I mentioned previously that I had gotten a few small pieces of stash. First up is Long Dog Samplers' Time & Tide. I like nautical themes and this sampler has everything oceanic you could want. Then there are two patterns from Ink Circles, Garden Stars and
Hawaiian Mandala Sampler. I fell in love with these patterns while deciding if I wanted to join The Snowbirds SAL who are working on Paradigm Lost and Cirque des Cercles. Although I decided not to join this SAL, I still love to read their postings. There are some mighty beautiful interpretations of these designs. And not all of them are monochrome. I also could not resist another Michael Powell. I also have his Mini Christmas Window II on backorder. I don't mind since I have plenty of things to stitch before it gets here. In fact, I might not get to any of these before 2009!
Which brings me to the last bit of stash. I got the Mirabilia Christmas Tree 2006, which I almost started before deciding to buckle down and work on Christmas presents. So even though I am not as enamored of Christmas Tree 2007, I got it to keep the set going. When I got it, I knew instantly what the problem was -- the fabric. Like half the ornaments in the JCS 2007 Ornament Issue, the designs are fine, but the color choices are ... unfortunate. Here this lovely tree just blends into the background. If Nora had picked a more contrasting color choice the tree would pop. I'm not saying that she needed a black or neon pink, but just something, even a beige, that lets you see the tree in all its splendor.
The CookieFest went very well last night. We baked Christmas Candy Cane Crispers, Pecan Rum Bars, Dark Chocolate Crackles, and made Bourbon Balls. We also decorated sugar cookies and put together this gingerbread house that Robert brought. The rocket ship crashing into the roof should read NCC1701 (the call numbers of the Starship Enterprise). OK, we are all geeks here and we know it. I'm going to make some press cookies today and the grocery list for tomorrow. Tomorrow is all cooking, all the time until the guests start showing up around 7:30 pm. I hope everyone is having as much fun as we are this weekend.