Rewind to December 2010. I stitched 2 ornaments-- one for my daughter, and the other for my (then) future son-in-law. Santa then tucked them into their stockings for Christmas morning.
For many years, one of our favourite Christmas films to watch as a family is "It's A Wonderful Life", so when I saw this pattern on The Sampler Girl's Blog I knew just the person to stitch it for... Chantelle.
Martin has a few different sock monkey items (which in my opinion is the start of a "collection"), so the particular pattern I chose for him was staring right at me on the cover of the 2010 issue of Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments.
Now, I said at the beginning of this post that I stitched the ornaments in December 2010. Fast forward to the end of November 2011 and that was when I finally got around to finishing them. I borrowed Bonnie's sewing machine and spent an evening putting them both together.
Once I got going, it didn't really take that long at all (you can see the backing material I used for each one in the first picture). I then sent them off in the mail as a little surprise for the newlyweds. I thought maybe they would like to have them as part of their Christmas decor for the month of December...
...plus don't you think it's kind of fun to get a little unexpected package in the mail during the holiday season?
Happy ornament stitching everyone! :^)