A Year in Review – 2014

Last year I set a bunch of goals for myself and I plan on doing the same for 2015, but first I wanted to look back at how 2014 went. Acquire all 454 DMC thread colors I did this! I have three neatly organized boxes containing all the DMC thread colors and a big box that needs to be organized that contains all the duplicate colors I have. Do at least one craft show and one art show I did this too! I had my cross stitches in two different art shows, the Bedpop Show in Bedford, England that was curated by Mr.X Stitch and the ArtBar Geek Show in Aurora, IL. I also ... Read More

First Week of the Spoon Challenge!

One of my goals for 2014 has been to draw more. I haven't been amazing about it, but the Spoonflower challenge is helping! They have been emailing drawing prompts every weekday in August and I wanted to share what I've done for the first week. Cacti Mountain Tree Landscape River If you are over on Instagram, check out all the great sketches under the #spoonchallenge hashtag! ... Read More

All the DMC Threads!

When I was putting together my 2014 goals list, I got this crazy idea in my head that I should own all 454 DMC thread colors. I found it really interesting to inventory what I had. Apparently I kept buying a lot of the same colors over and over, there were a lot I had 5 or 6 bobbins of. I made a list of what I needed and slowly started acquiring them as I was doing my normal craft shopping. Apparently I had an aversion to darker greens and browns, there were a lot of those I needed. But I was surprised I was missing a lot of pinks too. When Joann's had their 3/$.99 ... Read More

Thread Chaos

One of my 2014 goals was to get all the different colors of DMC floss. I haven't taken inventory recently and decided I needed to do a little bit of reorganizing. This is the result. I'm going to need another box! ... Read More

Bedpop Show

Jamie Chalmers from Mr. X Stitch curated a show in Bedford England and I am so excited to have four pieces in it! One of my 2014 goals was to display my work in an art show, and this week I'll be in two! My mother-in-law, Kathie Webb, also has some embroideries in the show from her collection Verbal. I really wish I could go check out this show myself, it looks amazing. All of the pictures that Jamie has posted on Facebook are great, there are so many talented stitchers on display and I'm honored to be apart of it! I'm finishing up my projects for a ... Read More

WIP Wednesday – A Tale of Two Blankets

I started a blanket for Evie when I was still pregnant with Mira. It's a starburst granny square one and I love it, but the idea of joining it and weaving in the ends was enough to make me hide it away for months. During that time I started a blanket for Mira, this one is a giant granny square. I purposefully chose a pattern that wouldn't require joining and would have a lot less ends to weave in at the end. One of my 2014 goals was to finish both blankets. I finally got my act together and started joining Evie's blanket. I decided to single crochet them together ... Read More

Felt Valentine Necklace

One of my 2014 goals was to try new crafts. Needle felting was high on that list of ones to try. I got a needle felting kit for Christmas two years ago and I was just so nervous to try it out. I am not the most graceful person and I get hurt a lot. I've been to the ER because of an Xacto knife before, so the idea of me stabbing things with needles seemed like a bad idea. I finally got over my fear and gave it a whirl this past weekend and I loved it, it's so amazing to me to take some wool roving and a needle and end up with a solid object. I needle felted the ... Read More

Craft Fair Update and Tips

Last week I did my first craft fair of 2014, and it went really well! I've only done one before and it wasn't very exciting. Thursday night I showed up with an arsenal of new products, which I think helped a lot. At the last show I only had framed cross stitches, but this time I also had kits, buttons, and jewelry. I think a lot of the people stopped because they had never seen anything like the lasercut jewelry. I also had Beadeux's blank pendants available which did really well too. Here are some things that I think that I did right: Having a colorful and ... Read More