Friday, December 9, 2011

All Is Calm

Surprisingly, it is calm even though I am in a flurry of shopping, wrapping, decorating and baking! I love this time of year and it is going by too, too fast.

My first completed ornament of the year is this sweet design from Little by Little.  I've always liked it and it was a fun stitch.

All Is Calm, Little by Little
Lakeside Linen Vintage Light Examplar, 40 count
conversion to GAST, WDW and Thread Gather SNC

My other Christmas project is started and probably won't be finished this year. I love the color of this thread. It feels Christmas-y to me and is nice to work with on chilly nights.

Quaker Christmas Sampler, Carriage House Samplings
Lakeside Linen, Vintage Light Examplar, 40 count
Gloriana silk, Schoolhouse Red

Little Miss Miriam is finished and ready to be framed. I was a little sad to finish stitching her because I loved the spirit of the sampler and enjoyed working with these colors.

 Miriam Chilvers 1833, Samplers Remembered
Lakeside Linen, Vintage Maritime White, 40 count
AVAS silks 

My newest start is (finally!) Isabella Johnstone from the Summer 2010 issue of SANQ.  I absolutely love the linen I am using. It's a gorgeous color and the picture just doesn't do it justice at all. It's dyed by Jan of  Tree of Life Samplings and is called Almond Creme

1854 Isabella Johnstone Sampler, SANQ Summer 2010
Tree of Life Samplings, Almond Creme, 40 count
DMC threads

Although the leaves are now almost gone from our trees, I wanted to share this picture I took at the end of November. This is the view from my study window and if I'm at my desk working I can look down our driveway. I love this view because it changes often and I can just see a few of the pink rosebushes and our crepe myrtle we planted earlier this year. 

Miss Kitty loves the front porch, too. She keeps watch for anything that moves from her command post. 
When she's had enough of the view from the front porch, she will often grace me with her presence in my study and take a little nap on the loveseat.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you all  have a great weekend!