Yes, the tree of hearts is indeed fantastic!! I had a couple more 4" embroidery hoops that I'd spray-painted red a while back, so I popped it into one of those and will hang it up in my crafting space tonight .
Troublet spoiled me BIGTIME, using things on my Wist as inspiration . Without further delay:
I *love* this muchly!! We don't get lots of rain where we live, and when we do it tends to be in the form of nasty ole thunderstorms. I miss being able to be outside in the rain without having to worry about lightning! This embroidery + applique reminds me of what it was like to live somewhere where you could enjoy playing in the rain. The colors are perfect -- very much me .
A closer-up shot; the colors are more true in this picture than in the above one. Flawless work!
This next picture is also inspired by one in my Wist. Again, fantastic-for-me colors. The bird and leaves are paper. I really want to try something like that, so it's wonderful to have one that I can look at up-close-and-personal.
Some crocheted cloths (I've been wanting more of these!) and one of my favorite cartoon characters of all time, Blooregard Q. Kazoo!! He will sit on the worktable in my home office / crafting space and I will smile every time I see him .
Thank you sooooo much, Troublet!! This was truly a fantastic package.
I received a wisty surprise today from starmumplus -- it's a quilted list-taker, which has been at the top of my wish list, and I love it!! When I'm taking notes in meetings, I hate people to see how messy messy messy my handwriting is, so now I can close my list-taker & no one's the wiser. I almost broke down last week and bought a generic, black, masculine list-taker at the office supply store -- now I'm soooooo glad I didn't!!
Here's the front:
The inside has such gorgeous cheery fabric -- love the lemon-yellow flowers, and two pockets (one for my legal pad, the other for my desk calendar):
This is a pic of the front and back, so you can see all of the different fabrics starmumplus used. There's such a nice selection of gorgeous fabrics!
Here are the knitted washcloths and felted bowls I received from lapoli. I love them all -- love the textures, especially love the colors. The felted bowls are a lovely mossy green, which the picture, I don't think, does justice to (lapoli, if you have a better picture of the bowls, please post it!). When I reshaped the bowls, I gave them flat bottoms and will use them for storing buttons and other crafting bits-n-bobs. I love having the washcloths because I'm a newbie knitter and being able to hold and see how stitches should look is invaluable -- not to mention the washcloths are beautiful and oh-so-soft . Thanks lapoli!!
The dressform pincushion is ADORABLE!! It's going on my Wist .
I rearranged my craft room / office last week and finally got around to hanging all my wall stuff up a couple nights ago. I used embroidery hoops to frame the cross-stitch and the embroidery Padfoot sent me, so wanted to show a picture of the end result of those.
I used a black Sharpie to "paint" the embroidery hoop the witch cross-stitch is in, and happened to have some adorable black polka-dotted ribbon to use as a hanger.
For the tree-n-stars embroidery, I had some dark blue with cream-colored stars fabric, so bonded the embroidery to that fabric. The fabric shows through, but I like how it looks - sort of like a very dark night with lots of stars. I had an embroidery hoop I'd spray-painted silver a while back and like how that looked with the fabric. No silver ribbon so I used pink for now, but I'll score some silver ribbon next trip to Hobby Lobby and swap it out.
My craft room walls are very green, and both of these look really nice hanging up against the green .
I received from redflags today! She filled me up a box with knitting supplies . I am a (very!) newbie knitter and had told myself I wouldn't go spend a bunch of money on supplies until I get past the all-thumbs beginner phase. I have two sets of needles and two skeins of yarn (plus a gauge counter and the rubber protectors that go on the end of needles), period.
I'd really wanted to try out circular needles but couldn't justify buying more needles, so when redflags offered to send me a variety of needles I jumped on that offer!! She sent me a whole bunch of needles, a nice variety of yarn (which our dogs were VERY interested in checking out LOL), and a knitting book (oh, I so love crafting books and magazines!!).
I can't wait to go through the knitting book (which I will do when I get off Craftster), and I can't wait to try out that chunky red-and-black yarn and the circular needles. Thank you so, so much, redflags!!! (And thank you for coordinating the swap, Oops Creations.)
Here's my completed towel, and then, just for grins, a picture of my towel from this round and my towel from the last round . I want to back both or figure out how to put a trim around the edges, and then hang them in our kitchen when we finish reno'ing it (we're doing the work ourselves so it happens in spurts!). Thanks to my group-mates for a fabulous towel -- my guys love it too!!