Saturday, June 29, 2013

This week's small finish

Hello everyone,
It's been hazy, hot and humid here this past week. We've been lucky - we had very little damage from the rains and wind. Hopefully the rain will hold off this evening as our town has fireworks tonight.

This week's project is for our dear friend JM who loves bunnies. We are getting together in August and I wanted to have a little gift for her.

Honey Bunny Limited Edition Ornament Pinkeep by Nan Caldera © 2013 Just Nan, Inc.
Fabric 32ct Country Mocha Belfast
DMC Threads
Stitch Count 46 x 27, 2 over 2

 And I finished another little beaded fish.
 This one is from Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beading, Issue Sixty Four © October 2005
Long Nosed Butterfly Fish by Jill Oxton
Square Stitched
Miyuki Delica Beads
Gold Silamide Thread
Stitch Count: 39 x 29

That's it for this week - I have received my supplies for an upcoming exchange so I'll work on that this week.Hopefully I'll also find some time to finish another project that has been in my basket so I'll have something to share again next week.
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A few small finishes

Hello everyone,
This week I wanted to share another small finish that had been sitting in my finishing basket for too long.

French Country Ornaments Reindeer Collection, Reindeer 2 designed by Judy Whitman © 2011 JBW Designs
Fabric: 28 ct R&R French Vanilla
Threads: Crescent Colors
Stitch Count 21 x 23, 2 over 2
Embellished with cherry cola Miyuki Delicas


And... this week's beaded fish

Batwing by Jill Oxton from Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beading, Issue Sixty Four © October 2005

Natural Silamide
Miyuki Delica Beads
Stitch Count 43 x 24 , Square Stitch


Another one of our summer visitors is back - enjoying the mock orange blossoms.

Thanks so much for all your comments. They really brighten my day!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Home Sweet Home exchange

Hello Everyone.
It's been longer than I thought between posts. We've had a lot of rain recently, and our phones lines and  Internet connection has been spotty. It took quite a few days to get our security software updated.

Recently I took part in the Stitched with Love Home Sweet Home Exchange. All of the beautiful projects can be seen in the gallery here.

My partner Kathy (no blog), sent me this beautiful finished Bent Creek Welcome Knocker,


... this  lovely primitive  fob, and this beautiful stitched card.

And she spoiled me with these wonderful extras.

 I love everything!  Thanks so much Kathy!

My package traveled to Austria to my partner Silvia (no blog).
Since the theme was homes, I chose an older Dragon Dreams Chart as it has a log home, pine trees, and mountains that are so common here.

Of Woods & Wilderness © Dragon Dreams Inc. 2004  (stitched only the center design)
Fabric: 28 ct Tumbleweed

Threads: DMC (21 colors)
Stitch Count: 65 x 65, 2 over 2
Finished as a stitcher's wallet

with the extras...

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Summer and under the sea

Hello everyone,
What a difference a week makes! It's hard to believe that last weekend we were seeing frost and snow mixing in with rain and now we are seeing temps that are summer - mid 80's ° F. I haven't gotten much stitching done this week - our living room fan is too close to my stitching area - but it will cool down in a few days and things will be back to normal. Since it feels so much like summer, here is:

Summer Ornament by Pamela Byrd Smith of The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
Just Cross Stitch Magazine June 2007 Issue
Fabric: 32ct Lambswool
DMC Threads
Stitch count 36 x 51, 2 over 2

As the temps climb I find myself spending more time on the ground floor our our home where I have a little area set up to work on some beading projects.  I was looking through my magazines came across a few patterns that I thought would make a nice mobile for my brother when I get them all finished. My brother worked part time in a pet store when we were young. As a result, we had lots of pets - birds, fish, snakes... you name it. We also had several aquariums in our house - salt and fresh water. Here are the first two that I finished. 

Regal Angelfish by Jill Oxton
Jill Oxton Cross Stitch & Beading, Issue 62 © April 2005
Light Gray Silamide
Miyuki Delica Beads
Stitch Count: 54 x 29

Small Gold Seahorse by Jill Oxton
Jill Oxton Cross Stitch & Beading, Issue 65 © January 2006
Natural Silamide
Miyuki Delica Beads
Stitch Count: 26 x 53

 I found a few more fish patterns  in an older (1983) Dover Booklet that I had forgotten about, now I just have to wait for some beads to arrive in the mail so I can get started on these.

Have a wonderful day!