Is it too early for Christmas?

I know, I know I have neglected my blog terribly of late, and halloween has now just finished - I've put the broomstick away and my little old familiar cat is now curled up asleep after her jaunt around on the said broomstick, so I was wondering whether it was too early yet for Christmas, but I thought 'what the heck' I'll start showing some of my Christmas finishes.

Tonights little effort is my tin I made at the workshop class I taught in the summer, its the class I taught the girls how to make a tin finish. So I had to stitch one myself and do a step by step with the finish.

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The design is by Crossed Wing Collection, and is from the 1998 JCS Christmas Ornament magazine. I really loved stitching this one, the little mouse is 1/1 as is the writing, the rest is 1/2 on 32ct evenweave. I used some sparkly thread in amongst the little bauble to give it a little more punch.

Life is pretty good at the moment, I have had a couple of weekends over at my parents and been out with my brother which has been fun, I've been working hard as always it seems, but I have also been stitching and framing things. Last Saturday I did another patchwork course at Fobbles, and the second part of it will be early next year, this time I was well stretched out of my comfort zone for this course, but I did enjoy it and I will take some pictures of my progress. My other progress on my other quilt has stopped, my heart is still not in it, but I will get it finished I am very sure of that, but it might not be any time real soon.

My poor dad had a fall last week and has managed to get himself quite a few stitches in his head, he was walking one of the dogs when he tripped on the pavement and went a clatter, he had an overnight stay at hospital nd has hurt his knee a little and his hand, and do you know (my time to vent), not one person went over to him to ask if he was ok when he fell, he was very shook up and was bleeding profusely from his head injury (he takes wharfarin whcih makes you bleed more too), Bailey (the dog), led dad home as he was in a daze a bit, which is so good that the dog did that, but I hasten to add, Dad is doing OK he's a little stiff and sore and has had a bad head for a few days, bt otherwise he is fine.

Hope you all have a good week, and thankyou for your continued visits and your patience in waiting for me to update my blog, I really appreciate your comments and visits very much.

38 comments:

valerie said...

Very cute tin finish. I love the reference to "Twas a Night Before Christmas". So sorry to hear your dad took a fall. I'm glad he is on the mend. Sad that people don't really stop to assist others anymore. What a smart dog to lead your dad home! He/she deserves some extra treats!

Nancy said...

This is just beautiful Su, and as always your finishing is perfect. This is the sweetest design. I love the fabric you used to line the box - I love the whole thing!

I hope your Dad is feeling better. Sounds like he had quite a bad fall, and what has happened to humanity that no one even asked if they could help.

Cari said...

Oh, what a lovely ornament! It will make a beautiful gift.

Your poor dad - I am so glad he is ok! Dogs truly are a man's best friend!

Myra said...

It's never too early for Christmas! LOL Your finish is fabulous and I love the little added sparkle.

DebbieSFL said...

It's never to early for Christmas in my book....glad your Dad is doing well.

Laurie in Iowa said...

I adore your ornament Su. It's one of my all time favorites from the JCS Ornament issues.
Dogs are wonderful... I'm so glad Bailey got your Dad home where he could get the help he needed.

Denise said...

I am so sorry about your dad falling. I hope he is much better
and not stiff and sore! It's hard to believe how uncaring some people can be. We see it in the news everyday but it's really hard when it happens to one of our own.
Bless you and your dad...

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

I love your little mouse finish. Sorry to hear about your Dad but so glad he was blessed with a caregiving dog as the people around couldn't seem to manage that. Sounds like he is on the mend. Can't wait to see your quilt project. CJ ok;-)

corinna said...

just a joy to see your work
always
glad your dad is well
scary when it happens

do you use the magnifiers for over one stitching
I find the threads are just so difficult, esp when using white

CindyMae said...

It is NEVER to early for Christmas!!! Love the little tin, too cute! Hope your dad recovers very soon from his fall, my thoughts and prayers are with him!

Clare - Aimetu said...

I love the tin - what a cute design :)

jean said...

Su
So glad to hear your Dad is coming along ok, it gives us all a nasty shock when something like that happens.
As usual your work is superb and I am glad to hear you are coming along ok.
I keep checking up on you and do so enjoy your blog
Hugs

Тatyana said...

It's amazing! I love it!
All your works are so beautiful! I will follow your blog with pleasure!

Christine said...

Its never too early for Christmas! Your tin is beautiful.
Hope your Dad is recovering from his fall

Nina said...

Su, this is so cute and wonderful finish! And it is NOT too early thinking about Christmas, it is coming!
Your miniature crosses are gorgeous!

Hugs,
Nina

Vaida said...

Wonderful finish! Love this 1 over 1 bird, he is so cute

It's sad to hear that people become so uncaring...

Ely said...

wowwww is very very nice! hugs Ely

Karan said...

Your poor Dad. It does make my blood boil when I hear of things like that happening & no one bothers to help. What is wrong with some people?! So hope he feels much better soon (((((((((hugs))))))))).
Another beautiful finish Su. Love the cute mouse. :0)
Will look forward to seeing the pics of your new quilt too. :0)

Katrina said...

So sorry about your dad's fall. Hope he's doing much better. I can't get over people today, it's sad.

Cute finish!

Julie said...

Lovely tin finish

I hope Dad is soon back to full health

Carol said...

Your tin finish for Christmas is really lovely Su, cute design too! You wouldn't believe the number of tins I've collected and I still haven't done a tin finish. Any chance you will you be sharing your instructions with us? Yours looks just perfect!

Your poor Dad, so sorry to hear about his fall but glad to hear he is doing ok.

Carol R said...

A beautiful finish Su. Will you do tutorial? I never remember to take pictures when I'm finishing!

What a clever little Bailey to lead Dad home after his fall and what a sad world we live in that people can walk by when someone has fallen and is obviously injured. I hope he fully recovers really soon.

Sheila said...

What a terrible world when people are too uncaring to go to the aid of someone who has fallen over - so sad. Hope your dad mends soon.
Love your little tin - very cute :)

doris said...

So sorry to hear about your dad. It's very lucky the dog was with him, since no (hideously selfish) people could be bothered. I hope he's on the mend.

Lovely tin. That gives me some ideas.

Deb said...

That is absolutely beautiful finishing! As always! Glad to hear that your father is fine. It's a shame that no one would help him though. Makes you wonder what is wrong with the world sometimes.

mollycaff said...

What a beautiful finish! I hope your Dad is feeling better, but how terrible that no-one helped him.

Lois said...

What a lovely finish! This design is perfect on a tin. How awful that no-one stopped to help your dad. I'm glad he's doing okay and wish him a speedy recovery.

Jane said...

It's never too early nor too late to show any sort of stitching, Su.

Sorry about your Dad. Glad he's OK and that Bailey was there with him. You can always count on man's best friend, can't you? Pitty about humans though. Such a shame no one helped him.

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the Xmas finish - it's never too early for that! Best wishes for your dad, I hope he recovers very soon. What a rotten experience that must have been.

Hazel said...

That's such a lovely finish Su. Thanks for putting in the word for me for the Fobbles calender. I see Avril is doing quite a few clesses ho hum... Really sorry to hear about your dad. What a terrible world we live in when not one person went to help him. Glad he is feeling better.x

Von said...

So sorry your Dad took a tumble! Hope he's right as rain real soon.:)

angelasweby said...

Su, hi,
I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's fall. I'm not surprised he's feeling shaken. Hope he 's on the mend soon. How fantastic for Bailey to lead him home - what a great dog!!

I 'm so glad you've enjoyed the last few weeks. It's always nice to get together with family.

I can see you've been busy with your sewing. This little ornament is really sweet. Can't wait to see what else you've going to delight us with :>)
Warm hugs Angela

mainely stitching said...

Dang dogs! I'm also known for having accidents on account of our dogs - last time also necessitated a trip to emergency services at the hospital. I hope your dad will be fully recovered soon. (And as for the dang dogs, I love them dearly.)

Your mousie is utterly adorable. Just too cute. I can't let Rowen see it or I'll have to stitch her one!

ariadne said...

What a nice Xmas stitch! I am glad you started xmas pics.I am sorry for your dad.Yes it is hopeless people don't care if one falls,gets hurt etc.What a great dog to assist your dad so well.Ariadne from Greece

Brigitte said...

Oh, this is such a cute little mouse. And the tin finish looks so pretty. That's a kind of finish that I haven't done so far.
I hope your Dad is feeling fine again.

averyclaire said...

Did you spray paint your tin? I haven't seen "gold" ones. Lovely piece.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Dear Su, How scary for your dad and you! And, poor Bailey, the Rescue Dog! When we get older, it's the fall that scares us the most, I think.
On another note, it's good to see you updating your blog. It's good to see your stitching and to "hear" what's going on with you. More...more...more, please!! :]

Corinne said...

Oh this is so cute. I'm one of your silent visitors but tonight I thought I owe you a big thank you for all the beauties you share with us with so much generosity. I'm sorry I don't have much time to comment more often.
I must do next time !
Have a nice evening.
Corinne (France)

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