Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Love Birds' Delivery - Valentine Freebie

Special Delivery!!!
It is a whole lot of LOVE!!!!


And look who is the mail carriers! Sweet bluebirds. ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ

Some of y'all may remember my affection for bluebirds. My newest Valentine's stitch is called Love Birds' Delivery! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ

Sorry for the wrinkles. I was so excited I just had to snap some photos.

Rain , snow, sleet  or sunshine, these little birdies will never let you down when they deliver. ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ“ง๐Ÿ“ช❤

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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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Remember all of my designs are for personal use only. Please do not sell my designs, rename or rechart my designs for profit. Yes that has happened. ๐Ÿ˜”




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When I get home , I am going to have a whole lot of finishing to work on including FFOing  this one. I was thinking maybe a tag finish, but something else may come to mind between now and then. Do you have any suggestions for this piece?  

Well, Sweeties, I better boot , scoot and boogie! Have an awesome day! And remember spread cheer and love!!!!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’‹❤๐Ÿค—

 As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa
The love in your heart wasn't put there to stay, love isn't love till it's given away- Oscar Hammerstein II

Hugs and Stitches!!!
Dedicated to my sweet Baby sister, Amy . I love you, Amo.  ❤



Please forgive me for not being able to respond back to your sweet comments. I will have internet service soon.  I want you to know how much I appreciate you!!!! Thank you, Sweeties!!! ๐Ÿค—


Friday, January 26, 2024

Roll and Bake- A Gingerbread Doodle

Hello sweet friends . I am popping in to share the 4th and final  gingerbread doodle. It is called "Roll and Bake" . I will be color tinting and embroidering mine during my down time  while on vacation. When I have it finished, I will certainly share it. 


So far I have shared: 

Gingerbread and Marshmallows not photoed yet. 

A Plate of Gingers


A Bowl of Gingerbread

The unfinished block size is 8 1/2" x 10 1/2". I have not decided how I will fully finish them, but once all of the blocks are embroidered I will probably frame them in 2" squares. We will see though. 

I have been using the following DMC floss colors- 898, 498, 351,356,  3371, 895,  and 413 in some of the gingerbread blocks.  I will continue to use some of the same colors in this block as well.  

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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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My little doodles are hand drawn so they are never perfect. 

Other gingerbread freebies include the following: 

Gingerbread Saltbox

Sweeping Snowman Trifle  and Gingerbread Trifle

Since I am  still out camping and have little service, I will keep the post short and sweet.  Enjoy your day, Sweeties and ...

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa
Baking is done out of love, to share with family and friends to see them smile. Anna Olson
Warm Wishes and gingerbread kisses! 
Hugs and Stitches!!!

Dedicated to my sweet Baby sister, Amy who loved to bake . I love you, Amo.  ❤

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

"Snow Tart" A Winter Freebie

Hello there ,  Winter Sunshine!!!  Mr. Pinker and I are out and about enjoying the beauty of nature and having loads of fun on our camping adventure , but before we left home,  I had the chance to finish a small winter stitch  called "Snow Tart" .

  "Snow Tart " is a simple and quick stitch and can be whipped up in two shakes of a lamb's tail. In fact, I stitched this  in a little over 1 1/2 hours- that's not too bad , is it?  

DMC 221 is the floss color that I used, but wouldn't it look so lovely in blue?

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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

Remember all of my designs are for personal use only. Please do not sell my designs, rename or rechart my designs for profit. Yes that has happened. ๐Ÿ˜”

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I finished mine into a little tart tin.  I am no expert and in fact, I am a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal, but here is how I finished my stitch into a tart.

RECIPE FOR TART FINISH

INGREDIENTS

tart tin

scissors

thread

needle

cross stitch

cardboard or mat board

glue

batting

backing fabric


DIRECTIONS:

๐Ÿงต1. After stitching the design. I found that it would fit in a 3 1/2" tart tin. I used a template to  draw out 4 circles on a piece of cardboard . I used cardboard because I am thrifty and  that is what I had on hand. ๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿงต2. I glued 3 of the cardboard circles together using Aleene's Tacky Glue and set them aside to dry.  

๐Ÿงต3. I took the 4th circle , used it as a template and cut out backing fabric larger than my circle. 

๐Ÿงต4. Using needle and thread, I created a running stitch about 1/4" from the edge of the fabric and then gathered it around the  4th cardboard circle and secured it.

 

๐Ÿงต5. Once the other circles were dry, I cut 5 layers of batting into slightly smaller circles and layered them on top of the cardboard circle.  

๐Ÿงต6. I then  followed the same process as I did in creating the backing circle by gathering the stitched piece to the batting covered cardboard circle.  I then laced my cross stitch .  

๐Ÿงต7. I took the "Backing Circle" and the "Stitched Circle" placed them together and using needle and thread whip stitched the circles together. 

๐Ÿงต8. I just sat my finished cross stitch on top of the tart tin. It did not fit snug down in the bottom of the tart. Mine is more like a lid where I can store trinkets in the tart.  I will use the tart tin for other finishes after winter. 

I am hoping to create some more tart finishes this year, and my mind is already in the clouds dreaming of the next one.  

Well, Sweeties, that's my stitch for the day. What do you think? Do you think it looks ok? I am pleased for my 1st "tart finish". 

Before you leave, I want to thank you for dropping by for a sweet visit. It always brightens my day when you come by. Have a beautiful day and ...

 As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa
The first snow is like the first love. - Lara Biyuts
Warm Wishes and Snowman kisses! 
Hugs and Stitches!!!
Dedicated to my sweet Baby sister, Amy . I love you, Amo.  ❤





















Thursday, January 18, 2024

Mr. Snow SAL Block 12 SAL Ice Skating

Happy Thursday, Sweeties. 

 Eeeh! We have made it! The final block in the Mr. Snow SAL! ๐Ÿ˜€❤

This winter our small rural town set up a ice skating rink on the town square. The grandchildren loved going skating and took to it like fish to water. So I just had to create a doodle in celebration of the kiddos ice skating. 

 I have to admit that I think "Ice Skating" is my favorite block out of them all. What do you think? Do you have a favorite?

 

Cute Snowman Image Retro

When Mr. Pinker and I return from our trip, I will be framing the 12  embroidered blocks and begin working on the quilt.  Do you have any suggestions? 

I thought about a churn dash. Do I dare though?  I bet some of you are thinking how many churn dash quilts does this gal need. Hmm I don't know , but I sure do like using that block. But I am open to any other suggestions.  

So far I have shared: 

Block 1 Snowballs,    Block 2 Winter FriendsSnow Mitten , Block 4 Waiting for Snow   ,  Block 5 A Jolly Fellow  , Block 6 Snow Quilter  , Block 7 Snow Cream,  Block 8 Decorating the Tree ,  Block 9 SleighingBlock 10 Snow For Sale,  Block 11 With A Corncob Pipe 

 INSTRUCTION TIME !   Now remember , I am no expert, but am just sharing how I embroider mine. Please prepare your fabric, embroider in whatever manner that  makes you happy. The number one rule is to always have FUN, FUN, FUN!!!  

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut your fabric to 8 1/2 "x 11 1/2" . This will  be trimmed later.  

2.  Place the pattern between a light box or a window and center the design as best as possible. Trace the design onto your fabric using your favorite transfer fabric pen or pencil . 

3. Embroider the design .  I used a backstitch using 2 strands of DMC 498  on most of the design. A stemstitch would look  quite lovely if you prefer.  

4.   I used a French Knot on Mr. Snow's eyes. You do not have to include the French Knot;  you may want to add  teeny beads for eyes . How cute would that be!!!

5. Press and trim to block size 7 1/2 x 10 1/2". If you color tint your blocks, remember to place a paper towel over the tinted area and heat set with the iron.   The finished  block size in the  quilt will by 7" x 10" .

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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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My little doodles are hand drawn so they are never perfect. 


I want to thank you all for following along with me on this quilting adventure thus far. I have enjoyed sharing these little doodles so much, and of course, you have always kept me motivated.  

Now tell me. Have you ever went ice skating?


As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa
If you fall down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again. 
Warm Wishes and Snowman kisses! 
Hugs and Stitches!!!
Dedicated to my sweet Baby sister, Amy . I love you, Amo.  ❤


LINKS THAT MAY STRIKE YOUR FANCY. 

Frosty McChill SAL - This is a link to the 12  Frosty McChill Snoman blocks that I shared in 2021.

2022-Flurry & Flakes SAL  This is a link to the Flurry & Flakes Snowman quilt. It includes 5 embroidery blocks. 

Sweeping Snowman Trifle A small cross stitch that I created to use as a scissor fob.  

2022- Everybody Loves A Parade- Well I Hope SoA Parade of Winter and Snowman Cross stitch and Doodles. 











Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Dreaming of Snow - A Winter Freebie

SNOWBIRD REPORT: Still no snow in the holler according to my daughter. 

Welcome, Sweet friends  .  I hope you are having a wonderful winter day. So what is the "Snowbird Report " in your neighborhood? Have you had any of the white fluffy stuff yet?  

My grandchildren are certainly dreaming of snow. They have 13 built in snow days that they sure would enjoy using if possible. Just maybe Mother Nature will oblige. 

I am so excited to share with you a simple stitch called "Dreaming of Snow" .  A cute quick stitch perfect for winter or the Christmas season.  

I will be finishing this piece into a pin pillow. 

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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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Remember all of my designs are for personal use only. Please do not sell my designs, rename or rechart my designs for profit. Yes that has happened. ๐Ÿ˜”





hand drawn snowflake illustration

I will keep this visit very short and sweet. I hope you enjoy your day and thank you for taking the time to visit my humble little spot in blogland. 

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa
When snow falls , nature listens. -Antoinette Van Kleeff
Warm Wishes and Snowman kisses! 
Hugs and Stitches!!!
Dedicated to my sweet Baby sister, Amy . I love you, Amo.  ❤


Mr. Pinker and I are still roaming in the old camper . It is rare that we have service but when we do, I pop in to read the sweet comments and visit my blogging friends, but unfortunately I can not respond back until I return. Please forgive me. 






Friday, January 12, 2024

Gingerbread with Marshmallows-A Gingerbread Doodle

Good morning, Sweetie Pies! Would you like a cookie? I sure wish I was home for I would bake  up a large batch of them just for you.๐Ÿช❤ ๐Ÿค—  But I do have a gingerbread doodle for you. 

Eeeh! I am so excited to show you this little doodle! It is called a "Gingerbread with Marshmallows" . I was inspired by my wee collection of gingerbread mugs when I created this one. 

One of my gingerbread mugs. 

I have not stitched it yet, but I will be working on embroidering this cup of gingerbread cocoa  as I am on vacation. 

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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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My little doodles are hand drawn so they are never perfect. 

The unfinished block size is 8 1/2" x 10 1/2". I have not decided how I will fully finish them, but once all of the blocks are embroidered I will probably frame them in 2" squares. We will see though. 

I have been using the following DMC floss colors- 898, 498, 351,356,  3371, 895,  and 413 in some of the gingerbread blocks.  I will continue to use some of the same colors in this block as well. 

GINGERBREAD HOT COCOA RECIPE

SERVINGS 3

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 Cup  of packed of brown sugar

1/4 cup baking cocoa

1 Tablespoon molasses

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

dash of salt

3 cups of milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

whipped cream

DIRECTIONS:

 In a small saucepan combine the 1st 7 ingredients; gradually add the milk. Cook and stir over medium heat. When heated , remove from the stove. Stir in vanilla. Pour in your favorite mug .  Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.  Enjoy!

 

Alrighty , Sweeties. I will let you go. Thank you so much for dropping by to visit me and have a super sweet day. 

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa
Life is short. Make it sweet!
Warm Wishes and gingerbread kisses! 
Hugs and Stitches!!!

Dedicated to my sweet Baby sister, Amy who loved to bake . I love you, Amo.  ❤

Gingerbread Saltbox

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Mr. Snow SAL Block 11 With a Corncob Pipe

"With a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal..." - Frosty the Snowman

Good morning, Sweet Snow Friends and a very lovely Winter Thursday to you. Today's Mr. Snow block features the jolly old fella wearing a flat brimmed hat which is covered with snow and a spiffy snowflake scarf.  It is called "With  a Corncob Pipe" . 

Mr. Snow is busy smoking his pipe on this cold winter day. Doesn't he know that he could melt?  He is living dangerously that is for sure. 

 I colored Mr. Snow's hat and his scarf using the white and red crayons. I also gave him a little rosy cheek using the red crayon. 

 So far I have shared: 

Block 1 Snowballs,    Block 2 Winter FriendsSnow Mitten , Block 4 Waiting for Snow   ,  Block 5 A Jolly Fellow  , Block 6 Snow Quilter  , Block 7 Snow Cream,  Block 8 Decorating the Tree ,  Block 9 SleighingBlock 10 Snow For Sale

 INSTRUCTION TIME !   Now remember , I am no expert, but am just sharing how I embroider mine. Please prepare your fabric, embroider in whatever manner that  makes you happy. The number one rule is to always have FUN, FUN, FUN!!!  

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut your fabric to 8 1/2 "x 11 1/2" . This will  be trimmed later.  

2.  Place the pattern between a light box or a window and center the design as best as possible. Trace the design onto your fabric using your favorite transfer fabric pen or pencil . 

3. Embroider the design .  I used a backstitch using 2 strands of DMC 498  on most of the design. A stemstitch would look  quite lovely if you prefer.  

4.   I used a French Knot on Mr. Snow's eyes. You do not have to include the French Knot;  you may want to add  teeny beads for eyes . How cute would that be!!!

5. Press and trim to block size 7 1/2 x 10 1/2". If you color tint your blocks, remember to place a paper towel over the tinted area and heat set with the iron.   The finished  block size in the  quilt will by 7" x 10" .

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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃

My little doodles are hand drawn so they are never perfect. 

One more block to go and then I will be ready to piece these blocks into a quilt.  I can not wait for you to see the final block. I just love it!  

Well , Sweeties, I am off to plan an adventure. Yes, Mr. Pinker and I are still camping.   Thank you for dropping by and taking time to see Mr. Snow . Have a beautiful day and ...

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa
There is a certain magic that comes from the very first snow. -Frosty the Snowman

Warm Wishes and Snowman kisses! 
Hugs and Stitches!!!
Dedicated to my sweet Baby sister, Amy . I love you, Amo.  ❤


LINKS THAT MAY STRIKE YOUR FANCY. 

Frosty McChill SAL - This is a link to the 12  Frosty McChill Snoman blocks that I shared in 2021.

2022-Flurry & Flakes SAL  This is a link to the Flurry & Flakes Snowman quilt. It includes 5 embroidery blocks. 

Sweeping Snowman Trifle A small cross stitch that I created to use as a scissor fob.  

2022- Everybody Loves A Parade- Well I Hope SoA Parade of Winter and Snowman Cross stitch and Doodles. 








Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Star Spangled Winter Home- A Winter House Freebie

A very lovely day to you , sweet friends.  Another house has joined my neighborhood ,and it is called Star Spangled Winter Home.


   I have always wanted to stitch a winter home celebrating the good old Red, White and Blue.   Hmmm, I think I will pack up my bags and move  into this house- a log cabin is right up my alley. Hee! Hee! 




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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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Remember all of my designs are for personal use only. Please do not sell my designs, rename or rechart my designs for profit. Yes that has happened. ๐Ÿ˜”




I have also provided 2 enlarged symbol charts. 




Other winter homes that I have shared in the past include: 





 and  Winter Saltbox   


I will keep it short and sweet today! Have a beautiful day and thank  you for the sweet visit. 

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa
One flag, one land, one heart , one hand, one nation, evermore. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Warm Wishes and Snowman kisses! 
Hugs and Stitches!!!
Dedicated to my sweet Baby sister, Amy . I love you, Amo.  ❤


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