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Stars and Stripes…

Fireworks brighten the mid summer’s night
Honoring America on the fourth of July
In the hearts of her people, loyalty and pride
For the red, white and blue, the stars and the stripes.

     Red, white and blue…
     Stars and stripes…

     On a background as blue as the sky, this bookmark fits perfectly in any man or woman’s book, a permanent reminder of the patriotism of those who fight in far away lands…

     Stitching time: aprox. 15hrs.

     One of my favorite bookmarks – not only as a Fourth of July item – and one selected by quite a few people as a gift one for a loved one in the service…

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in cross-stitch, handmade, Inspirational

 

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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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Yin & Yang Bookmark

Yin is soft while Yang is hard.
Yin is stillness while Yang is movement.
The moon is Yin while the sun is Yang.
Woman is Yin while Man is Yang.
Mountain is Yin while the river is Yang.
Intuitive is Yin while Logical is Yang.
Winter is Yin while Summer is Yang and so on.

     The ancient Chinese subscribe to a concept called Yin Yang which is a belief that there exist two complementary forces in the universe. One is Yang which represents everything positive or masculine and the other is Yin which is characterized as negative or feminine. One is not better than the other. Instead they are both necessary and a balance of both is highly desirable.

     This thinking is different from the duality of most religion where one state overcomes the other e.g. good over evil. In the concept of Yin Yang, too much of either one is bad. The ideal is a balance of both. The hot Saharan desert for example is an example of extreme Yang while the bitter cold Antarctica is extreme Yin. Neither is desirable.

     Stitching time: approx. 10hrs

     The backing of the bookmark is white sticker paper and it allows you to write a dedication or a few meaningful words. The size is an approximate 2.75in by 6.5in. The bookmark comes in a handmade, slimline white envelope, with a Velcro or ribbon closure. This bookmark was created in a smoke and pet free environment.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2012 in cross-stitch, handmade, Inspirational, Love, Masculine

 

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Beach Read – Cross-stitched bookmark

     One of my mental New Year “resolutions” was to better keep up with my blog, as well as my shops. So, at times, I might post more of the newer things I am creating and posting or simply updates on my boring life’s going ons… Maybe not daily posts, but as often as I possibly can… Of course, history taught me that New Year resolutions seem to be made only for us to break them as soon as their newness loses some of its luster – or maybe not…

     Right now, waiting for my coffee to be ready, I thought I should post another one of my older bookmarks, “Beach Read“. I love the unique surfboard shape and the summer details added by the flower, cool sunglasses, suntan lotion and the tiny flip flops… lol… The colors seem as perfect as the most perfect summerday at the beach… Sigh… I love the ocean: the water lapping on the beach, the smell of salty water, walking on the warm, wet sand, the sounds of the seagulls scavanging for food – I love it all, yet I have not been close to any beach in close to 10 years…

     Enjoy the bookmark and feel free to let me know what you think 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in cross-stitch, handmade, Inspirational, Personal

 

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A Friend Cross-Stitched Bookmark


      One of my favorite things to cross-stitch on 14ct perforated paper are bookmarks. Though lately I have not had that much time to read as I did in the past, I still love cross-stitching bookmarks – for those little bookworms everywhere 🙂

     I particularly love those bookmark patterns with a stitched saying; is as in giving someone a bookmark with a lil’ saying on it is giving a small reminder that you keep thinking about that person – everyday… So here is one of my favorites, “A Friend…”  Bright and colorful, uniquely shaped and stitched with the utmost love and care for detail…

     I hope you like it!

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in cross-stitch, Friendship, handmade, Quotes, Thoughts

 

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