31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Stitchy and otherwise! Here's a little freebie available here. Mine is stitched with DMC and Weeks Dye Works Trick or Treat. Bonus spider.

And now for the cutest Halloween decoration idea ever. I take no credit whatsoever for the concept. I saw the idea on the cover of a magazine some time back and decided to wing it from the picture. I have no instructions or patterns for this... just collected the materials I thought would work and assembled it. Pumpkin Kittens!

A close-up of the kittens peeking out of the pumpkin. 

And finally, everyone's favorite kitty... pumpkinized!

No pattern for that one either (as you can tell! Ha!) but at least you can tell who it's supposed to be.

Hope you're ready for trick-or-treaters... Happy Haunting!

30 October 2013

SAL Update: The Return of Spooky Pirate Ship!

Been awhile, huh? I've been plugging away... 30 minutes a day, every day. Hoping to be finished by the end of the year.

Hard work:

29 October 2013

Halloween Ornaments, 2013

Just completed the finishing on Mr. Wonderful's spider last night. Belinda the Bat Girl is from the JCS 2013 Halloween Special Collector's Issue and Jack-A-Rachnid is from the JCS Sept/Oct 2013 issue.

So that's my complete Halloween ornament collection. On to Christmas ornaments!

25 October 2013

Halloween Ornaments, Part 3

From the Just Cross Stitch 2012 Halloween Special Collector's Issue:

Bonus Tiger Lily:

Hoping to get some finishing done this weekend (ha ha ha ha ha... right.) so maybe some more stitchy pics coming.

23 October 2013

Halloween Ornaments, Part 2

From Just Cross Stitch September/October 2010

Bonus pic of my Spooky Stitcher, just because I think she's so adorable:

From JCS Sept/Oct 2011

Part 3 coming soon! 

21 October 2013

Halloween Ornaments, Part 1

In 2008 Just Cross Stitch magazine started devoting their September/October issue to Halloween, including a collection of Halloween ornaments. As I've mentioned before, we love Halloween around here--the kid-friendly, old-fashioned version, that is. With that first issue, we started a Halloween ornament tradition to go along with our Christmas ornament tradition. Every year, Mr. Wonderful and I choose our ornaments and I stitch them. This week I decided to show off our Halloween ornaments.

Our first set of Halloween ornaments from the September/October 2008 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine:

From the Sept/Oct 2009 issue:

More coming later this week...

Happy Halloween Stitching!

18 October 2013

Not enough Tiger Lily

It's been a while since we had a Tiger Lily picture. I took this a few nights ago--this is my view every night at bedtime. She crawls up on my chest and settles down, a few inches from my face. I attempt to read my book by holding it either off to my left or to my right, until she decides to move to the foot of the bed and have her bath before curling up to sleep. Tyrannizing the household and supervising the stitching is a tiring business. 

10 October 2013

Here he is!

Mr. Wonderful's Halloween ornament! This is Jack-A-Rachnid by Tempting Tangles from the Sept/Oct issue of Just Cross Stitch, stitched with DMC on mystery pale orange 36 ct.

All together now... "Ewwwww!"

05 October 2013

A Few Fall Finishes

Well! September wasn't exactly a stellar effort blogging-wise on my part, was it? Hopefully I can make up for it in October. I finished these a few days ago and today was my first opportunity to get them photographed and posted.

This is a freebie from The Stitcherhood. As usual, I wandered off on my own as far as colors are concerned. It's stitched in Caron Wildflowers Bark (love!), and GAST Oatmeal, Onyx, and Gold Leaf, with a few JABCO buttons.

Here's a little JBW pumpkin stitched in CC's Colonial Copper. Can you find where I signed and dated it?

And here's another freebie from one of my favorite designers Brooke Nolan. I stitched this a couple of years ago and it's been asleep in the unfinished finishes box. Unfortunately I have no idea what the fabric is. I found it in the scrap basket at my LNS and all I know is that it's a pink/orange plaid and (I think) is 25 ct. It was perfect for this little tea party scene.

Right now I'm trying to finish up Mr. Wonderful's Halloween ornament--that spider posted below. And then... on to Christmas ornaments!

Happy Stitching!