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Oh, let us come and adore Him…

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     Hello, there!

     Those of you who have been following me for a bit know that, until I have discover paper crafts, I was an avid cross-stitcher. Well, I still am – sort of… More of a weekend cross-stitcher nowadays, but I blame it all on the hectic work schedule we’ve been on for months, a period during which I barely had time for proper rest, let alone have the energy to follow my hobbies and create anything… However, things have been leveling off at work (or rather, my line has become better at getting things done… lol) and now I can start cross-stitching again…

     These three are a favorite of mine, but then I DO love all things Christmas, especially those with a vintage or a bit rustic feel. Created on 14ct natural cream Aida, I really love the texture of the fabric with its bits and bobs weaved in it… As it is quite customary for me, these pieces were created in December 2011 and have been waiting on me to find the right frames and finish them off, ready to be listed in my Etsy shop. Well, I have finally found the right frames for this Christmas grouping and last night I took some photos and got this grouping listed here, here and here.

     I hope your weekend will be great; here in East Tennessee is so hot and humid outside, I refuse to step out unless absolutely necessary 😉

 
 

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Two Hearts as One…

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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 🙂

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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Summertime…

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    Hello, everyone!

    It has been awhile since my last post – working 6 or 7 days is draining all my energy (as well as my ability to think long enough to complete an intelligent post…lol) So, I took advantage of having a rare day off work and decided to update my blog…

    The weather here in East Tennessee has been a bit on the weird side: from temps of 72F one day straight to freezing rain and snow. So, just to keep my soul warmed, I started to think Spring and Summer, fresh green leaves and beach sand…

    The above card, “Beach Lighthouse” is one of the newest additions to my Etsy shop, and can be found here. Its summertime companions, “Beach Cabin” and “Beach Tent” can be be also viewed here and here. As most of my work, the cards were created using 14ct perforated paper, only I have used ecru colored paper this time around – it looked so much closed to sand…

    Well, I’m off now to tend to my badly swollen, sprained ankle… Hopefully, I will be able to walk by tomorrow…

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Cards, cross-stitch, handmade, Masculine

 

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Cherry on Top Cupcake card

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 I have neglected this blog far too long; between working 7 days/week and just trying to keep up with my Etsy stores here & here, as long as my newly opened store, there just is not enough time in a day to do everything I want to… So I found myself letting go of some things willingly and neglecting others unwittingly… But here I am, hoping that the pending Christmas shutdown will bring a bit of peace to my work schedule and that I will get back in my posting routine 🙂

     Today’s posting was inspired by the large tray of goodness my friend Darlene showed up at work with last week. Granted, it was not full of cupcakes but of German Chocolate & Coconut bars, but cupcakes are more up my alley… Not the baked kind, but the cross-stitched ones, so here is one delightful little morsel, my version of a “Cherry on Top Cupcake“…

     Hungry yet…?!

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Cards, cross-stitch, handmade

 

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Birdhouses – Cross-stitch Wall Art

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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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Folded Mini Album/Journal

     A while back, on a sleepless weekend night,  I have decided to try to create something a bit different from just a regular card. I have started with a luminary with hand stamped and colored vellum panels, but after getting almost everything cut, colored and ready, I’ve put it aside… That project is still gathering dust today; maybe I will complete it while I am recovering from surgery…

     The second project I have started that night was a folded “Mini Album or Journal“… I had some Stampin’ Up textured cardstock in Always Artichoke and decided to work with that color as a base for the mini album and its coordinating box. Then, the hunt for coordinating pattern papers started… Anyone who took a peek inside my craft room becomes quickly aware of the huge amount of “goodies” packed in that room… I did – ever so briefly – considered getting rid of some of those items, but I could not decide what should go and what should stay… So, I am keeping it all!

     But I’ve digressed…

     After about 90min of looking through all my pattern papers, I have final decided on three patterns that were muted enough for my taste and worked well with each other… So I started with a template that I had to rework and resize; then I had to decide on what pattern papers would work best on the inside pages (where I had envisioned photos and even journaling…)  The cream and light olive seemed perfect, especially layered on the funky rustic plaid! The front of the Mini Album got the muted, rusty stripes…

     As for the box that the Mini Album goes into, creating that simple item seemed to be the biggest challenge: the measurements were off, the folds were less than crisp, the Tacky Tape would find its way on the wrong side of the template… Quite frustrating, until I realized I was completely caffeine deprived! A fresh pot of java perked my brain right up, and the Mini Album/Journal and its box were finished and done before sunrise! And I had to embellish that box a bit, without adding lots of bulk and weight, so I have added a strip of patterned paper that I’ve punched with a Scalloped Doily punch…

     Bit new and different for me, as well as out of my comfort zone – but what would life be without a personal challenge every now and then…?!

     Hope you have enjoyed your stay… Happy weekend!

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in albums, Challenges, handmade, papercrafts

 

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