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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