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    2013 Christmas Ornament – A Puffin!

    2013 Christmas Ornament – A Puffin! - December 2013

    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 …Read More


    All Done with the Snow Leopard Cross-stitch

    All Done with the Snow Leopard Cross-stitch - February 2013

    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 …Read More


    So Close I Can Almost Taste It!

    So Close I Can Almost Taste It! - February 2013

    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 …Read More


    An Update on the Snow Leopard Cross-stitch

    An Update on the Snow Leopard Cross-stitch - February 2013

    I've been making major progress on the Snow Leopard cross-stitch since the last time I posted a picture.  I've filled in the bottom left corner, and added a bunch of the snowy branch detail. This Snow Leopard cross-stitch design is a kit from the Dimensions Gold collection.  The kit came with Aida cloth, but I opted to stitch it on off-white linen instead.  I've been using a technique called "railroading", …Read More


    Progress on the Snow Leopard Cross-stitch

    Progress on the Snow Leopard Cross-stitch - January 2013

    I've had a lot of time for cross-stitch lately, so my Snow Leopard cross-stitch project is coming along nicely.  I take pictures of it every couple of days, when I've made major progress.  Usually I post those as separate posts, but this time I decided to save a few and post them as an animated GIF.  Now if only I'd planned for each picture to be about the same size …Read More


    Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard - December 2012

    No, I'm not talking about a version of the MacOS, I'm talking about my new cross-stitch. Although I'd decided my next project would be one of my own designs, I fell in love with this cross-stitch design in the craft store. It's helping keep my hands busy while I wait for this stupid bug to go away. I'm so ready to be out and about again! It's hard to keep …Read More


    Another Completed Cross-stitch

    Another Completed Cross-stitch - September 2012

    The warm weather has kept me inside a little more, and one of my favorite hobbies is cross-stitch. I just finished my latest one, of a hummingbird perched on a flowering vine. I like use bead accents instead of French knots, especially for the tips of the flowers in designs like this one. This particular design is from a book, but I think my next project will be one of …Read More


    If I Can’t Get Hummers Outside…

    If I Can’t Get Hummers Outside… - May 2012

    …then I will have to have them inside!  This is my latest cross-stitch, a hummingbird on a morning glory vine.


    …and to All a Good Night

    …and to All a Good Night - December 2011

    Whiskey is eagerly anticipating his first Christmas. Every year I cross-stitch a dated ornament for our tree, and this year's featured the newest member of our family. Merry Christmas Eve!


    Final Bird Feeder Cross-stitch

    Final Bird Feeder Cross-stitch - March 2011

    I put the final touches on the bird feeder cross-stitch today.  The outlining makes such a big difference!  Now it's ready to iron and frame! :)


    Bird Feeder Cross-stitch

    Bird Feeder Cross-stitch - March 2011

    I finally finished the cross-stitch on the bird feeder design that I'm stitching for my parents.  It was supposed to be a Christmas present…better late than never, right?


    Bird Cross-stitch

    Bird Cross-stitch - January 2011

    Home sick with a flu bug today, I had time to continue working the bird feeder cross-stitch for my parents.  Now if only I could convince some of these guys to come visit my real-life feeders…!!


    …and to all a Good Night!

    …and to all a Good Night! - December 2010

    I did this cross-stitch about seven years ago, always intending it to be made into a tree skirt. But we finally decided to frame it instead. It's safer when you have two felines who love to hang out under the Christmas tree!


    Cross-stitch complete on Cranky the Turtle

    Cross-stitch complete on Cranky the Turtle - May 2010

    I finished the cross-stitch portion of my current project, nicknamed Cranky the Turtle.  (When I took his picture, he kept turning his back on me - very cranky indeed!) I worked on this really intensely from January through March, then finished it up in the past two weeks or so.  Now all I have left is to outline the turtle in backstitch, to help it stand out a bit more …Read More


    Four corners!

    Four corners! - March 2010

    I've reached another milestone mark in my Cranky the Turtle cross-stitch.  I finished the third fin and the fourth corner. Now I just have to fill in the middle!


    Three corners finished

    Three corners finished - March 2010

    Another big milestone in Cranky the Turtle - the bottom left corner is conquered! It's fun to see the turtle as I fill in his tummy, too. Rich is excited that Fin #3 is coming so quickly after Fin #2.


    Fin Number Two

    Fin Number Two - March 2010

    OK, Rich, Cranky the Turtle has his second fin.


    Halfway there

    Halfway there - February 2010

    I'm officially half done and the background really makes the turtle pop! It's going to look even better after I backstitch the turtle outline (especially around the mouth).


    More Water

    More Water - February 2010

    More progress on the water…the blue and gray colors are growing on me. The shading in the background is intricate enough to keep it interesting.


    Water, water, everywhere

    Water, water, everywhere - January 2010

    More progress on the water…I reached the top of the design!


    Right edge reached

    Right edge reached - January 2010

    The turtle's top fin is complete and so is the water around it (which is good, because turtles don't like their skin to dry out!) Rich is concerned that the turtle only has one fin and can therefore only swim in circles…which Rich proceeds to imitate in hilarious fashion. More fins, coming up!


    Beginnings of a fin

    Beginnings of a fin - January 2010

    I've done more on Cranky the Turtle.  I've added more definition in the neck and fin, and it makes this turtle look like he's getting ready to swim.


    He has a head

    He has a head - January 2010

    I started stitching at the center, which works out to be the turtle's fin-pit. At first I thought the design had no potential at all, but as I worked my way over to the eye, the detail in the neck and face started to look better. So I guess you can tell it's a turtle now.


    Introducing Cranky the Turtle

    Introducing Cranky the Turtle - December 2009

    I began a new cross-stitch project today.  I took one of my turtle pictures, ran it through my PC Stitch cross-stitch pattern making program, and generated a design.  This one is 300×200 stitches and one of the biggest projects I've ever done. Here is the original picture: This is the preview that my cross-stitch program gave me for this design.


    Ronnie Jado is done

    Ronnie Jado is done - August 2009

    A little bit of outlining, and Ronnie Jado is done! Click on his picture for a more detailed image.


    Ronnie Jado progress

    Ronnie Jado progress - August 2009

    I finished filling in all the purple of the flower. I wish there was a little more detail in the flower, to match the detail in the butterfly and cone. The shadow in the original picture didn't quite turn out right in the cross-stitch. But all in all, Ronnie Jado looks pretty good!


    Ronnie Jado progress

    Ronnie Jado progress - August 2009

    The cone is pretty much done and I'm on to purple…lots and lots of purple…


    Ronnie Jado progress

    Ronnie Jado progress - August 2009

    The flower is starting to look like a flower (at first I thought it looked like orange cough syrup spilled underneath poor Ronnie Jado!).


    Ronnie Jado progress

    Ronnie Jado progress - July 2009

    Ronnie Jado's body is all done and now he's getting his flower to sit on. He says it's kinda strange having his back two legs suspended in mid-air while I work the left half of the flower.


    Ronnie Jado progress

    Ronnie Jado progress - July 2009

    Ronnie Jado's wings are almost complete. He's looking forward to when I complete his body.


    Ronnie Jado progress

    Ronnie Jado progress - July 2009

    The cool eyespots are in…doesn't Ronnie Jado look cool? (The name is derived from the Spanish word for orange, "anaranjado". I couldn't spend this many hours working on something and not give it a name!!)


    Ronnie Jado progress

    Ronnie Jado progress - July 2009

    Ronnie Jado's top wing is finished…


    Ronnie Jado progress

    Ronnie Jado progress - July 2009

    Rich says this is "beyond potential". I love seeing the detail in the wings develop!


    Ronnie Jado progress

    Ronnie Jado progress - June 2009

    More of the wing is done, including some of the first orange patches. There are so many colors in this design, and it takes a long time to stitch, but it's totally worth it. :)


    Ronnie Jado progress

    Ronnie Jado progress - June 2009

    It's a start…but I think it has potential…


    Introducing Ronnie Jado

    Introducing Ronnie Jado - June 2009

    My current cross-stitch is a design I generated from one of my photographs. I took the picture of the Painted Lady at Callaway Gardens when we were there for our 5th anniversary. Here's the original picture… This is the preview that my cross-stitch program gave me for this design.


    All done!

    All done! - November 2008

    After a little bit of outlining, now the monarch cross-stitch is done!!


    Monarch Cross-stitch Update

    Monarch Cross-stitch Update - November 2008

    The cross-stitch is done…oh wow!…


    Monarch Cross-stitch Update

    Monarch Cross-stitch Update - November 2008

    The butterfly cross-stitch is done (backstitch outlining being debated) and the flower looks better anchored on a stem…


    Monarch Cross-stitch Update

    Monarch Cross-stitch Update - October 2008

    The rest of the butterfly starts to take shape…


    Monarch Cross-stitch Update

    Monarch Cross-stitch Update - October 2008

    I had a very productive day and made a lot of progress on the monarch cross-stitch.


    Monarch Cross-stitch Update

    Monarch Cross-stitch Update - October 2008

    I've made some progress on the monarch cross-stitch, filling in the details of the wing and adding a bit of the porterweed.


    Monarch Cross-stitch Update

    Monarch Cross-stitch Update - October 2008

    Here's my current progress on the monarch cross-stitch. Rich says it has potential. I'm looking forward to stitching with a color other than black!


    Introducing the Monarch Cross-stitch

    Introducing the Monarch Cross-stitch - October 2008

    My current cross-stitch is a design I generated from one of my photographs. This monarch was sipping at the porterweed in my garden, and he makes a good cross-stitch subject! :) Here's the original picture…