Oh hey! I'm back!
I haven't been on top of my game when it comes to keeping track of
- The days
- Taking photos of my work, and
- Finding the time and capability to write the posts
but I really want to get back to writing these monthly posts! This is an update of mostly December, but a few extra key things that happened in earlier months (mostly November, to be honest) for me, Two Little Kits and my little family.
So let's dive right in, shall we?
Since I last posted, I dropped off my patter-each-fortnight streak due to a number of reasons. But I did manage to squeeze out two new patterns that I love and they both have been a success!
Want more information on "Flower Field"?
Want to know more information about the second pattern shown here? That's awesome, because there's so much more to explain! It's more than what you see in the image above.
Click to go to the blog post, which talks about this unique, DIY, randomised cross-stitch pattern that you can purchase today!
Early December, I launched a big amount of new POD products. I worked so hard on everything and especially love the new designs I came up with. I can't wait to get my own! (more on that another time)
Let's see what the new products are:
What will you take home today?
Works in progress
I have obviously worked on a huge variety of projects since my last monthly post, but in regards to what I have worked on in December, that amount is much smaller.
If you've been following me over on Instagram, you may have noted that I have been stitching a lot of Flossy Fox Shop pieces lately. My WIP pile for December is no different!
Since June (again, my latest monthly post here), I've completed a number of pieces but let's just see the most recent things, shall we?
I completed two pieces in December; a Stitch Portrait, and [ surprise, surprise] a Flossy Fox Shop piece! I also want to take a moment to share an overview of all the ornaments I completed in late-November, because what an undertaking that is each year! They deserve some recognition, too. So let's check everything out.
For the past ~2 years, my daughter has had a mentor friend come over to play [roughly] once a week for a couple of hours. She is a high-schooler in a program designed to help kids in our school district who are on the spectrum find a friend ♥️
This is her last year in the program, because she's now a senior. So I wanted to make sure the gift we got her for Christmas was extra special. So I stitched her and my two girls (because of course, my youngest has to get in on the playing, too! What are younger sisters for?) as a present.
I stitched it on 18ct Aida fabric so it would be extra teensy and fit into a 4" embroidery hoop. I think it turned out great!
"Enchanted Forest Map"
My car-project; this piece took some time to complete, as it was a "stitch when I'm stuck doing nothing" project. Until I was close to the end, of course, and I ran to the finish line..! As you can tell from my above works-in-progress, I'm now working on the second piece in her little series of maps as my new car-project.
I've raved about Andrea's patterns a number of time but once again: her designs are so adorable, her patterns themselves are great and she herself is just a lovely person! I can't recommend her designs highly enough, if you're looking for something easy and cutesy to stitch up. Maybe just don't stitch it on black (see above) - lol.
My third year in a row taking ornament orders was a success! I started taking orders back at the 1st of September, finished all the designing by the 1st of October and sent them out the day after Thanksgiving! 👏
In all I had 11 ornaments to stitch (one of them for my own family 😊) and two were my first Hanukkah pieces!
I plan on writing a post about them more indepth in the near future which will include more imagery, so keep an eye out right here on my website for that.
Last year I started what I hoped would become a trend for Christmas time - I made my two daughters a cross-stitch of something that interests them at the current time.
So this was the second year I was able to do that!
I also wanted to make my husband something, too. I found the perfect pattern earlier this year and got it completed easily. Everyone loved their little handmade stitches. Always such a lovely feeling!
Outside the normal 24/7 shenanigans, December was a pretty quite month to be honest. Especially given what month it is; it was almost a miracle, really!
But I still wanted to share a few things that happened, so let's find out.
My family and I aren't religious, but both my husband and I grew up celebrating Christmas in some fashion. So we still do gift giving, Santa (yes! Both of my girls still believe in Santa Claus!) and a nice family dinner. If we lived near family, I'm sure we would also go and visit them but they're an ocean away, so it's just the four of us 😊
This year, I was worried we hadn't taken care of Christmas presents. But check out that tree photo! After I put the final present under the tree and stepped back, I was astounded.
So yes; my kids were very spoilt, had an excellent day and loved their Christmas stitches I made for them (see above). I also got some lovely gifts myself!
Nothing good or bad, per se; just want an excuse to share some photos of my three kitties. LOL!
Weight-loss Surgery Prep
In case you missed it, I mentioned in a previous FlossTube video that I am going to be undergoing weight-loss surgery in mid-January. (Disclaimer: I'm not taking it lightly, have considered it for a number of years and even spent 13 months doing pre-op testing beforehand.) In case you don't know, before you can do the surgery, you need to do a 3-week "liver shrinking" diet leading up to the surgery itself.
So to wrap up my December, I started said diet and these have been most of what I've "eaten". Thankfully I'm not sick of them yet..!
As of writing this, I have 9 days until the surgery and I can't wait. Mostly because I want to be on the other side of the surgery and healing, but also so I can be closer to eating proper food again!
Aside from the very basics, such as floss & fabric, I did get myself some new enamel pins in December, which I plan on turning into needleminders!
These pins are super high-quality and wonderfully printed. They're all from The Gray Muse which is an enamel pin and sticker company that I found via Instagram!