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2013 Christmas Ornament – A Puffin!

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2013 Christmas Ornament

Regular readers of my blog may recall that I cross-stitch an ornament every year for our Christmas tree.  This year’s subject was a no-brainer – what was one of the most incredible things we did this year?  Go see puffins, of course! I thought the ornament turned out pretty well.  It looks very similar to one of the pictures from my trip to Machias Seal Island… On our boat ride back from Machias Seal Island, one of the other photographers noted that I hadn’t yet wiped the grin off my face.  He asked me how long I’d be grinning.  Well, I still am!  It was such an amazing trip.  Being within arm’s length of such cute little birds was beyond incredible. This was one of the few puffin interaction shots from my morning in the bird blinds.  Most of the puffins were by themselves, either landing on the rock in front of us, or taking off from it.  These guys were cute as they seemed to talk together.  Look at those beaks! The guy in the front of this shot seems to be looking into the bird blind and wondering who the photographers are inside!  I bet they were as […]

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All Done with the Snow Leopard Cross-stitch

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Today I finished my Snow Leopard cross-stitch.  I placed the final stitch of blue on Thursday night, and today I finished the back-stitch outlining.  The cat looks a lot better with his whiskers!  They are almost as long as Whiskey Loopy’s. Below is an animated GIF showing the difference that the outlining makes.  Give it a few seconds to load. The finished Snow Leopard cross-stitch measures over 200 stitches by 180 stitches, which is 15″ by 12″ when stitched over two threads on 28 count linen.  Rich did a double-take when he saw the finished product.  He says this one is one of my best!  High praise indeed. :) I’m considering entering this in our company’s Arts in April contest.  Given that I bought the materials with last year’s prize money, it would seem appropriate. I think my next project will be one of my custom designs.  I use the PCStitch program to convert my images to cross-stitch patterns.  Sometimes it can be challenging to find images that lend themselves well to cross-stitch.  Often the color schemes just don’t work, or there is too much detail that gets lost in the conversion to stitches.  I think I might try one […]

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So Close I Can Almost Taste It!

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I’m almost done with my Snow Leopard cross-stitch.  I made major progress on it this weekend, when the cold windy weather kept me inside. This cross-stitch has been a wonderful distraction while I’ve had mono.  It’s kept my hands busy while I couldn’t get out and do my photography.  Now that I’m (finally!) starting to feel better, I’m anxious to finish it. I’m almost there…and as soon as I put in the last stitch, my throat isn’t allowed to hurt any more!!!