Michigan Cross Stitch Pattern – Highway Sign

This Michigan cross stitch pattern and kit are now available in my Etsy shop!
Michigan State Highway Sign Cross Stitch

m-22-fallThe stitched example, Highway 22, is a scenic highway that runs for roughly 117 miles along the Lake Michigan shore, and passes through part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

[M 22 Scenic Highway Sign by Brandy Wheeler via Flickr]

 

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite Michigan highways! Unfortunately, Michigan is one of the three states I haven’t set foot in yet, but I KNOW there are plenty of gorgeous roads in the state.

Road MI Grand Traverse County Cherry Blossoms Orchard DS 2006

[Grand Traverse County Cherry Blossoms by shutterbug816 via Flickr]

I’ve always been particularly fond of the author Jean Shepherd, in particular his book A Fistful of Fig Newtons. In the book is a short story, “The Mole People Battle the Forces of Darkness,” which takes place at Camp Nobba-Wa-Wa-Nockee deep in the Michigan woods. I’ll have to investigate if that camp was based on a real place someday…
Michigan Forest

[Forest on Drummon Island, Upper Peninsula, Michigan by Matt Currie via Flickr]

Whether you’re from Michigan, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this Michigan cross stitch pattern would be a great way to create a reminder of a favorite drive or place in “The Wolverine State.”

Michigan is just the latest in my series of State Highway signs! Thus far, there’s Colorado (which is also a flood and fire relief benefit until the end of 2013), Alaska, California, Texas, and Washington. Stay tuned for even more…

What are some of your favorite drives in Michigan?

Washington State Cross Stitch Pattern – Highway Sign

This Washington State Highway road sign pattern and kit are now available in my Etsy shop!

Washington State Highway Sign Cross Stitch

SR 20 @ SR 19The stitched example, Highway 20, runs for roughly 435 miles across the state, and has been called the most beautiful mountain highway in the State of Washington.

[The SR 20 sign in its natural habitat is in this photo from WashingtonState highways blog]

Route 20 from Washington Pass

[Route 20 from Washington Pass by rovingmagpie via Flickr]

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite Washington roads! And with so many beautiful roads in the state, it may be hard to choose just one scenic byway…
Yellowjacket

 [Overlook at Washington Pass by rovingmagpie via Flickr] 

Whidbey Island

 [Whidbey Island by Egor Gudaev via Flickr]

If you’re a Washingtonian, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this Washington State cross stitch pattern would be a great way to create a reminder of a favorite drive or place in “The Evergreen State.”

Washington is just the latest in my series of State Highway signs! Thus far, there’s Colorado (which is also a flood and fire relief benefit until the end of the year), Alaska, California, and Texas. Stay tuned for even more…

What are some of your favorite drives in Washington?

Texas Cross Stitch Pattern – Farm Road Sign

This Texas cross stitch pattern and kit are now available in my Etsy shop!Texas Farm Road Sign Cross Stitch

tx70The pattern is based on a Texas Farm Road sign. The standard Texas highway sign (photo at right) is a bit plain so I thought these farm road signs would make a much more interesting cross stitch pattern.

 

 

Texas Road SignsThe Farm-to-Market and Ranch-to-Market road system was established in 1949 as a project to provide access to rural areas. You can read more about these roads on Wikipedia.

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite Texas roads! Texas Monthly has this great article on scenic Texas drives.

[Photo: Texas Road Signs by motg via Flickr]
Curvy Road

 [Park Road 5 descends to the bottom of Palo Duro Canyon, Texas. Photo from 75Central via Flickr]

The Road Goes On Forever

[Somewhere in the Texas Panhandle near Canyon. Photo from 75Central via Flickr]

Texas Bluebonnet Highway, Texas Hill Country[Texas Bluebonnet Highway by RobGreebonPhotography via Flickr]

Show some Texas spirit and create a reminder of a favorite drive in the Lone Star State with this Texas cross stitch pattern and kit!

Colorado Flooding Benefit – Cross Stitch Pattern and Kit

To benefit the volunteer efforts for the recent Colorado flooding, I’ll donate $1.00 to the Colorado Red Cross for every sale of my Colorado cross stitch pattern and kit!

Colorado Highway Sign Cross Stitch

I first posted about this Colorado Highway sign pattern in July of this year, when the Black Forest, Royal Gorge, and West Fork fires were still burning. But recently, astounding amounts of rain have decimated Coal Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon, Four Mile Canyon, Big Thompson Canyon (again), the South Platte and St. Vrain rivers, the towns of Lyons, Estes Park, Salina, and thousands of acres of farmland in northeast Colorado.
People look at the overturned car near the fast moving water during the heavy flooding on Thursday in Boulder. For a video of the flooding go to www.dailycamera.com Jeremy Papasso/ Camera

 [Flooding in Boulder on Thursday – via the Boulder Daily Camera]

The South St. Vrain River roars through Lyons on Thursday, 9/12/13.  Photograph by Kenneth Wajda

 [The St. Vrain river flooding Lyons on Thursday via the Boulder Daily Camera]

Lefthand Canyon Drive is in ruins seen here on Saturday, Sept. 14, on Olde Stage Road in Boulder. For more photos and video of the flood rescue go to www.dailycamera.comJeremy Papasso/ Camera

 [Lefthand Canyon Drive on Saturday the 14th via the Boulder Daily Camera]

All of this hits close to home for me as I have friends and family all along the Front Range of Colorado. My Mom and her numerous siblings grew up in Boulder. I went to high school in Colorado Springs and then went to the University of Colorado at Boulder. I’m so fortunate that no one I know has been seriously affected, but there are THOUSANDS of people who have lost everything – houses, pets, livelihoods, and peace of mind.

Suzanne Sophocles shows her joy after being reunited with her dogs after they were all rescued from her severely flooded home on Friday, Sept. 13, on Streamcrest Drive in Boulder. For more photos and video of the flood rescue go to www.dailycamera.comJeremy Papasso/ CameraI’m donating $1 from every sale of the pattern and kit through December 31, 2013. On New Year’s Day, I would love to write the Colorado Red Cross a big fat check! So if you’re a Coloradoan, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this pattern would be a great way for you to show a little Colorado pride. Please spread the word about the Colorado cross stitch pattern and kit and how they will help disaster relief efforts!

[Photo is of a happy reunion, thanks to rescue workers via the Boulder Daily Camera]

California Cross Stitch Pattern – Highway Sign

This California Highway sign cross stitch pattern and kit have just been added to my Etsy shop!
California Highway Sign Cross Stitch

california highway 1 road signThe stitched example, State Route 1, is a roughly 650 mile stretch running most of the length of the state. Among other beautiful sights, it includes the National Scenic Byway through Big Sur, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Pacific Coast Highway through the Southern California coastline.

 

I can customize this pattern for any of your favorite California Highways, and there are a bunch of beautiful drives in the state.

Big Sur

 [Big Sur by Sean Duan via Flickr]

Other beautiful drives include State Route 120 through Yosemite National Park, Route 198 through Sequoia National Park, Route 116 through Sonoma County, and Route 4 through the Stanislaus, El Dorado, and Toiyabe National Forests. California is so large and the terrain so varied that it would be nearly impossible to list all the scenic routes.

Show some California pride and create a reminder of a favorite drive in the Golden State with this California cross stitch pattern and kit!

What are some of your favorite California Highways?

Alaska Cross Stitch Pattern – Highway Sign

This Alaska Highway sign cross stitch pattern has just been added to my Etsy shop!

Alaska Highway Sign Cross Stitch

 

alaska cross stitch pattern highway sign highway 1 and highway 9 junctionThe stitched example, Highway 1, is a roughly 540 mile stretch from the tip of the Homer Spit to Tok Junction. It passes through Homer, Soldotna, Sterling, Girdwood, Anchorage (my birthplace and home for roughly 13 years), Palmer, along the beautiful Matanuska river and glacier, and through Glenallen before ending in Tok.

There are only 12 State Highways in Alaska, so I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite drives. Some of my favorite drives include Highway 1, also known as the Glenn Highway, along the Matanuska Glacier,

Matanuska Glacier

and Highway 4 from Glenallen to Valdez. Highway 4 is also called the Richardson Highway, and it includes some amazing views of the volcano Mt. Wrangell
Willow Lake and Mount Wrangell, Wrangell Saint Elias National Park, Alaskaand Worthington Glacier that comes pretty close to the highway.

Worthington glacier
Yep, most of the highways in Alaska are just two lanes!

If you’re an Alaskan, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this Alaska cross stitch pattern would be a great way for you to show your appreciation for “The Last Frontier.”

Update 9/7/13: The cross stitch kit for this pattern is now available on my Etsy shop as well! I’m offering it in two colorways – white background with black floss and, like the flag, blue background with yellow floss.

Colorado Cross Stitch Pattern – Highway Sign

This Colorado Highway sign cross stitch pattern has just been added to my Etsy shop!

Colorado Highway Sign Cross Stitch
colorado highway 149 road sign

The stitched example, Highway 149, is a gorgeous road in southwest Colorado that goes through the lovely little town of Creede. I was fortunate to drive this road earlier this year as since then, the still-burning West Fork Fire has threatened Creede. Highway 149 was even shut down for a while.

 

 

SO, to help the wildfire relief efforts for this fire, the Black Forest fire, the Royal Gorge fire and all the other fires burning in Colorado, from now until September 30, 2013, I will donate $1.00 from every sale of this cross stitch pattern to the Colorado Red Cross!

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite Colorado Highways, and man there are a ton of beautiful drives in the state.
Echo Lake along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Colorado-1

[Echo Lake on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway by Nature’s Images via Flickr]

Some of my other favorites are Highway 93 from Boulder to Golden, Highway 9 through Breckenridge, Highway 7 around Estes Park, Highway 119 from Idaho Springs to Nederland… there’s really too many to list.

If you’re a Coloradoan, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this pattern would be a great way for you to show a little Colorado pride. Please spread the word about this Colorado cross stitch pattern and how it will help wildfire relief efforts!

What are some of your favorite Colorado highways?

Update 9/7/13: The cross stitch kit for this pattern is now available on my Etsy shop as well!