Embroidery, Uncategorized

Busy, Busy, Busy Bee

FullSizeRenderI feel like just the other day I just wrote an entry about how I’ve been working far too much and not focusing on what matters to me.  I get stuck like a hamster in a wheel or a drone working for the Queen.  It’s the daily routine, the grind, the mindlessly trudging away, and when I get to the point of pausing I find myself scratching my head, “Why am I doing this?”

In the past, this hasn’t actually gotten me anywhere, in fact, it’s torn me down and landed me in the hospital.  I go through cycles and I am fine working all the time, but when I come to my senses I feel the need to satisfy myself emotionally and intellectually.  Not too long ago I asked my Facebook friends what I could do to switch things up or to take a break from the monotony. People recommended cutting my hair, going on tour, but the feedback that got me sitting up straight and peaked my interest were “more blIMG_3231og entries.”  They were onto something without a doubt.

Since then, I am still working my day job just as hard as I always have, but have made an effort to focus  on myself, crafting, music, and art just as much.  I have been going non stop for about a month now.  People have asked me, “How do you do it?” They say that I am like a machine!  Maybe that’s true. Of course, giving up coffee and alcohol have been a serious contributing factor to my new found creative energy plus creativity breeds creativity.

I have never felt so fulfilled the last month as I have my entire time living in Austin.  I make sure to spend at least two hours everyday doing something creative for myself.  Not only am I happier but I’m sleeping better too.  If that’s not great enough, I have a lot of new opportunities on the horizon, which I am looking forward to sharing more with you very soon.

xoxo,

Laura Lee

 

 

 

12 Day of Crafting, Embroidery

Something New!

FullSizeRenderI’m excited to announce I have a new towel for this Saturdays Bluebonnet Bazaar.  My herb towels were such a big hit in December, so much so that I decided that I would add more to my collection.

With warmer weather here Basil and Cilantro are making their appearance at Austin farmers markets, it seems only appropriate that they do in towel form as well!

For more updates on new items follow me on Instagram @lilmisslauralee

12 Day of Crafting, Embroidery

How Bazaar, How Bazaar

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Today the sun is shining and here I am,  I’ve slept in and missed most of the day (in my defense, I was completely unable to sleep last night). My plan today was to have an admin day updating profiles, blog pages, Etsy shop, and email list.  Not exactly what I want to be doing when the sun has come out in what seems like the first time in weeks!

While I may make a post to my blog during what remaining daylight there is, the rest of my computer work will have to wait until this evening. If you need me you can find me outside, with tea towels, embroidery floss, and a very large ice coffee soaking up all the Vitamin D I can.  I just hope amongst hopes that the weather remains to stay nice during the madness of SXSW and next Saturdays Blue Bonnet Bazaar !

That’s right!  I’ll be partaking in the second Bluebonnet Bazaar.  While I won’t be feverishly blogging in the spirit of “12 Days of Crafting” like in December, I will be featuring an item or two before the event. So please, stay tuned, check in, etc. etc. etc.

Featured Images:

Above: set of 4 hand embroidered floral napkins

Below: Set of 6 hand embroidered floral napkins on vintage linens

 

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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)