Thursday, September 27, 2018

Grateful Thankful Blessed Basket



Hello Friends!

I just love this pattern from Lizzie Kate. I've stitched it many times and I'm always trying to find new ways to spotlight it. This time was a really unique brown basket I had found awhile back. It's like a webbing design made of a raffia-type paper. It's really unique and I thought it'd be perfect for this finish.





I mounted the stitched piece on some coordinating fabric and added some olive green cording. Then I added a bow with a cover button center. It's attached to the basket with ribbons at the top.



STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Grateful Thankful Blessed
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Grateful Thankful Blessed - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct tea-dyed evenweave monaco
Colors: DMC charted


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Halloween in a Crate



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Just got back to our quick trip to Kansas City (we are Chiefs season ticket holders living in Phoenix, originally from CT -- wrap your head around that one!) and I immediately went into my studio to FFO this cute pattern I stitched up last week from Tralala.


It was the absolute perfect size when I finished it flat, so it was almost like it was meant to go on this small gray crate I've had. The only thing I had to do was add gray felt to the back just to finish it off but other than that, this was a pretty easy finish and I just love it!



STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Historie de Sorciere 1 & 2 - Witch Story 1 & 2
Designer: Tralala
Historie de Sorciere 1 & 2 - Witch Story 1 & 2
Fabric: 28 ct tea-dyed evenweave monaco
Colors: DMC charted, plus 413


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Winter is Coming!

Well.... not so much in Phoenix really, but we seem to have gotten away from 100+ temps now so I guess technically, winter is coming.




I finished up this cute wood pallet easel using Country Cottage Needlework's Seasonal Celebrations: Winter. I chose to only stitch the top (the bottom has winter-themed words) so that it would fit perfectly on this easel. As you can see I changed nearly every color because I wanted a little more oomph!












STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Seasonal Celebrations: Winter
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks
Fabric: 28 ct tea-dyed evenweave monaco
Colors: DMC white, 498, 597, 598, 580, 433, 435, 3031

Seasonal Celebrations - Winter - Cross Stitch Pattern

Then I finished up some more of Robin's ornaments. Robin had been kind enough to trust me with her stitching and I swear the more stitching she sends, the harder it is to send it back to her. This batch is one of my favorites. I want a tree full of these!


I love how different each one is. And I love how she switches up her fabrics and colors. She is a perfect stitcher.

STITCHY DETAILS (TOP LEFT):

Pattern: Home Again
Designer: Stone Street Stitchworks
Fabric: 32 ct flax linen
Colors: DMC 930, 3371, 3777


STITCHY DETAILS (CENTER):

Pattern: Peace
Designer: Heart in Hand
Fabric: 28 ct. vintage country mocha linen
Colors: DMC white, 320, 610, 931, 3822


STITCHY DETAILS (TOP RIGHT):

Pattern: Quaker Medallion
Designer: Sandra Longan
Fabric: 32 ct flax linen
Colors: Gloriana silk in Holiday Blue


STITCHY DETAILS (BOTTOM LEFT):

Pattern: Jingle Jingle (Tiny Tidings XIX)
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Fabric: 32 ct dirty linen
Colors: DMC 221, 580, 597, 935, 987, 3712, 3865


STITCHY DETAILS (BOTTOM RIGHT):

Pattern: Merry (Tiny Tidings IX)
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Fabric: 32 ct dirty linen
Colors: DMC 304, 367, 500


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SIlent Night




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I just love this pattern from Little House Needleworks. And the funny part is that I accidentally attained this pattern because I was trying to order Silent Night from Country Cottage Needleworks, and misclicked. Now it's one of my winter favorites!

I stitched this up last year as part of a hanging frame. I really liked the way this one had come out too with the homespun background fabric and the little pine cones.




This year, I used a small wood pallet that hangs on a twine cord. I mounted the stitched piece on some of the same homespun fabric I used last year and then added the snow-covered branches and one of those little pine cones. 













STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Silent Night (2011 Ornament #5)
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 28 ct. tea-dyed evenweave Monaco
Colors: DMC charted

2011 Ornament 5 - Silent Night - Cross Stitch Pattern

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Double Double Toil and Trouble 2.0








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I stitched up another Double Double witchy pattern this year when I realized I had another one of these really ornate hanging ornaments in my possession. This was how last year's came out. Post: Double Double 2017


This year I used a fabric I had dyed that's grey with some purple understones. I actually like it better for a Halloween piece. I also changed the trim color to 921 to pull out the color of the pumpkins, and then made a bow from orange and white gingham for the top. I added a black cover button for the center.



STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Halloween Year 2 - Double Trouble
Designer: Homespun Elegance
Fabric: 28 ct Monaco hand-dyed grey with purple
Colors Used: Charted



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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Christmas Tarts

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I just finished up my first two non-custom Christmas tarts of the season! I love them both so much I can't stand it.

This "Be Jolly" tart comes from Hands on Design's Chalkboard Ornaments - Christmas Collection #1. I've never stitched this one up on anything but black fabric, so this really was a quick and easy stitch. 


The second tart was "Merry Friends" from Plum Street Samplers. I had to significantly modify this pattern to get it to fit in the tart, but I'm satisfied with the result. 


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Monday, September 10, 2018

Fall is Busting Out All Over

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Well... it's 100+ degrees here in Phoenix (which they say is unusual for this time of year) but it's not stopping me from getting the fall decor up. Fall has always been my favorite, and even though I'm missing my New England leaves and temperatures, it's not stopping me from decorating --- although my Pumpkin Spice Latte is iced and not hot.



The fall hutch is "done." I say that because every time I think I'm done-done, I walk by and tweak something, or I find something else at a store and add to it. I do love how it came out though.


The top features this adorable truck I found at Kirklands, a white tobacco basket from Hobby Lobby, a small cream pumpkin and a galvanized vase full of fall flowers.


The top shelf features three Rae Dunn mugs that will be replaced with fall-themed mugs if I can ever find them without getting accosted in a HomeGoods by a fellow Rae Dunn fanatic. For the second shelf, I flipped over a sage green mini crate and put some small accents on that, and then my customary Country Cottage Needleworks Cottage of the Month. October's cottage is pumpkin themed, so I don't think I'll have to change much.

The living room features a white-washed door and window with a fall wreath from Hobby Lobby, some harvest potpourri, pumpkins and an owl accent piece I got at a fair. The only things left to is add a few pieces to my entry table which I'll show later, add a few pieces to my tiered tray in the kitchen, and manuever the leaf gardland that's above my entertainment center and under my TV in a way where my husband doesn't keep complaining about bits sticking up and blocking a half inch of his 65" television.... they just don't get it!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Happy Fall!

Hello Friends!

It's been busy in the studio these past few weeks. This time of year always seems to sneak up on me but I'm doing my best to manage Halloween, Fall and Christmas as best as I can -- even though it's still breaking 100 here in Phoenix! 

In preparation for fall -- even if I don't have my New England leaves this year -- I started bringing out the apples, pumpkins and scarecrows, starting with my September Cottage of the Month.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: September Cottage of the Month
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks


Then I FFOed my Prairie Schooler rooster into a small rustic whitewashed box. 



It's mounted to the front and edged with some blue cording. Then I just added a red and white gingham box with a blue floral center. I'm not the biggest fan of stitching on black, but I do like the farmhouse look it gives to stitching so I'm glad I did it.







STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Signs of Spring (rooster)
Designer: Prairie Schooler


I also made a ton of custom order Halloween gift tags and then FFOed some items for my stitchy friend Robin.



I find it very hard to send her items back to her --- especially the "Birdhouse" ornament. The color fabric she chose compliments her stitching perfectly.

STITCHY DETAILS (Most Wonderful Time of the Year):

Pattern: Wonderful Time (Tiny Tidings XVII)
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Fabric: 32 ct dirty linen
Fibers: DMC (500, 367, 304, 3865)


STITCHY DETAILS (Birdhouse):

Pattern: Birdhouse
Designer: Prairie Schooler
Fabric: Blue Monaco
Fibers: DMC (Ecru, 612, 310, 3777, 934, 613)

STITCHY DETAILS (Snow Merry):

Pattern: Snow Merry II
Designer: Homespun Elegance
Fabric: 28 ct Mixed Berry Jobelan
Fibers: DMC (3031, 3051, 3857, 5200)

STITCHY DETAILS (Noel):

Pattern: Noel
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Fabric: 32 ct sand linen (Picture This Plus)
Fibers: DMC (347, 221, 987, 500, 367, 783, 321)

STITCHY DETAILS (Joy):

Pattern: Joy (Flora McSample 2011 Ornament)
Designer: Lizzie Kate 
Fabric: 32 ct exemplar linen (Lakeside)
Fibers: DMC (3865, 321, 500, 898, 367, 436, 932)


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