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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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Farm

I can't tell you how much I love this pattern. Besides the fact that it's fall-themed (my favorite), it has the most amazing -- and UNIQUE -- color combinations. I have to admit that when I first kitted up this project and saw the colors together, I questioned the choices a little bit and started playing with some substitutions before ultimately deciding to just trust it. I'm glad I did because they really pop against the fabric! 

Speaking of the fabric, I really wanted to get a color very close to what was pictured in the pattern photo. I had none in my stash so I had a fabric-dyeing Saturday to get a bunch of it together. I'm really happy with the results of it. It's kind of like a sage green/grey combination and it looks really good against the white lettering.

I went with a white distressed fancy plaque for the base and used some basic green fabric I had in my stash for the backing. I tried four different twisted cord color combinations -- including two different oranges and two different lavenders -- before settling on basic white. They just didn't seem to jive some reason. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I can't wait to put it up!

Pattern details:

"Pumpkin Spice Farm:
Designer: Hands on Design

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pumpkin Cottage Easel-back

I'm obsessed with these pumpkin cottage designs lately. I always love stitching the cottage pieces from Little House and Country Cottage Needleworks, but the fall-specific cottages are definitely my faves. Sooo cute!

I had finished a similar pumpkin cottage easel-back awhile back and really liked it, but when I saw I changed up the wood pallet to include a more non-traditional fall blue, I really fell in love with it!

The stitched piece was mounted to some brown fabric and then I used DMC #597 to create a twist cord to edge the piece. Then I just added a burlap bow with a cover button. Nice and easy fall finish.

Pattern Details:

"Pumpkin Cottage"
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Free Digi Stamp - Lighthouse

Right click on the image and choose the "Save As" function to download this image. Enjoy!

More freebies: Free Digi Stamps

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Under the Prairie Moon

Hi everyone!

I LOVED stitching this piece -- even if I did make a lot of changes! I originally bought this pattern because I loved the colors in the photo. When I actually went to kit it up, I was slightly disappointed by the DMC colors. It looked in the photo like there was some slate blue coloring in it, but yet none of the colors the pattern called for picked up on the blue I liked so much - so, I improvised by throwing in some 926 and 927 to compliment the caramel brown coloring of the house. 

I also decided not to stitch up the alphabet portion so that I could mount this piece to some complimentary fabric, and then ultimately mount it to a fancy wood pallet I had found. Then I just had to twist some cording that picked up some of the brown and I was good to go. Fun fall finish!

Pattern Details:

"Prairie Sampler"
Designer: Little House Needleworks

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