Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Update: Small finishes

In my quest to work on small items between my larger pieces, I've managed to finish quite a few smalls this year so far by stitching on my lunch break and joining some stitch-a-longs in facebook groups. So here's a few more that I've finished!

"Halloween 2013" by Glory Bee

This pattern is in the Just Cross Stitch Halloween 2013 issue.  I stitched it on some chocolate brown aida from my stash. This was a quick little stitch and I plan to make it into an ornament for my Halloween tree this year!

"Spring" by Trail Creek Farm

This was a freebie design that I actually picked up at a thrift store.  Fun and quick!

"Isn't is Fun to Be a Witch?" by Giulia Punti Antichi

This pattern is in the Just Cross Stitch 2014 Halloween issue.  I just loved this design and had to stitch it!  Again, I used some aida I had in my stash.  

The pattern used some spider buttons but I'm all about using what I have on hand so I dug out some black buttons and transformed them into spiders.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  I also stitched up the companion piece...

"Isn't it Fun To be a Little Witch"

This design was in the Just Cross Stitch Sept/Oct 2014 issue, I stitched her on the same fabric as the larger witch so they would match,  The patterns called for a pumpkin button for her to sit on,  I dug through my buttons and came across this mushroom and thought it would be cute.  

Here they are together (my apologies for the wrinkles, I haven't ironed anything yet).  Just darling. They look so cute together.

That's it for today.  'Til next time!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Guelder Rose Fairy: Finish

I'm still playing catch up so I have another finish to share with you today! This is a gorgeous fairy that I stitched up for a Spring challenge. I am seriously in love with this design!

She is from an older issue of  The World of Cross Stitching magazine.  I'm sorry I do not know the issue number.  I ripped it out of a magazine I found at the thrift store because I didn't need to keep the entire magazine.  It was designed by DMC based off the artwork of Cicely Mary Barker who has a big series of flower fairies.

I stepped outside of the box with this design.  This kind of design is not one I would normally stitch, even though it is so pretty.  I'm so glad I did because she's so lovely.

 I really like the subtle shading in her skin and dress.  

This chart has a little bit of everything really; full crosses, half stitches, backstitch and gobs of french knots in the center of the flower!

The backstitching really defined the design as well. I love the little details of her face. 

So there she is, my little fairy.  I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it just yet but I think she's be very pretty stretched over a canvas, but we'll see.  

'Til next time!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

WIP Update!

Alrighty, I'm going to share some WIP updates for the Cross Stitch Crazy Challenge that I started at the beginning of the year.  I have been working on some of the pieces but I don't have another finish yet. There are some that I haven't touched since I started them back in January so I'm just going to show the ones that I've added stitches to.

WOODLAND SAMPLER by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

I've stitched through April on the Woodland Sampler and it's been a really enjoyable piece to work on, like all Frosted Pumpkin designs.

The little raccoon is so adorable!

The shroom!!  Ahh...the cute!

And finally the little jackalope standing in the rain.

AUTUMN SAMPLER by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
I didn't work on this one as much, but I did finished up one block and start another one. 

WHACKY WITCHES by Clouds Factory

I am in love with this design!!  It's so fun to work on and these witches are just too cute. I'm stitching the border as I go.  It's pretty intricate so doing it that way helps it not get too overwhelming for me.

I love this one, pouting over her exploded potion.

Running away from a ghostie

She's losing her hat! 

ADVENTURE TIME by Wee Little Stitches

I had finished Finn on day one of stitching this, so I've since added Marceline and most of Ice King and Gunther.  I always enjoy stitching Wee Little Stitches designs.  Simple and fun. 

So that's it for the Challenge WIPs.  I'm very pleased with my progress and hope to have another finish soon.  I've also been working on some non-challenge pieces so that's distracted me a bit but I think I'm stitching at a good pace.  It's supposed to be fun right?  And I'm definitely enjoying myself.

'Til next time!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Easter Carrot finish!

I'm sharing another finish today!  This is a small-ish piece that I did for an Easter SAL in a facebook group I'm no longer a member of (oops).  I'm still trying to gather up decorations for other holidays other than Halloween and Christmas so this Easter design was perfect and it stitched up pretty quickly.  

This is a Cricket Collection pattern, leaflet 290, another one I found at a thrift store.  I used the recommended DMC floss and I stitched it on a 14 count blue and white striped aida that I had in my stash. I'm so glad I chose that striped fabric, I love how it turned out. 

This design has a some really nice, soft colors in it.  Such a unique design. 

Hello little bunny!  I changed the bunny from white to brown so he would show up better on the light fabric.  Too dang cute.  I really adore this piece and I'm so glad I stitched it up.  Again, I'm not sure how to finish it but I think it would look great in a white frame so I'm going to be on the lookout for one.  That's it for this post, I'll cat ya next time!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Vintage Reindeer finish!

I'm sorry to gave been absent for so long dear friends!  I was not happy having to use only my phone to do blog posts because I just couldn't get decent photos.  We finally got another laptop so I'm able to play catch up with all I've been doing!  Yay!  So I'm going to start with a really fun piece I finished a while back for a Gloria and Pat SAL in the Cross Stitch, It's Fun facebook group. I wanted to take part in a few SALs throughout the year so I dug through my stash to see what I may want to work on and I came across a booklet that I picked up at a thrift store and noticed that it was a Gloria and Pat booklet called "Christmas Counts". This wonderful vintage reindeer really caught my eye so I stitched him up!

Do you love him???  I adore his swirly antlers!  I stitched him using most of the recommended DMC floss, but substituted a couple to ones I had on hand since I didn't want to have to buy anything for this piece.  I also used some 14 count willow green aida I had in my stash. I like how it turned out using the green fabric.

Stitching this really makes me want to stitch more vintage designs.  This booklet is from 1977 and is just awesome.  There are a few more designs in the booklet I'd love to do.

He has a little gold for this bells. 

I just adore his little face.  I'm not quite sure how I want to finish this off, but hopefully I will think of something before Christmas.  So that's it for today.  Stay tuned for more finished and some WIP updates!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Liberty Sampler: finished

I have another finish to share today!  I'm really pleased with the amount of stitching I've been able to do this year so far. This is another one of my Cross Stitch Crazy Challenge pieces...Liberty Sampler by Lizzie Kate.

This was a quick stitch once I got going.  I love all the little motifs especially the fireworks and the sunflower.  The pattern also came with the three charms which are a nice addition to the piece. This was a pattern I got a thrift store of all places!  I paid $1 for it, definitely worth the price. 

I stitched this on some scrap oatmeal 14 count aida. I'm excited to have something to display for the 4th of July this year.  I've never really decorated for the holiday so this will get me going.

Until next time...Happy Stitching!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Autumn Delights: finished

OK so I wrote this post months ago and just now getting photos uploaded so I can share it.  We have a laptop now so no more yucky phone photos!  yay!  So here goes.

I'm on a roll!  With all the snow and ice we've had over the past couple of weeks, I was able to stitch more than usual so I have another finish to share with you today.  This is Autumn Delights by Barbara Ana.  I stitched this from the November 2013 issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework but you can order it here as well.

I absolutely adore this design.  It was a super fun stitch and stitched up pretty quickly once I got in the groove.  I love the warm colors and all the little critters!  How cute!

This is stitched on 14 count oatmeal aida using DMC floss. I did have to change a few of the colors because some just weren't showing up well on the fabric.  I tried to stay within the same color tones and I'm pleased with what I chose.

I really want to stitch her other seasonal tress as well, especially the Halloween Tree and O Christmas Tree.  They are all great.

Until next time...Happy Stitching!