holiday round-up

Guess what everyone?! Christmas Eve tomorrow! Yay!

I can hardly believe where the time has gone… weren’t we just celebrating Thanksgiving last week? All the rushing around and chaos will hopefully simmer down, and we’ll all finally be able to spend some quality time relaxing with family and friends. I’m excited to be off of work all next week until New Years. Time to reset and recharge before 2015!

I wanted to share some of the things that have been on my mind leading up to the holidays in my holiday round-up!

1. Unpacking our Christmas ornaments.

With both my mom and myself having stitched primarily Christmas ornaments for many years, I think the quantity may have finally caught up on us! Oh my word! I had truly forgotten just how many there were. For many years we did nothing but basketweave, since that’s what my mom learned from her mom, and what I learned from mine…

holiday round up- lots of ornaments

My mom stitched this sweet little piece when I was probably 10. I remember thinking she was out of her MIND putting a bead on the canvas for Rudolph’s nose… Now, looking back I don’t think he could have been stitched more plainly if we had tried… She didn’t even use a different fiber for the hat and the beard?

Holiday round up- Santa and Rudolph

My how the times have changed!

(And for the better, I might add!)

2. Sajou Scissors.

Suzie gave all the girls in the store beautiful pairs of Sajou scissors for Christmas. Aren’t they stunning?! They are made in France and the blades are all cut to match. Mine are tortoise shell with little daisies on them, but there are so many beautiful designs! I haven’t stitched a ton this week with all the running around, so I can hardly wait to really get to use them more.

Holiday round up- Sajou scissors

3. Kate Dickerson’s Herend Christmas Bunny

After a stressful day last week, my colleague Mary Susan and I had a little bit of retail therapy! Kate Dickerson designs these darling little Herend bunnies in blue and pink.

Holiday Round up- Herend Bunny

She just recently started producing them in Christmas colors with ribbons around their necks. I don’t usually like mixing my holidays, but really, who could resist this little guy?

Holiday round-up- Christmas Herend bunny

There is a matching bunny who lays on his tummy and faces towards the little guy above… when I finish this one, I think I may have to order him a friend!

4. My 23rd birthday

My 23rd birthday falls on January 11th… right in the middle of TNNA’s winter trade show. I’m bound to get myself into trouble… who wants to take bets on what birthday presents I’ll buy myself?!

If I don’t have a chance to post again before the holidays, I wish you and your families a wonderful and safe holiday season!

  • Elizabeth Bellingrath

    Dear Virginia,
    Love your blog. My best friend recently mentioned that she had done a little retail therapy and ordered a piece from Kate!
    Surprise, my friend is Mary Susan!

    Happy new year 2015,

    • stitchstyle

      Hi Elizabeth! Too funny! What a small world this needlepointing community is! Thank you for reading along! Happy New Year 🙂

  • Nancy Crichlow

    Love those Herend bunnies! And love your blog, too 😉

    • stitchstyle

      Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for following and reading along! Happy New Year, Virginia

  • Kerry

    Hi. I love your blog and look forward to the updates! I have a question for you- why do you put the canvas on the back of the frame instead of the front? I haven’t seen it done that way and am wondering if I need to change my ways! Thanks!!

    • stitchstyle

      Hi Kerry! Thank you for reading along 🙂 I put my canvas “in the well” (on the back of the frame) because I carry my needlepoint to and from work so often. Having the bars on the front provides a little more protection for the stitching- I find they don’t rub as much against the inside of a bag. It’s all personal preference though! No right or wrong answer 🙂