The Christmas Countdown Has Begun!

Two months until Christmas!  Can you believe it?  Two months to complete the huge list of holiday projects I am attempting to take on.  If Christmas weren’t my most favorite day of the year, I would ask for an extension!


12 Days of Christmas Cross-Stitched Bag FrontsMy “Twelve Days of Christmas” cross-stitch bags are almost finished.  All of the cross-stitch is finished except for the few areas that are done in Kreinik metallic threads.  I have to go to my specialty embroidery and needlepoint shop to get this.  I think all together I need about twenty different colors.  At three to four dollars a pop, I’m having a hard time justifying spending almost $80, when in some colors I literally need enough for just a few stitches.  I think I’m going to go next week and try to downsize some.  If a few colors are similar, I will try to just get the one that matches all of them the best.  If I did more cross-stitch, I wouldn’t be so hesitant to buy all of them, but in the last few years, my needlepoint projects have been few and far between.  Regardless, I need to fill in the few areas that remain unstitched, and then turn all these tiny works of art into little gift bags to hold yummy treasures.


Merry Christmas BOM - R1Since I’ve reached a roadblock on my gift bags, I’ve picked up work again on my “Merry Christmas” BOM quilt.  Two more letters are finished, and one is almost there.  Hopefully, by the end of the week, “Merry” will be finished and “Christmas” will be underway.  Merry Christmas BOM - R2I still am somewhat intimidated by the hand applique.  Once I dig into the block, I am fine, but while I’m still in the prep and planning phases, I doubt myself and my skills.  I think it’s because I tend to work on this project in waves.  Just when I’m getting into a groove and starting to think my skills are improving, another project comes up and this gets put on hold for a week…or a few.


Celestial Pumpkin from MarthaAnd, I always like to leave you with a holiday project when I do my Christmas update.  This one has perfect timing.  You can make one (or two, or three) of these pumpkins in time for Halloween this weekend, and keep them all the way up to Thanksgiving.  In my case, I will keep mine forever, since I used a “Funkin” (on sale at my local chain craft store for I think 60% off!!).  I saw them in Martha’s magazine last year, and found the link on her website if anyone’s interested in the details.  They are really, really easy, and take maybe five to ten minutes from start to finish.  I have mine lit by my fireplaces, but they would also look great on your front porch or lining your driveway!




Nikki, In Stitches

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One Response to The Christmas Countdown Has Begun!

  1. Dena Lenham says:

    The gift bags will look so awesome when they are done! Congrats – you’ve done a great job so far!

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