Christmas stitching. I had to LOL at you receiving a sister. I'm an only child so I just got a dog for my story haha.

gracie said...

wonderful Christmas stitching through the years

Christine said...

What beautiful Christmas stitching

Sheryl S. said...

A lot of pretty Christmas stitching.

Kaisievic said...

Wonderful collection of Christmas stitching! Merry Xmas from a fellow Advent Blog hopper!

Sarah L said...

My birthday is just a couple weeks before Christmas. I am a twin and when we were three our baby sister was born on our birthday! I have always loved sharing birthdays but baby sister has not been so thrilled about it. And yes, there has been many years when I wanted to return that gift LOL.

Gillie said...

Beautiful stitching and loved the story!

Hazel D said...

What a lovely story - so appropriate for Christmas.

I love your pictures of your Christmas stitching and have some of them on display in my home and others in my stash to be stitched "some day".

Astrids dragon said...

Sweet stitching and a such a nice family story!