Embroidery: Wedding Season Has Begun

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.

chambray toms

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!


Mrs. Wild custom converse

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 custom converse

Mrs. Clark is getting married 🙂


monogrammed converse

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!


something blue custom converse

Something blue…


lacey keds custom

These lacey Keds are some of my favorites. I’ve done a couple pairs of them and I love how they turned out.


Mrs. Deltoro custom converse

Exreme close up.


custom converse

Every wedding day should start with “happily ever after!”


his and hers custom converse

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.

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an embroidery update

Some of the things my hands have been stitching lately…

I’m currently working on a 50th anniversary commission and I’m so excited with how these little people turned out. It was a rough start to figure out how to do their faces, but I think I got it figured out!


Custom embroidery on a baptismal gown


I’m still stitching up shoes




An animal nursery set


I updated a version of some lyrics from Hillsong United’s Oceans song.


Another floral birth announcement


Continuing with my button stars series, I stitched up a portion of a song by Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings


And I participated in the Freaky Flower Swap on the &stitches blog

Freaky flower swap

And I leave you with a picture of my silly campers. This was my first time doing a sewing camp and wow! was it ever exhausting but fun. This one was called Mustaches, Monsters and Masks.


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wedding shoes

I’ve written before how much I love stitching up shoes, but I just have to say again “I love stitching up shoes!” I never would have thought that this would be the one thing that I enjoyed the most, but it really is. I don’t know what it is – but while I love doing larger, custom embroideries, there’s something about these little shoes that make me so happy.

Here’s a few of my favorites from the last couple of weeks.

For a wedding at the “happiest place on Earth” coming up:

Happily ever after wedding shoes



Part of the reason I love stitching up shoes are the stories I get to hear. This bride wanted a sunshine on her shoes as a remembrance of their first date and their engagement…both watching a sunset. Love it!

Custom embroidered TOMS - wedding shoes




And I love it when customers take a risk and ask if something different can be done. This bride had a pair of lacey Keds that she wanted stitched and asked if that would work. I’m so glad I said “yes” because I think they turned out fantastic!

Wedding shoes. Hand embroidered Keds


Interested in a pair of embroidered Converse, Keds or TOMS? Contact me and let’s design a pair together! And it doesn’t have to be for a wedding either! I stitched my pair up just for fun! Find more information in the shop or click the little envelope in the top right corner and send me an email.

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a random update

Life’s been crazy. The blog is totally on the back burner until 2015…but then I have big goals and aspirations. Here’s a few glimpses from the past little while and a few words.

My custom birth announcement design got a lovely shout out from Urban Threads for the use of their animal patterns. I love their patterns and will use them over and over again. They are hip, simple, sweet and honestly they are just a great company to support.


I’m deep in the throws of a huge commissioned embroidery. This is a double wedding vows embroidery with a little applique in the middle. I’ve got big plans for that tree, but first I’ve got to finish all the text. Almost there.





I’m wrapping up my last few embroidered shoe orders for the year. If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that I would end up stitching so many pairs of shoes AND loving every minute of it I would have called you a liar. Honestly, it’s this little venture that has really helped me shape the direction I hope to go in the new year.

Custom embroidered TOMS - wedding shoes

One thing I love most is the stories I get to be a part of. For example: this bride requested a sunshine on the side of their shoes because she and her groom met for the first time on a sunrise hike. What a fun way to remember that awesome memory!

Custom embroidered TOMS - wedding shoes

That’s about it for now. Like I said, I’ve got big plans for 2015. It’s been an amazing year for me – learning what I love to do, learning what I don’t love to do and learning how to say no and also how to stick my neck out in big ways. I’m excited for the future and so hopeful.

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walk on. be free.

I’ve had the joy of stitching up a host of wedding shoes over the last year. It was a new venture and I’ve loved each opportunity to stretch my creative and stitching muscles.

Embroidered "toms"

Recently I was approached about removing the tag from the back of a pair of TOMS and stitching some words at the heels. I decided to do a little test of my own on my pair of faux TOMS and see what it would be like to stitch back there.

Embroidered "toms"

These aren’t my wedding shoes, so I wanted to put some meaningful yet fun words on the back. I came up with “walk on” and “be free”.
I tend to stagnate in life and get overwhelmed by discussing and hashing out all the details before even making a decision; so “walk on” is my reminder to not get stuck and to just keep moving. Sometimes, well actually many times in life, a decision is hashed out by actually walking through it instead of just talking about it. When we do keep moving that’s where “be free” comes in. Freedom comes from moving in faith. I love the words by Mark Buchanan: “faith is utter dependency, yet daring initiative.”

Embroidered "toms"

So, here I go.

Walk on.
Be free.

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