Saturday, November 14, 2015

Itty-Bitty Autumn Fence

After finishing my piece for the Autumn Exchange, I had more fence pieces in my craft room and few more small patterns on my I stitched this up and put it together.
This was a Prairie Schooler design that was published in The Gift of Stitching magazine (it may have been released elsewhere after that, but I don't know).  I stitched it as charted on 28-ct. natural evenweave, and mounted it on a piece of wooden "fence."  It is about 2 inches square.  I had a chunk of the fence left over, 2 vertical lengths wide so it wouldn't be usable for another stitched piece - I cut it at an angle and glued it to the back to make this a "stander" instead of a hanging ornament.  Right now it is standing on my kitchen windowsill!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October Small Check-in

I actually have TWO smalls this month!  First up is a piece I stitched for an autumn exchange.
This is "Autumn is Here" by Helga Mendl, from the September 2009 issue of The Gift of Stitching magazine.  I stitched it over-one on some 28-ct. evenweave (it may have been 25-ct., it was the packaged stuff from the hobby store, and it never seems very exact), using DMC floss.  The finishing idea came to me as I was wondering the wood aisle at the craft store - I was looking for a box or frame of some kind, and then I saw the fence pieces.  Why not, I thought?  I think it turned out pretty cute!

And I finished and framed this myself, for DH and I.
The Vikings were a little kit by the Danish Handwork Guild that I picked up at Celebrations.  I changed the colors a little - I gave the man brown eyes like DH, changed the girl's eyes and hair, and as a result of that change I had to swap around her outfit as well (the pattern had her underdress as brown - once I used the brown for her hair, that was just too much brown!).  I added our names and wedding date, and laced it to fit a little 3" x 5" frame that I picked up at the thrift store for 99 cents.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Seizing the Night

Well, after much finagling with my computer, I finally have internet access on this old dinosaur again!  So I can share this little finished finish.
It took a lot of hunting, but I found a plaque that was the right size at Michael's.  I also got the sparkly floral picks with the spider there, and added them for a bit of bling!  I just mounted the stitched piece on a piece of matboard covered with brown felt.  The plaque is about 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".

I've gotten quite a bit of stitching done this month, but not much photographed/ready to show.  One of the things I can't show is my finish for the Autumn Exchange that I'm participating in - and I'm pretty pleased with how that came out!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Ranty Venting, feel free to ignore

So a while back I joined a Facebook group for stitchers to buy/sell/trade stash.  It was fun, I bought a few things, and I was always amazed at how quickly things were sold!
Last night I finally put together a pile of my things to sell.  There were a little more than a dozen patterns, nothing that (I thought) was terribly rare or interesting, so I priced them all relatively cheaply and crossed my fingers.  Well, in less than 5 minutes almost half of it was claimed!  I was excited.
This morning I had a message in my inbox accusing me of copyright violation, for posting a pattern that had no picture.  It was an older Cedar Hill pattern, and it was originally sold as a card with no picture.  When I photographed it, I had blurred the symbols a bit with my photo editor, but not so much that you couldn't tell what the design WAS.  The floss key was on the back, so that wasn't visible either.  I tried to point this out to the girl who complained, but she immediately banned and blocked me from the group.  I had things that people wanted to buy, and no way to contact them.  I was beyond annoyed, especially because I don't think I did anything wrong - in fact, I went out of my way to make sure that I would NOT do the very thing the admins were accusing me of!  Finally one of the admins sent me a list of who wanted to buy what, and while I'm glad for this, it also strikes me as odd....I mean, if you think I am a copyright violator and all-around bad person, why would you give me the means to get money from your other group members?  I mean, I could get their money via PayPal and disappear!  (For the record, NO, I wouldn't do that.)
I know I shouldn't be surprised by the level of stupid in the world, or by the evil joy some people take in abusing their "power" (however meaningless the power of a Facebook group admin may really be, I suppose if it is all you have you can get carried away).  I'm just so hurt to be accused of a COPYRIGHT crime, of all the ridiculous things.  Sigh.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Smalls SAL check-in

In addition to the boxes I stitched up and posted a few weeks ago, I also stitched and finished this Mermaid by Carriage House Samplings.  Stitched on a mystery piece of linen, with some changes made to the colors.  I didn't like the harsh black, so I used a blend of dark gray and a blue-black.  And some others I subbed out of necessity, can't remember now which ones.  Backed with some plain aqua-blue fabric and stuffed with crushed walnut shells.

In her bowl, a nifty blue glass thing I found at an auction for $1!  And I threw in some iridescent marbles from the Dollar Store.

Then I had my little glass mermaid pose in there as well.  More decorations for my mermaid bathroom.....

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Want to stitch all the things!!

I'm feeling stitch-obsessed lately.  After finishing the little boxes, I worked on Family Treasure III for a while...then I took out the Dark Sorceress (remember her?!?)...then I started a small....then I signed up for a fall exchange and dove right into stitching that, too.....

...and I've taken NO pictures.  I'm just totally unfocused!!  It isn't helping that both I and the Small One had a really nasty fever/coughing bug - it has been almost a week and we are FINALLY feeling better.  She's still coughing, and I have lost my voice, but the fevers are gone and I think we have turned a corner.  Ugh!  At least she seems to be enjoying school - although she tells me that they do "baby things" a lot.  I guess that is the price we pay for having a great daycare/preschool for the past 5 years.  She is definitely bored by the "counting to 10/learning letters/identifying colors" stuff!
And there she goes!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Note to self: never again!

I have a new-found respect for those of you who stitch the same design multiple times.  I finished up my four little boxes last week, and can I just say....NEVER doing that again!

Here they are, from the top:

The second shot shows the paper I attached to the inside with Modge Podge and then covered with a clear varnish.
And here are the insides.  The fabrics weren't all exact matches, but they were as close as I could get!  And what doesn't show in the any of the pictures very well is the felt I put on the bottom of each box.  Again, coordinating with the cording/bird/inside fabric.
I think my husband's grandmother would be pleased...the bird beads were from her jewelry stash!  I've recycled them into more than a few projects over the years.  The little boxes are for my stitchy friends, and will be delivered this weekend.