Hello Friends! I hope you are doing well. (Christmas) joy of needle and thread is felt by all at the Ivory Spring household. I got my act together (finally), and finished up Miss Baby’s cross-stitched Christmas tree piece into an ornament. Miss Baby stitched 2 threads over 1 on 11-count Aida. And I used the fabrics from Benartex’s Holiday Magic collection. You may recall I had done a “hen and chick” style pillow ornament ensemble tutorial here, using the same fabrics. The Christmas Tree ornament is a handmade Christmas gift exchange between Miss Baby and my sister. My sister made Miss Baby a doll, and Miss Baby stitched the ornament for my sister in return. I added a pocket for keepsakes at the back of the ornament pillow. Miss Baby’s note to my sister fits in the pocket nicely. I hope you liked Miss Baby’s ornament. She is stitching another Christmas ornament right now – also a Christmas tree – for herself. But her progress has been a little slower compared to the last one. I am suspecting it’s because she is stitching on 14-count fabric instead of 11-count. My local craft store ran out of their nice 11-count fabric. So I had to settle on the 14-count fabric. Before I say goodbye today, I thought you would like to see Miss Baby’s gumdrop topiary. It was really fun at first, but then it quickly became a training in perseverance. I made Miss Baby finish what she started to complete the topiary. She was very happy she stuck it out when she saw the final result of the topiary, placed beside this snowman teapot I have had for almost twenty years — we were newlyweds, and my husband had to have it when we were out and about after Christmas. Bringing out that snowman each year reminds me of simpler and much younger days… when all we had to worry about was getting through school. Time has changed. :) Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends! I shall catch up with you again. *** Click here, and here if you missed Miss Baby’s needlework adventures. Click here for the summary of my crafting journey with Miss Baby.