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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Let It Snow Cross Stitch on: December 31, 2014 01:04:10 PM
I wanted to finish this before the new year. Yahoo! Barely made it. I adjusted the pattern a bit but I like it a lot better this way.
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fake Snow on: December 21, 2014 05:07:58 AM
I am obsessed with fake snow right now, mainly because we just get rain in my neck of the woods. Do you have any recipes for fake snow.

I made some for my fairy garden with corn starch and shaving cream.
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cross Stitched Sewing Box from Dutch Cookie Tin Tutorial (image heavy) on: December 14, 2014 06:12:08 PM

During the holiday season I go a little overboard with Dutch Christmas Cookies . It is the only time of the year I eat them. At the end of Christmas I am left with a bunch of empty tins, that for quite some time, have lived in my pantry, collecting dust. While I could just throw them out or give them to a thrift store, I thought this year I could make Cross Stitched Sewing Box for all my stitchy friends.

The supplies you need for this project are:

Cookie Tin
Spray Paint
Drill with small drill bit that you can get your yarn or floss through the hole
Washi Tape
Yarn or floss
Image to cross stitch

Creating your pattern on your tin could be your first or second step, depending on what you feel comfortable with. I spray painted my tin first and then added my pattern. The only problem I came up with is that I needed to touch up the paint job after drilling the pattern. If you paint afterwards, you may fill in the holes with paint. At any rate, to add the pattern to top of the tin does require the use of a drill so remember your safety glasses. Tape your pattern onto the lid of the tin and then drill the SQUARES of the graph. Think of how you are going to stitch the cross and this will be a no brainer. Stitch all for corner of each stitch.

 As you can see from the picture, the holes create a box for your cross stitch.

 Once you have your holes drilled, your lid should look like this.

 I used an acrylic yarn to cross stitch the lid but you can use floss if you wish. Acrylic yarn will cause a slight fray, but I kind of like it because it gives the tin a sweater feel to it.

 Once the lid is done, you can work on the inside of the tin...the guts. Cut two pieces of heavy weight cardboard. One 7.50 inches and the other roughly 4. If your tin is bigger than the average cookie tin, measure your piece of cardboard before cutting.

I did a preplacement before gluing everything in place. Now that you have everything in place you can glue it in! I glued the two pieces of cardboard together first and then glued it to the bottom of the tin. I used a pen to place where the cardboard was going to sit. I used a glue gun but you can use gorilla glue or another kind of epoxy.

Fill in your sewing box! I filled my with floss, a pin cushion, pencil, paper, quilting wax, scissors and needleminders

 I was worried about snagging everything on the holes I drilled so I covered the back with washi tape and then added a magnet with a clip to hold my floss and pattern.
34  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Let's Go Bowling -NSFW on: December 09, 2014 09:33:13 AM
Every year for Christmas I get my husband something to do with the Big Lebowski. This year I stitched up these little guys. We say this quote whenever life gets stressful.

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35  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ribbon Quilted Ornament on: December 05, 2014 06:39:53 AM
My partner for the stocking swap had these type of ornament on her Pinterest. It was fun using this color combo.

36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Washi Tape Fairy Bird House on: December 05, 2014 06:37:07 AM
For the stocking swap I wanted to make my partner something bright and fun and something she could display all year round. The house is covered with washi tape. The tree can be taken out after Christmas and the house can be displayed for spring and summer.

Side view of the house
37  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Christmas Stocking on: December 05, 2014 06:32:19 AM
My partner in the stocking swap wanted a whimsical brightly colored stocking. I love the retro feel of this design. It is all done with felt.

Close up of ornaments
38  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wonder Woman Cross Stitch on: December 05, 2014 06:30:10 AM
My partner StacySews loves Wonder Woman so for the stocking swap I stitched this up for her.

39  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Christmas Gnomes Tea Towels on: December 05, 2014 06:28:48 AM
My partner, StacySews received her stocking swap yesterday so of course I have to post all the stitching goodies I made for her.

Aimee Ray published a new holiday book and these little guys were in there. They are so simple but so cute. There are two gnomes on each towel.

40  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wood Ornaments on: November 30, 2014 10:04:43 AM
I found these little kits and thought they were too cute to pass up. I love they look like Christmas cookies.

They are made of wood and would be perfect for beginners.
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