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Gingerbread Mouse by windyautumnmoon Gingerbread Mouse by windyautumnmoon
Wow, I actually managed to get something finished and posted to DA.      

This isn't my best or grandest work but he was a labor of love and I really learned a lot in the process.  This tiny little guy is going to be the keepsake Christmas ornament for my son this year.  I hope that it's something that will make him smile when ever he sees it and bring him happy memories for years to come.  

It took me about a week of stitching for an hour or so in the evenings after my son went to bed (in really bad lighting - my eyes hate me now but I have no regrets).  Constructing him was a bit of a challenge though.  I had just finished stuffing him and was closing him up when I had trouble, the linen in one spot was starting to unravel close to my outline stitches and then when I tried to save that a bit it interfered with the gathering stitches and I couldn't get him closed up. I was ready to cry, I really thought I was going to have to scrap him and start over.  But I managed to pull it off in the end and I think he turned out pretty well for my first try at something like this (even if he's not as neat and tidy in some places as I'd like - I guess it just gives him a little extra character).  I think if I stitch this again it'll go much more smoothly and will definitely give it another go some time.  The only thing he's missing in the photos are his whiskers (I realized I'd forgotten to put them on after taking the pics and just wasn't up to retaking them - but they have since been added & he looks pretty darn cute.) 

All in all I am really happy with how he turned out and can't wait to see what my son thinks of him :heart:

Materials used:

32 count Irish cream linen, which I hand stained with tea to get the color I wanted
DMC floss
Mill Hill beads
#4 Kreinik braid 
Limited Edition Gingerbread Jingle Mouse chart with emblishments by Just Nan
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OlchaS Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014   General Artist
Looks so wonderful!Heart Your work is amazing! *o*
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:iconwindyautumnmoon:
windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
:hug:  Thank you so much. 
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Selenada Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
oh my goodness, it's so adorable <3
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windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
:tighthug:  Thank you so much hon.  <3
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Neirr Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's so tiny! :) (Smile)  It must be difficult to work on such small thing.
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windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
I've always preferred to stitch on a small thread count, it's a little slower going sometimes but I love it.  I actually fond the bigger challenge on this piece to be getting him fully assembled, lol.  It was a great learning experience though.

:hug:  Thank you so much for the fav =3.
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Thallys Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Awwww! Cute and gorgeous!
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windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
:hug: Thank you 

(and thanks for the Fav and the watch)
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Thallys Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
My pleasure ^^

I've just come back to cross stitching (I never really stopped knitting though: lumpy scarves xD) and I love your designs!
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:iconwindyautumnmoon:
windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
:hug: Thank you very much.

I tried to teach my self to knit but was hard for me to get the hang of, I need to find someone locally that can teach me, lol.  I would love to be able to make lumpy scarves.   
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Thallys Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
LoL, well the easiest pattern makes for great lumpy scarves, and at first you will</> drop stitches so...lumpy. I've been trying to teach myself other patterns, but when watching tv it's a bit too distracting xD
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EmilynnQuinn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is so adorable!! Your work is amazing. :)
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:iconwindyautumnmoon:
windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Thank you :)
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, what a gorgeous work! Great design and style! Great colors too! <3
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windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
:hug: Thank you so much! And thank you for all of the Fav's too :heart:
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just a pleasure! :D Cheers!
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PHarold Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a great little gift! He's absolutely adorable! The scenery all around is just fantastic. I think your son will go to pieces over this little guy!
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windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
:hug: Thank you hon. I can't wait to give it to him :) and thank you so much for the fav too <3
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PHarold Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!!
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Vetriz Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Awesome :)
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:iconwindyautumnmoon:
windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Thank you <3
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:iconvetriz:
Vetriz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
You're welcome :)
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Cwmm Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this little mouse!  It's a jewel. 
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:iconwindyautumnmoon:
windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
:hug: Thank you.
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Fusainne Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So...very...cute <3
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:iconwindyautumnmoon:
windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
:) Thank you.
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TheSkandranon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is absolutely adorable!!!!! My mother would go bonkers for that
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:iconwindyautumnmoon:
windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
:hug: Thank you.
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very sweet :D
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:iconwindyautumnmoon:
windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
:hug: Thank you =3
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Squeakielover Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I never thought of tea staining my cloth. That will work awesome with some pattern ideas I have
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windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
The tea is a fun way to stain the cloth.  The longer you leave it the darker it gets, coffee is also a great way to get a darker stain too.  I hope you have fun with it and your projects =3
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raka-raka Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
It is like...the cutest thing ever! seriously, it's an ubercutemix of christmasness and cuteness, it's just so precious!
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windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
:glomp:  Thank you so much Raka!
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Thriin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
OMG this is simply awesome!! so much work but totally woth it, the lil guy is just stunning!! Love
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windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
:hug: Thank you so much.  =3
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