Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Show and Tell

Can you believe this is the last day of September?  I accomplished a ton of things this month, both around the house and crafty-wise, so I do know where the time went; but it sure went quickly!
I could almost call this month "Stitch-tember", I did so much cross stitching and sewing.  I'm certainly not complaining!

Let's start:  first up is Country Cottage  Needleworks September cottage.  I was still in an apple frame of mind when I picked this one.  I miscounted while cutting my linen and almost ran out of space.  Luckily I had enough threads to spare to sew a backing on for a pillow finish.  I had this cute blackboard ribbon in my stash and thought the little bell looked like an old fashioned school bell.

My next finishes are all by Prairie Schooler.  I had a great time using my own hand dyed threads with  two designs from the October Sampler:

I used the suggested DMC threads for these two pheasants.  I think this is my favourite stitch of the month as pheasants remind me of the farm where I grew up.

All of my September finishes together:

Near the end of the month I got the urge to crochet something.  The first thing up were APPLE coasters!  Are you suprised?!

These were quick and fun to stitch up in an evening.  The pattern is from a crochet calendar I got a few years ago at Costco.  They are perfect little coasters for hot, fall drinks like Maple Cream coffee.  I drink that when I get tired of paying for Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  To make one you put 1-2 tablespoons of real maple syrup and an equal amount of heavy cream in mug with a pinch of powdered ginger and pinch of cloves.  Fill with hot coffee and stir.  Whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon are optional but highly recommended:)

I also started a blanket!  This one has been on my mind for a very long time now, and I finally just had to get started.  It's going to mimic a Canadian classic.  Do you think you can guess what it is?

I also have two scarves and an Autumn themed tea cozy on my hooks, so I will be crocheting for much of next month as well!

While buying yarn for the blanket I couldn't resist these scrumptious fall colours:

I have been looking up every single fall themed crochet item I can find to use it.  I found this beautiful maple leaf pattern on Ravelry and stitched up these leaves.  I thought they would look nice on a pillow, and I found the perfect upholstery fabric last week.  I stitched them on with the sewing machine, but if I ever do something like this again I will definitely hand sew the crochet item on.

The pattern was written by Michelle over at The Painted Hinge and it's very simple.  I stitched these all up in an enjoyable afternoon in the sunshine.  I used Vanna's Choice yarn in Rust, Brick,  Mustard, Honey, and Chocolate.

For once the family is not being neglected due to my crafty ventures, thanks in part to a new purchase at the thrift store.  I think I have been baking a loaf of something tasty about every three days in my new Corning Ware pan.

  When I was little I received a whole set of plastic Corning Ware play dishes one Christmas.  I thought it was so lovely:  everything was so real looking; complete with clear plastic lids on the casserole dishes and a removable rack in the roasting pan.  Until that point my play dishes looked like play dishes with their bright colours and little faces on the sides of the cups and tops of plates.  This new set took playing house to a whole new level.  So you can see why I had a very pleasant trip down memory lane when I saw this loaf pan and promptly put it in my cart.  The fact that it was brand new, and made in Canada didn't hurt also - oh, and the four dollar price tag!

So that's my month my friends and it was a good one.  Canadian Thanksgiving is in two weeks  so hopefully I can persuade My Favourite Girl to do a little fall crafting with me before the push for Halloween starts.  (No, I still have not gotten her to 'play' with me yet!)

Thank you for your kind comments and visiting my little crafty space.
Happy Days!


Carol said...

What a delightful fall post, Jenn! I really love your schoolhouse ornament with the ribbon and bell--perfect accents :) And that pheasant pillow is darling. I'll have to stitch that, too, to remind me of my dad and his pheasant hunting days. Love the photo of all of your creations--I'm glad September was a stitch-filled month for you. Hope October is, too!

I'm sure your family is loving the yummy foods you're baking in your new Corning Ware pan. I grew up not too far from Corning, NY and that was always a favorite field trip in elementary school :)

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

Brigitte said...

Oh Jenn, what a great post this is. Your new fall finishes are so adorable, so beautifully stitched and finished. Wonderful little pillows and ornaments that look all great together.
The crochet coasters are very pretty and what a creative idea to make this fall leaves pillow. Great!

Robin said...

Super post! I enjoyed seeing all your September stitching and crocheting. I really like the leaves you crocheted to create your pillow. Enjoy your weekend!

Robin in Virginia

Justine said...

What a post full of autumn loveliness! Your stitched ornaments and pillows looks beautiful together, and your coasters and pillow are both stunning.

mrs. smythe said...

I love all the colors you're using so much! The pillows are beautiful - the little house one was my favorite, but I really like the pheasants too. I don't think I've seen pheasants stitched up on a craft item before, but they should be more often - they're such beautiful birds. Loved the coasters, too and the leaf appliques. Please keep us posted on the blanket - I confess I'm not familiar with the Canadian classic you referred to, so I'm looking forward to seeing the result. And, isn't it nice to be doing fall baking? I made gingerbread this week. I think I enjoyed the smell of it baking as much as I did the taste. Great pan, by the way! What a find!

mrs. smythe said...

Also - looking forward to trying the coffee recipe. Yum!

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