Sunday, December 31, 2017

Bye Bye 2017 & Hello 2018

How is it suddenly December 31st?  What happened to all those projects I so carefully came up with last January?  Oh well, I'm optimistic enough to know I'll do it again next month and be grateful for any of them I actually accomplish.

"August~Seaside", the second month design for my Damask Calendar series, is coming along well and has been a lot of fun to stitch.  It is a frosty 7 degrees fahrenheit and we have about 14" of snow this morning and it seems like whatever season I'm in I always enjoy stitching something for the opposite season, go figure, lol

August~Seaside
I'm loving this funny little fish looking back at me.

I hope wherever you are it will be a Happy New Year!  And that it will be full of lots of completed projects and happy memories.


Scenes from a very cold but cozy Gracewood this last day of 2017

Jasper LOVES snow!


The local herd begins to gather at back porch for handouts of carrots and apples.
Birds are enjoying the black oil sunflower seeds from the feeders

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Pattern Error

Hello everyone, hope all of you US stitchers will have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow.  It smelled absolutely delicious in our house today as some of the advance cooking was taking place.

I wanted to first show you a lovely interpretation of my 2017 ornament from Just Cross Stitch's special edition stitched by 'Mrs. C'

Joy ornament in lovely lavenders
I love the colors she chose!  And she pointed out what I had failed to see when the magazine arrived, but the pattern is incorrect.  For some reason the bottom floral motif was not included when the magazine printed the pattern.  They also called the pattern 'Beaded Joy' when it was submitted to them as 'Stained Glass Joy'.


 And while Mrs. C's ornament is lovely without the bottom motif, if anyone would like the correct pattern please send an email to me and I'll send the correct pattern to you.

Thanks for stitching my ornament so beautifully, Mrs. C, and thank you for bringing this error to my attention.  I've let JCS magazine know of the error and since all of the charts in my files have the correct image I have no idea how the incorrect pattern came to be printed by the magazine.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving and again just send me a note at bungard.gracewood@gmail.com and request a correct copy and I'll be happy to send one to you.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tussie~Mussie for Sale & New Damask Calendar August Design!

Winter has come early to Gracewood and of course I LOVE it!  Usually our snow starts around Thanksgiving towards the end of November, but by the first week of this month we had 8" of gorgeous snow and the cold temps to keep it.  Definitely stitching weather.

Since it has been the required amount of time since my pattern, 'Tussie-Mussie', appeared in JCS magazine I may now publish it myself and through my publishers - It can be purchased on my website on this page and through ICG Crafts and soon through Creative Poppy

Tussie~Mussie
And now, I'm happy to introduce the next month in the Damask Calendar series - 'August~Deep Blue Sea'

August~Deep Blue Sea
When I think of August I think of cool waters and while Gracewood is in the mountains, much of my youth was spent by the ocean so my inspiration comes from the sea.  I'll be stitching using Rainbow Gallery Splendor silk floss in shades of aqua.  New aida cloth is stretched on the frame, the needle is threaded, coffee is making and I cant' wait to take that first stitch, I'm sure stitchers know just what I mean!

Hoping all is well with you in your part of the world!  Happy Stitching!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

JCS Ornament & July~Poppies & Bees Pattern


It is definitely autumn on Gracewood and as always I can't stop looking at all its beautiful signs.  Mornings are foggy and frosty and afternoons cool and crisp, just my kind of weather ;)

The 2017 special Christmas ornament edition of Just Cross Stitch magazine is on the newstands and this was my contribution to it this year -



And I'm happy to say that I finished the model for the first design in the new Damask Calendar series of patterns - 'July~Poppies & Bees'.

July~Poppies & Bees
It is now for sale at my website Here and at  Everything Cross Stitch.  It will be available soon through my publisher outside of the US at Creative Poppy

I'll leave you with a pic of one of my favorite trees here on Gracewood in all its autumn splendor.  This green ash was just a little stick that came as a free extra when we ordered lots of plants when we first moved on Gracewood 26 years ago.  It was so small and dead looking we never expected it to thrive, but thrive it did and we love it!


Hoping your season in whatever part of the world you dwell is lovely as well!

Jasper loves Autumn too, as long as  you throw his ball!

Friday, September 1, 2017

New Tutorial & Pattern for Hurricane Harvey Relief

It is September and I am sooooo ready for summer to begone!  The garden is bursting and each morning the question is what to do with that day's pickings, but that is a nice problem to have.

First I'd like to reintroduce my Pattern for Charity,   Sanctuary from the Storm, which I  introduced during the Tsunami disaster in Japan.  I will be happy to send the pattern to anyone who makes a donation to the Salvation Army designated for hurricane Harvey relief.  Just send a note to me at bungard.gracewood@gmail.com to let me know you've made a donation and it can be in any amount and I'll send you a pdf of this design.  

Sanctury from the Storm

My publisher, Creative Poppy, has uploaded a tutorial on how to take my four designs from Lace Traces and turn them into the wall hanging I posted in the last blog.  It can be found at this link - Free Tutorial for turning Lace Traces into a quilt wall hanging.

I'm enjoying stitching the new pattern - Damasks~July

Damasks~July
and as I said above I'm enjoying preparing lots of delicious dishes with the tomatoes, corn, beans, cucumbers, eggplants, and of course zucchini that our garden is yielding.  I still stand amazed looking at all that can come from a simple seed!

Here is what my kitchen counter looks like most mornings.


I've also been making ice cream, yogurt and all sorts of luscious things with the milk I've been getting from my dear friend's goats!  

Hoping all is well in your world and that you are stitching something that makes you smile!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New Design, New Series!

Summer is in full swing and the garden is jumping with blooms, hopefully boding well for lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, peppers and most of all corn!!!  If you haven't had fresh corn on your pizza you don't know what you are missing!

The Lace Traces wall hanging is now on the wall -
Lace Traces Collection Wall Hanging
And I'm introducing a new series of designs reflecting my love for damask table linens and to be sure I can have plenty of them, lol, I've decided to do a calendar of them beginning with July.

Damasks ~ July
In a bright tangerine color, I've used poppies and bees to begin this series.  It is so nice to have that new piece of Aida stretched out on its frame and the first few stitches appearing on it, I really feel like something just isn't right if I don't have something astitching!

Finally, have a smile with this -


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lace Traces Wall Hanging ~ Belfast in Just Cross Stitch Magazine ~

Here is a preview of the Lace Traces collection in a wall hanging.  The top is complete and as soon as I can add the backing and batting it will be done!

Lace Traces Collection

I am no seamstress but a simple log cabin style strip surround even I can do :)

And I just received my copy of the August edition of Just Cross Stitch magazine which is featuring the latest in the Vintage Textile series of design, 'Belfast', which was inspired by damask table linens that the linen makers of Belfast are expert at weaving.  The issue should be on news stands soon.





My thanks to JCS for featuring another design in just a few months from each other!

And finally, I had to share some photos of the robin babies in the eaves of our front porch.  They are so big right now I don't know how they still fit in the nest ~ yes, the big one on the right is one of the 'babies'.  It is seriously time for Mom to kick this crew out of the nest!



This robin had her nest in the same place last year and I was surprised she built another there since we'd added some wind chimes in the meantime - gorgeous Bells of Paradise chimes from Woodstock Chimes - but they seem to love them!  Go figure, lol

Hope you are having a lovely June wherever you are!