Thursday, December 30, 2010

January Freebie -- Cross Stitch Pattern

Christmas is over but for me the spirit of the season keeps on for a little while longer. Each season brings its' own joys but Winter is for me special. There's something about the cold, harsh weather outside that is so uninviting and yet so nice to look at out a window. This time of year keeps everyone inside on the sofa by the fire. It just invites warm blankets and comfy pajamas; soul warming foods and heart warming snuggling. After eleven months of the year spent running here and running there, summer vacations, soccer games, dance recitals, school performances . . . After the stress of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all piled up one on top of the other with barely time to breath in between . . . After all that, January offers me a chance to slow down before birthday season in our home begins. Those long, dark evenings with no errands to run or trips to the playground find me sitting on the sofa with one of my children; we talk we laugh we play and I feel that I'm getting a chance to know them again without all the hustle and bustle that so often crowds out moments like that. Occasionally even my husband takes that spot on the sofa if he can squeeze in between one of the children.

In honor of those moments here is my January freebie. It could defintely be a Christmas design but it makes me think of those Winter months I adore so much. Where I grew up the deer would be out in the woods behind our house well into March hiding in and about the snow covered trees. I used Gentle Arts Oatmeal, Picnic Basket and a Christmas Limited Edition color called Christmas Tree (though Gentle Art Blue Spruce would work well too). The design is 41 squares wide and 66 squares long and is about 2 by 3 inches stitched on 40ct as I've done. If you would like to print out the pattern click on the link in my sidebar. I hope you enjoy stitching it during your quiet winter moments.

Jennie Lynn


Joy said...

Your thoughts on Winter are perfect. Thanks for the does remind one of Winter!

Giovanna said...

Thank you so much for this gift, it's a really sweet design!

Anonymous said...

THank you Jennie, love this design. I've chosen your free December chart for one of my updates to Early Work Mercantile on the first, I'll add a link back to your blog. Thanks was my first time to use anything other than DMC threads, I love how it turned out.

Catherine said...

How cute! Thank you!

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Hi Jennie: I love your blog...and your sweet creations! I wonder if you have this sweet little deer and tree as a free download still? I don't see it on your sidebar. Thanks a bunch and have a wonderful Christmas.
Patti :)

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Oh yes, I'm your newest follower (the big yellow sunflower) :)