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Little House Neighbourhood finished and framed and Chocolate Shoppe framed

Little House Neighbourhood finished
I finally finished Little House Neighbourhood ( English spelling ) for my sister’s Christmas gift, however, it was not without it’s trials and tribulations! I started stitching this in January 2011 thinking that I would have plenty of time to finish this, I had everything planned and thought  it would be an easy task. Now, the pattern is very easy to follow and I had no worries there, however, the time skipped happily by and before I knew it September had come and gone and then I was in the middle of October thinking “Oooooo must finish my sister’s cross stitch” but I got busy with other commitments.
Finally I had one week left before Christmas to stitch merrily away on Little House Neighbourhood and then this happened……………………
I sprained my thumb by banging it real hard on the door handle! The bruising soon appeared and it was quite painful but all I kept thinking was Christmas Day approaching fast!!!! Aghhh!!!
Panic set in!!!! .lol 
I struggled through finally putting the last stitch in thinking ” wonderful, it is now finished” and suddenly realised I had stitched it in the wrong colour and forgot to alter the chart for the English spelling of neighbourhood!  I knew if I left it with the American spelling everyone would think I had spelt it wrong, so it was much easier to change it.  
I then had to unpick all the stitches and start again! I decided it would be best to put it away for a couple of days, trying not to think about Christmas Day getting ever nearer! lol     
I finally finished framing and gift wrapping very late on Christmas Eve! lol
I framed it in a Cherry wood frame.
I suppose the moral of the story is……………..
If you ever start stitching a piece of cross stitch in January don’t presume you will have plenty of time, don’t procrastinate because one never knows what may happen! lol
My thumb is much better but it is still quite sore, but at least I got it finished, and, by the way, my sister Ann- Marie loved it!
I framed The Chocolate Shoppe today.
Thankyou for all of your lovely comments on my little red box set in the previous post and welcome to all of my new followers! 
Have a wonderful New Year, see you in 2012! 
Happy stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. December 31, 2011 / 4:10 pm

    Sorry about your sore thumb! Both pieces are beautiful! I am very impressed that you finished it by Christmas – congratulations!

  2. December 31, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    Julie xxxxxxx

  3. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Sorry to hear you've damaged your thumb, hope it mends quickly. Both your finishes are lovely.
    Happy New Year

  4. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Preciosos bordados, espero que tu mano se ponga bien pronto . FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!!!!

  5. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    These are both lovely! I hope your thumb heals up quickly….what a devoted sister to stitch even with a sore hand to have it done in time! It is amazing how quickly the year goes by isn't it.

    I hope you have a wonderful 2012 ahead with lots of finishes!

  6. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Your cross stitch is so lovely!!
    I too finished a cross stitch project I started wayyyyyyyy back in the early 90's. All I had to do was back stitch some animals but finally I have finished it.
    Happy New Year!!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  7. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Hope your thumb is feeling better! Lovely stitches!
    Have a Happy New Year!

  8. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Lyn both of your cross stitches are beautiful. I have the Neighbourhood on my list to do this year, I adore Little House Needleworks. How frustrating having your thumb all bound up knowing you were on a time frame. Pleased you managed though and I bet your sister was thrilled.
    Happy New year

  9. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Well done for getting two lovely finishes completed in time.

  10. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    En vísperas del año nuevo deseo que tus segundos se llenen de magia, tus minutos de risas, tus horas de amor y que el próximo año venga cargado de mucha salud, prosperidad y felicidad para ti y los tuyos.
    Feliz año nuevo.

    Un fuerte abrazo.

  11. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Bravo! Worth all the effort… I am sure your sister would agree! As I type I am thinking about the possible projects I could start for next Christmas!

  12. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Hmm, got a message I'm a "no-reply" blogger, which isn't true…..but anyway….Love the 2 finishes and sorry you hurt your thumb AND had to frog the wording!Looks great so no worries now!

  13. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Lovely finishes and framing Lynn. Wish you a great 2012 and many more beautiful finishes

  14. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Two beautiful pieces well done and sorry to hear about the thumb.

  15. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Ouch! Glad you got the piece done in time for Christmas despite the sore thumb! Love both pieces too — very pretty and nice frames.

  16. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    What a fabulous git for your sister! And your Chocolate Shoppe looks fabulous too!
    Hope your thumb is all better soon and you have a Happy New Year!

  17. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Sorry to hear about your thumb. I hope it finishes healing up real soon.

    Both of your stitchy finishes are beautiful. I am so happy to hear Ann-Marie loved your gift to hear 🙂

    Happy New Year!!

  18. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    oooocchhhie re the thumb and well done on getting it finished .. I've got this one to do .. love your chocolate shop too 🙂 hope you have a wonderful healthy , happy stitchy new year 🙂 love mouse xxxx

  19. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    wow both are so beautiful..
    happy new year to you
    cucki xx

  20. January 1, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Both of your finishes came out great!

  21. January 1, 2012 / 9:53 pm

    Чудесный домик! С Новым годом!

  22. January 1, 2012 / 9:53 pm

    I imagine your sister is very happy with your gift, I know I would be.
    Both are lovely.
    Happy New Year. Julie.C

  23. January 1, 2012 / 9:53 pm

    You have some beautiful things obn your blog and are very talented. I have become your newest follower. Happy new year
    x catherine

  24. January 2, 2012 / 9:50 am

    Well done on finishing Little House Neighbourhood even while injured, that is dedication for you. It looks wonderful, and I am glad that your sister liked it also.

  25. January 2, 2012 / 9:50 am

    Wonderful finshes! Happy New Year!

  26. January 2, 2012 / 9:50 am

    I just recently 'discovered' your blog and it is absolutely delightful! Your work is incredible and I am so looking forward to reading your tutorials. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work so generously with us.

    I love to cross stitch – you are an inspiration to those of us that love this craft.

    I am so sorry to read about your thumb injury. I hope it heals quickly.

    Best wishes for a wonderful and Happy New Year!

  27. January 2, 2012 / 9:50 am

    Happy New Year!!!

  28. January 2, 2012 / 9:53 am

    Thankyou everyone for all of your lovely comment's, I am glad you like visiting my blog.

    Thankyou to you all!

    Happy New Year!

    Lynn B

  29. January 2, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Hope yout thumb is better! love your finishes, they're both beautiful!
    Happy New Year!

  30. January 2, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Your stitching looks great in spite of your injury. I hope your 2012 brings you all the best. Happy New Year!

  31. January 2, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Even with your poor sore thumb, you managed to beautifully stitch 'The Little House Neighborhood'. Your sister must have been thrilled to receive it.

    Your stitching blog is absolutely amazing. I wish that I had a teeny tiny bit of your talent for stiching and finishing such beautiful pieces. Would you possibly have a tutorial for finishing a needlebook that opens up?
    Blessings to you for the New Year!

  32. January 2, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Beautiful work – I know your sister will be thrilled with her gift. Love her name – she has to be special with a name like that! Am I prejudiced toward Ann Marie's – guess I am. I do believe Ann with the e is actually an English spelling. She is very lucky to have a sister like you who gifts her with such special gifts.

  33. January 2, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Beautiful finishes.

    Happy New Year!

  34. Anonymous
    January 3, 2012 / 8:30 am

    They are lovely. I just finished Little House Neighborhood myself-it's not framed yet but soon will be.

  35. January 3, 2012 / 8:30 am

    FELIZ AÑO, te deseo un año lleno de amor, paz, salud y bendiciones, me he paseado por tu blog y tus trabajos son bellísimos y muchos de ellos nunca antes los había visto, muchas felicidades son unos trabajos muy bien realizados.

    Saludos desde México.

  36. January 3, 2012 / 7:11 pm

    Oh my! I'm sorry to hear about your thumb, and I hope its recovering. You did a fantastic job with both pieces, and the framing is gorgeous.

    That English-American spelling thing can be troublesome. I lived in England for 5 years as a teenager. When I moved back to the states, teachers kept marking my papers since they thought I was mis-spelling words. I got into a huge argument with one of my teachers, and finally brought in my dictionary the next day to prove I was "right." Luckily we both had a good laugh about it when he noticed it was a British dictionary and then brought out his US one.

  37. January 3, 2012 / 10:32 pm

    Both of your framed pieces are beautiful. I'm sure your sister was thrilled with her gift.
    Sorry to hear about the injury to your thumb and hope it is OK now.

  38. January 4, 2012 / 9:40 am

    I hope your thumb is feeling better? LOL! I'll keep that in mind, seeing as how it's January right now ^.^ Congratulations on finishing LHN. I recently finished this design as well.


  39. January 5, 2012 / 11:59 am

    HI Lynn, Poor you – I admire your courage, perseverance and determination. You must love your sister very much. Two beautiful finishes. Love them both.

    Hugs, kaye xoxox

  40. January 5, 2012 / 11:59 am

    Hope your thumb is much better by now! Depsite it you have completed some very lovely finishes! I've always liked the LHN Neighbourhood and hope to do that one some day.

  41. January 8, 2012 / 2:03 pm

    You did a wonderful job. I must stitch the chocolate one myself hehee Do I have a LHN pattern you'd trade it for?

  42. January 9, 2012 / 10:51 pm

    That's two gorgeous finishes!

  43. Anonymous
    January 13, 2012 / 10:59 pm


    You have done a wondeful job! It looks really impressive!

    Come visit my blog if you have time!

    P.S. I am your newest follower!

    Ciao Bella!

    Bella Bliss