Monday, October 8, 2018

A New Finish and a Giveaway!

Hi, stitching friends!

"Two Red Houses" by Little House Needleworks
16-count rustico/natural Aida
Called-for DMC threads with two exceptions
(substituted DMC 640 for ecru in fence and white for ecru in checkerboard)
It has been a wonderful week in my world. No appointments, which means my days were my own. I've had a few busy nights with typesetting for my at-home gig, but nothing overwhelming, and the extra money is nice. It helps balance the budget for the shopping I've been doing lately! I have a mountain of projects to finish so I've been on the hunt for things to embellish, ribbons, fabric, and so on. This weekend, I went to Hobby Lobby for the first time in my life (can you believe it?), and oh, baby, I am in love. So many pretty things...
I love my latest finish, "Two Red Houses" by Little House Needleworks. I stitched it on 16-count rustico/natural aida with DMC threads. I substituted white for ecru, and I used DMC 640 to stitch the fence because the called-for thread (ecru), and even white, didn't show up at all on this fabric. I stitched the farthest-left segment of the fence three or four times trying to decide which color to use! I like my final choice.
I mounted it on sticky board and glued some lacy trim on the back. My husband found a nice old board for me at the ranch, and I cut it down to size and added a natural bow to give it a little extra pop (and to cover the cut I made on the left side of the board, which was less than perfect!). I adore how it turned out, and it's a great addition to our guest room.

My first giveaway!

I want to send out a heartfelt thank you to my faithful readers. I don't have many followers, but that doesn't matter to me. Each time you take a moment to leave a comment, it means the world to me. When I started this blog, I wanted to meet people who share my love of cross stitch and to have an outlet for sharing my work. Because of this blog, I have met some of the most wonderful people I could hope to know. So whether my following is 35 or 350, I appreciate you and am so glad to know you.
What is your favorite thing you found at a thrift store or yard sale?

In previous posts, I've mentioned the great secondhand store in my hometown, the HUB. On a visit there this summer, I found this sweet ornament kit - "Traditional Santa Ornaments" by Janlynn, and I'd like to offer it as a giveaway. The kit includes heavy-duty perforated paper for the Santas, but you could stitch them on any fabric and finish them as pillows, or use fabric stiffener on aida or evenweave if you don't like working on perforated paper. Look at their beards! So cute! The kit includes everything you would need to complete the ornaments, including jingle bells and star sequins.

If you would like to enter the giveaway, please be a sidebar follower and leave a comment letting me know you would like to enter. I will draw and announce a winner Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Happy stitching! Have a wonderful week.


  1. Meg, that is a beautiful finish!! And thanks for the giveaway!! How fun...I am busily stitching ornaments right now. Like you I do not have a lot of followers but that is ok with me. I thought I was a follower of your blog but I guess I never clicked on it. I remedied that today!! Enjoy your week!!

  2. Congrats on the gorgeous finish Meg. I absolutely love the way you finished it. I am so finishing challenged. I have a couple hundred that I have never finished into anything. I have been reading your blog for quite a while and love seeing your projects. I would love to be entered in your awesome giveaway.


  3. What a special finish you have there. Love it! I would say your thrift store find is a LOT better than mine! ha! Yes, please include me in your giveaway. Thank you!

  4. I have been following your blog since the beginning on my Feedly but guess I never officially hit "follow". I'd love to be entered in your drawing..Projects on perforate dpaper are my go to car projects!!!!

  5. I follow you and I am so glad to see this beautiful finish. I am always wondering how to finish my pieces. I love this one. I would like a chance in your giveaways. Thanks.

  6. I have this pattern too and it is on my list to stitch after Christmas. The finish is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Your Red Houses are wonderful and a perfect finish.
    Best wishes Manuela

  8. Meg, I love your finish. The fence looks great in the color you chose. I love those Santas and enjoy stitching on perforated paper. I have a framed piece done in Polish which was my grandmother's done on perforated paper. I'm sure it is well over 150 yrs old

    1. That’s amazing! What a special heirloom to have. I had no idea that perforated paper had been used for so long.

  9. Nice to hear you had a good week and even better that you were able to visit Hobby Lobby for the 1st time, it's dangerous in there!
    Your finished piece looks beautiful, I'm sure it looks lovely in your guest room.
    Such sweet Santas, please include me in your giveaway, thanks!

  10. What a fantastic post Meg! Love your new looks great on the wood your husband found. Perfect. Love the bow too. It's a super finish! I'm so happy you found Hobby Lobby...isn't it wonderful??? You will find many great ideas just strolling the aisles. Most of all, I was so happy to hear you had a great week. I have not tried perforated paper stitching yet so I would love to throw my name into the giveaway. Have a great week. RJ

  11. Oh no I think I lost my post to you so I will start over. I loved your newest post. Your newest stitch looks great on the wood your husband found and the bow was the perfect finish. LOVE it!!! So happy you found Hobby Lobby...isn't it a fun store. You can find so many great ideas just strolling down the aisles. Most of all I love that it was such a great week for you. I have never stitched on perforated paper before so I would love to throw my name into the give away. Have a great week Meg. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

  12. Love this design! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Aren't weeks with no appointments or obligations the best, Meg? I don't seem to have many of those these days, even with retirement... I am another Hobby Lobby newbie--have only been there once or twice as we don't have one that is very convenient to me. Glad you enjoyed it :)

    Your newest finish is so perfect--love the color that you ended up painting the fence and I'm sure you are glad it wasn't a real fence you were painting and repainting :) It looks lovely mounted on the old board and topped off with the bow.

    As in real life--it is not the number of followers/friends that you have, but the quality of those followers/friends. I'd rather read a single heartfelt, thoughtful comment like you leave on my posts than 20 "nice job" comments :)

    Hope you enjoy your weekend, Meg!

  14. I so love, love your Two Red Houses finish. It is so pretty. You have a really great eye for finishing things. I love that you used the's about the only thing I can see to stitch on anymore. Oh Hobby you know that they carry not only cross stitching stuff, but crochet thread and yarn...I could just live there! Love that place. Hope your day is awesome...I am headed out to try to save Mo....

  15. Just discovered your blog and really like it. I love Little House Needleworks but haven't seen the Two Red Houses before. I love your finish and think I'm going have to stitch this so cute pattern. I look forward to seeing your future posts.

  16. Two Repd Houses looks wonderful. You have mad finishing skills!


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