Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Let It Snow!

After spending a good portion of Saturday dyeing some fabric and kitting up projects, I was happy to sit down and finish this simple pattern I found in the 2017 Just Cross Stitch Christmas edition magazine. The fabric itself is like a gray/blue that I was originally afraid wouldn't show up well against the white -- but it's fine. My mom and I went fabric hunting (among other things) on Black Friday so I was able to get some really good deals on fabrics, including the one I used to mat this stitched piece on.  

The piece itself is a while-washed wood pallet that hangs from a twine cord. It looked very bare on its own so I just added a snow-covered branch and a small glittery snowflake and called it a day! I love it!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More Holiday Finishes!

Christmas is definitely in full gear this week! I feel bad that I neglected fall decor items so quickly, but Christmas really snuck up on me this year. I think it has something to do with the timing of Thanksgiving probably, but I'm not complaining. I love finishing things this time of year!

I stitched up this Gingerbread Cottage piece with a totally different idea on how to FFO it. Then when I realized it was a bit too large to fit in the place I needed it to, I decided to make it a basket front. Little disappointing but cute nonetheless. I'm "okay" with how it turned out.

Then I finished two more decorative holiday boxes. These boxes are pretty much my favorite way to finish things because the boxes themselves are so pretty!  They're really cute for gift-giving, cookie boxes, and just laying around the house as home decor pieces. I really try to match the colors to the box before finishing them, and then its just a matter of finding coordinating fabric to tie it all together. I lucked out with both of these.

 I have a few more of these I really want to get done this week, so back to the finishing table!

Basket Pattern Details:
"Gingerbread Cottage"
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks

Gingerbread Cottage - Cross Stitch Pattern

Box Pattern Details:
"Baked Goods"
Designer: Little House Needleworks
2011 Ornament 7 - Baked Goods - Cross Stitch Pattern

"Tiny Tidings XII"
Designer: Lizzie Kate

Tiny Tidings XII - Cross Stitch Pattern

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Merry Mini Holiday Note Cards

Since the weather in Connecticut can't seem to make up its mind and I've been fighting a headache literally every day this week, I decided to give my eyes a break from holiday stitching and spend a few hours making these really cute holiday mini note card sets. 

I'm a paper-holic so I always love making these. I swear each pattern is prettier than the next. I just love them all. These note card sets are great to have around the house, especially during this time of year when I need to grab a small card to add to a gift, or to send back as part of a thank you. I use them often!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Snow Days

This weekend was 31 degrees... and windy! After a day of shopping, I actually had to pull out a heating pad. What the heck happened to fall?! UGH!!!! I'm not ready for snow -- or cold --- or winter in general. As I get closer and closer to the move to Phoenix, the less I'm able to truthfully say I'm going to miss all four seasons. There is definitely one I can do without, and we're heading there fast! Not looking forward to it.

That being said, I did actually enjoy making this piece. In fact, it's one of my favorite FFOs of the season so far. I had dyed the fabric a baby blue/gray so that the white of the snow would pop. Then I subbed out some colors to compliment the dyed piece. For the finish, I framed it in a rustic antique white frame that I jazzed up with some snow-covered pine tree branches and a burlap bow. The fabric I used to make the center cover button seemed to harsh after I had already glued it to the piece, so I softened it with a lace button. Super cute and easy to make!

Pattern Details:
Designer: Shepherd's Bush

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Merry Merry Mini Sign

I finished stitching this "Merry Merry" sampler from Country Cottage Needleworks the other day and originally planned to fully finish it into a basic ornament before remembering I had this adorable little wood pallet sign in my stash that would work. 

I added some coordinating fabric matting behind the mounted stitched piece, but it seemed way too plain, so I pulled out some extra Christmas tree branch remnants I had laying around, and glued them on top to compliment out some of the branches in the pattern itself. 

Pattern Details:
"Merry Merry"
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Christmas Cottage Basket

I love stitching these little cottages, especially the Christmas-themed ones. I finished stitching this holiday cottage up the other day and decided I hadn't made a holiday basket in awhile and that this would be a perfect piece for one. All it needed was a little contrast to make it stand out, so I grabbed some coordinating fabric I had in my stash to make the mat behind the stitched piece. 

I had this basket in my stash for quite a while. I don't remember where I found it, but I really liked the handles on it. They're very unique. The basket was the perfect size for this finish so I simply mounted the stitched piece and the matted fabric to the front and moved it right off my finishing table!

Pattern Details:
"December Cottage of the Month"
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Merry Mini Board

I've been commissioned to finish a ton of unique Christmas finishes lately, and thankfully, I've been on a roll. This cute little decorative cutting board was the perfect size for my "Merry" finish. I simply matted the stitched up piece with coordinating fabric before mounting both to the board. Then I just added a small bow with a small cover button. The board is about 4 inches by 8 inches -- the perfect size for hanging from a door or cabinet knob. So cute!

Pattern Details:
"Tiny Tidings XVII"
Designer: Lizzie Kate

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Noel Decorative Box

First Christmas decorative box of the season! I just love making these decorative boxes because there are so many varieties and combinations. I tend to use mine for gifts (so I don't have to gift-wrap) and cookie boxes, but I'm sure they look cute around the house as standalone decorations, too.

The "Noel" design is from one of the Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings collections. The designs included in those sets are all really cute and quick(er) to stitch. 

I was lucky to have just enough remnant of this Christmas fabric to make the base for the stitched piece. The colors match PERFECTLY. Then I just mounted the stitched piece to the stop (with some batting to make it a little puffier) and added some fancy trim. I just love it! 

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I'm on the Nice List!

Not sure how true this statement is, but at least the finish came out cute! I get sick of finishing ornaments sometimes, so I'm always looking for new ways to finish up these little holiday decoration pieces. I've had this metal easel-back (and about a dozen others!) in my stash for the longest time. I'm glad I finally got to use one!

I have a couple other patterns I'm looking to finish up in a similar way, but maybe just changing up the colors. I'll see how far I get ---- or if I change my mind and have them sit in my stash for another 9 months!

Pattern Details:
"Tiny Tidings XV"
Designer: Lizzie Kate

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Ho Ho Ho Mini Tin Ornament

Ornament season has officially arrived in my studio! As more and more UFOs start piling up on my work desk, I get more anxiety about it. I hate to have so many pieces unfinished at once. Just because of that, I forced myself to finish up this really cute little tin ornament this weekend.

The "Ho Ho Ho" design comes from one of  Lizzie Kate's Tiny Tidings collection. I stitched it on a remnant of some of the dyed fabric I used for Pumpkin Spice Farm out of fear the snowflakes wouldn't show on my usual tea-dyed fabric. I also kind of liked how it blended well with the metal mini sign. Really cute!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Christmas Gift Card Holders

I've been working on some Christmas-themed gift card holders lately, trying to beat the craziness of the holiday season. I love having these on hand because they really dress up gift cards in a cute way, and I have the ability to write a little note inside so it's like a Christmas card combo. 

For the people who ask me to make gift card holders for them, I offer the option of sentiment choices for the front. They look cute enough on their own, but it just adds another level of customization.

As it gets closer to the holidays, I'm sure I'll pump out a bunch more of these. I like to have a lot of variety around for when I need a quick gift. For now, here are the few I finished up.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Double Double Toil and Trouble

These little witches were such a fun stitch. I had this very ornate tin hanging ornament in my stash for awhile and I just knew these witches would be perfect! I mounted them to the front (I like to use batting to make my ornaments a little puffier) and then added the coordinating twist cord around the edges. The twine already came with the tin so I didn't have to fuss with how to attach it cleanly. 

Pattern Details:
"Halloween Year 2 - Double Trouble"
Designer: Homespun Elegance

These witchy sisters remind me of the wooden witches I recently bought at a fair. 

I had to have them. In fact, there was a third witch sister that I'm kicking myself for not buying. I just loved the little pails! I still have no idea where I'm putting them, but they're super cute, nonetheless!

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