Monday, 18 December 2017

Advent Calendar Blog Hop

Hi Everyone and welcome to day 19 of the Online Advent Calendar blog hop organised by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  Click here to view the calendar so far and to link with each participant.

I started my Christmas stitching this year with a free design by Kathy Schmitz called Bird in Hand and substituted the scattered white french knots for silver thread so to add some sparkle, although not appreciable in my photos.

and when this design is not sufficing as an ornament, it will join the ranks of the pincushions,

My other piece of Christmas stitching found in my files, I stubbornly endeavoured to squeeze onto a fabric scrap while the pattern continually threatened to run over the edge and therefore limit its future destiny.

My Santa table runner, made years ago, once again sees the light of day, as do the Christmas tree placemats made last year.

Jo asks us to describe our plans or traditions for Boxing Day.... well ....

When I lived in England, Boxing day was spent quietly at home. Dad would pop our dog in the car and drive to a woodland area where dear Kim could run wild and chase invisible shadows.  We would enjoy the turkey and Xmas pud leftovers and then spend the afternoon pondering over jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and squabbling over board games, reading our newly acquired Annuals and watching the tv with the hope that the large tin of Quality street chocolates would be passed around again. I also remember having to write thank you letters, dictated by mum, for gifts received from obscure, remote kin.

Today I live in Spain where Boxing day does not exist, the big family get together feast is celebrated on the evening of the 24th and the lazy recovery day on the 25th.  The 26th when only the turkey bones remain for boiling, is a normal routine working day, unless of course you have been lucky enough to have won some prize in the immensely popular enormous national lottery held here on the 22nd Dec. and in which case you just might have suitcase in hand and be on your way to Hawaii.

Merry Christmas everyone,


  1. Merry Christmas Sheryl, i love your blog post today, it is full auf lovely christmay motivs.
    Have a good week, and a magical chrsitmas eve.
    Hugs, Martina

  2. Gorgeous Christmas stitching and lovely memories.

  3. Hi Sheryl wow you make the most amazing things and I loved your story,such a lovely post,thankyou for sharing my friend 💋

  4. Merry Christmas Sheryl! I loved seeing all your Christmas stitching. Your pincushions look so pretty hanging together and I really like Santa on your table runner.
    Good luck for the big lottery coming soon!

  5. Merry Christmas! It is lovely to see the festive pieces you've made come out for another year, isn't it!

  6. Hello Sheryl,
    wonderful christmas decoration.
    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
    Best wishes Manuela

  7. Happy Christmas! I am admiring your lovely table runner :)

  8. I love your strawberries - bird in the hand is cute.

    We don't celebrate Boxing Day in the US, but I do like the holiday as a low-key recovery day. I like to take the day off, regardless.

    Merry Christmas!

  9. Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year. So many beautiful photos to choose from too!
    Your Boxing Days from the UK sound so much like all of us Brit's Days did.
    Fingers crossed that you may be off to Hawaii this year!

  10. So many adorable projects! I especially love the little bird on the Kathy Schmitz ornament--cute!

  11. Sheryl, this was such a lovely post that I really enjoyed reading today. Your projects are wonderful each and every one of them. I love the bird in hand and how you finished it. Well I loved everything. Like others have said I do hope you get to Hawaii! RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

  12. What a treat for the eyes , all these Christmas goodies , you put so much love into each project , thanks for sharing.
    Happy Christmas.

  13. Happy Christmas Sheryl! Really enjoyed reading your lovely post. “Bird I need the Hand” is so pretty! Nice to see all your beautiful stitching and to read about your Boxing Days. I’d quite forgotten, the holiday wasn’t complete without a large tin of Quality Street!
    Good luck in the lottery and hope you will soon be on your way to Hawaii!
    Barbara xx

  14. Beautiful stitching and sewing Sheryl.
    Happy Christmas

  15. Lovely ornament! Happy Christmas !
    All your stitching pieces are beautiful, especially, the table runner is so pretty:)

  16. I love all your strawberries! I hope the Hawaii trip works for you and you get to enjoy beautiful weather.

  17. A wonderful collection of Christmas stitching I love the place mats.
    I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas.
    Julie.C x

  18. A lovely blog hop post that you compiled with such a lot of Christmassy crafting. Beautiful pieces that you made during the past years.
    We don't have Boxing Day but a second Christmas holiday on the 26th. This day has always been my favorite as it is usually spent relaxing, playing games, reading and stitching.

  19. Such a lovely post, Sheryl, filled with all of those red and white beauties! Love the way you've decorated with your fabric strawberries...

    Your Boxing Day traditions sound lovely. We don't have it off here either--it is a normal working day for my husband (although now that I'm retired, I don't work--yay!).

    Wishing you a joyful Christmas and all good things in the coming year!

  20. How cute that you turned your little bird embroidery into a strawberry pin cushion. I love your runner and placemats! They are so festive. But those curious moose are just awesome. :D

    Hawaii for Christmas! I've been there, done that. The food is totally worth it haha. :D Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  21. I have enjoyed seeing your festive pieces very much,they are all lovely,my favourite though is the red alpine scene.Merry Christmas.

  22. All your stitching and crafting look wonderful, what lovely displays.
    Oooh, Hawaii on Boxing Day sounds wonderful if you're lucky enough to win!

  23. Lovely creations for the beautiful Holidays!

  24. I hope you had a lovely Christmas Day. Interesting to find out about the Boxing Day differences.

  25. I'm stopping by on the blog hop. What beautiful pieces you have shared. Thanks for sharing your traditions with us. Hope you enjoyed them this year.

  26. So many pretty projects Sheryl. Your Boxing day from the UK sounds much like mine used to be as a child.
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

  27. I hope you had a merry Christmas! Your stitching is lovely.

  28. Just hopping around.I loved the runner!Happy new year!AriadnefromGreece!

  29. wow !!! it really beautiful so much.i like your good idea Thanks for the inspiration!



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