Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving....

A short but sweet post today...

Wishing everyone one a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving (here in the US), and may your turkey be delicious, your weekend dazzling, and spending time with family and friends....PRICELESS!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

the ABCs of Autumn...

As promised, here is another project that I've finished called "Autumn Alphabet" by Lizzie Kate. And I've already started it's sister design called "Winter Alphabet." (only showing the Autumn design here)

Thanks to Coni over at Spinster Stitcher, I saw her finished design and LOVED the colors, so I got hooked on these charts. They're so colorful, and seeing her photos showed the colors even better than the colors on the design booklet, and that was the deciding factor for me. It was a very easy stitch and was a good traveling project throughout the summer so it took a while, but again, was very easy.

I loved all the colors in this chart and all the little infusions of "Autumn" into the design by the artist, hence the abundance of photos to show all the detail. It was so much fun to stitch! Enjoy!


Autumn Alphabet by Lizzie Kate
(The US dollar is for size relativity only) 

FABRIC: 32 ct Belfast linen
FABRIC COLOR: Antique Ivory
FLOSSES: Weeks Dye Works, Crescent Colors & DMC [per chart]
STITCHED: 2 over 2
STITCH COUNT: 111w x 159h
FINISHED SIZE: 7"w x 10.25"h
STARTED: 05 May 2012
FINISHED: 31 Oct 2012

Charms: included with chart

 Squirrel (charm) with oak leaf and acorn; falling leaves and rake

 Schoolbooks with an apple, and a big pumpkin treat holder!

 Loved the color of the "S" with the rust color surrounding it

For some reason, every time I see the house, I think of an outhouse instead. Still cracks me up when I look at it! I should've stitched a crescent moon instead of the window!!

Hootie owl with big button eyes!

I tried placing the photos side-by-side, but Blogger doesn't let me do it, like Typepad did. Sorry the post is so long!

Thankful for the Autumn we had here this fall
(sans our recent Hurricane and Nor'easter),
and the past couple of days have been glorious Fall days here in northwestern NJ

Monday, November 12, 2012

First post on 'Blogger'...

It's been a while since I've last blogged, and it was on another blog site (Typepad) and it was ridiculously expensive (considering Blogger is FREE!), so it was a no-brainer to move over here. I'm not a very consistent blogger, and to have to pay for the site to be "inactive" bothered me, and the fact that so many of the blogs that I read use Blogger, I thought I'd give it a try.

I have some small and medium cross-stitching finishes I want to share with you. I've posted them on a Facebook site I administer, but for those of you who don't want to get involved with FB, I'm posting them here. So with no further ado....

Small Token by Blackbird Designs
FABRIC: 36 ct scrap linen
FABRIC COLOR: Vintage Sand Dune
FLOSSES: Crescent Colors [per chart]
STITCHED: 2  over 2
STITCH COUNT: 49w x 69h
FINISHED SIZE: 2-7/8"w x 3-3/4"h
COMPLETED: 22 June 2012 over North Atlantic Ocean on flight home from Abu Dhabi, UAE

The coin (US quarter) is for size relativity
I'll eventually finish it into an ornament, and will post again when finished.
Summer Stars Pincushion by Blackbird Designs
 (from "A Stitcher's Journey" booklet)
FABRIC: 32 ct scrap linen
COLOR: Flax Fields
FLOSSES: Crescent Colors & Gentle Arts [per chart on pg 33 of booklet]
               Wisconsin Woods, Onion Skin, Cappuccino, Grasshopper, Raspberry Frost
STITCHED: 2 over 2
STITCH COUNT: 19w x 107h
FINISHED SIZE: 2-3/8"w x 7-3/4"h (where the pins are)
COMPLETED: Summer 2012

I'll eventually finish it into an ornament; you can see some of the ribbons I'll eventually use

Wild Lilies by Blackbird Designs
FABRIC: 36 ct scrap linen
FABRIC COLOR: Vintage Sand Dune
FLOSSES: Crescent Colors & Gentle Arts [per chart]
STITCHED: 2 over 2
STITCH COUNT: 69w x 85h
FINISHED SIZE: 4"w x 4.5"h
STARTED: 22 June 2012 over North Atlantic Ocean on flight home from Abu Dhabi, UAE
FINISHED: 07 July 2012

I didn't like the 'initials' that came with the design (for the upper right corner) so I substituted one that was too big for the area and stitched it 1 over 1.

I'll eventually finish it into an ornament.

Hoping you enjoyed the show and tell... I have a few more "smalls" that I've finished, and a "medium-sized" project too, so stay tuned!

Thankful for my stitching, the joy it brings me, and
how quickly it makes time fly when stuck on a 13-hr flight!