First of all I stitched an ornament for Amy (no blog) for a private exchange we're doing. I finished it into an ornament the other night and Erin doesn't want me to send it off as she says she wants it for our tree lol. Can't show a pic just yet as Amy sometimes reads my blog, but promise to post one when she's received it.
Then I stitched a small piece for a stitchers stocking exchange on the Tranquil Stitches BB. I know a few of the members of the BB may read my blog now and again so that's another pic I can't show yet, but the clue is in my post title. I had thought of posting a pic as no-one would know if they were getting it, but seeing as I've added my partner's name to the piece I've had second thoughts. Erin then decided she wants to keep this as well as you can put sweets in the stocking lol.
And then today I got Erin set up in the conservatory this morning with lots of bits to make christmas cards. This led me to thinking, I should take the chance to finish finish something from my stitched drawer. And because my head was full of gingerbread I couldn't resist making this up into a large pinkeep. I used a green/red/gold fabric to back it, red ribbon and then pins in different colours as used in the design and I just love how it's turned out. The ornament and stocking will be packaged up and sent on their way in the next few days, but I'm not parting with this, and it's staying up til the rest of the decorations join it in early December!
Tonight I'm going to start an ornament for our tree. It's the Prairie Schooler "Snowy Night" design from this year's JCS Ornament mag, and makes me think immediately of Lapland where we're going in exactly 24 days!!!!! We have had this booked for SO long we thought it would never arrive and with everything going on at work etc it's going to be so wonderful to get away as a family and for DH and I to go back to being kids for a few days and forget about everything. Erin still doesn't know and we're trying to keep it that way until the day we leave, but it's getting harder by the day as DH and I are so excited we keep nearly letting the cat out of the bag!
And just to make me even happier, tomorrow is my first Monday off work (yay!). I have big plans of reorganising Erin's bedroom while she's at school, in plenty of time for santa to make his visit and deposit piles more toys than she already has lol.
Thanks to all my lovely visitors and commentors on my last post, hope you're having a wonderful weekend and are stitching up a storm.