This is Christmas Joy by Angel Stitchin from the JCS Ornament 2006 issue. I made a lot of changes. The linen is a darker 28 count linen, because I wanted the snowflakes to stand out better than they did on lambswool. For the white, the recommended thread was WDW Snowflake (4125, not 2220 as printed). I used DMC B5200 for the single stitches and Rainbow Gallery Tiara T117 for the large snowflakes to give them some more sparkle. The letters are GAST Black Crow, instead of WDW Mascara (3910, not 1279). because I have some on hand that I am trying to use up. The red is WDW Turkish Red (2266) which I had on hand rather than GAST Cherry Wine (0330). The tree trunk is just DMC 435 rather than Crescent Colours Roasted Chestnut. No need for a variegated thread for just a few stitches. The green border is actually the recommended GAST Pine (120) which I had on hand. And the tree is the recommended Crescent Colors Jolly Holly which I had to order. I should have used DMC 435 instead. The pattern is still cute, but there is too much monotonous stitching with the same colors. I think I am about done with Christmas until November. However, I should stitch one more ornament for May since I am a featured stitcher on Christmas Ornament Stitch-Along. I think I can find a good pattern with candles or candy canes. I love candy canes.
I might not get in any more stitching this week. I have a hundred projects that I have been avoiding for the past month and now they are all looming over me at once. A huge project is catching up on email, especially email on Westercon programming. I also have several packages of snail mail which need to be posted post haste. Then there is the jungle of the sewing room to tame, an interview with Tim Powers to prepare for, the DirecTv unit to replace, laundry to be done, and a myriad of messes small and large to be put to rights. Not to mention that starting tomorrow it is my week to cook. I think much take out is on the horizon. Here's hoping that your projects go smoothly and quickly. Have a good week!