happy fourth of july!!

So, yesterday I decided that I needed to do a craft project. No worries about the fact that we were hosting 20 plus people for a block party that night. No, I needed to make a wreath.

Fourth of July wreath and front door

Here’s a glimpse at my festive front door! The pennant banner was out of my stock of these felt fourth of July banners that have been a hit in the shop! I’ve had these listed in more treasuries than I could have ever imagined. All I need now is some little flags for my pots on the front porch.

The wreath was the result of a huge stash of felt scraps I have hanging around my house!

Fourth of July wreath and front door

I wrapped a wreath form with strips of red and blue felt. Then I used my fun little Sizzix cutter to cut out some white flowers and then added some blue and red hand cut ones to top it off.

Fourth of July wreath and front door

The stars were out of my stash of Sizzix stars that were too small for my banners.

All in all, I’m crazy excited about it. I think it turned out so cute and can’t wait to make some more festive wreaths.

Happy Fourth everyone!

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Random shots

I’ve slowly been working on our master bathroom. Here’s the before post and here is a sneak peek after I exchanged a few mirrors in the house and finally got it painted.

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I’m learning the hard way that it’s all about the right tools. Being married to a carpenter, woodworking handyman you think I would just know this but alas I don’t. Today I was introduced to the Clover version of a water soluble tracing pen for embroidery. It. Is. The. Bomb. Like totally amazing; I don’t know where this pen has been all my life kind of amazing. Go buy one fast. I got mine at Michaels and I think I’m going to go buy some more.

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This silly wedding cake topper is stretching my brain cells. Nothing like messing with a few hours worth of embroidery and hoping that you can salvage something out of it. This is where I’m at with it as of today. Still not a finished product. Ugg.

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My yoga teacher has this sticky note in her bathroom that drives me crazy. It points people to the trash can where people should throw their reusable drying washcloths. Every time I sit in there doing my business I have this great embroidery design in my head. Yesterday I finally sat down and made it. I love it.

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Sometimes the color requests just don’t work out and we go back to the drawing board. This was the case for this turquoise version of the THINK embroidery. Look for it this summer at the local farmer’s market and maybe an option on etsy soon.

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That’s about it for right now. I’ve been crazy busy this month with orders…more in a month than I’ve ever had before. I’m truly blessed and every day humbled by how the Lord has gifted me with the ability to follow a dream.

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Happy Friday! I missed last week after the big flood in our house and today I’m crossing my fingers we don’t lose power as we sit under an ice storm. That said, it’s a great day to curl up and check out some great links from this week!

great FABRIC: This is a newer blog to me, but I’ve long had a fascination with all Japanese sewing goodness. If I ever won the lottery I think I would buy up all the Japanese prints I could get my hands on. This post runs through some super cute Kokko syle fabric. The ballerina print is soooooooo cute! I wish I could get my hands on some.

to whet your APPETITE: One of the new things on my monthly menu in February are taquitos. My family loves Mexican food and some months we wear out the quesidilla. I’ve pinned at least 3 different versions: one here, here and here. We’ll see which one ends up being the winner.

be NEAT (as in organized): This is a fabulous post on how to organize and print your digital photos. My nemesis.

a TUTORIAL to do: Here is a great tutorial for making a nightgown from two t-shirts. Super cute!

becoming more AWARE: Valentine’s Day is coming up and in my desire to be more engaged and aware of celebrating and creating memories we have a couple of things up our sleeves. First, we’ll make our valentines for school as tradition, but I love this idea for hanging hearts all through the month on bedroom doors and we’ll also be doing a year of mommy and daddy dates too. More on that later in February!

something to SEW: I love the O+S badminton skort pattern, but this idea for changing the shorts part into a layered skirt is genious.

to TRIM my house with: Love this XO wreath for the front door.

ILLUSTRATION to stitch: I’m tossing around stitching up some flour sack towels for the shop. These three (one, two, three) from Anthropologie are giving me some great inspiration!

CUTE: I’m dreaming of my new studio space…maybe something along these lines in the future?

Have a happy weekend!!!

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new stuff!! new stuff!!

Some new things added to the shop in the last week!

My Africa pendants were a big hit last year and my husband (of all people) said I should try and make one with an embroidered heart versus the felt one. I finally listened to him and wow, what a great effect! I love it!

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So now you have two choices for your pendants: a felt or an embroidered heart

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Next up is an embroidery that has been on my hoop for.ev.er. With all the turmoil in the basement I’ve been steadily stitching away trying to accomplish something! I finally finished it this week and boy do I love it. Hopefully I can get a pattern drafted and a .pdf ready for the shop sometime in the next few months. Until then, you can get your own hand stitched version by yours truly in the shop.

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There is also the original Landscape version available in the shop too…

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Lastly in the world of embroidery is this little quote I stitched up by Coco Chanel. I had seen a print with a “necklace” around it on pinterest a while ago and immediately I thought this would be a great embroidery to embellish with my jars of vintage buttons. It was so much fun to design and stitch and I really love how it turned out.

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And in an ever increasing desire to find things to do with all my felt scraps…introducing felt party bags. These are a superhero version (and coming soon a Sesame Street version).

Superhero felt great bags

These come fully sewn with the appliques of your choice to DIY either before or during your superhero event. They come in sets of 10 or 20 and as always you can request any specific number you need also.

I think that is about it for all the new stuff. But things are rolling out around here slowly but surely as I try to get the shop filled up with all sorts of new items.

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