my Etsy shop! :) I just loaded several of these fun textile pendants into my shop. I don't know what's gotten in to me...soooo productive am I! It goes like that, though, doesn't it? Fits and starts, peaks and valleys, activity and quiet. I'm learning to be okay with those waves, the older I get. I can really beat myself up for those quiet periods: "I should be...", "I need to...", "Why am I not...". I am my own biggest fan, and my own worst enemy. Do you know what I mean?
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Over the weekend, I did some stitching. Shocking, I know. I was feeling very valentine-y, so I cut out a big stack of little cotton hearts, in pinks and reds. So fun.
I set myself up in my favorite cozy spot, brewed a cuppacuppa and sat down to work...make that, play.
I had a lot of fun pulling out bits of vintage trim from my stash, and plucking tiny mother of pearl buttons from my button jar.
Then I just layered things up. A bit of fine white linen for the backing, then things like velvet ribbon, vintage rick rack, embroidery floss, buttons, and the hearts. All in the sweet and love-ly palette of pink, red, and white. *heart*
my Etsy shop. Happy hearts.
Monday, January 28, 2013
We all live here in the Portland area, so we get to see each other fairly often. They have such busy lives, but family is important to my sis and brother and I, so we make it a priority to get us all together regularly. And, I'll just say it out loud. They're all pretty crazy about Aunt T. :)
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Happy stitching, everyone!!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I finally finished it up into a pillow. I think it turned out quite nicely, if I do say so myself. :)
And now you can stitch one up, too! I've had my hand-drawn design printed onto brushed cotton and created a Be Bold sampler kit. You can get all the stitch-y details and order it over at my Etsy shop. Pour yourself a glass of wine, cozy in, and let's get stiched!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
And it has sat there all this time. But, I kept having this fantasy about re-learning how to make a granny square. It was one of those things that I was going to have my mom re-teach me after my dad passed away. I had a long list of things I would do to help keep her busy and occupied so she wouldn't be so sad. What none of us knew at the time was that she was already sick. Ovarian cancer. She left me three months after my dear old dad. I don't think it was a coincidence. They were soulmates.
But I digress.
A year or two ago, I mentioned to my best friend, Christine, that I'd like to teach myself again how to make a granny square. She said she used to make them, and thought she could help me. Christine and I celebrate our birthdays one day apart and have an annual trek to the beach for wine drinking, stitching of some sort, and singing along with "Mamma Mia" on the dvd player.
I managed to get three whole granny squares done that weekend. hahaha! I suppose wine drinking and singing might have taken precedence. I'm not sure.
Anyway, I'm having such a lovely time of it, and can feel my mom's presence with every loop of the yarn. I feel so thankful, so often, that she passed her love of handiwork to me. The stitching, the looping, the sewing...all of it. It's such a part of me now, I think my life would be very flat without it.
P.S. Christine, remind me to return your crochet hook to you. Turns out I have the right size after all. :)