Sunday, October 27, 2013

While we're celebrating Autumn...

I stitched this kit while I was with the US Peace Corps in the Philippines from 1982-1984. It was a lifesaver (being homesick and far away from my loved ones), as well as a very enjoyable project.

It was originally going with me to a new home in Washington, DC, but Mom fell in love with it and immediately hung it in her apartment. I couldn't say no to her so I just bought a huge red bow and stuck it to the frame for Christmas. That was back in 1985 and she still has it.

I can't remember what company produced the kit though. I've been scouring eBay for the name of this kit's designer, but so far, no luck.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Is this for real?

I wanted a Christmas project…something old fashioned, something that screams "Christmas spirit"…

I found a totally charming kit called "Yuletide Village" by Charles Wysocki.

But, geez, look at the bids! For a kit that is outdated and too 1980's.

If somebody bought the kit, she would have to replace the aida fabric and the floss if they've gone brittle from being cooped up inside the sealed plastic bag over the years.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

At the beach

We're on Ocracoke Island, NC for a week. Yes, I always bring a small cross stitch project along on trips. Here, I'm stitching a Siamese cat ornament while enjoying an incredible view to the sea.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Two past Halloween pieces

Since it's almost Halloween, I wanted to show two projects that I did in the past. I originally planned to sell them on Etsy, but I wasn't brave enough…got too attached to both of them. I'll never make a good seller of finished projects. :-(

Done in 2004. It's been temporarily edged until I decide how to finish it...have it professionally framed or make it into a wall hanging. The Pattern is from the magazine CROSS STITCH AND COUNTRY CRAFTS (October 1993). This pattern uses buttons for bats and pumpkins. However, I'm not a fan of buttons, so I stitched them instead.

Done in 2010. Also temporarily edged. The pattern is from the October page of the Cross Stitch and Needlework 2008 Keepsake Calendar. I chose the blue background rather than the tan one recommended in the calendar page, because it resembles one of those vintage Halloween postcards found for sale on eBay.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Halloween Bookmark

A bookmark for Halloween. The pattern is from the "Quick to Stitch Celebrations" pamphlet by Jeannette Crews Designs, Inc. I added the orange-black checkered border.