Friday, January 27, 2012

Holidays collide!

Either that or I can't figure out what holiday I want stitch right now. I have finished a Christmas ornament, a Valentine piece and I started a Halloween piece!
First up is the tiny ornament from LHN 2011 series "snow in love" stitched over one on PTP 25 ct Earthen. I seem to be having trouble getting a fabric dark enough to really show the white nicely. I placed the quarter to get a feel for the size.

I finished the February cottage several weeks ago but I couldn't find the right color green felt anywhere. Little did I know there was a website that had EVERY color (thanks to Vonna for the tip) So today I did some finishing using her directions for a flat felt ornament. I did the snowmen ornie first and I like how the cottage felt looks with my 2nd try. There is a technique to get the cuts just right. I think I need to take my time on stitching these cottages up. I got so many good ideas AFTER mine was done from the SAL blog . Like using Rhodes Hearts to do the hearts instead of cross stitches. I already have an idea for March but I haven't gotten the pattern yet!! So I need to see if my idea will work or not.
More photos and angles of this finish can be seen here.

I was going through my material and found a nice piece of PTP Lava so I started Afraid of the Dark by Blue Ribbon Designs. I didn't have any of the recommended floss, so I just pulled threads from my stash and so far I think they look good. My tombstones look blue in this photo, but they are gray.

I have started my craft room remodel. The computer desk got moved, and today I finished removing all the wallpaper.(seen in the first photo and the border around the room) The next step is in my husbands hands, since he does the painting. We are repainting the ceiling then I need to pick out 2 colors. It's going to take more than a gallon so I'm going to do 2 colors. These are before pictures.....I wanted to show what a mess it was.

When I start putting things back in there, I will be stay tuned. I will probably just want enough money to cover the postage. I hope by the next blog update I will be putting things back in place and show some progress photos!!

It's been a weird winter here in MI, the Farmers Almanac said we were to have a record setting snowy winter and so far it's the end of January and I can see all of the grass and Sunday we even had a thunderstorm!!! For some reason the cold is easier to take if you're not dealing with snow all the time.

I finally figured out how to add links to other albums at the top of this blog, check them out!!!
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  1. love the update you have been busy.I am looking forward to seeing your craftroom, will probably be Jealous!! I still haven't figured out the tabs thing yet.

  2. very beautiful stitching..i love your projects so much..
    me so much looking forward to seeing your craft room..
    love and hugs xx

  3. Love your little over one ornament, Nancy!! As far as a good fabric for the snow showing up, try 32 ct. sage jobelan--I love it for winter scenes. Your Feb. cottage looks wonderful on your wooden calendar... And thanks for the link to the felt website--always good to know where to get finishing supplies.

    Your craft room will be worth all your hard work--can't wait to see the photos of your renovation :)

  4. Nancy the felt pieces are very nice. Love the pink one. The organization will be worth it. I finally cleaned up my craftroom the other day. I like the color of the fabric you are doing the halloween piece on.

  5. Nancy, Your finishes look wonderful and wait to see your room makeover.

  6. Love the finishes and the new Halloween piece you are doing.

  7. Nancy, the finishes are so cute. The February cottage turned out beautifully! I love the two Halloween designs! Don't worry about the seasonal things - I stitch out of season all year long, and I see others doing it too.

    I always love to watch your house projects in the works! I really look forward to seeing this one as it goes. It's going to be really interesting.

  8. Love the finishes and you have been busy!

  9. Great ornament finishes, Nancy. I agree with Carol - sage is a great colour for snow scenes. I discovered it recently when I was so unhappy with my choice for BBD's Snow Garden, which I first tried on a colour called Clay, after that on a darker gray, but didn't like both. I will redo it on sage.
    Good luck with your remodelling.

  10. I really like your corner desk and the storage cubbies it has. How do you secure your cross stitch fabric to the foam board?

    I'm loving your finishes! I have the LHN ornament series, but haven't started them yet. I've been considering stitching them over 1 on 25 ct fabric also. Since I don't have my fabric yet, it's good to see yours finished and the actual size. I'll keep the fabric color in mind when I do pick the fabric. I hadn't thought about the snow (white) not showing up.


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