Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cat Ornament and a Forest of Trees

Design - "Cat"
Chart - "A Prairie Christmas"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count Lambswool linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 12 December 2011
Completed - 17 December 2011

The cats thought that since I had no new stitching to show off, that this stitch from my archives would serve well!

Speaking of cats... 

I had some help decorating last weekend.

The two boys, Padma and Solomon felt they had to supervise.

I did manage to decorate the forest in the dining room.

This tree has small nature ornaments.

This one has an identity problem as it is festoon with both pine cones and acorns!

This tree is awash in mushrooms.

The tree in the middle will remain undecorated. It balances out the other four.  I am still waiting for a few ornaments to arrive and then I'll show off the tree on the far left. 

This tree sits atop the dining room hutch.
It has miniature Hallmark bird ornaments.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Newest December Stitch

My newest stitch is a reindeer freebie design by Tantes Zolder.
You can see how it looks finished up as Melissa at Words and Blooms and Carol at Stitching Dreams have both stitched really nice versions of it.

The Acorns remain active.

They're busy with their granary tree. Look at ALL those holes they've drilled!  I wonder how many peanuts they have stored (as well as acorns and who knows what!)

All the woodpeckers enjoy suet this time of year.

I had two Flickers the other day.

A male 

...and a female.

It always amuses me to see them on the ground!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Stitch & Christmas Trees

Design - "Falalalala" (kit)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 30 count Northern Cross cream linen 
Fibers - GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 7 December 2014
Completed - 13 December 2014

I really like the greens and reds in this design. A much needed bright design stitched during a gray month.

I thought I'd share some of the trees I decorated this weekend.
This is a display of WillieRaye Studio ornaments. I have a nativity by him too. 

I redid this pair of trees and I am much happier now.
One has light bulb ornaments.

The other has Shiny Bright ornaments.

This is a new themed tree this year.
A Gardening Tree.  Isn't that fitting for me?
I have lots more to show, so stayed tuned.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cross Stitch Archive

As I spent the weekend decorating (and not stitching), I'll share something I stitching a few year's ago.

Design - "December Stamp"
Designer- Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 28 count Mocha Cashel linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 13 December 2010
Completed - 28 December 2010

I am so lucky to have the Anna's Hummingbirds during these dark gray days.

The birds often drink from the feeder I have on the kitchen window. 

That feeder has the best natural light and the photos I take there, show off the birds to their best affect.

 If they aren't at the kitchen feeder, they're in the brush 'guarding' the feeder. 

"Sharing" isn't a term that they give much credence to. 

Though I have two feeders in the front, it is rare to have more than one bird.

The deer fence around the porch makes for perfect perching to guard over the front feeders.

The other day, a very windy stormy day, I had two birds taking shelter on the front porch fence fence. Detente!  

Hey look guys!  The red feathers of this female's gorget! *

* You remember that vocabulary word from a previous post, right?  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bunny Sunday

We had a lovely Saturday.
Sunny with a sharp blue sky.  I sat outside in the afternoon without a coat or even a sweater.

The bunnies enjoyed the nice day too.

We had three of them in the backyard.

Look at those big brown eyes!

These bunnies are 'wide-bodies'!

Do you think that's a sign of a hard winter to come?

With warm weather the chipmunks are active too.

They certainly aren't skinny things either!

Nor are my squirrels. May that's because there's more than enough food for everyone. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Must Decorate!

My sister had Friday off, and when I got home I found that she and my Mom had spent the day in a Christmas Decorating Frenzy!  

My sister bought a new tree for the living room, and is in the process of decorating it with her collection of Christopher Radko glass ornaments. 

The staircase now has a garland and lights.

My Mom spent the day working on her Bird Tree...

...and the mantel and fireplace.

I started off working on this.
I'm not thrilled with the look. I am going to re-do it in all red ornaments. 

So the Owl Tree was my only Friday night contribution.

Today I'll start off by decorating this Forest of Five Trees!

I expect the cats will watch until it become boring!
How are you going to spend the weekend?