Tuesday, July 23, 2013


"Cottage Welcome" by The Cross-Eyed Cricket stitched 2 over 2 on 30ct R & R Reproductions "Morning Fog" linen. 
Feels like forever since I posted a finished cross stitch piece.
I stitched my final "x" last night and couldn't be happier :)
I love love love this one!

I love the design, but wasn't loving the color choices.
Too much lavender and gray for my home.
I've been asked for my color conversions
and since it wasn't a straight out substitution
I thought this would be the easiest way to 
share my changes.
Anywhere you see DMC 3821 on the chart
I subbed DMC 321
because I liked the brighter red. (shocker right?)
I also switched DMC 920 for the DMC 977.

The rest of the substitutions are as follows:

For the watering can I subbed out DMC 321 for the DMC 645
and DMC 648 for the DMC 523.
I also added the 3 white hearts.

For the geraniums I swapped DMC 321 for the DMC 3831
and for the flower pot I swapped DMC 301 for the DMC 977.
For the birdhouse roof  and chevron designs,
I swapped DMC 3821 for the DMC 648.
I also made the chimney solid DMC 321.
For the geranium leaves
I swapped DMC 3346 for the DMC 902.

For the stars I swapped DMC 321 for the DMC 3041
and the center of the stars
 I swapped DMC 3821 for the DMC 523.
In the star above the tree I also used DMC 931.

Here is a close up of the stars in the center of the letter "C".
I used DMC 321, DMC 3821, DMC 931 and DMC 932.

And for the basket I used Gentle Arts "Maple Syrup"
instead of DMC 645.
I just thought a basket should be brown and not gray :)

I hope that helps.
Now I need to get back to stitching my Sheep Virtues.
I started #5 last night and I have 6 & 7 waiting in the wings :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Something to Crow about :)

I had such a good time last night sewing 
while the guys were outside
having their Friday night Cigar & Movie time.
I love to see my hubby, my son, my son-in-law
and my nephew spending that "man" time together.
It makes my heart happy to hear them laughing
and chatting until midnight :)
It also gives me one night a week
to sew or stitch while I listen to music.
It's a win win!

I made 4 new Limited Edition bags
featuring the amazing talents of Michelle Palmer.
I seriously can't wrap my head around
how she draws like that.
But I'm glad she shares her talent :)
These bags are in the shop now, while they last.

Hope you all a lovely Friday night :)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fall is just around the corner :)

Fall is my favorite time of year
so I hope you don't mind if I get in the spirit of Fall a bit early :)
I'd rather wear a sweater and drink hot chocolate any day
than be miserable in the heat of Summer.
And for those few who, 
like me,
don't enjoy shopping for...
or wearing....
Fall is a welcome season!!!

I've been running my very own 
personal sewing sweat shop lately.....
Sewing up project bags like they are going out of style.
I even rec'd my very first order of 100 zippers this week.
I used to buy them 25 at a time.
I never thought I'd ever need that many zippers....
(Sandra....I blame you)

The good news is that I really love sewing the bags!
I love buying the fabrics that I would't normally buy
and then combining them in fun ways.
I've added some Halloween and Fall bags today
and more will be coming soon.
They are limited quantities
and when they are gone I won't likely replace them.
All the project bags,
with the exception of the limited edition bags
and custom order bags are $25.00 each.
They will all be going up to $32.00 each as of August 1st.
If you've had your eye on one,
now would be the time to grab it before the price change.
Next week I'll be adding some gorgeous new
 Limited Editon bags
with the amazing artwork of Michelle Palmer!

So hurry up Summer and make room for Fall!!!!
(ever notice that Summer and Bummer rhyme?)

Monday, July 15, 2013


Photos by Pollock Photography

Congratulations to Disco D'eva!!!
You were chosen at random to win the 
Pins & Snips Stay Put Pincushion & Thread Catcher :)
Thanks so much to everyone who played along!

Stay tuned as there will be more new patterns
and fun giveaways coming soon!!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

My Big News and a Giveaway!!!

Today is the day!
It's finally complete!
My first pattern is available for PDF instant download 
in my etsy shop!

You may remember the pincushion and thread catcher set 
I made a few months back.....
While blog hopping I happened upon "Threads on My Socks"
owned by Susie Layman, a super talented illustrator.
She is so amazingly gifted!
I contacted her and asked if she would be interested
in designing an embroidery pattern 
for the top of the pincushion I was working on.
She said yes
and the rest is history!
We have been working together since then
and I'm so proud of the both of us.
This project could not have come together the way is has
without her amazing skills!
I feel so blessed to have met her :)
We are already working on other patterns
to be released soon.
Now you can see what I've been so excited about.

I want all of you to get a chance to share our excitement.
We are hosting a giveaway!
Would you like to win the Pins & Snips Stay Put
Pincushion and Thread Catcher
that was used in our photos for the pattern?
I used "Ruby" by Moda 
and the embroidery was done by Susie Layman.

Here's how you can win it.....
You have multiple chances
and you can do as many or a few as you like.
Each seperate entry is another chance to win.

1. Go to my Etsy shop and pin the pattern on Pinterest
and leave a comment here letting me know you did.
2. Share about the Giveaway on your Facebook page
and leave a comment here letting me know you did.
3. Tweet about the Giveaway on Twitter and 
leave a comment here letting me know you did.
4. Share about the Giveaway on your blog 
and leave a comment here letting me know you did.

You have until Sunday July 14th at midnight pst to enter.
I will announce the lucky winner here on Monday the 15th.
Good luck!!!

And for those of you who don't embroider,
you can still use this pattern to make an awesome set
by using any fun fabrics you have
or "fussy cutting" the top panel for the pincushion
as my friend Regena did when she tested the pattern for us.
You can see her version HERE.

My latest obsession.....

Have you ever seen something
and before you know it
you're obsessed with it?
That's how I feel about the amazing skills
of Michelle Palmer.
You can find her HERE. 
I knew instantly that I needed to own
some of her ah-mazing artwork.
Can you believe that she draws these
illustrations with pen & ink on muslin?
I know right?
These are not prints,
they are hand drawn works of art!
I can't get over the detail!
Just look at those eyes!!!

I decided to make Limited Edition bags
featuring her amazing artwork.
She was gracious enough to give me the go ahead
so here they are.
Faith, Hope and Love is already sold
and the other 3 are listed in my shop.

I've already gone back and ordered 2 more sets of drawings.
I hope these sell quickly so I can buy some more!!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Christmas in July :)

Yes, I know.
Tomorrow is the 4th of July.
But It's never to early to start working on Christmas projects.
I've made some stitch-able quilted Christmas stockings
that have a 14ct aida cuff.
They can be ordered with 28ct evenweave as well.
They come in two styles:
Elf stockings with the curly toe
and traditional :)
I only have enough of these fabrics
to make 2 of each.
During the month of July
they are ONLY available 
I'll be adding more fabrics
next week as well.

Also available at Crazy Annie's exclusively in July
are these Christmas themed project bags.
They would make a great gift filled with stitching goodies
or for yourself to use during the holiday season.

Ok....now get back to celebrating the 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What's new with you?

Hi everyone :)
This is what used to be my kitchen table.
I'm so blessed that my hubby is understanding.
I won't even pretend that I clean this fabric catastrophe
every night before he comes home from work........
I've been up to my eyeballs in fabric, rick rack 
and basting spray.
I wish I could show you what I've been up to.
I feel like such a blog-slacker lately.

I'll be sharing a super exciting project
(at least I'm super excited about it :)
with you in the next few days.
Not sure if it will be ready by the 4th
or by the weekend,
but either way I hope you come by and share my joy :)