I have 10 months until Christmas to get this done for my soon-to-be-born grandson:
It’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.
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:
It’s amazing how a few straight lines can really bring out the detail of the project….love, love, love it
Until next time…..Happy Stitching!
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!!!
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
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!
In the meantime, I have been keeping warm staying INSIDE. I made this for my daughter-in-law:
And I am crocheting another scarf for myself….pics to come as I progress, but HERE is the pattern.
Whew that is a LOT of stitches!!
The “counted cross stitch” part of this project is DONE, DONE, DONE Yay!
I 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….
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:
The lower corner is not quite done, but close! I also have the upper left corner to finish up. Slowly, ever so slowly
I made what looks like a yummy tasting bread in honor of my daughter and grandsons visit:
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
1-1/2 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.
I served with
What a nice afternoon treat for a rainy day!
I am going to a baby shower for a friend of my daughters next week. This means I am at the sewing machine this week!
Who better to ask than my daughter, a new mom herself, what things she loved or couldn’t live without.
She said one of these:
I know the new mom will be cloth diapering(Yay!) So to go along with that, why not use cloth wipes as well?
That is my project! Fast, fun and easy:
Oh and have a happy Mothers Day on Sunday too! I love this: found on facebook
Wow, it really has been MONTHS since I posted an update.
Dare I say I am nearing the finish line?? You be the judge!
Before(like Feb 26th):
and now(2.5 months later)…Happy stitching!
….these cute little balls in preparation for my Grandson’s visit!!
Anyone for a game of Croquet? :-)
On a side note, I have once again started working on my counted cross stitch project. I took a long break there with traveling and now news of a move, once again. Getting the house ready to sell. Looking at our new destination.
I will post an update on the project soon.
Until then, happy stitching!