Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to pop in on this wet and very windy New Year’s Day and wish Julia, over at the  The Stamping Ground    and  all my friends who congregate there for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday, a very Happy New Year.

I have to say, I’m glad to see the back of the old one because due to a few health issues it wasn’t that good.  It culminated in me giving up card making and finishing up my self-employed business and that’s the reason that my usually messy work desk that you’re used to seeing now looks like this.

 My cross stitch work in progress is sitting in the basket but most of the drawers that were on the table and the two spice racks that were full of brads and buttons have long gone.

I still intend to get back to scrapping the heritage album at some point, as far as cards go, it's being restricted to the ones  for the  LillyBo Quilt Project.
I haven’t been completely craftless since I went AWOL though, because I was stitching some things for Christmas

First I stitched this Joan Elliott chart called Wings of Heaven.

 She was originally stitched on Red with Gold threads but I think I like my combination better.

Next I finished off the Advent wall hanging that I started in 2012. All the cross stitch was done but I wasn’t brave enough to make the quilted backing for all the little pillows to hang from. 
Anyway, I finally took the bull by the horns and finished it off and although it wasn’t perfect, Haven House Children’s Hospice were more than happy with it when I gave it to them.

The final thing I made was a felt Christmas Stocking for my God Daughter Nichola’s little girl Ava, who’s almost five months old.
This is the fourth one of these I’ve hand stitched. 
The first two ( one for each of my God Daughters) were purchased when I was on holiday in Florida back in 1982 I think.
This was the first one I stitched. ( still not looking bad after 31 years)

I stitched Nichola's one the same year, then in 2009 I stitched one of Paul, Nichola’s then fiancé, so he wouldn’t feel left out.
And then along came Ava. 
Needless to say I’m hoping Nichola and Paul don’t have a large family!
Anyway, fingers crossed that I get back into the scrapbooking at some point during 2014 but at least I know my stitching will keep me occupied. 

Once again, a Happy, Healthy and very Crafty New Year to you all.


tilly said...

Hello Sue
Sorry to hear life has not been to good for you, I wondered where you had been. I hope 2014 is a much better year and you have good health, peace, prosperity, joy and wealth.....
Some beautiful makes Sue

Shaz Brooks said...

Happy New Year Sue! Love the cross stitch and I completely agree with you, your colour scheme is awesome. Beautiful hanging for the advent calendar, and the stockings are amazing. Have a great Wednesday, Hugs, Shaz xx #31

Lea.H said...

happy new year - wow, love all of the things you have posted today, the stockings are lovely, i love the canvas and agree, she is better in your colour combo! Lx

Robyn said...

I always visit my neighbors first.
The angel is heavenly in blue and I love the advent calendar!
Here to health and creativity in the New Year.
Robyn 51

Anne said...

I'm sorry that 2013 was not good and that you had some health issues. I must admit I am glad to be starting a fresh year and am hoping it will be a better one in so many ways.
I agree about the cross stitch - I really do think yours is so much better and it would be my choice. The advent hanging is lovely and the stockings awesome. You have such skill. Happy New Year I hope it will be good for you. Anne x #36

April Story said...

Your stitching is gorgeous! I love the stockings. And your angel is beautiful. I hope you are able to get back to scrapping soon. Happy
New Year - April #60

Karin said...

Sorry you've been so poorly, I hope 2014 will be kind to you. Your cross stitch pieces look amazing.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

How lovely to see you on the desks again! You have been missed..... You may not be card making but your stitching is beautiful and I would have done the angel on the blue as well, I much prefer it!
Wishing you the happiest of New Years, hope 2014 is a good year for you :-)
Hugs, LLJ 29 xx

Andrea said...

stunning stitch work that's quite a talent you have there and those stockings are great ... I hope 2014 brings good health and happiness and you get back to your scrapbooking. I think the
angel looks better in blue too crafty hugs Andrea #33

lisa said...

Happy New Year, Sue. I hope 2014 is a better one for you and brings you lots of happiness.
You look as though you have been very busy despite not paper crafting. All your stitched projects are beautiful and will be treasured and passed on through the generations I'm sure.
Hugs Lisax

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your embroidery work and sewing projects are breathtaking! My mother used to do a lot of it too when I was growing up. Happy New Year and WOYWW! #82

Twiglet said...

Oh Sue - let's hope 2014 is a much better one for you. Your Christmas sewing is just gorgeous - you have kept busy! All the best to you. x Jo

Tertia said...

Happy New Year to you too, I am also wishing for a much better year this year. You have been very busy, I love the Christmas stockings.
Happy very belated WOYWW!
Tertia #21