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April Smalls SAL post

My April small for the Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:

I stitched a bluebird motif from a pattern called "Four Seasons Sampler" in the Feb 1998 Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine (one of the magazines from my book sale haul!).

Stitched 2 over 1 on 28 count Oyster linen. The charted colors were more on the pastel side, and I wanted something brighter, so I used GAST Evergreen, Grape Leaf, Dungarees, & Terra Cotta; and DMC 798 & 816.

I turned it into a pendant necklace:

This finish is something I saw at Creative Thread, absolutely loved, and was determined to do for myself sometime. I used a Tim Holtz pocket watch frame (from the scrap-booking embellishments aisle at Joann's - and can I just say that it took me FOREVER to realize it wasn't in the Jewelry aisles? Doh) and some pretty blue beads.

Other smalls completed this month:
Snowflower Diaries Joyful World "March"Purple Rain cloud

November Smalls SAL post

My November small for the Smalls SAL, run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:
This is from a kit that came with an issue of Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. It will be finished into an ornament using the little felt frame that came with the kit. There are supposed to be little stars/snowflakes, but this fabric about drove me nuts with how hard it was to stitch on, so I left them off.

I'm also keeping up with the Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL, with tiny part 4 finished last weekend:

And I stitched Season of Love by Stitchers Anon:
She has an Etsy shop with TONS of adorable PDF designs, but she's closing the shop at the end of the year so if you like her stuff, now is the time to buy. :(

Lastly, even though this isn't stitching, I wanted to show the Christmas wreath I made:
It's a foam wreath wrapped with a color-blocked yarn. I made the felt flowers, added a couple cute berry picks and some jingle bells, and got the bow at Michaels. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

June Smalls SAL post

My June small for the Smalls SAL, run by Heather of Stitching Lotus.
This is from "Summer" by Country Cottage Needleworks. I have actually seen several iterations of this where people only stitch the top (leaving off the list of words). I did include the checkered band from the bottom of the design; I like the picnic-y reference (which is partly why I stitched an ant in the center of the band instead of the charted heart :D ).

It's stitched on "As You Wish" by Under the Sea Fabrics. The main color is a pretty blue - much closer to this in real life than what you see in the above picture. The soft wash of green on the bottom half of the stitched area gives it a sense of grass under a summer sky. Love it.

In place of the 2 charted overdyed threads, I used overdyed threads from my stash - DMC 4075 for the house/sun/bee hives, and GAST Baby Spinach for the grass/leaves.

I had actually planned to stitch this for July but it's been so flippin' hot here that…