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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lucky Jackson Girl with Record Player on: March 24, 2015 08:02:28 AM
I love Lucky Jackson's patterns. For the Awesome Swap I stitched this up for ArtsyCandice.

Lucky Jackson embroidery for c-ster swap by kittykill, on Flickr

close up of stitching:
close up of Lucky Jackson by kittykill, on Flickr
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Washi Tape Holder on: March 02, 2015 08:33:13 AM
My washi tape was getting out of hand, I needed to organize it. Ladies and gents...the washi tape holder! The top flips open to remove the tape. Now I just need three more of them for the rest of my tape.

With the drawers open (TWSS!)
33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Geometric Cross Stitch on: February 09, 2015 01:41:03 PM
This was a quick cross stitch I did over the weekend. I love the colors. It reminds me of the 1950's

34  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine Light Garland -Image Heavy on: February 06, 2015 10:09:44 AM
For some reason I put my Valentine decorations in a place where I can't find them. That's okay, I'll just make new decorations!

These lights are from Target and I tied ribbon around the string and took tiny clothes pins to attach doilies and vintage Valentines.

Lights on:

I found this printable online (Dating Divas, I believe), cut out the numbers, used the rest of the tiny clothes pins and bakers's twine, framed it and placed it on the mantle. I might put a few more things up if I have time.

35  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross stitch clock on: January 25, 2015 03:23:11 PM
There are three in the series of clocks. This is the first one. I just love them! I used perforated paper so I could cut out the clock. I am not sure how I am going to mount them once they are done.

36  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Summer Garden Angel on: January 25, 2015 03:18:42 PM
I just love this series of patterns. There are four. I have stitched the spring garden angel and this is the summer one.

37  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Let Them Eat Cake! on: January 08, 2015 08:28:33 AM
I love this pattern and finally got a chance to stitch it up over the holidays. I am going to find a fancy frame for her and maybe include the quote:

Always remember the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same that crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.

38  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.
39  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.
40  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.
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