Embroidery: New Holiday Kits!

These kits have been such a long time coming and I’m so excited to finally be offering an option for full embroidery kits again! Just in time for Christmas, I am offering up these two very popular designs as a limited run: My Luke 2 Christmas tree pattern and the Scroll Tree pattern.

Each kit contains a pre-printed full color design on cotton fabric, all the threads you need and a needle to get started. I’ve also included an instruction page with links to how-to videos.

Both of these kits are great for beginners and advanced stitchers alike!  I’ve included an option for you to purchase either a simple kit (without a hoop and buttons for the scroll tree) OR a complete kit that includes everything you need to stitch once it arrives at your door.

Coming in November to Instagram, I’ll be working through a stitch along of the Scroll Tree pattern. This pattern includes 3 basic embroidery stitches that everyone should learn and I’m excited to work through it together!


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on fasting from social media

The end of my 40 days is near and it’s been an interesting 40 days. If you are new to this space, I turned 40 back on April 2nd and in celebration of my 40th birthday made a list of 40 things I want to do before I turn 41. At the top of that list was a 40 day fast from social media and a break from my etsy shop.

dragonfly @ urban threads WIP


I spent the first week finishing up open orders and completing a few other projects that were on a deadline. I have had some other projects that I’ve had to do with a time crunch during these 40 days, but for the most part I’ve spent these days with lots of space. As this time comes to a close, I felt like reflecting on a few of the things I’ve experienced and learned.

1. Fasting from social media (or even just saying no to things and reducing your commitments) is not a magic bullet to clarity. I truly had this expectation that when I removed some of these temptations I would automatically feel refreshed. So not true. Silencing all this extra “noise” in my life was truly refreshing at first, but it hasn’t been until the last week or so that I’ve really started to feel (and I hesitate to use the world feel) some clearing in my mind.

2. Removing something from your life truly makes you realize how often you run to it. Removing the mindlessness of facebook and even instagram I realized how much I went to it just to veg out. It was shocking to me how many times I would be working (like truly working) on the computer and find myself done with that I was working on and start to check out facebook or blogs. While the clarity didn’t come right away, the extra time in my day to find other ways to relax came on day one.


Dragonfly WIP - menagerie #3

3. I had to admit completely that I got a lot of good feelings (think the Norweigian dude from Frozen – “lutefisk for gud feelings?” only in my case say “social media for gud feelings?) from checking instagram and facebook for likes and comments. I really think I was in this place where I was sewing, stitching, creating etc merely because I was using it as a means to making myself feel good. And it led to a very quick burnout and creative depression.


Dragonfly WIP - menagerie #3


4. Take a break is a good thing. I really do think I was in a horrible creative depression. While I found myself able to design things as people were bringing ideas to me – there was little happening in the way of just my own open expression. I have to say that I’ve had such an amazing break and putting my shop on vacation for these 40 days has been so good for me. There has been great clarity and free-ness of mind when it has come to seeing art in the world around me and being able to express that. I really don’t think that would have happened if I hadn’t taken a break. Everyone finds a slump in their work at periods of time no matter what their work is. That’s the whole reason we have a Sabbath! A weekly point of rest for us. It’s why vacations are so refreshing at times.


dragonfly @ urban threads WIP


5. Social media isn’t all bad – there is community there. I have to say that I have missed my stitching community on instagram so much. I’ve missed seeing what other people are stitching, having conversations with other makers and just the encouragement that I do find there. I’m super excited to jump back in and the same for facebook. There are people on there that I don’t ever get to see and I do love seeing their faces and I’ve missed that. I guess ultimately it’s all a matter of using it wisely and with balance.


dragonfly - Flying Menagerie @ Urban Threads


I’ve been in a book study these last few months reading Tara Owen’s book Embracing the Body. I’m still wrestling through my thoughts on it, but in essence it’s about being awake to the world around us. Probably my favorite part of this book so far is what she wrote about creativity and making.

creation is the act that declares the physical world and can bear the weight of glory – glory expressed through us, in us and with us. Glory manifest through beauty…{the idea that} simple threads can be redeemed to physically bear messages of goodness and kindness.

Last year at this time I was really wrestling with being real. With taking a jump and being brave. I had read a  speech that Roosevelt had given about stepping into the arena. Not just being a spectator, but being brave and taking that jump. I’ve been amazingly blessed and I’m so glad that I did take the jump last year. But now, I am moving more towards being alive and aware of why I’m creating and for whom. There is nothing I love more than running my hands over something that I’ve just stitched up. I am always amazed that simple threads can be combined with stitches to make a picture of something. And I want the work of my hands to be nothing more than a message of goodness and kindness.

**photos are of a dragonfly embroidery I just finished. Pattern is from Urban Threads and it will be available in the shop soon!

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get ready…

hello, 40

In a little over a week I’m turning 40. I have shared previously my list I have going for all the things I challenge myself to try and do during this 40th year. But coming up on April 2nd is probably the biggest, oddly scariest and more than likely the best gift I can give myself: I’m taking a respite.

For the first 40 days of my 40th year, I’m seeking to remove the distractions of the web-o-sphere and step away from my etsy shop for a while.

Here’s my plan:

1. The shop will be on vacation during those 40 days. While I will try to answer convos, I’m promising myself that I’ll hold strictly to a weekday – while the kids are at school – only policy. This is not what I do now. I answer convos all.the.time and hold myself highly to being that person that doesn’t make other people wait for an answer to their questions or request.

2. I’m taking instagram off my phone and pinterest off the ipad. While I can still access both of these things via our computer, it does make it a bit more obvious and tricky.

3. I’m deactivating facebook.

4. And I am reducing the blogs I have in feedly down to my top 3-5.

5. I am keeping this blog open and not silent. Merely because I need a place for my voice. I love to create with words and stitches and I long for this spot to again be a place where I can just share what I’m doing. Not because I am looking for high stats or comments or anything – but just because I need to get it out.

Now the why.

When I started blogging and sewing, there was no facebook, instagram, pinterest etc and the only “inspiration” I really found was in the few other bloggers that I knew of. I really felt like I was writing honestly and I was creating honestly. I was overjoyed at what I was making and felt so inspired by so many things actually in the real world. Now, I feel like when I sit and try to come up with a new pattern design or sew a dress or anything I can’t come up with something original. I’m terrified of copying someone, even if it’s totally unintentional, but all the visions of all the creations I see on the web are filling up my mind. All the words I read I’m not really reading. It’s like an amazing information overload and I need to step back from it and find my own voice again.
And in all honestly. I need a break.

But it’s scary in so many ways.
I’m closing my shop right in the middle of wedding season so I’m worried about losing all those customers.
I finally feel like I have a following on instagram and I’m worried about losing it – which seems so stupid and silly to see in words.
I’ve got my first sewcial to promote and how am I going to do that without being on social media!?

And I don’t want to miss anything.

But the truth is. I might miss things. I’m sure I’ll miss customers. But I know deep down that this is something that I need to do.

And I have to be honest too – I’m kind of looking forward to it.

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on goals and making lists

So for the past few weeks my instagram feed, feedly feed, facebook feed – basically everywhere – has been filled with people’s goals and lists. To be honest, I’m a list person. I love to make them. I love to get a new calendar and fill in all the yearly information. It totally makes me happy. Until 2015 hit. I swear I feel 500 steps behind already and it’s all because I’m comparing my lack of a list of goals to those around me. I did set forth my one goal that this was my year of not comparing – and 6 days in and I’ve already fallen for it!

Ultimately, I don’t want to write  long list of goals. I feel like the thing I keep hearing myself say is take it small and step by step. I can tell you what I think my top 5 priorities are this year and I can tell you 100 other things I hope to accomplish, but the idea of writing them down and holding myself accountable to share them with the world and blog about them regularly is driving me crazy. It’s that old beast of comparison stealing my joy.


I do have a couple of books I’m trying to read through and I’m having fun perusing all the blogs of lists and goals (sewmamasew has been doing a great series on Sewing Resolutions) but to be fair to myself and my goal of not giving into comparison…the list of goals and objectives isn’t going to happening over here. I do want to blog more this year and I do want to share what I’m teaching in my sewing classes, learning as I sew more for myself and every other distraction that comes up, but that’s my only intention.

Well – almost. I am turning 40 this year and come April 2nd, I’m hoping to start my 40 while 40 list of things (40 things I would love to do in my 40th year). But it’s a list to inspire me to step out, loosen up and spread my wings a little more.

What about you? Do you have goals and intentions for this year? Do you have one little word? Or do you just go head first into the new year with the expectation that whatever comes will come?

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hello stranger

This last month has been a doozy. I feel like I’ve been away from daisyeyes forever and it has been a nice reprieve to pick it back up again; albeit slowly. I’m still technically on call for this interim teaching position so I’m still kind of in limbo until after spring break. After spending nearly 3 weeks back in a classroom, we packed up and drove all the way to Florida to hang out with the Mouse and nearly a bagillion other people. We had a fantastic week and had so much fun, but I was super happy to be back home. I’m slowly becoming more of a fan of instagram and you can see some great pictures from our trip here if you become a follower.

I’ve slowly had a few things in the works for the shop and hope to keep slowly rolling them out over the next few weeks.

First up is this rainbow birthday banner:

WIP...123's for the banners to be

I love how these numbers look and can’t wait to get the whole banner completed. The banners will say “I AM ONE” or TWO or THREE etc. You get the picture.


Going along with these rainbow banners is this little mini bunting I made. The letters are all hand embroidered onto mini pennant banners and it makes the perfect little reusable decoration for a high chair, regular chair or anything else you can think of.

mini hand stitched pennant banners

These little banners are already in the shop and ready to be made just for you!


Last up is the first of a few different styles of birth announcements. This is the subway style version. It’s all hand embroidered in a cool variety of fonts and fully customized to the specifics of the little dude or chick!

birth announcement: subway style

They measure 9×12 and are also in the shop ready to be made just for you! Turn around time for these is about 2-3 weeks.

That’s about it for now. Hopefully I can be back to regular postings in the next week or so…but that proves to be seen just yet.

Off to watch some Alias (yes I’m like 10 years behind the times, but thank goodness for Netflix!)

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