Snowman Christmas Stocking update #1

Moving right along on my stocking:stocking update 1

Sorry for the wrinkles.  I just took it out of the hoop and snapped a quick pic, so I can get it right back in the hoop and keep stitching!!

Hard to look at this fellow, cute as he is, with the nasty winter we just had.

Happy stitching…Jan

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FINAL cabin fever counted cross stitch post

Here is it.  The day has come.  My Cabin Fever Counted Cross Stitch project is matted and framed and looks absolutely beautiful; like a painting….I love it :-)
final close up 1

final close up 2

FINALMichael’s did a wonderful job helping me select the matte coloring and sizing.  I chose the frame by myself :-)

I chose museum glass for this as well.  It gives it an amazing look.

Next post….update on my Christmas stocking and crocheted giraffe I named George!

Happy stitching.

Jan

 

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Alphabet blocks

****UPDATE****
Here is a pic of my completed project:
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This project came about because it is my Grandson’s 2nd birthday.  I was doing a Google search for alphabet puzzles and found them to be a choking hazard for his age.  Which lead to Etsy to see if I can find some wood alphabet letters.  No luck there.  Then I got the bright idea that I should sew some alphabet blocks.  Oh yes, I can do that, I said to myself!!

So off I went to the store for fabric, felt and foam.  I did not care for the lumpiness of using polyfil, as I wanted them more, well, square blocks!  I went with 3 colors for 13 of the blocks and 3 different colors for the alternating 13 blocks.
My fabric is cut into 3″ squares and the letters “A” and “B”, which I cut out of felt using THIS template, scaled down to 75%, as I am making 2″ blocks.
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For block “A”, I followed THESE DIRECTIONS for sewing the blocks together. First sewing the 4 vertical blocks together, (using a 1/2″ seams), and stitching all the way across the fabric, from end to end.

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Then the rest of the seams, sew as directed by sewing only to within a 1/2″ from end, but I was fighting with the ends that were sewed all the way and not getting crisp corners.

For block “B”, I tried THESE and it was so much easier to seam the whole “box” and my corners do look a lot better.

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I only have 24 more letters to go!

Happy stitching!
Jan

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New counted cross stitch project

I have 10 months until Christmas to get this done for my soon-to-be-born grandson:
stockingIt’s the Dimensions Gold Collection
called “Snowman & Friends Stocking”
The Aida cloth is white, 18 count and that means there are a whole lot of stitches that go into this project! There are very few white squares that are not filled in; on the ground and snowman portion only.
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I can also say regarding my Cabin Fever Counted Cross Stitch project, that it is COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Except that is for framing. I will post a pic when that is done, but for now, here are the latest updates showing some embellishments:
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It’s amazing how a few straight lines can really bring out the detail of the project….love, love, love it :-)

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Until next time…..Happy Stitching!
Jan

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Adorable little crocheted giraffe

I came across THIS and I just had to make one for my soon to be born grandson.

Oh my goodness is this little giraffe CUTE!!!giraffe 1

giraffe 2

giraffe 4

I didn’t care for the way the standard SC2tog left the back of the head open, exposed, sloppy.  So I did a search on wonderful YouTube to find THIS GREAT TUTORIAL showing an invisible decrease, and it is a hidden secret to projects turning out so much better :-0

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Happy Stitching!

Jan

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Is it spring yet?


Daylight Saving Time countdown banner

Wow Indiana sure had its share of nasty, snowy, COLD temps so far this winter.  I bought some suet, a bird feeder and some seed for my feathered friends out there.  Now we wait and see how long it takes for them to discover!

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In the meantime, I have been keeping warm staying INSIDE. I made this for my daughter-in-law:
lindz hat

And I am crocheting another scarf for myself….pics to come as I progress, but HERE is the pattern.

 

Happy stitching!

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Avoiding cabin fever counted cross stitch project

Yes I have done maybe 2 dozen finishing straight stitches on my forever project since the last update in September.  Really, has it been that long?!

I am avoiding it because once I finish it, it will just sit in the drawer because I don’t have the money right now to get it framed.

So instead, I have been working on other projects, like crocheting these for my grandson:
hat kyle 2013 I hat kyle 2013 II mittens kyle 2013 scarf kyle 2013

These for my husband:
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photo(a scarf…nice warm wool for his neck) I loved the basketweave stitch!

And this for my son for his birthday:patrick blk scarf 11-2013a scarf as well, but not wool.

I have also been making some fun felt ornaments for my traditional gift giving to family members….hopefully they are not checking out my blog :-)

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Until next time, happy stitching!
Jan

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Update #24 cabin fever counted cross stitch

Whew that is a LOT of stitches!!

The “counted cross stitch” part of this project is DONE, DONE, DONE :-)  Yay!

28 cross stitching part doneI was emailing with my new pen pal about this project, as she had not seen an update lately.  I had to actually look it up to see how long I have been at this project.  So far it’s 2.5 YEARS and counting!  I hope this is encouragement to her and anyone else attempting this beautiful rendering.

Soon, I hope to be posting, with the title, FINAL update….until then….

Happy stitching!

:-)

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Update #23 cabin fever counted cross stitch

As it has been 2 months since my last update for my counted cross stitch project, I felt it was high time I post another photo of my progress.

Now, it has not taken me 2 months to do the stitching, just 2 months to finally post!  You see, we have had a lot going on.  For starters, we moved 600 miles from Ridgefield WA to Minden NV.  Quite a change in scenery and temps.  But with my husband out of work for 8+ months, you have to do what you have to do.  It should be a great opportunity here for him and I am just tagging along for the ride.

So back to my project, before:26

and now:27

The lower corner is not quite done, but close!  I also have the upper left corner to finish up.  Slowly, ever so slowly :-)

Happy stitching!

Jan

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Blueberry tea bread

I made what looks like a yummy tasting bread in honor of my daughter and grandsons visit:P1070710

I have had this recipe in my collection since 1994 apparently.  It was in the August edition of the Good Housekeeping magazine.  I am not really sure if I have ever made it before.

Here is the recipe:

3 cups cake flour*
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine/butter
1 cup milk
1 T vanilla extract
1 egg
1-1/2 cups blueberries
1 T slivered almonds
1/2 t cinnamon

*I did not have cake flour, so I found instructions online to put 2 T cornstarch in 1 C measuring cup, then fill with flour, and do that for every cup you use.

~Preheat oven to 350.  (I use 325 for my glass loaf pan) Grease the pan.
~In large bowl, mix baking powder, salt, sugar and flour.
~Set aside 1 T of margarine/butter for topping. Cut in the remaining margarine/butter into the flour mixture until tiny crumbs.
Stir in milk, vanilla and egg until flour is just moistened. Gently fold in blueberries and spoon into prepared pan.
~Coarsely chop almonds. In small bowl, with fork, mix almonds, cinnamon and 2 T flour and 2 T sugar. Add in the remaining 1 T marg/butter and mix until resembles course crumbs. Sprinkle crumb topping over batter.
~Bake loaf 1 hour and 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from pan and finish cooling on wire rack.

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What a nice afternoon treat for a rainy day!

 

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