Monday, November 23, 2020

Goodbye Pumpkin Spice, Hello Snow!

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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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Monday, October 12, 2020

Halloween Mix and Match


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I'm so, so glad to have finished my Halloween Mix and Match by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet Co! This is 100 percent one of my favorite Halloween finishes EVER and a lot of it has to do with the fact that the concept of the Mix and Match is utterly brilliant.

The border is a freebie that can be downloaded at Fat Quarter shop. You can choose to stitch as many "blocks" as you'd like. I chose to go with the 9-block square. The patterns I chose to stitch in each block came from the following charts/sets:

Block 1: Stitch Cards Set C by Lori Holt

Blocks 2, 3, 5 and 7: Stitch Cards Set F by Lori Holt

Blocks 4, 6 and 9: Farm Girl Fall by Lori Holt

Block 8: Stitch Cards Set D by Lori Holt

FLOSS COLORS USED:

DMC: 310, 535

Weeks Dye Works: Light Khaki, Galvanized, Sweet Potato, Oscar

Classic Colorworks: Colonial Copper, Queen Bee

GAST: Wood Trail

I stitched the piece on 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana, and finished, it measures approximately 7 x 7 inches. I matted the piece with some black and tan Homespun fabric (cut to 10 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches) and mounted it to the inside of this 11 x 11 inch frame I found in the Halloween section of Joann's. The piece itself is so pretty, I decided not to use any bows or embellishments. I just made some cording out of a burnt orange floss and called it a day. Absolutely love it!


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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Pumpkin Spice Everything

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Quick, simple finish for this morning. I was able to finish my "Pumpkin Spice Everything" by Scarlett House onto this barnwood frame. I decided not to use mounting fabric because I wanted more of the barnwood in the frame to show, so I just made some cording to bring out some color and edged the piece with it. Then I just added some fall picks, a bow, and a leaf button and scooted it off the finishing table!

Sampling of client finishes from this week:


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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Happy October!

We have officially transitioned from summer to all Halloween and fall decor in our household and I could not be happier! 

I showed you my new upstairs loft shelves a couple weeks back where I went with a more muted fall palette: Loft Fall Decor  Every other area of the house is much more traditionally decorated.

As always, my Lizzie Kate Halloween Rules tombstone is front and center. If I could stitch this again, I would in a heartbeat. It's still one of my favorites!

The piece was stitched on Vintage Country Mocha Lugana using DMC threads. I matted it with tan and black homespun fabric and mounted it to the front of this pre-lit wood tombstone I found at Joann's a few years back. All I did was add some garland and a couple Dollar Tree bats.

After I stitched Halloween Rules, I stitched up Lizzie Kate's Boo Club since I had all of the threads out. 


Like Halloween Rules, Boo Club was stitched on the same fabric and matted with the same homespun before being mounted to this whitewashed board from Michaels. 

Upstairs, I decorated my old window with some Halloween garland from Michaels, and hung my Bobbing for Pumpkin witches by Brenda Gervais in the center. This is the ever-so-popular finish inspired by Priscilla Blain a few years ago: https://priscillas2000.blogspot.com/2017/09/some-witchy-stitching.html  After I saw Priscilla's, I just knew I had to run out and get the sign to finish mine the same way.

Bobbing for Pumpkins is accompanied by Lizzie Kate's Tingles that I stitched and finished last year. It's mounted to a grey-washed board I found at Michaels (although I did dry-brush some white over the board to lighten it a bit).

And new this year is Ye Olde Crow Sampler by Heart in Hand stitched entirely with Onyx from Weeks Dye Works. It's stitched on Vintage Country Mocha, matted with that same homespun, edged with black cording, and mounted to a pedestal frame I found at Michaels this year.

My Halloween tiered-tray is still a little bit of a work in progress while I work on stitching up some smaller pieces, as well as the Halloween tree I bought this weekend with the intent of decorating it with some stitched Haloween ornaments.

Some other non-house decor stitchy finishes this week include:

Lizzie Kate's "Eek, Boo, Hiss" finished as a trio of ornaments

The Scarlett House's "Pumpkin Spice Everything" finished in a barnwood frame

Hands on Design's "Well-Rounded Perennial Pinwheels August" finished as a tart

and Country Cottage Needleworks' "Pumpkin Cottage" finished as a mounted frame


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