New stash!

What do you think?

So I went to my LNS this past weekend for some retail therapy.  I had wanted to pick up a few patterns for some up-coming round robins and a couple of other patterns I have been wanting.  The 2 new fairies from Nora Corbett were not in and neither was the new Santa.   So here is what I did pick up:

Donner, to add to my Reindeer collection-I think I have 5 now.  Lady Alexandra and 16 count “Dirty Aida” to do her on.  I also picked up the fabric for Spring Angel.  I already had the pattern in my collection and was inspired to get her going by Catherine.  You can see her Spring start here. So I went to work on deciding on a fabric.  I really wanted a hand dyed since I see them all over the blog world and they are gorgeous.  But there were only 2 in 16 ct. aida that would be a possibility, but no-go.  So I finally decided on  Sea Spray 16 ct. aida which is actually  little brighter blue than how it looks in the photo  above.  But when I left the store, I started second guessing myself and thought I should have gone with what the pattern called for, Twilight Blue, which is what I did my Summer Angel in. So what do you think?  Sea Spray or Twilight Blue?  Decisions, decisions…I have time as I probably won’t start her right away.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you would choose.  Also, is there anyone else out there that uses 16 ct. aida??

Mirabilia Round Robin

Another Round Robin Finish

I finished my block on Catherine’s Round Robin last week.  Her theme is Roses and I stitched Damask Roses.  Here is my block:

Here is the finished piece.

My lady is quite large compared to the other ladies, but I think she turned out pretty good.  I also stitched the rose in the triangle below my block.  This is a very well laid out piece.  Catherine did a lot of work stitching all of her blocks and I can’t wait to see this piece finished at the end of the year.


The Kiss

Good morning.  Before I get started on my stitching for today, I thought I would share another Mirabilia piece with you.

This one is titled “The Kiss”.  I stitched this one up in 1997 on 16 count Aida.  Not sure of the color of the cloth-a peachy color-but it is very pretty.  I added little Bee charms in the corner as per the pattern and thought this was a nice added touch. This piece hangs in my bedroom so I can admire it every day.  It is a favorite.


Summer Queen

It looks like a beautiful summer day looking out the window.  The weather channel says it’s going to be up around 66 degrees.  Though that is not summer, I will take it and share with you Summer Queen.

This is Mirabilia’s Summer Queen and she is quite fabulous!  I love the colors and the bead drapes.  She is stitched on 16 count white Aida.  I stitched her up in 1998 and she hangs in my upstairs hallway with Spring and Autumn Queens.


Spring Queen

Wouldn’t you just love to sit around in a big fancy dress and cross stitch all day?  That would be the life, huh?  This is Mirabilia’s Spring Queen.  She is stitched on 16 count white Aida. I stitched her up in 1998 and she hangs in my upstairs hallway.  So lovely.  Here is a close up of some of the beautiful beading.


Autumn Queen

It feels like a blustery fall day today, so I thought I would share my Autumn Queen with you.

She is a Mirabilia pattern and she is quite regal.  I love the blues and the purples and the beading is in the perfect places.  I love the snood her hair is in.  I stitched her up in 2000 on 16 count White Aida.  I am not a big fan of matts, but the Queens seem to need it as their dresses are cut across the bottom into a straight edge.

You can see all of Nora Corbett’s Mirabilia designs here. I see that yesterday, April 15, 2012, Wichelt released a new Mirabilia entitled “Santa”.  I have never stitched a Santa.  I think this one has just been added to my list of “have to stitch”.  He is a jolly Santa.  Go check it out by clicking on the Mirabilia link above.  Let me know what you think about him.


Mermen, oooh la la!

Not only do I like mermaids, but I also like Mermen.  I have only found 2 cross stitch patterns of mermen and have stitched them both.

First we have “The Heir”.  He is quite gorgeous.  All those muscles…Yeah, there are a lot of nice muscles.  And just look at that cute little baby.

And here we have “Romance of the Sea”.  He also has some great muscles.  Both of these designs are by Terrence Nolan of Dimples Designs.  Both are gorgeous and I stitched both of these in 1999.  On both pieces I  added  gold charms of dolphins and sea horses.  They both hang in my bathroom, side by side.


Dragon Seasons

Good morning friends.  We had snow flurries here in Michigan yesterday.  While the sun is out this morning, it is still cold.  So I guess that Mother Nature has put a hold on Spring in Michigan.  So since we don’t know what season we are in, I have decided to share Dragon Seasons with you.

This is a piece that I did for Hubby back in 2000.  All 4 dragons were stitched on one piece of  fabric. It looks like it is 28 count Ivory, but I cannot tell you the type of fabric.  Sorry.  I didn’t think to keep that kind of information back then.    The framer from Way Cool Mats did an awesome job in framing it.  I remember spending a lot of time picking out the perfect frame and mats.  The Winter Dragon is my favorite.  The coloring is beautiful and the snowflakes are sparkly.  This design is from a pattern book from Cross My Heart, Inc. titled Dragon Faire.


Deepest Love

Hello. Today I have another Mermaid to share with you.

It is Deepest Love by Mirabilia.  I stitched this one up in 1999.  I wish I could tell you the color of the fabric, but I didn’t keep track.  I can tell you that it is 16 Aida.  Aida is my choice of fabric because I tend to stitch tight and Aida gives me the stability I need.  I had her framed in a simple white frame so as not to take away from her beauty.  She is a treasured piece and currently hangs on the wall between my kitchen and dining room.