Sunday, June 9, 2013

Charming Ghost and Summer Splendor

We have a tale of two seasons today.  Ever since Maja of Snowflower Diaries entered the blogging and designing world, I've been wanting to stitch this little haunted house cutie.  And now I also want to make everything into a pinkeep too since I had success with the last one.  As you can see, I'm into experimental mode with the top bow.  Couldn't get the colors to show up right with my camera of course.  The fabric is a 36 ct linen in Rue Green which a really light blue-green shade although it looks very blue here.  The last photo is probably the closest to the real color. The dark color floss is Sassy's Fabbys Witches Brew.  I had some in my stash and thought this was the perfect use for it.  I just love that dreamy little ghost, right down to the eyelashes.. teeny straight stitches.  And the dark stems and leaves just add to the eerie quality of the little piece.  I used Comic Book cardboard for the inside of this one.  Felt like Penny in the Big Bang Theory Comic Book store when I went to shop for this.  Or more like Penny's adopted grandmother, but whatever.  The board is a bit sturdier than the Brownie Mix cardboard, but both work equally well for this I think.





And now back to our current season.  I saw this LHN Summer Splendor design on so many blogs that I grew attached to it.  Stitched it up as a little wall-hanging or mat. The border is not as wonky as it appears in the photo.  I used DMC floss with just a few minor changes in the colors. I wanted a little more contrast in the greens, and I picked a gold that showed up a bit better.  This is on 28 count Summer Khaki linen over-two... easy on the old eyes.


19 comments:

Silverlotus said...

Great job. That is such a cute design, and you finished it so well.

I bought a large package of the comic book cardboard a few years ago. I felt a wee bit out of place in the store, but they were very helpful. And the package is so large I will probably never have to buy another one. lol!

Anne said...

Both are adorable but my heart loves the strawberries the most! I like the contrasting greens too. Gives the design more depth. We must have strawberries on our minds as I just finished and posted about a strawberry finish too!! Time for summer!!

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Margaret said...

Oh my gosh, they are both wonderful finishes!!! Just perfect!

Jane Galley said...

You've definitely got the pin keep finish down to a fine art, it's lovely

Mii Stitch said...

You've finished another little cutie! Lovely design beautifully stitched and really nicely finished

Jackie said...

The haunted house pinkeep is very whimsical! I also love the reds in summer splendor. Both are finished beautifully!

Karen said...

I love both of the seasonal finishes, Annie! I really like Maja's designs and you did a great stitching and finishing job with that one and the LHN one!

Annette said...

I didn't got this post also.. What a wonderfull pieces you have made!!

zoomcity said...

It's so cute! I use comic book boards for pinkeeps and ornaments, too. :)
I LOVE Rue Green linen.

Hetti said...

Hi Annie, I tried to answer your post on monday morning 1.00 o'clock in de morning here in Holland, before I went to bed ;-)
But it did not work to leave my comment :-((

Now I try again to say that you have made ​​such a cute pinkeep and I like your finish with the colored pins.
The LLN is beautiful in your own colors!!
XXX Hetti

♥ Nia said...

Both look very pretty :) well done sweetie!

Carol said...

Two adorable finishes, Annie! I love Maja's designs as well--she is so creative. Your finish looks perfect--I'd say you have the pinkeep finish down just fine :)

I stitched the LHN one last year and it remains one of my favorite finishes. Your wallhanging finish is so pretty--and that is the perfect fabric you used around it. Really complements the design nicely.

Where do you buy the comic book cardboard--at a comic book store? Is it just thicker or are there other differences? Will have to look into it...thanks for the tip, Annie (or should I say Penny?!! I just love that show!)

Melanie said...

Both are super adorable!! Maja's designs are so sweet and this is a fabulous rendition. Who could be afraid of that ghost with that sweet little smirk on her face?

The Snowflower Diaries said...

Wow, thank you very much, my dear! This is my personal favourite design, the original one is standing right here at my desk:-)) thank you for stitching such a beautiful piece, I feel honoured!:-)

Big hugs,
Maja
www.thesnowflowerdiaries.blogspot.hu

Ranae said...

Love the haunted house freebie, I have it, but yours looks so good, I have to stitch it now
Love the LHN wall hanging or mat, whichever it's very neat piece

Kissy said...

What a cute ghost! (never thought I ever would say something like this *gg*)
Very nice pinkeep finish as well! What is comic book cardboard??

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I love the Snowflower Diaries designs so much, this is a great ghost girl.

averyclaire.org said...

Love your ghost pinkeep. I buy left over matboard cut outs from the framing dept at the craft stores...and cut them to the size I need for ornies. Works great!