The ribbon on this is actually a navy color, not black as the picture above looks. It's so hard to get a good picture in the winter time, by the time I get home from work it's dark outside. I stitched "Winter Blues" on an opalescent fabric for one of my co-workers this year. She has it hanging in her cubicle. This cute design was a freebie from Stitchy Kitty. I think he's just adorable all bundled up for the season. Winter has definitely come to Kansas. Parts of our state are buried in snow. We had some flurries this morning but nothing that stuck to the ground. Sure makes it feel like Christmas to have that nip in the air.
I found out about Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin after she quit designing. I found I love several of her designs. They can get pretty pricey on ebay but I got lucky enough to find "Ice Skating Party" on a very reasonable buy it now. I've been wanting to stitch this cutie since then. I stitched her for my dear friend Renee. I mounted it to a piece of acid-free mat board and then glued it to a piece of wood that I painted. I didn't put a hanger on it but one could be added very easily. This little cutie can stay out all winter too! I'm going to stitch her again for myself very soon.
I stitched this ornament from the 2004 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue for a very dear friend. Knowing her fondness for Blackbird Designs, Christmas and crows, I thought this one was perfect for her. I tried a different finish for this one. I've seen this on various other blogs but had not tried it yet. I asked my Dad to cut a piece of wood for me and then I painted it black and varnished it. I mounted my stitched piece to some acid-free mat board and then glued it to the wood. I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I'll have some more posts in the next few days, but in the meantime, I wanted to show you the ornament that my friend Rita sent to me. It's a Country Cottage Needleworks design. I just love it! Thank you Rita! I'll share the one I sent out as soon as she receives it.
I have several finished to show. Above is the front side of the 2010 Shepherds Bush Fob. I just love that little sheep. Not sure how I'm going to finish this one yet.
Below you see one of the older Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers designs. It's called "Spring Fling." I used the floss and fabric that was called for in the pattern. I just loved the soft colors used in this one.
Finally I have LHN's "Snow White." I used the called for fabric (28ct Rosemary) and Belle Soie silk in the color "Icing."
I am almost finished with LHN's "Liberty and Justice" and will be posting a picture of it soon.
Once again I have let a bunch of time lapse before I update my blog. It seems once May hits then life gets really busy. We have end of school functions, graduations, one child's birthday and DH's birthday. Then summer starts and the kids are going from one camp to another so my blog gets neglected. Luckily, today I found some free time and decided I was way overdue for an update.
At the end of April, Wendy Jo and I finally met up! Her and a couple of her friends made a road trip to Kansas to visit some quilt shops and cross stitch shops. I decided to try my hand at a tin topper. I've seen these finishes on lots of other blogs and decided that I could probably handle it.
I stitched a freebie from Carriage House Samplings and turned it into the top of the tin. On the inside, I a magnet on the top and some fabric on the bottom to hold a package of needles. Then I made a thread picker to go along with a scissor fob for her. I also made some sunflower scissor fobs for her friends to commemorate their trip to Kansas since the sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.
Wendy gifted me with a darling pin cushion filled with walnut shells. The back is so pretty, she used an antique repro fabric and she finished the sides with some rick rack that she dyed herself. Too cute! Thanks again Wendy, I love it!
I have a couple of other finishes to show you too, I hope to take pictures of them tomorrow after my daughter leaves for her mission trip. Right now, I have to go finish her laundry from her camp that she got home from yesterday!
I finished framing "Wedding Spots" by the Trilogy last night. I stitched this on 32 ct. Summer Khaki and changed a lot of the colors. Since the bridesmaids are wearing eggplant colored dresses, I used eggplant for the ribbon and the "I do" part. I used a charm for the rings instead of stitching them, think it worked out nicely. I am hoping to get some more stitching done on my BBD's "Spring Fling" and get a picture of it posted soon.
I have been so neglectful in getting an update done to my blog. I had a birthday about a month ago and Wendy Jo was kind enough to send me an awesome gift. She stitched a Pine Mountain Design and finished it into a darling pinkeep. She sent some yummy chocolate and some great fabrics and a scissor case. Thank you so much Wendy, I love it all! On the stitching front I have been working on another wedding design. Tis the season I guess. I stitched "Wedding Spots" by The Trilogy. I made some color changes and have finished it, I hope to get it framed in the next couple of days. I was lucky enough to find the perfect frame for it at Hobby Lobby so I can get it taken care of myself. Hopefully I'll get a picture posted soon. I've started Blackbird Designs "Spring Fling." It's such a pretty design, I've definitely got spring fever and the pretty pastel colors are just perfect. I'll get a picture of it posted soon too. Until next time,
I have finished a few things recently and thought I would share them with you. First and foremost, we were invited to a wedding this weekend and I decided I wanted to stitch a sampler for them. I couldn't find just the one I wanted so I improvised. I used Diane Williams' Simply Blessed Wedding Samplers and used bits and pieces from several different samplers to create my own. I framed it this afternoon, just in time for the wedding. It's stitched on a piece of 32 ct cream linen.
This darling BOAF piece is entitled "Love" and I stitched in on 40 ct. Tan Temptation from Sassy's Fabbys. If you've never stitched on her fabric before, it's divine! This was my first piece on 40 count and I promise you it won't be my last. I loved EVERY stitch of it. I'm going to do the other virtues - Honesty, Loyalty and Patience on this same fabric.
Wendy Jo had a birthday in January and I sent her the above package. She loves Lizzie Kate and I thought the sentiment was perfect for us, "Friendship Grows." Our friendship is indeed growing and I look forward to meeting her in person some day. Different things keep conspiring against our meeting but we are hopeful that in May we'll meet.
This little guy is a Heart In Hand piece. I stitched him just after Christmas when I was still in the ornament stitching mood. He's done on a piece of Summer Khaki linen.
I've started "Snow White" by LHN on the Rosemary fabric that the model used, such a pretty color. Hopefully, it will go quickly. My stack of things I want to do keeps getting bigger.
I haven't updated in so long I've almost forgotten how:) Here is what I've been stitching. In a Yahoo group I'm a member of we did an ornament exchange. I was to send to Renee and she sent to me. I stitched LHN's Glory to God from one of the 2008 JCS Ornament issues. I stitched it over one on 25 ct mushroom lugana. I finished it as a flat finish rather than a pillow finish.
She sent me TWO ornaments! I am so lucky!She did a beautiful job on them both. She did "Hope" from the Lizzie Kate 12 Blessings of Christmas series:
AND she sent me "Joy" by Angel Stitching from the 2006 JCS Ornament issue.
I love them both and they will grace my tree for many years to come. Thank you Renee!
One of the ladies I work with LOVES snowmen, so every year I stitch her an ornament. This year I chose "More Snow" by Val's Stuff. I stitched it over one on 25 ct mushroom lugana. I finished it as a hanging pinkeep.
One of my dear friends, Chamaine, had a birthday in October and I stitched LHN's "Wool Needlebook" for her. I changed lots of the colors and finished it on a green wool felt. I forgot to take a picture of it before I sent it to her so she was kind enough to take one for me. I stitched her initials and my initials on it.
When I was in Iowa, Wendy Jo and I tried to get together but unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. She ended up in the ditch in the middle of a blizzard and was stranded overnight in a High School gymnasium. I sent the package I wanted to give her when we met. This is what I sent:
I sent her some fabric, a snowman notepad and pin, a hockey puck from my son's hockey team (which is why we were in Iowa) and I stitched a ornament from The Sampler Girl "Dash Away All."
She sent me:
She stitched a darling ornament and finished it with a pipe cleaner! Such a clever way to finish something off. She also included some yummy candy and some Mary Engelbriet goodies and an adorable snowman magnet. Thank you Wendy!
I think that's it! Wow, it's been far too long since I posted, each time I think about posting, the phone rings or the washer finishes and I get sidetracked. Hopefully, I won't go so long until my next post.