Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Birthday and Get Well cards and a Coin Purse

I just noticed that this draft post had been sitting around waiting to be published.   The two cards I stitched recently both went to the same person.    He had some health problems so I made him a get well card.  He's doing much better now, but I don't think my card was the reason.  And then his birthday came along shortly afterward.

For the get well card, I used a design I had waiting in the wings that I had stitched a while ago just because I liked the design.  I figured it would come in handy at some point.  This was one of the blocks from the 2014 Sampler Life SAL.  The original artist is Raquel Blasco of Maggi Co's Village.  I think the cross stitch adaptation might be by Nathalie Cichon of "Jardin Privé".

You can still get the blocks for this sampler on the FB group "The Sampler Life".   Each block is by a different designer.

I did this over-one on Monaco, so it's especially cute in that tiny format.  My over-one stitching days are pretty much behind me.  I don't know what possessed me to do this.  But I find that it is easier on Monaco than on any other fabric.

I may decide to stitch more of Raquel Blasco's designs.   I'm drawn to that style.


I always take a look at the latest CrossStitcher magazine because it's one that I can check out from our local library as an e-magazine.  I rarely find anything that grabs me though.  But the August, 2018 issue had a set of four ice cream sundaes that immediately caught my eye.  I stitched up my favorite of the set and I think it made a pretty cute birthday card.  The colors, especially on the dish, worked up somewhat different from the photo in the mag, but I do like the way they pop on that 36 count "Dirty" linen.


I stitched up a little coin purse for a friend who has done some favors for me recently.  This is a section of Little House Needleworks "Liberty Belles" on  36 ct  linen.  I re-worked the placement of the motifs to make it fit the space.  The threads are all DMC.   I'm still working on the best way to do those top zippers.   I've read a billion tutorials and watched tons of videos, but it's like looking for the perfect taco in Tom Robbins' "Jitterbug Perfume".    This one didn't come out too bad though.  Reducing bulk in the corners is the tricky part.   I added a zipper pull from a  Moonraker Lampwerks bead to jazz it up a bit.. 


14 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

Both of your cards are super, Annie! I love the coin purse you stitched and made for your friend. The backing fabric is perfect for it.

Sasha said...

They all look great!

Terri Patillo said...

Wonderful cards and I really love that Sundae!

Vickie said...

Such super cards Annie. That coin purse is such a fantastic gift!!!

Carol said...

You always find the cutest designs for cards, Annie! Really love that black and red and white one. (And I'm glad your friend is feeling better!)

I do the same thing--check out the cross stitch magazines digitally from the library. Very handy and cost-saving as I rarely find anything I want to stitch and I'm glad I didn't purchase the magazines :)

The little coin purse is super-cute!! I've always loved that chart with the three patriotic girls and I'm sure your friend will love it. Pretty bead from Melanie (I miss her blog!), too...

Hope you can avoid the rain that looks like will be heading up the east coast!

Jane Galley said...

I love the design in the first card, beautifully stitched. I haven't bought magazines for years. Still got loads here from years ago, although I managed to offload some ages ago

Brigitte said...

I love the designs you chose for your cards. Lucky friend who received even two of your wonderful cards :) You are so creative and the cards you show here make me want to make more cards myself.
Such a lovely zipper purse. To me it looks perfect.

Daffycat said...

Beautiful greeting cards! I especially love the over-one in black and red. The coin purse is really, really nice!

Julie said...

Your get well card is lovely, what a nice cheer you up treat to receive.
Lovely little purse for your friend, so useful.

Hetti said...

I'll love the cards and purse Annie, full of little deails with a perfect finish. So nice to see the little designs become beautiful gift!
XxX Hetti

Jackie said...

I never thought of e-zines being at the library in digital format. I have no idea why not! Thank you! Love your finishes, you are so creative!

Margaret said...

Everything looks great! I often wonder if I could still see to stitch. I helped my daughter learn to cross stitch while we were in Maine -- admittedly, I didn't have my reading glasses on, but boy, were those holes tiny!

ricketyjo said...

I really like your stitching, that get well design is really unusual, it looks lovely.

Gina E. said...

Hi Annie,
I've just done my six monthly review of your blog, LOL! Your family and friend are so lucky to be the recipients of your beautiful works. I love them all of course, but the coffee cup and the red and black design really jumped out at me.:-) Hope you are keeping well?
Hugs
Gina
xx