I finished Blue Bird. I found the perfect fabric for this piece along with the dusty blue and white trim. I have a whole roll of the trim so hopefully I will be able to put it to good use in the future. I played with my dough bowl, thinking I would leave it like this. Then I got to thinking....how about putting all my birds in ONE basket?
So I did! Red Bird, Blue Bird, Tom Turkey and Ye Old Crow. All by Heart in Hand. I will leave this basket out until it is time to display my patriotic stitches.
Then I put together I Collect by Brenda Gervais. Again my brain cells were working overtime regarding displaying this piece.
I had the little metal tray in my armoire where I keep finishing bits and bobs. I pulled it out and cut an old straw placemat to fit the bottom of the tray.( It had Buffalo plaid bottom....a Hobby Lobby discounted piece from winter.) I got the little box I made from my bedroom and placed it in the tray, added the pin cushion, scattered in some old spools and a black pair of scissors. Thanks again to RJ and Mary for the lovely things they placed in the giveaway box I won last year. I think it looks perfect. I placed it on a small bamboo shelf in my living room. Just an additional note...the spool of thread and the floss bobbin in I Collect called for Satin Stitches but I just did not think that would hold up and it is not as neat as regular cross stitch so I went with cross stitches. I like it much better.
I think it is perfect.
And what do you do with a big seasonal piece that you really do not want to frame but you would like to display it tastefully? This was my dilemma with Lantern Lane. I found a tray at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon to purchase it. The final cost was about $15. I then went to Dollar Tree for a big sheet of foam core.( It is just ONE DOLLAR !,,,,a great price for foam core.) The fabric was on the giveaway table at a North Alabama Stitchers meeting so it was free. My friend, Brenda, allowed me to borrow her chart. So my only cost for this piece was the tray, foam core and floss.
After cutting and stretching and pinning, I had an FFO.
I may add some greenery to it at Christmas but for now it is upstairs in my craft room awaiting November. I still love that Cupid Red House.
I did do a bit of stitching as well.
I filled in my white pumpkin in Penny Pumpkin. I worked a bit more on the border as well. I do love this piece and will stretch out the stitching on it.
A bit on Prairie Schooler, Summer Breeze, using brighter flosses for this piece.
I plan to make the summer and fall charts into refrigerator magnets. I did that with Batty Bakery from the 2018 Halloween magazine and it is adorable. AS I have said before, Frosted Pumpkin is a bit whimsical for me but some of their charts are too cute to resist.
You can also get downloads of their charts from their website. But I have to say that these charts they mail out are exceptional. I highly recommend these designers. ( They also have a Floss Tube channel.)