I had big plans of working hard on my Happily Ever After sampler and fishing up all the borders by September. That didn’t happen. In fact, I didn’t pick it up once the entire month of August. So I now present to you August’s block, Aladdin.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitcher Happily Ever After Stitchalong Aladdin

Of course I’ve seen the Disney version of Aladdin but when I read One Thousand and One Nights I had a few issues with it, although that might have just been the translation that I read. I think someday I’d like to reread a version that’s more faithful to the originals. But that’s neither here nor there, what matters now is the cross stitch.

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The Wind in the Willows

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.

-Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

The July block in my Happily Ever Stitchalong was Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. I did read the book when I was younger but when I think of this story the first thing that comes to mind is that kind of creepy stop-motion TV series. Anyhow, I rewatched the series while I was working on this and it was quite pleasant in that slow, pastoral English countryside way (as an aside, I never noticed as a kid, but how weird is it that there are almost no female characters? I’ll have to reread the book and see if there are any in the original.)

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Happily Ever Stitchalong The Wind in the Willows

I liked this month’s block but I made so many little mistakes here and there. I kept having to rip out and restitch sections, which really slowed my progress for the month.

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Little House on the Prairie

The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.

-Laura Ingalls Wilder

June’s Happily Ever After block was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie. I read some of the books as a child but didn’t really remember much of the details so this was a perfect opportunity for a reread.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Happily Ever Stitch a Long Little House on the Prairie

I read the first four books in the series (Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, and On the Banks of Plum Creek) and quite enjoyed them for the most part. I loved the descriptions of farming and cooking and making butter and sewing clothes and all the details of self-sufficiency. Reading this as an adult though makes me really wonder about a few things – what kind of father puts his family through all of that when it isn’t necessary? And the attitude towards ‘Indians’ in Little House on the Prairie – I know it was written at a different time but oh my!

Anyway, on to the cross stitch.

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Happily Ever After, Interlude

A quick update today to show you the progress on my Happily Every After sampler. I finished the banner in the middle so am now officially done with the top half. I love the way the ladies over at Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery use colours, the floral border has this wonderfully nostalgic feel to it thanks to those peach flowers. I really like that central bit and think it might actually look quite nice on its own as a framed piece – perhaps I’ll make it as a gift for someone someday – it was a relatively quick stitch and the colours can be changed around to suit almost any taste.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Happily Ever After Stitch-a-Long

Top half is DONE!

This month’s block is Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, another classic that I never actually read (these samplers really make me realize that I’m not as well read as I thought!), I picked up the first three in the series and will regale you with my thoughts when I finish this working on the block.

Robin Hood

Will you come with me, sweet Reader? I thank you. Give me your hand.

Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

The May block for my Happily Ever After stitch-a-long was Robin Hood and I noticed something, I’ve never actually read it. I’m sure I watched the Disney version as a kid, and I know the basics of the storyline, but when I actually try and think about Robin Hood the first thing that comes to mind is the Dr. Who episode from a few years back. Obviously I had to pick up an audiobook copy of Howard Pyle’s version. My overall impression was that it was pleasant enough but kind of forgettable. To be fair that might have more to do with the narrator, maybe I’ll try reading again someday.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Happily Ever After Stitch-a-Long Robin Hood

Anyhow, enough about that. On to the cross stitch!

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Happily Every After, Prologue

You might remember that a while back I spent a year working on a The Storytime Sampler designed by the wonderful ladies over at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Well, I’m working on another one of this year; the Happily Ever After sampler is another story themed stitch-a-long.


My Happily Ever After sampler so far

So far we’ve seen The Owl and the Pussycat, Heidi, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Around the World in Eighty Days. None of the stories featured so far have struck a particular chord with me, but I am loving the way the overall project is coming together. This month’s block features Robin Hood, and I’m hoping to work ahead on the borders once that’s done.

Meet Me At Luke’s – Pilot Episode

You might remember that one of my favourite comfort shows is Gilmore Girls – I can watch it over and over again and, just like a bowl of soup, it always makes me feel nice and cozy. A big part of that is all the minor characters that inhabit Stars Hollow. It’s just such a whimsical place full of unique people who really seem to care about each other. A lot of the characters seem to own their own businesses yet everyone always has the time to chat over a cup of coffee or take part in one of the town’s seemingly endless events. Everyone has a gorgeous shabby chic home full of amazing tchotchkes and a vast knowledge of pop culture and literature and history and politics and, well, basically everything.

I doubt anywhere like Stars Hollow actually exists but I still wanted to try and bring a little piece of that magic into my real world. I had a look at various Gilmore Girls inspired craft patterns, especially for cross stitch, but none of them really caught my eye. So I just had to make my own! To me Luke’s is the heart of the town, the place where everyone congregates for life’s big and small moments, so of course that’s what I designed around.


Just have to pick the perfect colour…

I went to Michael’s and picked up a few different yellow and brown shades to see what will work best. I’m also trying out stitched grids for the first time, so we’ll see how that goes. I think this will be fairly simple pattern since it’s just the two colours; maybe I’ll start with the outlines so that it will just be a matter of filling in the blanks after that. This is my first time attempting to design anything so I hope it looks okay once it’s actually stitched up. Being the tv nerd that I am, maybe I’ll eventually make one to represent all of my favourite shows!

Glasses, Glasses, Glasses

I have a new pair of cross stitch glasses to show you. This time I used the wee little stitches pattern and DMC variegated floss to create a tortoiseshell pair of glasses.



It wasn’t until I took the fabric out of the hoop that I noticed I had stitched this sideways. Luckily I left a lot of extra space the whole way around so it shouldn’t be a problem finding a frame.

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