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Easter Stitching

EASTER EGG

On March 4, I finished stitching this sweet little Easter design by Maria Diaz.  It’s from the book, Ultimate Cross Stitch Cards, Voilume 3 (2014).  I thought it was very cute and it stitched up pretty quickly.  I had to use a different shade of gray for my backstitch because one of the cats (probably KittyPuff) decided to play with the designated color; the skein was in a hopeless tangle, LOL.  I’m thinking about making this into a little cushion to hang from a door knob.

In other news, we’ve had about 10″ of snow here in Maryland.  Not as much as our pals up in New England, but still more than enough.  I love cold weather and snow (and sitting in a warm house, stitching), but even I am ready for spring.  The dogs are especially enjoying the deeper snow!  Gizmo is pretty-much buried in the stuff, poor little guy, but he bounces around and plays as best he can.  Bonny loves to race through the snow at top speed but, like Gizmo, she doesn’t want to stay outside too long.  The “new” dog, Mariska would stay out and play in the snow all day long, LOL; she loves to toss her toys around, “lose” them in the snow, and dig frantically to find them.  It’s hilarious to watch!

Whatever the weather in your neck of the woods, I hope you’re finding plenty of time for stitching!

Quick Update

Hi!

I hope all my US peeps had a great Thanksgiving!  We spent the day at my in-laws’ house; it was quite pleasant.  I don’t really remember much from the ride home because I was in a pumpkin pie coma.  Yes, my MIL’s pie is THAT GOOD!

Things have been pretty hectic around here for the past couple months.

I’m still working on getting my Etsy shop, The Timid Kitty, open for business.  I’m also learning to take better photos of my items – I never realized how awful my photography skills were, lol.

This month, I’m working on Christmas gifts (almost no shopping, except for craft supplies), trying to get things ready for Etsy, making time for family & church Christmas activities…and I just remembered that I need to do Christmas cards!  ACK!

I’ve managed to set up my new sewing space in the sun room.  I’ll try to post pix one of these days 🙂 It’s very cozy, but I definitely need a chair with wheels.  Right now, I’m using one of our dining room chairs and it’s just not working well.

Yesterday, I made the first embroidered lace Christmas ornament of the season.  It looks black, in the photo, but it’s actually dark purple.

I plan to spend today Cross-Stitching.  I might embroider another ornament…we’ll see 😀

Happy Stitching!

lace ornament

Big News!

Later this month, I’m opening an Etsy shop!  I also hope to have my very own website up & running by the end of the year!  The shop & website will be called The Timid Kitty, after my very sweet, yet very shy cat, KittyPuff.

In the shop, I plan to sell cross-stitched and embroidered items, handcrafted birdhouses, ornaments, and other things that I find myself creating.  I also plan to sell my son’s handmade pens and wands (for all those Harry Potter fans out there).  Other handmade items will be added, as they come along.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress toward opening shop.  Right now, I have just a few items to list; have to photograph them first and I’m not very good at that (need practice!).

In other news, I just finished stitching my mother-in-law’s Christmas gift.  It’s a cute little Furry Tales design by Lucie Heaton.  As you all know, I absolutely LOVE her designs 🙂  My mom-in-law saw this as I was stitching it (before I decided who the recipient would be) and was taken by how cute it was.  I’m thinking about making it into a little pillow ornament, but we’ll have to wait and see 🙂

Happy Stitching!

(Now I’m going to go put the groceries away!)

The Big Reveal

girl 1 girl 2 girl 3 girl 4

The wait is over!  Here are some pix of my “big project”

I found these country girls in the Spring 2014 issue of Cute Cross Stitch; they were designed by the brilliantly talented Joan Elliott.  They are meant to be stitched as Thank You cards, but I thought they would be lovely in a 4-aperture frame (like window panes).  I began stitching on March 15, 2014, and finished the last girl on September 3, 2014.  Obviously, that works out to more than the estimated 11 hours each, but, as you have probably read in previous posts, I’ve had some issues with my stitching mojo 😉

I’m going to find a safe place to hide these beauties until I can take them to be framed.  I’m quite proud of how they turned out and plan to hang them in a prominent place 😀

I’m trying to decide what to stitch next, but I have so many lovely projects to choose from…it’s nearly impossible to decide!

In the meantime, I’ve stitched a small Christmas ornament (nothing overly special, so I didn’t bother taking a picture).  It will make a nice little gift for someone, I’m sure.

Happy Stitching!