Monday, 19 October 2009

Christmas cards and an Advent calendar

I know my rota was to stitch on Family Tree and Ballerina and I have a little, well the ballerina more so than the tree! But Christmas is getting ever closer and the need to stitch Christmas stuff gets greater!
Here are 2 cards I have put together today. The first one is with the Santa I stitched a couple of weeks ago.
And the 2nd is a sweet Angel card that I stitched this week. I love the colours in this. You can't tell from the photo but she has gold thread outlining her wings.
But what took up more of my time this week was my sewing machine. Many years ago when the girls were very little I bought an Advent Calendar sewing kit.... but it never got stitched until now! I decided as the sewing machine is still sitting on my dining room table it was time to get it done. Here it is nearly complete. The bottom has to be slip stitched together and some tabs making, then it'll all be hung onto a piece of doweling. Each pocket was stitched on in a strip with a box pleat to help puff it out! I will fill the pockets with sweets for the girls and it'll save me buying those commercially made ones.

On Saturday there was a Prom Fayre at our local shopping centre. The girls were so excited looking at the dresses.... but they are so expensive. Luckily my mother in law has given us some cash to go towards the cost. During half term we are going to a couple of the shops to try on some of the ones they particularly liked and are hoping to put a deposit on two! It seems early but they take 3 months to come and if you're not early someone else may pick the dress you want and they won't sell the same dress to the same school.

Then this coming Thursday we have our first college Open Day. There is a Sixth Form College nearby that has a good reputation for A levels and Laura has decided she wants to go there. I know she has the ability but it is hard to get a place. I know Laura will be upset if she doesn't get in as they are the only local college to offer an A Level in Classical Studies, which is one of her choices. So we are going to look around then apply as soon as possible. The girls are both excited at the thought of moving onto college but very nervous too!

This week on the rota is "Christmas Stitching" urmmm I know that seems to have been last week too! I am having a new start - a Lizzie Kate one.... you'll have to tune in next week to see which one...... and my progress.

Have a good week.

Ginnie x


Annette said...

Your cards are so lovely... The advent calendar, is very nice. nice job on it

Shellie said...

Gorgeous cards hun ive stitched that angel too using vari thread, love how you've mounted it.
Advent calender is gorgeous well done
Love and Hugs Shellie

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely cards. I love the advent calender. I bet I know which Lizzie Kate it is lol. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Julie said...

Gorgeous cards, love the advent calendar.

I have one that comes out every year for me that i fill with Quality Street, thats my treat every day in December LOL

mimimira said...

Your Christmas finishes are lovely, Ginnie! I like the card very much!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love the cards, they are so pretty.

Gill in Canada

stitcherw said...

The cards look lovely, and the advent calendar will be fun to use. Good luck on the dress hunt, and with the application to the schools.

Sally said...

Those cards are lovely, Jayne, and I love the advent calendar.