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I finished this cute little thing a few nights ago for a dear old friend that’s expecting her first child!!! Can’t wait for the lil guy to get here… So in the mean time I decided to whip something up.

My buddy gave me free reign when it came to choosing a theme so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try out a gorgeous Satsuma Street design. ZOMG, lemme tell you that the whole site is just cuteness overload. I want all the patterns!!!

Anyways, after fawning over the pattern I decided to go for it and I got started right away. The model was stitched on a dark navy fabric, but I wanted to go in a different direction and made some changes to accommodate a lighter fabric. The “wood” on the ship was originally supposed to be white, but that would not show up on my oatmeal aida. I went with a dark brown for the wood instead and also ended up switching the white on other areas of the design as you can see in some of the pics.

After I had this baby all stitched up I went back and decided to add a personal touch. I plotted out a quick pattern and stitched the lil guy’s name on there.

I think it turned out pretty spiffy and I can’t wait to hear what my friend thinks!!! In the meantime, I’d appreciate feedback from any followers or folks that may stumble upon this in the cross stitch tag.

If you’re interested in looking at some of my other projects, check out my “itiskismet stitches” tag and let me know what you think.

It’s done and I’m totally pleased with the result! :-D I really love how the “candy corn” turned out. After I iron it and get a little frame, this little bat will be ready to go to it’s new home.

Moving on… I already started a new cross stitch project… I’ll be working on my first project that’s based on a vintage pattern. Once I make a little progress, I’ll post some pics and some thoughts… since I’m not entirely crazy about it. I’ll also be picking up some other projects that I’ve been neglecting.

Check out the “itiskismet stitches” tag if you want to see what I’ve been up to lately.

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I’ve been meaning to post WIPs for days but I just never got around to it…. And now I’m done stitching the whole thing… anyways… here’s the scoop:

I recently went to New Orleans and visited a little shop in the French Quarter called The Quarter Stitch. They focus on knitting and needlepoint, but I found some cool cross stitch kits and I found that I couldn’t help but buy one.

The pattern is Jackson Square by Katherine E. Andersen. I’d never stitched a vintage pattern and this was too cute to pass up. I was generally pleased with the kit, but the aida was crappy and the grid lines on the pattern were barely visible. I googled the pattern and found much better versions for sale so I was kinda pissed that I got what looked like a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy. I feel like I kinda got ripped off. Regardless, I like the way this project turned out and now I just have to figure out what to do with it.

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I just finished this project from freecrossstitchonline.com and I think it turned out great. Granted, I did not completely follow the chart, as it would have had me stitching the solid black background for days on white aida. Being the smartass that I am, I decided to stitch on black aida cloth instead (which had its own challenges) to cut down on some of the work.

I probably won’t be framing this until the fall… so we’ll see if I remember to post that.

If you’re interested in any of the other cross stitch or needlepoint projects I’ve been working on, please feel free to check my “itiskismet stitches” tag.

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Finis! I really like how this turned out. I added a metallic blue thread for the Mississippi River and backstitched it all in a very fine metallic gold thread for a little more sparkle.

I almost added a little more flair, but less is more sometimes.

There are a few more projects in the works, including a large needlepoint canvas. I’ll post pics soon.

If you’re interested in anything else I’ve done, check out my “itiskismet stitches” tag.
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Sorry for the less than stellar pics, but I really wanted to post my most recent finish without going through the hassle of editing pics.

Two friends from college recently got married and I wanted to make something to commemorate the happy occasion. So I decided to create own pattern and run with it since I didn’t like any of the other patterns I’d seen for sale. I went with their wedding colors and this is what I came up with. Pretty cute right?

I finished this little beauty a few weeks ago and I’m rather proud of it. I don’t know the artist because it was taped and put on stretcher bars as soon as I purchased it over a year ago in Atlanta.

I can’t wait until I can get it finished and turned into a bracelet. However, before I do that, I’ll be adding some beading as a finishing touch.

This little project stitched up quickly and I should be posting other stitching updates a little more regularly.

If you’re interested in any of the other needlepoint or cross stitch projects that I’ve been working on, please feel free to check the “itiskismet stitches” tag.
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Ahhh, needlepoint. It’s been a while! But all of a sudden I got inspired to work on this beautiful angel again after a lengthy hiatus. I don’t know the name of the artist, but I got the canvas at my local needlepoint shop, The Elegant Needle. Please visit it if you’re ever in the Baton Rouge area since its a totally awesome shop.

I really wanted this piece to be visually interesting so I’m really going for it with my thread and stitch choices (wait until you see her hair). It’s also rather large, so I needed to do something that wouldn’t bore me to death.

Let me know what you think and as always, check out my “itiskismet stitches” tag to see what else I’ve been working on.

I just finished stitching this canvas for a friend. I’m not sure if I’m going to have it framed. It was so great to finish a project… even if it was a small one… The other canvas I’m working on right now is a behemoth compared to this one… I may post pics of my progress to date.

Hi, my name is NanitaBonita and I’m a 20-something trapped in a 50-something’s head! ;-)  

Cross Stitch Supplies

I recently got lucky on ebay and found a large lot of embroidery floss for sale at a VERY reasonable price… So I jumped on it and made a purchase. The lot contained over 80 new skeins of DMC with very few duplicates, various skeins from other brands, and many skeins that were already on bobbins (but were not labled with their color numbers).

So naturally, I spent this cold and dreary Mardi Gras day organizing my new stash. I re-wound all of the “off brands” and the floss that was not labled. I removed the duplicates that I will be storing somewhere else. Lastly, I categorized and separated the DMC floss that still needs to be wound on bobbins. I’ll probably finish this project up by the end of the week.

Pretty productive, right? Especially considering the fact that I also just organized all of my leftover needlepoint threads as well.

This has me so excited!!! I can now start up random projects without worrying about having to run to the store for floss.

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Here’s an update to my “Beguiling Tiger” cross stitch. I’m about halfway done and starting to get so excited at the amount of cuteness. Although, it’s starting to hit me that this is a gift and I won’t be keeping it once I’m done.

:-/

Hopefully I can get this finished within the next few weeks and I can move on to something else… or just pick up another project that I’ve already started.

Feel free to check out my “itiskismet stitches” tag if you want to see some of my other projects. In addition to counted cross stitch, you’ll also find some painted canvas needlepoint.

After a short hiatus, I have once again picked up my Lee Designs Tiger Eyes canvas. As you can see, I am getting close to the finish line.

I like that the stitched white portions of the canvas do not create as stark of a contrast as it appears on the canvas but idk why. But what ticked me off about my recent stitch-a-thon was that I ran out of black thread with only a little bit to go ;-( Why does that always happen?! Really people, this is a thing for people who do all sorts of stitching!! Does anyone want to donate some black Burmilana to the cause? ;-O

I won’t post my little tiger again until I get him completely stitched up. Hopefully I’ll also be able to get this framed soon (but that will depend on the $$ cuz professional framing is not cheap folks).

This is has been my favorite canvas so far. It’s called the Dolly Llama… get it? Look familiar? It’s actually the background image for my tumblr!

I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but the canvas is quite textured. Her ears are furry and I believe she has fuzzy bangs and long eyelashes.

The canvas had as many colors as I stitched, but I figured I had to go all out if I was going to stitch a canvas that was so kooky.

What do you think?

Finis!

I finally finished The Prairie Schooler 2008 Santa! I’m really proud of this piece because I got to try a little bit of backstitch on it and I’m not as scared of it anymore. I think it turned out pretty neat and I couldn’t find any mistakes (which is rare for me).

Who knows when it’ll get framed… unemployment is a bitch and framing can be expensive, but I’ll do a short post if I ever manage to do something with this piece.

If you want to see the “before” search my “itiskismet’s stitches” tag.

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