Friday, December 26, 2014

alphabet stitchery

Hello there!  Well, I did just skip over Christmas, didn't I?  A belated Happy Holidays to you!  We had a quiet, relaxing holiday quite free from screens and quite full of fun.  I hope you did and do too!

Today I want to pop in to share a new finish...

Stitchery alphabet wall

Do you like my alphabet stitchery?  I do!  It feels SO good to finally have something up on the walls in this room.

Stitchery alphabet wall

Luckily I was finishing these up just as I caught the crochet bug.  Now my hands are elbow deep in yarn most cozy evenings.  These cross stitched letters came through just in the nick of time!

And, no, they do not spell anything.  Everyone, everyone, everyone seems to think I'm pretty odd to choose random letters like this rather than spelling the baby's name.  Don't they know I am odd by now?  Wink.  People should expect these things.  I totally chose the letters by their shape!

Anyhoo, I told Brandon maybe we should consider Katirdemuy as a middle name... 

Stitchery alphabet wall

Each letter is stitched in pearl cotton size 8 on black aida cloth, 11 and 14 count, usually skipping ever other hole to make the letters large enough.  The cross stitch pattern is from Anna Maria's Needleworks Notebook.  I think it worked out well keeping the letter pattern cohesive, rather than mixing fonts up.  It was certainly easier too!  The finished works are wrapped and stapled around inexpensive stretched canvases ordered online from Blick's.

That's one wall happily adorned!

fresh new Nursery

But, across from the changing table and above the crib are these built in white shelves.  Any ideas how I should decorate them?  I have a few cute board books, but other than that and the random things that have landed there...  Well, I guess I'm still waiting to discover a vision for that space.  Maybe I'll full around with it over this long holiday weekend.

Enjoy yours!

26 comments:

  1. Just love your alphabet wall. Yes, I know what you mean - I too made a baby quilt and chose 4 random letters, just because they were the easiest to fussy cut for the size I needed, well......,keep them guessing :)!

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  2. Wow! the stitching is beautiful! And I think, there will be great ideas for the other wall.
    Greetings and all the best! Rike

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  3. Somehow I see those shelves filled to bursting with stuffed toys - a floppy-eared bunny, some bears, a funny looking octopus or something... keeping watch over baby below.

    The letters are great - and katirdemuy just might grow on you !

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  5. Love your letters!!
    I would probably put a collection of blocks or other toys up in the shelves, plus a piggy bank, probably a vintage globe piggy bank to be exact!! Happy nesting!!

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  6. How about a garland for the shelves? Maybe some paper-pieced animal heads without the background? Then cut out the same shape for the backing and stuff them? Quiet Play has some really cute patterns in her Crafty store.

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  7. The letter are very striking.
    I'd do stuffed animals on the shelf, as already suggested.
    Or something graphic--maybe three-dimensional letters made out of felt.

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    1. I agree, it needs some three-dimensional things. All I could think of was vases, which are not too practical here. Wooden toys and stuffed animals would be a nice combo. I'm not allowed to use anymore letters or I'll have an alphabet theme (wink!).

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  8. Well, it is right above the crib and chair; what about a little stack of quilts/afghans, and some fabric baskets for storing essentials like pacifiers, etc? Those beautiful burp cloths? Some teddies or dolls (how about Little Red Riding Hood!), and maybe her name in big wooden blocks? sarah@forrussia.org

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    1. oooh, maybe I'll put my crochet blanket up there when it's done!

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  9. Super cute letters! As for the shelves, you could paint the inside of each separate area a different color --I'm thinking only on the back side, not the top/bottom/sides, know what I mean? Then you can have color poke through whatever cute things you put up there!

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  10. gorgeous letters! I love that they are random - although they would make a great middle name ;-)

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  11. And.....you need a big, comfy, quilted pillow for that lovely wicker chair too !! :)

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    1. Yes, I agree... and I already made one. That's an old picture, hehe. I made the dala horse pillow for that spot =)

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  12. How about fabric-covered foamcore for the back wall of the shelves? Does that make sense? You could make each a different fabric or make them all the same. It's a great way to add color or texture and to perhaps tie what you've beautifully done on the opposite wall to these shelves. Also, it's great because it's not permanent. Then you can add whatever looks cute to the shelves.

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  13. Lovely cross-stitching letters. the black canvas give such a special effect. Maybe those shelves need handmade toys...

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  14. I like the suggestions of fabric baskets and quilts and blocks on the shelves. And maybe something flowery - like fabric or crocheted flowers? It looks so peaceful and cozy in there. Lovely work!

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  15. Mom those are sooo cute! You chose just the right colors and the right sizes for every one of them!

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  16. The alphabet wall art turned out beautifully. Love the middle name idea;)

    How about those nesting baskets you took a photo of in your kitchen a few months ago? They'd look pretty on there.

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  17. I love your alphabet wall art! Very nice! I think it looks good with all of the random letters. It is much more creative than other people. ;)
    -Brittany

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  18. The letters have turned out fabulously, you must be thrilled! This room is just going to be so cozy and sweet. Can't wait to see how it continues to evolve.

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  19. I second the fabric baskets notion as you can fill the with diapers and sundry while they still look cute :) Also maybe some little hoops

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    1. I like that idea too! Now, if I had something to put up in the baskets. Maybe I will wait for the right need to arise so I can make baskets the right size.

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  20. Fabric blocks are fun! All kinds of fabrics can be used
    and tags out of ribbon too!

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