As we settle into what appears to be a short autumn there is still lots to be done. Putting the gardens beds to rest and getting ready for the holidays has kept me busy.
While I love playing in the dirt, and just about any outdoor chore, raking leaves is my favorite. You can’t deny the colors of autumn are striking.
And then it’s time to come indoors and work on the many projects for the house and holidays. My hands have been busy.
I finished up a couple of cross stitch pictures that will be pillow covers. This first one will be a lovely pop of color for my spring and summer decor.
I love to have throw pillows on the living room furniture to provide comfortable seats for guests and change them out frequently. Being a minimalist I have no interest in storing a bunch of seasonal pillows instead I switch out covers on my pillows. Storing a handful of pillow covers takes up very little space compared to a bunch of pillows.
This next one I’ve paired with the fabric I’ll be using to finish the cover for you to see.
I haven’t pressed these yet but wanted to share them with you. This one I stitched on a marbled blue fabric to give a tone-on-tone look making the changes in colors more subtle than the pattern called for. Here’s a close up to see better how the colors work together.
In between creating new things I’ve also had some mending to do.
In hanging the cooler season curtains we found the stitching had come out of the one panel. Out came the machine for a quick repair. I had help completing this task. This was Little Guy’s first opportunity to help use the sewing machine and his mother had to commemorate this with a photo.
My daughter-in law also dropped off three pairs of leggings my granddaughter had worn holes in the knees. I grew up in a home where iron-on patches were always on hand for minor repairs. Nowadays, I skip the expense of iron-on patches and create my own patches out of leftover fabric scraps. Of course they have to be sewn on but it only takes a few minutes. The girls love hearts which is nice since they are so easy to make.
My granddaughter thinks it’s hilarious that two of the patches were created from pants her father had torn and passed on to me to use instead of tossing them out. (the two on the left use her father’s old pants).
With the colder temperatures I worked on a pair of leg warmers for my self using some lovely wool yarn my good friend Elaine sent to me.
Then there are the Christmas gifts I’ll be giving out this year.
I’ve inherited another granddaughter, child of my son’s partner. One of her gifts will be this crocheted hair bow with attached pony tail band.
I also made this cell phone case for the oldest granddaughter with more yarn from Elaine and some buttons in the sewing box. There was only enough blue yarn for the front which is why the back was made in a different color. Still need to give a more finished look to the edge of the flap but this is where it is today.
Then there is the largest gift I’m making this year. A cross stitched Monopoly board. I’ve been working on this for a few years but this will be the year to finish it. To make sure I finished it I purchased all the necessary playing pieces earlier this summer. I’ve purchased a small three drawer box ready to finish and will be including it for the children to paint and decorate to hold the playing pieces.
I figure I have approximately a week’s worth of work to complete the stitching before I can quilt this. My son spotted this one day shortly after I had first begun this pattern and informed me he wanted it. While it was always meant for him I told him he couldn’t have it as I was keeping it. Hopefully, he believed me and will be happily surprised on Christmas morning.