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Santa’s Village progress and another Father Christmas mug rug finished

Hi everyone, here is my latest progress on Santa’s Village, I have started stitching the next house and then I only have two houses after that to finish. I am quite pleased with it, I showed it to my sister the other day and she loved it!

I have also been stitching another mug rug, I started to stitch this on Sunday as I wanted to enter it into a Pattern Review competition for holiday stitching.
I previously made this in traditional christmas colours  but also wanted one to co-ordinate with my craft room. I have taken lots of photos for this so that you can see the work in progress.
I was also in a baking mood over the last few days so I decided to make some home made bread, it was worth it and so delicious! (photo below)


Home made bread
Apparently if it cracks on the surface it is because the dough dried out when proving, I forgot to oil the bag it was placed in for proving, but it tasted delicious all the same, and I also think it gave it some character!lol 

Happy New Year everyone, thanyou for all of your comments and good wishes throughout the year.
Happy Stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Love your mug rug. I want to make a few this year. That bread looks delicious.

  2. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Your Santa's Village is looking great, Lynn! I never got past the first one because I'm stitching them individually and not happy with the fabric I chose and the size it turned out to be. Maybe it will be something I work on in 2014.

    Love the mug rug you're working on too. What kind of fabric are you using?

    Happy 2014!

  3. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Happy new year!
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  4. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Lynn, just love these little houses and so wanted to do them, but time was not on my side. Yours looks just wonderful

    Happy New Year

  5. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    ах как вкусно! и красивые работы! деревенька просто чудо!

    с Новым годом!!!

  6. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Bread look delicious and what a good idea for making labels. Thank you for sharing

  7. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Happy New Year! The bread looks delicious, and what beautiful mug rugs!!!

  8. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Love the mug rug, the back is just as neat as the front. Hope you had your cup of tea.

    A Happy New Year to you!

  9. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Lynn, I'm reading this very early in the morning and your loaf of bread has awakened my tummy and it looks deliciously crunchy (your bread, not my tummy). Your Christmas Village was a lot of work but is so lovely. I really like your Father Christmas mug rug – the blue is very nice. Yesterday I was putting away my Christmas items and noticed that I'd only put a label on one small quilt and I had used the method you showed … hmm, not sure why I didn't do the same with everything. Have a wonderful 2014!

  10. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Wow i love the village…can i ask how long you have been stitching it?
    i like the Santa mug hug.and home made bread tastes wonderful…i have a breadmaking machine.best invention ever..happy new year…

  11. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Hi Lynn,
    Your Santa's Village is stunning and I love the mug rugs. I look forward to seeing the village completed.

  12. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Beautiful rug! I love the color and it is so well embroided. A good tip about the labels, thank you.
    Santa's village is developing very well. Is it a work you do only in the end of the year?
    Happy new year!

  13. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Your village is looking great. Love your mug rug, very cute. Oh, warm bread with butter. YUM

    Happy New Year!

  14. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    The bread looks delicious!!!! and your Santa's Village is progressing nicely. I haven't even finished the first one yet. Perhaps in 2014? Happy New Year to you11

  15. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Santa's Village is looking great! I hope to start mine this month.

  16. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Your stitching looks beautiful!! 🙂
    Happy 2014!!!! 😀

  17. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Hello Lynn,
    Santa's Village is looking beautiful. So many hours & you are almost to the finish line. I love the Mug Rug & your homemade tags. What a lovely idea.

    The bread looks delicious..I will take a piece please 🙂
    Happy New Year & best wishes for 2014!

  18. January 2, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Your village is looking great! I love your mug rug ~ so fun in the blues! And that bread ~ yummy!

  19. January 4, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    ho my ! it's as if I could smell that bread from here =D
    so yummy
    wonderful works done again here
    amazing mug rug !
    Happy New Year to you dear Lynn
    Have a very crafty 2014, can't wait to see new delights for the eyes here =D

  20. January 4, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Mug Rug – great idea and so CUTE! And that bread – can almost smell it wafting through our kitchen as I looked at the pics.
    Have a wonderful 2014 –

  21. January 4, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Santa's Village is looking beautiful
    The bread looks delicious, and what beautiful mug rugs.
    Have a nice day

  22. January 4, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Very pretty and the home made bread looks so good.

  23. January 4, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Oh, that mug rug is so adorable, Lynn!! You make things looks so easy–not sure if I could make one without you by my side instructing me!!

    Lovely progress on the village, too…I'm sure you're looking forward to finishing this one up.

    Oh, homemade bread–my weakness!! Even more so than chocolate 🙂

  24. January 8, 2014 / 10:36 am

    Hello Lynn ,

    Your Santa's Village is so beautiful!! I love it!! 😉
    Where did you buy these paterns of the little Santa's Village's?
    I would also like to do this , if you have an e-mail adres I hope that I hear from you 😉

    I wish you also a Buon Natale 2014!!

    Loving Greetings Elle 😉

  25. January 21, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    Dear Lynne,
    You do such beautiful work…I just love visiting your blog! I have a question…do you use "wonder-under" or any type of fusible interfacing on your pieces? I'm wondering about the edges…

    Sweet blessings,

  26. March 3, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    Your Santa's Village inspire me.
    Look simple, nice, colorful.
    One of my wish list project.
    Can't wait to see your post of the progress.
    Hope I can make My Santa's Village.