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your name and finish date and it will be added to a special area on our SAL blog featuring you and your finish!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

June Cottage

And here is my June cottage, ... off to work on the July one.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

May cottage

Finaly I'm working on the rest of my cottages. I only stitched 4 so I still have 8 to do. This week I stitched the may cottage and finished it off as a larger ornament.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

All Done!!

It's December, which means all the cottages are are done up!!

I have no idea why this is flipped :( But anyway, don't they all look beautiful.

Thank you very much Vonna for giving us this great opportunity to work on such a beautiful project. Hope we all get to work on another project together

Monday, October 28, 2013

December Cottage Finish! All done with the Year!

This was my last cottage, sort of sad that all 12 are done because I just loved stitching these. Made a few changes design wise but no color changes. More details on my blog.


Friday, October 4, 2013

October finished and all 12 months are done!

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.
Nancy M

Sunday, September 29, 2013

November Cottage Finish

Here is my November finish. I changed quite a bit on it, details are on my blog. Now on to December!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

October Cottage Finish

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.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

August and September completed

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.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Series finish!!

Yess, atleast the stitching part of series is all done. Proudly presenting December



Also, here's my August finish

I will put up a picture of all the finishes once they are all done up. I hope to finish them all by september

Friday, July 5, 2013

July finish

Here's my July finish in all it splendor :)


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

Monday, June 10, 2013

November finish

Yay, I finished November cottage!!

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.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I forgot about June!

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.

Monday, June 3, 2013

June finished

Wow, can't believe we are 6 months into the year already and it'd time to put up June!!

Again, I made a cord with the red anchor thread I had in my stash. Unfortunately, it loosened a bit at the end before I could stick it on to the fabric

Monday, May 6, 2013

Finishes

Yet another month has flown by and it's time to display May


I also have finished stitching October and have started November.

I changed the colors of the October cottage to an all-white one as the original shade was the exact shade of my fabric.

Monday, April 29, 2013

May completed just in time

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.






Monday, April 15, 2013

April!!

Though a bit late, here's my April all done up

 I found the trimmings at our local crafts supplies store. 

I am currently almost done with October. Have 2 more to stitch up. The cottages SAL is absolutely great fun. Thank you Vonna for putting this together :)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Finished! on 3-20-13

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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Septmeber finish

Yes, presenting September Cottage

I skipped the little bees that were next to September, as I thought that might get a little cluttered.

Friday, March 8, 2013

April finished by Nancy M

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!
Nancy M, My Blog

Monday, March 4, 2013

May and June... in Feb and March

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! :)


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Working on September...

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!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

August finished

Yay, I have completed my version of August





I replaced the red with orange - fragrant cloves from sampler threads. Also skipped the fireworks on the sides.

I am pretty thrilled with the way the Indian flag has turned out, my first attempt at changing a chart :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Here is Feb

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.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jan finish

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



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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! 
More to come...Blessings, Shari
 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

July finish

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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December's Finish


I wanted to share my December Cottage finish with you...


And the back...


I am very happy with how it turned out, and the candy cane fabric is perfect...I can smell the peppermint!

I just love the entire series of cottages, and look forward to starting out 2013 with an adorable and festive pillow to display, one for each month....

Thanks again, to our fearless leader Vonna...kiss! I love everyone's Cottages and salute you all for both your beautiful stitching and awesome finishes.

Hugs

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

December Done- Nancy M

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

Monday, November 12, 2012

December Finish

I finished up December over the weekend - here's a very crooked snaperoo...


The only floss changes I made were "Brandied Pears" instead of "Swiss Chocolate" and "Pelican" instead of "Seagull" - this was a super piece to stitch - can't wait for Santa's Village to start!!
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 I forgot to mention I have been stitching these as a single piece and here
is a snap of the entire piece....

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Friday, November 9, 2012

November Complete!




At the beginning of the year, I had grand plans to complete a cottage every month.  I did January, February....and now, I present my November! We all know how life can get in the way of stitching, don't we? 

I stitched the November Cottage on 28ct Antique Ivory linen, with threads as charted, with the exception of replacing DMC436 with Weeks Bright Leaf, and stitching the middle pair of leaves on the top and bottom in Bright Leaf instead of the recommended Harvest Moon like the rest.   I loved the colors this month - the bright orange/red of the Grapefruit Weeks thread just popped!  It's not properly framed yet, I just placed it in the lovely frame for the photo.  It's the Family Tree Michele frame in Icing, 6.5 inches, by the way.

I love seeing everyone's cottages! Now on to the lovely December Cottage, in time for December I hope!

Happy Stitching,
Rina

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Here's November

This is another cottage that I wasn't sure about when Nikki first released it.  But now I really love it!  I don't think it shows in the picture but I did the cottage in one shade darker than Nikki indicated and I did the roof one shade lighter than she called for.  Just those 2 small changes gave it a little something.  And the best part is that I got it done in time to enjoy the whole month! 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

November Cottage- Nancy M

I've had this one done since early October, I just need a push to get it "finished" so it can hang on my calendar.. I finally got around to adding the material and it's now ready for next week. It is stitched on PTP 32 ct Legacy and I used a variety of hand dyed thread I had on hand. I outlined the acorns since they didn't stand out enough. I'm not up to date on the cottages, but hope to do December this year and then catch up on May, June, August, Sept and Oct next year before those months roll around. I've enjoyed seeing each month be released and I've tried to "finish" each month slightly differently for my calendar..
My blog

Monday, October 22, 2012

November Cottage

I finished up November Cottage over the weekend - making quite a few changes and frogging out numerous colours....



I did away with all the pink tones and made this a yellow and gold month.  Over on my Blog I'll talk about the changes in more detail.....  can't wait for December!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Here's my September finish.  I don't think I ever posted August, and I skipped July because I was a little behind.  I'm skipping Oct. too, so I can get Nov. finished in November. 

 
 
Happy Fall Y'all,  Wade