Sunday, January 29, 2012

Woodland stitches (part one)

I have finished stitching up everything I had planned for our baby boy's little nook.  Here's what I have framed up so far.  I'll show the rest once I get some more hoops. I wanted to do hoops because I think it will look great on the wall with the same shape repeating.

Tent from Sublime Stitching "Camp Out" pattern.  I wanted to include some camping themes designed because we plan on taking him on lots of camping trips.

Camper is also from the "Camp out" patterns.

A fun little mix of woodland friends. I put these smaller designs together on some bright, green fabric.

Sweet little squirrel from Sublime Stitching's "Forest Friends" patterns.

Hedgehog is from the same set.

Fox is from the "Camp Out" set.

Mr. Gnome is from the Sublime Stitching's "Gnomes and Fairies" patterns.
Off to a good start I think.  I just adore these designs and hope my baby gets some enjoyment out of them as well. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mr. Robin flys to Washington

Is it just me or has January flown by?!? I have been a busy little bee, working away on some things for my baby boy (oh and yeah--we found out it's a boy--eeek!) I decided to go with a woodland forest friends theme for the his little part of the world. Think raccoons, foxes, mushrooms etc. I think it's going to be super cute. Unfortunately we don't have the space to give him a full-on nursery, but he will have part of the spare room for now--he'll just have to share with the computer and my craft stuff. I'm pretty sure he won't mind--or really even know what's going on. But before I show you what I've been working on for the baby, I wanted to share this piece I stitched up for my sister's birthday. I've been wanting to do these patterns for so long now. They are the Ryan Berkeley transfers from Sublime Stitching.

  I think Mr. Robin looks very regal in his suit don't you? I really want him to have a name like Sir Earl Pennyweather.

What a fun design.  Now I really want to stitch up the others.  Miss Kitty is definitely calling my name----meow.  On another note I made it to the Sublime Stitching blog!  So exciting! 

Baby news: I'm 18 weeks now and the little bugger is squirming around!  We are working away on names--who knew it would be so hard to come up with something!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Finishing more things I started.

I finished a couple more projects.  I had ironed on these patterns months ago and told myself that I had to finish these before moving on to anything else.  I got tired of looking at them unfinished.  I'm so glad that I finished them. 

Sublime Stitching Michael Sieben pattern
 I stitched this on a thrifted textile.  The small flowers were already stitched and I think they really add a little something extra to the design. 

 I just adore these patterns.  So whimsical and a bit odd.  You may remember that I stitched another of his designs. 

I really like the detailing of the eye.  You could stitch this same pattern a hundred different ways and it would always be wonderful. 

Sublime Stitching Jim Woodring pattern
 I also stitched this pattern from the Jim Woodring artist set. I thought this little creature would be a great juxtaposition with the flowers in this thrifted textile.  Again, the flowers were already stitched. 

I kept him simple, stitching primarily in purple. 

So that's it.  I really feel like I can move on to new ideas now and start this year fresh.  There are tons of patterns to stitch, sketches to sketch, paintings to paint.  Now my mind is clear and ready.  I've got big plans and a lot to do!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Finishing what I started...

Well I finally finished my three Santas cross stitch that I started well before Christmas. I really thought about just packing it away and finishing it next Christmas, but I didn't have that much left to stitch so decided to just go ahead and finish it!  Now it's ready for next Christmas, I'll just have to decide what to do with it. Frame it?   Make it a pillow?  I'll have plenty of time to think about it now that's it's all stitched up!

Details:  The pattern, "A Ho-Ho-Ho of Santas" is from the November 2010 issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine.  I stitched it on 14-count light blue aida.  It did take me a while to finish it, but was a fairly simple project. So now on to the next project!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Can you say cute?

Just wanted to drop in and share this too cute for words pattern.  It's from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and is part of a Dessert of the Month series.  Each month I'll be getting a new (seriously cute) dessert to add to my sampler.  

I mean really, can you stand the cute!!  It was such a fun, quick project too. 

I can't wait for next month's pattern--because this guy is getting lonely!  I want to thank my pal Kristi, aka Stitchy Stitcherson, for letting me know about this.  Check out her blog because she's awesome. 

I think this year is going to be good----and super cute.  So join in!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Where'd the time go?

Wow--December flew by.  We were super busy traveling this holiday season and it all seems like a blur!  So now it's on to another year.  I hope to do tons of stitching and painting this year, at least in the first half of the year because the second half, Colby and I will be a bit busier.  We are going to have a baby so I know those first few months will pretty much be feeding and diaper detail--but oh what a wonderful thing!  We are both over the moon about it and eager about our new adventure.  

I thought I'd get together a little collage of the things I was able to make last year.  I was pretty productive, even though I only churned out one painting--will have to do better.   But this past year I really enjoyed just sitting on the couch, watching tv and stitching away.  It's so relaxing for me, especially after working all day.  This actually isn't even everything I worked on--I stitched a bunch of things for Christmas that I didn't even get pictures of!  

So I hope you had a wonderful 2011 and all the best for 2012!!