"When Witches Go Riding"
Designer: Prairie Schooler (signature and date charted by me)
Linen: Pilgrim Brown 28ct. by R&R
Fibers: CC and WDW
This might be the biggest thing I've ever finished....Yes, it is. :)
Remember the Moon Question? I decided to fill, and in the same color (WDW Honeysuckle). I think the variegation is spot-on for a harvesty moon. Still ruminating over the idea of making a small with that snazzy checkerboard moon, however.
Though I love those stars, I re-charted the area for the date. I just couldn't see my way to breaking the perimeter of the design.
My little over-one signature. It was even fun to stitch. I know I'd like to frame this one, but it's just not in the cards right now. I didn't iron yet as I'm not sure what to do with it; I'm thinking of ways to temporarily tack it to something to make a hanging so I can enjoy it this season. :)
"Halloween Fright" Freebie
Designer: La Chatelaine (I think)
Linen: 32 ct. Sparrow from Linens by Design (formerly a BoaF product)
Fibers: DMC and Belle Soie Lasagne
I've been hoarding this freebie for a long time (and the Sparrow Linen, too), so when I heard that Myra was having a birthday in September (and I didn't participate in a Halloween Exchange, and we're both Halloween Nuts, and it has little black cats all over it (like her Ziggy) and we both love purple, and she's been going all-out with ornaments for her tree this year...) and, well, the cosmos aligned and I decided to stitch this for her. How I held my breath each time she blogged that it wouldn't be about this design! In the end, it was more of an "Early Halloween Goodie" than a Birthday present, though.
I took about 40 shots of it without being able to get a single decent one. In the end, I threw it up on my bookshelf in front of a comic series about little witches. I do like this photo best, but that might just be because I like my books so much (I DO love my books.) Seriously. Please check Myra's blog for amazing pictures. There's some really fun homespun on the back, I promise it's worth it.
I wedged a little pumpkin into the signature at the back--wonder if this will count for Becky's GPC!? :D :D :D
Meanwhile, Kathy A. was touched by Marc's Plight (otherwise known as the Second Cold War Against the Canadian Goose), and sent him some provisions from The Motherland to sustain him in the fight.
Coffee Crisp! :D And, a lovely Halloween thread from Carrie's Creation (my first). I love the part where the gradation shifts from orange to purple...now what to stitch.
Marc said that the CC were "really fresh" and that the bag seemed endless; the more he took out the more there were to take out. I told him that was good, because I ate so many before he returned home to take possession that I feared for the first bag's life and had to hide it in a drawer to still my pilfering paws.
He completely enjoyed them and they held out until just a few days ago--thanks again, Kathy!
Speaking of "Thanks", I owe MORE of them. I thought I had photos, but as I don't it'll keep for next time, but I won an amazing giveaway from Robin and Myra sent me an amazing Hallowe'en box stuffed full of goodies AND a stitched piece! By Homespun Elegance! (Bet that got your attention. ;)
Also, I really need to thank you for all your prayers, good thoughts, and friendships. Still having a bit of tough times here, and my stitching, blogging, and even blog-visiting mojo are flagging a bit as a result, but I've missed you guys and am looking forward to being able to participate more. :) I even had a small Hallowe'en Giveaway planned, but while I finished the stitching (Oh, maybe even in August) I haven't done the finishing yet. :/ It might have to be a "Halloween at Christmas" giveaway at this rate! lol! I know you true fans won't mind; to everyone else, my apologies. Best-laid plans and all that. :)
With hopes that everyone is enjoying wonderful Autumn Stitches and Crisp (not Frigid like here today!) weather, I remain