Well, I guess that really depends on which Christmas one is referring. Christmas 2006?
My mother-in-law originally needlepointed stockings for our daughters just after they were born, gifting them on each of their first birthdays.
Here is a shot from 2004. At the bottom sit the two stockings for the girls.
Unfortunately, neither of them survived a fire in the summer of 2006. Even more tragically, my mother-in-law died a few weeks after that.
One of the first things I bought after that fire were two hand-painted canvases to replace the stockings the girls had lost.
As Elizabeth was the younger of the two, I immediately began stitching on hers; however, almost eight years later, I have not gotten that far...
My husband's uncle (and my mother-in-law's brother) graciously attempted to help me with Sydney's stocking, but he did not get that far, either.
The natural light outside would have made for more attractive photos, but there is a lot of white already needlepointed into these, and I did not wish to risk sullying them before they are done.
Beautiful, aren't they?
Is this the year I actually finish one of them?
I certainly hope so!
I pulled Elizabeth's out last night and began stitching again. If I finish one by September, it can be sewn up and ready to use by Christmas...
How many hours are there in a day?