Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I'm Still Here

Remember awhile ago when I was happy to find out that all I had to do was plug my old camera into the lap top I was using and Windows 7 immediately started downloading my photos?  No driver or software or anything else was needed.  Well, it's no longer working -- the downloading part, I mean.  I plug in my camera and a light blinks on the lap top and I hear a whirring sound but nothing pops up to ask me if I want to import the files.  So I can't post any pictures of all 197 things that I've made recently.  Um, make that the one thing I've made recently.  And, I can't post any pictures of my orts jar for the 2012 TUSAL or my progress for the 2012 WIPocalypse.  Grrrr.

At least I can still post links.

Here's one for a free Strawberry Fields cross stitch chart from Sew News [via Daily Craft].  They show the strawberries stitched on a cosmetics case but you could do them on anything.  The other night, my sister gave me a gingham pillowcase (long story) and I was thinking about embroidering something on it, but it might be fun to x-stitch the strawberries on it.  Then again, it's gingham so maybe I'll put some chicken scratch on it since it's been ages since I did that.  Oh yeah, I think I will do some chicken scratch.  (I seriously hadn't thought about doing that until just now.)  I'll save the strawberries for something else because I really like that chart.

I'll play around with the laptop later to see if I can figure out what's wrong but for now I am going to go check my chicken scratch pattern stash and pick something to put on the pillow case.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Feeling Stitchy Wants You

Feeling Stitchy is looking for bloggers to do a weekly post about crafty stuff.

Please check this post for all the details.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cute Winter Embroidery Pattern

Check out the adorable little quilt over at Little Miss Shabby, complete with an embroidered bear and penguin.  You can find the free pattern for the embroidery there too.  I'm drooling over all the fabric she uses.  I really need to start machine sewing!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Free Redwork Patterns

I haven't been to Sentimental Stitches in quite awhile but I'm glad I checked it tonight because it has a new look (to me) and lots of free quilt patterns, plus a whole page with patterns for redwork of flowers, girls, and my favorite one, a cute little kitty (Block 115).  Block 104 is bunnies under an umbrella and Block 114 is a duck, but you'll want to click them all.

I couldn't get my pictures to upload last night so I don't have one of my orts jar to share for the TUSAL.  Hopefully, I can them uploaded soon.  (I NEED A COMPUTER.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Make A Bunny For Easter Or Just For Fun

Tipnut has a list of links to patterns and tutorials for making stuffed bunnies.  It's amazing how many of them I already have printed out but haven't made yet.  Story of my life.   :)

Since I don't have any new bunnies to share, here's a bunny cross stitch I did back in 2009. 

bunny cross stitch

It's called Rabbit with Hyacinth and you can find the free chart at Ellen Maurer-Stroh.

Monday, February 6, 2012

WIPocalypse February Update

Last summer, I stitched up a free chart called Little Blue Bungalow from Blue Ribbon Designs and did not like some of the colors of floss that I used.  The original was done with floss from Weeks Dye Works but I only had a few colors of WDW (that I bought a few years ago for yet another project I never did) so I went with DMC instead.  Picking out floss colors is always a big deal for me and I always second guess myself afterwards.  This time, I wasn't totally happy with some of my choices and didn't feel like doing it over, so Little Blue Bungalow was stuck in one of the tote bags I have with all my other WIPs and UFOs and pretty much forgotten.

Enter the 2012 WIPocalypse.  While looking in that tote bag for things to finish for the WIPocalypse, I discovered Little Blue Bungalow and decided to rip out what I didn't like about it and re-do it.

Here's the before picture:

And here's the after:


I re-did the scrolly orders at the top & bottom, and the line that begins with Y, and the flowers are now pink instead of white.  (If any of the other colors look different than before, it's just my camera.)  I stitched it on 18ct Fiddler's.

Now I have to figure out how to finish it. Which, in my world, is code for "Add some backing fabric, stuff it and there's little ornament #357." (Some day I will do something different and shock you all!)

The Little Blue Bungalow chart is a freebie from Blue Ribbon Designs and can be found on the Weeks Dye Works website.  (Scroll down to the very last link.)

By the way, I've also been working on Ready For the Morning Ride but you still can't see the donkey or the dog so I didn't bother to take a picture this month.

Thanks to Melissa from Measi's Musings for hostiing the 2012 WIPocalypse!