Thinking about Christmas?!

Actually, yes, I am thinking of Christmas! There's a new Mirabilia bulletin board and they're running a new start competition, so I signed up to start Royal Holiday. I've had the chart, fabric, beads and threads for a couple of years and I thought if I started her now and worked on her a bit here and there I might actually get her finished for next Christmas! I haven't done much but I'm really enjoying her so far.

She's on 32ct opalescent Green Apple from Silkweaver. I'm not sure if they still do it as I've had it so long.

I've also been stitching on Barbara's winter exchange, which is all done. Just need some finishing supplies! And last night I did a bit more on Winter Wonderland. It's so much easier working on this at home so I think I'll do that. I have a canvas piece instead for the train!

I've been feeling a bit low recently. I couldn't figure out why and then I realised - it's my first winter in the UK for 4 years. I used to feel quite sad in the winter, but NZ winters don't have the really short days we do and the light is so much brighter over there. So I need to get some St John's Wort and I'm looking forward to the spring!

On a cheerier note, can't leave without pointing out Drawn Thread's Toccata 4. Wow! Love the new-look website too.


  1. Anonymous12:26 am

    Great progress on both pieces! Winter Wonderland is really cute :)

    Did you see the new freebie too? I got it yesterday and it's lovely!

    Hope you're feeling brighter soon :)

  2. oh YUM!! i must have toccata number 4 i think itis the best of the 4..
    lovley stitching.. i just can't face a Mira anymore... sad really
    i know how you feel about the winter blues too.. i had it really bad most of the years i was in hobart, i am not so bad now i am in burnie as our winters are a lot milder..
    hope you pick up soon!

  3. Your stitching is just gorgeous Nicki! I got my winter exchange done...but need to finish too...soon I hope :)
    I hope you feel brighter soon...I understand, I go through that too...

  4. Great start on Royal Holiday and Winter Wonderland is progressing well.

    I love the photo on your header Nicki, it's really cheering!

  5. Lovely winter stitching, Nicki!

    Toccata 4 is ummm... well, droolable! You didn't *have* to do that bit of enabling, did you? ;)

    I hope those winter blues go away soon. *HUGS*

  6. All the stitching is gorgeous. Hope the blues pass quickly.

    I love Toccata Four, it's stunning. I emailed Cynthia to double check and the model is done in the AVAS plus the Gloriana. Makes me very happy, I prefer AVAS over the NPS.

  7. Here's hoping that the slowly lengthening days will soon put an end to the blues!

    Your stitching is always such a delight to admire!!

  8. Great progress on both

  9. Great start on Royal Holiday and I love your progress in Winter Wonderland.

    Hope you're feeling brighter soon. I think the problem with Winters here now is the lack of frosty mornings and bright days that follow them. We've had such a dull horrible winter.

  10. Love your start on Royal Holiday. I just started on Mermaids of the Deep Blue. I'll have to check out the new Mirabilia board. I know what you mean about the winter blahs. The Saint John's Wart should help!

  11. Congrats on your new start!


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