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Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Blossom & Bees" special on Etsy...When supplies are gone I will not reprint :(

I have a special to offer you. I am discontinuing "Blossom and Bees" .
The regular price is $16.00 and includes the charted design, wool for the bee hive and a paper pin that I made to start your collection of pins for the hive. The sale price is $8.00 until my stock is depleted. 
I designed this in 2010 when I wanted to start using wool along with some cross stitching. I do love using wool and the little bee skep is 3 dimensional. I was also making the bee pins at the time and have not made them in a long time. Maybe I can have my daughter work on some for me and add them to the esty shop.
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Here is some more info on the design that you might find helpful.
 Stitch Count 152 X 120    Design is approx. 9.5 X 7.5
32ct Sandstone linen
14 ct Aida or 28ct linen over 2 10.86 X 8.58
16 ct Aida or 32ct linen over 2  9.5 X 7.5
18 ct Aida or 36ct linen over 2 8.44 X 6.66
DMC
White
434
728
730
732
733
822
834
920
3371
3712
3829
Framing By: Valley House Primitives LLC 
http://www.valleyhouseprimitives.com
I used some Rhodes Stitches in the tiny hanging Bee hives. 
Have a good night
donna
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Proverbs 16:24
"Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and health to the body"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New stitching Club and more photo shares from fellow stitchers

New design for the "Bay-side Sampler Club"
This is my image for the new design that I will have starting in January.
I will have more info with this Fridays newsletter regarding this once a month stitching program.
Soooo Excited for this Club!!!!
**********************************************I had a late entry for the giveaway stitching challenge.
 It is Deb , check out her blog and this is her finish. A cute ornament and I love the polka dot ribbon. 

Thank you Deb for sharing and I have a small gift on the way for you.
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I also have another stitching friend from Maine. This is some work from Jackie, she lives in Fryburg Maine.
Stitched By Jackie

Stitched By Jackie

Stitched By Jackie
Just Beautiful and I thank everyone that shares their handwork with me. I appreciate it !!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Winner of the GIVEAWAY... and a conversion for Mr Turkey.Valdani, Weeks Dye Works and DMC


Happy Sunday, 
I have a winner for the giveaway. It is Eva from Hungary , she is the only entry and the pumpkin is adorable. Please visit her site, follow her if you can. 
So the pumpkin head punch needle that I made is going on a far away trip to his new home. 
Thank you so much Eva. Your work made my day :)
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Many of you have asked for a conversion for the Valdani threads for "Mr Turkey" punch needle. 
They were wonderful to use with nice shading and I also used Weeks Dye works for the cross stitch turkey. Many of you like DMC too so I made my own conversion for the 3 different fiber companies.
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“Mister Turkey” Conversion Chart
I used Valdani 3 strand floss balls for the punch needle
 Weeks Dye for the Cross Stitch turkey 
These are my choices and they are not perfect but as close as I could choose. 
The DMC comparison should be blended or used as solids but alternating colors.
The choice is up to you. I hope this is helpful. donna.

Valdani           Weeks Dye DMC
O153 1264 Louden 831/3011
O501 4129 Swamp Water 3021/3781
O503 4121 Indian Summer 304/814
O506 2242 Cognac 921/301
O513 1236 Mocha 3863/3862
O572 3950 Chesapeake 500
P2      2197 Oscar 730/3011
P4          1107 Cattail 3033/Ecru
P12              1269 chestnut 801/938
                    1150 Spanish Moss     648/3072
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I also have an announcement!!! I will be having a special design that is available on the Blog/Etsy. 
If you remember I mentioned long ago that I have been designing a 36 inch tall cross stitch scene. 
I have been working on this design for a few years. Always making changes. 
Well I finally finished it and will be offering it as a year long project. 
If you choose to participate you will be emailed a 3 inch by 11 inch section once a month to stitch. 
There will be a blog that you will be invited to publish on and share your photos.
 I still have to think of cute names and create the blog, the design is finished as a chart but of course I have not stitched it myself. We can do this project together. 
The cost will be $7.00 per month. You must sign up for the 12 months to complete this project and at the end I will be sending out to you a special  thank you kit made just for this class. 
So check back for more information and it should be fun. Plan on starting January 1st.
donna


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Giveaway update and New design pics

Here are my pictures of ?
I need a name and not TOM, to many Toms out there 
This is a close up of my stitchery turkey. I added some distress stain around the outside of the stitching to make him look old and dirty. I already had pre-coffee dyed the fabric 

I finished him as a ditty bag
The next pictures are of my cross stitch turkey
He measures approx 7 x 7 and was stitched on 32ct linen. So it was hard to find a frame for him. I used an 8 x 10 that I had, set him of to the left and then thought I should fill it in with some bittersweet.


 So I went outside and picked some, brought it in the house and started to cut it up to lay it down and realized that the little orange pieces are so wet. I couldn't use that and have it stain the stitched piece so that idea was a wash. 

Maybe fake bittersweet would do but I didn't have time to go to the store. I found some fake red berries and added those to the picture by stitching those in place. 
I am happy now :)

The punch needle turkey is kinda finished. I added him to a wool background and I am not sure if I want to hang him or lay him on a table. 
But here are his pictures



I have to pick up hubby from the hospital again. He has been there for a few days and then take him to a doctors appt. As soon as I get back home I will work on the directions and these should be ready by Sunday or Monday the latest. 

GIVEAWAY UPDATE
I will have the drawing for the punch needle pumpkin head giveaway on Sunday. So get those photos in to be eligible :)
Hope you are having a good day, the weather here is terrible, so windy and so much rain. They say we are having a nor'easter. I can not imagine if this was snow!!. Its been days :(
Have Peace today
donna


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Freebie for Punch Needle and a giveaway...but you have to do something too


It took me almost all day to finish these little guys. I kept trying different ways to finish them and kept changing my mind. I hate it when that happens :( but they are finally finished.
***One of the things I changed was the vine around the hat. I did punch needle it and didn't like it because it just looked like a mess of green, so I took it out and punch the hat plain black. The pattern that I have for you does have the vine drawn on the design but you can just omit it or if you use freezer paper and your copier, it will print but just ignore it and punch the hat all solid. So the colors are the same as the cross stitch design (had to improvise on one of the pumpkins, ran out of that color) but the backgrounds are DMC 831 and 833 for the green guy and the the other beige background  is an overdyed (lost the name-sorry). I used a 3 strand punch needle for the image but for the background I used 6 strands of floss.

BIG GIVEAWAY BUT THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO!!
I will giveaway one of these guys ...the choice is up to the winner as to which one you would like. 
BUT........You have to cross stitch the FREEBIE from the previous post and send me a picture. That will get your name in the hat 1 time and if you post it on your blog and link back to me that will get your name in the hat 2x's . Yes it is a bit of work for you but it will be so much fun for us to see your finish and I can link back to you if you have a blog and other stitching friends will check you out. Who knows maybe you can make some new friends.

So here is the link to the pattern for punch needle, (just a plain line drawing) I have it imaged 2x's in case you want to make one for a friend at the same time and save on fabric waste :) 
Good Luck, Happy Stitching and hope to see those photos coming in 
email me at stitchbythebay at hotmail dot com 
donna

Friday, October 17, 2014

Freebie cross stitch chart today :). and punch needle tomorrow........



          Click here for free PDF pattern for cross stitch 
Here is a link to the free chart for this season. 
I have it in the cross stitch form and I will also have it the punch needle form. 
That will be posted tomorrow because I am still working on the punch needle. It will make a cute pin or just to hang. 
I hope you will enjoy it !!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Exchange........and a peek @ ?(no name yet)

This is what I received from L Smith. I am so sorry I lost the card you sent me but I still had the envelope with L Smith. This little guy came all the way from Australia along with some chocolate treats but those were gone before I had a chance to take the picture:) I just love him/her and I am so thankful so thank you, thank you, thank you , it was a nice surprise. 

This is what I sent out.   
This was the first time I ever did an exchange and I was not sure what to send or make but I enjoyed it and the surprise is the best waiting for the mailman. 
I truly love my pumpkin head :) and a big thank you to Kim from Wisdom with Needle and Thread for hosting this. 
I have been staying up pretty late at night stitching away on my turkey and this is my progress.

I am off to fold charts and check for the photos. 
Come back tomorrow for the Freebie, I am still playing with it, always seeing something I can change.
donna 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Freebie Coming Soon .....and a peek of my new punch needle design


Happy Day!!, 
I just designed a free chart for you and I will post it on Friday. 
In case you missed the others here is a link to the posting for them. Family and Pet .
I have listed my tree stands that I made for my Wool Feather Trees and here is a picture, there is a separate listing for the tree directions on Etsy . The company that makes the cast iron tree stands is out of stock already so I made up these wood ones to go with class.
There is still time to sign up for the class at Yankee Cross Stitch that will be held on Oct 25. Call the shop for info.



I had a good time at Camp Wool on Saturday. I taught the Wool Feather Tree class and the ladies finished their trees that day.  I always learn something from the class and this time was no exception :)

Here is a peek at my new project. I have not named him yet but he is done in punch needle and I am cross stitching him and I am also stitching him with embroidery. This will be released as whole design pack and you will have the option to cross stitch, punch needle and/or embroider. Such fun !!!


I am still working on finishing him. I have added some tongues with wool from Weeks Dye Works and I checked into the year for the first Thanksgiving and it was 1621 

While I have your attention I also wanted to share with you a picture that I needle felted last year. At that time I framed it with what I had at home. It was a white frame along with a white mat and I didn't really  like it so this year I got out my handy vinegar along with my paints and faux finished the frame and the mat so here is the new picture!!.




I like it now and it is ready to go to someones home because I listed it on Etsy.
So have a good night and I will post more tomorrow along with the photo of what I received for the Halloween exchange that I did. It is so cute :))
have a good night
donna




Saturday, October 11, 2014

Final Grouping for "Prim Holy Night

Angels Of The Holy Night

Yeah!!! A Happy Dance!! All Done and off to the next project. A ??????
You will have to wait for a peek :)
Have a good weekend 
blessings
donna

Friday, October 10, 2014

Peek #4 @ Prim Holy Night....

Here is my Heavenly Angel. She is larger than the others, very simple. She has no facial features because I was thinking about the Bible verse in Hebrews 13:2  "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for some have entertained angels unawares" Any stranger could be an angel :)

 I will post the whole grouping tomorrow and should have them ready for Etsy next week They will also be going out to shops then too.
See you tomorrow and always be kind you never know who it could be....
donna

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Peek #3 @ Prim Holy Night

Our Angel is sounding the trumpet of JOY
Check back again tomorrow for the last peek of what has been added to the design pack
Joy
donna

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Peek #2 @ the new Prim Holy Night

Another addition the Prim Holy Night,
 cherubs are cute but we needed a larger angel to add to the scene

Thanks for stopping by and next peek will be tomorrow
peace
donna

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The winner is.... and a peek at a new design coming soon

And the winner is Gracie........ Congrats to Gracie and check out her blog we all love visits :)
Thank you to all that left a message, it was nice to hear from you and thank you for the well wishes for hubby.

 I was planning an open house on Oct 18, but I have to postpone that. Many doctor appointments and to much to do. I would never be ready in time so I am sorry about that but it will happen some day, I just don't know when!

So I am going to share what has had me busy these past few days(other than the house work and usual), I decided that I had to frame "Autumn In Vermont" and didn't want to go to the store so I rummaged in the attic and found a wooden tray from the Christmas Tree Shop. The design would fit perfect so I painted it a golden color and then got out my vinegar and some brown paint and faux painted the tray, sprayed it with a varnish, pinned the design onto a thick mat board, glued it in the tray, and then added a hanger to the back.
Wish I took a picture before, it wad red with a snowman painted in the center
 VOILA!!
"Autumn In Vermont" in my tray to hang
 All ready to go to Yankee Cross Stitch to hang with the other models in my corner. Check out the shop if you are in the area as I am bringing more kits tomorrow along with models. Its always nice to see the real thing finished before your eyes.   
That is not the new design but this is :) 
I have released "Primitive Holy Night" on my Etsy but thought it was missing some things. I put my thinking cap on and made more designs to go with it. 
What would the Holy Night be without the heralding angels and the sheep looking on.
So I made some small cherub that can be made as ornaments or  the Holy Night scene could be made larger by stitching these angels above the words. A little lamb looking on at a glorious sign. 
 Check back Wednesday for a peek at another of the added designs that go with this pack. There are 3 more that have been added. 
Until tomorrow, have a good night
donna

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Having a Big Giveaway

Having A Big Giveaway 


I have been very busy working on another design for the Holiday season. Just picked up hubby yesterday from a 10 day stay in the hospital and on the way to a doctors appointment but before we leave I wanted to post about a giveaway. 
Just leave me a message and between today and Sunday I will gather all of the messages and draw a name to win a cross stitch chart for "Autumn In Vermont" and a "Give Thanks Pillow Kit".
I miss hearing from all of you so this will be a chance to catch up.
Have a great day with blessings 
donna



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Hi everyone, my name is Donna. I just love stitching of all sorts, I also love antique, and book stores. I am married and I have 2 children, and 2 grandchildren :). My Christian faith is the foundation of my life, and has sustained me through the ups and downs of this journey. Keep spreading kindness so you can change the world. So glad you stopped by, leave me a message and I will stop by and visit you.