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Santa’s Village progress and new Valentine mini cat pattern.

Hi everyone, here is my latest progress on Santa’s Village, I am hoping to get this cottage finished by the weekend. 

I only have two more houses to do and then it will be off to the framers, yay!!!

I have designed another mini cat pattern for Valentines Day (pattern below) and put together a tutorial for making these little necklaces as I have had a few requests for these, you can see the tutorial over at my cross stitch finishing blog 
Stitching news
I have been working on Santa’s Village as you can see and also making these necklaces, I used 32 count linen stitched 2 over 2 using dmc thread.
I have noticed over blog land that there are a few random acts of kindness being sent so I thought I would join in the fun. Over the next twelve months I will be sending out randon acts of kindness to some of my readers, they will be pretty random and I never know when I will be doing them, probably just when the mood takes me! 
I have just put together two this week and the recipients have received an email saying they should expect a surprise from me over the next few weeks, so you never know if you leave a comment over the next twelve months it could be you!  I will, of course, be doing a blog giveaway sometime soon as I am long overdue, possibly when I get to 3000 followers, I think I have just less then a 100 more to get there!    
Free Pattern 
Until next time Happy Stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. February 13, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Your little kitty is so cute Lynn! Thanks for another great tutorial!

  2. February 13, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Gish Lynn, every time I see Santa's village I say I must do that, it is so gorgeous. How cute your wee necklaces are, great idea.

  3. February 13, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Your Santa Village is coming out great! I haven't start mine yet. The cat pattern is cute.

  4. February 13, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Beautiful progress on Santa's Village! I am stitching this village also, hoping in time for this year's Christmas ha ha!

    Thank you so much for your Valentine Cat, love him!


  5. February 13, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Great progress on Santa's Village. It is such a feeling of accomplishment when you finish a large design such as this.
    I love the necklaces and for some reason was not aware of your other blog. I am now following that one too and hope to try my hand at making a necklace 🙂 Thank you for the detailed tutorial.

  6. February 13, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Santa's village looks wonderful. These patterns are so quaint and sweet.
    Thank you for the Valentine chart.
    Adorable 🙂

  7. February 13, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Lynn – you are amazing. I love Santa's Village – and the Valentine Cat is so cute. Can hardly wait to stitch it up.
    Many thanks for all you share –

  8. February 13, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Thanks so much for posting the tutorial on making the necklaces. I have seen these all over the internet and I would love to know how to make them. Taa daa, here it is. Love your Santa's Village. I also made your fimo clay roses and teapot. Definitely loved those!

  9. February 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Your progress is great and thank you for the kitty freebie!

  10. February 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Muy bonito, me encantó!!!

  11. February 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Your stitching looks wonderful.

  12. February 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Village looks great!
    I hope to start on my second one this month

  13. February 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Santa's village looks wonderful
    Thank you so much for your Valentine Cat.
    Have a nice Valentin day

  14. Anonymous
    February 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Christmas is always such a crunch time for me. I save up ideas all year long, then try to scramble to get it all done, with grading, with finals, with assessment….ugh. Needless to say, I don't get it all done. Thank you for posting Christmas in February…it's like permission to start early. 🙂 Your blog is beautiful and your link in my feed gave me a smile this morning. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  15. February 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Lynn, your Santa's Village is beautiful – just bet you can't wait to see it framed. Of course, I love your Valentine Cat – thanks for another delightful cat design. Thanks, too, for the tutorial on the necklaces.

  16. February 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    I wish my Santa's Village was like yours… No time to start stitching it…
    Great progress, great stitching!

  17. February 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    QUe bonitos trabajos, gracias por el gráfico para San Valentín, besos

  18. February 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    This project is looking so cute!

  19. February 14, 2014 / 11:04 am

    Santa's village is awesome – and the cat Valentine is so cute. Lynn – you are truly amazing with needle and thread!

  20. February 14, 2014 / 11:04 am

    Thank you for the cute kitty Valentine. I am sure I will be stitching him this year for my granddaughter.

  21. February 14, 2014 / 11:04 am

    3000 followers…hahaha…I was already happy to have 100 end of last year =D
    I can't imagine 3000 !
    your Santa's village is once again so beautiful
    I stitched one only, and still haven't finish it ! I'll surely do a small pillow =)
    really can't wait to see it finished and framed, it will be amazing !
    I need to have a look at your tuto for the polymer clay roses, Hubby enjoys playing with fimo…he will soon have an order =D

  22. February 14, 2014 / 11:04 am

    Your newest heart kitty is so cute, Lynn–thank you so much! I'm sure I'll stitch him one of these Valentine's Days 🙂

    So happy that you are on the final two houses–what a big happy dance you'll be doing on that day! Can't wait to see the entire piece finished and framed!

    Hope you're feeling all better by now!

  23. February 15, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    Thanks for all the black cat freebies. My black cat and I love them! I'm always happy to see a post from you…very informative always.

  24. February 15, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    What a great idea, love the necklaces, very clever. Also, love the village, wished I had signed up for this.

  25. February 16, 2014 / 6:30 pm

    I love your kitty patterns! thanks for sharing!

  26. February 18, 2014 / 8:57 am

    Thank you for the new Kitty. Very cute. Your village is looking so cute. Very pretty necklaces.

  27. January 6, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    Hi Lynn, You are very generous to share your designs. Your work is lovely; I am completely smitten by Santa's Village. Happy Stitching!