Rush, rush, rush.

December 22, 2012  |  Featured Posts

It’s that time of year where everyone is in a rush – whether it’s shopping, cooking, baking or wrapping – people get in a frenzy.
In some ways I’m always glad when things return to normal but in others it can be a special time of year.

Stitching and knitting have taken a back seat this month but I did receive two lovely gifts in the mail.
The first one is a beautifully made ornament which Margaret from New Zealand sent to me along with a very neat diary. Margaret does an amazing array of needlework, she’s what I call a true needlewoman.

It’s hanging in a safe place that two little furry friends can’t get to.
The second gift was from Melissa over at Words and Blooms. I know already what I’m going to use the chenille trim for – I love the natural warm colours.

It’s been a busy month all round with work, shopping, preparing and several appointments that had to be attended. I tried to keep up with the stitching I wanted to make the most progress with but failed miserably.
I’m now on holiday till next Thursday so I’m hoping to make a little inroads – I’d like to at least begin my Scarlet Letter sampler for the Stitcher’s Challenge. I’ve got the threads ready and I’ve done a few test pieces but I’m not happy with the fabric yet. Hopefully today I’ll choose something I’m happy with. I find it difficult to do this as I don’t like stitching large pieces on soft handle fabric, I prefer starchy fabric like Permin linen.

Thanks for taking time to stop by for a visit, I hope that wherever you are you find peace and harmony and enjoy a wonderful holiday season. Take care.



  1. What beautiful gifts from your stitching friends just wonderful.
    I sent my DH out into the rush today , I was in it yesterday no way was I going out today.
    Warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas my friend.

  2. Ann – Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases. What a darling cat ornament – ‘purrfect’ for you and your crew. I hope you are able to find a linen that suits you and get on with your stitching.

  3. Merry Christmas Anne! I love the ornament with the cat that you received. A beautiful pattern.

  4. Merry Christmas Ann. Many thanks for your friendship this past year. It will be interesting to catch up after the holidays and see what each other has done.

  5. Hi Ann,

    That title says it all – Rush, rush, rush! I know everyone is at a frantic pace. I hope you’ve been able to get some rest in, if not now, at least post Christmas! I am planning to finally have a quiet day on Christmas but now I am madly baking and cooking for Christmas Eve!

    That is a lovely ornament from Margaret. She does amazing work!

    Merry Christmas my friend!

  6. Lovely gifts from Margaret and Melissa! It’s a very hectic time of the year but I think I am finally ready for Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  7. Lovely stitching! And your cat is gorgeous – that’s the kind of cat Niek would like. Best wishes for a joyous season!

  8. I’ve so enjoyed browsing through your blog! Your fur babies are so pretty! Sorry the two cats were sick and all — and the marble venture for your dog — whoa! Love your Barbara Ana (that’s who designed it, right?) bird stitching. I just love that pattern and I love how you’re changing up the colors for each season! Love seeing all your work — knitting, and stitching! And your new stash!! Oooooh! I’m in love with that box by Barry Horton. And the pincushions and the charts, and everything! Looking forward to the SL year! Nice choices!

  9. I hope you had a good Christmas. The gifts are just lovely.

  10. Merry Christmas Ann to you and your family!…I hope you’re managing to have some time to relax and enjoy your beautiful stitching (I love the sound of the ‘Scarlet Letter’ sampler!) Such very lovely gifts to receive in the post too…
    Looking forward to visiting you through 2013!
    Susan x

  11. Merry Christmas dear Ann!! I hope you had a wonderful day! Lovely gifts from Margaret and Melissa. Big hugs to you!!

  12. You got some lovely gifts

    I hope you & your family have had a lovely Christmas

  13. Oooh what an adorable black cat ornament! I want it!! I’d love details on this ornament.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  14. I hope you were having a great Christmas holiday and were enjoying the gifts of friends and family.
    I also joined the Scarlet Letter Challenge and am very curious to see what projects everybody chose. My charts haven’t arrived yet but as soon as they are here I’ll start.

  15. Happy New Year Ann!…Wishing you and your family a wonderful year,
    Susan x

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