Sunday, November 25, 2018

My Spoonflower Design Challenges Entries


I just love designing custom fabric designs.  Over the past few years I decided to enter some of my fabric designs into the Spoonflower Design Challenges and have entered 30 into their contests so far.  I didn't win any but I definitely had fun designing them.

I hope you like all of my designs.



Monday, November 19, 2018

Almost Time To Put The Fall Decorations Away - Make Way For Xmas!


I always think I never have enough decorations - especially when it comes to the Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving decorating season.  Well, I have to admit, after crafting for fifty years you start to accumulate a LOT of decorations.

Hubby's been telling me for years that I have enough.  I, like any crafter I know, just shirks that off.

Well, I have to admit, he's right.  I do have enough.  So much so that I have to rotate them from year to year.   This year I decided to focus on my cross-stitch pictures.

If you've been following my blog for awhile you know that the Fall, by far, is my favorite season for crafting.  The reasons have to do with scarecrows, pumpkins, witches, ghosts, goblins, Frankensteins, pilgrims, etc. that can all be created for the September through November home decorating season.

What would the Fall season be for crafters without pumpkins and scarecrows?  They're an integral part of everything Fall.  Just as integral  as blowing leaves, hay bales, and crows. Given how versatile they are they're a favorite design for crafters.

I love designing pumpkin and scarecrow dolls, crafts, custom fabric, ornaments, Fall mixed media collages, and so much more. And, I love to cross-stitch.  So, of course, I've bought a lot of cross-stitch kits over the years to create little pictures.

I thought you'd like to see how I rotated my decorations this year.  Here's the rundown:


The "W" pumpkin above is a new decoration added by hubby a couple of years ago.  The two pumpkins on the right are ceramic pumpkins my Mother and I found while shopping one year.  

Friday, November 09, 2018

My "Hanging Around" Mill Hill #MH14-1306 Cross-Stitch Picture



As you know I love to cross-stitch and I love cross-stitching kits with the word "Joy" in them due to the fact it was my beloved mother's name.    So, when I saw the "Hanging Around" kit I knew I would buy it and make it.

The Hanging Around #MH14-1306  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 brown 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.