Sandra Longan Designs (Items For Sale)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year !!!

(an October sunrise from our front porch)

Well, it's almost time to say goodbye to 2009 and to ring in a brand new year.

I just want to wish all of my friends & family a
Very Happy New Year !!

May 2010 be a year filled with love, laughter, joy and prosperity for you and your family.

May 2010 be filled with lots of stitches and stash for all of you fiber fondling addicts out there ; )
May the frog's never dance on your fabrics or get tangled up in your floss.

Take Care & Happy Stitching

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Last Finish of 2009

This was my Santa Themed mantle this year.
We are the proud owners of eight Santa's and two Angel's (so far), and since we never managed to bring our tree up from the basement this year, I went with a large pine wreath and a few cross stitched ornaments.

This is my last finish of 2009. I finished it on Christmas Eve.
Design: Merry Christmas (12-24-2009)
Designer: Sandy in Montana
Stitched on 28ct. Carolina Linen in Sand from Charles Craft using DMC threads, Mill Hill beads and two snowflakes from Jesse James Company.

Take Care & Happy Stitching

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Season's Greetings To All

( "The Holy Family" and my Nativity set )

I want to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas, and to those of you who celebrate differently Happy Holiday's.

I wish you all great joy, love and peace in your lives.
May you be surrounded with the ones you love and the memories of the ones who loved you.

May you remember the true meaning of Christmas and hold it always in your heart.

Take Care and Happy Stitching

Saturday, December 19, 2009

2nd Memory Ornament for my MIL

Here is the second "Memory Needle Roll Ornaments" for my MIL.
This one is in Memory of her father.

Design: "Memory Needle Roll Ornament"
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 28ct Zweigart linen hand-dyed by me in a light tan rinse. Using DMC, GAST in Evergreen & Kreinik threads. Tied with 1/4" brown satin ribbon.

Merry Christmas to All
Happy Stitching ... Sandy

1st Memory Ornament for my MIL

I decided to stitch up "Memory Needle Roll Ornaments" for my MIL for Christmas. This is the first of two.
In memory of her mother.

Design: "Memory Needle Roll Ornament"
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 28ct. Zweigart linen hand-dyed by me in a light wine rinse. Using DMC threads #'s 500, 501, 915 & 917, Mill Hill beads in white and two swarovski crystal butterflies in wine/magenta. Tied with sheer white 3/8" ribbons.

Wishing all of my readers a
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Happy Stitching Everyone .... Sandy

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Autumn Trio Is Finished

I finished the final piece for my "Autumn Stitching Accessories Set". I could only fit the scissor fob and needle case in the box, not to mention that I ran out of DMC 935 (only one strand left) after I finished the needle case, now that's cutting it close.

Here is the happy little family all together.Here is the needle case.
Design: Autumn Needle Case (12-12-09)
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 32ct. hand-dyed linen (dyed by me) using Caron "Wildflowers" Raspberry Sherbet and DMC 935 threads and Mill Hill petite beads in Ginger. Lined with dark green satin and four felt pages for needles, tied with 3/8" sheer ribbon in dark green.

Merry Christmas & Happy Stitching !!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Presenting the Autumn Scissor Fob !!

I finished the scissor fob to go with the distressed Autumn box.
It's just little thing at 2" square.
Here's a pic of the front (L) and the back (R).

Design: "Autumn Scissor Fob"
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 32ct. hand-dyed linen (dyed by me) using Caron Wildflowers in Raspberry Sherbet and DMC 935 threads and Mill Hill Petite beads in Ginger.
The Hardanger is backed with dark green satin.
Cording made from 935 and Raspberry Sherbet.

Merry Christmas to all !!
Take Care & Happy Stitching !

Monday, December 07, 2009

Baby It's Cold Outside & A Finish

"Baby It's Cold Outside" the old song goes and it's so true for today.
The temp reads somewhere around +2 so it's a wood stove heating day and there's snow all around. Yes, I'm not very fond of winter, but it's what life in Montana brings.
I tried my hand at crackle painting and distressing the wood box I bought at Michael's the other weekend and I liked it for the most part, so I designed an Autumn themed/colored insert for the top. I'm thinking of designing some stitching smalls to match the box, maybe a needle case, scissor fob and small biscornu.

Design: "Autumn Hardanger" with distressed box
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 32ct. linen hand-dyed by me using Wildflowers in Raspberry Sherbet and DMC threads, Mill Hill petite beads in Ginger and Jesse James Co. buttons for the box corners. The Hardanger is lined with dark green satin.

Take Care & Happy Stitching Everyone

Sunday, December 06, 2009

If God Brings You To It - Chart

Here is another little gift from me for your stitching pleasure, enjoy.
(just click, print and stitch)

This is a very small piece. Only 41w x 38h in stitches and 2.98"w x 2.71"h

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, November 30, 2009

My First Biscornu !!

Back somewhere around the second week of November I decided I wanted to give a Biscornu a try. So I sat down and started designing (took a couple days) and after the stitching was done I checked out a couple of online tutorials then sat down to see if I could put what I read into a proper finish.
It was so much easier than I thought it would be, but then came the search for the perfect button for the top (waited 3 weeks to find them), I just love the scroll work with the crystal. I chose a heart for the bottom since it already had stitched hearts.
I was amazed at how nice it turned out.
I really do think I have become addicted to stitching small items.
Is there a 12 step program out there for this addiction?
Maybe blogs that encourage this addiction would be better. LOL

( click for a bigger view)

Design: "Winter Berries Biscornu"
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 32ct. cream linen using DMC threads and Mill Hill petite beads.

Did a wee bit of craft/stash shopping

I finally got to do a bit of craft/stash shopping on Saturday.
I bought some buttons and charms, ribbons, some fat quarters, a little wood box and a couple of needed DMC skeins.
The box has a removable insert so I can add a stitched piece to the top.
I couldn't resist the fabrics they are just to cute.
The fabrics and buttons came from Hancock fabrics and the rest from Michale's.

Here are a little closer view of the buttons and charms for adding to stitching.

Friday, November 27, 2009

A Thanksgiving Day Stitching Finish

This was the view from our back yard last night, what a beautiful display of colors.

After reading Heidi's comment yesterday morning I thought I would do an ornament using the one inch cube idea. So after the cooking & eating were done I sat down and stitched. Even my DH thought it was just to cute.

(click for a bigger view)

Design: Noel Cube Ornament (11-26-2009)
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 28ct. ivory lugana using "Wildflowers" & DMC threads and RedRed MH petite beads. Made the hanger from DMC.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Little Scissor Fob Cube


Well, I was out in cyber land perusing stitching blogs and saw the cutest little scissor fob.
It was a little cube and I just fell in love with it and had to see if I could figure it out.

So without further ado here are the before and after pictures of my design.

Here are the six little 1" squares after being stitched and in bad lighting.

And here is the finished Fob.
Design: 1" Square Scissor Fob Cube
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 28ct. white lugana using Caron "Wildflowers" threads in Slate and Evergreen. Cording made from the same threads.

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Needle's A Smokin' !!

My needle has just been smokin' this week. I managed to get in four more finishes from 11-18 to 11-23.

I decided that I liked "If God Brings You To It" so much that I needed to make one for myself.

Design: "If God Brings You To It" (11-18-2009)
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 18ct. Fiddlers Lite Aida using Caron "Wildflowers" thread in Raspberry Sherbet accented with Jesse James Co. buttons and handmade cording.

Then I had to make a couple of magnets for my mama's 82nd birthday on Thursday the 19th. Yes I was born exactly two weeks to the day before her birthday, how's that for a birthday gift that keeps on giving.

Design: " If God Brings You To It" (11-20-2009) & "I Love You" (11-21-2009)
Designer: Sandy In Montana
If God stitched on 18ct Fiddlers Lite Aida using Caron "Wildflowers" Black Cherry and accented with Jesse James Co. buttons and hand braided ribbon trim.
Love stitched on 14ct. plastic canvas using Caron "Wildflowers" Lilac, DMC ecru and white and accented with Jesse James Co. buttons.

Then I felt the need for another Christmas ornament for the tree. I have to say that I truly love the way this one turned out.

Design: "The True Heart of Christmas" (11-23-2009)
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 25ct. cream linen using Caron "Wildflowers" Royal Jewels accented with Mill Hill beads in Rainbow, 4mm Round Bicone Swarovski Crystals and a 5mm Swarovski Crystal Butterfly. Trimmed in burgundy satin cording. This has cross stitch, back stitch and over one stitching.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Two More Magnetic Finishes

I stitched up a couple more magnets. These went to the same person that I made "#1 Reason Not To Clean" for. She liked that one so much that she requested these for family members, and yes I'm getting paid for them.
Design: "If God Brings You To It"
Designed By: Sandy In Montana

Stitched on 18ct. Fiddlers Lite using Carrie's Creations in Teal Mist (right) and DMC Color Variations in 4240 (left) with a bunch of Jesse James Co. buttons, a little gold metal star and some hand-braided jute trim. The saying was her choice, I just charted it out.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Our 2009 Christmas Ornament

I finally got around to designing our 2009 Christmas Ornament for the tree.
I've fallen in love with these mini needle roll ornaments, so it was only natural for me to make one more. I decided that holly leaves and poinsettia's were a good combination, although it took me quite a while to get the leaves just right.

Designer: Sandy In Montana
Design: Holly Christmas 2009

Stitched on 28ct. white Lugana by Charles Craft using Caron Wildflowers in Holiday and DMC Color Variations in 4045 & 4210 and Mill Hill petite beads in Red Red & Victorian Gold.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Happy Birthday To ME!!

Yesterday was my birthday.
My DH suffering from a cold still managed to bring me home a cake.
He's such a sweetie.
I made us steak and shrimp for the birthday dinner.
DH later complained that he really wanted to take me out for dinner. I told him our dinner was better than the local diner anyway, so not going out was no biggie. Then he complained that the cake was just a little cheapie. I told him I didn't care about that either, it was CHOCOLATE and I'm OK with that. He did give cash for stash last weekend, since he never knows what to get for me, and my mama called to wish me Happy Birthday so it was a great day! in my opinion.
Now to decide what to spend the cash on?

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Memory Ornament for DH's Dad

I finished another memory ornament, this one is in memory of my DH's dad.
I chose to design pine bough's and pine cones for this one as his dad worked for the National Forest Service for many years and also had a logging business back in the 50's.

Before finishing.
Design: "In Loving Memory" (Mountain Rustic version)
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 32ct. Raw Linen by Zweigart using DMC in 500, WDW in 1269 - Chestnut, GAST in 0110 - Dried Thyme and 1110 - Sable & Delica Beads in 127 - Gold Luster. Tied with dark brown 1/4" satin ribbon, twisted cord hanger made from DMC in 500 & 898, ends are Hem Stitched using two strands of DMC 898.
Overall finished size is 4.5" long by 4" around.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Memory Ornament Chart

Here is a chart for making the "In Loving Memory" needle roll ornament. I chose not to list the colors I used so that you can make this a custom piece using your loved ones favorite colors. The black dots are for french knots or beads. The long black lines are for name and date placement only, do not stitch them. The alphabet is for personalization and is not part of the design. This chart uses a Half Diamond Eyelet.
This site has great instructions for doing specialty stitches:

(just click, print and stitch)

All I ask in return is that you stitch this up and post a picture on your blog or photo album so I can see how yours turned out.

Needle Roll Ornament Finishing

OK, here we go. I hope these instructions are clear enough for you to follow.

1. Center and stitch your design on a 6'w x 10"h piece of 32 count linen.
Your design should measure no more than 60w x 45h (about 4"w x 3"h).
You can use any count fabric you like, but bear in mind that it will effect the overall size of your ornament.

2. From the top of the finished stitching, count up 15 threads. Remove the next four (4) horizontal threads. This will form your ribbon weaving area.

3. Count another 15 threads above the weaving area and remove two (2) horizontal threads.
This will form the area for working the Hemstitch. Unfortunately I do not have a web site that can show you how to do the Hemstitch, I learned from a book a long time ago.

If you do not want to do the Hemstitch you can opt. to stitch a row of Tent Stitches (Half Cross Stitches) from edge to edge in place of removing the two threads, then work a blind hem for finishing

4. Count up 32 threads or 1" above your hem area and remove one (1) thread. Cut the fabric in the space made by pulling the thread to ensure you have a straight cut.

To make your hem, fold fabric a quarter of the way between your cut edge and the pulled threads or tent stitches, press. Fold again making sure that the first fold lines up with the top of the pulled threads or tent stitches.
Work hem stitch or a blind hem by catching your thread on the back of the tent stitches. You can also finish the hems using a sewing machine. Repeat for opposite end.

5. Fold fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together, stitch a 5/8" seam. Trim seam to 1/4" and finger press open. (Use a no fray product on the edges to control fraying)

Turn tube right side out.

6. Cut a 24" length of 1/4" ribbon in half, giving you two (2) 12" lengths. Thread one 12" length of ribbon onto a size 22 tapestry needle. Starting on the bottom of the ornament, in the center front of the ribbon row, weave the ribbon through the vertical threads going under two (2) then over two (2) all the way around the ornament. Repeat on other end.
Pull the ribbon ends to close the bottom of the ornament and tie in a knot. Stuff the ornament firmly with fiber-fill.
Make a 6" to 8" piece of twisted cording in colors to match stitching or use purchased cording or ribbon, to make a hanger. Secure the hanger inside of the ornament either by hand stitching it in place within the seam or as pictured by threading the hanger through a bead.

7. Pull the remaining ribbon ends to close the top of the ornament making sure that all stuffing is inside and that raw ends of the hanger cannot be seen. Tie in a knot, then tie bows and adjust and trim tails to suit.

There you go, a one of a kind keepsake to be treasured for years to come.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Own Little World Chart

Here is the chart for my favorite saying of all time, and yes it does apply to me especially if I'm stitching or just fondleing around in my stitching stuff.
"In My Own Little World"
(just click, print and stitch)

Make sure you post to your blog or photo album when you finish it up so I can see how it turned out.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Chart for Not To Clean Up !!

OK all you messy ladies, I figured out how to get a chart to post on here.
So for your stitching enjoyment may I present
"The #1 Reason Not To Clean Up"
(just click, print and stitch)

Make sure you post to your blog or photo album when yours is finished so I can see how it turned out.

Old Stitching = New Finishes

I've been working on getting some of my older pieces finished up so they are no longer orphands in a box. I managed to get two of them done. I still have several more to figure out what I want to do with them.

Design: Welcome Autumn
My own concoction using parts (pumpkins & indian corn) from Cross Stitching Country Magazine. It was stitched in 2006 on 14ct. aida by Charles Craft using DMC and Wildflowers threads.
I finished it as a Bell Pull and added more of those great Jesse James Company buttons.

Designer: Sandy In Montana
It was stitched in 2007 on 28ct. Monaco by Charles Craft using Wildflowers thread.
I was going to finish it as a Biscornu, but made it into a coaster/tray instead.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Two More Stitching Finishes for 2009

Hello my sister's in stitching, I hope everyone is getting in at least a little stitching for your soul's.

I want you all to know that I do read every little note you leave behind before I add them to my blog, so I have been paying attention to what you have to say.
I'm trying to figure out how to export a few of my original charts so that I may share with the rest of you here on my blog, but it's taking a bit of time to get it worked out.
For those of you that fell in love with "The #1 Reason Not To Clean" I found the saying on a plaque in The Stitchery catalog and just charted it out, stitched it and added whatever buttons I thought looked cute.
And yes Lee ;-) I've heard your request wanting to learn to make the mini needle roll ornament and I'm trying very hard to put what I see in my head into words that will make since to someone trying to follow them, I have the pictures, just need to get the words right.

Now, on to my latest finishes!!

This has been my favorite saying for year's and year's and I've finally gotten around to charting it out and stitching it up. It now hangs on the door to my stitching/craft/sewing room and boy o' boy is it ever appropriate. I try to ignore the voices of the stitching imps telling me to go in "and "just look" at all the pretty floss and fabric". Of course they always seem to win. Maybe that's why I've gotten so much stitching and designing done this year ;-)
Design: "In My Own Little World"
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 32ct. hand-dyed (by me) linen, using DMC Color Variations #4135 Chilean Sunset. Embellished with buttons from the Jesse James Co's. Dress-It-Up collections and two tiny gold stars. The hanger is made from braided jute twine and it was turned into a mini pillow hanger.

Here is the last of the memory ornament's that I have made for my family. This one is for my sister.

Design: "In Loving Memory"
Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on 32ct. cream linen from Zweigart using DMC threads and Delica beads.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The #1 Reason NOT to Clean Up!!

I stitched this magnet up last night and finished it off this afternoon.
It's for a friend who works with my DH.

Stitched on 18ct. Fiddler's Lite Aida by Charles Craft using WDW - Mulberry and a bunch of country buttons in purple's.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Needle Roll Ornament #3 Finished

I finished the third ornament in Memory of my Daddy last night, only one more to go. That will take care of my sister and two brothers.
I think I will send the green one to my Mama instead of keeping it, then I will stitch one for myself and one for DH in Memory of his Dad. That should take care of my family, unless one of them has a special request for another departed family member. Then, of course, I would gladly stitch another. This one will go to my brother in Colorado.

Designer: Sandy In Montana
Stitched on:
32ct. cream linen by Zweigart
using DMC Rayon threads and Mill Hill beads.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

In Loving Memory" Ornament #2 Finished

I finished my second "In Loving Memory" needle roll ornament yesterday in honor of my Daddy. I made this one for myself and stitched the shamrocks motif from one of my other designs that I have yet to stitch up. I used the shamrocks in honor of my fathers Irish heritage. The little heart in the center is from an old abalone earing that I cut the post off of and attached with a permanent glue dot.

Designer: Sandy In Montana
"In Loving Memory"
32ct. ivory linen from Zweigart, DMC threads, Delica Beads in #127 Gold Luster,
24" of 1/4" ivory satin ribbon & one old pierced earing.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Apples & Pears & More SNOW!!!!

Yesterday DH & I went out and harvested the rest of the apples and pears that were left on the trees after he got home from work. I wanted to get as much as possible before our latest cold snap hit. And has it, you betcha, it's been snowing off and on all day today and has barely it 30.

Here is part of the harvest, I still have a large canvas bag full of apples.
It looks like I'll be baking apple pies and such over the weekend since it's going to be in the 20's for the highs and down around 10 over night.

Here's one of our apple trees this morning. Good thing we did the harvesting yesterday. The pear tree is on the other side of the antique potato planter behind the apple tree.

This is a view from my back porch around noon. We have about 2" of snow so far, but it's not done yet. This storm came down from Canada, thanks a bunch Canada, please feel free to keep the rest of your snow :) If you click on the picture to make it bigger you can see the falling snowflakes.