Monday, September 20, 2010

Snowgirls Cross Stitch, Ornament and Embroidery Mystery Novel


I'm getting closer to being ready to release my Christmas design for this year. It is called "Snowgirls" and I sewed the design into a runner today. I used French General fabrics, they have beautiful fabrics and I love the feel, drape and color combinations. I used 3" wide strips in four different coordinating fabrics. I am looking forward to using it this Christmas.

"Snowgirls" uses Weeks Dye Works flosses and a little Kreinik blending filament for Christmas sparkle, some soft white beads from Wichelt and a few French knots that compliment the cross stitches. This will be released to Norden Crafts in October and you will be able to get it from your local needlework shop!


This is a little ornament I made from my new design called "White Flower Bouquet". It is stitched with the lovely soft colors from The Gentle Art. These are fun and quick designs and look nice displayed as an ornament all the time. This design is available as a PDF file in my Etsy store.



I just finished this cozy mystery story. I was excited to read it because it is an embroidery mystery story set in a needlework shop in Oregon called the "Seven Year Stitch" because she likes old movies. Marcy, the main character, works on cross stitch projects throughout the story and I was very glad to see that as the focus craft! It was very creatively written and it kept me intrigued throughout and ended well. It was fun to see Nordic Needle mentioned. Marcy teaches classes and one of the classes is making a cross stitch tote. The author has a new book due in February 2011 so I am looking forward to that one. I really hope Marcy decides to go for Detective Nash rather than Todd Calloway :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

White Flowers, Autumn Bouquet and Grapevine Wreath

My new little design has a bouquet of white flowers with porcelain pink french knot flower sprays. I like adding different stitches with the cross stitch design. It adds interest and texture. It is called, "White Flower Bouquet" and will be in my Etsy store soon.


I bought an Autumn bouquet that has all the lovely colors of the changing season. My garden is tired and the asters haven't bloomed yet so in the interim I will have these.


Our local art group got together and made grapevine wreaths to decorate for the Christmas season. I think I will decorate mine with all natural things. I will use some dried roses, add a few pinecones, some empty milkweed pods and any other interesting things I find in my travels.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lady Scarecrow, Zinnia and Calm

I think this little lady likes her job as a scarecrow in the pumpkin patch. She's got a nice dress on and a flowery hat. Colorful pumpkins surround her and she likes to watch the leaves twirl and flutter around her. She probably even smiles at the crows when the land.



My zinnias are really blooming now that the heat has calmed down about ten degrees. New blooms every day, big clusters of flowers in my planters on the front porch near our bistro table and chairs. That has been my favorite place to sit lately in the evenings.

I haven't read this book but was inspired to go see the movie yesterday; thought it was a great way to travel while sitting in a chair. I really liked the movie and learned a lot from it (especially that I'd love to visit Italy). I really learned that the struggles people face from time to time can be helped with calm instrospection and meditation; even in your own home in a special place, it just takes some inner work and time. I think one of my favorite parts was their special boxes they had (Liz and her friend) filled with special things related to a dream of theirs. I'd like to start doing that. Find a lovely box and fill it with happy things related to a dream. Do you do that or have something like that?


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