Sunday, October 12, 2008

My Own Private Idaho

I haven't been blogging much since I've been busy working on this cross stitch.



Lately, I've been doing these quickie designs which take one night to stitch and one night to stuff and turn into an ornament, but this one is a major undertaking. It calls for 17 different shades of green. Well, maybe not that many, but there are a lot of them. The chart is called Puppy in the Garden and it was a freebie from Artecy last month but is no longer available. I've checked and found they change their free charts every couple of weeks so if you see one you like, be sure to save it or print it out.

Over at Green Jello, you can find some cute embroidery designs for Halloween, including a pumpkinhead girl, an owl, and kids in costumes. The pdf is linked in this post.

Look at these cute felt graham crackers! [Link via Chicken Betty, who posted the tutorial.] And, I found instructions for another pincushion. This one is a knitted and felted poppy that you can wear it on your wrist. [Link via Craft Tutorials.]

I finished a couple more ornaments. The first is from a free chart from Nenne Design. I just translated the title again and realized I made a huge mistake. I thought the chart was called Spot in the Garden so I figured filling in some pale green all the way up to the border wouldn't hurt. But Google Translator tells me the title is really Spot for the window (Spot in the window, probably) which means on my ornament, there are drapes above the curtain rod. Good job, Patty!

Spot in the window

There are a few more Spot freebies that I'd like to eventually do. You can find all of Janet's free charts on this page. But you're on your own for the translations. :)

By the way, here's the fabric on the back of Spot. I'm only sharing it because it was once a dress from Target. Yes, I save stuff like that.

Back of Spot


I'm still trying to get caught up with the Christmas Ornament Stitch-A-Long. One of the themes for May was Nativity and when I saw this chart, I decided to use it. Notice the donkeys. It still needs to be stuffed. And, see that blue material under the ornament? That used to be a shirt from Esprit. I used it to back the ornament. (As much as I love re-using my old wardrobe to make new things, I'm still jealous of anyone who can shop at Superbuzzy for new fabric.)

Nativity ornament

Ok, I am going back to my happy little cross stitching world for now. I may be back later in the week.

12 comments:

CC said...

You do beautiful stitching..such lovely work..and I like your backing fabric.

Smilingsal said...

It's okay for you to disappear if you end up with pretties like these. Just please come visit me and comment; I get lonely.

Diane said...

We miss you so! The ornaments are great though. Especially liking the joyeux noel. Well done on the repurposing of clothing! You're so quick with your work too. Hmmm, I do have this wall I'd like upholstered in puppy cross stitch... would 2 days be enough time for you??

Miss 376 said...

What a great way to recycle old clothes, will add poignant memories to the ornaments too. Love the current stitching

Elizabeth said...

Love those donkeys, and the puppy came out great, too! How do you do the cross-out text feature? I don't have that option.

ChickenBetty said...

Nice ccs work.

When I was first married that was my crafting passion. I think I did about 1/2 the Lavender and Lace kits but that lat one I did was a fantasy triptych by Theresa Wentzler and every stitch was 2 different colors, it kinda burnt me out.

I'm glad you like the Happy Grahams :)

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

I've been feeling the cross stitch urge myself, lately. Once I finish with this pesky commission knitting...

I love the little blackwork piece. So cute.

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

Hey, I finally got the Bloglines subscription to work for your blog (I had tried before and it didn't) and so now I can read your posts when you post them and not 10 days later in a big bunch. And so of course now would be the time when you take a blogging break to stitch ...

Kellie said...

I wondered where you've been...hope you are enjoying happy little cross stitching world, Patty! Sounds like a nice place to be.

Yeah, I'd love to gets me some Superbuzzy myself, but I can't afford it either.

lovestitches said...

That last one is especially pretty, in its simplicity. And Superbuzzy? Don't ever shop there. You will never ever be able to contain yourself. I even avoid casual browsing of the website. It's THAT GOOD!

muralimanohar said...

Love that Christmas one...I'm doing an embroidered Christmas ornament, too, and I should have picked something simple like that! LOL

Wendy said...

Hi;

I like your puppie in progress. I love Artecy patterns. I'm working on one too, and soon will start another. You have a lovely site. Lot of pictures to see.

Bye, Wendy