That time of year when celebration of friendship and love is about to fall upon us… I’ve been busy in preparation, or maybe just shoveling snow. It depends on the day, I suppose. Either way, I wanted to stitch up something special for the occasion. The standard “I love you” seemed a little textbook after the 2020 and rocky start to 2021 that we all experienced. I thought something a little more meaningful was in order.
“You are loved.” I think with the inability to see close friends and family over the last year due to this pandemic has made being able to share love increasingly difficult. Perhaps, I just needed to meditate on the words themselves. Maybe you know someone that does too? No matter what you are experiencing this season, please know that you are loved.
This “You Are Loved” Hoop is now listed in the shop and available for purchase. Thank you for your continued support. I’m grateful for all the blog love and readership over the years.
Are you expecting a farm to table like post listing all the veggies that are in season during the month of January? Well, while this isn’t exactly what this post is, I’m certainly playing off of it though. As you know, I love vegetables. I love growing them, cooking with them, and most definitely, eating them!
As part of my goal for 2021, I wanted to have my embroidery reflect my love of produce and my embroidery skills. With that being said, here are the first of many new mini veggie hoops I will be introducing to the shop. First to be released are beets and broccoli!
And, yes… beets and broccoli are in season this month. I will be releasing new vegetable embroidery as the veggies are in season. Next on the list are radishes and kale. A little bit more about these is that they are three inch hoops, which are on the smaller than I typically do, but I wanted to allow for focus on the intricacy of stitching while keeping the cost down. Visit the shop and fill up your cart with beets, broccoli, and an “Eat Your Veggies” Towel.
Is there a fruit or veggie that you’d like to have an embroidery hoop of? Let me know and I’ll get stitching!
Well, in all honesty, I had this blog post written a couple of days ago but got completely distracted by the news. That being said, Happy New Year! I know it’s been a minute since my last post, but let me tell you! I have been stitching away since Black Friday. Thank you to everyone that put in custom orders and helped a humble little maker like me make it through the holiday season. I’ve been able to spend the first few days of 2021 resting and planning for this year, no matter what it brings!
I thought I’d start this year off a little differently… with a sale! I am doing yet another special on custom embroidery orders since the Black Friday Sale was such a hit! So, any custom embroidery order deposit that is made in the month of January will receive 10% off of their final purchase.
Here are some examples of past work. Let’s get creative whether you want a wall piece, apron, towel, handmade pillow, or something else… I’m ready to design and create.
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Here we are…Thanksgiving week! I’ve got my to-do list of cooking tasks ready to go and I cannot wait for the feasting, relaxing, and pecan pie. I’ve been making a point to reflect on all of the things I’m thankful for this year, despite the nuttiness of 2020.
I’m incredibly grateful for all of you that continue to read my blog, like my social media posts, and continue to support my small business. To show my gratitude, I’m hosting a Black Friday Special that is running all week long. All those that place a custom embroidery order this week will receive 15% off of their final purchase.
I’ve never hosted a special like this! It’s exciting! Check out some examples of custom work I’ve done in the past and read on for more details!
How It Works
Start thinking about your custom order whether it’s a towel, wall art, pillow, etc.
I had originally written this blog post while the election results were being tallied with a simple, perhaps lame title of, “How are you holding up?” It was really all I could think of given the suspense of the fluctuating numbers and time at a standstill. I know I had been more than just a little bit of a wreck for a week and I can only assume that y’all were too. The results have been decided and no matter what team you were rooting for, we now know and that’s what matters.
I’ve been a little quiet on the blog for the last couple of months. While part of me feels guilt and the need to profusely apologize, giving you reason after reason why I haven’t been blogging twice a week. The fact of the matter is, I’m pretty sure you understand. 2020 is crazy and we all have to stay sane. For the first time in months, I finally feel like I have room to breathe a little, even if it is a sigh of relief.
With working a job from home, refinishing furniture nonstop, starting a homestead, raising chickens, cooking, cleaning, laundry, actually sleeping, voting, etc. sometimes something has to give. I’m still here… I’m still being creative and more. In fact, as part of my completing unfinished projects plan at the beginning of the summer, I’ve been tackling a studio of ragged furniture that I’ve had in my shop for years. (More on that later.)
I’ve also been updating the online shop slowly but surely for the holiday season. Please, keep an eye on the blog for refinished furniture coming out at a steal of a price. I’ll be working on some new healthy recipes because let’s face it, I’m sure we’ve all been stress eating a little more, or is it just me?
All this to say, I’m back to blogging at a reasonable rate… and if I miss a week, I’ll see you the next week. I’m saying all of this so that I remember not to beat myself up for not being Super Woman during a pandemic and the election season. I hope you’re well, healthy, coping the best you can, and staying sane. If there is something you want to see on the blog, please, please, please… reach out and say hello! I’d love to hear from you.
I hope you are doing well during this time. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. The last I had written anything I had halted jam production and got some chickens. Since then, I’ve made some big changes, in a good way. Check out my little video for the update.
If you don’t feel like watching…
I’ve moved! My partner and I have moved into an adorable little cabin in the Texas Hill Country that sits on seven acres, has a fenced-in run for our girls, and a workshop. We’ve been insanely busy nesting and setting up shop. Since we’ve moved in, there has been chicken coop constructing, unpacking, bee and butterfly garden building, and vegetable garden planning. Did I mention there’s space for all our fruit trees and more?
With all of the things going on, I’ve been trying to focus on all of the things I am grateful for and taking time to think about the direction I want made by laura lee to go towards. It is my hope that once our garden is up and running and producing enough food for us that I can begin making jams and pickles from food items solely from the Homestead. It will take time but very doable.
I will be posting more regularly now that we are settled and have internet. I’m looking forward to sharing with you all things made by me, Laura Lee. I hope you are all doing well, safe, and healthy. Thank you for your continued support.
I don’t know if I took a moment to brag at all, but I must have been a good girl for 2019 because I got some pretty awesome gifts. One of which was a fermentation pot. While some of you may crinkle your nose at the thought of anything fermented… you’ll find me over here doing a little dance dreaming of all the fermented goodies I’m about to hunker down and make.
Since it had been about six years since I had made sauerkraut I started off with a basic, I mean basic, sauerkraut recipe for my first batch. Cabbage and salt. Let me tell you, while simple, this batch was a-bubble-ing during the fermentation process! Whoo! Think of all those probiotics!
I’ve already started my second batch, which will be appropriately named “The Zesty German.” The Zesty German contains cabbage, caraway seeds, red chili flakes, and garlic… lots and lots of garlic. In fact, my kitchen smells of sweet fermenting garlic and I can’t help but giggle with giddiness every time I open that particular cabinet.
I’m already planning my next batch that will contain purple cabbage and beets! Stay tuned for recipes in the next sauerkraut blog!
It has now been a little over a week since I have finished the Kickstarter Cookbook. It was definitely an undertaking and I learned a lot about myself. I like to bite off more than I can chew, every bit of pun intended. At first, this little cookbook was only supposed to be a little pamphlet or mini-cookbook. Of course, I got carried away with the spectacular idea of “go big or go home.” I began compiling over 100 recipes, photos, etc.
What was I thinking?! After being talked off the ledge, I reigned it in and put together a reasonably sized book for the Kickstarter Incentive. I am incredibly pleased on the final product and believe I have something worth bringing to publishers for a bigger project as well as the potential for more books down the line.
If you donated to my Kickstarter a couple years ago, please make sure to check for updates from Kickstarter. To access the cookbook, you must check your email for the link and password for the cookbook download. The emails come from Kickstarter, not me, and are titled “Project Update: #6, etc.”. If you are having trouble accessing the link, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve moved or haven’t completed the initial survey, please update your information so I can get your incentive to you.
I’m very excited to be getting these out to you so I can begin focusing on the next steps. Thank you for your continued support!
“Do your homework,” words I dreaded back in high school. They were words I lived by in college. Almost ten years later, I am dusting them off along with other skills from academia for my next venture. That being said, I am a planner. Anyone that I work with or am super close to could tell you that. I plan out my week down to the hour. It sounds a little OCD or Type A, but it’s the only way I can work 50 hours a week and start my own business.
Yes, I said it…. Start my own business. The cat is out of the bag.
I’ve learned over the last few months that I could make money selling my crafts as a hobby, but I am sure that I can make a living if I put forth more effort. While I am not planning on turning in my two weeks to my employer, whom I love dearly, anytime soon; I am in the “doing my homework” phase, planning, and spreading the word.
I never thought that spreading the word would be so valuable, but it is amazing the amount of people that have come out of the woodwork to share their experiences and offer their help. I’m so grateful for the overwhelming support I’ve received in the last two weeks. I know it’s only going to get better, plus my creative juices are flowing more than ever and I just want to create. If only there were a few more hours in the day!
Updates since last week:
madebylauralee.wordpress is now madebylauralee.com
I will be hearing from my lovely graphic designer this week with what I hope to be a logo!
I have started my extensive crafting schedule for the next two months for the Starving Artist Craft Fair in San Antonio.
I have acquired two “new” pieces for refinishing.
I cannot articulate my excitement for these new projects and what lays ahead. Thank you for your support!