Sunday, August 24, 2014

Haunting Love

I recently joined the "Pumpkin Seed Stitchers" group on Facebook for those who like to stitch Halloween designs.  Teresa Smith of T. A. Smith's designs created a piece for the group called "Haunting Love".  The design is monochrome, but I decided to do it in color.  It's just the sweetest piece.  A little bird flew in and landed unexpectedly on the upper right branch, but otherwise this is stitched from Teresa's chart.  Don't you love the little ghosties and the tiny mouse couple?

It's done in DMC (310,4140, 4045, 3746,4124,451,3045,317, and 4000) on a piece of Miek's hand-dyed fabric.  Love those color variations.  4000 is one of the newest colors and it made a great tree trunk.  I finished it up as a pin keep this afternoon.

Couple of pieces of good news to report:
First, the lost LHN "Needles and Threads" square for WOCS finally arrived!  It took one month to get from DC to Florida.  Those squares usually take 3 days to make that trip.  I could have walked to Florida in that time I think.  Hope the square had a nice world tour.  I'm so glad it didn't get lost forever!

Second, my partner and I won our summer tote bag in Jazzercise by attending the required number of classes during the summer.  The promo below shows the bag.  Our instructor was nice enough to give us some extra time to get all of our classes in.  I always think I don't care about these promotions and it's not why I go to class, but these incentives don't hurt!
And my dentist has once again reminded me that the war zone I call my mouth needs its quarterly attention soon.  Andy Warhol may be most famous for Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's Soup, but these toothbrushes make for great pop art!



22 comments:

Kissy said...

Yay! for the square arrival!
Yay! for winning the bag!
And Yay! for the cute pinkeep!
Love the color variations in it. The plants (of which I don't know the English name) look fabulous! And what would it be without a bird!! It's such a whimsical, charming scene. I can't even imagine how it would look in only one color.

Margaret said...

The Halloween stitch is wonderful! So beautiful and unusual! Nice bag that you won! That is so cool! Good for you for meeting the goal and earning it!

Vickie said...

Hooray! So glad the square FINALLY arrived. Good for you earning that bag. :)

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Love your finish. That's such a cute design. Have a great week!

Hetti said...

Ohhh such a sweet Halloween design Annie, it matched so good with Miek's fabric ;-)
Glad the post has arrived finally after the mini world tour, I din't see it in Holland, hahhaaa.
Congratulations with the bag it is very elegant as we say in Europe.
XXX Hetti

Nancy said...

Your Halloween stitching is so fun and colorful!

miek said...

what a great designer Teresa Smith is. it`s so sweet and beautiful, and i love the colorway you used. the fabric makes it complete!
i`m happy with the good news. although a dentist visit never makes me smile ; -(((
greetings miek

Melanie said...

It's darling! And I love the color in it. It all came together just perfectly. :)

Wow! 60 classes! Am I reading that right? That is an accomplishment. Go you two!

Cindy's Stitching said...

That is a really cute finish.

Astrids dragon said...

What an sweet pattern, I love the way you stitched it and the finish is great!

Blu said...

What a cute finish!
Yay for the mail finally arriving.
That bag is really gorgeous.

Carol said...

Such a cute finish, Annie! Another FB group I'll have to check out :) I like the fact that the ghosts don't look spooky... And you did a great job of choosing colors...

Love that bag--you well deserve it! You're so good about keeping up with your Jazzercise classes year after year :)

Oh, the dentist--now that's someone I don't want to visit again any time soon after my experience earlier this month which ended in an emergency root canal :( Good luck on your visit!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Haunting love looks great!

Jane Galley said...

I'm so pleased your square turned up. Sometimes it would be lovely to know where these things go, if only they could talk

Brigitte said...

You're a lucky girl. The lost square re-emerged from its trip around the world, you won a great bag, and you finished a lovely Halloween pinkeep with two little mice so much in love. Enjoy everything!

Mii Stitch said...

Great little pinkeep finish! I LOVE YOUR BAG!!!! It is fabulous, what a win :) I'm a bag-holic really, so any bag will do :D This one is great and love the details on the sides!

Rachel S-H said...

Sweet finish!

ArchangelDecker said...

Your finish is too cute! Love the color changes you made. :)

Sheryl S. said...

Lovely halloween pinkeep with a beautiful finish. Love the ghosties.

Annette said...

Yeah!! It arrived!!!! Thankfully.
You also won a great bag. It looks big enough to go to the beach. Dont know if you live naar the beach?
Your colored version is great. And it looks so pretty on that fabric.
Another New color. I need to look at all my threads how many I still need to buy. Im getting there Im saving for them all.
Problem is that They are very expensive here in the Netherlands
Thanks for the tip.
I wanne try and stitch this weekend. If has been so long ago. But I also have night shifts. So not much time. Hihihi
Happy weekend. And happy stitching!!

Annette-California said...

Beautiful! Miek's pretty hand dyed fabric and the wonderful colored threads all look great. Love the bag you earned it, congrats. love Annette

Karen said...

Annie, I almost missed this post, sorry! I do love your little Halloween piece, it's beautiful and the tiny mouse couple are so cute! I love the Color Variations, too, and use them all the time, I like the way you have put them to use here.

Glad that the square finally made its way to where it was supposed to go!