Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Boo Mansion"

Look what is arriving on newsstands now: the Annual Halloween Issue of Just CrossStitch Magazine...and I am delighted to share my Halloween ornament made the cover! It is called "Boo Mansion" by the title, I hope you know my ornament is in the upper right corner - the haunted house with the ghosts exiting the chimneys. When I first started designing, I never dreamed I would have so many Halloween designs on the market or that I would be designing ornaments especially for Halloween - but they really are a treat to stitch and design! This ornament model is stitched on 35-count Straw Linen from Weeks Dye Works...and uses Gentle Art Sampler Threads. I backed the pillow style ornament with a second piece of linen and used DMC six strand embroidery floss (310) for the twisted cord. It is the perfect time to get a jump start on your holiday, if you are not a subscriber, be sure to pick up this Halloween issue at your favorite needlework shop!

Today I spent the majority of my day bagging charts (I started with just over 4,000 to package and I am down to about 1, I did make a big dent in the boxes) and organizing/rearranging my warehouse, trying to make the stock of the new designs fit - ugh, what a job - I am worn out! I never dreamed I would have more than 100 design charts on the market...I am feeling very blessed - thank you all for supporting Blue Ribbon Designs!

Finally - I know I mentioned a giveaway when I reached 500 official followers...and IT IS coming soon - I am just working out the final details....please do stay tuned...


  1. Your ornament on the cover looks darling! I was getting antsy for this issue so I'm glad it's about to be available. Congratulations on all your success!

  2. wowwwwwwwwww they are so lovely..i love them so sweettttttttt.
    congratulations dear xx

  3. Great looking ornament. Must be a thrill to see it on the front cover! Congratulations.

  4. Congrats on making the cover!
    I LOVE your Halloween designs.

  5. your ornament looks lovely :D....i enjoy your talented ideas!

  6. I am not surprised at your Halloween publishing - you have such talent!! Congrats!

    What an accomplishment - kits 1/4 down. Sounds like a productive day to me.

    Sorry this shows up as anonymous. I have had issues posting on only a few accounts with my name...this is one of them. Not sure what's up with blogger & that! Have a good day.

    sherry :o)

  7. Congrats on getting not only in the JCS mag but on the cover too!!! You did it again. Cute design.

  8. Looks like another MUST stitch ornament just got added to the pile! I love Halloween ornaments. It is fun to work with some of the fun colored fabrics and fibers. Congratulations on your success!

  9. When I saw the cover the other day for the first time I immediately fell in love with that design and said to myself I am stitching that one first when I get the mag!! I didn't know who the designer was until your post!
    Thank YOU for all of your wonderful designs! They are a joy to stitch!
    Going to stalk my mailman now and I hope my issue arrives soon!! lol

  10. Your ornament is simply adorable. Love it! I only wish my copy were here. it takes forever JCS to be delivered. :( Soon I hope.

  11. Congratulations on making the cover! Before reading this post, I "pegged" that one as yours!

    Glad you made a dent in bagging charts!


  12. Your new Halloween ornament is awesome! Congrats on making the cover. I can hardly wait until I can get ahold of this issue. We're a little later in receiving it here in Canada.