Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Been Just a Stitchin'

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, today I thought I would share with you what I've been up to pertaining to cross stitching! If you didn't know, as of now and the past three years, I've been pretty passionate about cross  stitching. I just can't stop! I've been known to finish a piece and instead of fixing up my piece to display, I just lay it down and pick up another one to stitch! I'm so talented like that you know! :)
This is a little wall area before you walk into my laundry room and I got it all patrioticed up! The top picture was an anniversary present from Mr. Precious. It's a Norman Rockwall piece called 'The Four Freedoms'.  When we lived in New York one of our favorite places to go was Stockbridge, Massachusetts and the Norman Rockwall Museum was there. He used so many of the folks from Stockbridge in his paintings.
So needless to say when I found this precious little pattern from Little House Needleworks called 'The Four Freedoms' I knew I had to stitch it! It's perfect, well, except that I got the finished piece just a little bit crooked when I framed it. Oh, well, it's done and it will stay crooked!
Then to finish out my vignette I stitched this piece. I think it's called Patriotic House, I think! On the right hand side it said 'Freedom' or 'America', I forgot, but I didn't want that so I just extended my flowers up the side. I like how it looks. Oh, the mat was white and I didn't like it so I just painted it a soft green with craft paint. I also added the little American flag ribbon on the bottom. So each time I walk into my laundry room I place my most tiny dainty talented hand filled with fingers over my heart! :) You do believe that don't you?
 Oh, I'm so proud of the above piece. I started collecting the patterns over two years ago and when I had acquired them all, I started to stitch them on one big piece. These are called 'Little Sheep Virtures' by Little House Needleworks. Is it not the sweetest little stitched piece you've ever seen? I just adore it and enjoyed stitching it so much. I changed a lot of the colors of floss. The borders were mostly greens and I went with mostly blues. I am going to have this framed, not by me who gets pieces crooked, but by a professional.

This is a tiny little round by With Thy Needle and Thread is called 'Summer Hoopla' which I poked inside this little green wreath. There is a sweet little round for each season. Of course I'm stitching them all.
Oh, I love this one! I guess I love everything I stitch. This is called 'Good Morning' from Prairie Schooler Designs. The words 'Good Morning' were to be stitched under the sun and over the fence but I didn't like the way it looked so I extended my sun rays and added flowers. Did you notice the yard birds?
 Now this is not a companion piece to the Rooster piece but I think they work well together. I had pulled this pattern from a cross stitch magazine years ago and do not remember who the designer was but the name of the pattern is 'Crows and Sunflowers'. In case you're wondering I have magnets glued to the backs of the two above pieces and then they are just slapped down on the little metal hanging pieces. I learned this from Priscilla, who blogs at Priscillas2000, whom in my opinion is The Queen of Cross Stitch and taught how to do this on her blog. Thank you, Priscilla! It's so nice because I can change out my pieces seasonally! And...I do.

Precious little piece from Little House Needleworks. I think is from the Scripture Series - small little pieces with scripture on them. I have more to stitch.

Oh, this is an absolute favorite. Sorry for the quality of some of these snaps as I took them with my phone. Anyway, this is called ' The Old Red Barn'. It's pretty obvious, isn't it? Another Little House Needleworks. I guess this is one of my favorite designers along with Prairie Schooler Designs. I just love the sweetness and fallness of this pattern. The stitched piece is layered over a multi colored fabric that is backed with magnets again and then the magnets are clinging to little pieces of metal that are glued down to the wooded hanging piece. Got that? :)
Here is a monthly piece by Prairie Schooler! I've almost stitched all 12 months. I think I have a couple to go. Aren't these so cute? Roosters!
Then to close because you're probably bored to bits with all of my stitching, but one last one. This pattern is one of three from Waxing Moon Designs and is called 'Autumn House Trio'. There are also trios of houses for Christmas, which I've stitched, Summer Trio, Spring Trio, Halloween Trio, Patriotic Trio. I'm on my second house of Autumn with one more to go and they'll be up on my wall before you know it.



One last snap - my babies while on vacation on Cliff Island in Maine. Carter is reading to Camp as they relax in the shade. Life is good.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Silver Threads and Golden Needles 

 I don't want your lonely mansion
With a tear in every room
All I want's the love you've promised
Beneath the halo moon

But you think I should be happy
With your money and your name
And hide myself in sorrows
While you play your cheatin' game

Silver threads and golden needles
Cannot mend this heart of mine
And I dare not drown my sorrows
In the warm glow of your wine

You can't buy my love with money
For I never was that kind
Silver threads and golden needles
Cannot mend this heart of mine

Silver threads and golden needles
Cannot mend this heart of mine
And I dare not drown my sorrows
In the warm glow of your wine

You can't buy my love with money
For I never was that kind
Silver threads and golden needles
Cannot mend this heart of mine

~ sung by The Springfields