May ornament done!

Yes, yes, I know it’s the first of June. But it’s close enough to count! Besides, the airconditioning at my house was dead for the better part of the last week and I had no desire to do anything except sit in front of a fan and sip lemonade. Even the thought of stitching snowflakes didn’t tempt me.  Now that the AC is working again, everything is back to normal – or as normal as they ever get around here. But nevermind all that – you’re here to see the stitching!

Ornament - MayStitchingFinished

Here it is!  This was a lovely little pattern by Beehive Needleworks that was an absolute pleasure to stitch. I stitched it over 1 on some 32 count linen that I tea dyed. I really enjoy how tiny and delicate things look stitched up at such a small scale, but it does mean that the piece itself ends up pretty small. I haven’t decided for sure yet, but I think my plan is to sew a strip of red fabric that matches the thread I used for it across the bottom to make the piece a bit more square, and then turn it into a pillow ornament. The final decision is yet to be made though. I’ll work on it when inspiration hits.

And now I must return to my mermaid. She’s been calling me rather insistently over the last few days while I worked on this ornament so I plan on spending some good quality time with her. Though that time will have to be split between her and the kitchen – I’ve got a fridge full of ingredients that need my attention too. I’ll have to share some of the nummies I make here too I think. Tonight I’ve got a batch of Chocolate Chai Plum Fruit Rollups in progress in the oven, and oh my, the entire house smells amazing. I’ll try to remember to take pictures of them so I can share the recipe here before I scarf them all down.

Little Lovebirds – a WIP

Sometimes I see a pattern that I simply must stitch right away. What I’m going to do with it, I haven’t the first idea. But that was what happened when I saw this lovely little pattern in the February 2014 edition of Cross Stitch Crazy Collection. Sure, I tried to hold off as long as i could, but finally I had to admit defeat and start stitching. I’m sure none of you will blame me, it’s so adorable!

LovelyCreaturesLovebirds - WIP

It’s such a quick little stitch that I don’t even feel guilty for starting something new. I’m stitching it on a piece of non-even weave cotton that I bought for a mere $2.97 per yard. The weave of this fabric is decidedly rectangular, so stitching over 2 gives me 20 stitches an inch one way and 15 stitches an inch the other way. But in the case of this pattern, it doesn’t matter one bit, in fact by placing it on the fabric so that the wider stitches ran horzontally, I got even plumper little birds than the original pattern. How can plump little lovebirds possibly be a bad thing?

How would you finish this piece? It’s approximately  4×5 inches in size. Please leave me your ideas in the comments!

Update: Oops! I goofed and originally stated that I got this pattern from Cross Stitch Crazy. Turns out it’s Cross Stitch Collection. To Carolyn and anyone else this confused, I’m really sorry!