Adia Garden Fairy – Complete!

This fairy is finally finished.  I think I started her 6 years ago and at one point got so frustrated with mistakes that I tore almost all of the stitches out and put her away.  However, now she is finished.  I have never done a pattern with so many beads and crystal treasures.  The result is beautiful.  She will be for sale at my Etsy shop tonight.

The wings are outlined and over-stitched in Kreinik metallic thread.  The beads are all attached individually with matching colored thread.

The garland that she holds is completely beaded with gold, peach, and clear beads.  The crystal treasures are flowers, leaves, and prisms that all glisten and sparkle in the light.

I am so happy to have finished this one.  Now…which one next?…

Almost Finished!


This is Aida, the garden fairy, and she is almost complete.  I have almost finished all of the beading.  I just have to add the blue beads on the right side and outline certain parts with back stitching.  I plan to have her up for sale on my Etsy site sometime this weekend.  The crystal treasures are all on.  There are crystals, flowers, and leaves.  They are just beautiful.  There are tons of beads on this fairy, which took forever to sew on.  Her garland of treasures glisten and sparkle. Take a look.

Here is a Charlie update (I call my squirrels Charlie).  This one is “Skinny Tail Charlie” because his tail has never grown in like a full bushy squirrel tail.  He is about 3 years old.  Yes, I put peanuts out for my squirrels.  The blue jays love them too!


Santa’s Magic

Hi everyone!

What a crazy week it has been here.  Snow, sunshine, wind…you name it we have seen it.  I’ve had some special visitors to my yard this week.  The first is this handsome guy.  He is the first blue jay I’ve seen this year and he had his eye on the bird feeder (actually a bird bath that I fill with bird seed for all of my little finches that live in my giant blue spruce tree).  Then Charlie stopped by to say hello and munch on some fruit and nut blend.  I love my Charlie’s.  I have about five that I feed regularly.  This is one I call baby Charlie, because last spring, he was just a baby.  Not so much anymore.  He is very comfortable around my husband and I.  I can sit on my front step, just two feet from his bowl (yes, my squirrels have their own bowl of food – it keeps them from eating all the bird food) while he sits and munches on his dried fruit and nuts. 

On another note, I did get some work done on my “Santa’s Magic” cross-stitch.  This sucker is enormous!  It is the biggest cross-stitch I have done (14″x17″), and I work and work and don’t seem to be getting anywhere.  I am also bummed out because it has been so long since I started this (7 years) that some of the white stitching that I did is yellowed (I’m guessing from dirt and oils and not being cleaned).  So, I think I’m going to have to take out some of it and do it over.  Oh well.  This is Santa’s sleeve and glove.  It is kind of hard to tell.


Here is the pattern.  I highlight the sections that I have finished so I don’t lose my place.  See how big this pattern is?  I have done a lot, but still so much to go.  I am glad that tomorrow is Friday.  I am especially looking forward to the weekend because we are supposed to hit the 70’s on Sunday!  Finally a weekend that I can get out and work on my yard a bit.  Would you believe I still have leaves from the fall to rake up in my front yard.  I left them there to provide insulation to our poor lawn, and I think it worked.  The grass is coming up and it is very lovely and green! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Hugs and Love, E