October TSNEM – Stumpwork Embroidery


I was looking through my list of things I've tried this year and I'm pretty pleased. Generally I've learned a lot of great new things and there have only been a few I haven't really loved doing. Unfortunately, this month was one of those. I tried out stumpwork embroidery for a post over at &stitches and just had a really hard time getting into it. As soon as I started looking into stumpwork I got overwhelmed. There are so many different types and techniques and there aren't a huge amount of resources out there. Kristen from Hey Paul Studios has done a lot of ... Read More

Free Pattern Friday – Pumpkin Spice Latte


Fall is by far my favorite season. While I don't have the same obsession many do, I do enjoy pumpkin flavored things and the occasional pumpkin spice latte. And who doesn't love a good coffee related craft? So now you can make your own pumpkin spice latte cross stitch. The finished piece is a little over 4"x5" when done on 14ct Aida and would fit nicely in a 6" hoop. Download the PDF here – Free Pattern Friday - October 2015 There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy. If you stitch up one of my patterns, I'd love ... Read More

New Cross Stitch Pattern – Periodic Table


It's been over two years since I finished stitching the Periodic Table of Elements, and I kept meaning to get the pattern up in my Etsy shop. I kept putting it off though because somewhere along the way, I lost the original pattern. A super awesome lady in the UK sent me an email in July asking if I would make the pattern available and I got busy and totally put it off. She was amazingly patient and emailed me again asking and I finally got my act together and got it ready. I recreated the pattern from the finished cross stitch, which I don't recommend doing. ... Read More

Splatoon! Custom Spoonflower Plushes


Josh and I used to play a lot of video games together, I used to work at a video game store in high school. But when I started doing more crafting, video games got put aside in favor of watching more tv shows because I could stitch at the same time. So Josh was extremely excited when Evie started showing more of an interest in playing video games with him (and she's getting pretty good!) For her birthday he wanted to make her some plush squids from the game Splatoon*. Josh designed these two squid plush to get printed on Spoonflower fabric. We couldn't decide ... Read More

Embroidering an IKEA Canvas


A few weeks ago I went to IKEA and saw this little canvas. I had an urge to stitch it and since it was on sale for $2.99, I grabbed one. It's been awhile since I did any experimental stitching, so I was excited to play around with it. I originally wanted to stitch along all the lines, but the way the wood of the frame is, there is a row around the edge that is inaccessible for stitching. So I decided to just stitch some of it and leave the rest blank. I'm constantly on the lookout for random objects to stitch on and this was a fun little project to work on. I ... Read More

Coco Flower Wreath – One Thimble Issue 8 Giftables


Ok, I cheated a little bit with this. The whole idea of this blog hop was to make something that you would then gift to someone else, but I am selfishly keeping this wreath all for myself. There are a ton of amazing patterns in One Thimble Issue 8* and I had a really hard time choosing just one. Hopefully I'll be doing a few more of them soon! I tried out the Coco Flower Crown pattern* from Molly and Mama and it's absolutely gorgeous! (She made my cactus hexie wall art and I LOVE how it looks. Check it out here. The Coco Flower pattern is fantastic, there are ... Read More

A Little Birthday Gift Sewing


Friday was Evie's fifth birthday and we had an incredible weekend of celebrations. My cousin has the same birthday and sent Evie a super awesome birthday package and I decided it was time to make a little something for her. I have been sewing a lot more lately but haven't tackled a zipper in awhile. I've been wanting to try making zipper tabs because I knew it looks cleaner, and I also wanted to make a boxy pouch that can stand. I attempted one of these a few months ago and failed spectacularly, so I was a bit nervous. I used this tutorial from Jedi Craft ... Read More

A Stitchy Baby Gift


I really love making handmade gifts, especially when I can add a personal touch that you couldn't get from something store bought. Some friends work at Disney and announced their pregnancy with an adorable video that featured a Mickey ears hat with the due date. I saw the video and immediately knew I wanted to make them something with the ears and the baby's name. They started posting photos of her nursery which was painted with hot air balloons. I drew up a design that included them and used the nursery color scheme. Projects like this always remind me how ... Read More