christmas embroidery // a craft + template

when you think of christmas songs, which is your favorite?
mine? hands down, baby it’s cold outside by dean martin

i realize it doesn’t have anything to do with christmas, but it has everything to do with winter weather and a time gone by when people had class and morals with regard to relationships. the back and forth conversation is just fun and amusing.

obviously the title has been used a million times but it doesn’t lose it’s luster for me. i knew i wanted to display the sentiment in the house for this holiday.

with the cooler weather nearing, the thoughts of christmas are heavy. we’ve had a long and warm summer and i’m ready for some cold outside. embroidery came to mind and this project began to take shape.

christmas stitches

i designed the template on my iPad, using the rhonna farrer photo app. i saved it and then printed it the size i wanted by inserting the picture into word and enlarging it. i used the cluster of stars only because i liked the placement, even though i ended up stitching little asterisks to look for like snow. feel free to save the photo for yourself and make your very own!


this was my first time stitching on black fabric. i still used the same technique as i normally do but had to use a white pen to trace onto the fabric. (if you’re new to embroidery, i made a tutorial a while back).

since my colors this year are black/white/gold/red, i opted for an easy two color design. at this point, the white is done and i’m ready for stitches

the gold is done, i’m adding little stars for stitches

i used a small dowel and black embroidery floss to hang it. christmas stitches

because i was having so much fun, i also stitched another one. i found this printable on pinterest.

christmas stitches

christmas stitches

thanks for reading!

until the next time we chat, have a great week!


flashback friday: one year ago

i’m imagining, that with the subject matter of my latest posts, you’ve got to be sick of my pictures.
so this post is going to be a little variation from my typical flashback friday.

we’re going back. one year ago. to the blog post that i published on this day in 2011.

wait for it……


the embroidered vintage camera (from the crafty cpa) that kicked off my newfound love for the craft. since this time last year, i’ve stitched a coke bottle, a spider web, a bel-air and even a cool case to hold my current projects. i’ve stitched so many other things for other people too. just check out my embroidery category here.

and the greatest thing…i still love it. i currently have 2 hoops going that i haven’t worked on in a while but they sit where i can see them and every few days, they call my name.

embroidery is cool like that. i can just walk away when i need to and i don’t even have to hit save. or back it up. or lock its screen. when i’m ready to pick it back up, it’s exactly where i left off. quite a bit different than everyday life where everything moves so fast that you can’t even figure out how 4 people can produce 5 loads of laundry every other day.

coming back to this post reminds me of summer evenings on the hammock. swinging and stitching. watching the boys play. listening to feel good music. making something tangible.

with all the insta-everything on the iPhone…i’ve not felt much like crafting (outside of project life). and i miss that part of me. it’s what makes me me and what started this whole blog thing to begin with. i feel like i’m not inspiring people anymore. well, maybe with my pictures and outfits but i miss the feeling of sending off a post and feeling like, ‘someone else can totally do that too!!!!’

well, maybe this weekend will change that. maybe this weekend i will take some clues from my zillion pinterest boards and make something.

i didn’t intend for this post to end up becoming what it did. i wasn’t sure what i was going to find when i searched for JUNE 8, 2011 in my blog list. i was just gonna roll with it, baby. (hi-five if you sang that like a steve winwood groupie!) but my mind is clear tonight and that allowed me to realize what i’ve been missing since i gained penelope (iPad) and phineas (iPhone). as convenient and fun as they are, i’m cluttering my mind with most of their nonsense. i’m just scrolling. not thinking or creating or doing. not much, at least.

so i’m dedicated to turn my maybe into do it.
it may be a bike ride or a book.
it may be an embroidery project which i’m suddenly jonzin’ for.
or it may be making some new pieces for my long forgotten etsy shop. (notice how i’m not linking you there? it’s a whole lotta nuttin’.)

either way, something’s getting made. i must create.

have you thought about what you’re missing in your life? hmmmm, wonder what might be holding you back? it may not be your iStuff….but it may be something right in front of you. ?


i finally got my bel-air

well, if of course you count an embroidered one that hangs in my kitchen…then yeah, i got one!




found an awesome sketch of a 65 on google images, sized it up and printed that hot rod. every stitch was thrilling. knowing it was mine. knowing there would be chrome and wide doors and white wall tires.

and adding the emblem below added the touch of retro that i love. someday i will have a real one. teal and white. no doubt. and i will cruise it with the largest and most hep smile on my face. but for now…i will look at this one and dream of the smooth shine of the paint and the curves of that fender. and you know i’ll do a post about it. hehe

catch ya’ later…cool cats.

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new threads

my new threads have a clean house. i cleaned up my embroidery case and now everything has a home, it’s nicely organized and my travel pouch even fits! yay. doing this totally pumped up my creativity over the weekend and inspired me to start some new hoops that i am so excited to share. see the end of the post for a sneak peek!






what makes me most happy about this is the colors i added. thanks to my mama, i now have some lighter hues in my stash. if it were up to me, every color would be the boldest. she’s super duper at colors!


yay, you made it to the end! sssssshhhhhh…don’t tell anyone….

A little project I'm working on

a handmade christmas

i enjoy giving gifts at christmas time. i really do but i don’t necessarily like shopping for other people. i never spend enough time in the stores to find that perfect gift and honestly, we spent all our money on our little family this year so there was little left to go around to friends and family. but you know what’s inexpensive? emboidery hoops, fabric, embroidery floss and my time. and you know what lasts longer than a pair of slippers? a custom designed and hand embroidered ‘established family hoop’.

i was a busy little bee and got started on these designs in late October so i knew i had enough time. the designs are customized and will be listed on etsy soon if anyone is interested. check there soon!

but for now, here’s a bit of detail on the gifts i made this year.

NELSON: made for my brother- and sister-in-law. the flourish design was traced from a scrap piece of paper i saved because i liked it. ended up coming in handy!



ROBERTS: for my rockstar best friends. this design is a photoshop brush. this was the first design i printed directly onto the fabric instead of tracing with pencil in the window. i ironed an 8.5×11 piece of freezer paper to the same size fabric until it adhered together. popped it right into the paper feeder and printed. the freezer paper peeled right off the back with ease. i am saved!


TAYLOR: made for my girl kristy at kristymakes. the design is also a photoshop brush and colored with the new colors she just painted in her family room. i was pretty sneaky digging for info…hehehe.

STEVE & KARI: a sweet and simple design for my good friend kari. she blogs about food with her spicy hubby at twomsinthekitchen. she also happens to be a real life friend who i adore to the max. her colors are wine tones so i went with that.



i enjoy simple designs that don’t keep me on the project for too terribly long and these little nuggets are the perfect handmade gifts for the special people in your life.

look for them in my etsy shop soon!

a cute creepy crawly

another pinterest project, made for a friend. 

the one i saw had the spider in black but this special friend (who LOVES decorating for halloween) also LOVES purple. 

i couldn’t find another web i liked so i printed and traced it on my fabric.

the freedom to stitch where i wanted was so much fun. sometimes i did one section at a time but going across, then up then across the other way and sometimes i went all the way up then down and over. i just enjoyed the randomness and then the beauty at the finish. took me under 2 hours to complete.

not linking this up anywhere since it’s not really my idea. just wanted to share. =)

when life gives you rain, stitch it

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” ~Roger Miller

this quote reminds me: at a confusing and embarrassing time in my life, a wise friend once told me that “for some people, the birds sing. and for the rest of us, the birds poop on our cars.” her words have stayed in my head for years and i often am reminded that we just have to deal with the lot we’re given. most times it turns out to be a lesson learned so i tend to embrace the bird ‘stuff’. i know that i can wash my car and that makes me feel better.

in honor of embracing what life dishes out…this little number will hang in my house beginning in december to remind me that the rain is good for so many things. to remind me how amazing God is and all he has created. to remind me that rain falls to cleanse, not to drown. to remind me to put the umbrella down and get wet.

G UESS WHAT?? This piece is for sale at my etsy shop! You want it? There’s only 1 but I will make a custom order!

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have hoop, will travel

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

and since i was in need of something i could hold my embroidery stuff in and tote around with me, i invented this:

what i love about embroidery is that it travels well. if i wanted to work on a project outside while the boys played i would turn the hoop upside down and toss my scissors and thread in and i would pin my needle into the edge and head wherever. i can embroider in any room in the house, in the car (if i’m not driving)…anywhere.


i have a very curious marshall.

he likes scissors and actually pulled my needle out while i was pulling weeds and tossed it on the grass. so obviously i haven’t found it and that kinda scares me. basically i just couldn’t have that stuff laying around.

as i’m preparing this tutorial + pattern + this post i’m thinking, you really could have just bought a cute makeup bag or something as used that. but that’s not me. that would have cost money. and this didn’t since i used all supplies i have in my stash. just making do…

it started out as a sketch, as most of my ideas do. if i don’t get the thought out of my head and onto paper, it’s gone. poof.

[insert pic of sketches]

then i thought that maybe i’d work on an actual pattern to share with all you lovelies! but it’s taking me a while to write it out and i’m way too excited to keep it in anymore!

are you ready?


i can put my scissors, threads and needles in here, fold it up and off i go!

and since i like you guys so much, i’m gonna give you a little sneak at a detail before i release the tutorial and pattern.

i folded up some quilting batting and wrapped the fabric around it to hold the needles safely.

this is kinda the coolest thing i’ve come up with myself as usually i am inspired by something someone else does.

i hope you’re as excited about this as i am!

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slow ride…take it easy

adding to my collection of vintage items to embroider for a wall in my kitchen, is a trike. i found the image on pinterest but just realized that it links to a pattern i should have purchased. i printed it and traced the image but i added the words. Slow Ride by Foghat is in my top 20 favorite songs (and i’m pretty good at it on Guitar Hero) and it seemed to fit perfectly with the image.

ya dig?

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