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!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Small Finishes

As mentioned in a previous post, I decided I would stitch on small projects during my lunch breaks this year. I'm glad I decided to do this because I already have two finishes!  So I wanted to share those with you.


The first one is this super cute Lizzie Kate pattern from the 2014 Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue.  A simple but cute little pattern with a wee witch with her broom and the classic phrase, "double double toil and trouble".  It was an easy and fun stitch.  I used things I had on hand.


The fabric is a scrap of linen and I rubbed some coffee grounds into it to grub it up some.  I like the effect, it's subtle but effective.  The threads are a mix of DMC, GAST and Weeks Dye Works from my stash.  I'm so pleased with the result and again, such a fun piece.  I plan on finishing this into an ornament for my Halloween tree this year. I think once I get a handful of smalls finished, I will dedicate a Saturday to finishing them off into ornaments or small pillows.

The second is this adorable pattern from The Victoria Sampler, "Down Jinglepot Road" from the 2014 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments issue.  I've been wanting to stitch this so badly!  It is so darn cute.


Again, I just used things from my stash for this as well; a scrap piece of evenweave and a mix of DMC and Weeks Dye Works from my stash.  I can't get over how cute this design is--the red truck, the little chicken, the snow.  I love everything about it.

So that's it for today!  I'm working on another little witch now and need to pick out my next Christmas ornament so it will be ready to go.  I'm averaging about two weeks per small ornament which isn't bad at all considering I only have 30 minutes to work on them during my lunch break. It's also so nice to take that break from my computer and just sit and stitch for a few minutes.  It helps to break the monotony of the day.  Do you stitch on your lunch breaks?



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Early Witches finished!

Hello everyone!  This past week, NC was hit with an arctic blast coating us with a nice layer of snow and ice. It's been brutally cold and work was cancelled and delayed along with my son's daycare.  So that meant more stitching time for me!  I was able to finish up Early Witches by The Primitive Hare.  I'm thrilled to bits with this finish.  I love it!!


This is stitched on 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy from Picture This Plus.  It's one of the pieces I bought in their sale last year and I think it's perfect for this pattern and goes so well with the colors in this piece.  If you follow me on Instagram at all, you may recall this piece being stitched on a golden yellow fabric. After stitching up the entire top section, the words and part of the first witch, I realized that I was going to run out of room.  I had my fabric oriented the wrong way.  I was so devastated and began to unpick all that work.  Then I just couldn't even do that.  So I decided to start over completely using another piece of fabric and I am actually glad I did because this fabric fits the design so much better.  So I guess it all worked out in the end.





I also enjoyed reading up on the witches as well. I've put some links below if you'd like to know a little bit more about these Early Witches in particular.


                         *Bell Witch


                            *Tituba


*Pickety It was hard to find a lot of information on Pickety, but she is referenced in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.  She's mentioned in a song "The Pickety Witch, The Pickety Witch, who's got a kiss for the Pickety Witch?'


                           *Laveau


This is finish number two for the Cross Stitch Crazy Challenge!  I feel like I'm making some great progress with my challenge pieces.  I've also been stitching on my lunch breaks and have two small finishes to share when I get a chance to try to get some good photos. (still using my phone---blah).  I've also lost my mind and joined some SALs in a couple of Facebook groups.  I don't know what I was thinking but they sound so fun and I'm actually working a couple of challenge pieces into the SALs so it will be fun.  I really enjoy SALs in general. So until next time! 

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Destash Giveaway Winners!

I want to thank everyone who entered the giveaway and making my first giveaway a success!  Here are the winners! 

Package #1: Embroidery
Mellifaby

Package #2: Cross Stitch
Holly S.

Package #3: A piece by me
Ginger S.

Bonus package: California Raisin pattern leaflet...no one specifically said to enter them for this so if there was anoyone that wanted it, please leave me a comment. First person to comment 'me please' will get it!


If you are a winner and I haven't contacted you yet, please leave a comment so I can get back to you!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Stitchy Giveaway!! (CLOSED)

This giveaway is closed. Thank you all.

As promised in my last post, I've gathered a few things for my very first de-stash giveaway!  I'm very excited about it and hope you are as well.  I've put together three different packages.  To enter, just comment on this post and let me know which package you would like.  You can enter for one or for all.  Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win, either an email address or if you are a fellow blogger, leave a link to your blog so I can contact you there.  This giveaway is open to anyone--I will ship anywhere. 

Package #1:  Embroidery!
This package contains a Sublime Stitching pattern "Pinups by Gil Elvgren".  I have somehow ended up with two of these so I'm passing one along!  I've also included one of my favorite tea towels from Aunt Martha's.  These are so fab to stitch on!  Also, a little doily you can add some fun stitches to that I've picked up in my thrift adventures, a little frame and some DMC floss.


Package #2: Cross Stitch
This package contains three patterns; 50 Floral Designs, "Happiness" by My Big Toe and "Blooming with Inspiration" by Blue Ribbon Designs which is a really pretty sampler pattern and also has patterns for a scissor fob, scissor case, floss ring tag and a needlebook. There's also some fabric and some little buttons that I think would be perfect to embellish your projects and three skeins of Weeks Dye Works floss, a skein of Anchor black and one skein of good 'ol DMC white.


Package #3: A piece by me!
I've gone through my finished pieces and came across this piece that I stitched a couple of years ago and there it sat in my finished pile since then.  So I hooped it up for the giveaway.  This is a Sublime Stitching pattern of a saucy little fairy from the Gnomes and Fairies set. I really enjoyed stitching this piece and I hope you enjoy it as well.



Bonus Package!
I discovered two of these California Raisins cross stitch patterns in my stash.  How I ended up with two I'm not sure, but I have several California Raisins patterns so I must have just picked this one up not realizing it was a duplicate.  So I'd like to pass it on to someone that may want it. It has a little wear but the patterns inside are perfect!  Long live the 80's!


That's it!  I will draw for the winners on February 21st.

Best of luck to you all!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Some news!


I’ve had this little blog for over 6 years now and it’s been a really fun space for me to talk about things I make, things I like, and art and people that inspire me.  I’ve met some great folks through blogging as well and love the support I get from the stitching community in particular.  I’ve never been too concerned about becoming a big-time blogger or anything, I just wanted a little part of the internet to call my own. But I did recently notice that I have reached 50 followers, a number that I don’t pay that much attention to, but seeing  a nice even number made me give a second look.  So, to mark this occasion I thought I’d do a little de-stash giveaway!  I’m going to put together a few little things and have a giveaway as a way of saying thanks for sticking with me all these years.  So watch this space for some little doo-dads and thingamajigs as I go through my stash to find the perfect goodies for my fellow crafty friends!