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January Smalls SAL post

My first Smalls SAL post! I am unreasonably excited about this.

This is the small design from a By the Bay Needleart pattern set called Chilly Winter. The first image below is pretty true to color. It's stitched on a scrap of 32 count cloth, not sure by whom; the color is called "Fanci Blue." The charted house color was very...dark-mustard-y, and I didn't care for it. I went with a lighter yellow. I also restitched the two-tone smoke poof a few times until I liked the darker color (I settled on a blend of white and gray, one thread each).

I also attempted to make it up into an ornament. It turned out all right, I guess? I used gray felt, white rick-rack, and a couple of pearly buttons I had in a bag 'o buttons. It could be better. But it works for me for now.

Other small projects I finished this month:


  1. I think you did a great job. The colours of the house and the roof go very well together. Great work!

  2. What a lovely finish, your ornaments turned out really well.

  3. Your ornament looks great. Awesome start for the new year

  4. What an adorable finish, love it.


  5. I like By the Bay Needleart designs. You did a great job on Chilly Winter and I do like your replacement colors. We are our worst critics…You finishing is very nice.
    Cute snowman and I do love that fox design…I commented on that the other day. :-)

  6. I love the way you finished this! It looks great.

  7. Nice job! I've stitched a couple of BTB designs. They're fun to stitch.

  8. Lovely stitching and I love how you finished it!!!

  9. Your design is pretty, and I do like your finished ornament. Very sweet.

  10. Great job! Love your finished piece. Congrats on the finished finish.

  11. Pretty stitching and I like the finish.

  12. That's definitely the right color yellow for a New England house--there was one in my town that looked just like that. :)

  13. Hi Amy, it's so nice! Happy stitching!

  14. Thanks for joining us. Can't wait to see what you stitch in February.


  15. I like your Chilly Winter small! Way to go on the stitching and the finishing!

  16. Beautiful ornament finish for Smalls SAL.


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