Monday, November 23, 2020

Goodbye Pumpkin Spice, Hello Snow!

 Hello Friends!

This weekend I worked on transitioning all of my fall decor upstairs to more winter/holiday. I started with my living room shelves which took on a woodland snowy forest theme this year which means I had to say goodbye to Pumpkin Spice....

...and hello to Snow Days! 

This pattern is by Country Cottage Needleworks. It's a popular one, so I'm sure you've all seen it. Besides color substitutions, the only changes I made were not stitching the bottom red and white gingham blocks, and I changed the "O" to red and green instead of the charted red and white. 

I use the same frame for all of my cross stitch pieces in this display, so I finished this piece as a mounted flat and used washers and magnets. The stitching is matted with this really pretty green fabric I found as a remnant in Joann's and edged with some red cording I made. I sprayed some greenery with snow spray, and then put a buffalo check in the center. I love this piece so much!

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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As I continue the transition from fall to Christmas decor, I finished up these three holiday stitches this week.

I stitched up Hometown Holidays - Tree Lot by Little House Needleworks and finished it as this mounted frame piece. The frame had an old, weathered look and feel to it which was perfect! 

I stitched the chart on 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana using the following colors: 

Classic Colorworks: Brandied Pears, Cherry Cobbler, Steamed Brocolli, Black Coffee

DMC: 3371, White

The piece is matted with some red and black buffalo check fabric I found at Hobby Lobby, edged with some green handmade cording, and jazzed up with some flocked greenery and a green bow.

The next piece was the December monthly cottage by Classic Colorworks which I finished as a wall hanging on this gray-washed board I found at Michaels. It's matted with coordinginating fabric, edged in handmade cording, and has a bow with a wreath center.

The last piece I finished was Silent Night. This pattern can be found in Chalkboard Ornaments, Christmas Collection Part 3 by Hands on Design. The pattern is charted for black fabric, but I decided to stitch it on a remnant 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana I had left over from Tree Lot. The colors I used were DMC 3051, 816, 3781 and white. 

The stitched piece was finished as a mounted ornament on black and white check fabric, edged with trim and completed with a bow.

A few of my favorite client finishes from the week:

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Well-Rounded Winter

 

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This morning I fully finished one of the Perennial Pinwheels from Hands on Design's "Well-Rounded" winter charts. I had originally planned to stitch and finish this particular pattern in a tart, but when I found this box at Hobby Lobby, I changed up my plan and finished it as a Christmas tree planter.

The box was found in the wedding section and it came already whitewashed. All I had to do was mat the stitched piece with some wintery homespun fabric and mount it to the front. I used some flocked greenery to jazz up the top, and then made a bow out of some jute ribbon. Then I just added the holly button for some color.

This set of charts by Hands on Designs offers you three different patterns for each season and gives you so many options! Definitely a great pattern to have in your stash!

I also knocked out these really cute wood tag ornaments featuring charts from Madame Chantilly's "Christmas Stamps". These quick stitches were just small fancy flats using red and white gingham fabric, mounted to the front of whitewashed wood tag ornaments. 


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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Snowman Joy

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The Christmas stitching has officially begun and I've already managed to fully finish some pieces.

My two "larger" pieces for this week were both charts from Cherry Hill Stitchery. The first was "Merry Christmas" that I finished in a frame with some red and black buffalo plaid fabric. I added some handmade cording to the sides and then attached some flocked greenery and a bow I made with matching buffalo plaid ribbon from Hobby Lobby. 

The second piece, also by Cherry Hill Stitchery, is "Joy." The model was stitched on white fabric, but I switched it to black for the chalkboard look.

I bought the chalkboard frame at Michaels and sanded all the edges to rough it up a bit. The stitched piece is matted with black and white buffalo check fabric and edged with some red handmade cording. I glued both pieces to the front of the frame and then just made a small bow with a snowflake center to compliment the piece. It's a really cute, quick stitch!

I finished up some cute ornaments this week, too!

"Barnyard Christmas"complimentary piece by Prairie Schooler that came in one of their mini card sets. 

"Ding Ding" is another complimentary piece by Prairie Schooler that came in one of their mini card sets.

"Merry Little Stitches" by Pineberry Lane


....and some client finishes....








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