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Two Hearts as One…


Love is a wonderful reason for celebration…

Lately, with my demanding work schedule, I haven’t had enough energy to devote to my favorite hobby, cross-stitching. And – if by chance – I get to finish a card or two, can’t really muster the will to get them photographed so I can post them. Soooo… I took advantage of having this weekend off (as my plant celebrates its 25th anniversary…), and took photos of my work ūüôā

The card was cross-stitched on 14ct white perforated paper, which I have discovered to be much better for my cards. I have used DMC 6 strands Embroidery floss. I guess this card would be easy to customize by a simple color change for the wedding cake, to match those of the wedding party… Hmmm…

The back of the cross-stitching is not showing. The inside of the card is white and had been left blank for a personal message. However, I guess a stamped greeting could be added, something along the lines of “Best Wishes”, “Celebrate” or something similar. The card is 4.25″ by 5.5in, with the cross-stitch area of 2.75in by 4.25in.

Well, I guess I’ll go fix a breakfast of scrambled eggs & toast. Y’all have a wonderful weekend!

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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Cards, cross-stitch, Love, needlecrafts


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Birdhouses – Cross-stitch Wall Art

Birdhouses Wall Art

One of my latest endeavours has been creating a few pieces of cross-stitch wall art. The delightful trio of prim-style birdhouses was cross-stitched on 14ct white Mill Hill perforated paper (my absolute favorite cross-stitch material!), in soft pastel coordinating shades of dusty pink, green, yellow and blue. The thread is DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss. The stitched area is aprox 3in by 7.5in and the completed piece is 5in by 9.5in, which allow you to frame it with a mat in the frame of your choice.

The frame as it appears above, is digitally created, to give you a basic idea on how the piece would look framed. This completed piece is NOT coming with a frame – the frame in the photograph was used only to give you an idea on how this sampler can be displayed on your desk or wall.

Stitching time: aprox. 12hrs.

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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in cross-stitch, framed art, handmade, needlecrafts, wall art


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Golden Quill…

¬†¬†¬†¬† One of my favorite past times is cross-stitching, which I have learned at my grandma’s knee –¬†as the saying goes… It is my “thing” when I am too tired to read or sleep, it is what keeps my hands busy as I watch (or rather listen…) the TV… I love collecting all kinds of lovely cross-stitch patterns from specialty magazines or websites, even if I am aware that I might never get to bring most of them to life… What can I say, I love cross-stitching…

¬†¬†¬†¬† A while back, one of my acquisitions was a set of patterns, one for a tall stack of hardcover books the other one this “Golden Quill” and inkwell. The soft colors, the blending of colors, the exquisite result – it all appealed to me… Now, it took me a good time to finish it – about 15hrs – ¬†but I always felt that a good result comes from careful attention to all details. A few loving words can be written on the back of the bookmark, on the white sticker paper that finishes it. Regular envelopes are either too big or too small, or simply unsightly, so most of my bookmarks have handmade slimline envelopes…

I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit and that you will stop by again…

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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in cross-stitch, handmade, needlecrafts


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Calla Lilies – Day 4

Calla Lilies – Day 4 Progress


¬†¬†¬† Seems that there was no photo taken on day 3, so i just had to skip over it straight into Day 4… It does look more and more like Callas, does it not…? And of course, true to my nature, I have already started the second panel – even before the first one is completed and put away (or posted in my Etsy shop… LOL) I will get to all that less than fun stuff a bit later… Promise…
¬†¬†¬† It was such a lovely, pleasant day this morning… I woke up at the smell of bacon, eggs and fresh brewed coffee… I took a peek at the project I have worked on most of the night, and I am still pleased with the results, even in the light of day… Doing a bit of laundry, then returning to cross-stitching – what more could a girl want, anyway…? And then, my last week at work (before surgery medical leave) is starting. Not sure if we will be working this weekend, but in a sense, I wish we do (cannot say NO to OT when I will be out of work for awhile…
¬†¬†¬† Y’all be good now…

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Work in Progress – Day 2

Work in Progress – Day 2


¬†¬†¬† Here is how my work is shaping up… Aparently, I need to work on my Photoshop skills – after adjusting color and contrast, my photo looks much brighter than the piece I am working on…
¬†¬†¬† We’ve got to work overtime tonight, though there is no scheduled Honda shipment until Tuesday morning… Guess they are trying to get ahead, yet we are scheduled almost every weekend from here till Christmas shutdown… Ugggghhh… I will be on Medical Leave, but my peers will enjoy some nice paychecks. LOL
    Well, got to go Рdinner is ready!
¬†¬†¬† See y’all tomorrow, for another update ūüôā

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Work in Progress – Day 1

Calla Lillies cross-stitch

    Hello, there!

¬†¬†¬† Have I ever mentioned that one of my favorite flower is the Calla lily…? Well, alongside the Magnolia, the Carnation, and the Peony, and the Chrysanthemum…? No, not a Rose fan – but I digress…

¬†¬†¬† In all my cross-stitching years and my cross-stitching books and magazines, I have never seen a Calla lily pattern that it really impressed me enough to start creating something… That held true for years, until a few months ago when I have received the latest edition of¬†a cross-stitch magazine¬†and there it was, a most gorgeous triptych of three flowers, two of them representing Callas! Needless to say, I had to have the kit right away! LOL

¬†¬†¬† Well, a few months later and I finally grabbed my Calla lily kit, and started working on it (I DO go through large stretches of time when I do not cross-stitch at all, until the but hits me – and then that is ALL I do…)

¬†¬†¬† The image you see above is what I ended up after Day 1 of stitching; I hardly cross-stitch for more than a couple of hrs in one sitting, that with my work schedule and getting brain fog, and all… As it is right now, I am not sure what I will do with the triptych after it’s completed: at about 4.5 by 4.5in would it look better mounted in a frame that shows off all three flowers OR create three greeting cards for my FarAway Designs Cards shop…? Guess I’ll figure it out later ūüôā

¬†¬†¬† I’ll post the progress of my project tomorrow; sadly, I am working OT on Friday night – but I will still have some time for working on some paper crafts… I am thinking a few seasonal luminaries should add some whimsy to my PaperMoon’s Designs shop… LOL

¬†¬†¬† Need coffee…


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Keeping busy…



¬†¬† Not a very creative day, yesterday… I had therapy in the morning, but as every other day I’ve went, I leave the place hurting. One of the therapists believes that the muscle in my forearm started pulling away from the bone – ouch! However, considering that my arm has not done any strenuous activity in the last 3 and a half weeks, shouldn’t I get better…? Just asking…

¬†¬† Between the pain, the heat and the general feel of blah, I have¬†finished this “You are my Sunshine” cross-stitch card. I had it in my shop before, but lately I’ve shied away from the bigger cross-stitch cards. I love detailed images in my cards, and detail takes time, lots of it… But it’s done, it’s relisted – and I’m off to grab another cup of coffee and start on something else…

¬†¬† Have a great day, y’all, stay cool and – as yet another huge tornado hit Arkansas last night – out of bad weather’s way.

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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Cards, cross-stitch, Inspirational, needlecrafts


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