SUNDAY SAL – Garden Alphabet 2

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  Apart from Christmas day, when my son cooked for the whole family at his house, we have had a fairly quiet Christmas.  This suited me fine as, with all the Christmas cards now out of the way, I had time to sit and stitch far more than I have recently.  This means fairly good progress on both Garden Alphabet and Kokeshi Dolls.  So without further ado here is show time.

Last time.

and today:-

GARDEN ALPHABET 2017.12.30 Queen Anne’s Lace was finished and I also managed to complete the Rose.  Not sure where I go next with this as really I feel that it ought to be some more border stitching – we will see lol.


KOKESHI DOLLS 2017.12.30and the first complete doll.

I also wanted to share a picture of my ornament tree which still has lots of space but I never completed the ornaments I stitched.  It was difficult to get a picture of this and this being the only half decent one I managed cuts off the bottom so the slightly larger ornaments are missing – I guess the nice thing about not finishing my own ornaments is that the ones I have on the tree are from friends.  Also a picture of the lovely Santa that my dh treated me too when we were out doing Christmas shopping.

Lastly my friend Ann asked me to take pictures of my Christmas Village so just for her, though the rest of you have to share, here it is – taken over 4 pictures because I couldn’t fit it on one.

Please take the time to visit the others who are taking part in this SAL.  As we live all over the world some may not have posted yet so please make allowance for this.  We all do our own thing so there are some super projects to see.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

About stitchingranny

I am one of those people who need to have busy hands so whether its stitching or papercrafting, I am always doing something. I also love being in the garden, though hubby does most of the work there these days.
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21 Responses to SUNDAY SAL – Garden Alphabet 2

  1. You’ve made fantastic progress. I’d be tempted to do some of the border but see what takes your fancy.

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  2. I feel that I need to do at least another leave or it will end up finished apart from the border and be something I no longer enjoy. I think it is not that its difficult but there seem to be so many changes of colour for such a small and boring looking leaf and maybe its the boring bit that is uppermost in my mind wherever I think about doing it lol. Oh well as the saying goes – there has to be a little rain for make a rainbow.


  3. katechiconi says:

    You’ve certainly made good progress despite the business of the season. Love your Christmas village, too 🙂

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  4. Thank you Kate, for both the comments on my progress and on my village. I did have another piece to the village but gave it to my daughter some years ago as I felt they needed to be spaced out a little more than they were.


  5. lucyannluna says:

    Looks fantastic, my Christmas village stays up all year in the conservatory, Mum brought back the start from her time in the US , they are a bit of a novelty here in the uk although I have added to it for each recreation.


  6. Hi Lucyann, I too am in in the UK and yes I agree people seem to be fascinated when they see mine. We started with one and over the next 5 years bought one each Christmas then I felt they were a little too crowded so let my daughter choose one for her house. Now I look for little bits each year. The last two years its been the horse and carts and this year was the children decorating the tree.


  7. claire93 says:

    both projects are coming along really nicely and your Santa is adorable ^^

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    • Thank you Claire. I am really enjoying the bright colours and fun designs on the clothes of the Kokeshi dolls. I am sure as you and Avis stitched on it alone it grew far quicker than mine, however I am enjoying it just as much as you did.


  8. kathyreeves says:

    I was just thinking that last year you were struggling with your eyes and now you are chugging right along, working on a new piece and a UFO with excellent progress on both. I would attack that leaf with either a symphony playing or an audio book. My library is part of a larger ebook library (overdrive) so I can listen and stitch, which really relieves the boredom factor. Your Christmas village is beautiful…love the snow effect.

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    • Oh Kathy, I had forgotten all about my eyes being so bad last year. What a nightmare that was and so glad its now forgotten about. The snow is batting, I believe it is what quilters use to pad the quilts with. It then has some artificial snow sprinkled over it. After all the houses are put away it gets rolled up and popped in a black bin liner, ready to be unfurled again next year.

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  9. Catherine says:

    It sounds like you have had a wonderful Christmas. You’ve made great progress in your pieces and they are looking fabulous.
    Thanks for sharing your Santa and village. I love both!


  10. Christina says:

    Great progress made! The garden alphabet is so pretty and looking forward to seeing more 🙂


  11. Carole says:

    The dolls are looking lovely, as is the alphabet. I love the Queen Anne’s lace 🙂

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    • Thank you Carole, I didn’t know that (though I have heard of it), so went to look it up in my plant book and its not there. I think it may actually be a weed but it does look pretty. Now its bedtime my brain is in gear and I am wondering why I didn’t google it lol. A task for tomorrow.


  12. magpiesue says:

    Wow, that’s good progress! And your new Santa is gorgeous. I have something similar a friend of mine made for me one year. Aren’t the things our friends have made treasures? 🙂 Here’s to a new year full of creativity and stitching!

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    • I so agree Sue, something made with love, no matter what, is wonderful. I have some lovely pictures in my craft room that were stitched by friends, plus needlerolls and lots of pincushions, scissor keeps etc. I wouldn’t part with any of them.


  13. lbick says:

    Great progress. They both are looking good.
    Happy New Year

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  14. Thank you so much for leaving a comment.

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  15. Helen everything you do is so beautiful! I love the idea of an ornament tree and might just have to make one next year. Happy New Year to you!

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  16. Thank you Mary Margaret and I hope your year will be Happy and Healthy too. I bought my ornament tree from Ikea a few years ago with the intentions of making an ornament each month to go on it – alas I have yet to start (well I have made a few squares for ornaments but its the making up where my skills go missing lol.


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