Thursday, October 19, 2017

Christmas Gift Card Holders

I've been working on some Christmas-themed gift card holders lately, trying to beat the craziness of the holiday season. I love having these on hand because they really dress up gift cards in a cute way, and I have the ability to write a little note inside so it's like a Christmas card combo. 

For the people who ask me to make gift card holders for them, I offer the option of sentiment choices for the front. They look cute enough on their own, but it just adds another level of customization.

As it gets closer to the holidays, I'm sure I'll pump out a bunch more of these. I like to have a lot of variety around for when I need a quick gift. For now, here are the few I finished up.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Double Double Toil and Trouble

These little witches were such a fun stitch. I had this very ornate tin hanging ornament in my stash for awhile and I just knew these witches would be perfect! I mounted them to the front (I like to use batting to make my ornaments a little puffier) and then added the coordinating twist cord around the edges. The twine already came with the tin so I didn't have to fuss with how to attach it cleanly. 

Pattern Details:
"Halloween Year 2 - Double Trouble"
Designer: Homespun Elegance

These witchy sisters remind me of the wooden witches I recently bought at a fair. 

I had to have them. In fact, there was a third witch sister that I'm kicking myself for not buying. I just loved the little pails! I still have no idea where I'm putting them, but they're super cute, nonetheless!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Farm

I can't tell you how much I love this pattern. Besides the fact that it's fall-themed (my favorite), it has the most amazing -- and UNIQUE -- color combinations. I have to admit that when I first kitted up this project and saw the colors together, I questioned the choices a little bit and started playing with some substitutions before ultimately deciding to just trust it. I'm glad I did because they really pop against the fabric! 

Speaking of the fabric, I really wanted to get a color very close to what was pictured in the pattern photo. I had none in my stash so I had a fabric-dyeing Saturday to get a bunch of it together. I'm really happy with the results of it. It's kind of like a sage green/grey combination and it looks really good against the white lettering.

I went with a white distressed fancy plaque for the base and used some basic green fabric I had in my stash for the backing. I tried four different twisted cord color combinations -- including two different oranges and two different lavenders -- before settling on basic white. They just didn't seem to jive some reason. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I can't wait to put it up!

Pattern details:

"Pumpkin Spice Farm:
Designer: Hands on Design

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pumpkin Cottage Easel-back

I'm obsessed with these pumpkin cottage designs lately. I always love stitching the cottage pieces from Little House and Country Cottage Needleworks, but the fall-specific cottages are definitely my faves. Sooo cute!

I had finished a similar pumpkin cottage easel-back awhile back and really liked it, but when I saw I changed up the wood pallet to include a more non-traditional fall blue, I really fell in love with it!

The stitched piece was mounted to some brown fabric and then I used DMC #597 to create a twist cord to edge the piece. Then I just added a burlap bow with a cover button. Nice and easy fall finish.

Pattern Details:

"Pumpkin Cottage"
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Free Digi Stamp - Lighthouse

Right click on the image and choose the "Save As" function to download this image. Enjoy!

More freebies: Free Digi Stamps

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Under the Prairie Moon

Hi everyone!

I LOVED stitching this piece -- even if I did make a lot of changes! I originally bought this pattern because I loved the colors in the photo. When I actually went to kit it up, I was slightly disappointed by the DMC colors. It looked in the photo like there was some slate blue coloring in it, but yet none of the colors the pattern called for picked up on the blue I liked so much - so, I improvised by throwing in some 926 and 927 to compliment the caramel brown coloring of the house. 

I also decided not to stitch up the alphabet portion so that I could mount this piece to some complimentary fabric, and then ultimately mount it to a fancy wood pallet I had found. Then I just had to twist some cording that picked up some of the brown and I was good to go. Fun fall finish!

Pattern Details:

"Prairie Sampler"
Designer: Little House Needleworks

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cross-country Adventure Part 2

So now I'm sitting in a hotel in Troy, Illinois as we wind down the last couple of days of our cross-country adventure. It's only two more days until we're back home in CT and although we had a really awesome time, I'm so ready to get home. Two weeks was a very long time to be away and I really miss my dogs! 

Highlights of the second part of the trip:

Drove through New Mexico! I wish we had more time to really see New Mexico because I've always wanted to go there, but unfortunately for this trip, I didn't really see much of it outside of the beautiful landscape. At least I know I'll definitely be back!

Visited Flagstaff. I was shocked at how much Flagstaff reminded me of Vermont. Clean, crisp, (cold) mountain air, pine trees for miles, lots of shopping, cozy lodges --- they were even selling little jugs of maple syrups in their shops! Totally blew my mind that we were actually in Arizona. 

Went neighborhood-hunting in the Phoenix area. We really spent a good portion of the time in Arizona driving around to different parts to see where we may want to settle. The good news is there is shopping EVERYWHERE --- and there seemed to be a Michaels, Joanns or Hobby Lobby every 2 miles. 

Loved the palm trees and mountains -- definitely don't have those in CT.

Went to Chase Field to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks play. They lost, but they made the playoffs and it was an overall great experience. 

Best part of the stadium is the Petsmart Patio where your dogs can actually come to the game with you. Totally buying Bentley and Cooper little jerseys for their first game. (Yes, I'm one of those dog people.)

Went to the University of Phoenix stadium to watch the Cardinals take on the Cowboys. They lost, too, but another great experience. We're actually even considering seasons tickets. 

FINALLY got to visit "The Attic Needleworks" in Mesa. I have been dying to visit this store ever since I knew there was a possibility we'd be moving out west and this shop did NOT disappoint. We don't have many local needlework shops in CT and the one I have actually nearby is very small and has very little inventory in terms of patterns. The Attic was the total opposite. They had charts upon charts, both new and older, and even had charts that have been out of stock online. I bought 8 charts in total including three that have been on my "I absolutely need to have right now" list.

And now it's back off to the east coast! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cross-country Adventure Part 1

I'm sitting in a hotel in Lubbock, Texas -- the last stop before we get to Arizona (our final destination). I've never been this far west so it has been very interesting to say the least. So far we've crossed Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and now Texas. Considering I left my home in Connecticut on Friday morning at 5 am, I'd say we're making good timing. What a ride!

Highlights so far:

Went to Independence Mall in Kansas City where I almost brought home a teeny-weeny Yorkie puppy I fell in love with for my parents who just lost their 17-year old Yorkie. I was able to maintain control and managed to walk out without "Jasper." They do have a very cool carousel in the mall though.

Went to the KC Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles game at Arrowhead. They weren't kidding about it being the loudest stadium in the world. My ears are still ringing.

Went to my first Bob Evans in Indiana where they serve drinks in mason jars... super creative and adorable!

Visited the largest casino in the world. Being from CT, we were a little bitter about losing our #1 spot, but this place was unbelievable. It just goes on and on and on...

Visited a Pocket Full of Stitches in Lubbock. We only really have one needlework shop in CT that is remotely near me and it's not that big. This place was amazing!

Finally got to experience dry heat vs non-dry heat. It was 96 degrees today with a humidity of 20%. I'm not going to say it wasn't hot, but I've had days in CT when it was only 85-90 degrees with a humidity of 50+ and I've been WAAAAAAY more miserable.

Tomorrow, Part 2 of the trip begins. We arrive in Flagstaff tomorrow afternoon, and we're in Phoenix for the next week. Being that our plan is to move there permanently, I'm really hoping I love it! Fingers crossed!

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