This blog has been so lacking and honestly it’s been an issue of time and an issue of just not knowing what to do with it. Here’s a little update just for the four of you that read it 🙂
I was working on an article about needlepoint and one of the artist I interviewed offered to send me a little kit. Always one to jump at the chance to try something new, I took it. I can’t say I’m totally won over into the world of needlepoint, but I did enjoy the little project.
I also finished up a custom birth announcement. I’ve got another one in my hoop and both of these were from repeat customers. It’s always a humbling thing to have someone come back and ask for another custom item.
The highlight of this one was the little pink bunny.
I’m participating in a Beatrix Potter swap and my partner’s favorite character was Benjamin Bunny. I stitched up a little bookmark for her.
I’ve got a few other things in the works, but those are worthy of their own posts.
My embroidery work has slowed down a fair amount the last few months – which honestly isn’t a bad thing. It doesn’t pay as well, but it does reduce my stress so maybe it pays in a more relaxed mom. 🙂
Here’s a few things I have been working on:
A set of custom do-live-be-give hoops for a friend
I love how these turned out. We had some snafus with our thread colors, but finally we got it all worked out. These are an 8 inch version based off my smaller 6 inch hoops. She also requested a set of four (versus the original three) so we came up with “give love” which I thing is an awesome addition. I’m hoping to offer these as a pattern in 2017 with both the smaller and larger versions to choose from.
The wreath is made up of a bundle of hand dyed threads and beaded threads from Nells Embroidery which I couched down around the satin stitched and backstitched text. Nell is amazing to work with and is pretty much always my go-to when it comes to bundles of amazing threads.
I worked on a couple of custom portraits too – even trying my hand at some little pups!
and some braids with a cool hat:
And if you are looking for some holiday sewing I finally got my holiday scroll tree pattern up and in the shop. I’ve been wanting to draft this pattern for years and finally made it happen this year! This is a great pattern for beginners and advanced embroiderers alike. It has 3 types of stitches and is finished off with some fun vintage buttons as ornaments.
I started this blog as a way to journal, write and share what I was making when my nearly 10 year old daughter was an infant.
I wasn’t writing for comments.
I wasn’t writing because I wanted to link up.
I wasn’t posting because I wanted to get shared all over social media (social media wasn’t even a thing back then).
I just wrote because I needed to and I wanted to.
But then I started selling on Etsy and I started getting hits and the world of blogging exploded. It became a way to frame my day in order to be noticed. And I’ve got a thing with being noticed. That drive to be discovered soon overrode any other drive I had. I realized that I needed to start using my blog platform to help sell the things I was making. And eventually all I was doing was advertising. I upgraded my website, changed my logo a million times and tried to figure out how to use this space less as a journal and a space for me to frame my words and more as a space for me to show off my wares.
The words stopped flowing and as my space here sort of fell apart so did my life.
The last eighteen months has a story that isn’t quite ready to be shared, but these months have totally reframed my life and the idea of presence.
I have spent so much time grieving the past and trying to control the future so much that I have become exhausted with today.
And many of my today’s have worn me down.
But they have worn me down because I’ve been trying to cultivate something that isn’t me. I’ve been neglecting the margins in my life and I’ve been putting aside and ignoring all those things that used to give me space. I’ve jumped from one course to another thinking that it was going to be the thing that would make sense of everything and honestly nothing makes sense right now.
So I am doing the one thing that has always made sense – I’m picking up the scrambled words in my head and trying to lay them down.
To begin with bringing margin into my life, my Etsy shop is changing a little bit for the time being. I’m taking an extended break from any custom embroideries and embroidered shoe orders. It’s a pretty scary move for a lot of reasons, but I feel like it’s the right move. The shop will stay open, but for now it will only have downloadable embroidery patterns and finished hoop art that is ready to ship. I’m also taking a break from teaching sewing classes beyond a couple of adult Saturday classes (one in the Fall and one in the Spring).
I don’t know what this space will look like, but I am hoping to use it as a way to bring my focus back on today and life at hand.
Everyone in my house knows when wedding season has begun by the stacks of shoeboxes that show up on our front porch! I’ve been super busy trying to keep up with all these custom embroideries, but I love it. Here’s a glimpse at some of the shoes I’ve done so far this spring.
These TOMS came with a great story about that little owl up on the top. It was a tribute to the bride’s grandmother. I love little special touches like that!
I wish I kept count for how many pairs of these mint colored Converse I’ve stitched over the past few years. Definitely the most popular color.
Mrs. Clark is getting married 🙂
It’s not all just wedding shoes around here! These were some custom monogrammed shoes for a local 13 year old. I really love how they turned out!
These lacey Keds are some of my favorites. I’ve done a couple pairs of them and I love how they turned out.
Exreme close up.
Every wedding day should start with “happily ever after!”
Custom his and hers.
I’m still taking orders for custom embroidered TOMS, Keds and Converse. You can check out my whole shoe portfolio on flickr.
Interested in a pair? Click here to head over to my etsy shop.