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Handmade Holiday

November 6, 2010

This year, I’m jumping on the Handmade Holiday bandwagon.

Lizzy House has pledged to not buy any gifts this year but to make, revamp, trade and recycle for all gifts.  I can’t be that ambitious {I doubt my 5-year-old son would like a Razor made out of toilet paper roll tubes!}, but I can give some lovingly made lovelies.

I’ve already started some projects and have hit some of my favorite books and websites for others.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of my WIPs {see, I’d already started before reading Lizzy’s post!}:

The boys’ teachers will be getting adorable sleeping masks, inspired by Amy Butler’s In Stitches.

I’ve already begun the first mask – and am making it a little more {This Mama} special by embroidering shhh … across the front.  And, I’m going to put some lavender inside to ensure relaxation.

This adorable snowman will become the center of a pillow I’m working on for my mother-in-law.  We share a love of snowmen!  But, I’m nervous about giving her anything I’ve made since she’s the maven of the handmade arts {and my biggest cheerleader, encourager and enabler!}.  BTW: He’s from the book Redwork Winter Twitterings by Pearl Louise Krush.  {I think he’s way cuter in Technicolor!}

This crazy circle will become the top of a tortilla cozy.  I’m not sure who will receive this one or if I’ll keep it for myself.  The embroidery designs are from two of {the unbelievably fabulous} Jenny Hart’s books.

And, of course, there will be plenty of appliqued gifts this year.  These are so easy to knock out and are really fun to design!

What are you making this year?


Inspired by: the command center

August 30, 2010

Oftentimes I daydream of having a little desk in my kitchen where I could create my command center.  (You know, a place for mail, calendar, artwork, stashing notes, etc.)  I do sort of have a space like that, but there is no desk.

If I could design my dream kitchen, it would have a little desk, just for me.  If it couldn’t be in the kitchen, maybe in the mudroom or in a closet.  Oh, to have so many closets that you could turn one into a little home office!!!

{from Country Living}

I adore this office in a closet.  I saw this first in a doctor’s waiting room and went out and bought the magazine that same day.  I have found the spray paint used (Krylon’s Catalina Mist) and absolutely love it.  (I’ve only painted a small tray, but I’m sold!)  I want to replicate the peg board in my sewing room.

{from Southern Living}

I love the white and green.  I love most of all that the storage is all hidden behind doors.  I’m not the tidiest of people, so that would be a must.

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{from My Home Ideas}

How fun is the chalkboard painted onto the wall!

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{from Ballard Design}

How great is this!  It’s an office-in-an-armoire.  When not in use, it looks like a great piece of furniture.

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{from Frontgate}

A little roll-top secretary would be a great hidden office in an entryway.  At our last house, there was a perfect spot between the doors to the powder bath and the coat closet.

What inspires you?

Inspired By: Stitches

August 11, 2010

I’ve been on a hand-embroidery kick lately.  Here are some fabulous shots from others showing off gorgeous stitches.

from Anthropologie

I absolutely love the embroidery over the colorful fabric.  I might have to try that!

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from Pottery Barn

This would look fabulous on my sofa!

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from Layla Grace

I’m {hopefully!} almost finished with carrying a diaper bag, but this one is divine!

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from Sublime Stitching

Jenny Hart inspired me to start hand embroidery.  I am a quick learner from written instructions, and I started with the basic stitches on her blog.  I quickly ran out and purchased her book “Sublime Stitching,” which has become a chairside companion.  I adore her designs and her cutting-edge use of colors.  (I’m trying to think outside the norm a little more!).  I can’t wait to try my hand at her “Dream Garden.”

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from Gina Matarazzo

Isn’t he adorable!  I purchased a set of Gina’s designs from her Etsy shop, and I’ve already stitched up a onesie as a gift with one.  Her work is adorable and whimsical.

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from Feeling Stitchy

When I don’t have a specific project in mind, I like to jump over to Feeling Stitchy.  It’s a great resource for all things hand stitched.  The FS Flickr group is also a wonderful place to find ideas.

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Happy stitching!  Let me know where you find your inspiration!

Inspiration: Diva-licious Brunch

August 6, 2010

Tomorrow morning, I’m hosting a Beauty & Brunch event with Beauty Society Diva Kristen Swail.

I’m busily cleaning house, but I’m not so busy enough to daydream about the decor!  (Notice I said “daydream” – these images are just inspiration, and I’m certain my event won’t even come close to the gorgeousness herein!)

If I were serving a sit-down brunch, this would be the look!

from The Divine Home

But, my event is more of a mix-and-mingle then enjoy a facial and feel beautiful.

If it wasn’t forecast to be about 500 degrees, I’d love to have my brunch outside!

From Flower Patch Farmgirl

I am making some of those gorgeous puffy paper flowers, though!

Check out these beautiful pink cocktails!

from Southern Living

I think mimosas would taste even better when served in these beautiful glasses.

from Yvonne Estelles

Wouldn’t a tower of cupcakes be divine!

from Bake Me Famous

Gotta run and tidy up before hitting Costco … er, I mean slaving to create all the yummies we’ll be enjoying!

Should I Stay?

August 5, 2010

Do I really have to get up and get moving today? I’d much rather stay in my chair and crochet and embroider!

I just started this scarf for my friend Sara. In May, I donated one just like it to a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. I found out that Sara really wanted it and was crushed to be outbid at the last minute.

I raided my stash and found the additional skein of this Neopolitan yarn. (If the skeins look small, I usually buy two.)

Today is Sara’s birthday, but I won’t see her for a few weeks, so I have time to finish!

Prissy Kitty Onesie

July 31, 2010

Another gift from my current embroidered onesie kick.

This one is for my sweet friend P who just had her second girl. Can’t wait to meet adorable Peyton and see her in this purrrr-fectly adorable top.

Rocket Onesie

July 31, 2010

I’ve been on a total hand embroidery kick lately!

Several of my friends had babies in July, so I’ve been stitching on onesies as baby gifts.

This one is for my sweet friend who adopted a son. Notice his initials on the rocket ship. He’ll zoom into style in no time!!!