Nov 30, 2020


 Oh, Dearies...I forgot how much I love these Santa canvases! I have had them in my stash at least fifteen years, and I pull them out every December to play, but it seems like forever since I've actually gotten to them.

When I pulled this out yesterday, the hat (minus the star) and sleeves were completed.

Within a few hours I completed his mittens, the bottom of his tunic, his socks, and his boots:

I started the central part of the tunic at about 10:00...definitely past my bedtime...and I could have stayed awake all night finishing it had prudence not prevailed.

I am stitching this with a stitch guide written by the artist, Pat Thode, but I switched the threads to Vineyard Silks. Oh my goodness, they are absolutely lovely! 

There are several more in the series waiting to be done, and one already finished in the FUPPY box under the bed. If I complete another (or two or three) I might actually send them off for final finishing after the first of the year. 

Needless to say, my basket has yet to be filled. As soon as it is, I promise a glimpse of Christmases past, present, and future!

Buzzy and I are doing our thing, and then it's home for a walk and vegetable soup. We were supposed to have a winter storm overnight but missed it, so I should be able to get out there and loop the block a few times while the soup simmers away.

Happy Monday to one and all. I hope you had a peaceful, restful weekend and that the week ahead is full of fun! Come tell me all about it!


  1. Oh that is beautiful! I love to do needlework like that. I was snooping around on line and don't see anything like it. You should definitely finish the set

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    1. Sorry, Susan...I forgot not everybody is in my head. FUPPY = finished/unfinished projects. In other words, the pieces are stitched but not framed or made into pillows, etc.

  3. Pat Thode belongs to my EGA chapter and I have several finished, a couple 3 in progress. Eventually they will be dispersed between grandkids, neices and nephews. I got them all framed a couple years ago, they look so awesome together! Pat's an awesome stitcher/designer.

  4. I live Santa’s. This one is beautiful.

  5. Lovely Santa - his rosy cheeks so cute, also his beard pattern is beautifully sewn. Great job! xx

  6. That is such a cute Santa! You will have a finish before you even finish your Christmas basket planning :)

  7. Isn't it wonderful to have a stash when pennies are tight. I thank God I have one from better days. Keep up the good work on your food plan and walking!

  8. Good morning Connie from here in the land down under or Australia. Just wondering if you wouldnt mind sharing your soup recipe? thanks so much, keep up the good work!

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