Monday, August 26, 2013

weekend progress

still waiting on my next nativity canvas to drop in my mailbox, so in the meantime i'm having a ball stitching this!

(excuse the wrinkles)

i just adore the little crow in the corner...isn't he cute?

Friday, August 23, 2013


the needlepoint community received wonderful news when Painted Pony announced yesterday that they are now the distributors for Designs by Petei!

i am so excited that Petei's wonderful designs will flourish and take over my Christmas tree for years and years!

talk about a coincidence that i just received a Petei santa in the mail this week to add to my stash!

Scottish Santa via ebay (partially worked, but a French Knot stitch guide/threads is in the mail!)

to show my excitement, here's a glance at my current Petei stash - stitched and unstitched

Celestial Santa

South Pole Santa

Whirling Dervish Santa

Kiss Me Santa

TCU Santa

OU Santa

Huzzah!!!! Petei's back!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

what have i been stitching on?

last week i posted a sneak peek of what i've been working on recently. i wanted to switch gears and get my hands on some cross stitch!


the linen is dark cocoa (it's darker in person i promise, apologies for the bad lighting and shadow). i adore this sweet sampler! the simple message and clean color palette really speak to me. while i love fall, i'm not a huge fan of the orange pumpkin thang.

something about the impending cooler weather always makes me want to curl up with a big piece of linen and a bowl of chili. 

what do you think?

Monday, August 19, 2013

new friends for le stash

i recently came across a few lovies on ebay that i instantly knew had to be mine. first, remember this darling heart by raymond crawford that is currently languishing in my stash?

i spotted 3 more colors from the same collection!

eek! i love these hearts for so many reasons...namely, the red bows and harlequin mackenzie-childs feel to them. 

what a happy little family!

the last two colors in this family are pink and purple. should i go for it?

special thanks to margaret for generously selling me her raymond crawford hearts xoxo

Friday, August 16, 2013

a new start...

can you guess what i started working on?

have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

fabulous finishing!

there's nothing like a box of finished needlepoint to make the week better!

earlier this year i stitched crab salad, and ballooning santa (both by the princess and me) 

take a peek at the stitchy finished goodness!

 a huge thanks to adornment needlepoint for the spectacular job! i love them oh so very much!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

NOW it's a finish!

i am beyond thrilled to have this little piggy completely stitched!

Patti Mann pig

i fretted over how to finish this, frame it? pillow? stand-up?

in the end, i think i'll hang it on a cabinet or a door, maybe with a fun tassel underneath?

my next nativity canvas hasn't arrived yet, so i feel like sinking my teeth into another new project...what should it be?

Monday, August 12, 2013

a piggy (almost) finish!

ok ok, technically it's not a finish since i'm still working the background, but it's serious progress!

Patti Mann pig

instead of beating myself up about all the "coulda, woulda, shoulda" aspects of this piece, i'm just going with the flow and taking deep breaths.

Patti Mann pig

i'm glad i was able to practice more of my ribbon roses, i think they turned out ok!

Patti Mann pig

i went back and forth on background options. but at the end of the day, there is so much going on that i didn't want to distract from that. thoughts on the pink? love it? hate it?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

i'm alive

not a lot of time for stitching this weekend, so i'll leave you with a few pictures of my progress on the pig's body. hoping to finish the last component tonight, but who knows

Patti Mann pig

Patti Mann pig

Patti Mann pig

sorry for the lack of posts this week. hoping that my life can get back to normal soon.

Monday, August 5, 2013

piggy progress!

when we last saw this little piggy, i had only completed the face and ears..

Patti Mann pig

i picked it up this weekend and put in the kalem stitch in two colors on the saddle, followed by alternating tent stitch on the saddle strap (outlined in kreinik)

Patti Mann pig

(body stitch is still a work in progress)

this is why i love stitch guides and stitch suggestions. in looking at the painted canvas (below), i would have never thought to do alternating tent on the saddle strap, but i'm in LOVE with it!

Patti Mann pig

what do you think so far?

Friday, August 2, 2013

a new start!

while i await my next nativity canvas, i decided to pull out an 
old friend that i've been dying to start!

Patti Mann pig

so far i've completed most of the face and this weekend i hope to make serious progress

huge shout out to amy's golden strand for the beautiful threads and stitch suggestions!

what are your weekend plans?