Monday, October 24, 2016

Good morning,

I hope everyone is have a wonderful day.  I spent the last 2 hours doing some finishes and it feels great.  Here is a picture of all of them together.

Eek by The Stitcherhood was made into an ornament.  It was stitched on hand dyed green 28 ct Monaco by me with DMC 310. It was in the autumn JCS 2013 issue.
Boo To You was also made into an ornament. It was stitched on 28ct linen. It was a freebie from a group on Facebook.
I finished stitching October by Hands On Design yesterday and made it into a pillow for my basket.  I hand dyed some evenweave in orange and tan.  I have 3 left in the series to complete. This was in a 2014 Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine.

I am still working on Happy Camper and have the One Day Challenge left to complete that Honeybee is hosting on the 123 Stitch! message board.  October's theme is Halloween and I have the perfect chart that I kitted up yesterday.  I will do it tomorrow.

Thanks for looking at my blog,

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

An ornament finish and an update

Hi y'all,

I hope everyone is enjoying their day.  I love this time of year even though my allergies kick in to high gear.  The leaves are falling and it is cooling down somewhat.

The kids were off of school in the beginning of October and we drove down to Florida to visit my family and paint my parents house.  My husband Bill is a work horse and did a lot of it but my oldest boys Bradley and Blakley helped as well.  My nephew William, sister Dawn and her boyfriend Kevin also helped a great deal.  We were also able to fix some other things too.  It was wonderful to be able to do that for them since they do so much for everyone.  Seeing all of my family was great.

My is making everyone warm fleece blankets for everyone and they are so warm and comfy.  We got them as an early present since mailing them would have been a real pain.  I picked out my fabric from Joann's website and love it.  Peaches, corals and turquoise are the colors and I even got a matching pillow.

Last week was slow getting back to stitching.  I had sinus problems but by the end of the week I felt like picking up my needle again.  Here is an updated picture of Happy Camper by Emma Corgdon.  It is in the Summer 2016 Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine.

I also finished this ornament today.  It is called Joyeux Noel by Monsterbubbles and it was in the 2007 JCS ornament issue.  I made some changes to match the fabric.  I used opalescence Lugana and matching beads.  I also made the beaded hanger and the black edging around the ornament sparkles.
It is my favorite Christmas ornament to date.

Lastly, I went to Hobby Lobby today and found some goodies.  It isn't cross stitch but will help with finishing my projects.  I got some Christmas, Fall and Halloween items.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Halloween ornament finish

Good morning,

I hope it is as lovely where you are as it is in Western Kentucky.  I picked up pinecones this morning so my boys can mow the lawn tonight.  Hopefully, the grass will dry out by then since it was damp.

Well, I finished this freebie a few weeks ago and finished it into an ornament this morning.  It was for a monthly challenge and this months theme was fall.  It is called Autumn Witch by the Snowflake Diaries here.  Her blog is lovely.  This is what I started with.  I hand-dyed some evenweave with chili powder.  It is a very pastel shade of rusty/peach.  I have plenty left over to make the Sugar Skull pattern from the 2016 JCS Halloween issue.

Here is how it turned out.  Luckily, it turned out how I envisioned it.  Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out for me and I have to alter or scrap a piece.

I had to wait until my package from 123stitch! to arrive with my favorite needles.  I personally love Piecemakers; it just feels so good in my hand and they are sharp.  I needed some 28's so I could put the beads on.  Here is in it's current state.  It is called Paris from Monsterbubbles from the 2007 JCS ornament issue.  I omitted the some of it so it would match this beautiful fabric I found at Walmart a few months ago.

I love the black, grey and pink combination.  I know you can't tell but it is really sparkly. 

Lastly, here is an update on Happy Camper.  I accomplished a lot, especially the white on the top of the roof.  I was falling asleep but now it will be more fun.

Well, I hope to get my ornament done next week so I can show you.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ornament Finishes

Hi all,

Hope you are having a wonderful week.  I decided to tackle 3 finishes that I have stitched this year and make them into ornaments. 

First, an old freebie by Trail Creek Farms that is no longer available.

Second,  Celtic Rose that was in an old JCS ornament magazine.  I know you can't tell but I used green sparkly thread and is prettier in person.

Lastly, an old freebie.

Well, I am running out of things to finish so I need to hurry finish some things.  I am working on another Christmas ornament and Happy Camper. I also tea dyed some fabric with green tea that is subtle but a nice neutral off white.  I

I hope to have more things to show you next week.
Mary in Kentucky

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Halloween Finish

Good Afternoon,

There are 3 things that I love (besides family) and they are Fall, Halloween and Pillows.  Well 2 out of 3 isn't bad.  I made a promise to myself that I was going to do better about completely finishing my projects.  As long as they don't need framed, they were going to get turned into something wonderful.

Now since I have moved to Kentucky I have a Hobby Lobby and a Michael's within 5 mins from my house it has become easier to keep my promise.  I purchased some purple dye and 28ct Monaco fabric and dyed myself some fabric.  It was messy but a whole lot of fun.

I stitched this cute San Man Originals finish a few months ago and made it into a pillow yesterday.  The back is really cute Halloween polka- dotted fabric.  Oh did I mention I love circles and polka dots?

Thanks so much for looking and have a great day.

Mary in Kentucky

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lovebird Freebie Finished

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone is enjoying their day.  I met my husband at his work and we went out to lunch.  It is such a treat for me because when we lived in North Carolina he worked too far away to meet.

I participated in Honeybee's One Day Challenge on the 123stitch Message board.  The theme for August was furry or feathered so I chose this old freebie from Midsummer Night's Design called Lovebird.  The matching fabric is purple, pink and blue flowers and goes well with the stitching. 

Next month's challenge is fall and I can't wait to find the perfect pattern.

Have a great week,

Monday, August 22, 2016

A small Halloween Finish

Good morning,

I just finished this ornament and it was so much fun.  It looks way better in person and can't wait for fall.

It is called Stitching Witch by The Stitcherhood.  It was in the Oct JCS 2014 issue.

I was going to sew last week but lost my bobbin case when I went to change out my thread color.  I am notorious for losing things, and I don't even try.  I had to order another one from Ebay.  Now I won't be able to do more finishes until next week.

I have been stitching up a storm on Happy Camper and I will show you more on Friday.

TFL and have a great week.