Saturday, 8 December 2012

The 8th Day of Advent

Good Morning dear "pin" pals and welcome to the 8th day of the Advent Calendar Blog Hop. 

A BIG THANK YOU to Jo of serendipitousstitching for arranging the blog hop, Jo's events are always great fun to participate in.

I would like to share with you a favourite festive piece

Snowflakes - LHNs

It is dear to me as on the 24th December many years ago Ray and I got married at the Snowflake Inn in Stowe, Vermont on a skiing holiday.

December is the month that I like to use my Gingerbread House etui and it sits next to my sewing chair. 

Gingerbread House Etui - Victoria Sampler

It is such a festive design.

Gingerbread House Etui - Victoria Sampler

The theme for this year's Blog Hop is "Stocking, Sack or Something else". Here at Trewoon we place our presents under the tree.

Not many there yet as I still haven't started my wrapping.

We have two trees and this year there should be quite a few goodies under them as we have nineteen coming to celebrate Christmas.

It is going to be a very special Christmas for us as I have my first grandchild due to be born on New Year's Eve.

Earlier this year I made a christening gown.

Christening Gown

The sleeves were very fiddly.

I added some pearls to the bottom scallop and sleeves.

I loved these little buttons, so sweet.

I have been very busy these last two weeks with Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the challenge. The nicest things in life are always better when shared. 

We are now at 120 + participants (!!!) If you would like to join in please email me but it is essential that you include your email address. We have many who have contacted us that have been no reply bloggers and we have been unable to sign them up. (if you have asked to joined and haven't had a response this could be the reason, please email again)

Marsha Parker, the amazing and very talented designer of The Scarlet Letter is participating with the challenge and will be regularly contributing to the blog with sneak previews of new designs and will be answering questions.

You can imagine my excitement as Marsha is one of my heroes.

The Blue Ribbon Sampler - Olwyn Horwood

Despite being behind schedule I am very nearly there with BRS. The dreaded filet panels are looming. I think that I will only be working on them when my eyes and brain are fresh. It is the 36ct that is making me nervous of cutting the threads  I have bought some new hardanger scissors as mine have had a lot of use.

SDW Sampler - The Scarlet Letter

The SDW sampler that I am stitching one day per week as a SAL with Michele, Elaine, Krista, Shannon and Robyn is great fun and I really enjoying the inter action between us. Thank you my stitching sisters for making this a memorable and loved sampler.

Last weekend was my MIL's birthday and we had family visit with us to celebrate her birthday. On the day they were due to arrive I tore around the house making sure that everything was perfect for their arrival and then I popped out to the supermarket to pick up a few odds and ends.

When I returned home this is what greeted me.

Ray's boat had come out of the water for the winter and he decided to wash his mooring ropes in my clean sink !!!!

He told me that he thought that I would be pleased as he hadn't used the guest bathroom.

Why he couldn't of used the boot room sink I do not know. Don't you just love them.

I may have the last laugh though as he went through a whole bottle of washing up liquid so he might find that he starts to "foam" when the boat goes back in the water in April. 

A warm welcome to my new followers, if you have a blog and I haven't signed up to follow please let me know so that I can do so.

Thank you for visiting and I wish you and your families a merry Christmas, a joyous Hanukkah, a happy Kwanzaa, no matter how you celebrate may it be filled with love, laughter and good food and company.

Warm Wishes from Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore Nicola xxx


  1. Your work on all your samplers looks beautiful and the Christening gone is very lovely. The lace and pearls are so sweet and beautiful - I can only I get that accomplished one day. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

  2. Hi Nicola, the Christening Gown you made is beyond belief -- so gorgeous! I knew before, but know I really know, that new baby is going to be so spoiled!!! Which is, of course, what grandparents are supposed to do. Blue Ribbon is almost done!!! I need to post on Scarlet Letter Year. Happy B-day to your MIL. Vera

  3. Beautiful trees!!!! And gorgeous gown!!!!!!!

    Around my house, you find freshly filleted fish soaking in the kitchen sink. Ick.

  4. Nicola - You are going to have a crowd for the Holidays! Oh that Christening gown looks like something you'd see in the V & A Museum (or a photo of the royal family). It is beautiful, and I am sure it will get many generations of use - I hope that somewhere inside you've 'signed' your work of art. Blue Ribbon is coming along nicely too - good luck with thread cutting!

  5. Your trees are glorious! Your home is just so inviting! Thank you for sharing pictures of that fabulous Christening grown. You have so much to be thankful for this year, Nicola.

  6. Your little Christening gown is exquisite. Every detail is perfect. You are so lucky to have wonderful schools there that promote sewing and needlework. Your home is so inviting and the trees make it even more so. Wish you lived closer! I would love to come and sit and enjoy that ocean view with you. Merry Christmas friend...

  7. I always love seeing little glimpses into your home - it's just gorgeous! Your trees in front of the french doors with the drapes pulled back - breathtaking. Love it! I think I need to move in with you!

    If the christening gown was fiddly in any way, it certainly doesn't show. I particularly love the scalloped lace and pearl bottom.

    Happy Anniversary to you and your dish soap loving husbnad!

  8. Beautiful X'mas trees! That christening gown is gorgeous, you are great at sewing!

    The Blue Ribbon Sampler is so awesome, you are almost at the end of this big project! Love your SDW sampler too!


  9. The christening gown is just beautiful! This will be a special holiday for all of you for sure. How exciting waiting for the new little one :)

    BRS is gorgeous!! I can't believe how close to finishing you already are. Can't wait to see the filet work. Happiest of holidays for you and yours.

  10. Nicola, what a treat this post is!!!!!! Wow! First off, lol about Ray washing his mooring ropes in your clean sink. Men! What is it with them anyway? I do hope he gets lots of bubbles come the spring! lol!

    The Christening gown is amazing! Wow! You are just so talented in every way! I remember trying to do inset sleeves on my first ever sewing project -- it was an utter failure. lol! Your grandson will look wonderful in his heirloom gown.

    I love seeing your Christmas trees -- two of them! Can I ask what size they are? Do you have very high ceilings? Are they real or artificial? I would love to know the details. :D

    Your BRS. OMG. Just spectacular! So are the fillet panels hardanger or some kind of cutwork? if so, I can see I will never tackle this project. lolol!

    Your gingerbread house is wonderful! And I love your winter piece which reminds you of when you were married. How neat that you were married in Stowe, Vermont! Our neck of the woods, so to speak! We've passed close by there often since our DD went to summer camp in Vermont. It's such a lovely area.

    Thanks for the lovely treat!

  11. Where do I start? I love it all!

  12. What a beautiful Christening gown. I love the ribbons on the sleeves, I have the best memory of my little one playing with ribbons on her gown putting them in her mouth during the church ceremony :) PS I have been following you for a little while and I have a blog at

  13. The gown is beautiful, as is the rest if your work,,and yes we gotta love them(men)

  14. The Christening gown is beautiful. You've created a family heirloom.

    Your Christmas trees are beautiful and how lucky you are to have two of them.

    I can't believe that you're almost finished with BRS. Gorgeous!

    The gingerbread etui caught my eye... how lovely to have it decorate your stitching area.

    Enjoyed your blog post as always.

  15. Oh! What great eye candy!!

    Beautiful cross stitch projects, breath taking Christening gown, decorative trees, your beautiful house, your cute hubby playing in the kitchen sink but, best of all, news of a new grand baby on the way. What more could a person ask for other than "Can I come for a visit too"?? lol

    Your post has been a real treat!!

    Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season.

  16. Nicola I can't believe how fast you are flying on BRS! I wish I could stitch so fast!!

  17. Blue Ribbon Sampler is looking great - the colours are so soft and pretty - I think putting up one xmas tree is hard enough but youv'e done two! they both look gorgeous - men do not understand the amount of work that goes into keeping a house clean and nor do children i might add - i have just recieved supplies for one of my SL Samplers so hopefully I can make a start soon, I can barely contain my excitement : )

  18. Hello dear the gown is so beautiful and your stitching too..
    I love your tree so much
    Love for you x

  19. Nicola: your home looks so beautiful dressed for Christmas. My goodness you are going to be so busy! You are so very talented, the christening gown is a wonderful heirloom. Have a peaceful (if you can!) Christmas and I wish you all good things in 2013 - none better than your grandchild! xx

  20. Every thing is so beautiful, love all your work the little dress is just beautiful too.
    Your Christmas decorations look stunning and have a wow factor from me.
    Where do you find the time to do every is all so perfect.
    Congratulation's for your first grand child in the New Year what a blessing. hugs.

  21. Hi Nicola, I am cracked! What wonderful pics. Your Christmastree looks fantabulous! Your stichting is beautiful and the gown is ... I don't find the right word for it. Simply wonderful!!
    Warm greetings from Germany

  22. Lovely stitching as always Nicola and the Christening Gown is just stunning.
    LOL at your husband washing his mooring ropes in your sink. The laugh will be on him when he foams up the harbour next spring though

  23. Lovely christening exciting for you!
    We have been to the Stoweflake inn at Stowe on a skiing holiday too! Many years ago now but what a lovely place to get married!

  24. Beautiful gown,,, and I am loving the BRS.

  25. The christening gown is beautiful. A true heirloom.

  26. OMG, I am in awe with your pictures! I love love love LOVE your gingerbread house!!! This is amazingly fantastic!!! You must have spent hours working on this but the end result is beautiful :)

  27. I love seeing your holiday finishes and your beautiful holiday decorations.
    The christening gown is lovely. What an exciting time.
    Wonderful progress on both samplers.
    You have to love our guys!

  28. Everything looks lovely Nicola, and that Christening gown is truly wonderful, it will become a much cherished heirloom I'm sure.
    Not much longer to wait for your Grandson now, i bet you are counting the days down, just as i was :-)

    I hope you and your guests have a wonderful Christmas x

  29. Oh my gosh, Nicola, everything looks fantastic, but the Christening gown is truly spectacular. What a wonderful heirloom that will be for your son's family. LOVELY! Your trees, the LHN, and the etui are all so nice, too. We haven't put up our decorations yet, I think my DH will go up into the attic when he's home from golfing this afternoon. LOL at the picture of your husband cleaning his ropes in your sink!! LOL

    Have a great weekend.

  30. Seeing your lovely home is always a treat - even if it remind me how much we have to do here! The Christening gown is stunning, and your etui box is good enough to eat! I love gingerbread houses. I's good to know I am not the only one who's husband uses the kitchen sink for odd 'male' purposes!

  31. The Christening gown is STUNNING Nicola.
    Your projects are too wonderful.
    I just had to laugh at your foaming prediction. ;)

  32. Gorgeous trees and the christening gown is wonderful!!!! I'd have to kill my DH, LOL.

  33. You show wonderful work. I love all your stitching. And the dress (Taufkleid) is wonderful.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

  34. Your Gingerbread House is so fantastic.
    Your other stitching are very beatuiful.
    Have a nice weekend, Manuela.

  35. OMG! That dress is a work of art! How beautiful!

  36. What a lovely post full of eye candy.
    The little gingerbread house is so sweet and the christening dress is exquisite.
    Beautiful work on the two samplers. BRS is stunning.

  37. Oh my gosh - so many wonderful things on your post. That Christening Gown is just beautiful and will become such a treasurer keepsake. I can't believe that you are on the home stretch with the Blue Ribbon Sampler - such a beautiful piece.

    And your husband reminds me so much of mine. I have a sink in my laundry for things that he needs to clean, but for some reason prefers the kitchen sink. Go figure!!

  38. So many beautiful things! Love them all!

  39. Nicola I don't know what you mean by "no reply blogger". Will you email me at
    Thx, Annie

  40. The Blue Ribbon Sampler is gorgeous. You are such a fast stitcher.

  41. Oh my gosh! Your SDW sampler is looking amazing!!

    And your christening gown is so sweet. My little one had one we picked up in Italy with hand done lace from Burano. Dresses like yours and ours are family treasures!

    And you must post pictures next spring when your husband's boat foams up the harbor.

  42. How lovely and elegant all of your work is! Your work on all your samplers looks beautiful and the Christening gone is very lovely. The lace and pearls are and beautiful !

  43. WOW! You have been super busy! The BRS, the christening gown, holiday decorating and shopping each is just beautiful. The christening gown will be a treasured family heirloom, the additional of the seed pearls is such a special touch.

    Ahh, Ray cleaning the ropes--this is so husband.

  44. The christening gown is absolutely stunning Nicola, a true family heirloom. I love the gingerbread house etui also!

  45. Thanks for taking part in the Advent calendar blog hop.

    I love the gingerbread house, I'd like to stitch a little 3D cottage one day (yet another thing on my list!).

    The trees are gorgeous too.

  46. All looks lovely, even Ray at your spotless kitchen sink. I just can imagine the boat surrounded by white bobbles with no sign of whitecaps anywhere on the horizon.

  47. I love your gingerbread house. Thank you for this lovelly post.

  48. Oh a new years eve baby - like me! :D

    I'm glad I am not the only one who places presents under the tree - we seem to be somewhat outnumbered so far in the advent blog hop! :)

  49. OMG your stitching on the Christening Gown is marvelous. If you lived closer I would offer you a job!

    I am loving your BRS, better than mine I must say. I like the 35ct and if it were not for all the glorious goodies awaiting me in Scarlet Letter, would seriously consider redoing it. Sure I'll be happier when it comes back from the framers.

    We are under the tree peeps as well, so another one to the numbers

    Much love
    M xxxxxxxx

  50. Oh My...your home looks wonderful all decorated for Christmas! Your Blue Ribbon Sampler is AMAZING!! I truly wish I could learn those stitches from you! I wish I could participate with the The Scarlet Letter challenge you have going on, too much going on, but you can bet I'll be watching your progress and cheering from the sidelines. Congratulations on the anticipated birth of your grandchild. Your christening gown is precious! *Hugs*

  51. It's a gorgeous Christening gown, a true heirloom - you have so much talent. Your stitching is wonderful too. You're going so fast on the Blue Ribbon Sampler, it seems such a short while ago that you were just starting this project :-)

  52. Oh, Nicola--so many treasures have been created by your loving hands. Really, really beautiful--each and every one. The Christening gown is unbelievably special--it will be a family heirloom for years to come...

    This month will be a very special one for you and I can't wait to see the first photos of your little grandson :)

  53. Oh Nicola, what a fun post! I love seeing how everyone decorates for the holiday.

    I enjoyed seeing your stitching too.

    Congrats on the new arrival soon! I missed NYE by two days. One word of advice for years to come, please always remember this little one separate from Christmas. Ask me how I know this is important?! LOL!

    Seriously, congrats and I hope you have the happiest of holidays!

  54. Wow your gingerbread etui is spectacular and you have two very beautiful trees.

    That Christening gown is spectacular!!!

  55. Oh my Heavens! The christening gown is stunning! Congratulations on the pending birth of your grandchild.


  56. Nicola,
    I need to start off by saying "WOW"!

    I truly love all of your finishes. You are a stunning stitcher and how I wish I were!

    I love the story behind Snowflakes by LHN. How sweet and perfect.

    Your gingerbread house is stunning! It looks like it takes lots of patience.

    I could sit and look at your trees all day long.

    What a precious Christening Gown it is gorgeous!

    I finally get to meet Nicola of Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year. I purchased a pattern and I won't commit to it until I finish the one I have been working on for my husband. Hopefully I can join up sometime after the first of the year.

    I have to agree that Marsha Parker is talented as there were so many to choose from and I picked the one that spoke to me. They are all so stunning!

    Brs is beautiful along with SDW!

    You and your husband are to funny. It sounds like me and mine.

    I am a new follower and so glad I found you through Jo's Blog!

    Have a wonderful week!

  57. Your home is lovely! That first photo took my breath away. How thick are your walls? Love the christening gown, beautiful!

  58. You are a woman of many talents Nicola, and clearly make the most of your free time.

    The christening gown is beautiful. Perhaps it will become a family heirloom, passed down through future generations.

    All your stitched pieces in this post are beautiful. You've made a lot of progress with your Blue Ribbon Sampler.

    I did giggle at your DH's antics! :-)

    Have a wonderful week.

  59. You are a woman of many talents Nicola, and clearly make the most of your free time.

    The christening gown is beautiful. Perhaps it will become a family heirloom, passed down through future generations.

    All your stitched pieces in this post are beautiful. You've made a lot of progress with your Blue Ribbon Sampler.

    I did giggle at your DH's antics! :-)

    Have a wonderful week.

  60. wow, so many lovely things! The christening gown is beautiful, I'm sure it'll be a treasured heirloom. I also love your gingerbread sewing box, how cute! I don't think I'd want to put it away in January though

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  62. Oh boy, Nicola, you gotta love husbands, don't you?! And they always have such perfect timing! And they are always so bewildered at the things that make us so crazy mad! But I love mine more than life itself and would not be the person I am today without him!
    The christening gown you made is beyond gorgeous. What a lovely family heirloom!

  63. Thank you so much for sharing pictures of your festive pieces (I love the Gingerbread house etui!) and your beautiful home.
    Your both samplers are moving so quickly - and the christening gown just perfect, you have golden hands

  64. Oh my word! I had to giggle at the ropes in the sink. Gotta love those guys! haha

    Your stitching is lovely. Very festive.

    Finding the follow button.

    Merry Christmas!

  65. My son enjoyed your Gingerbread House. It is a beautiful piece. Hopefully I will get some stitching done soon.

  66. Men! So many share a little... umm, something. LOL!

    Your house is so beautiful.
    I have 18 coming for Christmas. Just kids, partners and grandchildren. Our numbers grow each year of late. Our house is tiny so it's a good thing we celebrate Christmas in the middle of summer here in Australia. We can all spill out of the living area and into our outdoor BBQ area.

    Your Christening dress is precious, as is all your beautiful stitching.

  67. Nicola! Your Christening dress is just beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and yours also......

    I love Christmas time....

    Carol E.

  68. What wonderful eye-candy!! My goodness! I'm especially enamored with the gingerbread house etui and the incredible christening gown. I keep goign back to look more at the photos.

    I so want to join your SL SAL, BUT I've already committed to a Sarah Pope SAL with a friend and the Ann Marie Clark sampler with my newsletter group. I really want to do the SL's Ann Hair and have started her twice. It is so tempting to start her one more time.

  69. The christening dress is absolutely gorgeous! Love it,love it, love it! So is everything else,including the gentleman at the sink doing what men love to do!

  70. The Christening dress is stunning, congratulations and great progress on your samplers.

    Your Christmas stitching and decorating looks lovely.

    Honestly Men! What can you do with them...

  71. You christening gown is so lovely. Love the two trees, we have gone to smaller versions, due to certain feline babies. After having a boat for many years, I remember the ropes, I know you weren't pleased but sinks thank goodness scrub up easy. Wishing you a Blessed Holiday Season to you and yours.

  72. beautiful stitching :D I love all your pieces you have made awesome progress!

    I wish I was joining your scarlet letter year but I just don't have the time or money for it! Good luck I will be keeping a close eye on all the projects!

  73. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Christmas with us!


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