Flosstube Episode 41: Gratitude

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some finishes and some framed pieces, and some WIP progress.
SALs:
  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group also has monthly Darktober stitching SALs on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!
  • Year of WIPs Challenge in Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group
  • Salem Notforgotten SAL – in honor and remembrance of the 325th anniversary of the Salem witch trials.  We are using the Instagram tags #salemnotforgotten and #salem325 For more information on the Salem witch trials, here is a brief article.
  • Dutch Beauty SAL on instagram #dutchbeautysal with Emily (eclecticposessions) and I
Show notes:
Finishes:
  1. Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette on 32ct Lemon Zest Silkweaver with DMC (Year of WIPs piece)

Framed:

  1. Margaret Pence 1781 by Goode Huswife on 36ct Meadow Rue with DMC (my finish here)
  2. Jenny Bean’s Halloween by Shakespeare’s Peddler on 40ct Lakeside Pearled Barley with the Limited Edition GAST threads (you can see my finish here)
  3. Their Song (Loose Feathers #24) by Blackbird Designs on 30ct R&R Apple Brown Bindy with Weeks (finish here)
  4. And They Sinned (shown in this episode)

WIPs:

  1. Egypt Garden by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Days Gone By Silkweaver with silks, Petite Treasure Braid, DMC, delicas, Mill Hill bugle beads, and Swarovski crystals
  2. Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Design on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart with silks, Petite Treasure Braid, delicas, bugle beads, and Swarovski Crystals (Year of WIPs piece)
  3. Green Santa by Birds of a Feather on 40ct Weeks Cocoa with Weeks – stitching for Santa Sundays SAL on Instagram (#santasundayxs)

Stash:

  1. Needleminders and frame for haunted dollhouse from Cindy
  2. Project bag and grime guards from Carissa
  3. Halloween fabric from Joann’s
  4. JCS – October and Ornament issue

Reading:

  1. Finished The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  2. Currently Reading Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Gratitude:

  1. Coni at Spinster Stitcher blog
  2. Amy at Thread in Hand blog

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for a change in perspective and attitude

Flosstube Episode 27: Hot Mess Friday

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share progress on my WIPS, Dark13Stitching, and my plans for Stitch Maynia.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group also has monthly Darktober stitching SALs on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!
  • Year of WIPs Challenge in Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None

WIPs:

  1. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – started Halloween Rules by Milady’s Needle (with modifications).  Using Weeks on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch.
  2. Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – stitched on 40ct Stars Hollow linen from R&R with (mostly) the called for GAST, Weeks, and CC threads.  Started on 4/1/17 for the Coffee Quaker SAL

Here’s a photo of what Halloween Rules looks like…

Stitch Maynia plans:

  • New start: Merry Wind Farm Hornbook freebie (Tudor Rose Sampler Guild SAL)
  • Rotate through my 11 Year of WIPs pieces (full list of my Year of WIPs pieces is here)
  • Three active WIPs including my Halloween Neighborhood, Coffee Quaker, and one Dark October piece
  • My plan is to stitch two days on each piece (except one will only get one day) including working on my Neighborhood for Dark 13 Stitching

Stash:

  1. Painted and aged hornbook – made by a fellow guild member
  2. 40 count Tin Roof linen by Weeks Dye Works – purchased from The Stitch Niche
  3. Weeks Louisiana Hot Sauce – purchased from The Stitch Niche

Shout Outs:

  1. Andrea Stitches in Colorado
  2. MortuaryStitches
  3. Heather Thedford
  4. Tracy P
  5. Abi Bellastitch

Reading:

  1. Reading Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for making plans that make me happy and excited for May.

Flosstube Episode 23: Starting Fresh


Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my New Year’s Day start, progress on my Year of WIPs pieces, and Dark13Stitching.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group also has monthly Darktober stitching SALs on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!
  • Year of WIPs Challenge in Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None

WIPs:

  1. New Year’s Day start – Williamsburg Remembered Sewing Case by Catherine Theron – silk on linen – workshop taken 3/14/2009
  2. Le Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette – DMC on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver – started 2/19/2008
  3. Mermaid Fraktur by Plum Street Samplers – stitched with Weeks and Classic Colorworks on 36ct Earthen by PTP, stitching 1 over 2
  4. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – working on the house from Brightneedle’s Ghoulies and Ghosties Etui for this block.  Using a mix of Weeks, DMC, SNC, and Dinky Dyes on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch
  5. Weigh it Shawl 2 by Susan B. Anderson – size 9 Signature needles and Miss Babs Yowza in the Joan of Arc colorway

Stash:

  1. Color Delights – Rainbow needlepoint pattern by Needle Delights Originals (Kathy Rees)
  2. Thread Ring from Black Branch Needlework

Shout Outs:

  1. Mummula
  2. Stitcherista

Reading:

  1. Finished From Scratch by Rachel Goodman
  2. Reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Grateful for goals and plans.

Flosstube Episode 20: Dark October Hangover

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a full recap of my #darkoctoberstitching (including a new knitting start) and what I’ve been working on in November.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Cast Your Spells by Stacy Nash – stitched on 32 ct raw (natural) linen with DMC.  This was a club kit from Country Sampler.
  2. By the Light of the Moon freebie by The Primitive Needle – stitched as a block on my Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin on 35ct Brandy by Country Stitch with Weeks.  I changed the mushrooms to Parched Bones and swapped out Pumpkin with Sweet Potato
  3. El Dia del los Muertos ornament by Monsterbubbles – from the JCS September/October 2010 issue; stitched on 28ct Rainforest by Crossed Wing with GAST

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the September block called Clara Ellen; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Halloween Garden by The Primitive Needle – stitched on 35ct Putty by Weeks Dye Works with the called for Weeks threads.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  3. Halloween Fairy by Nora Corbett – stitched on 32ct Phantom by Silkweaver with DMC.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  4. Black’d Skie by The Primitive Needle – 40ct Pear with Pule Palette and SNC silks
  5. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – started block 12; stitching with DMC on 36ct. Vintage Lt. Examplar
  6. Mini Jeweled Scarabs by Dimples Designs – kit.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  7. Knitting – started Weigh It Shawl #2 by Susan B. Anderson with Miss Babs Yowza in the Joan of Arc colorway. A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.  Link to my Ravelry project page.

Shout Outs:

  1. Evergreen Needle
  2. Trisha of Three Owl Threads

Reading:

  1. Currently reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Just finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  3. Next up is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Grateful for fall weather.

Flosstube Episode 19: The Map Room

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my first two starts for #darkoctoberstitching, more framed pieces, and my plans for the rest of the month.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month and you can also join us for #darkoctoberstitching during the whole month of October.
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Finishing on Wicked (photo of the finished piece below).  Wicked by the Primitive Needle – stitched one over one on 30ct Antique Cotton by R&R with the called for Belle Soie silks.  My second time stitching this, you can see the first one here.  I stitched this one for the Halloween ornament exchange for the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild.  I’ll link to the post of all the ornaments as soon as it’s posted on the guild’s blog.
  2. Started and finished Cast Your Spells by Stacy Nash – stitched on 32 ct raw (natural) linen with DMC.  This was a club kit from Country Sampler.
  3. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I finished the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads

Wicked ornament finished

Framing:

  1. At Home with Jane Austen by The Sampler Girl – stitched on 28ct Light Mocha Wichelt with the called for Crescent Colors.  This design originally appeared in The Gift of Stitching March 2007.  I started this as my January 1 start in 2009 and finished it on 2/2/09.
  2. Return to the Sea with Jane Austen by The Sampler Girl – stitched on 28ct Light Mocha Wichelt with the called for DMC and Crescent Colors.  A companion piece to the first one, I started this on January 1, 2013 and finished it on 1/20/13.
  3. Good Tidings with Jane Austen by The Sampler Girl – stitched on 32ct Crème Brulee by R&R with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors.  A companion piece to the other two Jane Austen pieces.  I started this on January 1, 2014 and finished it on 1/28/14.

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the September block called Clara Ellen; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Halloween Garden by The Primitive Needle – stitched on 35ct Putty by Weeks Dye Works with the called for Weeks threads.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  3. Halloween Fairy by Nora Corbett – stitched on 32ct Phantom by Silkweaver with DMC.  A soon-to-be new start for #darkoctoberstitching.

Shout Outs:

  1. Evergreen Needle
  2. Olivia B.
  3. McKenna at Every Stitch Counts
  4. Primitive Stitcher
  5. Natasha

Reading:

  1. Currently reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Grateful for Dark October Stitching!!

Flosstube Episode 18: Wicked

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a couple finishes, a few more framed pieces, and my plans for #darkoctoberstitching.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month and you can also join us for #darkoctoberstitching during the whole month of October.
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Block 1 of Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings (also listed under WIPs).  I made two changes – I stitched the background of the letter in tent stitch over one and I changed the stream color to NPI 152.  The DMC/NPI 155A was just too green for me, so I went a shade bluer.
  2. Wicked by the Primitive Needle – stitched one over one on 30ct Antique Cotton by R&R with the called for Belle Soie silks.  My second time stitching this, you can see the first one here.
  3. Heart Tree by JBW Designs – stitched on unknown fabric (but probably a 28ct ivory Wichelt) with Weeks Bullfrog and Garnet.  There is a brass heart charm that goes at the top that will be added later

Framing:

  1. A Little Bitty Ark by Homespun Elegance – stitched with DMC on 28ct linen and finished in 2001.  I’ve never shown this piece on my blog before, so I’ve added a photo of it below before framing.
  2. Rampant Cats by Barbara Ana
  3. Quaker Garden by Blackbird Designs – stitched with Weeks and GAST on 30ct Garden State Java by R&R and finished in 2006

Little Bitty Ark

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – 36ct Vintage Light Examplar with DMC.  Started SAL September 1 and aiming for a block a month.

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Just Cross-Stitch 2016 ornament issue
  2. Death Head Moth Needle Knack from Winton Junction

Reading:

  1. Finished The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Currently reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Grateful for fall!!

It’s Friday, Y’all!

It's Friday, Y'all!

I’m back with some fun things to share with you today from when Eric and I went to the State Fair back in October.  You know seeing the Creative Arts and Textiles building is always high on my list and it’s always fun to see the pieces people have entered.  I hope you enjoy getting to see some of the pieces I thought were “highlights”. 

I’m always a sucker for a sparkly Chatelaine Designs piece, and this one is no exception.  This is one of her Christmas Mystery designs. 

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A little closer so you can see the detail.
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Sweet little mini quilt that looks like a Jo Morton.
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And the hooked rugs always get me.  I have two kits that I bought many years ago, and I really need to make it a priority to learn how to hook. 
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Pretty applique quilt.  I thought the border was interesting as well, with the dark fabric and then the triangle pieces.  It’s kind of shame that they folded the sides in to display this piece, because I think that border probably changes the look of the quilt completely with the dark surround. 
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Cathedral Windows quilt – I’m always in awe of these due to the amount of time and skill they require.  This one is a more traditional looking quilt with the white background, whereas the one I showed you last year was done in very modern fabrics.  Interesting to see the comparison. 
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A little closer for detail.
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I love the texture created from the windows.  
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Another mini quilt, but opposite end of the spectrum from the one earlier.  I love the fabrics and colors in this – especially the grey background and binding.  It makes the stars really pop.  Hard to see in this photo, but the quilting was done in multi-colored or variegated thread. 
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The miniatures are always fun to look at too.  I love these little individual scenes, and I totally cannot resist miniature desserts!!
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A little closer…look at the yule log way down at the bottom.  Too cute!!
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Another hooked rug. 
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This quilt I thought was interesting because of the shapes.  It reminds me of “tongues” like you’d see in a penny rug, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a quilt like this before. 
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Mini Dresdens!  It’s amazing the effect when you take a bunch of these and assemble them together.  
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Closer…
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I am so in love with this tiger.  It’s so different from the usual sheep you see in hooked rugs.  I seriously want this in my house.  Someone come make it for me!
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Beautiful jewel tones in this rug. 
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Now, I have to admit that I totally don’t get these entries.  There’s always a ton of “stuff” that have been entered and often with ribbons, but I don’t get what the point is.  The pieces are interesting, I’ll give you that, but why enter something you pulled out of your attic or bought at a antique shop?  If anyone knows, I’d love to be enlightened!  But, I took this photo because I thought the old Oz books were cool – brought back some memories. 
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Fun frame for this BOAF piece.  I love how it brings out the blue in the stitching. 
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I wish I’d gotten a better photo of this one – very pretty sampler.  No idea what sampler it is though.
 
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This piece was stitched by one of the ladies in my guild and won Best in Show.  This is the second year in a row that we’ve had a member with that honor.  This is all Blackwork.  And let me tell you, it is gorgeous in person.  Plus it makes me think of the Boleyn girls, so I love it.  And you can’t really tell here, but this is a big piece!!
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This was a fun hooked rug.  I really love this and of course, since it’s depicting a Dallas landmark, it makes it even better.  Beautiful rail fence pattern in the background. 
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Of course these HAED-type pieces are amazing to look at.  I started one HAED years ago and I think I managed to stitch about a 40×40 stitch area and called it quits.  I absolutely applaud anyone that can finish one of these because they are not easy – mainly I think because it’s really impossible to see what you’re stitching because it’s usually such a small area it just looks like pixelated color until you get a good chunk of it done – then the image starts to form.  
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Here’s a closer look.
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Another beautiful sampler – this looks like a Moira Blackburn to me, but not sure if it is.  Beautiful stitching.
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Another miniature – look at the moose head on the wall.  
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Look at the little dog!  And the tiny jars and mirror.  Amazing!
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Love this applique quilt.  Looks like this is all done in batiks, which gives it those pretty jewel tone colors.
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Check out this painted Halloween box.  Most of the Halloween stuff doesn’t interest me usually because it’s usually too cutesy for me, but this I love. 
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As you can see, the whole thing is painted, not just the top.  So fun.  Wonder what the inside looks like??
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And this was a little blast from the past for me.  This is a Just Nan piece that was a limited edition piece for The Silver Needle years ago (like maybe 10??).  Mine’s still in the original packaging, never stitched.  And it may or may not be accompanied in the box by like four other limited edition pieces.  Maybe. 
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It really is a super cute piece.  It’s a little ort box, with the attached felt pumpkin pincushion.  I swear, put the words “limited edition” on something and I’m all “SOLD”!  Maybe after I learn rug hooking I’ll start working on some of this stuff that’s in my “archives”.   
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And finally, one last quilt.  I think this is such a fun, bright quilt.  The fabric is all vegetable/fruit fabric.  How fun is that.  And what drew me to it as well was that when I went up to my LNS a couple of years ago to spend the morning cutting my fabric for my Kiss Kiss quilt, there was a woman there working on a quilt with this same fruit/veggie fabric.  No idea if this is hers or not, but it was so fun watching her work with those fabrics. 
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See how fun?
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So there you have it.  Another year at the fair.  I hope you guys enjoy seeing these photos.  Like I said, I love wandering through the exhibit every year and every year it’s different.  
I am grateful for the end of a hard week. 

Nightshade and Nightmare

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If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you probably already know of my love affair with Tula Pink‘s fabric.  When Miss Tula released her Nightshade line a couple of years ago, matching her amazing design talent with an utterly gothic take on Halloween, I was instantly sunk.  This line is probably one of my all time favorites of hers and I have some carefully hoarded cuts in my stash.  I don’t share my Tula stash lightly, but when my niece’s birthday rolled around, I knew I had to make an exception.  
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My niece and I are surprisingly like-minded and she loves anything dark and creepy and cool, so I decided that a pillowcase made from some Nightshade would be the perfect thing for her to bring to sleepovers and such.  
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I made each side different so that I could use two different pieces from the focal Coven print.  I pulled some fabric out of my stash for the sashing around the focal prints, and then a different tone on tone for the edging of the pillowcase.  
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And I absolutely had to use the Spider Blossom fabric for the background.  It’s full of little hidden “Tula treasures” like skulls, lightning bolts, moons, and spiderwebs.  Plus, it matches the case on my phone, so I thought a little nod to us matching was a good thing.  
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If you’ve ever heard a twelve-year-old girl squeal with delight, you can imagine the reception this gift got when we celebrated her birthday.  It holds a place of honor on her bed, along with her One Direction blanket.  lol
And just when I thought I’d have a little break and get back to doing some stitching and quilting for me, I got a call from my niece asking for help with her Halloween costume.  You may recall last year she went as the Mad Hatter?  So, this year she wanted to go as Sally from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.  I swear this kid and I are sharing brainwaves.  So, in case you haven’t seen the movie, here’s Sally…
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Being a Tim Burton movie, it’s thoroughly dark and creepy.  But, here was my dilemma.  When you do a search online, what comes up is a plethora of horridly garish and brightly colored versions of Sally’s dress.  Well, no thank you.  So, a few weekends ago, my gothic twin came to spend the night and we went over to a resale shop.  I started pulling shirts off the racks that fit in with the color scheme I had in my head.  I wanted the overall feel to be dingy, muted, while still keeping with the patterned patchwork look.  We found a dress that could be used as the base, and then I began cutting up the shirts we got and sewing them on.  And here’s what I ended up with.  Trust me when I tell you that she looks super adorable (in a very cool gothic way) in the dress. 
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I sewed all the scraps onto the base dress, and then I went back in and added some big decorative stitches for effect. 
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Here’s the back.  We lucked out to find a dress that only fastened by a button at the top, so I wasn’t having to work around zippers or anything of that nature.  
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I can’t even begin to tell you how much work went into this dress.  Probably 90% of it was done by hand.  I did attach some of the larger pieces by machine, but I was trying to work between the lining and the dress itself, which made that a bit difficult. 
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I’m really please with how it turned out and so is she.  I brought it to her yesterday and she immediately went to try it on.  She paired it with some black and grey striped knee-high socks, black ankle boots, and grey wool wristwarmers.  Love that kid!  
But now that I have birthday and Halloween done, I’ll be getting back to my stitching and quilting.  I can’t wait to see pics of her on Halloween though.  
Thanks for stopping by, and you may have noticed that I’ve changed the template I’m using for the blog.  Hopefully this fixes the issue with commenting since I’ve switched it over to a template that isn’t dynamic.  Let me know if you’re still having problems though.  I absolutely love reading your comments and they are important to me!  
Happy Halloween!
I am grateful for matching macabre sensibilities. 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat

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I went from having nothing to share to having so much to share I don’t know where to begin.  Unfortunately, I haven’t yet had a chance to load photos and edit photos for all the good stuff I have to show you.  But I thought I’d pop in quickly and share a couple of things I’ve been busy with.  
My niece decided that she wanted to be the Mad Hatter (the Johnny Depp Mad Hatter, of course) for Halloween and could I please make her a hat?  So, made her a hat I did.  
We found a hat at the Halloween store and I use that as the starting point.  
I made the hatpins.
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I thought it turned out nicely.  
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I also bought her some wild fabric to tie around her neck in a big floppy bow and some things to do her hair and makeup.  So, she should be all set for tonight!
October is always a crazy busy month for us, and this one has been no exception.  I’ve been to the Arboretum to see the Chihuly exhibit, to the State Fair and saw the Chinese Lantern Exhibit, we celebrated Eric’s birthday, and I attended my Betsy Morgan workshop that EGA held.
I didn’t manage to get my quilt finished for the Tula Pink sew along, but last night I got to meet the woman herself on her way back from Quilt Market in Houston.  
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I can hardly contain my excitement for her new line and I’m anxious to get back to my sewing.  
So, that’s what I’ve been up to and I will have photos and recaps to share with you soon.  Tonight we will celebrate the holiday in the usual style by ordering a pizza and watching Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  
Thanks for stopping by to see what I’ve been up to!
I am grateful for a full dance card.

October

New October stitching
October is one of my favorite months, although it is often one of the busiest months of the year for us.  I haven’t had a whole lot of time to do much stitching (or blogging obvs), and as you notice this post is brought to you entirely in Instagram photos due to lack of time for editing photos.  
So, I’ve been trying to get into the groove with stitching on my WIPs, but it’s been hit or miss.  I pulled out a little piece that is perfect for this time of year and started it on the 1st.  The chart, fabric, and threads were a gift from Lori for my birthday.  I’m really enjoying stitching on this piece, which is nice because lately I haven’t enjoyed stitching on much of anything. 
Another sweet friend of mine gifted me with these awesome skull ornaments last week.  I love it that my friends know me so well. 
Skulls
I had hoped I’d have lots of quilting to share too, but alas, there’s none going on.  I’m holding out hope for some time at my machine this weekend.  
About the only thing I’ve managed to do with any regularity lately is read (and paint my nails, but that’s a given).  
Gone Girl with Metro Chic
Have you read Gone Girl?  That is one book that I could not put down.  Seriously.  
And my new book, that I started on Friday.  It’s the second book in a series.  Also another good read.  
Unholy Magic with Berry Hard
And of course, my days are not complete without one of the boys curled up on my lap.  They have gotten so big, it’s weird to think that four months ago they were itty bitty.  This is my sleepy Ramses. 
Curled up with a sleepy Ramses
Hope that October is treating you well, and I’ll be (hopefully) back soon with some quilting progress and some more stitching.  
I am grateful for slice of life photos.