... its not like I meant to. When I said that was it, no more ornaments this year, I really meant it, but then Paulette had to go and post this beauty on her blog, and I couldn't resist it (I know, I'm weak). I just love the mediaeval illuminated manuscript look of this one. It should have some text and another flower on the vine at the bottom, but due to a slight misjudgement regarding the size of my scrap of raw linen I had to miss those off!
I also recieved my ornament from Dusty in the Stitch & Stash ornament exchange. Dusty stitched me an exquisite Hardanger tree and bookmark. Thanks Dusty, they are beautiful
Well it is in our house anyway. Here is a smallsmall part of my display of stitched ornaments. I've recieved so many wonderful ornaments in exchanges that this year for the first time I've had to hang some from the banister rail too! The rectangular one, with Christmas 2008 on it, was the prize I won in Sally's blogoversary draw. Isn't it just gorgeous? Sally also sent me a little pink angel bear for my tree, and some yummy Thornton's too but you'd need an XRay camera to see a picture of that ;D.
Last night was the Christmas Workshop at the florists in the village. First we made a topiary tree, which you could then decorate as you chose, I decided on cones, orange slices and cinnamon sticks and wrapped the base in hessian. Unfortunately the hessian decided to wick up every last drop of water in the shop and let it all go again onto my trousers in the car on the way home, but you can't have everything.
After that we each made one of these table arrangements. I'd just bought a set of charger plates, exactly like the ones we used, that afternoon, so this goes perfectly.
Some of the ornaments I made for exchanges have reached their destination, so I can now show them here. The first one is "Rudy" by Glory Bee from the 2007 JCS Ornament Edition, and was stitched for Dusty in the Stitch and Stash exchange. Notice how I cunningly altered it to read 2008 ;D
The second one is "Nordic Hearts" by Scandinavian Stitches, from the 2002 Ornie Edition, stitched for Deb (no blog) in the TGOSM exchange.
Next we have a Hello Kitty ornament taken from the horrendous chart I mentioned on here a few months back. No prizes for guessing it is for Naomi.
And, of course, I couldn't make Naomi an ornament without making Eloise one as well. This one is a free design from http://www.the-chart-shop.com/ . It is called Christmas Cat. Bet they sat up all night thinking of that one! I altered the colours a bit from the original, which was in more pastel shades.
And that is officially it for this year. I am not making any more ornaments...