Disappearing Act

It’s been a crazy long time since I’ve posted anything around here. To be honest, I wasn’t sure it was actually going to happen again.  I deleted this blog for a short time.  But thanks to Blogger giving me 90 days to restore before permanent deletion, and several emails from readers and friends asking where my blog had gone, I decided to re-activate my blog.  (Unfortunately, I also deleted my Twitter account and I can’t get that one back. *sniff*)

I’m pretty sure I’ve fallen out of the swing of things around here because my embroidery switch has been turned off for a while now.  Unicorn Girl was my last project and since coming out of the hoop, it’s been folded up and sitting in my pile of finished projects. I have embroidery project ideas brewing, but for some reason I can’t find the drive to implement them yet. Just another reason to come back to blogging. Your comments and your creations keep me motivated!

Or maybe it’s because I’ve fallen in love with a new craft. A few months ago I taught myself how to crochet! I had hoped to learn the craft last year, but things didn’t work out then.  Then in January my friend Dana started an amazing and wonderfully ambitious 365 project: A Granny A Day.  I couldn’t get enough of all of her beautiful granny squares, and finally told myself I was going to learn how to crochet.

I found a couple of really great crochet tutorials, and referred to them exclusively for about a week.  I flip-flopped between “Granny Squares 101” by Meet Me at Mikes, and “Crochet Basics” by The Purl Bee.
I highly recommend both of these tutorials for any one else who has been wanting to learn how to handle the hook.  I won’t lie though, I had some struggles and there were times when I wanted to give up. But then I would just spend a little bit of time on Pinterest looking at lots of beautiful crochet projects, and I was inspired to try again.

Speaking of Pinterest, I’ve been quite active over there during my blogging break.  It’s very easy for me to get lost in the sea of beautiful over there.  If you’re interested in seeing my boards, check ’em out and follow what you like. If you’re not signed up yet, we need to remedy that immediately! I’m happy to send you an invitation.

Another reason for my disappearing act is because I’m not happy with my current blog look.  If you’re visiting the actual site, and not through Google Reader or the like, you’ll notice it’s pretty bare around here. I tried to update things on my own, and it was a failed effort. Pretty much everything was lost, I couldn’t get it back, cried about it a few times, and then I just gave up because I was so bummed out.  But I’m just going to put it behind me, hope it will look pretty again soon, and just keep blogging.

Sorry for the update flood, but it’s been a while. More soon! 

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Cardi Revamp

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned my girl Sarah was having a series of giveaways on her blog, and I was the lucky winner of giveaway #2!

This was my first blog giveaway win, and Sarah really spoiled me with a package full of vintage goodies. Most of it consisted of vintage embroidered linens, making me giddy with excitement.

One of the items was a set of napkins, and I decided to take a couple and try something different. I attached fusible webbing to the back of the napkins, cut around the design, and made appliques for a tired old cardigan.

It’s hard to see from the pictures, but I added some whip stitches along the edge of the applique for added security. Some of the buttons were missing, so I went through my button collection and added a mix of jeweled pretties.

What do you think?

xoxo
Amy

Alice & Friends


I ordered this adorable cross stitch kit from Superbuzzy last week, and I am so glad I did.

First off, this was my first order from Superbuzzy, and I will definitely be going back for more. They processed and shipped my order on the same day, so I got my 2 days later. Awe. Some.

Second, they included 2 little, yummy and cute pieces of Japanese candy as a bonus / thank you gift. Umm, hello? Fizzy taffy? Yes, please!

Third, just look at the cuteness I created!


The kit I ordered came with two patterns, and this is the smaller of the two. I’m working on the other one now.

All of their cross stitch kits including this one are designed by Japanese crafter Kyoko Maruoka of Gera!

Skimming through her blog, which is in Japanese, by the way, she has crafted some of the cutest items I have ever seen. It looks like Superbuzzy has most of her fairy tale designs in stock, as well as a Matryoshka kit. What I didn’t see on Superbuzzy or Kyoko’s site, but would love to find, are her Christmas designs.

I sent a love letter to Superbuzzy, asking if they plan on stocking these designs. I’ll let you know what they say!

*Edited to add: I just got a reply from Kelly of Superbuzzy, and yes, she ordered the Christmas designs and hopes to have them in stock! YES!!*

xoxo
Amy

This Just In!

I finally added a new onesie to the shop, and it is so cute, you have no idea!

This onesie is actually an organic Gerber onesie. I was pleased to find organic onesies at Target. I highly recommend the organic to the regular Gerber onesies, if you can find them. There is a BIG difference! They are super soft, thick, and the stretch factor is minimal. In fact, I didn’t even have to use a stabilizer! That’s how much thicker they are. (Don’t tell anyone, but I think they are just as good as American Apparel! Shh!)

I will be listing new onesies in my shop all this week, and blogging about them too. Coming this week: a pink squirrel, a hedgehog, the cutest little kitten, a French knot poodle and a helicopter onesie! I would love it if one of my lovely blog readers snagged one of the new onesies.

Hey, I forgot to tell you! My banner submission for the Feeling Stitchy contest was one of the 5 finalists. So be sure to cast your vote for your favorite! *ahem* Oh, and if you’re interested, you can read a mini interview with me, here.

xoxo

Blank Tea Towels & Half Off Sale!

I know how difficult and frustrating it can be finding a good quality tea towel to embroider on, so today I’m sharing the love!

This towel is a sturdy 100% cotton, and not too big, measuring in at approximately 17″ x 31″, polished off with stitched edges and is made in the USA, baby!

Also, I have discovered that these towels get softer every time I wash them, and that’s a very good thing.

Trust me, these towels will put those purchased at the big box stores to shame.

So be sure to check out my shop and grab a couple of these towels for your next embroidery project. They’re only $3.50 each!

Oh, and I wanted to let you know that all remaining embroidered tea towels are 50% off!

Aviation Love

There is no doubt that my daughter loves transportation vehicles, especially ones of the aviation variety. Since she’s under the age of 3, most airplane and helicopter toys have a choking hazard disclaimer on the package, so I just avoid them.

I’ve been on the lookout for an airplane or helicopter softie, but really haven’t had much luck, so I decided to make one for her.

This was my Saturday night project, while watching Better Off Dead. We love that movie, and had not seen it in such a long time. There were two lines in particular that really cracked us up, and I jotted them down for a future embroidery project.

When I was finished with the embroidery, I thought it looked a little blank, so I decided to fill in the blank spaces with crayon. Yeah, if I ever do that again, I will be sure to color the spaces before stitching.

Saturday afternoon we went to one of the Asian markets and I found the cutest little transportation biscuits. They were under $2.00, so I decided if Darcy hated them, then it wasn’t a big deal.

She really likes the little crackers, and is fascinated with the different pictures. They taste like a slightly sweetened rice cracker and have really cute names like, “Topless Car” for a convertible and “Shovel Truck” for an excavator.

Darcy loves her little helicopter and calls it, “Chopper.” I actually caught her tickling it the other day. What a goober.

I have plans to draw an airplane and a rocket to go along with the helicopter, and I was thinking about offering these aviation designs as embroidery patterns in a pdf format. Would anyone be interested in that?

xoxo,
Amy

Feeling Stitchy Banner

Today I want to share with you my entry for the Feeling Stitchy banner contest. The original deadline was actually June 30, but Flor is being extra generous for last minute crafters, giving a gracious 2 day extension. Thank you!
I decided to bust out some of my craft doodles for this project. I really love these little guys, and I hope you do too. If you haven’t already, please take a look at all of the other gorgeous entries over at Feeling Stitchy. Everyone has done such a wonderful job, and I’m sure Jenny will have a tough time narrowing it down to 5 finalists.

I’m sorry, but I have to keep this post short, as I have a lot of stitching in my future, starting tonight.

xoxo,
Amy