Saturday, January 12, 2019

Flosstube #1 ~ Stitchy Notes

Howdy Stitchy Peeps!

Today is January 11th 2019 and if I did everything correct...you came over from YouTube and I'm so glad you did!  In today's video I did a whole bunch of rambling..mostly because I'm crazy nervous!  So instead of adding everything down in the description box, I decided to utilize my blog and add all the info here.

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Not sure the order in which I showed everything but:

Winter ABC's by Little House Needleworks..stitched on 32 count Lambswool Evenweave with DMC Threads.  Stitched white letters with DMC 646 and 503.  Letter E is 645.  Swapped 3865 for 3756.

Glitter Village by Country Cottage Needleworks..stitched on 32 count Raw/Silver Belfast Linen with all the called for Classic Colorworks threads(which I completely forgot to mention).

Simply Meant To Be by Heaven and Earth Designs..stitched on 18 count Aida with DMC Threads.

Winter Wind by The Prairie Schooler..stitched on 32 count Platinum Lugana that I tea/coffee dyed with DMC Threads.

Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings..stitched on 40 count Vintage Country Mocha with DMC Threads

Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings..stitched on 40 count Vintage Country Mocha with DMC Threads

Not yet started on... is Santa's Village by Country Cottage Needleworks on 32 count Lambswool Evenweave...will be DMC Threads.

Haul was Mirabilia...Halloween Fairy, Queen of Freedom, The Snow Queen and Forest Goddess...Chatelaine's, The Medieval Herb Garden and Alpine Seasons Garden( I think I called it Autumn..oops!) everything was purchased at 123Stitch.com

The charts I couldn't remember the name of was...The Anniversary by Lila's Studio and Santa's House 2010 Limited Edition by The Prairie Schooler...both are still available at 123Stitch.com

I know I made a couple of mistakes in my video..but I'm learning!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Stitching
Olivia
xx


Sunday, December 23, 2018

Hello Winter ~ December 23, 2018

Hello Stitchy Friends,

I'm back with a fun little finish! 
This one is Hello Winter by Plum Street Samplers!  I stitched it on 36 count Smoky Blue Linen with a combo of DMC, GAST and CC Threads.  I'm totally over the moon about that fabric!  Once it was finished, I mounted it onto a piece sticky board...mounted a piece of black gingham on stitchy board and attached them together.  Then I glued two washers to the back and popped it onto the magnets already attached to the front of my wooden box. Once Christmas is over, I will fill the box up with wintery foliage that I hope will still be available at the Dollar Tree or Michael's.

I'm so pleased with how it turned out!  I love the little sheep with a red cardinal on his back, wouldn't it make a cute ornament?  Well that about wraps it up for this post!  This afternoon my kiddo is helping me decorate a little Dollar Store tree that I've had for a long while.  We are going to attempt to give it some Christmas pizzaz...wish us luck!

Thank for stopping by,
Olivia

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Christmas Home Tour 2018

It's very nearly Christmas and I thought I'd give you a little peek inside my Holiday home!  Now, it's not as fabulous as some that I've seen so far this year...but it's mine and I love it!  
By now you've probably guessed that I love Christmas Trees!  I have quite a few of them now...but there is always room for one or seven more;) The quilt you see hanging in the background is one of my favorites!
The main Christmas Tree is all decorated with ornaments collected over the years!
Santa Tree is decorated! 
A cozy little corner!
My Vintage Christmas Tree tucked away in the corner.  My grandma gave me lots of the ornaments that decorate it and I love each and every one of them!
Still figuring out my 3 tiered tray.  I definitely need to start collecting little items for it next year.
My Prairie Schooler Santa House Wreath!  So happy I stitched him!
Did I mention I have a thing for Christmas Trees?;)

Can't remember what this one was called, but it's by Crabapple Hill Studios!
Still more Christmas Trees!
This is my newest mini quilt and super special to me as it was made by my wonderfully talented friend Reitha! I love his Sugar Skull scarf!!

Well that about wraps it up for my Christmas Home Tour...I think everything comes together to create a cozy little home!  There was one little thing I couldn't get a good picture of because the light from outside was making everything so gloomy inside.  Tomorrow I'll try and take a better picture of it and pop in a blog post about it...mostly because it was a stitchy finish that I'm totally over the moon about!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Merry Christmas!
Olivia

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Monday, December 17, 2018

It's been a wee bit! ~ December 17th, 2018

December has kinda flown by in a sparkly tinsel whirlwind!  We are about a week out from Christmas and I've still got a bit of sewing left to do.  A few of my stitchy plans had to be scrapped due to time.  I'm a little bummed that I had to give them the axe but, there just isn't enough hours in the day to get everything done that I wanted to.  However I do have a new Christmas finish to show you!
I finished Sampler Claus by Lizzie Kate!  It turned out so cute!  I stitched him on 32 count Cashel Linen with a mixture of GAST, CC and DMC Threads.  Finishing inspiration goes to Priscilla of https://priscillas2000.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-mice-jumped-in-flour-siifter.html  I was having a hard time decided on finishing for my Sampler and when I saw Priscilla's mice finish, I knew that was how I was going to finish Santa!  I used an old Dollar Store Christmas canister that I've had since Allison was a baby and using things around the house...I finished Santa!  I absolutely love how it turned out and now it's happly displayed next to my new pencil Christmas Tree(my one splurge this Christmas season).  I plan on doing a Christmas Home Tour tomorrow, so look for that post very soon!

I also have another finish to share with you, but that will come later this week.  The lighting is terrible where it's at, otherwise it would have been in this blog post.  I hope you all have had a very productive few weeks and I'll see you in a day or two!

Happy Stitching
Olivia
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Friday, November 30, 2018

Lantern Lane! ~ November 30, 2018

Hello Stitchy Friends!

I can't believe today is the last day of November!  Where has the time gone?  Here in my neck of the woods it's a stormy, rainy day...perfect for some stitching!  Which I did!  My quilt machine has come home from the spa and I just couldn't wait to quilt up a little something Christmas!  It was a long overdue cleaning!  I threw on a quilt of mine that had been waiting for THREE years to be quilted!  Now I just have to figure out which Christmas fabric to bind it with!

I also had another sitchy finish!


Last Autumn there was a stitch-a-long on Instagram for Lantern Lane by Little House Needleworks...I ended up finishing everything on New Years Eve, except part of the ivy border...I ran out of the green variegated floss I was using from DMC.  Then, as it is for most projects, it got shuffled to the side...I even picked up the green floss a few weeks later, and still didn't finish it!  So, after finishing Santa's House I was going through my kitted projects and found Lantern Lane.  Get this...it took me all of an hour to finish stitching the upper border!  I could have had this finished in January!  Oh well...it's finished now and it looks awesome hanging on my wall!  I found my frame at Michaels and attached some gingham ribbon from my stash, to the bottom.  I think it's stitched on 28 count Evenweave that I tea/coffee dyed with DMC Threads.  

Well that about wraps it up from my little corner of the globe.  I hope you have a great stitchy weekend, making all the things!

Happy Stitching,
Olivia 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Prairie Schooler Christmas ~ November 27th, 2018

Good Morning Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and lots of good eats!  Our Thanksgiving was a good one, my grandma came over and we had a wonderful time!  When Black Friday dawned, I was home and putting up my Christmas decorations.  I'm almost finished with the decorating, I just have two areas that I need to finish a table runner for.  All-in-all I think it came together nicely and creates a cozy place. 

Over the weekend I finished a little something!  I started working on Santa's House by Prairie Schooler right after I finished Cinnamon Stars and on Saturday evening, I finished it!!
While stitching Santa's House I kept seeing it mounted in a Christmas wreath.  So on Sunday I trekked into Michaels and picked up the supplies I would need.  In the week leading up to my finish I haunted Pinterest for ideas and it kept pointing me to Priscilla's blog, Priscillas2000.blogspot.com, where I saw so many wonderful wreaths that she's made using her finished cross stitch pieces!  With so many ideas swirling in my head, I tackled the task at hand and created my first cross stitched mounted wreath!  I don't think it will be my last!!....I'm so pleased with how it turned out!! 

I stitched Santa's House on 32 count Whisper Lugana, with all the called for CC threads.   You can find both the chart for Santa's House by Prairie Schooler and Whisper Lugana at 123Stitch.com. 

That about wraps it up for me!  Hope you have a great stitchy week!

Merry Christmas,
Olivia
xx

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Cinnamon Stars! ~ November 21st, 2018

I just love when I have a stitchy finish!  This past week I put the last stitches into Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Samplers and I am completely smitten with it!  I only wish Thanksgiving wasn't tomorrow so I could enjoy it a little longer, before putting it away for next year.  I stitched Cinnamon Stars on 32 count Vintage Country Mocha with a combination of GAST, CC and DMC Threads.
Since my last blog post went up, I've been working on adding some new project bags and grime guards to the shop.  The project bags are a brand new addition that I hope will sell well.  I'm always a little nervous about adding new items because I don't know how well they will sell...so for now I'm planning on making ten and seeing how they do. 

My plans for the rest of the week is, to eat lots of turkey and decorate for Christmas on Friday!  I thought about decorating early this year, but just couldn't do it...Thanksgiving needs to have it's special day surrounded by all things Autumn.  So Friday...Christmas boxes will be hauled in and decorating for the Yuletide Season will begin!

That about wraps it you for me!  Until next time...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you Bountiful Blessings on Thanksgiving and Always,
Olivia



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2018 Autumn Home Tour

I thought it might be kind of fun to do a Autumn Home Tour since so many popped in to see my Halloween one! 
 I've had so much fun thinking of ways to decorate my side table...it's probably my favorite piece of furniture!  The light was glaring off of my newest find...a turkey platter!  I found it at the Goodwill for a $1.74!
A little freebie cross stitch I did a few years back...I mounted it into a wooden hoop from Michaels.  It was designed by Plaid Crafts and is called Give Thanks.
The cute little Thanksgiving Pilgrims and Indians came from a garage sale for .75 cents!  Bok Bok was a freebie from Plum Street Samplers and its clipped to a pumpkin frame I bought from Kohls a few years ago for a buck!
You can definitely tell the light is changing as the Autumn season goes on...this pictures were taken in the early afternoon and they still seem so dark.
Another freebie! I love to collect turkeys for Thanksgiving and this little guy was one of my favorites to stitch!  I found this online a few years back, but can't find it to share the link...I'll keep looking and if I find it, I'll make sure to add the link.
That about wraps it up!  I know it was a little on the small side and not as grand as some I've seen...but I like my little Autumn collection and can't wait to continue to add more as time goes on. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

Happy Autumn Friends,
Olivia

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Over Here In The Land Of Autumn...November 10, 2018

I know it's been a few weeks since my last blog post...
I would like to say that I've been very productive, but it's mostly been slow progress on all my projects and working on items for my Etsy Shop.  Right after Halloween I ended up with a bad case of Allergies that slowed all my progress and I lost a few days, which put me a little behind on client quilts.  But next week I hope to catch up and finish the last 2 that came in towards the end of October.  Then I plan on quickly quilting three Christmas quilts of my own that have been waiting patiently for well over a year. 
Last week Allison and I painted a little Ohio Star Barn Quilt Block!  I'd been seeing them pop up now and then on Pinterest and Instagram and thought it might be kinda fun to see if we could create one ourselves.  I'm so in love with vintage Christmas decorations, so we chose a light pink and dark teal to make our Ohio Star out of.  I think it turned out pretty good!  It was a great little project to pass the afternoon working on.
I've also been making progress on Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Samplers.  I think in my last post I had about half the house finished.  It's been a lot of fun to work on and I'm excited to hopefully have it finished in time for Thanksgiving.  I'm using a combination of DMC Threads, Classic Colorworks and Gentle Art Sampler Threads.  One small change I made was to a few of my pumpkins...The bottom row had several pumpkins that were charted in a color that matched my background fabric, so I changed them to GAST Fragrant Cloves.  I also changed the fence color to CC Bamboo.  I hope tonight to finish the sunflowers and begin working my way around the stars which surround the house.  I'm stitching Cinnamon Stars on 32 count Vintage Country Mocha Lugana.

I thought I had a little more to share, but that's about it!  Next week I'll pop back in and do an Autumn Home Tour.  It's not as grand as my Halloween Home Tour...but I have a few fun corners of Autumn goodness! 

Until next time!
Olivia

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Some Progress and a Finish! ~ October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween Stitchy Peeps! 

I can't believe how quickly October flew by!!  Here in the PNW we have been enjoying Autumn weather and today the valley is blanketed in a thick fog layer...but I don't mind a bit!  I wish Fall would last a little longer than it does. The landscape looks so pretty with all the trees changing colors and I'm not looking forward to months of bare trees, with gloomy skies.

Here in my little corner of the world, I've been busy working on various projects and I had a little stitchy finish! 
This one was a little freebie by Lizzie Kate called Moon Over Blackbird...It was such a fun little stitch and very refreshing to finish something quickly!  If you've been following my blog for a bit, you'll have seen me working on Oct 31st and my struggles to finish it before Halloween.  I worked on this for about three nights all told, but you could easily finish it in a day if you wanted to....it's a very relaxing and fun little stitch.  I stitched my piece on 32 count Raw Natural Linen with all DMC threads.  With the chart you have two options of finishing the bottom with acorns or flowers and I decided to stitch the line of acorns across the bottom.  I used sticky board to mount my finished piece to and used a piece of coordinating homespun to back it with.  It fits perfectly in my clipboard stand, which you can still purchase at Michaels.  So cute!  Love how it turned out!!

If you would like to stitch Moon Over Blackbird, you can find the link here to Lizzie Kate's blog and the chart.

So where there's a finish....
There's a new start!  This one is Plum Street Samplers, Cinnamon Stars!  The perfect fall stitching project!!  I'm so hoping to have this done in November and definitely before Thanksgiving. I'm stitching it on my favorite 32 count Vintage Country Mocha with a mixture of Gentle Art Sampler Threads and DMC. 

This past week I also made two more Monster Trick Or Treat Bags for my two adorable nephews...

I asked Elijah what color he wanted his monster and he told me his favorite color is red!  I named this one Bob!

The yellow monster is Liam's and is nearly as tall as he is!  But I figure he can grow into him....I named Liam's monster Harold!
Both boys loved their monsters! 
I've continued to make more progress on my Autumn Love quilt.  I just have the squirrels, acorns and pumpkins to stitch down.  I haven't started this week's block yet or worked on the pieced blocks, but I will begin making those after I finish working on a clients quilt.  My goal is to have the top finished before December.  I don't know that I'll meet that goal...but I'm going to try my best!

Well I guess that's a wrap for my stitching....

I wish you a very Happy Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by!
Olivia


Sunday, October 21, 2018

A Very Late Stitchy Update ~ October 21, 2018

Hello Peeps!

It's been a few weeks since my last update and since then, I've been doing lots of Stitchy Things...if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I finally finished my Oct 31 stitch by With Thy Needle and Thread!
I made one slight change though...I decided to leave off the bottom portion which was full coverage grass and the wording 'Oct 31st'.  There were a couple of reasons why, the first was because I was becoming increasingly burnt out on this project and didn't want it to become a forever WIP...the second reason was that I discovered if I left off the grass, she would fit in an 8x10 frame.  I used a variety of floss on this project ranging from Gentle Arts, Classic Colorworks and DMC.  The stitched piece is actually two rows bigger than it should have been...all-in-all it was a hot mess project with lots of it Frogged and restitched.  I stitched her on 32ct Vintage Country Mocha Linen that I picked up from 123Stitch.com.  I am very happy to have it finished!  Happier still that it didn't become a forever WIP!

I've also been working away on my Autumn Love blocks...I'm still behind a week, but I'll get there..
I have 3 1/2 blocks to hand stitch, but all except the house block are either finished or needing hand stitching...
Last Saturday was my quilting groups annual Quilty Halloween Party!  It was a lot of fun!  My nephews even joined us for the party! Our challenge this year was to create a Trick-Or-Treat bag...it could be any type of bag, so long as it was a bag of some sort.

I decided for my bag to make my sweet niece a Trick-Or-Treat bag and this is what I came up with..
I named her Madge!  Didn't she turn out adorable!  I still need to get this sent down to Vegas and plan to have it in the mail on Monday!  The pattern was a freebie tutorial by A Crafty Fox called Trick or Treat Bag Pattern.  I added a little gingham bow to Madge for a cute finish! 

I also finished a couple of Christmas Table Runners for the shop!

Two Wintery/Christmas Tree runners...



and a narrow Christmassy runner with golds and reds!

I hope they will find new homes this Christmas and brighten up someone's table!

Well that about wraps it up for me...I hope it won't be two weeks before I have an update!  My stitchy plans are to continue working on Autumn Love and my cross stitch plans are to transition to Thanksgiving! 

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Happy Stitching!
Olivia