Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Holiday Retrospective

So, if you've been with me since last year around this time, you know that I'm not one of those that can't wait for the holidays to pass. I linger over the holidays, and find myself humming Christmas carols well into January.

Truth be told, this transition to the new year is difficult for me-- January comes and I miss the frequent visits from family, the mornings spent sleeping in, the elaborate breakfasts, and hours of reading by the fire in the evening. It's hard to return to the faster pace of normal life when it's so cold outside.

So it was a with a slightly heavy heart that I packed up the Christmas tree this afternoon (finally!).

But I did take a few pictures of some handmade projects before I put the box up. I'd been having fun all break making some fun holiday ornaments!

First up-- a tree skirt. It's amazing how much that it looks like a real gored skirt. So easy-- and I was able to use up a bunch of fabrics from my raid on the remnant bins earlier this month.

And I've also been embroidery. You'll see a lot more hand embroidery from me this year-- I had no idea it could be so fun and satisfying. It almost completely replaced my knitting this winter!
 I turned all of these tiny pieces into ornaments. This sweet ducky is from a free Wild Olive pattern.
 As is the mug I showed ya'll last month.
 I'm cringing at the binding on this thermos from the Seasonal Stitching club... but I love the pattern.
 I did skip the binding on these sweet sweaters though!

I'm hoping to be back at it next week! I can't wait to catch up with you all more. There is nothing like stitching to chase away the midwinter blues.