Here's a little stocking pattern for you. I designed it for my mom and put both hers and my dad's initials on it. Then I surprised her with it on Instagram (she'll be over for the Super Bowl on Sunday, so I'll give it to her then), and she loved it! It was a fast little stitch, and along with the chart itself, I'm including an alphabet and numbers for you to personalize yours with, as well as a tutorial on how I finished my stocking.
Whether you're spending Valentine's Day with a family member, a friend, or with your own sweet self, I hope the day is lovely for you.
Here are the jpg images if you have trouble printing from the pdf links above. Just click on the page you want to print, and then print from there. (I'm unable to pinpoint why some of you have had difficulties printing out this chart, but I suspect it may have something to do with the MacStitch program I'm using and its translation into Photoshop. I've never had issues before now, so if any of you have any suggestions you can offer, I'd be forever indebted!)
If you still can't get any of the above options to work, then email me and I'll attach the pdf to an email. If it doesn't work that way, then I sincerely apologize, for I'm stumped at that point.
I've had the honor of having so many of you email me with your Plum Street finishes, and I wanted to let you know that it's always very exciting - and humbling - when I receive your pictures. When I first started designing, I never thought that one day I'd actually be seeing something that I designed be stitched by others. It was just a dream of mine to design, but it's purely the icing on the cake that some stitchers out there actually like what I've done!
Thank you, with all my heart.
When I released Halloweenies, I thought there might be one or two people out there with dachshunds, at best. But I still thought it was a fun little design, so I went with it. Lo and behold, and do believe the population of doxie-owners is more than a little gigantic, based on how well-received this pattern has been! (This goes to show how out-of-touch I am with the canine world. I'm usually too busy Googling things like "How to dominate a Yorkie" and "Support groups for people who live with Yorkies" to pay attention to much else.)
Here are a couple of finishes that were sent to me recently...
Andrea stitched it twice, one for each of her daughters, and then below, as a pillow for her mom. I love the solo doxie!
What beautiful finishing, Andrea!
Pictured above is Nancy Daniels' framed piece. She changed the colors to better match her doxie's coat. I love it, Nancy! (And I love that frame too!)
I'm also excited to show you the Christmas Coffee freebie, finished by Anne, of Doll's Musings. She's a self-proclaimed "major coffee girl," which automatically makes her my java-sister. ;)
Here's another background:
I don't generally stitch my freebie charts, but something about that green background in the first photo reminds me of my birthplace, Starbucks, USA. The fabric Anne used makes it look like a mini canvas coffee bean bag, and I love it!
Thank you so much for stopping by, and thank you again for taking the time to send me your finishes! I'm off to get my day going, starting off with searching the rooms for the Yorkie's little carpet-gifts to me. After that, I'll be Googling "cross stitch designs for doggy diapers."
I just realized this morning that Halloween will be upon me before I know it, and I've yet to find out from Sophie what on earth she'll dress up as this year. Sabrina's costume is done and out the door, ready for the parties, but Sophie-joon needs to come up with something pronto, before my sewing machine goes back to doing what it does best: collecting cobwebs.
And our weather! It was summer just a few days ago, and yesterday brought with it wind gusts and rain and hot cranberry tea. I know, I know.. Mom already reprimanded me for breaking tradition and brewing some before Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't help myself!
So before I go pour another mug-full, and before Halloween has come and gone, I'd love to share with you my latest Hares freebie! This one is called Hares' Happy Haunting, and you can download it by clicking the following link - not the color image below it.
Enjoy this blustery season, full of gorgeous color and whistling window panes and the fragrance of cinnamon and cloves and tea - or whatever it is you decide to brew for those quiet stitching moments. :)
And don't forget to visit the online Needlework Show! It's open today, and it's full of fun stitching projects! Contact your shop owner if you see something you need, and again - if you're looking for my newly-released Stranded Jacks, you can find it in the Kelmscott Designs booth. :)
I just wanted to share a couple of finishes with you all that were shared with me in an email this past week. Wilma and Sophie (from France) finished up the Christmas Coffee freebie I posted recently, and I love what they did with them!
Here's Wilma's version:
And here's Sophie's:
Thank you so much for showing these to me!
If you missed the chart and want to print it out (along with any of my other free patterns), just click on the "Freebie" category to your right and scroll through them. :)
I just had to share this finish with you all, bc the famous Jill Rensel did such a smashing job on the mats, as usual! Thank you, Miss Kay, for allowing me to share your finish on my blog. :) I can't believe all the stitching you get done!
And for the love of coffee, here's a free chart for you! (Remember: you can't click on the photo to print it out; you should click on the link instead.)
I have a friend who has been getting me into trouble lately, and her initials are Miss Katrina. She's got me hooked on these:
They're Cadbury Mini Eggs, and I've eaten them for breakfast and dessert for the past three days. (What, you don't have dessert after breakfast?) I've never been a big chocolate addict, but for some reason I can't stop eating them.
Katrina, you are a very bad influence, but I think you already knew that.
Which brings me to my next topic: Easter. I found myself humming an old hymn today, called He Lives, and I thought that a few of the lyrics would fit perfectly into a little Easter sampler. Feel free to download this by clicking on the link below, and not the actual image. (Keep in mind that the image colors you see on your monitor are not true to the actual DMC colors used.. they're similar, but not exact.)
When you've been blogging a while, you come to recognize your visitors' names and eventually start to feel as if you know them. So when you're gone from your computer for as long as I've been, you start to miss everyone!
I've been without my computer for a while bc of some issues I was having with it, but I think I finally have it back to where it will meet all my demands again. Maybe. And while it was in the shop, I was in Kansas with Mike and Sophie, trying to get his parents' house cleared out. It was a productive trip, although sad at times. (I was fine until the last day, as Soph and I were looking around the empty living room. She quietly stated, "I said goodbye to Grandpa in his bathroom." Her voice was so sweet and lonesome-sounding, and it was then that I finally cried.)
Anyway, I've missed you all! I've spent most of the weekend printing and packaging and getting caught up on my photography blog, and this little complimentary chart is the last order for the day. I hope you like it!