With Nigel away it's left to me to do all the fetching and carrying of kids and whatever else might need transporting about ie work mail, groceries etc.
However I have managed to stitch away on this work 'secret santa' gift and am almost at the end of the stitchery design - I'm showing you two photos, one with flash and one without because I couldn't decide which was the truest.
I've just used an assortment of all the reds and dark greens I had in my thread boxes - a legacy from many years of cross stitching, before I discovered quilting - and it's strange how the colours have almost gravitated towards their own spectrum mates.
To save me having to do a battle royal with metallic threads for the gold stars and candle flame I thought I'd experiment with two different shades of ordinary stranded floss. The two little cards at the bottom are the colours I used and I'm delighted with the result.
Once this is completed, probably this evening, I'm not sure what to do next with it.
I think I might just add a border and bind it making it into a wall hanging - too much fancy piecing might make it a bit busy and unwieldy - the jury's still out - we'll see....................