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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Almost finished!

I have 6 of the 7 little projects that I plan to do all finished . I plan to make them into little pillows. Each design is only about 1 5/8 inches. They will either go on my feather tree or on a small wreath. I took my sewing machine to be serviced so I can't finish them till I get it back. I thought I was done with Spring/Easter but then I found that I had purchased the Prairie Schooler "April". I have done several other months so I have a frame and you can just change the stitch project out and no need to buy a frame or any other framing supplies! Yea! I even had a nice piece of linen and so this won't cost any additional money! Another Yea! My dear daughter and I had fun on Thurs. We went to a sewing expo. I'll show you those pictures tomorrow.

There were 2 roosters to choose from.

This flower reminds me of a Pennsylvania Dutch design. I like that look!

Spring needs a little lamb!

This bunny was a challenge. I didn't like the bunny in the pattern I was using. The SBA was an engineer in his working life, so he helped me adapt this design to the small size I needed. I do love this bunny. I put the grass in because it looked empty between the fence and the bunny. My next and final design is also an adaptation! I do like a challenge!
Thanks so much for taking a look. I hope you are all having a great week-end. The weather is super here and we're off for a walk!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Final Spring/Easter Stitch

I planned three projects for my spring/Easter decorating. I have posted the first two and will show them again when they are framed. My final project involves 5 or 6 small stitches. I plan to put them on a wreath or on my little feather tree. I will probably decide when they are finished. Each one takes me 2-3 hours. That is what I call a fast stitch!!!

Here is the pattern I'm using. It is a Prairie Schooler. I'm using some 32ct. antique ivory linen that I have on hand. It's a great way to use a scrap of linen.

This cupboard is in my kitchen and that 's the little wreath I plan to use.

A close up of the wreath.

Or maybe I'll put them on this tree!



I have two stitched.

Sorry for the wrinkles! Thanks so much for taking a look.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Quaker Easter Egg

This represents the second of three Easter/Spring projects. If you have looked at my blog you will know that I do love to decorate for the seasons. I think I''ll start the Spring decorating about the middle of March. I will have these little projects done . I really liked stitching this egg. The colors are the best we can do. I'm thinking of trying to learn more about this camera so I don't use the automatic setting. I'm never happy with the colors. My fabric for this was antique white. That shows you how far off my colors are. I changed all the colors in the egg. I'll describe them at the bottom.


Here is the whole egg. Good Easter eggs need certain things:

Like a baby chick

Butterflies and leaves

a pretty potted plant

And of course, the message of Easter!

The colors I used were: DMC-355 and 356
NPI Atlantic Blue Range #925 and #923
NPI Sunflower gold Range #772
GA-Oatmeal, Summer Meadow,Dried thyme, and Wood Trail
I didn't buy any supplies for this, I used things from my stash.

Thanks for looking. Tomorrow, I'll describe my final project! Have a great week!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Quaker Easter and Birds

I have three projects I want to do for Easter/Spring. I do leave most of my Easter stuff up for the greater part of spring. I think rabbits , eggs, etc. represent the rebirth of spring as well as Easter. I finished the white bunny egg, and now I'm about to finish a Quaker egg. I do love Quaker patterns and could not resist this one. I changed it a lot as far as color is concerned. I'm not a pastel person at least not with my home decorating. So I have to be careful with spring /Easter designs which tend to be more pastel. I will show the finished egg tomorrow. I took these pictures a few days ago.

I am using lighter versions of colors I often use in cross stitch.

I even mixed colors within the design.

Here is the pattern. It uses lots of pale over-dyed thread.

We had a very busy feeder this week-end. I think maybe because it was cold! I do love chickadees!

I was so happy to see this picture when I looked at the ones I took. The birds were moving so fast that I just kept snapping, not sure what I was getting. This is a little rosy breasted nuthatch with his little head in the feeder!

Another woodpecker!
I hope you all have a wonderful week-ahead and thanks for taking a look!