I have finished all my Christmas ornaments, except for The New Guy, as we refer to him around the dinner table -- who we hope will have the good graces to be born this week and receive a name that I could embroider on his ornament. As with so many other projects, I finished just about the time I was getting really good at it.
Toward the end, it was taking me half the time to produce an ornament as it did at the start. I figured out exactly how to do the embroidery, which threads and decorations worked better than others, how to attach the hanging loops and finish the ends.
At the start, when I was still experimenting, some of the ornaments looked better than others. Later on, they all looked great. When I got to the end (except of course for The New Guy) I was on a roll, and kind of sad to be finished.
But I had a good idea. I have pretty much cleaned off my work area, except for what I'll need for TNG's ornament, put away the tulle (which I only used on a few pieces), wrapped up the decorative braids and stowed the quilt batting. Still, one more ornament would be kind of fun, and relatively effortless.
So here's a holiday giveaway to thank my faithful blog readers for faithfully reading. Leave me a comment before Thursday morning (the day TNG is supposed to arrive) and one of you will get an ornament, embroidered with whatever name you tell me. I hope you'll keep it for yourself, but I would understand the urge to get something sweet for your grandchild. (I won't make ornaments for cats, dogs or goldfish.) USA only, please, but I promise I'll have equal opportunities for international readers in the future.
Thanks to you all, and let me be the first to wish you Merry Christmas!