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Monday, 25 September 2017

Santa's Bed

Well hello!

I really had to stretch the theme this month!

No Santa in ABC Christmas by LizzieKate but Santa's hat appears on this sweet little bed so I am going with it.

Here is the whole project.

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Creating Beauty Lady Stitcher- 9th Day of Christmas

                9 LADIES DANCING
                      Design by Margaret Sherry

     Our August contestant is our own Miss Piglet representing 9 Ladies dancing. Isn't she a beauty!  She shows such poise in her tutu and toe shoes. The flowers on her head show her elegant movement so wonderfully!


     Changing charted colors, and using coordinating outline color is starting to come easier.  The first thing that I changed was her skin tones, beautiful Terra Cottas.  Then as I was stitching her first toe shoe the contrast between the White and Baby Blue used was so striking that it just looking odd to me. So I looked through my stash, and I came up with Ultra Light Baby Blue. It looks a bit like shading, with just a hint of blue. 
     Next up were the flowers. There is already a lot of white, and I didn't really think that it needed more. So I traded the white for pink, and the pink for lavender. I also put in French knots to make the blossoms stand out. As I stitched I discovered so many mistakes. Some I frogged, and others I just worked in.
      I outlined the Very Light Cranberry in her skirt with Medium Cranberry, and the Cranberry in the letter with Very Dark Rose. The Ultra Very Light Antique Blue in her leotard is outlined with Dark Baby Blue. The Ultra Very Light Baby Blue, and White in her toe shoes with Very Dark Baby Blue. The French knots used for her eyes are also Very Dark Baby Blue.  Her head, arms, snout, and ears are outlined in Very Dark Terra Cotta.  With French knots of the same color in her snout.
      I chose Garnet for my lettering as it blends well with the overall feel. 

     I hope that you enjoy her as much as I have. I also hope that your stitching days are easy and the frogs stay far away. Unless of course they show up in time to change up a color like mine did for me. 

                X  - Creating Beauty Lady Stitcher

Creating Beauty Lady Stitcher - August 8th Day of Christmas

                        8 MAIDS-A-MILKING

                                      Designed by Margaret Sherry

     Our next pretty lady is Miss 8 Maids-a-milking.  She can sing, dance, and balance a nice glass of milk at the same time!  She is such a pretty heifer.


     A few thread colors were changed, but I think that she stitched up beautifully! 

                                       Up next is 9 Ladies Dancing

        -Creating Beauty Lady Stitcher

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

September 2017

Thank you for your nice comments in August!
My post in September:

I wish you beautiful autumn days and the joy of cross stitch!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

I'm W-A-Y Behind!

And doesn't that sound familiar? My last post was for June, so this will be a short catch up.

July is done

and August just needs the back stitching so I hope to post him soon and hopefully have September done by month end. Wish me luck!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Mary's September Santa

Here is my Santa for September! It is the 2001 Prairie Schooler Santa, stitched on "clay" linen with the suggested DMC. I love that it has the Partridge in the Pear Tree which is one of my favorite themes. I am not finishing this one myself so I am just sharing the finished stitching. Thanks for your nice comments on my previous entries!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Day 8

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Free design - link to the Plum Street Samplers "Grand Finale" blog post is here

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan "Gold Digger" - Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: Jodryi Designs (Wuthering Heights, Sense & Sensibility, The Olde Curiousity Shoppe, Midnight Hour)

Almost on target.... I finished Day 8 last night so thought I best get on here and blog about it now otherwise you won't see it for months!!!

So here you go - 8 Maids a Milking....

Next Sunday I will continue on with Day 9 which is another "big" block of stitching.. 9 Ladies Dancing!

So til next time, happy Christmas Stitching
Hugs x

Saturday, 2 September 2017

August 2017

Girls, thank you for the nice words in the last post! They enjoyed me!

Here is my August post:

I'll finish and at Christmas I can enjoy a new tablecloth :-)
I wish you joy in the new cross stitch!


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

2 Blingy "Biscornuments"

Here are my blingy August ornaments...2 of the Biscornuments from The Victoria Sampler (there are 5 designs). I have admired this pattern a long time and decided since it fit the theme pretty well that I was up for the challenge. They were quick to stitch and slow to assemble. The cording and tassels were fun to make. I will enjoy these very much on our tree this year!

Lili's July and August Ornament: Birds/Animals ~ Blingy Ornaments

Hi everyone!

My July ornament is a lovely dove:

Design: Knotted Tree NeelleArt - Peace (in 2017).
The pattern is from the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Special Christmas Issue 2008.

Fabric/Threads: 40 count linen hand dyed by me / DMC floss.

For August blingy ornament theme I stitch this ornament:

Design: Thistle Threads - Ribbons Ornament
The pattern is from the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Special Christmas Issue 2012.

Fabric/Threads: 40 count Country Mocha linen /DMC floss.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy stitching,

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

August Ornament

Hey stitchers!

For the August Blingy Ornament I stitched "Ornament".  And I like to think the ornaments on the side are those pretty glass ornaments so in real life they would be quite blingy.

It was easy counting this month since below and above were already stitched :)

See you all next month!

Happy Stitching!


Monday, 28 August 2017

Faith's August Ornament

Well this month it looks as though we have a hurried waitress that is trying to get everyone's milk to them while it is fresh!

Day 8
Eight Maids A Milking
Designer - Margaret Sherry
Hope she doesn't spill it all over the customers!

Thanks for looking and for the kind
comments left on my previous posts!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

August: 12 Days

Four Calling Birds
My Birds from 12 Days by Hands On Days is done except for the back stitching. I substituted beads for the cross stitch berries. I'm planning to get some petite beads to use on a few of the other ornaments.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

August - Blingy Ornaments

My blingy ornaments are bright balls with 8 millimeters in diameter.
I will stitch them on the fabric later.

Signs of Winter, Bent Creek

11 count fabric Dohler originally white dyed by me with fabric grey paint

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Serendipitous Jo's August Eight Maids-a-Milking

This block took a little bit longer than previous ones as there are so many colour changes and small areas to stitch.

I'm making great progress on the header too and have finished the Christmas Roses as well as both Angels.

Here's where I was last month:

And here we are now:

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Rita's Aug 2017...8 Maids A-Milking

I'm so glad I'm stitching these from the PS leaflet 12 Days of Christmas!  I'd been meaning to stitch the days individually for ornaments (for years!) and this sal is the perfect opportunity to do it.  Also, the hardest part for me is to choose a design in the theme, so stitching these makes that a breeze.

Happy stitching, all!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

June & July 12 Days update!

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Free design - link to the Plum Street Samplers "Grand Finale" blog post is here

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan "Gold Digger" - Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: Jodryi Designs (Wuthering Heights, Sense & Sensibility, The Olde Curiousity Shoppe, Midnight Hour)

I'm back!  Finally got back on blogger to show you the next block (or 2) of my version of 12 Days of Christmas by Plum Street Samplers.  June and July are both now completed.  I do need to get back to August before the month is out....

Unfortunately the photo above doesn't really show the blocks up that well.  The colours look stunning in real life... I will have to try and get a better picture when I come back to post August!

Til then, happy Christmas stitching
Hugs x

Monday, 31 July 2017

Gwen: July 12 Days

What a wonder. I was able to complete the stitching on 2 ornaments this month. I stitched 'Doves' and 'Hens' from Hands on Design's 12 Days.
12 Days, Hands on Design

12 Days, Hands on Design

Since taking this picture I've done the back stitching on Hens. Just need to add my initials and the year and it's ready for finishing.

FYI: I don't know if there is an errata page on  Cathy's  blog/website. But the symbol for the HENS wings on  the printed chart is wrong. It's charted as DMC 738, based on the photograph it should be WDW Grits.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Progress shots.   I have been working on on two samplers during July.  Why - because I could fit them both plus charts and threads, etc into one zipper bag.   A couple of days ago, I decided enough.  I wanted something different in the rotation.  I pulled a canvas piece out of the priority bag.

This is not a progress shot per se.  This is where I left off last time on I worked on it.
The Water's edge.

Three Things sampler

Decision time.
Which roof line looks better
left or right?
please comment

Mystery sampler by Linens and Things
Sorry for it being so faint.
The real colors are not that faint.

Hopefully now I will get back on track.

What posted yesterday was supposed to be on my blog

How it got here I am not sure.  My ornaments are in various stages of not finished.  They are in my priority bag.  I'll keep you updated.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

I know it's been awhile since I posted.  Life has been busy.   We started July with getting the house interior painted.  Things did not go as scheduled.  There were delays then cancellations and then suddenly back to almost the original schedule.  This is what we loved with while getting things done.

This is only downstairs.  The chaos was worse upstairs.

When we had some yard work done for us earlier in June, there was a mishap with the siding.  After checking with contractors, etc, we found one who could get the job done.  Only there were numerous delays for one reason or another and several rainy days.

The tap is covering up the holes made by a commercial weed eater.  Overall we ended up with replacing 4 panels.  However, our color is no longer made.  But the good news is that they painted the new panels to our color.  After it dried for a day, you couldn't even tell they had to replace panels. Yeah!

Painting also made us realize it was time to clean  up and out.
I have a large wicker basket in the family room where I keep needlework
(as well as in the basement on shevles, etc).
I had to empty the basket in order to move it and then ended up sorting thru everything.

Now to the progress

This is filled with Halloween charts to be stitched.

This is the bag of priorities.

Almost ready to moved to the center and covered in plastic.

The painting got done and the long tasks of putting back is still underway.  
As we put back we are making "give away / donate" piles.
We have also found things that seem to have disappeared.
Meanwhile I am still in search of my "Needleworker's home" chart.  
It is still AWOL.

Last week, the computer went down.  We decided it was the power cord and went on the hunt.
A call to Dell offered no help - none in stock.
Tried one local store only to discover it was out of business.
and finally one store that we stumbled across had the cord.
Better yet, a sales person who knew what he was talking about and full
of helpful hints.  Did you know that the led lights indicating power often
go out long before the power cord dies?  True.
Now I am back an up and operating.

Tomorrow - progress shots.