I absolutely love Halloween decorations…the fun that the children (and adults) have in dressing up and partying…the chocolate candy. Alas I did not have a lot of time to do many new Halloween needlework pieces, but here is one of my favorites finally mounted and finished.    I found an unfinished box at Hobby Lobby, painted it black and roughed it up a bit to look antique.

I found the cutest tiny fuzzy ball trim to go around the mounted cross-stitch work.    Sorry it’s so difficult to see.

And the grandchildren just love the surprise inside!!!    And I love the orange paint!!!

My birthday is coming soon and my dear French friend, Maggy, sent me the most BEAUTIFUL pair of “Eiffel Tower” scissors!! I absolutely adore them. How did she know that I have wanted a pair of these for a LONG time? Thank you Maggy.

She also sent me two French Patchwork magazines and a watercolor book on scenes from Provence. This will keep me busy for sure.

Remember the Stumpwork workshop I attended….well I had finished the needlework itself, but now I have completed the finishing on the ornament. Don’t you just love the look of the Dupioni silk?

It was great fun doing the little spider.

And whoo hoo….I have finished the quilt top I started on retreat last weekend. Now it just needs to be quilted.

It turned out larger than I had expected…isn’t that nice!!

Hope everyone had a fun weekend and a laughter-filled Halloween Day.

Til next time, Amities, Averyclaire


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Valerie
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 23:59:59

    Yay! Your box looks exactly as you described it to me. It came out perfect! I love it. Very sweet of your friend to send you those lovely scissors for your upcoming birthday. Happy BIrthday!

    Your stumpwork is gorgeous! I would love to find a beginner class so I could learn without pressure. Everything always seems so advanced.

    Wonderful quilt!


  2. Jane
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 01:55:35

    The stumpwork has turned out really well, lovely to see some finishes for all your hard work


  3. Annie
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 05:38:20

    That candy box is really superb! Great idea and I love the black ball trim.

    What a beautiful ornament! That embroidery is just perfect.

    And yea for finishing a quilt top!

    You have really been a busy woman! Have a Happy Halloween!


  4. Jackie
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 05:53:39

    Happy Belated Birthday! The scissors are wonderful and I hear the French magazines are exquisite.

    Your box and ornament are finished beautifully. I can’t believe you found a long box like your Halloween piece needed. I cannot believe that is your first stumpwork. You’re a pro!


  5. Carol
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 08:18:59

    Oh, that box (and its goodies!!) look just wonderful–what a great idea 🙂 I’m sure it will be one of the grandkids’ favorite destinations for years to come!

    And how pretty is that cardinal stumpwork piece with the darling spider!! Congratulations on your quilt top, too…

    Nice birthday gifts–hope your day was very special 🙂


  6. Southpaw Stitcher
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 12:56:27

    Your Hallowe’en box is adorable, and I love the way you finished the stumpwork cardinal. Your quilt is gorgeous, too. You do such lovely work!


  7. An Older Woman
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 18:03:02

    All of your work is beautiful, and the Halloween piece was perfect for that box. I love the colors of the quilt and the cardinal. Red! And what a nice friend you have. I’ve never seen scissors like that. You will be busy, won’t you? Thanks for sharing. Patsye


  8. Doris
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 12:12:58

    the box look great. and thw quilting too!,,oh the eiffel scissor are gorgeous.


  9. Siobhan
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 14:00:52

    Your projects are wonderful–fantastic finishes! I particularly love that cardinal ornament–oh my gosh–it is STUNNING!!


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