Wednesday, 27 November 2013


Can I mention the word 'Snowman' before December?
Our forecast snow last week never arrived, just more rain, so no building snowmen just yet ~ only with stitches!

When I look back at my labels in my sidebar I'm horrified to see I showed this trio back in 2010 and even then I had first started them 2 years previous, all I had left to do was the white crosses for the falling snow ~ I'm surprised they hadn't melted!

What can you do with a small circular stitch other turn it into a card?
I wasn't too keen on doing that so with the help of a small jar of Colman's Mustard I cut some circles into felt, added some stitched snowflakes and then warmed them up with a surrounding blanket stitch, it is still a pillow, although only lightly stuffed, but I'm happy with it :)

I don't feel quite as guilty with the next quartet as the first one of them was stitched and shown in a post back in January . . .

These snowmen are from an ornament kit called Cocoa Snowmen and are stitched on plastic canvas and should be a set of 6!  I say 'should' but oh dear I struggled with these ~ the more I went on the more my fingers got sorer and sorer from pushing the needle through the thickness of the plastic and I literally had tears in my eyes finishing the last one so decided 4 was enough.  I tried and tried to add french knots for the smiles on their faces but how do you do a french knot through 14ct plastic canvas?
  Thank goodness for Mill Hill beads!
I haven't decided quite what to do with them, my fingers haven't forgiven me yet, but maybe next post will be a Happy Dance for them.

One things it is never too early for . . .

and that's watching the sun rise over the sea.

We had a lovely weekend away in Bournemouth, very emotional after not seeing my DD for 3 months but lovely to all be a family again and spend time together.  This was the view from the balcony of our hotel room and although the weather was really really chilly it was so beautiful and peaceful ~ I really didn't want to come home!

But of course I had to and when there's a package waiting at the door addressed to Jane, Tilly and Oscar,  it's time to cheer up because I know there's going to be something very nice inside . . .

Dear Barb, one of my bestest, bestest blogging friends had sent me a belated birthday present, I tell her she's a naughty Barb but how can you tell someone off when they send the very thing you go weak at the knees at?
Cute overload ~ a gorgeous little bunny in summer dungarees and a reel of bunny ribbon ~ big smiles this end!  I love them and both are making their way to my 'Barb Shelf' as we speak, Oh you should see the goodies it now has on it and they all mean so much ~ thank you again Barb xxx
(I've sent you an email, hope you got it your end!)

Well that's me done for now.  I've read on several friends posts that they have completed their Christmas shopping and are set to go ~ I seriously need to get my butt into action ~ I've done nothing and Santa is patiently waiting for the required list!

Thanks for stopping by


Myra said...

What a wonderful gift from Barb. I have had snowmen on the brain lately too - never too early for snowmen. :o)Yours are oh so cute!

Carol said...

What a brilliant idea for the round finish in the felt, Jane!! I know I'll be borrowing that one in the future :) How did you attach the snowmen to the felt?

Such a perfect gift for you from Barb--she knows you well :)

cucki said...

Aww such a sweet gift from barb...
I love snowmen so much...
Big hugs x

Vickie said...

Great stitching and finishing there Jane. So sweet.
Barb did very well I would say. ;)

pam said...

the snowmen turned out so cute!

Kate said...

The snowmen are adorable and so, too, is the bunny! Love that photo.

Cath said...

Love you hanging pillow . What a great idea.
I have done absolutely nothing for Christmas yet . Seriously starting to worry now though , I need to get sorted .x

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

What PRECIOUS snowmen!! I love how you made the pillow with the first set, and I remember when you started the ones on the plastic canvas. I actually looked for the kit, they were so cute! Maybe I'm glad I didn't find it though. Sorry to hear they were a pain - but they are adorable! Maybe attach some gold cording and use them as gift tags that the recipient could use for an ornament??


Pam in IL said...

Barb sent a wonderful gift! Your stitching is really cute too. I have snowmen on the brain all year long, so no it's not too early for snowmen.

Catherine said...

I love how you finished that in the felt!! Very creative!
Great gift from Barb!

Anonymous said...

Yes, you can :) :) :)

your snowmen are adorable :)

Valma said...

it is never too early to speak about snowmen =)
yours are so cute !!! =)
what a clever idea to finish the first 3 ! I love
I never tried plastic canvas...the result is beautiful and maybe...worth the pain :)
those 4 snowmen are adorable, sweet colours
very well done =)

Barb said...

Hi there Jane, Just have to say I adore those snowmen in the pillow. What a fabulous idea for a finishing. You do make some lovely things.
I will drop you an e mail tomorrow probably thanks for yours and I am pleased to have helped your happy/sad weekend.
I have not worked on plastic canvas and after hearing your story I do not think I want to. Could you tell me the designer of the snowmen they are so cute. Speak soon
Hugs Barb

Annette said...

BEAUTIFULL>. I really love the bunny you got.. it's so darn cute awesome!!
Wake in the knees.. hihi I love it..
Your 3 little snowmen are awesoem too.
I think I need to have a pattern like those somewhere?
I love how you finished them of..
so sweet.

Lesleyanne said...

A gorgeous gift from Barb. Your snowman are all gorgeous too. Glad you had a good weekend away. Stunning sunset.

Vicky L said...

Your snowmen are adorable! I loved how you finished the trio. Great job! The bunny is adorable too.

Maggee said...

THAT is such a great finishing job on the trio of snowmen! I may also copy that technique! The quartet of bunnies are also cute. Great job! Love your giftie! Hugs!