I’ve been horrible about posting here and like always I’ve got great plans to become a better blogger…let’s hope. Just as an aside, this website space is going to look pretty wonky for a while. I’m in the process of redoing my website and until then I’m having issues with spacing and alignment and all sorts of other fun stuff.
Here’s a few new things hitting the shop and a few customs I’ve finished over the last couple of weeks.
This C.S. Lewis quote was on my to stitch list for.ev.er and I finally came up with a design I half liked and then it sat unfinished for months. I finally finished it this week and I do love how it turned out.
For once in my business life I feel a little bit ahead of the holiday game. This pattern is one that I’ve been working on for the past couple of months and is designed off of a vintage Christmas card I saw. The pillow will eventually be up for grabs in the shop (and there’s a tutorial coming soon on how to make it yourself), but for now you can grab the pdf pattern available in the shop. It’s a great pattern for beginners and those more advanced. I liken it to a stitch sampler – it’s full of many easy, yet common, embroidery stitches.
I’ve done a few pairs of shoes… I love stitching shoes.
I finished up this hoop for a customer’s teacher gift. I had so much fun stitching this little class.
I finished up a custom family portrait and this one with a little dog! (these make great gifts by the way!)
And I introduced my new ornaments for the 2015 holiday season. These are available now at a reduced price for pre-order. Order yours before October to get the discount!
One of the things my daughter loves to do is write notes and letters to people and one of the ways she drives me crazy is digging around the house for paper, envelopes etc in order to do that. So for Christmas this year I decided to put together a letter writing box for her. A box all her own that she could keep all her supplies at the ready – complete with a customized address book filled with the addresses of friends and family.
I did a little research on Pinterest and other places and my dream box would have been one of these cute suitcases from Land of Nod. While they are actually a fair price, I really didn’t need all 3 and I was trying to keep this as low budget as I could. I lucked out and found a cute mustache photo box at Hobby Lobby for 50% off and just went from there.
I filled the box with
- a set of stamps with little stamp pads (all from Michael’s)
- some plain stationary cards and envelopes in various sizes and styles (50% off at Hobby Lobby)
- and also one set of her own personalized stationary (from this shop on etsy)
- washi tape (from Michael’s)
- half a set of these amazing pens (Staples)
- some word stickers (Michael’s)
- her own address book (see below for instructions)
For the address book, I got some great tips from my friend Monica and modeled it after her date night book.
First I used a sheet of card stock, folded it in half and then used my scissors to round the edges. I added some washi tape from my stash to the top and then used some mini letter stickers for the label.
For the address pages, I searched around the net until I found some fake notebook paper. I sized it down to fit and then used Pages to add my text. There are plenty of free downloads of address book pages, but I didn’t want all these extra blanks for her to deal with. All she needed to have was the name, address and birthday of her friends. If you are interested in my printable, let me know and I will be happy to email it to you (if I can find it on the computer!)
I took a brown envelope and folded it in half and added it to the outside of my pages. Then I stacked them all up on top of each other with the cover and used my sewing machine to sew the pages down the middle. I did a couple lines of stitches. I added this little envelope to the inside cover for stamps. I attached it first with double sided tape and then added a few stitches with the machine to help hold that down too. Just make sure you don’t go too high up or you won’t have enough space to put anything in the little envelope. This is for stamps and I threw in 10 forever stamps for her to start with. (The idea is that as she needs more, she has to save her money to get more!)
The brown envelope holds a mess of stickers that she can use for making cards etc. For the ABC sections I cut out a little round circle with a punch that I have and then cut it in half. I used some more of those mini letter stickers and some double sided take to attach them to pages throughout the book. I don’t have a photo (geez!), but the back half of the brown envelope I slit open and gave her a few stamped postcards that the post office sells that are ready to mail.
I can’t tell you what a hit this has been! She was at the table writing letters after she opened all the rest of her Christmas gifts on Christmas Day! And she is still writing notes to people. It’s probably been one of the smartest gifts I’ve ever given to her and it saves me the stress of her piddling around the house looking for paper, envelopes and stamps! Another tip was not giving her all the stationary and all the stickers at the same time. I’ve set aside about half of everything to gift her with for Valentine’s Day or any other special days that come up. It’s the gift that keeps on giving…to her and to others mailboxes!
It’s about this time of year that my list making goes into hyperdrive. Between the holiday markets I am doing for daisyeyes handmade, there is Christmas and before that my daughter’s birthday. My one and only goal this year with all the gift giving is to be insanely intentional and simple.
That said, my first gift purchase was for my daughter’s birthday. She is a tough one to buy for because her attention span is like nil. But, she does love animals and knowing and pondering the toys that she always tends to gravitate to helped me solidify this years major birthday investment. We are doing a woodland themed party and in the spirit of that theme I found the most amazing seller on etsy so I just had to share!
My girl loves to play with little animals, especially those by schleich. We have a fair amount of them floating around our house, but she didn’t really have anything to play with them on. I started researching some play mats and came across the shop SooSun on etsy. She created the most amazing play mat and felted animals that I’ve ever seen!
Here is the mat and set in it’s entirety. It measures about 16×23 and honestly is the perfect size.
We specifically asked for a family of badgers, some hedgehogs, a duo of foxes and owls for the tree. She gifted us with some little ducks for the pond. 🙂
Then came something even better! My daughter and I recently finished up reading The Wind in the Willows. I realized that it would be so fun to have Mr. Toad, River Rat and Mr. Mole to play with her set. I couldn’t find a set anywhere, so I decided to go back to this shop and ask if she could make up a set for us. And she did! Aren’t they the cutest!
Here’s hoping for many years of fun to come and an amazing gift to pass on from generation to the next. And check her out!
And as a teaser…check back in the weeks to come as I plan for this little woodland event!