I’ve been working lately on some holiday projects. I decided a while back to give this Modern Folk pattern a try for a present for my mother (who doesn’t read things on the Internet, so it’s safe to share). Further, I decided to be insane and do it in one strand on some tiny linen. It was looking really great (and I was only going slightly blind) until I had to take out a few errant stitches and ripped the darn thing. It was sad. Because it was looking really quite pretty.

 So now I’ve started it again both on the same linen and on a much larger grid Aida. The Aida will be much faster (and obviously end up much bigger), but I’m just not as happy with how it’s looking. It’s just frustrating me at the moment. I will probably end up going back to the linen though.

I did however, complete this awesome meme kit from Subversive Cross Stitch and Steotch. The ERMAGERD! meme is easily my husband’s favorite and so it was a no-brainer. I couldn’t keep it a secret either. It was one of the first that was up on the tree.

I’m also working on some ornaments for some friends using this lovely pattern from Miniature Rhino. While I was doing those, my daughter sat down with me and asked to “do some sewing, too”. I set her up with a little square of muslin and a 4″ hoop and she went to work. She drew her own little design, picked the colors and after I helped her split, thread the needle and knot the floss, she went to town and made this sweet ornament.

I’m hoping to have things wrapped up soon so I can get to work on a few things that are stuck in my head. It is looking like it’s going to be another creative January for me. It’s always January!

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