Although I wanted to make smalls to put in the drawers, I haven't done that yet, but that shouldn't take long once I get stitching again since I'm taking a couple of small motifs from the original design and making a fob, needle case and perhaps a pin cushion. With the wooden chest, I had Vernon paint it black inside and out. I had problems matching the blue in the pattern to anything to line the drawers and finally found Dove (Weeks Wool) to be close enough. I covered the bottom of the drawers with no problem, but the sides just looked too bulky, but since I loved the blue on the bottom of the drawers I stopped with that and called it done. I was going to paint the knobs on the drawers to match as well but finally gave up trying to match that blue with anything I had on hand. Sometimes you just have to know when it's over! Then I started the finishing of the Secret Santa by Hands on Design. I started the series with Merry & Bright for some reason. Sara picked out PTP Mint which very closely resembles the fabric it is shown on, and I used the fibers suggested. I usually try to use embellishments to give the piece dimension, but I struggled with that. In the end, I used satin stitch for his mustache and I used turkey work for his beard. Oh, and I molded his nose by satin stitching a long triangle instead of a black outline which actually gave his face some dimension and I put in three stitches of red for his mouth between his mustache and his beard. You can barely see it for the turkey work beard but that was on purpose. I wanted his mouth to peek out not stand out. I just realized I didn't put the bell at the end of his hat, apparently, I was going to make that dimensional and forgot. Oops! Anyway, to hang the ornament I used a simple 1/16" red ribbon. And used DMC #5 pearl cotton #504 to make cording. For the backing, I used scrapbooking Christmas paper. Makes for an easier finish and I like the way it looks.
All in all, I love Cathy's banners and am looking forward to the 2020 Halloween banner. My problem with this series is I'm a traditionalist and can't get beyond the color of the linen which is "so not Christmas." So I'm a work in progress on this, I'm now on my 2nd Secret Santa and will be completing the entire series on mint. By the time I get done I'm sure I'll love it. And these stitched banners look fabulous when hung. Well I know you stitchers have been productive because I check every day. You give me inspiration and have helped move me towards my stitching spot. So thank you and keep up the good work. Stay safe, stay home if you can, and always wear the mask when you are out and about or in stores. Thank you!