Saturday, July 8, 2017

Granny-Chic








My collection of vintage Adderley bouquets reminds me of my grandmother. She lived in a tidy and uncluttered Brooklyn apartment. I spent summers with her, riding the Staten Island Ferry, eating ice cream in the park and watching the Lawrence Welk Show. She had few chachques, save for some Adderley bouquets on her coffee table and in her china cabinet. My grandmother was a minimalist before it was hip. She was the queen of clutter-free-living. I have a few more collectables than her, but I aim to keep things neat and peaceful too.

These pretty, vintage china florals are hand-painted in buttery-yellows, cornflower-blues and fondant-pinks. The bouquets were made in the 1950's. I just adore them. Vintage needlepoint, thrifted crystal vases, limoges plates, antique gold tables with pretty-patinas and classic paintings of women reading or sewing inspire me. My decorating style marches to a vintage-vibe.

I can't wait to show you the Ballard Designs Claire chandelier I finally ordered. It wasn't the exact color I expected so I lightly painted it with some Renaissance-gold to give it an antique-gold appearance.

A new cross stitch pattern is on the horizon too. I've designed another simple heart. I'm stitching it with Paris-pink silk on crisp white linen. Stay tuned!  xx ~ Jilly
         

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bunny Bloom Cross Stitch Pattern


Hello Friends!

This sweet cross stitch pattern is inspired by vintage embroidery. The design is worked in silk thread or DMC cotton floss. The flowers are stitched in vintage-y colors. Creamy yellow, pistachio green, bunny brown and hot pink show up here.



I imagine you might stitch this pattern on the porch with a cold glass of lemonade or on a vacation by the sea. Maybe you'll stitch it on a rainy afternoon, Maybe you're a midnight stitcher who likes to cross stitch while binging Netflix.

You can frame it in a hoop. I'm searching for a pretty frame. Once I find one, I'll show you the framed piece. I hope you enjoy my Bunny Bloom cross stitch pattern!  





Bunny Bloom 

This sweet design is inspired by vintage embroidery.
The pattern is stitched with two strands of silk floss on white linen. Follow my suggestions or stitch it in your favorite colors. It can be stitched in all one color too.

 Finished Size of The Design Area Is Approximately:  4x4 inches

If you are new to cross stitching, please see my basic tutorial here: Learn How To Cross Stitch

To learn more about this pattern, please visit my online shop or click here: Bunny Bloom Cross Stitch Pattern
   

Happy Summer Stitching!
xx ~ Jilly 



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Vintage Needlepoint


Hi Friends!

As promised, here's the vintage-needlepoint-treasure I recently found on etsy. The frame is painted with white chalk paint. I love the cheerful flowers against the shell-pink background. I like to keep clutter at a minimum in my tiny home. But somehow I always find space for sweet and nostalgic vintage needlework. 

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! I'm off for a walk in the park near the sea. The flowers are in full bloom. The sky is robin's-egg-blue. After the nor'easter we just had, I'm grateful for the warm sunshine. 

Happy Stitching! xx ~ Jilly        

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

French Blue Silk Thread



Just a quick note...  I've added French-blue silk thread to my petite shop. Also, I'm almost finished with my next cross stitch pattern called Bunny Bloom. Hopefully, I'll be releasing my new pattern very soon. Stay Tuned! xx ~ J

   

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Inspiration










Hi Friends!

Sorry I've been MIA for awhile. I'm an advocate on an anti-homelessness task force. Our mission is to promote the humane treatment of homeless individuals through community outreach, networking, free meal programs, emergency shelter, housing, mental health referrals, resume writing tools and supportive services. I'm grateful for my interaction with the poor and the marginalized. They teach me many important things. In the face of insurmountable odds, their resiliency is inspirational. If you live on the North Shore of Boston and you're in need of food then please click on the link: Saint John's Church. 

Thank you for all the lovely photos of your finished cross stitch patterns. You're so creative in the way you make some of the patterns into pincushions and pretty boxes. I love how you put your own spin on my patterns. Thank you for taking the time to send me emails with kind comments too. I am very happy you find peace and joy in my cross stitch patterns. You're an inspiration!

For those who missed it, the French Rose Bouquet pattern is for sale now in my shop: French Rose Bouquet

For those interested in the French monogram pattern, I still haven't heard back from the French company about whether they will wholesale just the pattern. I don't think they're too keen on just selling the pattern. At present, the French monogram is sold only as a kit. If you're interested in the monogram kit, it can be found on their website: French Monogram

I'm always on the hunt for vintage needlework. There are two more pieces coming my way this week. I hope to share them with you soon. I love needlework because it's textural and three dimensional. The walls of my tiny home are filled with my own finished pieces, hoop art and vintage needlework treasures.

I recently purchased a freestyle floral hoop-art piece stitched by the talented Tessa Perlow. She updates her shop on a regular basis.You can view more of her work here: Tessa Perlow

Finally, I'm stitching a small pattern with blooms and a bunny, As usual, I'm stitching this design with silk thread. I hope to offer this petite pattern in my shop soon.  

That's all for now....until next time..happy summer stitching! xx ~ J

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tessa Perlow's Inspirational Hoop Art




I love sharing the work of embroidery artists. I stay inspired this way. Tessa Perlow's beautiful blooms can be found in her Etsy Shop. A wonderful interview with Tessa was done by Sarah K Benning in her Craft With Conscience Series. I hope Tessa's work inspires you too! Until next time...Happy Stitching! xx ~ J

Saturday, April 15, 2017

French Rose Bouquet


Hello Friends,

I promised to share a photo of my framed French Rose Bouquet Cross Stitch Pattern. The design was stitched with silk thread on white linen. You can learn more about this petite French bouquet by visiting my SHOP.


I Hope You Had A Happy Easter & Passover!
xx ~ Jilly