Friday, 14 December 2012

last minute inspiration...

These past weeks I have been thinking about my ufo's, the little bits and bobs that have been forgotten about when the excitement and frenzy of something new comes along and I must say I have been feeling a little guilty.
Christmas gifts have been sent and I was grateful for the stash of home mades that I have made during the year. Some I parted with, others I couldn't and then there were the unfinished....
Well, these have seen the light this past week and a bit and I am determined to start the year without the baggage of the unforgottens.. (well not too many anyway)

Last year I made three stitcheries from Michelle's gorgeous patterns and only finished two. They have both been gifted but this little fella got left behind so he is staying right here. He even got finished into a table topper.

 some big hand quilting....
 and here is his new home.. pride of place on the entry table and in good festive company with other handmades..
there were some TTS stitcheries that I made extra as I thought they would make lovely gifts, plus the fact I enjoy stitching them. The binding needs to be sewn on one more and they are done! These will be gifties.
A cross stitch waiting to be sewn up into a pincushion got finished for a gift for my boss..
 the light is very dull today as we have a foggy mist from the cool change so the colours are a little dull but they are gorgeous purples..
Last but not least these little minis got hand quilted and they just need some binding. Then they will be ready to replace the Christmas project on the mini hanger for summer. 


I have a couple other lonely forgottens that I want to finish before I throw myself back into my wisps. 
They have been a little neglected too but I have prepared some hexies for my Swan Lake and have nearly finished another border of dolly dresses.
Roll on Christmas and I hope I get that extra stitching time I asked Santa for.
I have been loving seeing all the decorations bloggers have been sharing, I hope to share some too before Christmas.
Tomorrow I will post pics of what I sent in my Christmas Angel swap. 
For now here is a decoration I didn't part with...
He wasnt quite perfect as I put him together without a pattern. A few Weeks after making him I bought Marg Low's pattern for her decorations that explained it perfectly. If only I had waited I could have done it properly. I think he still looks lovely though.


Hope you have a lovely weekend and get some crafting time in!

Marina




20 comments:

Susan said...

Very inspiring work Marina. I will (should) do the same. I love your little Santa decoration, he looks great. I think we all want some extra sewing time for Christmas.

Fiona said...

this is exactly what I mean about reading other blogs and wanting to do all their goodies..... I love how you used up the tts blocks and M's stitchery and love your cross stitch santa that you think is not perfect but he looks perfect to me and if you insult him he may not bring you any gifties..... haha . You are being so good getting bits and bobs finished...
Hugz

Mistea said...

Lovely little finishes there.
The cookie man is perfect on the table.
Cute little decorations from the extra TTS blocks.
Enjoy your weekend.

Sheila said...

Beautiful projects Marina and you really made wonderful progress in finishing up some ufo's ,just lovely!

Kate said...

Such lovelies!

barb's creations said...

Beautiful finishes,it will be nice to start the new year with some fresh projects now these ones are done :) Barb.

Janet said...

Wow you have finished so many pieces! Good for you. I think the little Santa is super cute and I love the table topper on your entry table.

elliek said...

Oh to get the motivation!! This is my plan for the holiday break. Well done on all the stitching. Beautiful work as always.

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

Such beautiful finishes. Never mind if you can't get them all finished, you will have something to work on next year!!! I hope Santa brings you a big bundle of time and goodies to stitch. Enjoyed looking at your finished projects, loved the final Santa one.

Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Michelle Ridgway said...

I love your Cross stitches Marina and boy you go straight on the "nice" list for all those finishes. I am sure the little gingie will be happy there in your entry.

Michelle Ridgway said...

I love your Cross stitches Marina and boy you go straight on the "nice" list for all those finishes. I am sure the little gingie will be happy there in your entry.

Karen said...

I am always impressed when I see UFOs being completed. They look great.

Shirley said...

Sewing inertia here I am afraid to say. Have learned to crochet a few snowflakes and I do mean a few. You have shown a lovely little montage of finishes.

Lib said...

Love your little Santa decoration, so cute. You have done such a lot of work!

Elyte said...

Must feel good to finish these little ones. I think your Father Christmas is just gorgeous and framed beautifully. Love the fabrics and bell.
The little table topper looks very festive surrounded by friends.

Charlie and Wendy said...

All your projects are so lovely and the little Santa looks perfect from here. Beautiful!

Jindi's Cottage said...

Gorgeous finishes...well done on reducing the UFO's...

shez said...

what inspiring work you have done Marina and i really love that santa,you are so clever.xx

katherine said...

Wow you have been very busy! So many lovelies being finished off. You will be all set for a fresh new year of stitching now.

Tatkis said...

Wow, lovely finises! Tablerunner and hangings are so cute!

Hugs,
Tatyana