First of all, let me apologize up front for any whiney-ness that may occur here. I’ve worked out with my personal trainer three times this week. So, I am sore and tired from that. But, I think it is going to be good in the long run. My class Monday night (after working all day and then working out) ran over by almost an hour and a half. So I didn’t get home Monday night until 10:45 or so. And for whatever reason I have only been sleeping about two and a half hours a night, then I toss and turn the rest of the night. So, blech, I am tired and a little whiney. As you may have guessed, there has been no stitching going on, I got nothing. The most I have energy for is sitting still and staring at the tv when I get home. So, instead of showing you any progress on Baby Garden, I’ll just talk about the new JCS Ornament issue.
I read Anna’s review yesterday, and so I won’t rehash her in-depth look at the magazine. I have to admit that I really don’t actually read the issue, or pay much attention to the recipes. I just flip through it to see the ornaments and pick the ones I like. I did, however, read through this issue last night after it arrived in the mail. I thought maybe I might have been cheating myself out of something by not reading it. Yeah, I don’t think I was.
Let me also say that I wasn’t sure if I would be receiving the issue as a part of my subscription. I got it last year as a bonus for renewing. So, I was sort of taking a wait and see attitude this year. And, it showed up in my mailbox – all nicely folded and crumpled by my mailperson. Frankly, I am glad to know that this issue was included in my subscription because I think that I deserve a little something for being a subscriber (aside from saving a few bucks over the per issue price). I also have a subscription to Oxygen, and whenever they put out special issues, I have to go to the store for them. Which, is a pain. But, I digress…
As is usual, there are a lot of ornaments in this issue that just don’t do it for me. But, of course, I was really looking forward to seeing the new (and last???) Shepherd’s Bush ornament in the series. As you know, I’ve been stitching along on these. When I decided to do them, the first four had already been released, and I understood there were to be eight total. So, I ordered ornament cuts of the Dark Espresso linen from Silkweaver (back when they did ornament cuts) and I ordered eight pieces. So, I am hoping that eight is all they do. The first four, SB released as a chart, and I am guessing they will do the same with the last four too. Since, the wording on this ornament doesn’t totally make sense, unless you look at it in context, I thought I’d share what the whole thing says now…
2000 Years Ago, the angels sang, shepherds watched, wisemen came.
In a stable, as Bethlehem slept, Mary and Joseph, their sweet baby kept.
So there you have it…I think that’s it for the series. And this year’s charm is a moon. So, I’ll have to get on ordering that, since I’ve been putting the sterling charms on each of mine.
After quickly flipping pages to find the SB ornament, I went back through the whole magazine, and found a few that I like.
The LHN ornament is cute. And so is the CCN ornament (although not traditionally Christmas-y).
I also liked the Midsummer Night Designs piece, and since I forgot to take a photo of it this morning, I borrowed this photo from her blog.
Really the only other one I really liked was the Monsterbubbles ornament. Also not Christmas-y in the traditional sense, I love it. I especially love the way they’ve done the finishing. Instead of using just regular pins for the pinkeep, they’ve put beads and Swarovski crystal bicones onto straight pins. LOVE IT!! I cannot resist the sparklies. And I’m a sucker for the Eiffel Tower too. I didn’t take a photo of this one either, but it’s on the cover. I am definitely going to be using that finishing technique (once I actually make a pinkeep). And the Swarovski crystals come in a million colors, so no problem matching them to your piece.
So, those are my thoughts on the issue. One of these days I might get around to stitching a few ornaments. In the meantime though, all I can think about is sleep. And maybe a hot bath. And a pina colada…
Walk to Rivendell (see also my progress on the sidebar!!): Path veers SE. Company leaves path and tries to turn north. Cross series of deep folds running SE. Keep turning east. Lose direction. Enter fold too deep to leave. Follow it SE to Withywindle (ca. 4 p.m.). (Total Miles Walked: 92.25)
I am grateful for not having to work out today.