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Cross stitch kitchen items

There are quite a few cross stitches around my grandparents’ house, made by my Aunt Ann. My favorites are these ones: an oven mitt and potholder.

crosstitch oven mitt

I actually just picked up a blank potholder for crosstitching just like this last week at S.C.R.A.P. and can’t wait to make it and put it to use.

crosstitch kitchen potholder

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Thankful

Today I am thankful for many things.

  • Waiting less than 10 minutes for the bus in the morning, and actually getting a seat.
  • Free office coffee [it’s actually quite good!]
  • Billions of Christmas treats at work…including something called Snowman Poop (though my waistline is most likely not thankful)
  • Coming home to 2 kittens awaiting me in the window and a house that smells wonderfully of Christmas tree, citrus and cookies
  • Realizing that if a hobby (crafting) is stressing you out, that it’s ok to step back a bit…hobbies are supposed to be fun

That last point is why the stocking on the left is the one I made for Morgan, while the one on the right is a $2 one for me from Target…the idea of sequining and handsewing and stuffing all those little felt pieces on my own stocking was stressing me out. Finally I realized there is always next year, and was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Christmas stockings

[Plus I think it is quite funny how both Santas are so happy their eyes are closed]
xoxo, emma

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Christmas cross stitch


Besides some amazing pink and yellow [yes yellow, not gold!] balls [globes? orbs?], I needed some more ornaments for our tree.

Oh yes, and I know I said I wasn’t interested in those plain ball ornaments, but I found these amazing vintage sets at the bins @ 12 for 99 cents…and the colors are so great-even if it’s hard to tell in the above iPhone picture. My mom suggested I keep an eye out for more of them to make a wreath, especially looking for ones with slightly different shapes. The lady’s full of good ideas.

So here are some of the cross stitch ornaments I’ve made:

Noel Cross stitch

Santa cross stitch

Seasons Greetings cross stitch

xoxo, emma

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Kitchen embroidery

Not much crafting going on ’round these parts (well some embroidery has been happening, but it’s Christmas themed so not quite ready to show and tell yet) but at least I have gotten started on hanging up some of my kitchen-themed pieces! I’m just happy because the kitchen was the most dreary, least colorful room of my house, and yet also the room I probably spend the most time in. Now that simply won’t do!

Those silly sushi paintings are from years ago, and somehow have made it with me to a couple other houses. I painted them when friends would come over to my house for “Craft Wednesdays.” I think that weekly date needs to be reinstated with new Portland friends. 🙂

 

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Finished embroidery

Been busy around here with brewing our own beer (post on that soon), but I’ve still found time to work in a bit of embroidery.  I finally finished the eggplant seed packet embroidery I had been working on forever.

eggplant embroidery

And like I said I would, I worked on a smaller piece next…I was definitely in need of some instant craft gratification.  I completed this little (10 cent!) rooster, and happened to have the perfect sized frame in my craft stash to put it in!

rooster embroidery

I’m working on a little cow cross stitch next, and am almost done with it already.  My kitchen embroidery pieces are coming along nicely, which is great because I have a little kitchen redecorating going on this week in preparation of a string of house guests in August.

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UFOs: Unfinished Objects

I don’t tend to have a ton of UFOs (unfinished objects)/WIPs (works in progress) around, but when I do give up, it is right at the end of a project.  This one cross stitch I’ve been working on is definitely at the frustration point.  I’ve been working on it for so long, completing a little each day.  Now I’m almost to the end and having to force myself to finish rather than start another craft project.  I have been wanting to start one of my tiny embroidery kits just because they are so small, and will give instant gratification, but then I know I would never finish this one.  Almost there!  I find the end of a project to be almost stressful, and this is one piece I am definitely ready to be done with.

embroidery and cat

It is especially hard to finish with a cat on my lap.

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S.C.R.A.P. Jackpot

I dropped by S.C.R.A.P. again today, and am sure glad I did! I really lucked out on getting a ton of items–I got 11 items for $5.75! (And one item was $4 itself, so 10 items for $1.75…amazing!Tiny Embroidery kits

I got 5 tiny embroidery kits for 10 cents each.  2 of them come with their own little frames, and one is another embroidery kit that comes with a tiny hanger to display it on.  I think the cow and chicken ones will belong in my planned kitchen embroidery display wall, the other ones I’m not sure what to do with yet.  But they were just so adorable, and perfect little quick projects to do while I watch a movie with the BF.

Bear ornament and sachet

I picked up a bear 3D ornament kit.  He comes with the batting to stuff him with and gets embroidered with the enclosed yarn instead of thread.  I’m accumulating quite the stash of Christmas ornament kits, which I can’t wait to decorate my house with this winter, as it will be our first Christmas together in our own home. 🙂  The kit on the right is a beaded sachet kit.  It has flowers and hummingbirds that you embroider with thread, and a blue background that you embroider with little seed beads.  It even comes with the potpourri to stuff it with.  I’m excited to complete that kit because I’ve wanted to learn more about beaded embroidery.

crewelpenguins

The next kit I got is a little 12″ by 5″ Penguin crewel embroidery kit.   I only have done crewel once (with another kit for a pincushion that I picked up at the San Francisco SCRAP) so I’m excited to try this one which looks a bit harder.  My sister has always been obsessed with penguins so if I’m happy with the outcome of this project it will probably be sent to her.

St. Nicholas

This is a huge needlepoint kit (10″ by 14″) that you embroider with tapestry yarn.  Another Christmas one!  It comes with a lot of metallic threads which I love.  I haven’t done any “needlepoint” which I think is basically embroidery with yarn instead of thread…but this one looks amazing.  And it comes with so much for only 50 cents!

Googly eyes and bird

Two small things I got are a pair of the biggest Googly eyes I’ve ever seen, and a pretty little red bird to go with my owls.  I’m not sure what people use these little creepy/cute birds for…perhaps floral arrangements?  I just think this little red cardinal is adorable.  I will either find somewhere for it to perch year-round, or maybe put it on my first Christmas tree this year.  Wow, it really MUST be Christmas in July because I sure have the holidays on my mind.

Needle Punch kit

And now for my big $4 item….a Needle Punch Starter Kit!  I didn’t really know what needle punch is, but I’ve been researching it online since I brought my kit home and I’m so excited!  The kit comes with 15 designs.  I’m stoked for a standing unicorn design and a couple of mushrooms.  The kit includes everything and smells good, exactly like a grandma’s house.  It smells like a mix of lavender/cigarettes/makeup.  I might be weird for thinking that smells good, but whatever. 😉

The kit comes with a catalog for the company’s other patterns…great ones like creepy Santas, alligators playing golf, Mason and Moose Lodge crests, and sayings like “We interrupt this marriage to bring you the football season.”  Haha!  I love it.  Yarn colorsIt even comes with 15 colors of yarn.  The photo on the cover shows you can do it on towels, so that’s what I hope to use the kit for.  Hopefully the BF doesn’t mind if I needle punch a teddy bear holding balloons on his  bath towel…;)

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