Monthly Archives: December 2008

And another one!

I was so inspired by my finish, that I hurried up and finished the last of the Little Women Thread Packs from LHN. I sure didn’t have much left to stitch on the last one ‘Baking’ but I have been neglecting it like most of my stitching. So I decided to hurry up and get it over with! So now I have all of the designs in the series completed. YAY! Oh, and I decided to make it my new header as well 🙂

Baking

Little Women Thread Pack from LHN – Baking
Fabric: 32ct Antique Lace from Lakeside Linens
Threads: CC as charted

Little Women Series

Quilting – Gardening – Reading – Baking

Little Women Series

Now I am planning on rewarding myself by starting something new and fresh! That sounds really good in my ears. I am thinking something along silks, linen and Shepherd’s Bush. Stay tuned!

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Happy Dance YAY!

I finally have some stitching to show! YAY!
As much as I have not been stitching, I have missed it terribly. On Christmas Day I started this freebie that I found on this blog. I absolutely adore this pattern so it went by rather fast. I even have an idea as to how I am going to finish it but I need to ponder it a bit before I actually take the plunge and do it as I am not really sure how to 🙂

Sapin d'Elisa
Pattern: Part 1Part 2Part 3
Fabric: 40ct Linen – not labeled from my stash
Thread: 1 strand of Belle Soie silk in Collard Greens
Buttons and charm: from my stash

I had a lot of fun stitching this, and my girls loved helping me picking out just the right buttons to put on it. The buttons are charted to be stitched, but I really like to play around with stuff like that. Also where the scissor charm is, your are supposed to stitch your initial, but since I had that charm in my stash I thought it would look good there.

Oh it feels wonderful to finally have a finish! Now I am going to finish my Little Women Series since there is sooooo little left to stitch on them!

Later!

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Merry Christmas – Gleðileg jól

Merry Christmas to all my blog readers! I have gotten Christmas cards from several of you and would like to thank you for taking the time to send me a card. Unfortunately my funds didn’t allow for me to send out holiday cards this year.

Me and the girls have had a great time together this Christmas. We have eaten a lot, spent time with the family and friends, relaxed, watched movies, played with the new toys etc. It has been great! I have even managed to stitch a little! I am almost done with the Little Women series and also started a cute freebie that I hope to have finished very soon. Now I have to work tomorrow and the day after and then it is back to two days off. Oh so nice! We really need it since we have a lot of work waiting for us in the new year.

Here is a cute picture of my daughters, Karítas and Sumarrós that my friend Aisté printed on canvas and put on a frame and gave me for Christmas. I thought it might bring you a little joy as it did for me 🙂 I hope you have all had a great time this Holiday season and whatever you are celebrating that you got to spend time with the people that you love the most.

Karitas & Sumarrós

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1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Both. I tend to reuse bags as often a possible.

2. Real tree or artificial?
I do prefer the real trees. But I do not have a tree this year.

3. When do you put up the tree?
December 23rd.

4. When do you take the tree down?
6th of January.

5. Do you like eggnog?
Never tasted it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Books. I have always loved books.

7. Hardest person to buy for?
My dad

8. Easiest person to buy for?
My daughters

9. Do you have a nativity scene?
No

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Clothes that were too small when I was about 13 and they were for a 7 year old. It was OK though, we went to the store and exchanged them for something that I could use.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usually mid-December

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
I don’t think so

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
The Christmas dinner that my mom makes.

16. Lights on the tree?
Yes. The more the better!

17. Favorite Christmas song?
Little Drummer Boy

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Stay at my parents house with my family.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s?
Only if I sing it.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Neither. This year it is a Santa hat. Star kept falling off.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
After dinner on the 24th of December. That is the tradition here in Iceland.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
The crowds and the darkness.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
Red, Green and gold always gets me.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
The one my mom makes. Lightly smoked pork.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
I never have any Christmas wishes except getting to spend time with family and friends. Thankfully, that is a wish that always comes true.

26. Who is most likely to respond to this?
Anyone who feels like it.

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Ornament from Guðbjörg, and another made by me.

Two days ago, my wonderful friend Guðbjörg came over with the ornament she made for me in the ornament exchange in our Icelandic stitching group. She stitched this beautiful Prairie Schooler ornament and it is just gorgeous. The photo does not do it justice since taking pictures these days is really hard because of the constant darkness. We only get about 2-3 hours of daylight these days, and we have loads of snow. So yeah, pictures are a bit dark and heavy, but the beauty is there, promise 🙂

Ornament exchange from Guðbjörg

She also gave me some chocolates. Thank you so much Guðbjörg! I really love my ornament, it is the perfect addition to my slowly growing collection of stitched ornaments.

The last two days I have been working on a little gift for a package exchange at work that took place today. I decided to stitch this fun little snowman ornament and managed to finish it late last night.

Snow - Snjór
Design: Let it Snow by Barbara Ana
Threads: DMC
Fabric: Blue hand dyed opalescent in 28ct from my stash

I translated Snow to Snjór in Icelandic and added a button for the snowflake in the top corner. I am very happy with the outcome and Sigrún, the co worker who got my package, was thrilled with it 🙂

I also want to thank Dovile for the wonderful Christmas card that arrived today!

I think I might be getting sick. I have a stuffy nose and a sore throat and am taking turns in being very hot and very cold. Ugh. I do not have time for this! My sister is graduating next Saturday and then I have to do all my shopping, gift wrapping, cleaning etc. Oh well, Christmas will come no matter what 🙂 I hope you are all feeling good and that you are getting ready for the Holiday, however you choose to spend it 🙂

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Ornament Exchange for Fanný Margrét

I just got a word that Fanný got the package that I sent to her last week with the ornament exchange in our Icelandic stitching group ‘Allt í Kross’. I decided to stitch her a small biscornu and make an ornament out of it. When looking through my patterns, this simple but beautiful design jumped at me.

Christmas Biscornu

Design: Holly Berries Mini Biscornu by Cherished Stitches. Featured in JCS Ornament issue 2008.
Fabric: 32ct Vintage Belfast – Country Mocha
Threads: DMC 4045 and 4210
Beads, button and Jingles from my stash

I am trying very hard to finish up some presents but it is not going very well. I completely lost my stitching mojo and I can’t seem to find it again. The only thing I haven’t done to try to find it again is to start something new. I might do just that tonight, and see if the stitching spirit will visit me again. I really really miss stitching and feel just horrible looking at all my stash and not wanting to play with it 😦

What do you do when you just do not feel like stitching? What usually does the trick for you and gets you stitching again?

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Advent Calendars

No stitching pictures sorry. I am busy with stitching gifts and exchanges, so I have nothing I can share at the moment. I am going to the PO tomorrow, so hopefully I will have a little something to share later this week.

Since I have no stitching to show you at the moment, I decided to show you pictures of the gorgeous Advent Calendars that my mom has hand quilted for my daughters.

For Sumarrós:

 

 

Sumarrós's Advent Calendar

For Karítas:

Karitas's Advent Calendar

She puts little wrapped gifts, one for each day of December until the 24th for them. The girls love their calendars, and so do I. They are so beautifully done. I am going to have to take better close ups of them for you to see when I am home at an hour when everything is not completely dark. It is snowing today so that helps a little with the brightness. It has been so dark and gloomy lately that it is really getting to me. Soon, soon, they day will get longer again. I just can’t wait!

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London, Christmas etc.

Hi everyone. I have been a bad girl about my stitching. I went into a stitching slump and haven’t stitched anything since I finished ‘Reading’ a while ago. Last night my friend Rósa came over and gave me a stitching boost and what do you know, I started and finished the stitching on for an exchange in my Icelandic stitching group. I hope I will be able to do the finishing tonight. Thanks so much Rósa for your visit and your inspiration! *kisses*

My cousin Bjarki and me @ Regent's Park

London was loads of fun! Me and my cousin Bjarki are both very happy that we went and we had so much fun just walking around and enjoying ourselfs. We didn’t do much shopping, understandably because of the economy, but we did buy a little of this and that and then off course food. I took some pictures and you can see them here.

Gingerbread cookie cutters

This weekend was spent with my daughters preparing a little for Christmas. We went to my parents house on Saturday and baked and decorated gingerbread cookies with my mom and sisters. The girls had so much fun! I really enjoyed it too. I usually do not do a lot of baking for Christmas, but this is a tradition that we try to do every year as a family. I went to the theater with my friend Aisté on Saturday night and had a lot of fun.

Decorated cookies

On Sunday I cleaned and decorated my apartment with my two little helpers. The girls go so into decorating that we ended up decorating more than usually. The apartment looks nice and I will try to take some snaps around and show you guys some pictures from our Christmas preparation as it goes on. I made a new Set on Flickr called Christmas 2008 and I plan on adding to it as December goes on.

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