Wednesday, 31 December 2014

December Smalls SAL - Final Post of 2014

December 31....the last day of 2014 and my final post for not only this year but the Smalls SAL. I have really enjoyed being a part of this group over the past year and have added my name to the growing list of participants for 2015. If you haven't already done so sign up and join us. It's a lot of fun and encourages you to increase your number of completed small stitches or ornaments. You can join us here.

I finished up my final small on Christmas Day in the evening after all the excitement of the day had settled and the drowsiness of a satisfying meal was drifting over us. 
This design is called So This Is Christmas (pretty self explanatory!) and has been designed by Jenny Hoffman of Country Rustic Primitives .

I'll be staining this one with either some coffee or walnut stain to make it a bit more primitive. Then it will be finished up into a small pin pillow.

Speaking of pin pillows, here are the bunch which I finished up for display this year. Only the larger pillow with the Merry Christmas and the 2 deer was finished last year. The rest were all either stitched or filled this year. I am now using a mix of walnut shavings and crushed walnut shell to fill my pillows. In addition I added ground balsam shavings to these for that extra Christmas touch. They smell wonderful!

These pillows from lt to rt are as follows: Threadwork Primitives Be Ye Merry, The Little Stitcher Merry Christmas Deer, Blackbird Designs Floral Gift, Gettysburg Homestead Merry Christmas, and in front, Primitive Acorn Keep Christ in Christmas and Jenny Hoffman's Ornaments for Christmas. I love displaying these as part of my decor and have received so many compliments in regards to them. Some of my stitching friends have asked if I could host a day of finishing in the new year so they could learn how to do their own. It should be fun!

That's it as far as it goes for small finishes. I'm continuing to plug away on Promised Lamb hoping to complete the better part of this one before the end of the year. As of yesterday I seem to be winning the battle. I would like to have to carry very little of this one over into the New Year.

My hubby and I have both been ill with colds and flu so we have not been going anywhere lately. These pics were taken the morning of Dec. 30 and I am already further ahead on this one than it shows in these pics. The lettering has all been completed now and I'm working on finishing up the final motifs so that only the left hand border will remain by the end of Dec. 31. That will leave me open to several new starts in the New Year. I've already picked and kitted up my small for the month of January. Bring it on!

I wish each and every one of you of very Happy New Year and look forward to meeting up with you again in 2015.


  1. Happy New Year to you. I hope 2015 is wonderful!

    I love all the stitching you have done over the year and am off to investigate walnut shells and shavings. xx

  2. Your basket of smalls is so pretty.
    Promised Lamb is coming along nicely, looks like you will make your goal!
    I hope you and your hubby are feeling better.
    I wish you a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year!

  3. Lynn, these are wonderful little pillows! Happy New Year!!! :-)


  4. Feel better soon Lynn! Love all your stitching.
    Happy New Year!

  5. Happy New Year to you and all your family x

  6. Your Christmas display is great! I love the sampler you are creating now.

  7. Love you pillows in the bowl! I found one of those bowls in the fall and would like to do some of those little pillows to fill it this year. Good luck with the finish of your Plum Street piece! It's always good to end the year with a finish!! Laura

  8. Lynn ... such a beautiful basket of pillows. Your WIP too is a lovely piece.
    Hope you and DH get over your colds soon. Stay inside in the warm.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2015.

  9. Another darling arrangement of your work! Hope you'll have the larger piece done soon enough.

    I'm very curious about the tiny Victorian house posted at the top of your blog? It looks so charming and festive!

  10. A lovely bowl full of pillows.
    I hope you are both feeling much better and wish you a very happy and healthy 2015

  11. All the pillows are just lovely. Have a safe and happy new year!

  12. Your stitching is beautiful. I would love to know how you finish those little pin pillows. Where do you get your fillings or do you make your own?

  13. I had seen that gorgeous display of smalls before on FB or somewhere, so very inspiring!
    I'm sorry you came up with the flu, it made some prisoners here as well but I hope to get through it unscathed once again - looked pretty nasty indeed.
    have a jolly 2015 - I can't wait to see the new smalls you'll be working on!
    big hugs, chiara

  14. Happy New Year! I love seeing your stitching and thank you so much for your very enjoyable blog! It is a blessing and delight to be able to read about your stitching life! Thank you and God bless you!

    Kristina in FL

  15. Your last little finish is so pretty and will go perfectly in your bowl next year. There are already such beautiful pillows in there. I didn't want to join the Smalls SAL again because I fell off the band wagon last year around October but hey a new year, a new chance. Thanks for enabling me, lol.

    I hope all the flu and cold symptoms have gone by now and you and your husband have fully recovered from them.