A Two Year Project

Two years ago I embarked on a very ambitious Christmas gift for my mom. A beautiful cross stitched Christmas landscape designed by Thomas Kinkade.

There aren’t any good shops in my local area to get cross stitch patterns and kits so I had a friend stop at Hobby Lobby in Auburn for me. She sent me a couple of patterns and I selected “A Treasured Time“. She told me the size and price and brought it to me.

I greatly underestimated how large 12×16” is! I had never undertaken anything so big before, and greatly misjudged my ability to complete it in time. I didn’t start on the project until the family left my home Thanksgiving weekend. Needless to say, given the title of this blog post, I did not complete this masterpiece in 3 weeks. And Santa’s elves were too busy to lend me a hand.

I took this project on every work trip, spending hours in hotel rooms each night working on it. I would stitch every evening while Stuart played video games. It came with me on long car rides.

After two short, yet long, years I have finally completed this winter scene. I can’t even begin to tell you how relieved I am!


It will probably be another year before I decide to tackle something so big again. I am used to doing ornament sized pieces that take me 2 days to complete. I will return to some quick fun pieces soon. Having my Christmas tree up puts me in the cross stitching spirit.


3 thoughts on “A Two Year Project

  1. And your mother is so honored by this gift! I cannot wait to show it off. It is so beautiful and so worth the wait. Thank you, baby girl. ❤️🎄

  2. This is beautiful!! I love to cross-stitch! I have never been brave enough to tackle a project this detailed! Great work!

    1. Thanks. I learned so much during this project, tackling things I didn’t even know were “a thing”! Using different colored threads in each strand, using more than 2 threads or only 1, doing half stitches instead of the full x. And as always, I have to turn to youtube for the French Knot tutorial – I can never seem to remember that one from project to project.

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