Little Pocket

In between snacks, meal prep, diaper changes, cleaning dirty little hands and faces, playing pretend, coloring, and letter practice, this is my pocket of happiness for today.

What’s making you happy today?

Free Bicycle Embroidery Pattern

The month of May is National Bike Month, and this week, May 16-20 is Bike to Work Week. Friday, May 20 is Bike to Work Day.  Quite a few of you said you already ride your bikes to work as a way to lessen your carbon footprint.  Good for you!

My husband rides his bike to work on a regular basis too. His ride is a little over 20 miles round trip each day, totaling over 100 miles in a typical work week.  When he first started riding, I was nervous and concerned for his safety. Now a feeling of pride has replaced the fear I once had.

Sure he has come home late a few times, telling me about the stupidity and cruelness of some drivers.  He’s been spit at, yelled at, and “tailgated” by drivers, all for riding a bike.  But most of the time he tells me about how beautiful, exhilarating, and amazing his bike rides are.

Recently I sketched a few bikes for embroidery patterns.  I’ve been working on getting them cleaned up, and I’m happy to share this one with you today.

Just click on the image above or here to download the pdf.  In return, I kindly ask that you use the design for personal projects only, and if you’d like to share this design with others, please share this blog post.
I was hoping to have this design stitched up already, but I haven’t started it yet.  Anyone up for a stitch-along?
Edit: Had to tinker with the image download options on this post. For some reason, Blogger wasn’t allowing the image to be enlarged, so I created a .pdf for Scribed. 

Earth Day Giveaway

Hello Readers!

I’m happy to say that I’m back from my very long blog hiatus.  You all know how it is with life changes taking place, right?  Nothing major has happened, the girls are just getting bigger and demanding more attention and time. I’ve been trying to manage my time more wisely and I’m still learning how to juggle everything.

I’m pretty excited that my return to blogging is actually a giveaway post!  I actually celebrated my 32nd birthday yesterday, but one of my lucky readers will be getting some great gifts.

One of my favorite people, Natalie Slater of Bake & Destroy fame, is also PR extraordinaire for is an online company passionate about helping customers live a life reducing, reusing, and saving.  Natalie told me that is happy to offer a few prizes to Early Bird Special readers to celebrate Earth Day!

I got to do the fun part of shopping for the giveaway goodies, and I picked out a collection of eco-friendly bags with the stitcher/crafter in mind. 

  1. Reuseit Produce & Snack Bags made of Organic Cotton Muslin.  Forget the single use plastic bags for your produce, and put your greens in these!  These bags would be great for snacks, gift bags, or craft supplies! I would love to put current projects, floss, or hoops in these bags. For this prize I’ve selected: 1 Extra Large + 2 Large + 2 Small Bags = 5 Produce & Snack Bags.
  2.  Reuseit Workhorse in Hemp.  This is the natural fiber version of one of Reuseit’s best-selling bags. It can hold up to 25lbs, and it can be folded up and stored in a compact pouch attached inside the bag.   I’m not sure how well the folding up and compact storage would go if you plan to embroider or cross-stitch on these bags.  You don’t want to hide your stitches away, now do you?  For this prize I’ve selected:  1 Blue + 1 Natural + 1 Acorn + 1 Green = 4 Hemp Workhorse Bags.
  3. Reuseit Hemp & Organic Cotton Napkins, Set of 4. Ahh yes, the classic cloth napkin. You can’t go wrong here. Reuseit says this set is a blend of organic cotton and hemp, so they’re soft and durable.  Sounds perfect.  For this prize I’ve selected: 1 Set of 4 Napkins in Natural.
  4. Reuseit Dual Handled Tote in Hemp.  I love embroidering on totes, don’t you?  However, my fingers don’t always love the stiffness of canvas.  Since this tote is made of a hemp and organic cotton blend, it’s lightweight but strong.  Did you know that hemp fabric is 4x stronger than cotton fabric of the same weight? Also, the more you use your hemp products, the softer they get.  Learn more about nature’s super fiber, hemp.  Oh, and this tote gets extra points for sporting short and long handles. Score.       For this prize I’ve selected:  2 Dual Handled Hemp Totes in Natural.

After writing about the prizes, I’m this close to buying all of this stuff for myself. I think it’s that cool! I hope you like it too.

So what do you have to do?  It’s pretty easy really. I encourage you to read these fast facts about the plastic bag pandemic.  Then in the comments, tell me the fact that hit you the hardest.  For me it was hard to narrow it down to just one, but this one, “Every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.” really packed a punch for me.  Now I want to cry while embroidering a sampler of dolphins crying. Damn you, plastic bags.

Ok, so maybe you’re not having a stellar day, and you don’t want to be bummed out by plastic bag horror stories.  Then leave a comment telling me what you’re doing in your life to lessen your impact on the Earth. Are you a gardener? A second-hand clothing extraordinaire? Home Thrift Home?  Got a tried and true natural cleaning method? Tell me all about it in the comments!  Winner will be chosen at random on Earth Day – Friday April 22, 2011.

Good Luck!

UPDATE:  I’ll be leaving the comments open to allow for more entries until 11:59pm CST tonight! I’ll email the winner, then post all about it this weekend. Again, good luck! 

Handmade Father’s Day

Darcy has been on a drawing kick lately, and we’re really enjoying it. It’s so awesome watching her drawings evolve, and the different shapes and faces she comes up with for her people and animals. One of my favorite drawings she’s created was a picture of John. I knew right away I wanted to embroider it and make it a snuggly for one of John’s Father’s Day gifts.
Ok, so a quick and funny story about the picture she drew of John. Darcy likes to pretend she is a pony named, “Honey Pie” & John is the bad guy named, “Licorice.” Licorice hates lots of things and just about everything makes him angry. Especially ponies. So Licorice would capture Honey Pie and lock her up in an invisible cage and Honey Pie would kick the cage door open and gallop her way to freedom!

They would play this game for an hour at least every night when John got home from work. So much fun to watch. 🙂

The picture she drew is John as Licorice, and it’s the best thing ever.

All snuggled up:

John really loved this gift and I’m pretty sure he got a little misty eyed. I love it when that happens. You make something for someone and they’re so overjoyed they get a wee tear in their eye. Best. Feeling. Ever.

Hugs & Stitches,

Tote Bag Up for Charity Auction

Hey guys! I feel like I’ve been living in a time warp this summer. I’ve been SO busy around here with family life, and having lazy summer days, blogging’s taken a backseat to the daily routine. My 12 year old stepdaughter is visiting us for the summer, and it’s been so much fun having an older kid around to help and have new conversations with. Plus my husband was on vacation last week, so we all enjoyed not being tied to a clock for a week. But he’s back on the daily grind, and so are we. So I thought I’d try to take back the early morning hours for blogging, before I surrender myself to the kiddos.

My favorite food blogger and baker Natalie, of Bake and Destroy is on a new mission. She is determined to help those with cancer by any means necessary – through online auctions, bake sales, you name it. If you don’t already read Natalie’s blog, you’re really missing out. She posts the most mouth watering cupcake recipes, she’s hilarious, literally cute as a button, and she loves helping people who need it the most. This is really only a very small summary of Nat’s amazing talents and accomplishments.

Natalie started an online auction appropriately called, “Bake and Destroy Cancer.” When I heard about this, I wanted to help too, so I offered one of my embroidered items, and she happily accepted. So up for grabs in the Bake and Destroy Cancer auction is the Floral Fantasy tote bag I embroidered a while back!

I would L-O-V-E it if you would take the time to place a bid and help us donate money to Grind for Life. It’s a win-win situation, really. You get a gorgeous new tote bag AND you’re hard earned money is going to a great cause. 100% of the final sale price will support Grind for Life.

If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or you want to post about this auction on your blog, that would be great. Be sure to bookmark Natalie’s eBay account, as she will be listing more items periodically.

Spread the word and fight the fight!

Triceratops Arm!

Where’s what I did yesterday:

I got a new triceratops skull tattoo on my “Darcy” arm! I am head over heels in love with it, and can’t stop looking at it. My pupils are shaped like hearts.

My good friend David Bruehl did the work. He is absolutely amazing. If you’re even considering a tattoo, you should try to book an appointment with him. He is based here in OK, but often travels for conventions and keeps his schedule pretty up to date.

I already booked another appointment with him for next month, and it just might be one of the top 10 cutest tattoos ever.

David & I talked about working on some things together this year, and I’m pretty excited about it. You’ll be the first to know when things are in place.