thank you for your lovely comments, it's always great to hear from you all out there.
I have been stitching a lot lately, because a friend of mine had ordered Christmas gifts for her two sons from me. I had stitched an owl cushion which I had offered for sale in late October at a little exhibition at a friend's place (she is a professional potter and makes the most lovely things). She really liked it and a few days later she texted me that she wanted to buy it and asked if I also could stitch another cushion for her second son with a fish on it. I browsed through my huge collection of cross stitch magazines and found just the perfect companion piece.
I finished sewing the fish cushion Tuesday night after a few weeks of heavy stitching and today I was on my way delivering the two cushions to her. So I was kind of playing Santa Claus (or the Christkind, who is responsible for delivering the presents here in Austria ;-) ).
It gives me a warm feeling to know that my handiwork will wait under the Christmas tree for those two boys instead of some plastic thing made in China. I am really happy to know that there are even some non-stitchers out there who appreciate the work of my hands and prefer it to mass-produced shop-bought gifts.
Here is the owl cushion I already introduced to you in an earlier post:
It is from the August 2013 issue of "Cross Stitcher" stitched on 22 ct. fabric to make it the same size as the owl.
I will be off to Salzburg to visit the Christmas market this weekend and to enjoy all the stalls and the lovely atmosphere in this beautiful city. As it is a three hour train ride in each direction, I will surely get some stitching done, too. ;-)
Hope you all have a lovely Advent weekend!