A Photo an Hour: 16 December 2017

Happy New Year friends! I hope you all had a good start to the year, whatever you were doing (I was in Geneva getting soaked – the heavens opened just before midnight!), and 2018 is an amazing one for every single one of you. Today I wanted to post my final photo an hour of 2017 before we get too far into January! I actually almost missed it, but luckily I was browsing through Twitter in the morning and saw other people doing it, so I waited until the next full hour and then started mine. As always, I am linking up with Louisa and Jane.

11 a.m. I had been awake for more than half an hour and hadn’t even had a cuppa yet, so clearly that had to be remedied…

12 noon. Cross stitching the last few Christmas cards for Jan’s family – none of which are actually pictured on this page of the magazine 😉

1 p.m. Showered and now getting dressed.

2 p.m. In town in the rain – I had gone to track down a last-minute Christmas gift.

3 p.m. Just managed to leap on a tram before it left. Phew!

4 p.m. Home, drying out with tea and candles.

5 p.m. Cross stitching away.

6 p.m. Still stitching… thus far it looks like nothing!

7 p.m. Emptying the dishwasher while “cooking” dinner. (Okay, the oven was doing the cooking…)

8 p.m. Jan put on “Being John Malkovich” while we ate.

9 p.m. Still watching. How messed up is this film?!

10 p.m. Film over, time for a hot chocolate. And when we switched the DVD off Home Alone 2 was on German TV.

I then went to bed before 11 p.m. to make sure I wouldn’t have to take another photo and mess up my symmetry 😉

The next Photo an Hour is on 20 January 2018. If you want to join in, all you have to do is take a photo every hour and then either upload them to Twitter or Instagram on the day using the #Photoanhour hashtag or save them and write a blog post like this one afterwards. Or you can do both (I usually take part on Twitter and then write a blog post later).


Christmas cards 2016

A few weeks ago I shared a bit of this year’s Christmas stitching with you. Now that I’ve made a few cards, I thought you might want to see what came of some of those designs, plus a few more that I’ve stitched since then. Obviously I couldn’t take all the photos in the same place, because that would be too professional or something?! (Insert eye rolling smiley here)

Any favourites here? Personally I like the “Santa stop here” one, because although it’s simple it’s effective. And I think the JOY one came out well too.

Apologies for the quality of the photos. One day I will figure out how to take good pictures of cross stitch!


Christmas stitching 2016

I should really do another travel post to try and catch up, but the thought of sorting out all those photos just makes me feel tired, so instead here is some of the Christmas stitching I’ve done so far this year. All of these will be made into cards.

Do you have any favourites among these? Personally I love the snowman most, although I do also like the bauble in the “JOY”.

Now I just have to make sure none of the people who occasionally read this blog receive the pictures featured here 😉


Guess the Christmas Cross Stitch 2015 – round 6

Okay, I think I’ve left you in suspense for long enough 😉 Time for another update in this series. But first, of course, we need to take a look at the guesses from last time. Here’s the picture I gave you:

DSCN3060Zoe‘s initial thought was “It’s a hippo building a rocking horse (ok, more likely a polar bear given the context but it looks like a hippo here)”, but then she changed her mind after seeing Becster‘s guess: “It’s a Moomin and it’s creepy red haired friend riding a horse!” – I love both of these ideas and can certainly see where their coming from with the Moomin!

Katrin said “The ghost has a teddy bear in his hands now.” – you may remember that she had previously guessed a squirrel and a ghost on a sleigh.

Kezzie guessed “It’s a big pile of animals! That’s a rabbit in the middle!x” This is… interesting 😉 No more shall be said for now.

Lady of the Cakes refused to guess – saying “That is just a total mess now…!”. How very rude! 😉

Elaine said “Oh dear, I am confused now. I can’t decide if it’s a rabbit or a reindeer! I think there might be lots of silver sparkles flowing out from the back of the creature’s head.” Reindeers… rabbits… Hmmm.

Constance guessed that it’s “a hippo on a sleigh with a present in the front!”. Great guess – I can see the hippo too!

Charlotte said: “It’s baby Jesus in the manger and the ghost of Christmas past reaching over into it to pick him up. (That’s how the story goes, right???)” – I’m a little hazy on my Christmas story but that sounds about right to me 😉

Meredith said: “I really can’t tell! All I see are vague outlines of animals – a squirrel, a reindeer, possibly a friendly penguin…” LOL, sorry. I picked a difficult one this year.

And finally, NancyTex said “Well, clearly this is a white horse (possibly a unicorn), seated upright and carrying a black clutch purse, whilst blowing out the flame of an oil lamp. (On a magic carpet).” – This sounds amazing and I really want to stitch it now. Someone design it for me please?

And now on to this round’s image. I took pity on you this time and stitched a few more details. Maybe it will help. Or maybe not 😉 Here you are:

cross stitch 2015Have fun! If nobody gets it this round I’ll put up a new picture next week or something. Guesses in the comments, as always.


Christmas cross stitching

Are you all sick of hearing about my cross stitched Christmas cards yet? I’m certainly sick of the sight of them! Luckily I’m all done now and this will be my last post about them (for this year, at least). I must apologise for the quality of some of the photos – I have no idea why I find it so difficult to get Jan’s camera to work for me! At this point I’m pretty sure it just hates me!

I’m sure you’ve all been dying to see the design I did for my dad made up into a card – at least that’s what I like to tell myself 😉 Here it is:

bah humbug card

I took two photos of that card and the above turned out best… so you can imagine how terrible the other one was!

The design I was working on when I asked you to guess what I was stitching also became a card:

blue snowman

I liked the little snowman so much that I decided to stitch him a friend! This is actually among my favourites of the cards I made, along with the bah humbug one. I just love the pretty snowflake paper I used for the background.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go into detail about all the cards I made. Here’s a selection of photos of the rest.

There are more, but I think that’s enough for one post!
And now for something a little different… I decided to use a pattern from one of my magazines and try my hand at making a Christmas tree ornament. I chose a snowman because it looked like it would be fairly easy to cut to shape at the end. Here he is:

I think he turned out quite well 🙂 Mr snowman is now all wrapped up and on his way to my grandma, who will hopefully love him lots and give him a happy home!

I’m linking this up to day 7 of Becster’s 12 Days of Christmas, which was Christmas crafts. I don’t think I’ve done this many crafts at Christmas ever, not even when I was a small child and we made decorations and things in school! I think the end products are worth all the effort though.
12 Days of Christmas - Becster.com Link Up!


The anti-Christmas card

My dad is known as the Scrooge in our family. He’s not really a Scrooge – he makes Christmas dinner every year (and even made me one in August once), buys thoughtful gifts and will happily play silly games after Christmas tea. But since my step-mum died on Christmas Eve, it’s understandably not his favourite holiday. For years, we didn’t even put the tree up, although now that my little brother is old enough to understand Christmas the house gets decorated again. So when I decided to cross stitch all my cards this year, I knew my dad’s couldn’t feature any of your run-of-the-mill festive designs. Instead, I designed and then stitched the picture below, and even though it’s pretty simple I have to admit I’m really proud of it!

Bah humbug

Now all I have to do is actually make it into a card.


Guess the Christmas cross stitch: The solution

Thank you to everyone who took part in my little cross stitch guessing game. I had lots of fun reading your guesses. You’re all completely mad! (I mean that in the most complimentary possible way, of course.) Before I get on with revealing the answer, here are your guesses from the third and final round. The picture I gave you to work with was this:

cross stitch 3

First to enter a guess was Elaine, who thought it was “a fair-haired child in a blue coat pushing a sled”. Close, Elaine. Very close!

Katrin thought it was “a dinosaur who wants to jump on a sled”. Unfortunately not, although I think that would make a great Christmas card for a small boy!

Polly guessed “a Smurf sledding”. Apparantly the merest hint of blue has all my readers obsessing about Smurfs 😉

Steffi agreed with Elaine: “a child (girl?) pulling a sled”. That little word “pulling” brought Steffi even closer to the right answer than Elaine, but still not quite there.

Becster also agreed with Elaine (but didn’t mention whether the child was pushing or pulling the sled).

And finally, Charlotte came up with the very creative idea of “a superhero flying on a sled with his (or her) cape flapping in the wind”. I like this guess, but unfortunately it’s not the right answer.

And now, here’s what I was really stitching:

cross stitch snowman

A snowman, wearing a blue coat and pulling a sled (I just realised I forgot to backstitch the rope he’s pulling it by!). The yellow that fooled you all into thinking it was a fair-haired child actually belongs to his hat! I hope you all enjoyed my little game. Maybe we can do it again some time 🙂