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!

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?

BeMores Set 3 – Healthy and Moderate Now Available!

Set 3 of BeMores are now up for sale on my Etsy shop! The words in this set are “Healthy” and “Moderate” (for those of you new to BeMores, there’s some more information on the whole concept on this page).cross stitch on paper BeMores Set 3 healthy and moderate

The grassy paper for “Healthy” is fun, and although it looked good with the red floss only, it really popped with the yellow floss outline!

The kits, of course, include all the materials you will need to create these two projects, including papers, flosses, a needle, and a complete set of instructions.

cross stitch on paper BeMores Set 2 patient and trustworthy kit contents

To help demonstrate ways to be more healthy, this week I’ll start a series, similar to my hexagon series, on crafty health-promoting ideas! Considering that humans are 70% water, as is the surface of the Earth, I’ll concentrate first on water – crafts that encourage us to drink more water and that help us appreciate clean rivers and oceans.

I’ve found “water crafts” spanning almost 40 different types of crafts, from knitting to candlemaking, polymer clay to gardening, scrapbooking to woodworking and everything in between. I hope you’ll follow the series, and I hope you might participate with this BeMores Set 3!

Set 1 – Grateful and Organized and Set 2 – Trustworthy and Patient are also available – check ’em out!

BeMores Set 2 – Patient and Trustworthy now available

Set 2 of BeMores are now up for sale on my Etsy shop! The words this time are “Patient” and “Trustworthy” (for those of you new to BeMores, there’s some more information on the whole concept on this page).cross stitch on paper BeMores Set 2 patient and trustworthy

I really adore the paper for “Trustworthy” – I had to dig deep on the internets to get my supply of it. And I’m so happy with how the script font on “Patient” turned out. My husband helped me get the crossing of the “T” to look right (it took some doing).

The BeMore Patient and Trustworthy finished projects

Patience comes easily to me when it comes to craft work. My Ancora Imparo project that I posted about previously is proof of that! My Mom and I are also working sporadically on a quilting project that we started about 20 years ago. All of the fabrics are old ties, sorted into groups of three to five with similar colors. We haven’t gotten far, but I think we’ll get there someday.

For me, mutual trust, built over time, is one of the things that differentiate a friend from an acquaintance. The “Trustworthy” project strikes me as a good one for younger folks. I remember some behavior of my youth that I really regret. A lot of that was due to me breaking trust with my friends. Although I’m much improved in that area, the “Trustworthy” project has been a really good reminder of ways to build and maintain trust.