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Well it only took 22 months, but the year is finally done! I took the most liberties with this month. I had a Carries's variegated floss called "Halloween" that I wanted to use, so I used that for the Title and the flower borders. I wanted to make it more "halloweenie" so I added the bats and the glow in the dark moon. Also added a spider charm hanging from the moon. It feels good to have the whole year done and no more deadlines to get the month done as the year progresses on! I've loved the series and being able to update the wooden calendar that my Dad made for me many, many years ago.
I'm back stitching after a year off for a severe case of cross stitch burn out. Here is my October Cottage. I made quite a few color and design changes. I really like how this came out. More details on my blog.
Here is both August and September with my changes of thread colors and the school house idea from fulloverthemoon's blog. I have stitched October, but I won't share that month until it's really finished. I have now completed the series!!! Love them on my calendar each month.
I felt that the ribbon is a tad too long, but it's ok
Thank you for your comments on my November finish. Unfortunately we only get Anchor threads in India. And nothing in my stash that could be substituted as well. Guess it calls for getting some more stash ;) Anyway, I found that spinach is now available on 123stitch and going to place an order very soon
One more to go in the series. I am all set to start December, but I just realized that the "kit" does not contain crescent colors spinach. I have asked somebody to send it for me from the US. I am going to start working on it anyway, and not wait for spinach to come.
I finished this the last week of May and posted it in my blog but forgot to do it here! I added a small lady bug button above the tree and stitched the clouds the opposite of what's charted. I just think they look upside down! I also left off the floating yellow flowers.
I stitched this last year, but just needed to finish it. I did that today with one day to spare! I changed the colors to a brighter palette. I had a button that matched perfectly so I placed it over a stitched flower. I have June stitched too, just need another couple hours to finish that one properly. September and October are the only ones left I haven't stitched yet. Here's a couple photos and what it looks like on my calendar.
Hello, I am so happy to share with you my cottages - all finished stitching last night! I loved stitching this so much, I only side-tracked with two small Christmas ornaments, other than that, I've been stitching faithfully since last June when I first discovered these charming darlings. I should admit I loved it so much that I started slowing down at the end because I guess I didn't want it to end! (Of course, I immediately started on my next project within minutes!) Here it is, please let me know what you think. My daughter loves it. So do I!
I'll add more photos on my blog, I havn't been posting lately since I've had technical problems, but hopefully will work those out soon. I keep checking this lovely blog regularily to see your finishes. Blessings, Shari in KY
I stitched this last year, but never got around to the finishing part. Since this year has gone by so fast I decided I better get going on it! I have May stitched too, but not finished, so that's up next on my finishing table!
Well... it's March of the wrong year to be working on these cottages, but alas such is how it goes. :)
I've completed May and June recently. I really like both, did tweak them a bit with some krenik added to the sky items as well as removed some of the 'clutter' around the house. Just wasn't working for me.
Glad to see others are still stitching away at this project as well. I'm not the only one that fell behind! :)
I haven't posted in many months...life became incredibly busy, and then for the past four months I've been very ill. I couldn't even stitch for about three months! It was torture. Thankfully, I am on the mend and doing much better! Here's an explanation of my illness, on my blog, in case anyone is interested.
I also got behind on the cottages because I stitched other pieces in August/September (but all were CCN designs!) This post on my blog talks about those.
I am back to stitching like a crazy lady. I actually finished the June and July cottages over the summer, back in July/August -- I just haven't "finished" them up nicely yet. I didn't make any changes, except that they are stitched on 32-ct Lambswool instead of 28-ct:
And I've finished "August", though I don't have a photo to show you -- what fun that was to stitch! I loved the colors and made no changes to that, either.
Now I'm working on September and enjoying that, too. Also no color changes. Hopefully next time I post I'll have a real "finished" finish to show you. Though yesterday and today I've been working on "Still Waters" by Plum Street Samplers. I have to rotate projects around, or else I get bored!
That's right, already into the 2nd month of the year!! Feel like Jan has been up and out for a very short time.
So, here is Feb
For the first time, I used seed beads on a finish
I am pretty thrilled with how it has turned out. I have learnt from the mistakes I made in the previous finishes and gaining confidence with each. Hope to come up with a different kind of finish for the next one.
Firstly, here's an update of where I stand with the cottages
Yay, am half way through!!
I have finally "finished" Jan in it's true sense.
I definitely wanted a calendar, but was not very sure how to assemble one. I wanted one with the least hassle. So, here's an ornament that is accompanied by a calendar on a memory board!! Wow, that's so many-in-one
Hello everyone, thanks Vonna for letting me join this! I am Shari, I live in Covington, KY. I just love cross stitch and like to stitch every night before bed. I have been working on the CCN Cottages since I discovered them in June, so I'm about half-way now. I have not really been working on them in exact order, just as I have the floss for them. I need to make a new floss run this coming weekend! Here is what I have so far:
I am stitching on 14ct white aida, so I have had to make a few changes. I did June first and couldn't use white for the cottage so my daughter chose this coral pink for me. I'm using DMC. My favorite change is in the month of April, my daughter's birth month, she is named Robin so I changed the bluebirds to Robins!
While everybody is reporting their November/December finishes, here I am showing off my July cottage :)
Before I actually show the finish, let me give you a little background. I did a "cottage swap" here between July and August. That's because I wanted a flag in August, as the Indian Independence day falls in August. July had a flag in it. So I just did a swap between the months.
So, here's my July now
As you see this is the August design for July.
I am now getting ready to finish up the months to put them up in time. Will post a picture of January finish soon.
I just had to get this month done for the holidays! I only received the pattern on Saturday. But I worked on it the last few days and then did the finishing tonight.
I didn't have the recommended flosses, but I used the closest I could find in my stash. I liked this months colors so I didn't want to do any changing. I have really enjoyed the series. I have 3 that I stitched, but not "finished" and I have 2 that I still need to stitch. Not too bad! I finished the MAY cottage too, but I'm not going to post a photo of it until it's "officially finished". Nancy M