2022 – The year of using the stash and the plan

You know that Judy and I have been great enablers for each other in many crafty pursuits – none more than cross stitch. 🙂  We had talked earlier this year about curbing the purchasing of supplies and stitching just from our stashes, then something came along we both wanted and we decided we’d wait to start that plan beginning 2022.   We were emailing back and forth yesterday afternoon and evening about it to solidify what each of us was planning and she’s done a couple posts about her plans.  Her plans and my plans are very similar.  So here’s my plan for 2022 and stitching the things I love that I’ve already purchased.  You know I always have to have an exception or two to the rules I impose on myself and there are just two exceptions to my plan.

  • Exception 1:  I will still purchase frames or other finishing pieces for the stitching I finish.  I don’t want to just put it aside and not completely finish it.  And Exception 2:  if I receive the gift of a gift certificate to a stitchy shop, I can of course spend that on stitchy stuff at any time (I believe I have one coming my way as a x-mas gift).  No I will not be paying Judy to buy me additional gift certificates so I can continue to add to the stash (but wouldn’t that be a sneaky plan!!) 🙂
  • No fabric purchases, no chart purchases, no floss purchases, no project bags — I have lots of pretty stuff to stitch so won’t need any of those things.
  • And the reward – a bit of a spending spree to replenish things or get new things I’ve been wanting between Black Friday 2022 and Christmas 2022 and then start the whole process all over planning the stitches for the next year.  I will keep a list of charts I want, but by the time Black Friday 2022 rolls around, I might still want to purchase them orthey may be replaced with other charts I love more.  There is always something new and pretty coming down the line so I won’t really feel like I’m missing out on anything if I don’t buy it immediately.

So that’s the plan.   Of course in anticipation of that plan I may have placed a few small orders for charts and a few special pieces of aida and am still waiting on a dyed to order aida shipment.

Most of those charts are so I can move forward with my other plan for 2022 for my Sunday Stitches.  The Sunday Stitches are projects that for me, are generally more of a relaxing / meditative stitch.  It can be interpreted in many ways or just be a project you save to only stitch on  Sundays.  Some of the charts I have lined up.

Over the River and Thru the Woods

Sing Hey Sing Hey for Christmas Day

Prairie Schooler Songs of the Season

Heaven and Nature Sing

Deck the Halls

and this one definitely brings to mind Frosty the Snowman  even tho that’s not the name of the chart.

And one final project bag purchase I HAD to make – one for my Sunday stitches and you’ll understand why when you see it. It has vintage collage of Christmas stuff on the back and the inside behind the vinyl front is fabric that looks like music sheet paper. The perfect match of projects to bag.

Now I just have to contemplate what special starts I might want to do in 2022. So far I don’t really have any for 2022 planned.

The remaining planned ones for 2021:

  • St. Nicholas Day Eve – a Prairie Schooler St. Nicholas chart which is just ornament sized.
  • Christmas Eve – Owl Forest New Year’s Day Sampler (which is really a Christmas themed project despite its name.
  • New Year’s Eve – another Owl Forst sampler – Red Cardinals.   I got the smaller of the two cardinal charts that were recently released.

And of course I’ll continue on with the Lincoln Sampler, The First Thanksgiving, and yet another DUH moment – The Silent Night Sampler (yest that will fit in with the Sunday Stitches theme)!

Tomorrow’s excitement is I go get my booster shot and then, for the first time in nearly 2 years, I will be going out for breakfast with a friend. I haven’t been in a store, restaurant – really anywhere other than office, home, doctor’s office for 2 years!

An afternoon off

I only worked a half-day today since our office holiday party started at noon and I wasn’t going to attend.  Just not wanting to be in a room with a big crowd of people for the afternoon who less than a week ago were likely visiting with all their “germy” friends and family from far and wide for Thanksgiving.  Just wasn’t comfortable attendinge so I worked from home for the morning and this afternoon had a grocery order delivered and now to stitching (since I’ve dithered away most of the afternoon putzing with other stuff.)

Finally some FORWARD progress on The First Thanksgiving rather than all the BACKWARD progress.

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I still need to finish the bunting at the top (and finish ripping out a bit).  I had stitched the left side bunting that is all completed and then moved to that center section below the center red star before realizing that things were not center, symmetrical, etc. in the chart, which would drive me nuts.  So I stitched in the red star, to center it above the center of the border around the date (which is MY center of chart) and had to take out both flag poles (one due to my own error) and restitch those.  I had started the top right bunting working towards center and realized no that will be off so ripped that all back out to deal with making fit after I finish all the rest.  I’ll save the flags and one bird that is missing in the area for later  now that I have the border in below that area and know that the inset with the colony buildings will be centered.  I counted and recounted and recounted so many times one night and can finally move on and have started the ship masts and buildings.  There will be changes I need to make to other sections below that are not spaced symmetrically but I don’t have to worry about that until after I finish the buildings section and it will be easier to do as I work downward since I won’t have parts of two different sections in place like before to try to make work with each other. Hopefully things will move along a big more quickly now.  I definitely won’t be passing this chart along for chart adoption because in my opinion it’s a mess and I have totally marked it all up with scribbles and arrows and notes to myself, but I am determined to press on since hopefully the worst is behind me.    My plan at the moment is to stitch on this until the evening of December 5 when I will switch to my St. Nicholas Eve start, for which I still need to choose fabric and get the DMC on floss tags (or maybe I already did the floss – can’t remember).  It’s a Prairie Schooler ornament and should be a quick stitch.

And in my search for something else, I found these most wonderful wooden ornament blanks.  It’s amazing all the things you can find on Etsy when searching “wooden ornament blanks” or just “wooden blanks.”  I haven’t located what I was looking for yet, but couldn’t resist these when I saw them.

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Like the sleds I started stitching shortly after Christmas last year for gifts for this year, these may be my gifts for next Christmas.  I thought the snowflake cutouts were so pretty and of course the first thing I thought was – wonder if I can mount a cross stitch piece in that middle section.  There are different styles and different sizes so I’m doing some plotting and planning for additional ones I want to purchase after all the holiday mailing rush is done.  And I also have some charts in mind for a couple of them.

And, the sleds were gifted to the bosses this week so they would have them early for decorating this year and they got rave reviews.  When I told them they were stitched on paper, they thought I was even more magical than they already know I am.  🙂 They were the perfect gift.

Now to some stitching…..

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Good grief November is nearly ended – it just flew by and it seems like it only just started.

And it’s Sunday so I need to put aside the First Thanksgiving chart (which needs to go in time out anyway because I’m irritated with it). So many errors in the chart like mirrored images not being the same spacing on one half of the chart as the other, spacing/charting not the same as pictured in the stitched photo, extra stitch symbols that shouldn’t be there, missing stitch symbols – it is just a mess. Everyone makes mistakes, yes even me 🙂 but the list keeps getting longer on this chart of things I need to change as I go along. It has now become my mission to complete this chart despite the fact that the designers have made it difficult to enjoy this stitch.

On a brighter note – here is a finished project and I’m just so pleased that it turned out exactly as I had originally pictured it in my head.  I can’t wait to gift it to “my chauffeur” who is an avid bike rider.

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And also a voracious reader so I think it will look good standing up for display on one of her many bookshelves.

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I have last thing to fully finish that will be a Christmas gift – the Prairie Schooler santa with snowshoes – not only does she chauffeur and bike – she’s also an avid hiker and snowshoes too so I need to get that small stitch finished into an ornament.  I think I may just do it as a flat (not stuffed) ornament and may work on that later today.

I’ve done mostly fun things all this long weekend so I think it’s time I tossed in a load of laundry and loaded the dishwasher.  And I’ll finally be baking my “thanksgiving” cornish hen today so am already looking forward to dinner.  I did pull the flosses (which I finished organizing last night and now they are all neat and tidy back on their rings alphabetically) for a new project that I want to start when I finish one of the ones already in progress.   The chart is Winter Rose Manor – many people have stitched this and it’s such a pretty chart and has those cardinals I love on it.  

winterrosemanner  I have all except maybe two of the called for colors and will just substitute something from my stash for those and I do have the color called for to stitch the house in (Conch) which was nearly impossible to get all of last year when everyone was stitching this cart and with supply issues but like can  happen with hand dyed flosses, the Conch I have does not look like what is in the photo and is more tannish – so I’m just going to switch that to a color from my stash as well.

And finally – congratulations to Nancy Hager who is the recipient of the chart adoption for Prairie Christmas.

Yesterday’s Flash Adoption Winners

The winners have been picked by random number generator for yesterday’s flash adoption and the recipients are: DAMASK – Elaine Wibben ; 14 LINAIDA – Sue Hoover; 18 LINAIDA – Jill Smith. Congratulations ladies and if you email me at justquiltin@charter.net with your mailing addresses I will get them out in the mail in the not too distant future.

Since I sorted fabrics yesterday, on to the pattern sorting/organizing today which shouldn’t take long (if I ever get started – I’ve been puttering away the morning since I stayed up late stitching and slept in a bit later), and then to get floss from a couple floss rings for completed projects back into the stash where they belong, and finally to get all the smalls and other finished stitched projects collected in one place so I can find them when I’m ready to do some framing / finishing of those items.  I may possibly do a little framing later tonight too.

DSCN1328If you are a regular reader you will recognize this chart – I used it to make the four little stitches that I put on the wooden colored pencil holder I made as a gift.  I’ve stitched all of the ones I want from this chart so am happy to pass this along to someone else as today’s Flash Chart Adoption (FCA rules are at link at top of blog).

This is one of the re-released reprinted copies so not the original cardstock version but a paper version. 

 

Updated – Flash Challenge concluded 11-28-21 10:05AM

 

block 1 And as you can see, yes I folded the chart while stitching from it.  If that bugs you, then you don’t want this chart.  It’s a nice collection of charts for ornaments or pillows or other things but just a word of warning they are not all exactly the same size.  Some are a couple stitches wider or taller than others so if you are making them separately not an issue.  I had to adjust a few things on the four I chose for the pencil box to make sure they all finished the same size.

 

Lastly – sharing some photos of the last of the new project bag acquisitions I made.

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Not a great photo of this one but it’s such a cute dog christmas print and the back is  the gray snowflake print.  It also came with a needle minder made from the gray fabric with a snowflake centered over a covered button base.  

 

And the other three are all wintery ones.  One is not a vinyl front – I love the fabrics in that patchwork one.  The middle one is a wintery scene (but you can’t see all the other trees, rabbits and deer in the woods on it (this one will hose my deer ornament stitch I’m working on) and of course the cardinals bag is for my red bird stitches.

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The sorting……

I got some new storage containers from Fat Quarter Shop last week for some of my cross stitch supplies since the one I was using the handle ripped off of and the large basket that had all my charts in it had leather handles at each end and last time I took it off the shelf, one of those handles pulled right out of the side of the basket too – clearly they were more decorative than functional but I didn’t think about that.   Anyway, I now have a couple containers that fit nicely on the shelves where I store them and I can easily grab and pull out and if I ever empty them 🙂 they are collapsable so easy to store if empty.  Okay and the fact that some of them are red and some are red and white polka dots just makes me happy when I look at them – and will look nice on the shelves which are out in my sewing room and not in a closet.   It’s the little things that make me happy.   

Anyway, as I was moving all my Aida fabric, I pulled out three pieces, purchased because I wanted to try something else other than cotton Aida, but after seeing them in person, I don’t care for them and won’t stitch on them so time for a flash adoption of these three fabric pieces.  Usual Flash Adoption rules for  participation apply (see link in header of blog for those).  Instead of the name of a chart you need to list ONE of the key words below. 

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The fabric above is Damask Aida – 18 count – in a very light gray color.  Damask is a cotton/rayon blend. Leave a comment with the word Damask in it if you are interested in that one.

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The fabric above is 14 count Linaida –  which is woven like Aida but made of linen.  The color is called Kid Glove – a light off-white sort of color. If you are interested in that one leave 14Linaida in your comment.

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Lastly is 18 count Linaida in Tallow White.  If you are interested in this leave 18Linaida in your comment.

Lots of people love these fabrics.  Damask is a Zwiegart fabric and the Linaida is made by Legacy Linens.  to me they have a bit of a sheen to them which I don’t care for and I don’t like the feel of them and prefer 100% cotton.  But if you like stitching on these or want to try one of them, leave a comment for which one is your choice.

FLASH ADOPTION ENDED 11-27-21.

Friday 11-26-21

When I poked my head out the door this morning — it’s a chilly one out there as its 22 degrees at the moment when two days ago it as 50 but it looks like this is the chilliest day for the next week.  I need to get outside this weekend and do a bit of straightening up, getting the patio table stored against the side of the building for the winter and get the pine garland up above my door.

Did some more stitching on First Thanksgiving last night.   Judy had emailed me about an error in the top border (luckily I’m leaving the outside border out) and I also came across a missing stitch symbol in the flag pole for the British flag (which is pretty obvious when you are stitching that part).   I never did get around to stitching yesterday until after I had dinner in the oven but here is my progress made yesterday.

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Sled Finishes!!!

The sleds are all finished.   I also have the book cover finish done but it’s currently sitting under something heavy waiting for the glue to dry so I’ll show that tomorrow – I absolutely love the way it turned out.

But here are all the sleds I stitched and finished.   I still have one large sled, one medium sled and four small sleds left in my stash so at some point I can stitch some to keep for myself maybe. 🙂

These are so cute. So much quicker to put together witth the wider double-sided, acid-free tape I had posted about. I also found these great boxes to pack them in and present them as gifts – no wrapping paper needed. Pretty box that doubles as storage box. The ribbons are attached right into the box so you just untie it and the lid just flips up . Each box will get one large sled (which just fits in on the diagonal, and then I think I can get five or six small ones in each around the large sled as well. I plan to take them to work Monday to gift them early so they can be used for this Christmas.

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Now I’m headed to the kitchen to start slicing onions and lots of potatoes so I can assembly the Cornish pasty and get it in the oven. I’m cheating and not making my own pie crust. Oh and darn I need to get the rhubarb out of the freezer so I can mix up some rhubarb crisp once the pasty is in the oven. Once that is all baking – quality stitching time will commence for me.

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year to post the photo of one of my favorite turkeys — quilted turkey that is.

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This is what it looked like when I opened my door this morning.

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Just a bit of snow had fallen earlier. I was also pleasantly surprised to see an Amazon package sitting on my patio table. It was allegedly delivered Tuesday and according to tracking “handed to person at door” rather than left outside door. Yeah, that didn’t happen since I was working from home that day. And I always know when I get a delivery email and it does NOT include a photo of it sitting outside my door, that they have NOT delivered it to MY address. I did check the usual apt it ends up at and not there. My hope was that it was just sitting outside one of my neighbor’s doors and they weren’t home at the time so it would show up later this week after they discovered it. Or, if some unscrupulous person really did accept the package thinking they had scored some free Amazon stuff they were going to be sorely disappointed to find it was a box of styrofoam bricks to do some stitching finishes on. My Mom and I did have a good laugh about that when I told her about my missing box and what was really in it and how disappointed some thief would be. 🙂 But it must have been at a neighbor’s door because it had a layer of snow on the top of the box and was unopened when I found it on my table so it made its way back to me. So now I can work on that finish I needed the bricks for.

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I got a small start last night on my Thanksgiving start – The First Thanksgiving.  I’m stitching it on Fiber on A Whim fabric – 18 count Caramel Macchiato in all the called for Weeks flosses.

The night before last I also started on a small winter stitch  – could be an ornament, could be a little pillow, could be a brick or framed finish – won’t know until I get it done.  It’s from the new Twin Peaks Primitives Ornament Book 2021 with 14 ornament designs in it.   Unlike many ornament books where I only like one or two or three of the collection, I think there’s only one I likely wouldn’t make in this collection – just because I’m not into cutsey penguins.  The rest I will all eventually make.

Here’s the one I started on.

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Any guesses as to what it is???  Well if you guessed a deer you are correct!   I love this one.

DSCN1312  The fabric I’m stitching on is not as gray as showing up in the photo – it’s more green with darker specks.  But here’s is what it will look like.  I had a floss ring of colors from a prior stitch that I hadn’t put away yet and the colors on there will work for this so saved some time having to figure out what floss to use.      

 

My stitchy tip for today if you stitch with a hoop that allows your fabric to sort of loosen up as you stitch and you have to tug at the edges outside the hoop to get it taut again — this tape solved my problem.

No affiliation – heck I have no affiliation with any of the places or things I suggest – they are just products I have found very useful.  It has a peel back paper so is adhesive on one side so you just run it around the outside of your inner hoop and it will adhere to it.  The outer edge is sort of a rubberized feel so it helps grab your fabric and hold it in place extremely well.   I like using squareish or rectangular hoops but they still have rounded corners that tend to gap a bit and this solves that issue perfectly.  I will definitely be putting in on all my hoops.  Okay – that’s my public service announcement for today.

Today – well I just might go get dressed – maybe.   I’m going to save my usual thanksgivng meal (cornish hen and all the fixings) until later this weekend sometime.  Today seems a perfect day to make a favorite fall/winter comfort food – Cornish pasty.  And I need to grab the rhubarb from the freezer – I’m going to mix that with some fresh raspberries and make a Crisp to dollap my Cool Whip on for dessert.   I’m thinking about finishing some sleds now that my wider tape as arrived, may fully finish the Noel stitch now that my foam bricks have found their way to me, and maybe work on the book cover finish for a stitch before I go back to actually stitching.

Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving no matter what you are doing. And may I just say I’m feeling old and out of touch watching the beginning of the Thanksgiving Day Parade — all those singers and musical acts, I have no clue who they are. LOL   Time to go find some good movies to fill my day.

11-21-21 Sunday Stitching Change and a stitching finish

First off – the stitch I finished last night is Merry Noel by Brenda Gervais.  If I didn’t have the called for color, I changed it to something similar from my stash.  The fabric is the color Fawn from my favorite Etsy dye-to-order place, ToDyeForFabricsNMore.   I am awaiting an order of several colors of aida from her shop I placed earlier this month.  She currently is not accepting new dye-to-order orders until late December so she can get all her current orders out early December – you can check her Etsy shop for complete details if interested.  I’m a repeat customer of that shop and the fabrics are always wonderful.  I stitch mostly on 18 count and it can be hard to find color choices in that count.    Okay – so back to Merry Noel – I love the Fawn color – sort of a light terra cotta.  The stitch is supposed to have little snowflake like doo dadas spread around in the background but after stitching two of them I took them out since you couldn’t see them anyway and decided to leave them off.

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Before I put the floss away from this one I will likely go back and over stitch a snowflake like the one on the letter E someplace on each of the other letters.  I wanted to do this as a foam brick finish so had to order some larger ones since the stitched area of this measures about 10″ long and I still need to be able to wrap it around to the sides.

Then after I finished that last night I pulled out my Sunday Stitch.   Last week I had decided my new Sunday Stitch would be Mother and Child.  That plan has changed.

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As I was stitching just a bit on it I decided it was not the “relaxing stitch” that I want my Sunday Stitches to be.  It has lots of confetti stitching and it has backstitching  – lots of backstitching.  The backstitching lines that cut across a stitch means they put a small version  of that chart symbol above and below the backstitch line.  Even tho you just do a normal cross stitch – those two symbols and the backstitch line make it event more pesky to read the chart.   I will definitely need to pull out my metal chart holder and use the magnetic strips to keep track of which line I’m stitching on  for this one.  So, it got put away for the time being.  I will work on it but not until after the holidays.  

So I pulled out  Up On The Housetop by Theresa Kogut.    This is going to be a cute little stitch.  The stitched area will only be 5-7/8″ x 7-3/8″.  I’m using 18 count PTP and the color is Mystic – it’s not the called for count (since it calls for linen) but it is the called for color form the chart.  The chart calls for a mix of DMC and Weeks. 

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I had the Weeks colors but not DMC so I just subbed in some similar Weeks colors for the rest of the floss and got a little start on it last night.  That little snowman head is so adorable; it’s only about 3/4″ across and 1/2″ tall. 

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As you can see I started at the bottom center.  For some reason I prefer to start most things at the   bottom.  Maybe just be different since most people start at the top?  Heck I don’t know but I tend to work bottom up on most, but not all, things.    I also love the needle minder I’m using on this one.  It’s larger than most – 2″ across – so you can really see the graphics on it.  Many of the smaller ones you can’t really tell what the pretty design is on them.

So this is what I’ll be stitching on later this afternoon and then put it away until next Sunday.   

All the Thanksgiving holiday supplies

I think I have all supplies for all activities covered for the long Thanksgiving weekend – or I will once my grocery order arrives today with the whipped topping for whatever dessert I might decide I need to make.

My chauffeur saved the day (who you know is also one of my best friends) and she found the last thing I was missing from what I wanted to make for my Thanksgiving dinner.   I had put Cornish hens on my grocery order the last two times and they were out of them.  We had been talking about that and I got a call from her one day this week while she was at the store where she usually shops and that store had Cornish hens so she picked one up for me and I’m all set.   So for the holiday weekend I have lots of sewing room organization planned, pulling out the change of season clothes so I have something to wear now that the weather is getting colder, find those mittens, etc., and of course lots of stitching planned and working on getting some stitching things fully finished.

My stitching plans, starting Thanksgiving Eve (yes I have managed to hold off starting it ahead of schedule so far), is of course The First Thanksgiving.  Judy and I will both be stitching on this one. I pulled fabric for it last night and am waiting for just one floss color to arrive.  It’s charted with DMC and also has a Weeks Dye Works conversion – I’m going to be using Weeks.   My fall project bag is at the ready.  Isn’t that pretty!  It has the same fabric on the back and a little scissors charm on the zipper pull.

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The fabric is 18 count Fiber on a Whim in the color Caramel Macchiato.  This is going to be a big project and according to the stitch count would end up with a stitched area of 18″ x 18-7/8″.   I plan to make a few changes to the chart.  I plan to NOT stitch the vine outer border.  I want this to be a bit smaller and that will cut the size down to about 16″.  I’m also going to to change the last line of the verse.  As charted it reads:

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day

We bow our heart to You and pray

We give You thanks for all You’ve done

For joy and health, friends and family.

It totally bugs me that the last line does not rhyme with the line before it.  The first two rhyme and that last line  – while a lovely sentiment – it just throws the whole thing off for me.   So my plan (at least at this moment) is to change it to 

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day

We bow our heart heads to You and pray

We give You thanks for all You’ve done

For joy and health, friends and family.

Bless us Lord, your faithful ones.

“grateful ones” or “faithful ones” – I’m still dithering between those two but  will figure it out before I need to chart it to stitch.

Last night I was working some more on Merry Noel.   Finished off the “N” and got a start on the “E”.

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And another project bag to share that I got to house my Christmas Eve stitch-along that Judy and I will be stitching – Owl Forest Embroidery’s New Year Sampler.  This bag is so gorgeous and the vintage Santa/Christmas look is perfect.   (And unbeknownst to each other,  Judy and I ordered the exact same bag.  I swear she has a hidden camera watching my every move – our likes are very much alike and that happens alot!)  🙂  But what is not to love about this bag.

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It has a large poinsettia print on the back and as I was taking photos this morning I noticed that the thread pal (it opens and has flannel on the inside to hold threads or needles – I plan to thread up several needles with some of the different colors so I can just quickly switch between them since this stitch will have a lot of color changes and keep them in the thread pal) – but what I noticed is the snap on the thread pal.  It has a candy canes on it.  Just another lovely little touch from  Dot Dot Goose on Etsy – I do love her bags (and she has a great first name – yes her name is Denise) 🙂

And here’s the back of the thread pal – love that Santa – and the back side of the snap is red.

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I also received a couple other bags from various Etsy shops this week to house some of my longer term projects and will show those when I get the projects all kitted and ready to go. I made a mess pulling flosses for some other projects so need to get that tidied today and I got some collapsible/foldable fabric storage boxes to move my charts and maybe x-stitch fabric into that will fit better on my shelf (and one of the handles came off on one of the prior containers I was using – not a good thing) so hope to get that organized one and for all.

I cleaned out the fridge this morning in preparation for my grocery order and may see if I can get the stitching finish I did to mount on the front of a book all put together today.