May Project of the Month – Playing with Cross Stitch

I posted some cross stitched cards in November and I’m back at it.  I find it relaxing and I enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out new patterns.

First the easy stuff:  I did the cards below during my vacation last month but never got around to posting them.  The first two are influenced by the Caribbean.

 

The second two were a result of trying new dies:  a tag and a heart.

 

The remaining cross stitch is still waiting to be made into cards.  In each of these I was trying to recreate a different pattern.  The navy and white emulates an antique coverlet I once owned.

The red and black is the plaid pattern that I mentioned I wanted to try in my November post.

And the last sample was my attempt to emulate a plaid pattern again, but this time using three colors.

These last three use the square cross stitch die from Paper Smooches.

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September Project of the Month – MacKenzie-Childs inspired pumpkin

This has been a crazy month with all the hurricane activity (Harvey, Irma, Maria).  Fortunately we were extremely lucky (with Hurricane Irma in eastern Florida) and only lost power for a couple of days.  And the only damage was to our fence.  My heart goes out to those in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean who continue to battle for the basic necessities.

So needless to say this has been a month of limited projects.  I did knit several hats during the storm and the ensuing power outage.  And I was able to keep up with Etsy jewelry orders – at least the filling of the orders – even though the mail was knocked out for over a week.

But now that things are returning to normal I am trying to get into the holiday spirit – at least a little.  I have always been a fan of MacKenzie-Childs so when I saw their pumpkins I knew I wanted to have one.  And by have one, I mean make one.  So I bought an antiqued white pumpkin at Michael’s, along with some black paint and some gold paint and gave it a try.

 

I am please with the results and look forward to enjoying my pumpkin during the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons.  And NO MORE HURRICANES!!!!

UPDATE:  Encouraged by my first pumpkin success (and a sale at Michael’s) I decided to make a second pumpkin for my mother.  I hope she likes it.

 

May Project of the Month – Cruising the Caribbean

No real projects this month.  Instead we set out on a ten day cruise of the Caribbean.  It was a much needed vacation and the weather was perfect.  We went on the Celebrity Equinox:

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to Grand Cayman (Royal Palm Beach Club on Seven Mile Beach):

 

Aruba (Palm Beach and sunset cruise):

 

Curacao (Blue Bay Beach Club and Harbor Cruise):

 

Bonaire:

 

And Key West:

 

It’s always nice to be back home but it was great fun to get away too.