Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Smalls Everywhere

 Work on all my larger projects seems to have stalled, but I keep going to the pattern stash for Little Things.  And I did the finishing, too!

First up is a freebie from...I think it was Armada Designs, a long time ago?  It is a reference to a character from "Game of Thrones," and it just made me giggle.  I honestly don't think I'd ever hang it on my Christmas tree, but it was just a fun little stitch.

And then, when I was looking through my quilting/finishing fabric stash for something, I found two little houses I stitched a couple years ago - I think they were part of one of the "Year of Smalls" SALs.  And there was a piece of quilting cotton that had a similar design, so I sewed them together.  I found this little shadowbox at a thrift store (I think it had some quote about pets in the middle) and added the pine branch pipe cleaners to fill the space around the stitched piece.  I couldn't make the stitched piece any larger - the brown fabric was cheap, stiff stuff from a magazine kit, and the blue was reeeally soft evenweave that kept fraying.  There was a LOT of glue involved in getting this all together!

I keep thinking that it needs just a little bit "more" - maybe a little bow or 2?  I'll have to think about it for a while.

Friday, October 02, 2020

Easily distracted - but at least I finished it.

 My mother is always hunting through the thrift stores for those old jewelry boxes I like to put needlework in....she found a rather nasty one a few weeks ago.  But I graciously took it, cleaned it, spray painted it black, replaced the hinges, and stitched this little lady.

"Which Witch" (in part) by La-D-Da
stitched on 40-ct. lambswool linen with DMC 310

The inside of the box is also painted black, and I used the same "spooky apothecary label" fabric that I used on the little witch jar wrapper in the post below to make a padded bottom.  Overall, I'm pleased with this one!

Monday, September 14, 2020

School, as it is...

 Today was my daughter's first day of school (5th grade).  Her school is going back in person, and she's wearing a mask and social distancing....  :/  It is all totally necessary and we are staying positive, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous.  I keep telling myself, we're in rural upstate NYS, our positivity rates are low and community transmission seems limited...but still.

But I stuck to tradition and took a vacation day for myself today.  I stitched up a little witch over the weekend ("Salem" by M Designs from an older JCS Halloween issue), and made her into a jar wrapper.  I love the fabric!  The outside is a creepy apothecary print I found at JoAnn Fabric, and the inside is a lime green solid with sparkles.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

All the Little Things

 Every year, I plan to go to Celebration of Needlework in Nashua, NH.  Well, obviously that didn't happen this year...but there was the option to "attend" some of the classes virtually.  Since I wasn't spending money on travel or a hotel room, I decided to splurge a bit and do two of the round robin sessions - where designers bring a small kit and provide stitching/finishing instructions.  You never know which designers will be in which class session, so I took both just so I wouldn't miss anything!  I don't usually like EVERY kit I get, but the anticipation is still fun and I eventually get around to stitching a few of them

One of the kits I got this year was from Sharon Verbos of The Purple Thread - a sweet little pincushion that fits in a teeny metal wheelbarrow.  There was a challenge on the Celebration FB group to see round robin finishes, so I decided I needed to get moving!  And since it was a kit, I had everything I needed...

It just seemed right to use another one of my husband's grandmother's bird beads on this one.  :)  It was designed with three little wooden beads in that spot, but I like my change!  I also attached the pink buttons with the darker pink thread (the chart used the lighter one).  And I filled it with crushed walnut shells to give it some bulk but not a lot of puff.

After finishing that, I was looking through my stash of "things that could eventually be used to feature finished stitching," and came across a teeny teacup and saucer.  I think I found these at a thrift store years ago, and was smitten with the idea of making a teacup pincushion.  Well, since I was also trying to thin my book/pattern collection, I found the perfect pattern in a book I was contemplating passing along, stitched this little rose over-one on 25-ct., and voila!

I used the directions from Nordic Needle's "Save the Stitches" blog, in this post about pincushions.  It was a little fiddly, but not too hard.  (I may have over-stuffed a bit, as the stitched poof kept trying to pop out of the cup.  

I feel so productive.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Don't Lose Your Head

 I finished "Spooky Hill" and turned it into a wall hanging using a $5 wooden plaque from Michael's, $4 worth of wooden leaves from JoAnn Fabrics, and some other bits from my stash (the little pumpkins were from a fall floral sprig - they were just styrofoam, so easily split in half with an Exacto knife).  I love how this one turned out!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Mermaid treasure box

 The very first music/jewelry box I deconstructed and added needlework to was this one - where I used a small Ink Circles design.  I really loved that box, because the glass lid was held in not by cheap little metal clips (like most of the ones I've found since), but by a wood "frame" of sorts.  So when I found another on eBay, selling for .99 since the music box was broken, I snapped it up!  Even with $8 in shipping costs, it wasn't a bad deal.  And then I stitched up this little mermaid design from The Primitive Hare, and voila!

Everything came from my stash - linen left over from one of my half-dolls, DMC floss, an assortment of beads, and cotton fabrics from my finishing supplies.

A friend of mine rents space at a local craft marketplace, and she has hinted that she thinks she could sell some of these for me.  I may not make a huge profit, but I also don't need 7 (8?  I've lost count...) jewelry boxes sitting around my house.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Unfocused Covid Photo Dump

 Working from home for almost 6 months now, and time has lost all meaning.  My daughter is practically feral, and being raised on video games and fruit snacks.  My husband is back in his office, and I have to go in to the library once a week, but it just feels like nothing is getting done.  I know it is, at least in part, situational depression and anxiety, but DAMN.  This is not where I thought I'd be in my 40s, that's for sure.

But I keep keeps me at least a little bit sane.  I start gobs of things, and eventually maybe I'll finish a few.  Here's some pics for proof.

Shepherd's Bush "Devon Hedge."  Some bead substitutions made, as well as a slightly different family of  brown/tans because I thought the ones called for looked just the tiniest bit green on my fabric choice.

This one IS a finish - "Time to Fly" by StitchyFish Designs in this year's Just Cross Stitch Halloween special.  I wanted to finish it in a Tim Holtz alarm clock, but it was just a smidge too big.

My start on the SamSarah "Shining Star" pattern I picked up at the LNS closing sale.  It reminds me of the friend who passed away - she loved Christmas.  So this will be Julia's piece.  <3

By the Bay Needleart's "Spooky Hill."  This has been in my stash forever, and thinking about stitching it always made me smile.  I had all the flosses it called for (and of course I substituted for one, anyway - I used Romy's Creations "Black Tulip" for the rider's body, since I didn't like the orange color used in the pattern!), so I decided to dive in.

And finally, a little find from a new ritual.  There is a giant antique mall less than a mile from our new house, and a few weekends ago when I had to walk into town to drop some mail at the post office, I wandered into the store.  I could spend hours there!  There were some pieces of old needlework, but nothing I felt compelled to "save."  This little...candleholder? vase?.....though - a perfect fancy ort holder!  It makes me smile.  And reminds me that many old things find ways of staying with us, of being rediscovered at the right time by the right people, even as time marches on.  We'll be all right.

Smalls Everywhere

 Work on all my larger projects seems to have stalled, but I keep going to the pattern stash for Little Things.  And I did the finishing, to...