Sunday, 14 August 2011

Christmas May Arrive First!!

EEK!!!! How did it get to be half way through AUGUST already?!?! It really is scaring me how quickly this year is whizzing on by. More and more people are starting to freak me out by saying HORRIBLE!! ... GHASTLY!! ... UNTHINKABLE!! ... things like ...

"It'll be Christmas before you know it."

Bite your tongue, is my standard response! :0) BUT ... I do have to pay some attention to that frightening thought and so I have been doing some more work on a new Christmas design ... all the while chanting to myself ...

"It is NOT almost Christmas! It is NOT almost Christmas!!" :0)

Although ... I do have a bit of a confession to make about this Christmas design ... I had actually intended for it to be released as a "Christmas In July" project, but like one of our much-used family sayings ...

... Christmas May Arrive First!!!!

I've played a little more with it this weekend, so thought that since I didn't actually get to release it when I intended, I'd give you some peeks to let you know it will be worth waiting for. :0) Ready???

Here we have two of three projects that will be included in this pattern ... a small drawstring bag and a Christmas stocking. The idea is ... I've designed three cute "Christmas Wishes" stitcheries that can be mixed and matched with the three projects ... third one in progress! :0)

Here's a bit closer look at the stitcheries ... a Gingerbread Girl and Gingerbread Man ... offering you "Sweet Christmas Wishes". These projects were designed so they can either be made just as the item, or ... as a pretty, creative way to 'wrap' other gifties. You could pop some sewing goodies into the little bag, or a Christmas coffee mug with some special flavoured coffee sachets ... and the stocking is large enough to hold some small gifties or treats too ...

Here is the third project in progress ... it will hold slightly larger items again. So stay tuned for the launch of this pattern ... who knows ... I may get it finished in time for you all to stitch some of these projects up BEFORE Christmas arrives! Tee! Hee! Hee! Oh ... and do you recognise these yummy fabrics I'm using for my Christmas Wishes projects??? I'll give you a hint ... you can see the range and designer printed on the selvage to the right of the photo! :0) These are the wonderful Christmas fabrics sent to me earlier in the year by the lovely and talented Lynette Anderson. They are from her "Scandinavian Christmas" range. Thanks again, Lynette ... I'm having a blast playing with them! :0) And I've been super impressed with the fabric quality, I have to say. :0)

So ... apart from the inevitable weekly merry-go-round of household chores, that's about it from the Meares' Madhouse this weekend. As well as the ongoing Secret Squirrel stitching, that is. :0)  Hope you've all had a great weekend that included some time to put your feet up and relax a bit ... whether it was with a craft magazine, a good book, some stitching ... or a calming, cooling adult beverage! Tee! Hee! Hee! Have a fantastic week ... Oops!! Do I hear sleigh bells?!?!? EEK!! I think I need one of those adult beverages! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time ...



Kerryanne English said...

At the risk of sending you into a creative tiss Kris, the official Christmas Countdown is 132 days..... eeekkk!!

Two projects down, one to go, you'll be fine. They look beautiful and I'm loving Lynette's new fabric.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Mistea said...

Maybe you can have a warm adult beverage and celebrate Christmas anyway!
Lovely little projects and very nice fabric - must try to get a look at that in real life.
Enjoy making the next project.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kris, I enjoyed catching up with your posts...lovely new projects......and gorgeous fabrics to play with...hugs lyn

Love Bears All Things said...

I tend to put things off until there's little time left......however, I start Christmas shopping right after so I'm way ahead on "grands" are happy with money now so that makes it easy...
Mama Bear

Maria said...

I know Kris the year has just flown by so far. Love your little stitcherys.
Thanks Kerryanne. Did we really need to know how many days PHEW!!!

Outback Crafter Debra said...

Hi Kris
This "Christmas Panic" is a state specifically suffered by crafters as we are the ones who pressure ourselves to make something for everyone.

Your stitcheries are lovely and the projects are looking snazzy.

Stay calm. You'll make it in time.

Sheila said...

You always manage to put a smile on my face Kris , you are too funny . Love your new designs and can't wait to see the third one .

Susan In Texas said...

What lovely stitcheries! You do such good work (on your ruthlessly tidy desk - lol). ;O

BTW It had BETTER NOT be almost Christmas. I haven't even started to THINK about Christmas yet.

Take care,
Susan in Texas

PS Did you get my email about my August finish a few days ago? Ethan's quilt? Just curious.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Kris,
Oh wow, Christmas soo soon!
You're just like your friend that lives in Port LOL
Sweet Chrissy gifts.
Take care,
Creative hugs,

Bearly Sane said...

When you start talking about how fast the year is going, it's a good sign you're getting older Kris! And the older you get, the quicker it goes...believe me this ol' chook knows these things. LOL!! I'm almost to the stage of just leaving the Christmas tree up now!

Great stitcheries (as always), super fabrics ... and have one (or maybe two) for me!!

BTW When you get a break, check out just how wonderful my weekend was, it might just take your mind off Christmas.

Warmest hugs,

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love the look of all your new goodies Kris...xx

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