Cross Stitch Kit in a Jar; Brilliant Idea!

cross stitch kit in a jar by Terrie at Eclectic Darlings

Photo by Terrie at EclecticDarlings.com

I came across this adorable idea while browsing some cross stitcher blogs this week. So adorable and fun, such a great gift idea. The example uses the cute Wendy’s Owl freebie from Ship’s Manor, but you could use any little pattern.

Hop over to Terrie’s blog and check it out ==> http://eclecticdarlings.com/mothers-day-gift-tutorial-cross-stitch-kit-in-a-jar/

She created it as a Mother’s Day gift in this example, but the possibilities with this idea are only limited by your imagination. It would make a great secret stitcher swap gift or something to give a friend who wants to try cross stitching for the first time.

The Cirque des Cercles Finish You Simply Must See!

(photos and finished piece belong to Sheila C., she was kind enough to let me share them here)

I’ve probably said it a million times, every time I see a Cirque des Cercles finish it looks stunning and unique from every other time I’ve seen it finished. The design from Ink Circles has this amazing talent for coming to vibrant life in a different way for every stitcher. It honestly makes me say “wow” every time I see it stitched up by someone.

This weekend I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when Sheila’s photos jumped off the page at me announcing her completion of Cirque des Cercles – entirely in beads! It literally took my breath away, and I spent the better part of an hour just staring at her amazingly gorgeous finish….

Cirque de Cercles stitched in BEADS by Sheila C.

Ink Circles popular Cirque de Cercles design stitched in BEADS by Sheila C.

Sheila stitched this on 32 count Belfast linen using size 11 delcia beads. Most of the beads are stitched using a half cross, but if you look closely there you can see the textural difference in the little circles where she added them with a full cross.
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My Favorite Holiday Ornaments

I’ll get our blog hop kicked off with the first post. First, I’ll confess that I don’t do a lot of holiday decorating. My favorite part of decorating is putting up the tree, and the kids do 99% of the work on that. My job on decorating day is to make hot chocolate and make sure nothing gets broken.

Here are some of my favorite holiday ornaments hanging on our tree this year….

Joy to the World (Dragon Dreams design)
favorite ornaments
I just love this little guy :) he’s my favorite stitched ornament.
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WANTED – Cross Stitcher for custom work

Wanted – Cross stitcher for custom work

I’ve received a few inquires for custom work and just wanted to throw it out there to the cross stitching community and ask if any of you do custom work?

What would you charge to stitch a 5×7 design?

Would it be based on stitches … Kind of a dumb question … Should just answer that myself. I would charge based on stitches.

If anyone does this type of work, please let me know so I can refer people your way!

I did a quick search and found a site that does custom work and charges based on “the actual stitch, not to be confused with the stitch count”. Makes sense.

Anyway .. Let me know if you’re interested!

Thanks and have a stitching day! :)

 

The Beatles Silhouettes Cross Stitch Pattern – Saturday Night Etsy Find

So when I’m waiting on files to upload/download, when I’m bored or procrastinating on doing something I should really be doing, or just being random, I often find myself browsing Etsy for new and interesting things, independent designers, and crafty folks having fun. I love Etsy.

This is a fun Beatles cross stitch pattern from Kaplio


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I Cannot Count My Day Complete… How Often Do You Stitch?

I cannot count my day complete 'til thread, needle, and fabric meet.
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A Creative Mess….

A creative mess is better than tidy idleness.

I agree entirely. Not only is it better, it’s practically required that you create some sort of mess to reach the end result of creativity. Sometimes that mess is physical, sometimes that mess is just part of the process in your mind.

What’s the biggest mess you’ve made in your creative work?

Any Day Spent Stitching is a Good Day

Any Day Spent Stitching is a Good Day

Finally the last week of school here! The boys will be done with school by the end of the week and then it’s summer vacation, late nights watching silly movies and sleeping in, video games and days filled with blowing bubbles and digging in the dirt. :)

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