Sunday, July 28, 2013

Wear a smile, have some coffee, and think Cinderella

I think I just did the fastest complete cross stitch project of my life.   Mii Stitch chose me as the next in line to stitch Lizzie Kate's "Wear a Smile" in another of the traveling patterns that's making the rounds.  Such a cutie when I saw it, but I probably would never have thought to stitch something like this otherwise.  I received the pattern on Friday, stitched almost the whole thing on Friday night, and finished it up into a pinkeep on Saturday.  I'm planning to display it on a little easel and give it to my dentist as a little knick-knack for the office.  The office seems to thrive on such things.  It's stitched on 36 ct HDF linen over 2 threads in the 3 shades of DMC on the pattern.

I need to pick a stitcher who would like to stitch this pattern next.  Please leave a note in a comment that you would like to be included in a drawing and I'll pick a name.   As always with traveling patterns, we would like you to stitch it in a timely fashion, show it on your blog, and offer to send the pattern on to another stitcher.


Does everyone's dentist send out such arty re-call notices as mine does?  Take a look at the latest one I received:


I stitched up another Aliolka pattern to make as a gift for a coffee loving friend.  I was going to do a book mark, but then I thought about a quilty coaster.  Not 100% happy with my finish, but the more I look at it, the more I like it.  Not sure if this is on linen or evenweave.. just used an available scrap.

You can find the free chart here.



I crocheted this cute princess motif from a Japanese designer.  I think of her as Cinderella, but maybe with that hair she's more of Princess Leia.   This was a very difficult graphical crochet pattern to interpret.  I finally found a number of people who tried it on Ravelry and several gave a variation to make it work out.  So I used one of those and still had trouble.  She's not perfect, but who is?  I got the idea to make a pumpkin zippered pouch from one I had seen on the web and applique the princess on the back., So I think of it as Cinderella waiting for the pumpkin to turn into a coach so she can proceed to the ball.  Did not quite turn out the way I imagined it, but I am proud to say that I figured out how to do it with no exposed raw edges inside!     I'll probably donate her to WOCS to use as one of the favors they give to nursing home residents or even to the children in one of the shelters for domestic violence.







25 comments:

Nima said...

wowAnnie..i just loved that apple pouch...very cute...

Angi said...

You were very very productive lately! I love that little LK pattern, so please count me in for that travelling pattern game. Thank you, and never worry about your finishes, I hate finishes and always slapdash them :( :)

ArchangelDecker said...

Love your finishes, especially the coffee one. I am pea eyed green with envy over that one! :)

Margaret said...

What wonderful finishes!!! I really love that quilty coffee mat! So pretty! lol about Cinderella/Princess Leia! Great pumpkin for her!

Anne said...

Once again wonderful stitching and ideas Annie! I love your coffee mat and its something I may have to try. I know lots of people who drink coffee even if I don;t! The postcard reminder from your dentist is fantastic!! Sure made me smile my white! I would love to be included in your LK travelling pattern because just seeing yours motivates me even more to stitch!! :) Hope you have a great week! :)

Jane Galley said...

If the pattern is going international, I wouldn't mind putting my name forward too. I think the coaster is really pretty, love that stitched part, and that must have taken a bit of patience, putting that little pouch together. Little things always seem to be more complicated

Mii Stitch said...

Great work on the travelling pattern! I think your cool dentist is going to love it :) Love your little drink coster and the little pouch! You really have done lovely finishes!

♥ Nia said...

hahahah fun imagine for a dentist! for sure!! LOL
Well done with the travelling pattern! Congrats on your finish :)
I've done this same pattern too, just a little before you heheheh I'll pass this time ;)
Lovely quilty coaster =) Great work!!

Brigitte said...

So cute, your little pumpkin pouch. What a wonderful idea. Just perfect for beautiful Cinderella, lol.

Vickie said...

You are so creative! I really like the way the quilty coaster turned out.

Bernadett Rauski said...

Lovely works.:)
I would love to stitch Mii's Traveling Pattern.:)

Emma/Itzy said...

Some great finishes you have! Well done! I would love to be included in the travelling pattern please :)

Melanie said...

What a great batch of goodies!
I should borrow that coaster idea for a gift for my mother. She LOVES coffee. It's an adorable finish, as are the other items. (The bug in that pattern link with the coffee mug is creeping me OUT, man.)
I really do like my dentist (for real) but yours definitely has mine beat in the sense of humor department. :)

Annette said...

Beautifull design..and you stitched it up so fasy and lovely..
What a sweet dentist you have..
I never get such things..

Lovely coffie piece, beautifull made.

Indeed its a mic of Leia and Cinderella..
Great job

Hetti said...

The combination of different creative techniques make your items/gifts so special and recognizable as.... ANNIE!!
Love the rose in the previous blogpost and of course the reindeer
:-))
It was nice to read your post and I like the Links Annie, thank you so much XXX Hetti

Carol said...

You must have a very special dentist, Annie--I'm sure he and his staff will really appreciate your cute stitched gift. And no, I don't get notices like that at all--I only get automated phone reminders!

You always come up with the most creative ways to use your finishes--the mat and the pouch are both so cute! Good for you for persevering on Cinderella--she looks perfect to me :)

Kissy said...

Cool finishes! The notice from your dentist is hilarious!!

Silverlotus said...

Great finishes! I especially love the little pumpkin pouch. It is great!

And the car from the dentist is hilarious!

Also, please enter me in the draw for the L*K chart. I'd love to stitch it.

Sandra said...

The coaster is adorable! But I hope they won't use it with real coffee in the mug because it would be a shame if it gets a stain.

Princess Leia is so cute, but when I saw her thought of Little Women. The pouch looks fantastic :)

Manuela Albanese - Cross Stitch Designer said...

Your blog is really lovely !
Manuela

Anne said...

The smile pinkeep is great Annie and it'll fit right in at the dentist's office! I love the postcard you got. I get a postcard too but more on the cutesy side with teeth jokes. Love that coffee coaster! Your friend will definitely be using it!! The pumpkin pouch is pretty darling too. Very unique!!

Angela CG said...

Such a cute little pouch.

Please count me in on the drawing to be the next person to stitch the "Wear a Smile" pattern. I have wanted to do this one for a while.

Karen said...

These are all beautiful finishes, Annie. The coaster is so nice I wouldn't want to set my coffee cup on it, what if it drizzled? The pumpkin pouch is gorgeous and very clever!

Gina E. said...

What a perfect design for a coaster or mug rug!

Shebafudge said...

Just browsing your blog. You have got some amazing finishes. How talented are you??? Absolutely adore the little pumpkin coin purse, so sweet!