These Old Bones Sparkle

Happy October, Stitchy Friends! This is my favourite month of the year (although, if you ask me in the spring, I’ll say May is my favourite month…), and what better way to celebrate it than to share a spooky project everyday. Some days it will be stitching, some days it will be a Cricut craft, and some days it will be card. Who knows! Creepy cute is my favourite thing, so I’ve got lots to share!

Jolly Jointed Skeleton, designed by Dreaming Tree

Jolly Jointed Skeleton, designed by Dreaming Tree

I’m starting off with the Jolly Jointed Skeleton from Dreaming Tree. He is about two feet tall and jointed! How cute is that? I used a super sparkley white/silver glitter paper for his bones, so he really shines. And, to make him extra special I used lavender brads for his joints. Like most of my papercrafts, he was cut out on my Cricut Maker 3.

Dreaming Tree also has a jointed witch and a jointed pumpkin man that I am seriously thinking about making. They are just so cute, and I’m a sucker for the vintage-y Halloween look theyย  have.

Tomorrow I’ll share one of my stitching WIPs that it seasonally appropriate. I had hope to have it done for a trip we were supposed go on this month, but it’s still a WIP and our trip got moved (again).

Happy Spooktober!

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Every Child Matters

Today is the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. It is an extension of what we used to call Orange Shirt Day, which was a day set aside to remember the lost children and the survivors of Canada’s residential school system.

In short, First Nations children were taken from their parents and placed in residential schools. The goal was to “take the Indian out of the child”, according to Sir John A. McDonald. The result was schools that were unfunded, where children received the bare minimum of care, and where many ultimately died of neglect and disease. Those that survived lost the vital link with their culture and had to deal with the trauma of their experience for the rest of their live.

Orange Shirt Day/the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a difficult day. Canadians like to think that we are a tolerant, progressive culture, but like most (all?) countries we have many dark periods. The residential school system lasted well into my lifetime, and it still has repercussions today. We can’t change what happened in the past, but we can work to make sure it never happens again.

One small, simple step is to actively recognize that we live on lands that were once, and still are, part of the First Nations. Many organizations, schools, and businesses in Canada now do land acknowledgements daily or at the start of an event. If you’d like to discover which land you live on, I highly recommend (I live on the lands of the Haudenosaunee and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, among others.)

The Orange Shirt Society has produced a video about Canadian relations with the First Nations and the history of the residential school system.

You may live somewhere where something similar to this happened. Or, perhaps your country has its own dark issues it is trying to deal with and heal from. Sometimes it is hard to face to past, especially when it is something terrible that you know you would never, ever condone. But, as they say, if we don’t study the past we are bound to repeat it.

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Autumn Cricut Crafting

Hello again, Stitchy Friends! You may or may not know that I love crafting with my Cricut. I bought my first Cricut cutting machine, and Explore Air 2, back on Amazon Prime Day 2017. Since then, I’ve upgraded twice. First, to the Maker in 2018, and then again just this month to the new Cricut Maker 3.

Happy Haunting reverse canvas

Happy Haunting reverse canvas

I’ve loved paper crafting since I was a very little girl. My parents used to have to hide the tape and scissors from me, otherwise I would cut apart tissue boxes, magazines, and anything else I could get my hands on to make houses and cars for my Barbies. I have a very fond memory of making a multi-story Barbie house one summer sometime before middle school from shoe boxes and paper.

I’ve outgrown Barbies (sort of…), but I still love paper crafting. And autumn, especially Halloween, is one of my favourite crafty seasons.

Layered Fall Shadowbox, designed by Debbie O'Neal

Layered Fall Shadowbox, designed by Debbie O’Neal

This past weekend I took part in an online class called Diva Days, run by Cricut expert Debbie O’Neal. We made three great projects in one day, and she gave out some challenges for us to work on during this week for a chance to win some prizes. I love the challenges because, although I love to make things, I’m not always sure what I want to make. (I’m more of a process maker than a product maker.)

Pumpkin & Flowers Sign, designed by Debbie O'Neal

Pumpkin & Flowers Sign, designed by Debbie O’Neal

I’m also following along with Craft with Sarah’s Halloween Craft Countdown. Sarah is a UK Cricut fanatic, and she creates some really wonderful projects. She is especially known for her fabulous layered dog designs.

Layered Pumpkin and Flowers, designed by Craft with Sarah

Layered Pumpkin and Flowers, designed by Craft with Sarah

I also sometimes watch Melody Lane on YouTube and make some of her projects. The other week she shared this very cute vampire card. I made mine using wood-look paper for the outside, and I attached the vampire with an action wobble, so he wiggles when you open the card. A few sprays of Tim Holtz’s new Distress Mica Spray in the colourway Peppermint gives the look of blood splatter inside.

I still have a ton more projects planned. But Thanksgiving is just around the corner here in Canada, and then it will be Halloween before you know it. It’s okay if I run out of time. Christmas is almost here, and I have so many projects planned!

Do you have a Cricut too? They have become so popular in the last couple of years. Do you enjoy papercrafts? Or, are you mainly a stitcher? I like to keep busy, so I enjoy doing many different crafts. If I don’t feel like stitching, I’ve always got a couple (or ten… or twenty…) other things I can work on. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Time for Spooky Stitching

Hello again, my Stitchy Friends. I’m finding it a little bit difficult to get back into the habit of posting after taking such a protracted break. I am posting semi-regularly again on Instragram, where you can find me as @stitchinglotus. I’ve been sharing some of my papercrafting projects as well as some very pretty pictures of my vacation back in August.

Happy Autumn

Today is the first day of Autumn! This is my favourite season by far. Warm sweaters, fires in the fireplace, hearty soups, and seasonally appropriate stitching! Okay, here in Southern Ontario we are still several weeks away from actual cold weather (I’m still wearing my sandals on my walks), but cooler weather is on the wind for sure.

So, what is a stitcher to do when the weather turns cold and Halloween is right around the corner? Well, stitch something spooky, of course! ๐Ÿ‘ป

The Queen That Was, designed by Ink Circles (WIP)

The Queen That Was, designed by Ink Circles (WIP)

I’m currently working on The Queen That Was from Ink Circles. I’m stitching it on a random piece of dark blue evenweave I found in my fabric stash, and I’m using most of the suggested DMC colours. I’ve substituted some Petite Treasure Braid for the Kreinik #4 braid. I expect she will probably be finished in a few days as she looks to be a very quick stitch.

Are you working on anything spooky or seasonally appropriate? I’d love to know! Please leave a comment. And, if you are on Instragram, please let me know your username as I’m trying to rebuild my account and I would love to follow you.

Happy (spooky) stitching! โ˜ 

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Back, Back, Back Again!

Hello, Stitchy Friends!

It has been just slightly over two years since the last time I posted. And, boy, has it been an interesting two years. I was busy with vacations, my son’s school, and lots of good things and was finally planning to dive back into blogging in early 2020. But, as you know, things happened. Thankfully my immediate family has been safe and healthy, but mentally things took their toll.

Be Well by The Drawn Thread

By Well, designed by The Drawn Thread

That isn’t to say I haven’t been busy with all sorts of good things. I’ve stitched and stitched and stitched. I’ve knitted and crocheted. I’ve crafted with my beloved Cricut, and I’ve even gotten more into card making. Creating things has been something I’ve done since I was old enough to hold a pair of scissors, so even world-closing pandemics can’t change that.

Back to School Apple

1st Day of Grade 7 (online) apple, designed by SVG Cuts with some alterations by me to make it appropriate for the last school year

Over the next little while I’ll share some of what I’ve worked on. Be warned though, some of the pictures aren’t great. My focus has been on creating, not taking pictures. I’ll also share some of the creators who have inspired me during the lockdowns and kept me creating.

Saintly Plague Doctor by Night Spirit Studio

Saintly Plague Doctor, designed by Night Spirit Studio

Lastly, I’d like to say thank you so much to those of you who emailed me and checked in once in a while. It was very much appreciated.

I hope all of you are healthy, safe, and vaccinated and ready to get back into life again.

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LoveCrafts? I’ve got a discount code for you!

A while back I did a profile on LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet. Well, a lot has changed with them lately, so I figured it was time to take another look at one of my favourite online craft shops. (Keep reading for a special discount code!)

LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet have combined together, added a dash of needlework (yes, cross stitch!!), and are now LoveCrafts. You can still find all the great yarns and patterns that used to be part of LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet, and they also now carry DMC floss, cross stitch kits, and lots of other goodies. And, as I understand it, more needlework is on the way.

Lost Souls Shawl

The yarn selection of LoveCrafts is excellent. I’m crocheting up a positively spooky Lost Souls Shawl using a ball of Scheepjes Whirl in Liqourice Yumyum that I bought from LoveCrafts. How awesome will this shawl look with tessellating skulls ranging from black at the bottom to white along the top? (You can get my favourite crochet hooks from LoveCrafts too–Clover Soft Touch.)

I’m probably most excited about the new needlework section. Cross stitch is my first love, and I’m always so happy to find new places to buy awesome cross stitch kits. LoveCrafts carries tons of DMC kits, which can be hard to find in North America. I’ve already added a couple of kits to my cart in anticipation of my next order.

And, speaking of orders, LoveCrafts has given me a discount code to share with all of you. From now until August 31st, 2019, use the code LOTUS15 to receive 15% off on all orders of $10+. Make sure to add the code when you check out to get your discount. And, be sure to come back here and let me know what you bought. Yarn, notions, a cross stitch kit?

While you are visiting LoveCrafts, be sure to take a look at the Inspiration tabs in each section. They are full of tutorials, round-up articles, and lots more. LoveCrafts is much more than an online craft shop. It is a crafty community full of ideas.

(LoveCrafts graciously supplied a discount code, but they did not pay me for this post in any way. I do not receive any commission from your purchases. All opinions in this post are my own.)

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Halloween Stitching!

During the hottest days of summer all I can think about is the cool fall weather that is just around the corner. And with fall comes my favourite holiday–Halloween! (Of course, if you ask me in December, I’ll say my favourite holiday is Christmas, so…) I’ve been working on a ton of projects over the past few months, but these ones are my favourites.

Mill Hill Halloween Stitching!

First up is the two Mill Hill lanterns. They are from this year’s fall line. They are meant to be finished into magnets, but I haven’t decided yet if I will do that or use them as ornaments for my Halloween tree.

Moonstruck Manor Ornament and Taboo Kitty Ornament

Moonstruck Manor Ornament and Taboo Kitty Ornament

When I first bought them I thought they were the same shape, so I had planned to place them back to back. But, unfortunately, they are a little bit different from each other. That’s okay though! They are very cute, and I hope Mill Hill releases more lanterns for next fall’s lineup.

Tangled Web, designed by Mill Hill

The large piece is Tangled Web, a Buttons & Beads kit from back in 2012. It has been in my stash for a while, and as much as I don’t like spiders, I felt I needed to stitch it up this year. I’ve framed it in one of Mill Hill’s wooden frames, which is the perfect size and perfect colour for this piece.

What are you stitching now? Are you already getting ready for Halloween? How do you feel about spiders? Am I crazy for stitching one? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next up–another Halloween project and a small surprise from a previous sponsor.

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