Thursday, June 28, 2018

My Snow Globe Cross-stitch Kit

I love snow-globes and have several of my own that I take out and display during the Christmas holiday season.  So, when I saw the Snow Globe Mill Hill #MH14-1734 cross-stitch kit I wasn't surprised that I was drawn to.  Snow globe, cross-stitch - what's not to love!

The Snow Globe Mill Hill #MH14-1734 pattern uses full cross-stitch and straight stitch highlighting as well as beads of various sizes for emphasis and depth. The Mill Hill patterns usually call for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched like the background or border. In this case they were leaving sections of the light blue perforated paper border untouched.

In embroidering the cross-stitch I decided to once again utilize the rectangular wood frame jig that my darling husband built for me that I could tape the edges of my perforated paper to. The wood frame jig is a rectangular embroidery hoop of sorts, but without bending the perforated  paper. He had made it out of 1/2" x 1" pine wood strips with an adjustable center strip that I used for this 5.25 x 5.25 square design.

I had learned from previous mistakes that I needed to draw diagonal lines to locate the exact center of the perforated paper as in previous perforated paper cross-stitch picture I have done the picture was slightly off center by a few holes which caused a problem with inserting the needles in the holes along one of the edges of my frame. So, I lightly drew a diagonal line across each corner with a pencil to get the center point of the perforated paper.

A lot of the cross-stitch 5.25" by 5.25" pictures I have made were finished in small 6 1/2" by 6 1/2" shadowbox frames with 5" by 5" openings that I had gotten at Michaels when they went on sale one year.  I used up all the shadowbox frames I had gotten previously and have been looking for them ever since and hadn't been able to find that size again.

I did, however, find some 7" x 7" by 1 1/2" shadow  box frames with a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" opening at Michaels last year and bought a few white ones and black ones when they were on sale.  I was hoping to use one of the white ones with this project.

The directions did not include any instruction for finishing the back.  I decided to finish mine with thin adhesive press-board paper.  I used an 8" by 10" Pres-On sheet that I cut 6" by 6"with kitchen scissors to fit my picture.  The shadow box came with a padded velvet sheet glued to the rigid back of the shadow box frame which was about 1/8" thick.  My cross-stitch picture glued to the thin adhesive press-board paper was about 1/8" thick so I knew this would be a good fit.

After adhering my cross-stitch picture to the 6" by 6" thin adhesive press-board paper I inserted it into the back of the frame and then inserted the 6" by 6" rigid back that came with the frame over it. The shadow box frame came with 8 metal clips to hold the rigid back inside the frame which I secured.  The press-board fit perfectly and was the right depth for the shadow box frame.

The pattern called for a blue colored wooden frame and for the border of the perforated paper to be left untouched like the picture shown below:

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

My Best Friend Santa Cross-Stitch Ornament

It definitely isn't any where near the holiday season so I'm sure you're wondering why I'm showing you a Christmas cross-stitch ornament I just finished.  Well, I started this after last Christmas and just finished it the other day.  It's a 3 1/2" by 5" ornament so it only takes a few hours to make but I only had a chance to work on it for a few minutes here or there.  As a result, it took months to finish.

I just love to cross-stitch small ornaments especially when they contain images of dogs.  I also love cross-stitching small ornaments because they don't take a lot of time to complete.So, when I saw the "My Best Friend Santa" cross-stitch ornament from Mill Hill I knew I was going to make it.

The "My Best Friend Santa" ornament kit contained the presorted thread, 14 count perforated paper, needles (stitching and beading), beads and instructions.  The  pattern uses full counted cross-stitch and outline stitching for emphasis and depth.

The pattern came with starting, stitching and back finishing instructions as well as samples of the various stitches required, beading instructions and color code chart (with code #'s, color names, and cross-stitch symbols) and a black and white chart with black and white coded symbols.  For the most part the colors and symbols on the keys and chart were easy to read and follow.  However, the symbols behind the highlighted lines were hard to read at times.  

A JS20-5106 Correction sheet for two of the key symbols that were wrong was included in the kit.  The medium salmon symbol was wrong and the white symbol was wrong in the code chart.

I had no problem cross-stitching the Santa ornament and then cutting the perforated paper close to the sides of the Santa figure. This kit did come with instructions for finishing the back and I opted to finish mine with red felt which I glued to the back with an Avery disappearing color glue stick.  
I trimmed the edges so the felt was aligned with the perforated paper.  

Instead of adding a floss hanger according to the instructions I opted to sew two strands of floss to the top of the ornament, securing the edge of the ornament with an additional stitch and then tying the ends at the top in a large knot. 

Unfortunately I can't tell you how many hours it took me to complete this ornament as I've been working on it little by little over the last few months and didn't keep track of it. 

I was very happy with the way my Mill Hill Counted Cross Stitch, Santa and best friend ornament turned out and hope you like it too.

Friday, June 22, 2018

A Crazy Quilt Bridal Purse For My Granddaughter

Six years ago I took an Artful Gathering class by Pat Winter on making a crazy quilt purse.  It was my first Artful Gathering class and I LOVED it.  That's when I fell in love with crazy quilting.  It was just so much fun and produced such beautiful results.

As with every craft I try, crazy quilting gave me all sorts of ideas for creating other beautiful items that I could make and give as gifts.   I had a great idea involving special occasions and bought a bunch of fine fabrics when they were on sale.  If you want to check out what fabrics I bought my post is here.  Suffice to say - there were a lot of them.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

4th of July, Hairy! - The Dolls Product Lines Series

"4th of July, Hairy!" loves Uncle Sam and just wishes that everyone would stop telling him that he looks like a "Santa!"

Now, don't get "Hairy" wrong. He doesn't think there's anything wrong with looking like "Santa." He just feels that he looks more like "Uncle Sam."

After all - just look at his folksy, country outfit.

"4th of July, Hairy!" is a 16" country Santa doll with a muslin cloth body. His face is embroidered and he has black bead eyes, wired glasses, and pink cheeks. His eyebrows and mustache are made of raw mohair as is his scraggly beard. His have red and blue colored stars all over them.

He has a full head of wool roving hair that is barely controlled underneath his lined and patriotic hat.

He is wearing his favorite fringed shirt which is gathered at the neck and wrists. He is also wearing his favorite fringed and pantaloons with cross suspenders that are tied at his ankles with straps.

So, what do you think? Does "4th of July, Hairy!" look more like "Santa?" Hair and all?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Tissue Paper and Ribbons

I just love coordinating designs, especially when it comes to gift giving.  So, when I had the occasion to utilize some of my custom gift wrap designs from my Linda Walsh Originals page at I jumped at the chance.  The custom gift wrap is part if a bridal collection I set-up at and is for sale here.

I love wrapping my presents with ribbons so I decided to add a coordinating ribbon design for the boxed gift and created one at Zazzle.

I also created a custom gift card utilizing the same design and tucked it under the bow I had fastened to the top of the gift.

My gift included both a large box and something I had made which I wanted to put into a gift bag as it was too delicate to wrap.  So, I created a custom gift bag and custom tissue utilizing the same design at Zazzle as well.

I had a little of the custom ribbon left over after wrapping the box present and added it to the top of the gift bag.  I also had a little of the custom gift wrap left over and created a gift tag which I folded in half for the top of my gift bag as well.

I created the custom gift bag, tissue, ribbon, and gift card at Zazzle as private designs.  I'm contemplating opening them up for sale in their public marketplace but haven't quite decided to do that as of yet.  Do you think I should?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Yankee Doodle Andy! and Give Me Liberty, Annie! - The Dolls Product Lines Series

If you love making folk-art cloth dolls then you're going to love our “Yankee Doodle Andy! and Give Me Liberty, Annie!" primitive Americana raggedies 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.

"Yankee Doodle Andy!" and his sister, "Give Me Liberty, Annie!" are getting ready to celebrate and getting ready for the parade. You see, they and their fellow countrymen just won the revolutionary war and are now free and independent. That's cause for celebration - if anything was. So, they're dressed in their best primitive "patriotic" outfits and are going to the parade.

"Yankee Doodle Andy!" and his sister, "Give Me Liberty, Annie!" are hoping to get front row seats at the parade, but are running a little late. Andy couldn't find his flag and Annie couldn't find her bell. Do you think they'll make it on time?

Yankee Doodle Andy!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

My “Smiling Sam! The USA Man” Country Uncle Sam Doll Decoration - The Dolls Product Lines Series

"Smiling Sam! The USA Man" is a proud American. In fact, he's a direct descendant of George Washington and couldn't be any prouder of his heritage. That's why he's wearing his favorite patriotic outfit. He loves his country and fellow countrymen and will do anything he can to lend support where ever he's needed. Today he's going to the public library for History Day. He's Uncle Sam and will be teaching the kids about patriotism.

"Smiling Sam! The USA Man" is a 29" country Uncle Sam doll from our "Pleasantly Plump Series." He is a squared bottomed self-standing cloth and wood doll. His arms and hands are wired and his cloth head and cloth body are supported by a wood dowel and wood base. His face is outlined embroidered with black back stitches and he has indented black beads for eyes. His cheeks are rosy and blushed and his moustache is made of raw mohair. He has a beautifully trimmed goatee made of wool roving. Sam has has a mass of straight, white wool roving doll hair which is barely controlled under his patriotic top hat. His hat is lined and has a large, wide brim and contrast hat band strip. He is wearing his favorite patriotic outfit. His inner body is supported by a dowel and is covered by his shirt and squared-bottom and striped pants. His white shirt is gathered at the neck edge and wrists. A double layered ribbon cummerbund is tightly fastened around his waist. His jacket has facing along all the edges, cuffs, and fold down lapels. It is top stitched along all the edges and fastened with 4 floss bows. A red, white, and blue bowtie is just under his chin. Sam is carrying an American flag decorated with patriotic stars and patriotic wired ribbon bows. A painted wooden U.S.A. heart is secured to his base with wired ribbon bows.

"Smiling Sam! The USA Man" is anxious to show the kids how proud he is of his country and his heritage. He hopes his enthusiasm will rub off on some of the kids. Let's hear it for "Smiling Sam! The USA Man."

Tuesday, June 05, 2018