Thursday, 1 November 2012

Time to start thinking about Christmas ...

Yes it's been on my mind a lot lately - Christmas.  It seems the bigger my family grows, the more special I want this time of year to be.
  I started this sampler by By Gone Stitches, using Vikki Clayton silks which I am really excited about as I think this sampler is gorgeous - also stitching it along with me is Kaisievic - so you can go check out her progress on this as well.

 
 
sorry for the poor quality pics!  This is my progress on my Bucilla Advent Calender - all the small windows are in and am now working on the shop window bottom left corner.
 
 
Teaching my six year old daughter how to sew on sequins and beads - I must say she did pretty well!
 


Also won a chart from Vickie - love the sweet handmade pins she included.

 
These last past few weeks have been crazy busy for me and I expect it to be like this for the next couple of weeks as well - so please accept my apologies for my sloppiness in replying to emails - it is not my intention to be rude - just feeling a little overworked and rundown. 
  In Taiwan everything has a season for reasons of good luck - at the moment it is what I like to call the Wedding Season - I am always surprised at how many peoples weddings I have to attend every year - and always the same menu - one dish you can guarentee is always on the menu is, Sharkfin soup - aren't we supposed to be not eating sharks anymore?  It seems if it is supposed to be good luck to have it - they don't dare to go without it - sad isn't it?

Take care everybody and you know I love ya all!
Hugs,
Amanda

23 comments:

  1. The Christmas sampler is going to be beautiful. And well done to your daughter!

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  2. Your daughter is adorable and already a stitcher. Love that Quaker sampler.

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  3. Interesting about the sharkfin soup at weddings. I wonder if it's a regional thing as I go to lots of weddings and I've never been served sharkfin soup. Actually I've never even heard of it being served at weddings for good luck.

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    1. Perhaps you don't know what you are eating? Next time you go have a closer look at whats in the bowl of chicken soup that they serve you.

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  4. Aww well done to your sweet daughter..
    And Christmas sampler is going to be so lovely..
    Hugs xxx

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  5. I believe your daughter is very talented - at six, wow. Your sampler will be beautiful. Look forward to your wips.

    How does this taste, Sharkfin soup?

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    1. thankyou Melinda - perhaps i shouldnt have called it sharkfin soup - basically it is a chinese chicken soup with mushroom gingko nut and sharkfins added to it - the sharkfins themselves have no flavour and dont think big sharks - think small perhaps baby? sharks.

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  6. Your daughter is so precious. How wonderful that she wants to sew like her mommy.
    Your sampler is going to be sooo fabulous.
    I am glad the pattern arrived safely and you like the pins. =)
    Yucky poo to the shark fin soup. And you are so very correct Amanda. It is sad to need a special soup to make you have good luck in your marriage. You need Jesus Christ to have a blessed marriage.♥ http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

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  7. Nice little sampler & your little girls is adorable!!

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  8. I'm doing the same chart. Hoping to start it this weekend :)

    Your little one is adorable and hopefully another stitcher in the future ;)

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  9. Beautiful stitching. Yes christmas won't be far away now.
    Lovely win from sweet Vickie, hugs.

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  10. The picture of your daughter is absolutely precious! It will be neat to have that one when she is all grown up and stitching beautiful samplers!
    I stitched Praise God. It's a beautiful design.
    I'm not sure I would care for sharkfin soup. Nope....not at all.
    :o)

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  11. Your daughter sewing!! how adorable =)
    I can't wait for Christmas! Best time of the year :D Christmas and birthdays! heheheh
    hugs&smiles

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  12. That sampler will be amazing once finished! It's a massive piece! Love that your daughter is sewing sequins! Adorable!!! Great chart you won from sweet Vickie!!

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  13. Lovely sample start. Your daughter is so sweet. She looks so intent. I hope that she stays with the needlework!
    I hope that the holiday season is a wonderful one for you this year.

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  14. You have a lovely Christmas start there!

    Your daughter is just adorable!!!!

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  15. That's wonderful that your daughter is helping with the Advent Calendar! I'll be watching your SAL with Kaye. It looks great!

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  16. I love the photos of your darling daughter sewing, Amanda!! So precious--and you are so lucky to have a daughter to pass on your love of needlework to :)

    Pretty Christmas start--enjoy!!

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  17. Good start! Did you start top right? I started top left. We still eat sharks here in Oz, too. We love our flake (which is shark) for our fish and chips.

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