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calendar // festive fruitcake house wallpapers

Well. December is here and that makes this the last set of Kawaii Crossing wallpapers for the year 2021! I can hardly believe how fast time has gone by and all of the amazing things this year has held. Lots of hard things too. But it has certainly been a fruitful year for me. So it's pretty perfect to have a fruitcake house for December, right?

Listen, I know that not everyone likes fruitcake, but I really do. My dad really does too, which is probably how I ended up being a fan. I've made it myself and I've also enjoyed the little loaves you find at convenience stores as well as the fancy kind that really is a gift. Again, I know that this might make me unusual.

Knowing how people feel about fruitcake might make this house one that lots of folks stay away from, so maybe its resident likes to be alone?

Now, as I start thinking about the fruitcake I want to bake, let's get you some new wallpaper for all your screen sizes!

By the way, I find it hilarious that if you search for the word "doorstop" on my blog, every single post from my archives is related to fruitcake. For someone who loves this festive treat, I seem to consistently refer to it this way...

pattern // sturdy tree house cross stitch

2021 November - Sturdy Tree House Cross Stitch

Who is ready for another free Kawaii Crossing Cross Stitch pattern? You? Yay!

As I am typing this, we're mere hours away from December, but it's still technically November, so I'm sharing a November pattern before it's too late. Would I have liked to post this weeks ago? Of course I would have, but I've been busy with some things, which I'll write a whole post about very soon. If you follow me elsewhere, you may already know.

Anyway, the November Kawaii Crossing design is a tree house, and I'm happy to say that while there are a lot of stitches in this one, it's all pretty simple. So it shouldn't take very long to stitch your leafy little home.

And since this is the last day of November, I guess that means we have one more house design left and it should be coming very soon. Fingers crossed that I can make it happen!

pattern // sturdy tree house embroidery design

Sturdy Tree House Embroidery Pattern

This month's Kawaii Crossing house is a Sturdy Tree House, and today I'm sharing the free embroidery pattern in two sizes!

When I was a kid I always wanted a tree house and it never quite happened. I also happened to love Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and the tree that Hoot the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat lived in. The idea of living INSIDE a tree vs. just building a house on a tree is especially lovely. Who knows...maybe I'm part squirrel.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy stitching this new addition to the neighborhood!

Every month I also create a version that's ready to use for applique, and I share that over on Ko-fi. If making this tree house out of felt or other fabric sounds fun to you (I really think the tree would be so special this way!), be sure to check that out for a small cost.

For my cross stitching friends, I'll have that pattern ready to go soon!

calendar // sturdy tree house wallpapers

Designing a new wallpaper each month, especially these Kawaii Crossing ones, is always fun. But sometimes I put pressure on myself and November is regularly that month. You see, this is my birthday month, so it feels like I should have the absolute perfect design for November. The perfect design for me.

The pressure was real this time and deciding what to add to my little town was too much. I kept trying to think of the childhood inspirations that would be ideal for who I was as a kid and who I am as an adult. And what did I end up with?

A tree.

That feels so no exciting, but it's a beautiful color like the trees in my part of the world are right now. And while this doesn't connect with one specific childhood moment, character, or toy, there were many tree memories that formed as I grew up. Is that silly? Even if it is, I'm going with it.

I'll try to share more of those memories through the month, but we'll start with some wallpapers for all your screen sizes.

pattern // corn shock a-frame embroidery design

Gourdeous Corn Shock A-Frame Pattern

One of the great things about making an autumn embroidery pattern for October instead of a Halloween pattern is that when you get behind and post it the last week of the month it will still work for November too. Sigh. That's my way of saying that I'm sorry this is later than is ideal for seasonal stitching.

But also, if you stitch the teeny version, it will stitch up quick!

While we're talking about the teeny version, there are some very teeny details here. Think corn husk leaves, straw on the scarecrow, and that itty bitty face. Stitch those with just one or two strands. For the corn leaves, you can stitch them with elongated lazy daisy stitches. And when you stitch the face, wrap the french knot eyes just one time. You can do it!

Gourdeous Corn Shock A-Frame Pattern

Over on Ko-Fi, my supporters (one-time or monthly!) get a version of the pattern that's ready to go for applique. I always think of these in felt, but I think it would also be cute in quilting cotton held down with fusible web. Or maybe a mix of felt and fabric? If that's something you're interested in too, head over to Ko-Fi. It's much appreciated!

pattern // gourdeous corn shock a-frame cross stitch

2021 October Gourdeous Corn Shock A-Frame Cross Stitch Chart

Let's get some October stitching going! For this month's free cross stitch chart, a GOURDeous corn shock A-frame (see what I did there?), I was a little nervous. There are elements in the design that could have been complicated to reduce down to a 30x30 stitch area. But guess what?

I think it actually worked!

The house itself wasn't too concerning to me, but tiny details are always hard. I think we're good with the top of the corn shocks, right? And the scarecrow, which is similar in size to the snow cat from earlier this year, came out exactly as I'd hoped.

It's been a minute since I stitched any of this year's Kawaii Crossing designs, but I have been stitching a ton behind the scenes. More on that soon. And if you're looking for the embroidery version...I'll have that ready for you soon!

calendar // gourdeous corn shock house wallpapers

Welcome October with a new Kawaii Crossing calendar wallpaper! For October I went full on fall fun with a corn shock A-frame, complete with friendly scarecrow.

Normally when a new month rolls up I'm all "how is it already the end of the month!", but this time I've been thinking that it was already October for nearly a week. You'd think that would mean that I would have had this calendar posted earlier, but me thinking it was October was related to also feeling really behind. Please tell me I'm not alone in this happening sometimes?

Okay, so let me just say a few things about this month's house. First, when I was little, some good friends of ours had an A-frame house in a wooded area and I adored it. There's something special about these. But I also LOVED going to the pumpkin farm each year. I was homeschooled and it meant we got to go on not busy days/times and that made it even better.

But if that wasn't enough, I had this toy that reinforced how amazing pumpkin farms were. It was called, shockingly, Pumpkin Farm. You can see it right here. I played with that thing for hours and hours, and I think there's a possibility that it's still in our garage rafters.

Can I just say how much I love pulling inspiration from my life? It's true. And with that, how about some wallpaper for all your screen sizes?

project // plastic canvas bargello pixel art for autumn

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

It's time for some autumn bargello pixel art on plastic canvas! I absolutely love autumn and I had so much fun stitching a rainbow in this style back in the spring. The natural combination of those was to...szhoop! Put 'em together!

Of course, now that I've done spring and autumn, I should probably do winter and summer too. This always happens to me.

At any rate, I think you'll love this take on plastic canvas crafting. It's fun for kids, but it also feels like a good grown-up project too. Also, if apples aren't your thing, or you'd like to make a whole set of autumn bargello pixel art, I have three bonus patterns that you can access by supporting me on Ko-Fi. More details about that at the end of this post.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

Before I get too far into this, I'd like to address the elephant in the room. They say you should never point out your own mistakes because most of the time people don't notice them. But this sample I stitched has a glaring error in it and I don't want you to think that it will happen in yours.

Right through the middle you probably have spotted the row that is shorter than the rest. That is NOT supposed to be that way. I miscounted my plastic canvas grid when I cut it and didn't realize until I was stitching it that it was one square too small. And of course I didn't have any more plastic canvas so I could start over.

It will forever bother me. But it would have bothered me more to post this super late or not at all. Just know that if you cut the plastic canvas correctly, yours will come out looking much better!

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

You will need:
Large tapestry needle
10-count/mesh plastic canvas trimmed to 45 wide x 46 high
Tapestry wool or similar weight yarn

Anchor tapestry wool colors used:


Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

Start with a short tail on the back and stitch over it to secure the yarn.

For each stitch, come up through one hole, skip two holes, then go down. On the pattern, each square is actually going to be three of these vertical stitches, so this block of three stitches counts as one.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

Always work in the same direction with your stitches. I like to work from bottom to top. On the back you can see how the stitches are almost as solid on the back as they are on the front. This uses more tapestry wool that stitching other ways, but it makes the stitching look more solid on the front, which is good.

Stitch the whole design this way. When you end a length of yarn, weave it through the back of stitches, preferably behind the same color yarn so it doesn't show.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

The eyes on this are just like the rest of the pattern, but for the mouth, you need to use back stitch. Just stitch through the same holes you did for the regular red stitches, then across for the bottom of the smile. The line of black will show up just fine squeezed in there.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

Once you have the whole thing stitched, you're almost done. You could even leave it like this if you wanted.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

To give your art a finished look, whip stitch around the edges to cover the plastic canvas.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

At each corner, stitch a total of three stitches: one for each side and one for the actual corner point. This helps cover it completely.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

To add a hanger, secure a piece of tapestry wool at one of the top corners. Stitch through the back of a few stitches and then make a knot at the edge. Leave a bit of wool loose for the hanging loop, then secure it at the other top edge on the back in the same way.

Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

And there you have a happy little apple art piece! This was super quick and so much fun.

By the way, you can also use this pattern to stitch a tiny cross stitch for a pin. Just sayin... Apple Plastic Canvas Bargello Pixel Art

If you like this design and want to make more autumn designs, I have an acorn, leaf, and pumpkin availble for those who support me on Ko-Fi. You can pay just $3 and get access to all my recent bonus files (or follow and support me monthly so you don't miss a thing!).

That's so much for every comment, share, Pinterest pin, and Ko-Fi! Happy stitching!

project: felt pennants for autumn

Autumn Mini Pennant

Updated September 2021

Autumn is here, and I'm ready for it! This project was first posted in 2012, but I still love it. Maybe because I still love the fall season.

To root for this delightful season that is upon us, I've made a little felt pennant. My mom still loves this pennant and pulled it out again this year. Back when I first make this she requested more of these, and ummm...I still haven't made them. But maybe? After all, it involves felt, embroidery and the fall...all of which I love!

If you'd like to welcome autumn and show how much you love this season, why not start with a super sweet felt decoration? But in addition to making an autumn pennant, if you scroll down, there's a set of bonus patterns that feature Halloween and Thanksgiving designs too. Now, let's make a pennant!

Autumn Mini Pennant

Here's what you need:
Felt (I used wool blend)
Perle cotton or embroidery floss
Tracing paper or tissue paper


Cut out all of the pieces in the template from felt. Cut two of the long rectangles, fold at an angle as shown in the photo, then press with an iron.

(By the way, I can't say enough good things about ironing the wool blend felt a little before you use it for anything. It just makes a huge difference!)

Autumn Mini Pennant

Trace the "Autumn" lettering onto tracing or tissue paper. Stitch through the felt and paper at the same time. I used perle cotton and the chain stitch, which has a nice "school spirit" sort of feel.

Autumn Mini Pennant

After you've finished the embroidery, carefully tear away the paper so as not to tug the the stitches.

Autumn Mini Pennant

Place the angled strip of felt along the straight edge of the pennant, and place the folded strips in place behind the pennant. Pin in place.

Using a running stitch, sew along the edges of the strip. You should end up catching the folded strips with this stitching.

Autumn Mini Pennant
Autumn Mini Pennant

Sew on as many leaves as you want. I used a few stitches down the center, and I grouped my leaves in a couple spots.

Autumn Mini Pennant

Now you're ready to welcome autumn and cheer it on!

AND for those who support me on Ko-Fi, you can download a PDF to make the Autumn Pennant you see here, PLUS a whole lot more!

The four-page PDF includes the pennant pieces, hand-lettered patterns (Autumn, Harvest, yay FALL!, Boo!, happy HALLOWEEN!, trick OR treat, COUNT YOUR Blessings, and GIVE Thanks), and templates for felt cut-outs (leaves, apple, ghosts, pumpkin, candy, cornucopia and turkey)


It may be silly, but these really are getting me in the spirit of fall! I think they would look great tucked into a wreath, strung over a mirror, or just tacked up on the wall. Maybe I should get a jump on things, and try to make a bunch for Thanksgiving...

Autumn Mini Pennant

pattern // shiny apple caravan embroidery design

2021 September Shiny Apple Caravan Embroidery

Apples roll pretty easily...especially when they have wheels like this Shiny Apple Caravan! This month's free embroidery pattern is the perfect addition to your Kawaii Crossing town. And even though this particular resident doesn't seem to want to put down roots, you can at least stitch them in place.

I'm not sure that I've ever mentioned something here, but it's definitely come up in discussions on The Very Serious Crafts Podcast. And that is, I don't go camping. Like, never ever. Not even in a camper. That said, if you presented me with an apple caravan that had electricity and some kind of running water hooked up, I might just live there. This is what it would take for me to do anything remotely close to camping.

Stitching this Shiny Apple Caravan will be a more more pleasant experience though, I think.

This one is pretty simple, with just a few small details. If you are doing any fill stitching, you may want to consider making the awning striped with teal and white like the original illustration. If you are only outlining, go for all teal. Also, the shine spots are two sizes and you can acheive that with two sizes of french knots. The traditional way to do this is by working with more or fewer strands of thread, but the easier way is to wrap one three times and the other just one time.

If you like how these embroidery designs look all filled in, but you don't want to do all that fill stitching, you should try felt applique! You can cut out the sections of the pattern from felt, but I also create a set of patterns that are already separated so you can start stitching and I share that over on Ko-Fi. When you buy me a Ko-Fi coffee, you get 30 days of access to things I share there (and I happen to have a few fun things coming in the next couple weeks!). You can even follow or support monthly so you don't miss a thing. I appreciate every bit!