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1  Re: Box of Sunshine Swap (SIGNUP 2017 Jan 27-Feb 4 ; MAIL BY Feb 17 2017). Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Witty_Child on: February 25, 2017 11:47:24 AM
I received a bright-and-sunny box from ilovesnails on Thursday!

First up: a cheery little paper-crafted canvas that I think will have to grace my cubicle at work, and a little crocheted sun.  My cat loves the sun, and tried to abscond with it while I was carefully photographing everything.  Smiley

Assorted Aida cloth, which warms the cockles of this stitcher's heart.

I love the bright yellow of that scarf!

...now, if only it would stop snowing here, I might be able to coax some bright blooms from these...

There are no words for how awesome this Simpsons fabric is!

Thank you for a lovely, sunny package, ilovesnails - this was such a fun swap!
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2  Happy Toast in Needlework: Completed Projects by Witty_Child on: July 10, 2010 09:05:41 AM
I embroidered this onto a toaster bag for my parents' anniversary (but I won't bore everyone with the whole story behind that, LOL).   Cheesy  I used an Urban Threads design with some pretty basic stitches: satin stitch for the crusts, eyes, mouth, and hearts, and backstitch for everything else.  This was also my first time trying crayon tinting - mainly because I was too lazy to use a fill stitch of some sort for those vast expanses of peanut butter and jam - and I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.  It was well-received, and is now a key part of breakfast preparation in the household.

Thanks for looking!
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3  R.I.P.'s Girl in Needlework: Completed Projects by Witty_Child on: October 18, 2009 01:52:40 PM
I found this project in the Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue.  Isn't she cute?  I only wish I had thought to take a picture in the dark (her eyes are stitched with DMC Light Effects glow-in-the-dark thread - by day, they look totally unassuming...muahahaha!) before I took her to work to delight and amuse my coworkers.  Heh.

And yes, those are red seed beads on her jewelry and glasses.  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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4  Onesies (lots of pictures!) in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Witty_Child on: April 04, 2009 09:49:32 AM
One of the girls on my bowling league is pregnant, and I thought I'd stitch her a little something for her pending arrival.  Naturally, the Bowling Betties patterns sprung immediately to mind:

This one was all done in stem stitch, with a little satin stitch for variety.  Of course, we bowl five-pin, so our balls are smaller (tee-hee!) and don't have the finger holes, but the overall effect is there, I think.  The configuration of the pins amused me, too, because if you manage to hit the head pin and the ones on either side of it, you've just scored Aces, which is roughly the equivalent of a seven-ten split in ten-pin (I think), and terribly difficult to spare.

I didn't know whether she was having a boy or a girl (and she doesn't either - but we'll be finding out by the end of the month!), so when I decided on the kitten motif, I made it as gender-neutral as possible.  The fur is stem stitch, but the bow and features, and the "Baby", are all done in backstitch.  I got lazy, haha. 

I gave them to her this Wednesday, and she absolutely loved them, as did her teammates.  They couldn't believe I had done it all by hand!  I don't think you can find bowling-themed baby goods in many places, so she's got a one-of-a-kind item!

Thanks for looking!
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5  Lisa Petrucci Angel n' Devil Tea Towels in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Witty_Child on: October 14, 2008 05:37:51 PM
These were a combination housewarming/birthday gift for my friend Dan - she loved them!  (And thought I bought them already embroidered....sshhhh!  Cheesy LOL.)

Posing side-by-side on my oven door:

And close-ups!

I remain thoroughly enamoured with the devil....I may have to do her again and keep her this time!

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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6  "Bite Me" Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Witty_Child on: August 22, 2008 06:45:10 PM
I do love Subversive Cross Stitch, and when I found out my operational support clerk at work was moving to another team, the "Bite Me" design seemed like the perfect snarky-yet-vaguely-work-appropriate parting gift.  Heh.  I jazzed up the colours a bit to suit his personality, and mounted it in a trivet under the pretext of making it at least somewhat functional.

The stitching:

All framed and ready to go:

The lucky recipient:

I'm really happy with how it turned out (love those fluorescent threads!), but by far the best part was hearing him crack up once he took a closer look and read what it said.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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7  Guess when my coworker's birthday is! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Witty_Child on: May 13, 2007 09:56:47 AM
It happened like this:

I had cross-stitched a dragon design for a different coworker who collects dragons, and framed it in a trivet.  She loved it, as did a second coworker, who not-too-subtly said, "You know, my birthday's in May..."  (Whoops, I just gave it away!  Cheesy)  Luckily, I knew the second coworker loves cats, and had the perfect design in mind.  It's a Mini-Kats design from Kats by Kelly.

Excuse the flash glare, please, I used this photo because you can see the blending filament sparkling.  And although you can't tell, the eyes are done in DMC Light Effects glow-in-the-dark.  Also, I think I am in love with trivets as a framing alternative.

Thanks for looking!
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8  Santa Top in Costumes: Completed Projects by Witty_Child on: December 24, 2004 12:50:54 PM
Working until 1:00 AM on Christmas Eve sucks...but I made this in an attempt to lend some festive ambience to the office tonight.

A close-up of the bell sleeves (in more than one way, ha!):

Have a great Christmas, everyone!
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