Friday, 7 December 2018

Online Advent Blog Hop - 7 December

I'm taking part in Jo of Serendipitous Stitching's advent blog hop. This link will take you to all those taking part.

The Christmas design I wish to share with you today is the one that got me back into cross-stitch when I stopped working full time. It is Victoria Sampler's Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm. I fell in love with this design and had to have it. It was stitched quickly as I wasn't busy with other craft projects as I am now.

Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm - Victoria Sampler
Fabric: Zweigart 28ct Smokey Pearl linen
Threads: VS Accessory Pack

The theme of this year's Advent Blog Hop is "My favourite Christmas Song". It was hard selecting one but in the end I opted for a more modern song. I use the word 'modern' loosely as 'Fairytale of New York' from the Pogues featuring Kirsty McColl was released in 1987, reaching number 2 in the UK singles chart. My favourite lines from the song are:
"I can see a better time
When all our dreams come true".
which I think captures the hope that many of us feel at this time of year.

I hope you enjoy listening to it.


  1. As soon as this song ism on the radio you know it's Christmas. Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm is beautiful, it looks so intricate

  2. What lovely stitching! I just love her designs!! I've never heard this song before, thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm is truly beautiful. I never heard this song before!

  4. Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year. The Victoria Sampler is just beautiful on that fabric.
    I was hoping that someone would chose this song too, I love hearing it. It's so bittersweet.

  5. Gorgeous finish. That design went in and out of my basket many times when it came out, in the end I didn't get it... good job otherwise it might still be in the folder unstitched lol.

  6. Beautiful stitching and I do love your choice of linen!

  7. No wonder you fell in love with it, it's beautiful!
    I think I've heard my older brother play that song before, but it's been a long while!
    Happy Christmas

  8. What a beautiful piece. I don't blame you for falling in love with it. What a song. I had never heard that before. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Beautiful stitched piece. I love the song you have chosen, never heard it before but fantastic.

  10. This is such a beautiful stitch...and you have done such a wonderful job. I can see why you love it. I have not heard the song yet but I will listen to it later and I know I will enjoy it. Happy holidays. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

  11. Wow! I love EVERYTHING about this one, Mary. I bought a similar Victoria Sampler piece a few years back. Seeing yours makes me want to pull it out and get it stitched!

  12. Your sampler is beautiful, I love the sleighing scene at the bottom. Merry Christmas!


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