Towards the end of November I "got serious" about the Rosewood Manor model that I was working on and was able to get it finished a week ago yesterday. I sent it back last Monday and it arrived safely in Florida, and now I already have another RM model! It's a fairly small one, though, and Karen is fine with me starting it later in the spring so if I get a Mirabilia model in the next month or so I'll work on that first.
After doing a bunch of housework, putting the Christmas tree up and wrapping presents I rewarded myself with another mitten from Cross Eyed Cricket. This one was a freebie called Cup of Cocoa Mitten, and it is stitched on Silkweaver's Days Gone By Belfast:
After the mitten was finished I was going to start a design called Christmas Ornaments by Nora Corbett which was in the 2012 CS&N Keepsake Calendar. I knew I had kitted it up quite a while ago, but I had to search out where I had stashed it. While looking for it I came across another of Nora's designs in the 1999 calendar called Doves of Peace. I had the calendar where I keep all of Nora's designs but I honestly don't remember when I got it or even knowing that the design existed! So I decided to start it instead of the one I originally meant to start:
As an aside, Christmas Ornaments and several other designs by Nora that have appeared in books, magazines and calendars over the years can be bought as downloads from Herrschner's. I have all of the original publications, and so far I've finished five of the seven designs--just need to stitch Christmas Ornaments and Holly Cherub. Here are the five I've stitched:
Victorian Christmas Eve: