Monday, April 12, 2021

Two More Spring Finishes

 Hi everyone!

Today I'm featuring two more spring finishes that I've added to my decor this year! 

The first is "Welcome Spring" by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread. This piece took a totally different turn from what I had originally intended -- but that's okay. I found this frame at Michaels (it was actually a print that I covered), and it was the perfect size height wise, so I decided to add some buffalo check fabric to the side to extend the piece to fit. I edged the finish with some coordinating handmade trim and then added a bow with a large decorative egg button. The small nest is not permanently attached yet. I'm still trying to figure out if I actually like it there!


The second piece was "Basketful of Spring Time", again by Brenda Gervais. I stitched this piece on Vintage Country Mocha Lugana and changed some colors to match my decor. The piece its on came from Michaels, and it had a dark brown stain around the edges. I wanted it to be a lighter wood so I dry-brushed it white, and then mounted the stitched piece on buffalo check fabric. The metal flowers were tricky to work around, but I was able to get the piece glued in the center nicely. The only issue I had was the aqua from the bunny's sweater didn't come out in the flowers, so I quickly made a coverbutton of some coordinating fabric and glued it to the center of the blue flower to tie it in. PIece of cake!

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Still Springing Along

 Happy Friday!

Today I'm sharing two more of my Spring finishes from this year. The first was "Holiday Hoopla - Easter" by Brenda Gervais from With Thy Needle and Thread. 

This piece has been through many variations of finishes before I finally settled for a mounted round flat in a watering can. In retrospect, I wish I had stitched it on smaller count fabric so the piece itself would be larger, but since I don't have time to re-stitch it, it is what it is! The galvanized watering can came from Hobby Lobby, and I just used Styrofoam for the base before loading it with some wildflowers.

The second piece is the top portion of "Tulip House" by Hands on Design. 

I stitched the piece on 28 ct black Jobelan and changed a couple of the colors to bring in some aqua. I mounted the stitched piece to the buffalo check off-center because I knew I wanted to add a small galvanized vase to the side to bring in some flowers to mirror the flowers in the piece. The little vase is from Hobby Lobby and is just hot-glued directly to the mounting board. I added a small gingham bow and then just cut some smaller buds to fit inside. Really easy finish!

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Springing Right Along!

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For the past week or so I've been slowly but surely transforming my home decor from winter to spring. This process will continue into the next week or so as I continue to tweak things as I go, and find different pieces to use as finishing items for the unfinished pieces still sitting on my craft table.

My first two spring finishes both came from Stitching with the Housewives patterns. 

I finished "Carrot Patch" on 32 ct Charcoal Lugana that I dipped in black Rit dye to make it darker. I mounted the piece on black and white buffalo check fabric, attached some handmade cording, and then glued a wood stick in between the pieces so that I could stick it in this wheelbarrow I found in the Ashland Spring section of Michaels. I used a Styrofoam piece on the button and covered it with some greenery and carrots I found at Hobby Lobby. 

The second piece, "Bunny Bakery," also by Stitching With the Housewives, was super easy because I was able to finish the piece exactly the way Priscilla of Stitching with the Housewives did. Finishes where you don't have to use your brain are the best finishes! I knew the second Priscilla showed her finish I had to finish it the same way, so I went to Hobby Lobby to buy the white enamel cannister, mounted the stitched piece on some more of the black and white buffalo check, edged it with white cording, and used magnets to stick it to the front. (I'm assuming I'll want to use this tin again.) For the top I just added a large carrot I also found at Hobby Lobby, and some spring picks. So easy, and oh so cute!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Let It *Fake* Snow!

 Hello Friends!

Today I'm posting the last two pieces I have displayed in my winter hutch decor in the kitchen area. (If you follow me on Instagram you've probably already seen the hutch in pieces.)

I finished January Sampler of the Month by Country Cottage Needleworks as a baking tin finish to replace my Baked Goods finish from Christmas. To fit the size of the tin, I had to remove the two layers of snowflakes in the pattern -- which was a blessing because I HATE stitching snowflakes. I also removed the "January" marker. I do this with all of my monthly marker patterns now so I don't have to switch them out each month. Instead, I can keep them out for the whole season.

The stitched piece is matted with some black and white gingham and attached with a magnet since I use this tin in my decor a lot. I added some flocked greenery, a bow and a snowflake button to the top to jazz it up.

Fabric: 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana

CC: Black Coffee, *1 strand of Deep Fennel (w 1 strand 598)

WDW: Cocoa

DMC: 3363, 3853, 347, White

The second finish was January Stamp by Lizzie Kate. I just stitched the snowman and changed all the colors to match the rest of the decor in the hutch. Then I matted it with more black and white gingham and attached it to the side of this olive bucket I found at Hobby Lobby. I needed to fill it with something, so I found these small fake snowballs at Amazon and threw them in. It's the closest I'll come to snow here in Phoenix! (No, I don't miss it if you're curious!)

Fabric: 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana

DMC: 598, (1 strand each 3848, 3849), 310, 3853, 347, White

I also added these adorable gingham snowmen from Gena's Country Accents on Etsy to my display this year. They're just sitting on top of this aqua stand I found at HomeGoods. I just love these little snowmen!

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