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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.

itiskismet said: Are you thinking local cuisine? I.e. jambalaya, gumbo, boudin…  Or maybe she would enjoy going somewhere like Rouse’s with you once she gets into town.

Well, my friend lives just a few blocks from Dorignac’s, so that’s definitely an option!

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.

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.

Steotchalong week six is done! The pattern was short and I wanted to hurry up and complete it so I could finish my scarecrow… so I can start a new mystery stitch-a-long from The Little Stitcher! :) I think I have a problem y'all!!! I just couldn’t resist. Her patterns are so cute and the stitch-a-long revolves around the phases of the moon. Can you tell I’m excited?!?!?

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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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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.

Not yet finished with my first mystery stitch-a-long and I’ve dived head first into another. This time by The Little Stitcher. She has the cutest patterns on etsy. I strongly recommend you check them out (i.e. The Addams Family & Arsenic and Lace). If you haven’t guessed already, the theme will be the phases of the moon and she gives you the option of stitching either the “New Moon” or the “Full Moon”… but guess what I’m doing??? If you guessed both, then you would be correct and that would make me a glutton for punishment. This is a WIP of “New Moon” and I’ll be starting “Full Moon” tomorrow after I finish this week’s Steotchalong’s chart. Wish me luck as the second portion of the chart will be released on the 31st!

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I was finally able to complete the center page and move on to another one! I am so proud of my progress on this project. Since I made some (minor) errors on the first page I decided to use a grid from now on and only work one color at a time. So far it’s been really helpful and I’ve made good progress. Tomorrow I should be able to post week 3 of the Steotchalong… and while I won’t specifically spoil the mystery, I will admit I’m a little disappointed with what it’s going to be. Regardless, I’ve had a good time stitching it and will stick with it.

Look at the finished product! “Gift of Peace” by Lavender and Lace. My first experience stitching on linen/evenweave (I believe it’s 28ct stitched over 2). I really enjoyed stitching this pattern, but as with most projects, I was ready to abandon it when I got close to the finish line. Especially since I saved the metallic stitching for last. However, I’m trying to be better and not have so many WIP’s in the wings. On that note, I’m now working on two projects that have been sitting for ages. One of them is a large project that has been sitting for over two years! The other is a small project but the Aida that came with the kit was so bad that I just hate working on it. I should have just replaced it and saved myself a lifetime of heartache and pain (a little hyperbole never hurt anybody). Let’s see if I can bring myself to post pics tomorrow.

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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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?