Finally had time to upload these.
Santa of the fussy finishing. He is by Imaginating, from the 2006 JCS ornament issue. You can see those tiny little clothespins of which I am inordinately proud. I think this is the most number of different materials I have ever used in a cross stitch project: hemp rope, perforated paper, tiny little clothespins, treated aida, buttons, wire, felt and fabric. He's a big guy. I don't know how the judges will like him, but I'm content with him. SO thinks he's cute. We'll be able to see him on the tree. That's the important thing.
The finished kitten afghan. My aunt did the finishing work. It has a very thin piece of batting sandwiched between the fabric layers. I read somewhere where this cushions the ends of the floss so they don't pull out. I don't know if it's true, but there aren't loose ends hanging out. I am so pleased with how it turned out. The backing fabric really did suit this afghan.