Being busy with work is wonderful but it does have its downside - namely that I never get time to do anything else! Which is why I only recently finished making this embarassingly late Christmas CD for a friend.
In my defense I did actually make the CD itself before Christmas but stitching the case and designing the insert took somewhat longer... The patterns for the initials on the front of the case are from the birthday issue of CrossStitcher - aren't they just lovely? They look so elegant in cream against the brown linen I think.
And on the back of the case I stitched a little stag in a really pale greyish-blueish-greenish thread, because I never tire of stags and they are not too girly for a boy I think. I spent far too long on the insert, but the finished result was worth every second I think. I quite wanted to keep it for myself actually! I listed all of the songs and the reasons for choosing them, and then added a few of the beautiful images from this wonderful website to illustrate it. I was informed by my friend that it was well and truly worth the wait.
The most awful thing though is that this is not the last belated Christmas present that I had left to give - my sister and brother-in-law are still awaiting gigantic circus letters for their wall, though to be honest at this rate I will be surprised if they are finished by Christmas 2012! They did have to request the most time consuming patterns I have ever made... I don't suppose any of you know how to make my Time Turner work yet do you?