Boo! Hoop

I stitched this sweet little hoop up for a friend on Craftster.  She received a ho hum package in a swap and to help make it right I wanted to send her a little something extra.  I asked her to send me a few patterns and this is the one I chose.  I printed it a little smaller than I meant to so the design was too small for this hoop but too big for the other hoops I had... Ooops.  I still love the way it turned out and that I got to use lots of different stitches.  

I used a back stitch, the lazy daisy on the leaves, satin stitching for the candy corn, stem stitching on the letters, and finally the French knot. 

This was a free pattern that can be found here if you wanted to stitch it up too!


Halloween Bling

I am still in shock that Halloween is in a few days.  Before you know it Christmas will be here!     (((((YAY))))))

To me November 1st is really the start of the holiday season.  I am ready to start pulling out the decorations, drinking cocoa with the kids, baking, and watching our favorite Christmas movies.  It's a time of tradition and making memories that I hope my kids will continue to do with their kids.  But before I jump ahead of myself I want to share the last of the Halloween stuff with you all.  

Rounding out the package I sent to quaggy in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap is a mess of jewelry pieces.  I seem to always make one or two pieces for each partner when I swap.  I may have gone a bit overboard this time but I couldn't help myself!

I found these awesome Jack O' Lantern beads online that just had to be turned into a stretch bracelet.

I think this pendant is probably my favorite of the group.  It's simple but gorgeous!  Look at how cute that little spider is!

I of course had to make a braided Kumihimo bracelet since these seem to be my new addiction in crafting.  A fellow Craftster pointed out that it looks like Indian corn and she's right!  It really does look like Indian Corn,

Last but not least is a Halloween junk pendant.  There are kinds of charms, bits, and bobs on this one.  I bought a little kit from Amazon that had all the elements in it but anyone could use bits from their stash to make something unique.

I have put my Halloween supplies away until next year and pulled out my Holiday themed goodies.   I will have lots of things to share next week.


Manic Monda

Here are the rest of the goodies I received from quaggy in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap. 

She made me a ton of gorgeous potion bottles to display.

A hand painted wood cut

This funny framed mummy

Felt ornaments for my Halloween Tree

And a Halloween Shadowbox

There is actually one more thing but it deserves it's own post! 


Mini 13 Days of Halloween Part 2

Here are the next two items I made for quaggy in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap.

A cute wooden wall hanging that lights up.  It was pre-made but blank so I painted it. 

This hoop which was a labor of love.  I have never stitched a hoop entirely with fill stitches.  It was daunting but actually went faster than I thought it would.  I am very happy with how it turned out and can't wait to find another pattern to use this technique on.

I used a bit of back stitching, satin stitching, and split back stitching on this hoop.  The split back stitch is my new favorite stitch!  I am happy that my satin stitching is improving too!  

Pattern from Urban Threads


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