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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Winter Manor- A Winter Freebie

  Happy , happy Tuesday. Another beautiful day in my neck of the woods. How about where you live? Grab ya , a cup and let's go sit on the porch. I have filled up my bird feeders and have been enjoying daily visitors.


 Usually,  I sit by the window to see who all will come  enjoy the delightful feast of seeds. The most frequent visitors are my cardinals. 


As we wait for the other birdies to arrive , let's talk about stitching. 

 Today, I am excited to share with you the first house stitch of 2022. 

 I officially finished Winter Manor last night. 

Let me tell you what I originally planned. 


First, I was going to stitch the house in DMC 931 or 930 ,but as I was playing with my blues DMC 317  just kept singing to me. So it won out in the end. 

Wouldn't the large vase with the tree and cardinals make a cute ornament on their own? Hmmm! I just may have to stitch one up. 

I also had a date centered at the top above the house, but in the end I omitted it and added more snowflakes. 

 Now if you wanted to stitch  Winter Manor, of course, you could add your initials, a date or whatever strikes your fancy. In fact ,you may want to stitch a few snowflakes or have a blizzard of flurries like I did. My little house is surrounded by cardinals- signs that angels are near. 


Many of you know , but I always like to leave this little disclaimer.  

I stitch my little designs for fun and to decorate my home. I feel very blessed by this community and love sharing my little charts, but I am not a professional designer. And I do not have professional software. Thank you for understanding that I  have to put each page on separate links because of the devices I use. I apologize for that.  These are images of the chart and not downloads.  And I am always grateful for your kind encouragement , your visits, and stitching my little designs. 

Click here for the Instruction page. 

Click here for the Colored Chart. 


Click here for Black / White Chart. 

If you have missed any of the other saltboxes, just click on the names below and you will be whisked back to a previous posts for your reading pleasure, and you will also find links to the charts there as well. 

 Candy Cane Cottage , Thanksgiving HouseAutumn's Saltbox , Susan's Summer Saltbox   Crow Creek SaltboxOphelia Manor on Punkin Holler Lane ,  Willowisp Manor of Holler Lane  ,  Turkey Creek Manor ,  Winter Saltbox  , and Dorothy Mae's Spring House   ,  Spring Green Saltbox  ,  Katie Anne's Saltbox , Sarah Jane's 1776 Saltbox , Aunt Bea's Summer Home  ,  Christmas Eve Saltbox  and Edna Viola's Saltbox 

Thank you , my dears for stopping by for a visit today. Hopefully, we will see more birdies and critters on your next visit.  I wish you a very blessed day. As always...

Happy stitching, ya'll


When you believe beyond what you can see, signs from heaven show up to remind us that love never dies. 


Dedicated to my sweet sister, Amy. I miss you so much. Love ya. 


  1. I love all your little houses, they're so cute! Happy stitching!

  2. Thank you so much for the darling free patterns! I heard about you last night watching Cynthia Brewer's podcast. I too feed the birds, and cardinals are the most frequent visitors. I never heard about them being angels but that is uplifting. Today is my birthday and finding your blog was a gift! Thank you so much! I'll be back! Happy January and New Year!

  3. What a sweet pattern - thank you! I love the blue color on your house! I Googled DMC 317 and it is called Pewter Gray, is that right?

  4. Another great stitchin'. I had no idea you had that many houses done!

  5. Winter Manor is a beauty, Melisa! Well done! Yesterday, we had snow! Woohoo!

  6. Thank you for another super cute pattern. I really like the bright blue.
    My bird feeders are always full. Love to watch the birds even though they are mostly the brown sparrows. Last summer we did have a California Scrub Blue Jay. He/she was very loud and huge. I was excited until I read they eat hummingbirds.
    Thanks again for your generosity! Patty McDonald

  7. DMC 317 was a great choice! Cardinals are always welcome! I love them because my grandmother had pictures of them and I am sure her fav. color was red.

  8. I love your blue house! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. I love watching the cardinals in our yard, too, Melisa! I'm so glad we have them in our parts of the world :) Your newest blue house is darling--especially love all the birds. Hope you are having a great week so far ♥

  10. Love the cardinals in your yard, we don't have them here in Phoenix but I had them in Illinois. I feed the birds and mostly have sparrows, house finches, thrashers, woodpecker, and hummingbirds, in the spring the rosy-cheeked lovebirds will arrive back and stay for the sunflowers of summer/fall. I am in love with your newest saltbox house with cardinals..Much love and many hugs to you and your family from Arizona.

  11. I’ve just discovered your IG posts & your blog spot. I love your designs & can’t wait to start stitching Winter manor. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your designs, Marie (#swadmarie) ps I love red cardinals. We don’t have them in Australia

  12. I love your new blue house. It fits in beautifully with the others! Thank you!
    How do you come up with such wonderful designs?

  13. Cardinals are a favorite of ours. I am curious what pattern that is in the upper left corner with the snowman in the red wagon, adorable!

  14. Thank you for sharing your beautiful works! I love the houses! They are my favorite.


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