These two counted cross stitch designs are featured in the September/October issue of Just Cross Stitch this year. I was trying to figure out how ghosts show affection in the afterlife. Since I was heavily influenced by Casper the Friendly Ghost who had a tail, I decided that ghosts must hold tails.
The nutty pattern was inspired by a tiny friend. We were poking around underneath an oak tree and I found an acorn and showed it to this curious four year old. She asked, “Where is the squirrel that goes with it?” I immediately began visualizing each squirrel in the world being issued a nut or two, and the squirrel and nut must travel in pairs at all times. This is the design that came out of these musings. I mounted this cross stitch on a repurposed tin that I painted brown.