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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Monday, 29 February 2016

Small SAL - February Check in ....

Time for the second Smalls SAL check in for the year.  What is the Smalls SAL?  It is quite simple, really - it is run by Heather of Silver Lotus (the SAL mama). Here are the main details:

  1. Stitch a small every month. You get to decide what a small is for you. 50×50 stitches? 100×100 stitches? It’s up to you. You just need to be able to get it done by the check-in day. (WIP smalls that you complete in time for the check-in are great too!) You pick your design, I do not provide designs.
  2. Post a picture of your completed small (stitching done, but the actual finishing is optional) on the last Thursday of every month, with the exception of November, which will be the last Wednesday.

First up  this month is Deck the Halls by Prairie Schooler which is  my January Music piece for the Christmas Ornie SAL, which also doubled up for my Prairie Schooler SAL and is also a DUCJFC 2016 piece - #3/31 finishes for 2016 for the challenge to honour Debbie's memory.

                                   

                                         

                                         

Deck the Halls by Prairie Schooler, Book #81

32 ct Willow Linen, DMC threads.

My second Smalls for the month was this little piece which I picked up as a UFO from last year's DUCJFC challenge and finished on the day I found out I had been made redundant - it was so soothing to stitch out my shock and upset - you can read about all of that here, if you wish.


"Ho, ho, ho" by Pineberry Lane

Next, is my heart which I stitched for the Secret Sweetheart Bloghop hosted by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.
This is also finish #4/31 for DUCJFC2016.


Sweet Heart 
Joyeux Noel booklet
Blackbird Designs
28 ct Cocoa linen
Various specialty threads from my stash

... and next up here is my February Snow Finish also for the Christmas Ornie SAL and is my finish #5/31 for DUCJFC2016.\



Fa La La
Freebie from Plum Pudding Needleart 
(unfortunately the link no longer seems to work)
Unknown linen
Own choice of DMC and Valdani floss.




... and lastly, I was really struggling this month to choose a design for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL, but then I saw the very "sweet" Pumpkin Man stitched by my dear friend, Noni, for this SAL and I was hooked.

So, may I introduce you to a second Pumpkin Man?


Pumpkin Man
Prairie Schooler
JCS Halloween Ornie Mag 2015
28 ct linen
Assorted DMC and specialty threads


I am quite taken with him, thanks again, Noni, for the inspiration.
This, is finish #6/31 for DUCJFC2016 (so, I am hoping that I am on track to finish 31 pieces this year in honour of Debbie).

hugs, Kaye


P.S. Of course, as this is a PS design - it counts as a finish for the Prairie Schooler SAL as well - yay!

So, that is it for me for another month of Smalls.

Please check out what everyone else is doing by visiting here.

hugs, 

26 comments:

Vickie said...

Wow, wow and wow! I kept thinking oh, no THIS is my favorite she stitched up. What a great group of finishes.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

So many sweet smalls this month. I love how many double or treble up too! I love the Deck The Halls one the most, I think!

rosey175 said...

Oooh I love Fa La La, such happy colors. They all make such fun finishes. Your heart finish-finish was spectacular. :)

Heather said...

Wow terrific progress! I love the Christmas pieces especially the snowman. They look fantastic!

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the adorable finishes for this year Kaye. I have finished one.

Linda

Mini said...

So many cute lovely smalls!

Bea said...

They're all wonderful finishes - and extra impressive seeing them all together.

ANGIE said...

Hi Kaye, your smalls are sooo lovely! Happy stitching!

butterfly said...

Love all your stitching smalls, wonderful.

Sheryl S. said...

A lot of pretty work Kaye, love the gorgeous heart and the Deck the Halls design.

cucki said...

Love all your stitching x

Mii Stitch said...

Great stitching!!

Heather said...

Wonderful work! I especially love the little snowman.

Melinda said...

So many really nice finishes. I love all of them. I am I think Deck the Halls is my favorite. But it was a hard choice

Thoeria said...

Oh wow Kaye! You sure have been a busy lil wombat :) I love all your finishes!

KimM said...

Holy mackerel, Kaye! You tore up the SaLs this mi th! Well done.
SSF
Hugs

Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful work on all of them! Wow.

Barb said...

Wonderful smalls! I especially love PS Deck the Halls!

Brigitte said...

So lovely, all of them. Such great finishes, Kaye, you had a really productive month. Deck the Halls is absolutely great and although I'm not a real Christmas stitcher I know that I have to stitch this one, too.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Congrats on all the finishes! Beautiful stitching :D

Maggee said...

Good for you with FIVE small finishes for February! I like the heart one especially! Great finish! I also finished five in February, and hope to post about them today! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

Margaret said...

I love all your finishes! Such great choices!

Penny said...

Quite a lot of lovely stitching! I especially love the heart finish!

Carol said...

Wow! You've been very busy, Kaye! I think the first PS finish is my favorite--need to make sure to stitch that one myself :)

Hope your March is off to a wonderful start!

Cheryll said...

Your cross stitch is just GoRGeOuS... xox

Stitching Noni said...

Wow! Your smalls post is certainly not small!! Great finishes :o)
Love seeing the pumpkin man popping up again - he is so cute!
Hugs xx

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