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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Free Digi Stamp - Rooster


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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Garden Romance

Very rarely do I find that I stitch patterns from books/magazines. I don't know why that is as I surely have enough to last a lifetime -- but nonetheless, it rarely happens. However, I came across this book on Amazon, "Great Cross Stitch Books" and when I saw that it was only a dollar ($3 with shipping), I couldn't resist.

Within the first few pages, there are nearly a dozen small (3x3) really cute patterns. I had just bought some really pretty K&Co. scrapbook paper that I thought would compliment the floral pattern nicely, so i decided to simply mount the finished product to a decoupaged 6x6 block of wood and added an interior frame. It was a really pleasant weekend project so I'm thinking I might tackle a few more of these patterns in the upcoming weeks.


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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Live Simply

I always enjoy patterns that have a lot of color in them which is why I think this pattern, which was quick to stitch to begin with, stitched even quicker. I made a few color adjustments just due to the fact that the sample pattern itself was stitched on a chocolate brown fabric, but more or less, everything stayed the same. 

For the finishing, I used a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" frame from my dad's shop, and painted the edges white, with just a smidge of mocha acrylic paint. After everything was set and glued in, I added some brown kraft paper to the back and then attached a sawtooth picture hanger for easy mounting. I went a little crazy with the fabric flowers, trying to bring in as many colors as possible to really make the floss colors pop before finally spraying some decoupage sealer on them to keep them sturdy.





"Live Simply"
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Designer: Lizzie Kate
Stitched on: 28 ct Jobelan (lambswool)
Fibers: DMC

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Teaching is a Work of Heart

I have had five white 5x7” picture frames from IKEA in my stash for far too long, so I promised myself that before I had my dad make more frames, I would try to “get rid” of as many of them as possible. In looking through my patterns, I found a few that fit these measurements, “Teaching is a Work of Heart” being one of them. The pattern is 36w x 71h and fit perfectly inside. However, it looked a little boring to be honest with just the white frame so I knew I wanted “more.” I went to several craft stores looking for embellishments to add, but couldn’t really find the right size, shape or color that would look okay. When that happens to me, I figure its best to just come up with something on my own.





I settled on flower embellishments because I knew I would be able to coordinate the different colors within the pattern. After punching out different sizes and shapes of flowers in the five main colors shown in the design, I inked a little brown on the edges, and rolled the outside flaps with my trusty paper bead tool to add a little depth and give them some dimension. After I was satisfied with the look of them, I coated the flowers with a layer of Mod Podge and then sprayed on some decoupage sealer to harden them.

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