Are you ready for Christmas? The countdown in now into the single digits.
My husband and I are not traveling for Christmas this year nor will we be having visitors at Christmas. And that is fine! Most of our holidays are quiet occasions, not filled with annual “must do” events some people enjoy. Last year, when our son was here, we took the boat out and looked at Christmas lights on the canals. This year, no one we know will be taking their boats out. Hurricane Ian, this past September, really messed up the local canal systems. In our canal, we watched lawn furniture and trees fly or fall into the water. It was not until recently that the larger fish have started to appear again and just this week were our resident ducks returned and were seen “swimming” back and forth across the water a few houses up from ours. Our neighborhood text thread fired up with the “breaking news” and pictures.
I mailed out the grandkids ornaments this week so they can have those to hang on their Christmas trees. I looked on Pinterest for easy DIY ornament ideas. At the first glance, it was easy to see that gnomes are popular this year, and I follow trends very closely. Okay, not really, but these were so cute and personalizing them was so easy. Another point that makes them so special is that my sister was here to help and she is on the gnome bandwagon. It was the perfect ornament to commemorate 2022, as I refused to make plaster casts to symbolize my broken ankle.
Now, let’s talk cross stitching! I am currently still working on the Dimensions Christmas Beach Chairs (70-35325). I say “still” as I am not the speediest cross stitcher. I tend to be a busy bee and visit many “craft” flowers during my waking hours. After my part time job is done in the morning, I begin sewing on Blooming Daisies Crafts orders and/or new product. After dinner, I may sit and work on cross stitch or, lately, I find myself knitting a beanie cap with the yarn I got last year when I visited my sister and we did the North Texas Yarn Crawl in the Dallas area. And, of course, I sometimes pick up something else that catches my eye like the grandkids’ ornaments or painting a piece of furniture.
Since the last Blooming Daisies Crafts blog, I switched the Christmas Beach Chairs over to my scroll rods and find the I like that format much more than balancing that WIP on my Q-Snap rods. Personal preference all the way! I grew up in a generation that embraced the “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, sometimes you just do not know it is broken until you do fix it.
My friend/customer from Connecticut sent me a picture of her cat sleeping on her cross-stitch project. This temporarily brought her stitching to a standstill. Unfortunately, she does not have a Blooming Daisies Crafts Dust Cover to protect her precious WIP from more cat hair. (There is a prototype in the works for the larger hoops.) We all know that if you have an animal, you will have some animal hair stitched into every project. Is it wrong when we do not want to disturb our furbabies? I do not think so! Anyway, all of you cross stitchers with pets that shed (or do not shed) make sure to check out the Blooming Daisies Crafts full line of Dust Covers!
I was just planning my blogs out and realized that later this week's blog will be the Merry Christmas blog and then the posting of 2023 New Year’s Resolutions! What?! Next year’s resolutions may or may not look different from 2022—check back with Blooming Daisies Crafts to see!
Blooming Daisies Crafts hopes that you enjoy the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas! Thank you, as always, for supporting or small cross stitch accessory shop!