Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday Stitching

I am still stitching away on many of the things I showed last week. However I did have four fully finished objects leaving the craft room this week.

Miss Mayfield the Milk Cow is ready for the tree at Grimmwood. Thanks to Priscilla Blain for the inspiration for this finish.  Her daughter, Chelsea, did this same pattern and Priscilla finished hers in a tart pan.  I was browsing the Christmas ornament section at the back of Hobby Lobby and came upon a set of hard tagboard circle ornaments that featured sticky board on one side. I simply snipped off the ornament hanger at the top and proceeded to use it for my finish. I used batting on the sticky side then stretched my stitching around it. Added some torn homespun fabric and voila.

I finished up my Thanksgiving Letters by Heart in Hand.  I like the pumpkin much better than the black bird.

Another Thanksgiving finish that should be a reminder to me all year long and not just at Thanksgiving.

I loved this piece...I will say that the orange ribbon looks more red in the photo than it does in real life.  I used Vonna Pfiefer's cushion and ruched ribbon tutorials as a reference for this piece. Vonna has great tips for getting a pillow stuffed good and tight. It really makes a difference in the finished product. You can find her on You Tube.  Both Priscilla and Vonna are on my blog roll so you can read their directions if you are not a You Tube fan.

Heading forward, my stitching will be mainly Christmas themed. Being a stitching fanatic, I am already looking at what I will stitch when I finish my Christmas pieces!  You can never have too much Cross Stitch!!

If I did not visit your blog yesterday, it was because our internet was out ALL DAY. Apparently a road crew dug into a cable and affected Decatur and Hartselle. No TV or internet at Nanaland. I did get a  lot accomplished here at home. Marvin and I were both commenting on the fact that the World Wide Web has really changed out lives and our daily routine. I will try to catch up with everyone today!


Sandy said...

What! No Internet! I probably would get a lot accomplished at home too. In fact, I have been off of it this week due to running, but really getting some things in order at home. Sometimes, I just have to take a break to keep my sanity.
However, I am wanting hours to stitch.
I am in love with your cow. You did a fantastic job on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Miss Mayfield I remember from living in Columbus too.
I love the other finishes as well. You are getting so good.
LOVE all of them.
I will try and post some stuff this coming week.

Linda said...

You continue to amaze me with all the stitching you get done! Lovely, every one!

Visits With Mary said...

Love your stitchings so much I couldn't even pick a favorite. They're all so cute.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Mary...I love them all.

Mari said...

Glad your internet is back!
You have been so productive. I love these finished pieces.

Terri D said...

I can get very stressed when the internet goes out!! I always enjoy seeing your creations and the way you finish them. You are SO talented. Thanks for the Halloween card, by the way. Another thing you do so well....sending greetings through the mail. Such a treat!

RJ said...

Oh my Arlene I love all the stitching you got done. Everything looks just perfect. I do love the finish on the cow...just darling! RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Anonymous said...

Arlene, what a gorgeous ornament! I love home you added the torn fabric around the edges. xo

Mary said...

Arlene, I am stitching the PS barnyard animal series and my next one to do is the cow. I LOVE this finish and I think I'll have to finish the series very similar to this. I'll use different fabrics for each one. Was the ornaments with the sticky back in the craft section? Could you share the brand name? I bought the last 2 clipboard holders at my HL, thanks for the heads up on them! ...I'm so thankful to get inspiration from your blog. I love your finish on the Thanksgiving Grateful stitch. The fabrics on the side could not be more perfect!! And the pumpkin spice farm is adorable!! I have to check out the finishers directions for the ruffled trim...Such a great post!! Mary@stitchingfriendsforever

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Mary, I found those sticky circles in the back of the store with all the Christmas crafts. I tossed the package so I am not sure of the name. It is amazing what you can find at Hobby Lobby just prowling around. So glad you got the clipboards. Now I am always looking for them. I hope to find some spring colors when they put out the Easter things in February. Also, I had all those fabrics in a stack of quilting blocks I had picked up in Minnesota five years ago. They had just been sitting in my craft room so I opened the fall set, hoping to find something and found the perfect colors. Thanks so much for your sweet comment.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Thanks so much for all the kind means a lot to me.

Robin in Virginia said...

What beautiful finishes you have created! I will have to look for the sticky round ornaments you found.

Jazzmin said...

What incredible talent and taste you have! These all turned out so very beautifully. Each of your pieces is finished so creatively and has such a cozy feel, surely welcoming any who visit your home. I think my favorite is the Miss Mayfield cow ornament♥
Every time I get to see your wonderful handiwork, I'm inspired to progress in my embroidery, and I really hope to have time soon.

It's a blessing visiting you today- how blessed also was I to read your comment yesterday about what you shared. I always enjoy reading your comments...I too am thankful for friends, like you, who hold their hope in Christ and with whom we can share and be upbuilt.

Hoping you have a wonderful Sunday!

Mary said...

Arlene, I'll look there for the sticky circles, I think it will make the finishing so much easier. I hope they have the clipboards in Spring colors too...I love going to quilting shows for the shopping of fabric besides the viewing...I have quite the fabric stash's fun to go through the stash and find something that works for the stitches. I forgot to mention I have a crocheted piece that is similar to what your Blessed stitch sits on....I love pieces like that. Have a great week, Mary