Cross-Stitch Purse & Other Craft Goodness

A few years ago I saw a cross-stitch magazine with a plastic box purse on the cover. The sides were cross-stitch flowers, stripes, and funky circles. I bought the magazine thinking I would do the project immediately. Then I saw how much the purses cost. They are awesomely designed purses from Z Becky Brown but the price tag is not for the faint of heart. I shelved the magazine.

Last summer I visited a locally-owned craft store and there among the closeout specials was one single Z Becky Brown purse. And it was in my price range! I bought it and ran out of the store before the clerk knew that they were losing money on my transaction. Needless to say, I found the pattern and began work. I’ve worked on and off on the stitching since August. I finished it today. Tra-la-la! Here it is:

Hibiscus Purse

Back of the Hibiscus Purse

I also finished another short project today. My contribution to The Toy Society:

Blue Bird of Happiness

I’ve actually had the bird done for a while but hadn’t had a plan for him. Today I made up the tag and the note explaining what The Society does to go with him. I’m going to be in downtown Huntsville on Wednesday so will leave him someplace where he hopefully will be found by a child in need of a toy.

So I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What will she work on next?” I’ll be starting a portrait of Erwin Schrödinger from Greta at Larripin Labs.

Schödinger

Greta has created some nifty portraits of famous physicists. I asked Stephen if he’d be interested in having one and he picked this one. I’m going to be making some color alterations so stay tuned to see if I can make it all come out right.

I’ll also be working on a Mario Mushroom from the Friendly Flamingo for Eli. It’s tiny but oh, so cute. I can’t wait to work on both of these new pieces.

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4 Comments

  1. jess
    on March 24, 2009 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    That purse is so cute! And I love the physicist portraits. 🙂 I am just getting started on cross-stitch… I sent the Mario mushrooms to my cousin, as her 4-year-old son is obsessed with Mario – I don’t know if she does cross-stitch or not, but maybe she can get someone to do it for her if she doesn’t!

  2. Lynnea
    on March 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Awesome. I checked out the link. WOW those are some pricey bags.

  3. on March 25, 2009 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    The purse turned out really cool!

  4. on February 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

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