Here we are to date:
I also made some progress on 'Vintage Christmas' by Country Cottage Needleworks.
I have to frog the birds because they are supposed to be white. That makes much more sense than pink, and at first I thought they were supposed to be pastel coloured cardinals! I think I just did too much cross stitch that day and couldn't read the pattern correctly. I decided I would like to work on Christmas designs only in July when I have the time, so hopefully I can get this completed and get to work on another larger seasonal design.
This next little design was a freebie with Cross Stitch Crazy magazine and I loved the colours of course! I switched out the aida for evenweave and I thought it would be a perfect stitch for my new home. I believe the designer is Emma Congden on this one.
Another cute magazine freebie came with The World of Cross Stitching magazine this month too. There was a little booklet of cross stitch alphabets with two free skeins of Madeira floss in pink and blue. As soon as I saw this Union Jack alphabet I knew just what I wanted to make:
I keep my loose tea tins in this basket and thought a little label would be so cute.
I made a few little accessories for my stitching as well. I have seen a lot of needle minders on various You Tube stitching videos and was intrigued. I have a beautiful one from Kelmscott, but it never occurred to me I could make my own! This is proving to be quite addicting I tell you....
Some pretty autumnal coloured beads at the dollar store inspired me to make a scissor keep for Fall:
I saw these charms at the craft store and I think I actually squealed with delight. (According to My Favourite Girl I did and that's why she ran the other way) How cute are these?!
You had better believe I scouted out a coupon tout de suite in order to buy these. I attached the little charms with jump rings to one of those necklace extenders, then hooked it on to a larger lobster clasp. Now it's a cutie-pie zipper pull for one of my project bags.
My crochet hook saw some action in June as well. I first saw this corner to corner baby blanket on Becky's blog. I am always finding projects there I want to make, and since I had half of the required yarn already in my stash I could get started right away. This is called the 'Spring into Summer' blanket and it is a free pattern you can find HERE.
This was nice to work on in the hotel room and car while on our house hunting trip. The first half seems to take a while, but I noticed the second half just zipped by. My issue is now this: if you look in the top left corner you will see I ran out of yarn just as I was about to finish the main section. The pattern says it takes three balls of this yarn to make the blanket with a border. My crocheting must have been pretty relaxed because what you see here took three balls. I went to two stores to get another ball and both are out of stock. Talk about frustrating! Now I have to wait until we move to our new town and hope I can track one more ball down there. It would have been nice to have it all completed before I move, but I suppose there are worse things to do than having to source craft shops in a new city aren't there?
Now, I'm sure you will have a hard time believing this (!!), but sometimes I need a creative project I can really sink my teeth into. Well, this time it was a sander, but you know what I mean!
Our current kitchen table will be too big to fit into our new kitchen, so I ended up buying a smaller one from a friend. I spent an enjoyable day getting dusty and making lots of noise by sanding down and refinishing the table top. I left the bottom alone because I like the painted part. If there was such a thing as a craft nerd, I think I would definitely make the cut.... Moving in three weeks? How about re-doing a table?
Well my friends, I am finally at the end. I have said a lot of goodbyes this past month, and in the next week there will be many more. This is likely the last update I will post before moving, so next time you hear from me I will have a new base for my Crafty World. Thank you so much for visiting, and I look forward to seeing what you are up to in the next few weeks. Have a wonderful summer!!