I received my Just Cross Stitch 2008 Christmas Ornaments Issue in the mail yesterday. I don't subscribe to the magazine, but ordered this particular issue from 1-2-3 Stitch!. I rarely buy or stitch from magazines, but I got caught up in the gottahaveit frenzy for this several years ago, and now I just pre-order and buy it every year.
As usual, I enjoyed looking at all the lovely ornaments. Some of them are pretty, but I'm not interested in stitching them - not my style, whatever that is. There are several on my "might stitch if I have the time" list, two on my "MUST STITCH!" list, and one is on my "would like to stitch if I have the bucks for it" list.
I will for sure be stitching M Designs' Bluebird of Christmas Happiness (picture - page 13, chart - page 73) and The Prairie Schooler's Snowy Night (picture - page 15, chart - page 87).
I'd love to stitch the very adorable sea otter ornament Snowdon by Jemini Designs (picture - page 27, chart - page 62), but it uses three colors of GAST Simply Wool, a Glissen Gloss specialty fiber, and nine - count 'em, NINE - JABC BUTTONS! But it is REALLY cute.
On that note, for those of you that may not be aware of it, Needlecraft Corner sells fabric cuts for most of the ornaments and has button packs available for ornaments needing them, too. I find this wonderful. I don't have to buy a huge hunk of weird fabric for one little ornament, and I don't have to search high and low for the correct buttons. Drema (the owner) doesn't have the listing of cuts/button packs up yet on her website, but should by this weekend or early next week. You can call, fax, or e-mail your order to her. Her prices and shipping costs are very reasonable and her service is superb.