Embroidery

Going with the Creative Flow

FullSizeRenderI’ve been pretty quiet on the blog and Facebook front lately.  Sometimes the body and mind just need a little down time.  I picked up an extra shift at work last week and, for whatever reason, my creative flow has been thrown off.  Perhaps the colder weather and allergies had something to do with it… Or maybe a little rest and relaxation is what the doctor ordered.

Either way, it was nice to have a few days of curling up in bed with my February book or snuggled up on the couch watching a movie.  I find day dreaming always useful too.  Daydreaming of new projects, taking a trip, falling in love… the stuff that the best dreams are made of.

FullSizeRenderWhile falling in love hasn’t actually come true yet and my next trip is in the works (not until April though), new projects are the easiest to breathe life into.  Embroidery is the most natural way for me to slip back into my creative rhythm as well.  I’ve started another set of dinner napkins: peas in a pod.  Simple, adorable, and a nice little item to check off my project list.

As part of my day dreaming project list, I have had a little bit of an itch to get back into fine art.  I had a day dream of having an art showing at a gallery space or coffee shop.  I know that embroidering vegetables on napkins is a long way off, but it is just one more thing to work towards.

For now, I will keep stitching….

12 Day of Crafting, Canning, Embroidery, Glass, Mixed Media

Craft Fair Recap

 

IMG_1480The dust has settled and I am slowly cleaning up my apartment from the mania of 12 Days of Crafting and prepping and so on.  I’m not going to lie, I had nightmares the entire week before that I wouldn’t be able to sell a single item or that no one would like anything. I am relieved and so very thankful to say that my first craft fair was a success.  I am very much looking forward to participating in many more, that is right after I restock my inventory!

I did much better than I anticipated.  There is a glimmer of hope that I could quite possibly continue to do what I do… and, wait for it, make a living off of doing what I love doing the most: making.

Here are some pictures from my table.  I hope you enjoy!  I have some items left, so if you are looking for Christmas gifts, search no further!  Feel free to contact me!

 

12 Day of Crafting, Embroidery, Mixed Media

12 Days of Crafting: Day 9

IMG_1448Day 9: Lots & Lots of Ornaments

The other day I briefly mentioned projects that were once started, forgotten, and found to finally be finished… today I would like to revisit that topic.  Over a year ago, I had begun to fashion these adorable little ornaments out of spheres and scraps of fabric.  The idea was to string to them together to make a garland of sorts.  As the glue dried, the thought occurred to me that the fabric I used was bold enough for these little critters to stand alone as individuals, but to do so they needed just a bit of flair.

Unfortunately, they got packed up in boxes when my lease was up, put in storage, moved, unpacked, and then sat waiting for the day to be completed.  This past week, they all had their days.  The combination of the pressure of a craft fair, fumbling through craft books, and an already nagging idea that I had, my vision finally came to life.  They needed dangley bits! (yes, I meant for that to be as ridiculous as it sounded.)

A little bit of embroidery floss, pom poms, and tassels were just want the doctor ordered.  They are a bit over the top but I think that is what makes them so fun!  The little bling bling that your Christmas Tree needs!

 

Embroidery

12 Days of Crafting: Day 8

Day 8: Embroidered Towels

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Today, I have been an emailing mad woman trying to get all sorts of events and gigs lined up for 2015.  All my coffee started to set in and I got so wrapped up that I completely lost track of time and forgot that I hadn’t posted Day 8!  Yikes!

I will have lots of embroidered hand towels available this coming Saturday at the Bluebonnet Bazaar!  Make sure to click through the slide show!

Again, I apologize for the short post.  I need to get ready for work.  (Yes, work work.  Not quite ready to quite the “day job” and start crafting full time)

12 Day of Crafting, Embroidery, Uncategorized

12 Days of Crafting: Day 4

Day 4: Embroidered Wall Art

I started experimenting with embroidered wall art a few months ago by making simple ones with mason jars on them as a little extra to go with my canned good gift baskets.  After posting a picture on Instagram, I started getting requests for custom pieces like the one in one of my previous posts, Mission: Commission.

 

I have some hanging in my craft area at my apartment.  Of course, I have one of my mason jar ones.  I also am happy to feature a few others as well in this post, although I will certainly have more at the Bluebonnet Bazaar this coming December 13th.  This is just a little teaser to get you through until the big day!

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