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A Birthday Card Twist – In A Tin

I was looking for these wonderful little tins to do up some cross stitched or embroidered covers. A wonderful friend, Joan, ever faithful Needle Shop extraordinaire, gave me a whole box of these little wonders. She was so kind to share them with me.   🙂

I needed a Birthday Card for my mom…and I had these tins…and some colored pencils…and some watercolor/chalk paper… so was birthed:

(I call it) Film Can Greeting Card

I did up a sketch of our little Jack Russell, Beagle and one of the many kitties for a birthday gift/card cover.  I created a little cover for a tiny tin. Here it is.

I then cut a teeny tiny sliver of paper-strip to write my message on, curled it up into the tin like a film can, and called it a ‘card’.

It has a cover, you open it, and the message is inside!

Now, my little creatures images are featured in color pencil and in thread.

Too see the creation of the thread square go here (to my Counting My Bessings Blog) or here (New Post on Embroidered Square)

I created the drawing before doing the piece up in embroidery.  🙂

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –
smiles,
alicia in Hawaii

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Stitched Blessings, Squares 1 and 2

The beginnings of my blessings…

Me and my hubby, John, are the best of buddies…and we love to snorkel. Living here in Hawaii , we are blessed with (just about) 365 days a year in which we CAN and are ABLE to snorkel. Go warm weather and sunshine!

Can you see the resemblance?

The bottom edging is a Stem Stitch-Portuguese Knot, the sides are Feather Stitch, the top is a Running Stitch with an interspersed Double Cross Stitch. I think of it as corals below, greens and seaweeds for the sides and sunning skies above.  All the edges are stitched with a multi-color dyed Caron Watercolor thread.

What’s snorkeling without some water and waves.  Here is some embroidery with a ‘twist’ for the wave action! Stitched with Blanket Stitch-Detached Twisted Bar and some good ‘ole DMC thread.

Did I mention that these are 1 inch squares?

Very tiny faces. Very tiny squares.

This has been a great start! I’ve already had some fun!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –
smiles,
alicia in Hawaii

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Mystery Project- “Blue” has Eyes…

A picture is worth many words…

blues-eyes-portrait

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Mystery Project-“Blue”

Blue

blue-portrait

A pile of plush Bright Blue Fur

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What could this BECOME?

blue2blue3

added to some bright pink… Fun!

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Pattern Finds – Inspiration for Embroidery Ideas-Purses

After all the posting about a reversible purse/bag, (See July posts), maybe we could suggest a few more cute little bags that are similarly sewn. 😉

Think of these as a great canvases to showcase your wonderful Embroidery Ideas!

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While posting about the Snail Purse creation, I received email saying this next bag is very similar in pattern and construction to my Snail Purse. It is found at Martha Stewart’s site:

Reversible Purse (Click Here) full link listed below-

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/reversible-purse?autonomy_kw=purse%20pattern&rsc=header_1

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And…while roaming the Wal Mart, lo and behold! I saw this pattern:

See that little red bag? Bottom left corner?! It’s really similar to the bag pattern for the Snail Purse! 😉

Simplicity 6574 (Click Here) full link listed below-

http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?cat=6&type=0&sec=90&startrow=1

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Either of these two patterns can be pieced together like the Snail Purse I posted here in July. They would make great ‘homes’ for your upcoming embroidery ideas.

Do you know of other patterns? Share them here in the comments.

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Embroidery Ideas – Inspirations Magazine #58

Inspirations Magazine #58

It’s finally here in Hawaii!

After waiting and watching and whining and waiting and waiting…did I mention waiting…it’s here! The Inspirations Magazine Issue #58…in very limited quantities, as the B&N and Borders Books here on Oahu only get 6 copies, if any, in any one store!

Inspirations Magazine #58

It’s now $13.95 a copy here. The last, and only, other copy I bought was the #57, which was $11.95. So, in one issue, I’ve seen a $2 increase in price. But…at least it’s here!

I even posted on the Needlework Forum, over at Country Bumpkin.com, in the Inspirations Magazine area, about all my woes of having to watch and hear everyone else in the world getting their magazine and starting projects from it.  I sat and waited. Notice that it is June 21 and the cover is advertising Mother’s Day projects. I believe Hawaii is literally the last stop for this magazine which travels through the UK to get back over the Pacific Ocean. It’s been almost entirely around earth as it gets here in the middle of the sea.

Rosamund Inspirations Magazine 58

This is my dream project from this issue. County Bumpkin posts the current cover and all the project supply packets on their website. Ever since Issue 58 was released back in April, and posted at their site,  I’ve been drooling over the Rosamund project.

I’m so excited to have this in my hands. I’m spending the day reading and dreaming about embroidery.

Do you have this magazine? Another magazine? What’s in your embroidery dream plan?

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