First up is "Checkers the Pumpkin" an old Pam Kellogg freebie from Kreinik that you can still get here. I stitched it all in DMC, no beads, on 36 ct linen 2 over 2. He's a jolly little guy and I don't know why it took so many years for me to get around to stitching him.
I love the new little bowl top designs by Heart in Hand. This is "Hocus Pocus Halloween", used for a card, not a bowl, but it works well for this purpose. I like the addition of funky stitckers to the funky pumpkin.
The design is on FB and I don't think you need to be a member to access this link:
Here's another pattern that's been on my to-do list for years and I think it's ideal for a birthday card. It's by Veronique Enginger from "Mode d'Hier et D'aujourd'hui au Point de Croix" and stitched on light blue 36 ct linen. Of course I wrote "Happy Birthday and all that jazz" as the inside sentiment. The recipient loved it as I suspected she would. It's a very clever design, don't you think?
A friend of mine took a fall recently and it ended in a very bad broken wrist. I had this design stitched up and waiting for the right time to use it. It became a get well card in a wink. The pattern is from "Douce Méditerranée" and is a freebie on the Art du Fil FB page. You can get it here.