HOORAH, starting to feel like myself again! Have hung up the Christmas cards and
got out the crib. We're not bothering with a tree this year because we are going away.
Anyway, thought I'd show you some cross stitch for a change. These are some mantelpiece Christmas decorations I made last year and found when I was in the cupboard for the card holders.
We have Santa on a rustic background with holly and stars in his headpiece, backed with mulberry paper and framed behind glass. (You can't really see all the white stitches on his beard but the flash was far too reflective so I did without.) I used some of that bendy metal stuff to hold it in. You know the kind that is just malleable enough to bend into shape and cut, then it sets.
Then we have a Christmas tree on white Aida between some pre-printed snowmen. Both are "Daydreams" designs which were bought in the needlecraft shop in Castle Douglas before it closed down. (It used to do wool, but now it's gone the Gem Shop does wool. That's Galloway logic for you. Anyway, I'm not complaining because the Gem Shop is very good for yarn.)
I really enjoyed doing both designs because in my book, cross stitch is fabby in small doses, which is certainly the case here. The Daydreams kits are not cheap, but they are really easy to follow and pretty effective I think.
Go and enjoy your preps. x K