A few weeks ago, I went to the cigar store with my lunch date to pick up a top-up card for my phone (this is important). There was no harm in looking at the magazines first, was there? This way, if I saw anything I wanted, I could pay for it all at once instead of having to queue up again after. I squealed when I spied the Christmas ornament preview issue of Just Cross Stitch on the shelf. It’s a harbinger of great things to come.
“Christmas already?” he asked, taking the magazine from me and turning it over in his hands, examining it.
“Of course!” I replied cheerily. “If you want to be finished in time for Christmas, you have to start now.”
We perused this year’s offerings, looked at the magazines a bit longer, and I paid for my cross-stitch magazine, the latest issue of Macleans, and a Wunderbar, and we left. Without the top-up card. But we did have a Wunderbar, which was a definite plus.
I was right, you know. You really do have to start stitching/crafting/creating early if you want to have any semblance of sanity left by Christmas. Hmm. I remembered a partially finished kit bequeathed to me by my chief cross stitch consultant, who had started it before deciding “Nuts to beadwork!”. This would be a good time to finally finish it.
A cedar I didn’t know we had in the backyard made a wonderful Christmas tree stand-in.
This is one of the many Mill Hill beaded kits I’ve amassed over the years – I had completed a “Noel” one similar to this a few years back. It’s supposed to be a poinsettia, although to me it looks more like a bold, Eastern European geometric design. Also, I’m starting to think there could be a real market for partially-finished kits – with most of the cross stitch finished, this project just flew by as I added the beads and sewed it together.
So there we have it: my second Christmas ornament of 2012. Hey, if Hallmark thinks it’s time, that’s a good enough reason for me.