I like champagne as much as the next guy, but while others are reaching for the bubbly I’m reaching for the corks. I painted these with white acrylic. Then I painted their faces, used the back of my brush for their buttons, and painted pointy toothpicks orange for their long noses. I made my noses extra long because they made me laugh this way. I used a stylus to poke a hole where the nose and screw eye would be and affixed them with tacky glue. I tied 3/8” ribbon in a knot and used fibers to hang. Not pictured: the little red heart I painted on each of their butts.
I stitched the grouchy ghost for The 2018 Just Cross Stitch Special Halloween Issue. When I was still thinking of unhappy spirits I drank a special bottle of wine from Oso Libre winery which was black. So when it was empty I took off the label and painted this same fellow on the bottle and made it into a vase.
I got plain wooden shoes from Holland and painted them doing acrylic color washes so I could have a spring decoration.
I like to stitch Celtic things, but I also like to paint my favorite places in Ireland. Here are paintings I made of Hore Abbey from the Rock of Cashel. The angel on the wall and in the garden may or may not have been “artistic license”. I used acrylics on Masonite panels.
Now that you have eaten all those chocolates in that heart shaped box, it’s time to work off all those calories by cross stitching. And it is time to stitch your St. Patrick’s Day and Easter pieces.
I will share with you some stitching ideas, as well as the newest show offs strutting their stuff in my garden. That does not mean the snails. The snails and I are fighting a dual to the death. One or the other of us has to go. (Yes I know those were Oscar Wilde’s last words about his curtains, but I believe I shall have slightly better luck than he did with his curtains with my snail battle.)
For you decorative painters, I have added a free design to my website, www.fronyritterdesigns.com under painting. It is a tiny pouch necklace, just large enough for you to store your fortune in. Also shown is the egg stitched on a tea towel. And, of course, the two eggs are pictured with both the stitched and the stitched and beaded versions.
Here is a pink version of the Tulip Egg chart. While I was product testing (which means asking my 7 traveling companions whether they like the pink or the lavender egg), they vetoed the pink and chose lavender. They vetoed a lot of other things I liked as in my choice of restaurants, entertainment and music. I was in the mood for some Eastern European Russian Jewish music and felt they should expand their repertoire. You can veto my choice of color also, and change the color to pink or yellow or peach. On the website I also stitched one onto perforated paper and stitched the year at the bottom. I stitched the Lily Egg on 40 count mesh and found a cameo made by Martha Stewart to put it in.
Finally, in my wildly passionate love affair with beads, I have converted the Shamrock to Mill Hill Magnifica beads. Conversion is on the website. I used a blanket stitch and sewed it onto a muslin bag available from Stampin’ Up. It’s funny to me that people look at the cross stitch, but they touch the beaded pieces. It’s like they are Braille and to really see these they must be touched. I have heard a strange chorus behind me all my life that goes something like this, “don’t touch”. ( Someone around me must touch stuff a lot). I didn’t like that song, so my new one is “do touch”. I hope you sing it with me.