Embroidery: Part 1

Posted on May 7, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Embroidery is one of the first crafts I learned. Like most girls, my mom taught me and her mom taught her.

I've always found it very relaxing and fun even though I've had to deal with my friends laughing about how I'm a 26 year old granny! I think part of the problem is that there are very few modern embroidery patterns. Sure, there are definitely a few designers that are leading the way, but I thought I would offer up my designs for you too.

I've got 3 more designs planned, all within the same color family, that I will offer up on my blog as I finish them. So download this and collect them all. I've designed them so they'll look great hanging together.

Included with the PDF pattern, you will find color suggestions. I used a split stitch with 3 strands of floss for the whole design and I'm planning on using the same stitch for the other designs. A straight stitch, back stitch or stem stich would also work well. My fabric is a fairly heavy heather grey cotton with a bit of stretch. So click here to download the free pattern. Hope you enjoy!

The View from my Phone: Week 18

Posted on May 6, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

No words, just sleeping kitties and Star Trek this week. :)

Caturday: Nap Time

Posted on May 5, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

We have a bean bag chair and it's one of Barney's favorite places to sleep.

Here are this week's links:

  • I came across Gimme Bar this week and I'm loving it. It's the same concept as Pinterest except you can keep your items private. In addition to collecting images, you can grab tweets, videos and text. It's proving to be very valuable at keeping things organized (and private) for blog posts.

  • These little Vitriini glass boxes are so beautiful. Perfect for keeping jewelry.

  • Here are the perfect colorpop jeans from Madewell. I love them in purple...and red...and green. I'll just take them all.

  • You may have already seen this on another blog, but the Things I'm afraid to Tell you project that Creature Comforts started is just wonderful. Tons of bloggers have participated, and list keeps growing.

DIY Envelope Liners

Posted on May 4, 2012 and tagged DIY with comments

This quick and easy DIY is great for adding a little personality to greeting cards. I love this idea for wedding invitations because it's such a low cost way to add something extra to your invites.

All it takes is a few minutes and couple supplies you probably already have on hand.

Here's what you'll need:

  • envelopes (duh)
  • plain writing paper
  • pencil crayons, markers, pens, etc.
  • scissors
  • glue

If you're not into drawing your own patterns, you could use wrapping paper or any other decorative paper provided that it's thin. Cardstock does not work well. You could also use your computer to design a pattern and print it off. I have a free printable polka dot pattern here.

First, draw your design on the paper. I did some chevron stripes and scribbles with little hearts. You could get the kids involved in this part too.

Next, lay the evelope on top of the paper and mark off the sides and bottom with a pencil. Cut just inside the lines so you get a piece of paper that fits very snug inside the envelope.

Now fold the envelope flap closed to crease the liner. Then, fold the liner down again just below the glue on the envelope and cut that part off. Next, draw a line from the edge of the envelope glue to the fold and cut the sides off. Now just glue the liner down. There's no need to put any glue inside the envelope, just above the fold. I actually prefer to use rubber cement for this, but I didn't have any left.

If the envelope has a pointy flap, the steps are very similar except cut the sides off starting at the point in the center.

Other ideas for patterns: Repeat a phrase or words across the paper, or polka dots!

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