Thursday, July 2, 2020

Hello July Part 2


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I just finished the last of the patriotic decorating downstairs (for now) with the biggest finish being my kitchen hutch. 



As always, my Country Cottage Needleworks cottage of the month serves as the focal point with many patriotic small decor items filling in around it. I had wished I would have gotten more patriotic stitches up to add to this hutch but with my other summer vignettes, I just ran out of time! 


I'm so glad I was able to get this patriotic trio by Little House Needleworks done for this year. These "Land of the Free", "Home of the Brave," "Long May She Wave," patterns are Classic Colorworks thread packs, but I didn't use the called-for colors. I went with Blacksmith Blue, Cherry Cobbler, Oscar, Hickory Sticks, Dublin Bay and White DMC.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hello July!



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I started my July decorating upstairs as I've recently finished some new patriotic pieces.


I worked on my tiered tray first as it always seems to give me the biggest problem and chose to make Barbara Ana's "Freedom" piece the focal point. "Freedom" is matted with coordinating fabric and mounted (with magnets) to the front of a white-washed box I found at Michaels awhile back. The tray also has a USA-themed galvanized standup I found at Kirklands, a wood star trio I found at a thrift store last year in KC, some mason jars, and patriotic picks, flowers and flags.


I was able to stitch up this patriotic house found in the Sweet Land of Liberty book by Blackbird Designs, and when I found the blue wooden standup at Michaels, I knew they had to go together. 



I also was able to finish Freedom House by Little House Needleworks, a piece I've admired for years so I knew I wanted that to be front and center. It's matted with some fabric and mounted (again with magnets) to the front of this stand-up square frame I found at Kirklands this year. For height, I flipped over a galvanized box for it to sit up, and placed it in this blue weathered tray I also found at Kirklands.

Stars and Stripes from Little House Needleworks was stitched on 36 ct to make it tiny enough to sit atop this small grey pedestal I found at Michaels to off-set the flag-themed metal vase I placed on the other side.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Summer Finishing


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June is flying by and with the Fourth of July just around the corner, I've been working on getting the last of my strawberries and watermelons vignettes done so I can finish up some patriotic stitches I have for my July displays.



I started with this small "Berries" pattern that's part of Lizzie Kate's Summer Smalls collection. I finished it by mounting the stitching to this teal strawberry container I found while thrifting. All I did was edge it with some handmade cording and I added a bow with a small daisy button center.



Upstairs, I was able to get the "Summer "portion of  Lizzie Kate's Summer Smalls stitched up for my chalkboard piece, as well as Summer ABCs by Little House Needleworks.

Both the chalkboard easel and the white-washed shutter came from Michaels and I use washers and magnets on the back so I can change them out for the seasons. 


This freebie chart by Barbara Ana is one of my favorites of all time and I'm so happy that this year I got to stitch one for myself to add to my tiered tray. I even put it out a little earlier because I just love it so much. (To get this chart, you need to join or be part of the Star Spangled Stitchers group on Facebook.)

For my shop, I had a couple of summer/patriotic finishes as well starting with Summer Round from Hands on Design's "Well Rounded Perennial Pinwheels." I finished this piece as a mounted easel with some blue and white polka dot fabric.


I also finished this "Let Freedom Ring" fancy flat that came from Man Di Donna's "Sounds of Freedom" series....


...as well as Little House Needleworks "Stars and Stripes" that I finished as this block wall hanging.


For client finishes, I definitely had quite the variety of charts and finishes.


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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Strawberries and Stripes

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I finished Strawberries and Stripes by With Thy Needle and Thread into this galvanized tin front and I absolutely love it.



I finished the piece as a circular flat before mounting it to the front of this tin I found at Hobby Lobby. I made some cording out of white DMC to edge the design and then just jazzed it up a bit with some ribbon and a floral center. I just love how it came out!

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