Friday, 30 August 2013

Purple Rose Sewing Bag

These purple roses are cross stitched on 32 count cream. The purple is my own conversion, originally they were to be a pink but I thought I would be a little daring. I am going to turn this into a small pouch that I plan on using to keep buttons, pins and other small things in that I would use for sewing or cross stitching.

I am thinking I will turn the process of turning this into a pouch into a tutorial to share with you all. I should do the same for how I finish off my smaller patterns into ornaments (like the donkey from a few days ago) so people can finish off some of their Christmas cross stitching into gifts. Yes I am already thinking of Christmas! Now is a good time to start your projects to give you ample time to finish!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Joan Elliott's Victorian Lady

I had originally started cross stitching Joan Elliott's Victorian Lady the night the digital Cross Stitch Collection magazine came out, but the school course I was taking at the time made me abandon this project for a while. It was pushed to the side and forgotten about for a few months...until now.

Joan Elliott's Victorian Lady
I am in love with all of the colours in this cross stitch pattern. It just fits my style so well so she will look amazing hanging on my wall. Her skin is done 1 over 1 to create more of a layered look, the only portion of the skin done so far is on her arm between her sleeve and glove. I have managed to stitch her arm tonight and plan on working on her a bit more this week. There is three other ladies that go with the Victorian Lady but I think I will only stitch the Edwardian Lady who is all blues and holds the same flowers that are found in this pattern. I just love the way Joan Elliott shades her designs, the folds in the dresses are amazing!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Future HAED Project!

During the 50% off sale Heaven and Earth Designs put on I came across this lovely cross stitch pattern of Myles Pinkney's artwork. I loved the colours and had to have it!

The purple background has already been removed so it is an oval pattern with many partial pages in the 35 pages of the pattern. There are 90 pretty DMC colours in this pattern with many blues and purples. I have bought everything for it already and plan on cross stitching it on the 18 count fabric that I had found in Michaels. I was actually shocked I found it there because it is a HUGE piece...I bought two hehe! Thankfully I had a 25% off my entire purchase so it only made sense...right?

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

HAED Cinderella 4 Pages

Four pages of my Heaven and Earth Design Cinderella are done! The red brick wall has formed and I am now working on her dress. The bright pink bow has already shown up!

Heaven and Earth's Cinderella by Ruth Sanderson
My half year goal on the HAED bulletin board was to have two partials and one full page done for a total of six pages complete on Cinderella and to have one full page of Ruth Sanderson's Golden Wood done. I think I may have bitten off a little more than I can chew considering I wasn't expecting the 50% off sales and found a new pattern I fell in love with. We shall see how the next four months pan out to see if I can reach this goal and maybe sneak in a new start.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Computer Mishaps!

My lack of posting can be blamed on my horrible luck with computers as of late. The past month I have had the joy of buying 3 new computers (2 of which I was able to return for full refund)...I have to tell you though the novelty of a new computer doesn't last too long when you're constantly having to adjust all of the settings to your preference!

During the computer problem crisis though I have managed to finish off a few projects! As some of you may remember I was working on Mermaids of the Deep Blue for a while and ended up stalling on the progress once it came down to beading time, which is odd since I LOVE beading and sparkles. I was able to finish it last week and I am in love with it!

I added a few extra treasures and crystals from my stash. I also changed a few of the bead colors (they needed some "pearls" in their hair!) This is the first Mira I have done for me :)

My mom did the stitching on Nora Corbett's letter P, I came to the rescue and did the back stitching and beading. I made a few alterations on this one too, nothing drastic...just more beads.

This one is Nora Corbett's Letter M without the M and wings and done in a Christmas conversion. I am contemplating stitching something around her since I am going to frame her with fabric. She will sit for a while as I make that decision.

And this Donkey something I would have never stitched for myself lol. This is for a friend of mine who is expecting her first baby and who loves animals (wants a donkey right now) and requested an animal birth sampler from me once she has the baby. We go back a LONG time, pretty much grew up together and it is funny how distance makes the friendship grow stronger and you find out who your true friends really are.

Monday, 12 August 2013

New Patterns!

Sorry I haven't blogged in a few weeks. I was away house and cat sitting (and I think it is safe to say I would love to have a cat in my life after house sitting these two lovely cats!) for an entire month. During those four weeks away from home I managed to design two different patterns.

Peppermint Avenue by Lasting Allure Designs

I submitted this to a couple magazines but unfortunately missed the Christmas deadlines. It is now available through my Etsy site as well as each individual house for those who only want to stitch one. The stitch count is 200w by 80h and would make a lovely fireplace mantel piece or wall hanging for Christmas.

Another pattern I designed:

 This pattern is Halloween Tree. It has a combination of 2 over 2 and 1 over 1 stitching. I realized I didn't have any Halloween patterns and thought I should change that! I have a few more Halloween patterns in mind to design this month as well as a few more Gingerbread ideas!