January 21, 2015

Moonlight and String Diamonds

I love multimedia art. It is so creative to take several elements and combine them into art work. Olisa from Cocoa Eyes the Stitcher created this beautiful, colorful piece for a fundraiser. I know it will fetch top dollar. This embroidery over a painting is uplifting on a winter's day. You can read more about this piece and see others on her website. 

January 14, 2015

Scarf Weather

BRRRRR! Someone needs to tell winter to hurry up and move along! Anyone?.....oh well, since winter is here for a few more months we might as well make the best of it by bundling up and snuggling in. Oh, Diane has stitch up this adorable little guy who is set for winter in his very fancy scarf. I love all the colors and stitches. It is the perfect piece to brighten up a grey dreary winter day. 

January 7, 2015

Craftster Monthly Hoopla Along

Hoop from Craftster member Rockingbearranch

A new year and a new round of the famous Craftster Hoopla Along.  Come join along in the fun! You could win prizes and meet awesome stitchy people! You can read more about the Hoopla Along HERE. 

Monthly Update for Hoopla Theme:

Sarnky, Sweet, or Silly Quotes
Details:The holiday season is over, no need to be nice. Let your silly and snarky side show! Just can't bring yourself to be snarky, then how about some sweetness (maybe being sweet is new to you!). Stitch up your favorite snarky, silly or sweet quote. 

You have until January 31, 2014 to be eligible for random drawing

This month's prize is:
25.00 Etsy card

December 28, 2014

Patterns: Sun embroidery


Sun embroidery pattern by Jackie Hyder

Christmas has passed and I don't know about everyone else but at least here in the Northern Hemisphere, I think there's probably quite a few people looking forward to some sun. So whilst we're waiting how about stitching up a sun of your own? This lovely pattern by HyJackArt, feels almost a little medieval to me and I like that, you can find it here.

December 24, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: Christmas Eve Stockings

It's Christmas Eve and Santa starts his journey delivering treats to good girls and boys. Which list did you make this year? Don't lie...he knows! Lisa's Tea Time stitched this adorable little stocking just in case Santa decided to pay a visit to her and her friends. I know Lisa and I'm guessing he is going to be very good to her this year. Let's raise a candy cane to hope, peace, happiness and prosperity on this Christmas Eve and every day of the year. 

December 23, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 1: Reindeer Ready

As Santa checks his list one last time, the reindeer are gearing up for their annual trip around the world. Like any long trip, they prepare themselves by packing a few snacks and of course, some stitching to work on while waiting for the big guy to shimmy down the chimney. Snacks and stitching are great, but looking good is very important too. You never know who you will run in! Tana Ferguson stitched up Blitzen looking festive for her voyage. The beads are a sparkly touch to the finished piece. I would love to see how the other reindeer are decked out. I'm sure it is equally as beautiful. 

December 22, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 2: Blackwork Hexie Holiday Tree

At first glance, this looks like your normal hexie quilt. Look a bit closer...see all those patterns? They are blackwork done by Pam Harris of Gingerbread Snowflakes. I am in complete awe of this work. The amount of detail is astonishing. Each hexi is an individual pattern brought together to make a holiday tree. You can see more of the process on her blog. 

December 21, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 3: Snowman

Snowmen make the best ambassadors for winter. They are not here for long, but bring us happiness and smiles. What a perfect reminder to enjoy what we have, for it may be gone tomorrow. Briarstitch84 has stitched up this very sweet snowman. His background is equally impressive-watercolors on linen. I love everything about this hoop. Here's wishing you and yours a peaceful first day of winter. Let's all hope that we can be as happy with snowfall as the snowman is.  

Patterns: Christmas trees

Handmade Christmas trees

Handmade Christmas Trees by Teresa DownUnder

TeresaDownUnder has posted a summary of her Christmas tree crafts she's made over the last few years, I particularly like her patchwork and embroidered trees, check out the link for the how-tos!

December 20, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 4: Oh Christmas Tree!

The Christmas tree is the focal point of our house. I usually want to get the biggest one they have but my husband's better judgement always reels me in. Each ornament on our tree represents a memory. Kim Ouimet has stitched this very sweet tree and the best part-no needles to clean up. It is the perfect little reminder for Christmas 2014.  You can read more about the project on her blog and purchase the pattern at her shop

December 19, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 5: A Major Award

The Leg Lamp...a major award and it's Italian! Kwgronau stitched up the Christmas Story's iconic leg lamp as a prize for her family bingo game. I think I want to be a part of her family. The Christmas tree fabric is the icing on the cake and the fringe is to die for. Don't forget to check out her other creations, she is one talented lady! 

December 18, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 6: Ugly Xmas Sweater Cat

Mr. Kitty will wear your Christmas sweater, but he won't be happy about it. Oh wait...that IS his happy face. One of my favorite crafty embroidery peeps, Cate Anevski stitched up this adorable, yet slightly annoyed kitty in an ugly Christmas sweater. You can make your very own but downloading the pattern and the tutorial on &Stitches

December 17, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 7: Dala Horses

I always associate Dala Horses with Christmas.  My husband's heritage is Swedish and we have many Dala horses and pigs in our house. Each Christmas we pull out a box of special family heirloom Swedish ornaments including Dala horses just like the ones from Jacque Davis. These beautiful ornaments hold a special place in my family's heart and connect us to past. 

December 16, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 8: Bunnies Also Look at the Sky

Bunnies love to look up at the winter sky and wish upon a star. What is he wishing for...a bunch of carrots, world peace? This little brooch created by Makiko_at is so sweet. I just want to jump into the embroidery and give this fuzzy guy a hug. Each piece she creates is one of a kind and in addition to brooches she creates jewelry, ornaments and art dolls. You can see more of her work here. 

December 15, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 9: Woodland Christmas Friends

One of the most important things to me during the holiday season is to make sure that I spend quality time with my friends. These adorable Woodland Christmas Friends by Bustle and Sew are an excellent reminder that the best friends are the quirky ones. I am dying over the rabbit with his ear covers. You can see other patterns for sale, magazines and freebies on Bustle and Sews' website.