We had another St. Nick pop in for a visit. A chap from Lunenburg this time. I didn't catch his name but his costume was divine. Love the real fur trim. He needs a bit of growth on the beard and a bigger belly, his words not mine.
This year left a lasting impression and a joy for the holiday to come. I'm pretty stoked for Christmas for some reason, I don't know why, it's not the usual, maybe I'm mellowing. I'm loving the Christmas tunes more than usual...our Anne Murry is singing "White Christmas as I write this.
I'm looking forward to putting in a tree and doing a bit of decorating. Who knows, maybe Santa will leave a prezzie this year. At our house, we don't do commercial Christmas, just buy the best darn grain feed, free range turkey I can find and have a feast with all the trimmings. The smell of turkey roasting is a memory of my childhood and of my mother who loved every aspect of Christmas. Then, following the Christmas feast, even if there isn't any room, we manage to stuff in my son's favorite dessert, homemade apple, open our belts and play a bit of Majong.
This Wednesday is our annual Christmas party for the Main Street Hooker's so my house will be filled with fun and laughter. It's pot luck too, is there anything better than a good pot puck? It's why I host the party...I'm not stupid. Casserole dishes enter full and leave empty and zip lock makes sure all the leftovers stay in my fridge...I dine like the queen for the rest of the week! And what do I have to do for all this free food? Just a bit of housework and play the hostess! Seems like a fair exchange to me!
The shop was so so busy today. A lovely customer came in from the city and chatted a bit. She tried our Kuerig apple cider, pretty nice stuff actually. The ingredients sound very organic. Sue dropped by yesterday to hook and today Glenna popped in for a chit chat. All in all a great weekend!
I am putting the finishing touches on 'Stocking The Chimney' that I hope is completed by bedtime tonight. I usually hook stocking per year, but I'm thinking about doing another one right after this one, just because they work up so quickly and customers do like a colour guide with the pattern. I have so many new, unhooked designs I might have to do even more of them. No harm in hooking Christmas stuff in January and February!
The bricks are hooked with our spot dyed formula Red Maple in horizontal lines and then I used a grey/charcoal plaid for the mortar. The bricks and mortar are hooked in #5 and #6 cuts. The santa suit and sack full of toys is hooked with #4. The snow was pixelated in a #3 cut.
I am going to take the mittens out and rehook them with a herringbone as they are too dark and will be absorbed by the dark sky. My goal, this evening, is to hook the horn to look like real brass. Wish me luck!
The beard and whiskers will be hooked with wool fabric but the fur trim on his sleeves and hat will be done in curly mohair, and of course that has to be done last. The night sky is going to be hooked with Blue Heron spot dye. I don't think I will put any faux fur on the top of this one. I like to mix it up a bit and do each one a little differently.