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I love anything creative...I am a busy mom of three (+4 dogs, 1 bird, 1 bunny, and 1 sweet husband) who sometimes wishes I had more time/energy/talent to devote to just being creative!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!!! If you are here for the blog hop my letter is "C" (like candy or cats or chills!) Also the next blog you need to visit is Stitches by Carin. I hope everyone has a super spooky Halloween filled with candy and fun! We are off trick or treating tonight with Glenda the good witch, and the Wicked Witch of the East!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween countdown!

EEEKKK Halloween is tomorrow! Are you ready? Costume set, candy in the bowl? I just have to go get candy tomorrow morning and I will be ready! I have most of my Halloween pieces out and on display (I think I still have 10 or so finished ones that I never made into anything this year). This one I have honestly forgotten who the designer was, I stitched it such a while ago.
This is what we spent our evening doing. Carving pumpkins. I am actually a little allergic to the guts of the pumpkin so I have to wear gloves to clean out my pumpkin. Weird allergy I know. Pumpkins and lemons are the only two things that get to me, so I guess I can say I am lucky!
And this is what we spent the last part of the evening, finishing up my oldest daughter's costume. I am excited to show you tomorrow the finished result! I missed blogging yesterday due to a doggy emergency. I volunteer with a local rescue group and they needed a foster home for 5 border collies that had been found at an abandoned home. We went and got them and about 8 puppies out of just a dirt pit. So I spent the day driving dogs to vets and giving lots of dog baths. Unfortunately one of them has an injury to her leg that is so bad the vet said they may have to amputate! We go for x-rays tomorrow, so if everyone could send prayers and good thoughts for a sweet little dog named Mary, I am hoping for some miracle that she can keep her leg and heal!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

Two more days until Halloween, OH MY!
I was feeling brave tonight, so I tried a new finishing technique. I think I like how it turned out too. This one is a Bent Creek holiday snapper. I love the black cats whiskers. I backed it with a thin piece of cardboard and then hot glued it onto a piece of felt with a ribbon in between. Super quick and easy for a small little ornament. I was also feeling brave updating my blog's background, I hope it doesn't slow down how fast my page loads. Sometimes when people have music on their blogs it takes forever for their pages to load on my computer. Though maybe that's just because my computer is older than at least one of my children!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

Another Lizzie Kate, this one was an old one I pulled from my finished basket, I can tell it is older because I rarely stitch on 14ct Aida anymore. I still love L*K though! It sits on my fall pumpkin shelf as it is too small to actually go on the couch (plus the dogs might see it as a chew toy). I love the mini-pumpkins you can get at the grocery store this time of year for so cheap. I always get a bunch of them to scatter around the house. Zoey asked if we could carve one of them and I told her I didn't even know if they had seeds/pulp inside of them. I am exhausted this evening. I spent most of my day visiting blogs and playing around on Pinterest. Then this evening sweet boyfriend and I went on a 10 mile bike ride. I haven't ridden all summer long and my legs were killing me! I signed up recently for the P.F. Changs half marathon they hold here every January and I am so nervous about it. I need to start running more, and winter time is the perfect season here in AZ to be back outdoors. I have ran this race once before two years ago, and it was a lot of fun. But each time I do any group running event I always get so scared I am going to be the very last one to cross the finish line.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween countdown!

I will not buy candy yet...I will not buy candy yet .. i will not buy and eat all the Halloween candy yet before Halloween even gets here!

This one was out of this years JCS Halloween ornament issue.  I made it for a Halloween exchange on HOE. I really liked all the beading on it, but discovered I am way too fussy to stitch spiderwebs. I wanted mine to match the chart exactly and kept restitching it!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

Six more days until Halloween! EEK! This is a Lizzie Kate one obviously. I love the plain black against the purple fabric. Someone asked how many Halloween pieces I actually had. I would guesstimate that I have probably stitched about 20 small ornaments and about 5 larger pieces? I also have probably about 10 Halloween/Fall pieces that others have stitched and I have received via exchanges or found in antique/second hand stores. This weekend I will have to drag out my WIP box (I have a seperate one for Halloween) and take some pics of the ones that may or may not be finished in time for Halloween. I am still stiching Halloween stuff, but I also had a lot of small projects that just needed finishing and doing this little month of blogging has really helped me to get stuff put together and out on display! Someone also asked if I was going to be doing a Christmas countdown. While I love stitching Christmas ornaments too, I sadly only have two stitched ornaments to my name for Christmas because most of my Christmas stitching gets given away as presents. I do always enjoy going to family's houses and seeing my little ornaments on their trees. I also like knowing that my gifts are unique and hand-made and that I put some thought into what types of ornaments they would like.
And this was my mommy-project for the day. Do you see the orange pumpkin on the left side of her shirt? That little pumpkin was once attatched to the front of a chocolate stained mess of a shirt that had been through several of my oldest daughters Halloween adventures and was passed down to my youngest pictured here. She wanted to wear said mess of a shirt out last week and I said NO WAY it's more brown than orange, which ended in tears and "but I love this pumpkin!". Soooo I wound up promising I would use the pumpkin to make a new shirt. Which would have been easy if I hadn't sewn the front of the shirt to the back on my first attempt! This is my finished effort though, little Zoe is happy and the sequined pumpkin lives to see another Halloween.
Another pic of the pumpkin shirt, and of some of our outdoor Halloween decor. I have been meaning to get a photo of the whole front yard, we are the most decorated house on our block! For now though just our watch cats, I tell the girls they guard our front door from any ghosts or goblins.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

This little witch is out of an older cross stitch booklet called "Trick or Treat". I got the booklet for a quarter at our annual book sale held at the fairgrounds each February. It was the best quarter I have ever spent! So far I have stitched six little designs out of it, and they are all super cute. I finished it with simple Jo-Ann's fabric (I liked the purple spiders). I wanted to ask my fellow dog lovers out there an odd question, mainly because my boyfriend (who normally is pretty good at ignoring my eccentricities)made fun of me for it. When your dog gets spooked does it make you spooked ever? I run in the evenings with my German shepherd mix dog, and the other evening she was just spooked. She was running with her tail between her legs and looking every direction at once and then she started jumping up on me which she never does with a look of "i'm scared!". Well I kind of knew what had spooked her(there were fireworks at the high school homecoming the night before), but she kept looking behind us so much that I started looking behind us and eventually got spooked myself and turned around and went home. We had only ran for about 10 minutes so of course boyfriend was surprised to see us home. When he asked why I told him, and he thought it was funny I got spooked by a dog. But honestly I count on her for protection and if she is scared then I don't want to be out there. Well that, and I have been watching too much Walking Dead at home!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

This is a Lizzie Kate design off of the Fall Crazy chart. I forgot to leave spaces for her wand and the stars around her head, so I had to improvise with sequin stars. I stitched this one last year, but didn't get around to finishing it until this year (which is honestly quicker than I get some of my stuff finished)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween countdown!

Only 10 more days! How has Halloween crept up on me so fast! I'm not even done decorating yet. I'm also not ready for all the busy-ness of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

This piece I actually found in an antique shop. It is a quilted wall hanging with all 4 seasons on it. This is just the fall square. It obviously took a lot of work, and the border is nicely quilted too. I love good cross stitch finds, but it does make me a little sad to see someone's hard work for sale. This is done on Aida, and is obviously an older design but I still like it.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween countdown!

This one is another Prairie Schooler out of this years JCS ornament issue. He was quick to stitch, but I wish I had used 3 strands of black instead of 2. Up close it doesn't cover as well as I would like. The spider webs in the corner were my idea. I wanted to tie into the fabric, and couldn't find a black cat fabric I liked. It was hard to match the bluish-grey linen.
The little pumpkin pots next to it in the picture I actually  found at Walmart of all places, so I have my own window-sill pumpkin patch now. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Giveaway winner!

I didn't forget! Karma,  my own random number generator ( and paper shredder if I gave her enough time) picked Jodi S. as my giveaway winner. Congratulations Jodi! I didn't see your email address in your profile page, if you could email me and I will get it out in the mail to you.

Halloween Countdown!

More state fair photos, but this time of actual cross stitch....
This was Maya's entry into the fair. She is nine this year and this was her first cross stitch. I helped her finish it into a pillow, but she actually did all the stitching herself. She won a blue ribbon again this year. Last year she had sewn a Hello Kitty purse out of felt/yarn and got a blue ribbon too.
These are some of the other state fair entries in cross stitch that were my favorites....
Another Mirabilia "Halloween Fairy". I loved seeing this one in person, I had been eyeing the chart already.
This one was not just cross stitching but a lot of black-work embroidery too (is it still called black-work if it is in different colors?)
This one was a crocheted blanket that had cross stitching on each of the squares. It was in youth division, which makes me wonder how old this talented stitcher was.
Not cross stitch, but I loved this miniature trailer. The outside of it was corrugated cardboard. I loved all the tiny details inside of it too.
And just a cute small to finish with. I normally am not a fan of chickens, but this one was too cute.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

BLUE RIBBON FOR ZOEY TOO! YAY! (She made that purple jewerly box in the display case)
And the petting zoo/barns!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween countdown!

This was yesterday's finishing project. I actually completed the cross stitch 2 years ago, it was a really cool chart I purchased off of Etsy. I knew I wanted to do a special mat for it, day of the dead inspired. It took me about 3 hours yesterday to hand cut this. You can't see it in the picture but the paper is a black glittery card stock. Then I glued the thinner velum red paper behind it so you couldn't see the cross stitch fabric. It's hard to read in the picture, but the lettering says "here I lie, as soon shall you." My hand was so cramped from holding the exacto knife for that long  it felt like I had arthritis.
It was really hard to get a good picture where you could see the details, so please ignore my dead lawn behind it. I was just happy to be able to take the picture outside in daylight.  Since it doesn't snow here we have to plant different winter grass to keep the lawn green, and there just hasn't been time yet.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

Whew, I almost forgot to post today. It is hard blogging every day! What's also hard is taking a good picture when most of my blogging and crafting and photography sessions occur after the wee ones go to bed. Especially now that it is getting dark right around dinner time. Not that I mind the change of seasons, I have been loving the cooler weather (by cooler I mean highs only in the 90's here in AZ). And the dogs have been enjoying longer walks at night too. We have started to smell fireplaces going in the evenings too, and it is such a nice cozy smell. Yup, definitely my favorite season!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween countdown!

I was so excited to read everyone's comments on my last post! Thank you all so much for taking time out of your day to read about my little stitching habit. I love having such a great source of inspiration in my fellow stitchers.
This is a Bent Creek piece, I want to say it's called "Autumn Sampler", but don't quote me on that because some little bird nibbled off the top half of my chart. Luckily it was after I finished stitching it. The little pumpkin is done in WDW "Nutmeg" which at first I thought was too brown but I ended up liking it. I also like how variegated the rows between the letters are. Another Goodwill frame also, purchased for 2 dollars with an original price tag of $20 on it still. I can't help it, I love the thrill of a good deal! Besides I could never support my habit if I bought all new frames.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

Hey, it's October 13th...perfect day for a Halloween themed giveaway! I've included some WDW threads, all season appropriate "jack o' lantern"- "autumn leaves" - "trick or treat" and "pumpkin". Plus some buttons and ribbon, a cute little owl, two pumpkin charts, and Just Cross Stitch's 2011 Halloween issue. Why last years issue you say, well my local needlework store had this one as well as this years issue, and I figured everyone could probably still find the 2012 on the shelves. I picked one up for me too! Ooh and also some spooky fat quarters for your Halloween finishes. The only thing not included in the pic would be the little green bird trying to nibble on the buttons (you wouldn't want her she squawks A LOT!). Anyway leave a comment, and I will pick a winner by October 18th, that way you get your goodies before Halloween.
P.S. the top pick is our newest family member Zepplin, he is a schnoodle mix we adopted from the pound in May and he still hasn't gotten his photo added to my sidebar yet, poor puppy.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

Back to the Halloween cute today. This one is "Trick or Treat" out of a Sample the Seasons book I purchased some years ago at Michael's. I stitched this on Aida, before I had ever stitched on anything else. I had stitched for years before I discovered blogging, and had gotten most of my kits and fabric from craft stores instead of actual needlework stores. I would say finding blogging, and all the awesome inspiration and tips/tricks/skill that is out there improved my stitching by leaps and bounds. The second thing that improved my stitching was finding an actual needlework store where I could go and ask questions and see different techniques in person. I still remember asking what the heck evenweave was, and why was it called stitching over one. And they were always nice enough to show me! Was there ever a turning point in your stitching? Where you discovered there were other thread than DMC (not that I don't still love plain old DMC) or fabric other than 14ct white Aida? Or even when you figured out that you didn't have to just buy cross stitch kits? Really for me that turning point was only within the last five years, and I have probably been stitching for close to 20!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween countdown!

19 more days until Halloween,  and I still don't have all my decorations out. I'm gonna be lucky if i'm not rushing around on the 30th still trying to finish my decorating.

I'm not sure if this counts as a Halloween piece (it has a pumpkin!) or just more of a Fall piece. This was one of my crazy january challenge starts this year. The designer is Dianne Arthurs and the name of the design is "Give Thanks". In general I don't like back-stitching, but on her designs it always makes it look so much nicer. This was surprisingly a quick and enjoyable stitch.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween countdown! !

20 more days till halloween! I just got my Halloween exchange piece through hooked on exchanges blog today!  It is "Black Cat" from Blackbird Designs. It was stitched just for me by Hillery of 22 Threads. I loved her finishing too, I haven't been brave enough yet to try a felt backing on any of my smalls.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Halloween countdown!

Only 21 more days till halloween, that's exactly three weeks!! This one is a San Man design, I think called Topsy Turvy. I love the little pumpkin and ghost, they look mischievous to me. We had spooky movie night tonight at our house. Jiffy-pop popcorn which the girls had never made before, and a Goose-Bumps movie. If you have kids too you probably have seen or read the books by R.L. Stine. They are meant for 3rd-6th graders, and are supposed to be a little bit scary for kids that age.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

This cute little banner was actually an Ebay purchase earlier this year. It is stitched on Aida with a simple candy corn fabric for the border. It is a little dated, I have no idea who the designer might be, but I love the cuteness of it. Especially with kids in the house, I tend to go for the cuter side of Halloween vs. the more scary/spooky part of the holiday.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Halloween countdown!

I'm posting from my phone today,  it's Sunday and i'm too lazy today to get my laptop out and running. So I am trying something new and using the blogger app.

This is a Prairie Schooler pumpkin, its maybe 2x2 inches tiny.  I love the outlined leaves on it.

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing fall weekend!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Halloween Countdown!

This is the piece I entered into the AZ state fair this year. It is Mirabilia's "Trick or Treat Fairy". I started this one last Halloween but didn't finish it in time. The pattern is out of a magazine (Just Cross Stitch & Needlework I think), and I couldn't find it anywhere. I wound up writing the magazine to see if I could purchase an old copy of the issue from them, and they said they didn't have any copies of this particular issue but they could do a reprint of the pattern for $3 bucks. Needless to say I was very happy with my purchase. I am always a little worried when I send stuff off to the fair that I may never see it again. They have so many craft entries what if it gets lost in the shuffle, or walks right out of the exhibitor hall during the fair? Last year went fine though, and it is so much fun to go and see my stitching hanging up on display when we go to the fair each fall. Thank you to everyone who left such kind comments about Indigo. I'm sure every dog owner knows how it feels to wish your beloved dog would live forever. 25 more days to Halloween! And I haven't even started putting together our costumes yet. Next week I have some time off and will hopefully get some kind of costumes together. I want us to go as Alice in Wonderland, with my oldest daughter who is the perfect age and blonde being Alice and my youngest as either Cheshire Cat or the white rabbit. I am thinking I may go as the Red Queen if I can find a dress. Do you still dress up for Halloween?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Halloween Countdown

This little bat is a Lizzie Kate I made 4 years ago. No my kids didn't help me make the bat, this was all my own craftiness (though yes it does look like it was put together by a five year old...its part of the *ahem* "charm") It is sparkly felt and pipe cleaners. Each year I take it out and say I am going to re-do it into some kind of a more polished finish, but I never do. And my art-project has kind of grown on me.
On a sadder note, it has been a tough week for me. We had to have our thirteen year old black lab Indigo, put to sleep. He has been with our family since he was a puppy. I adopted him from the county shelter when I lived in Kentucky, and he moved with me in the back of a tiny Dodge Neon all the way to Arizona. I try and remind myself what a great life he had, and that he had a family that loved him and spoiled him his whole life. My nine year old wanted to go with us to the vet, and we were all crying and he was licking the tears from her face at which point sniffling turned to outright sobbing. The vet must have hated his job that day. We buried him in the backyard under a new orange tree and planted a new flower bed over his grave. I think of how many dogs every year are at shelters, and wish all of them could be as loved as our dogs are. Anyways it has just been a sad week on that front. I am glad he is at peace now.