Finally I have finished the last of my Prairie Schooler seasonal ornaments. This one is Spring.
The chart came from an issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine a few years ago. I don't have the exact issue number because I tore the page out and kept it while passing on the rest of the magazine to my DIL. I did completely changed the color scheme because I just thought it wasn't at all Spring-like. And after all the snow we've had here this winter, I needed something REALLY Springy! It is stitched on 28 ct. Busy Bee from R&R. I used the light and dark portions of Gentle Art's Vintage Lace as well as Poinsettia on the houses. I used GA Tropical Ocean on the windows, doors and blue bird. Then I used GA Sunflower for the word. I used two greens, one medium and one light and I didn't keep track of the names. GA Nutmeg was used on the house roofs and Sarsparilla on the trees and branches. Regarding the trees - on the chart they were just green blobs. I changed one to be light green with pink (done with the Vintage Lace) becoming a cherry tree in bloom. Then on the other I used my other green and did a four square of GA Chalk (white). Then, I went into the center of the four square and did a cross stitch over top in the sunflower - making it a suedo-dogwood tree. Finally, on the word - SPRING. I tried to do a doily or lace effect with white. I only used one strand of floss and think that's why this experiment failed (in my opinion). It may also have something to do with the size of the word. But, I haven't completely given up on the idea. I'm not 100% sold on the colors of the silk ribbon, but it's what I have on hand for now and may eventually change. I have a friend who said it made her think of Miami Beach. It reminds me of the pretty painted houses I saw in Ireland.