Right by the [bad word, bad word] skin of my [bad word] teeth…
I decided that for Christmas, my mother needed a cross-stitched picture of three kitties, to reflect ours. So, with little regard for how much time this might actually take, I set to work:
It was one of my goals for the year to complete a Peter Underhill pattern, since I keep buying them but not stitching them, so this was kind of a two-birds-with-one-stone deal.
I’m quite pleased with how it came out, and so glad I switched out the 14-count white aida that came in the kit for sparkly 28-count evenweave. I think the sparkles really add a festive touch. It’s not washed or anything, yet; I put in the final stitches at roughly 7:45 this morning. My mother is delighted, and is trying to decide whether she wants to frame it, make it up into a cushion cover…
I also got to carry on one of my favourite Christmas traditions: making homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I do all the prep the night before, including slicing them and placing them in the pan, then refrigerate overnight. The next morning, they just need to be proofed a tiny bit, and then baked.
The recipe is from Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and couldn’t be simpler or tastier. This alone was worth the price of the book, and the buns have come to be eagerly anticipated. You need a bit of a sugar rush to open presents!