Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stitching By Numbers

Hello everyone!  After organising my pattern collection, AGAIN, I finally decided to open my second Etsy shop.  I am busy filling it with vintage, and not-so-vintage sewing, knitting and crochet patterns.  I’ll also be listing several cross stitch charts and books, and maybe the odd kit or two.  It’s funny how quickly these things add up, and how much room they take in your sewing space! (and the closets, and the basement, and the spare room, lol) I’m very excited about my new venture, and I’m looking forward to more room in my house! For my new banner and avatar I decided to use a picture of my mom, as she was one of my greatest influences, AND she was an avid pattern collector (hoarder?) as well. She was always busy doing something, whether it be sewing, knitting or any other handcraft. Plus, it just makes me happy to see her there, like she sees what I am doing and approves.

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So drop by and take a look! You may just find your next stitching project!

Stitching By Numbers on Etsy

Have a lovely day, and happy stitching!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Handmade Wednesday Store and Blog Hop!

I'm so excited that Julia and Cori from Blue Eyed Blessings and Crocheted Little Things have asked me to be co-host for their weekly blog hop! If you like a great party, (I know I do!) join us all in the fun!



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Pretty Scarf for a Beautiful Lady

I saw this scarf and immediately fell in love with it.  I knew I had to make it for my Nan, the most beautiful woman I know.  It is very easy to make and I can see a few more in my future, namely for my daughter Hillary and I.  One thing I did that I’m slightly disappointed with. I put far too many flowers near the bottom of the scarf, which makes it heavier, and it bunches them together which hides the crystals and sequins I sewed into the middles of them.  I do love the the soft aqua colour, and so does Nan.  I’m not sure of the width, maybe it is a tad too wide?  What do you think? 
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I'm joining these parties,

show and tell time at blue cricket design
we did it wednesday at sew much ado
will see it wednesday at fabric bows and more
wow-me-wednesday at gingersnap crafts
handmade wednesday at blue eyed blessing
sew and tell saturday at sew country chick

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Hopeful New Year

Happy New Year! As usual I’m a little late on the bandwagon, but my sentiments are just as heartfelt. I hope you all enjoyed a very happy holiday season. We had a good, although quiet Christmas and New Year. Albeit sad, missing our sweet baby MacKensie. Her mom kept her from her dad and us throughout the holidays. We haven’t seen her since mid November, and we are all feeling the strain. I spent most of December sick with one thing or another, finally ending up with shingles, for the second time in six months. I guess that’s what stress will do! I’m finally on the mend, and am trying to have a positive outlook for the new year.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do as much sewing for Christmas as I had intended, but I was able to make a bag for my nan. I based it on the "She carries flowers" bag by Sachiko of Tearose Home. I’m very happy with the result, and nan loves it! Unfortunately the only pictures I have are a few I took the night I finished it to quickly email to my daughter. I had planned on taking more before I mailed it off, but naturally I forgot!
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It was fun to make, and I incorporated quite a few different flowers and leaves. It is lined with a burgundy floral print, with one inside pocket.  Nan plans to use it as a knitting bag, so I know it will be well used, as she always has something on the needles!
I finished another project for her today that I will blog about in the next day or so. It involves even more flowers.  It is a lovely aqua colour, and I’d love to keep it for myself! I do have fabric left over, so maybe…….lol.
Happy sewing!
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I'm joining these parties,

tatertots and jello weekend wrapup
check me out saturday at a vision to remember
saturday night special at funky junk interiors
saturday spotlight at craft envy
shine on fridays at one artsy mama
sew and tell saturday with sew country chick
market yourself monday at sumo's sweet stuff
more the merrier monday at diy home sweet home
sew cute tuesday at creative itch