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I was playing around with Picnik today and I made this little card!  I’ve been thinking about doing digital collage style cards to add to my Etsy, what do you think of it?  I’m looking for some feedback!  Also, if you print photo cards/postcards, do you print them from home or do you get them from a printers?  I don’t have a nice printer so I’m looking for a good printer online until I can get a nicer printer for the house.  Who have you used before?  Just popping in to say hello and I hope everyone is having a good weekend!  Tucker and I are going to go to the Magic Bus Cafe in a little bit and I can’t wait for a veggie chili dog!  If you live in or near Minneapolis-I HIGHLY recommend you checking them out.  Cathy is an awesome lady and the dogs are ridiculously delicious!

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Great Tit- embroidery- plant dyed silks
I have seen Jenny McCabe’s work around Flickr and etsy for a little while now, and I love it!  I have a big affinity towards birds and she stitches them up nicely.  Her color palette speaks to me and I love that she has pieces of work for your walls but for you as well with these great brooches.
Embroidered Brooch - Barn Owl Large
There are also really pretty pieces for your home, like this tea cozy
Tea cozy - embroidered feathers
I’ve really been getting into freehand machine embroidery lately, and she is an awesome inspiration for me.  You should check out her work on her etsy and swing by her blog.

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It’s the end of the week (my work week in Tuesday-Saturday) and I am beat!  I gotta get inspired to work on some things, so here are some great and inspiring things that I’ve seen floating ’round Flickr!

my first redwork. by Laura Hartrich.

Laura Hartrich

Family Tree Commission by kristenaderrick.

kristenaderrick

Little Tiger's Orangey Celebration embroidery close-up by Joey's Dream Garden (formerly Joey 7).

Joey’s Dream Garden (formerly Joey 7)

Tofu Baby Embroidery 12 by sugar-cookie.

sugar-cookie

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I have been loving Comfort Stitching’s patterns for a long time!  They are cute and whimsical and she’s a lovely stitcher.  Check out her shop and her blog where she shows off beautiful pictures of her quilts!  Here are just some of the patterns you can find on her etsy site!  Enjoy!

Little red riding hood - embroidery PATTERN

scoot embroidery pdf
London - embroidery pdf pattern

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Let me just state for the record that I do not have a green thumb.  I try every year to get an herb garden going (or any plant really) and I always kill them.  But since I have a blog now and some people are reading this, I feel like maybe I need to keep them all alive because now you are watching!  It used to be a secret of mine that I can’t keep anything alive (at least nothing that makes noise), but now, with your help…..I WILL keep them going.  Gardening has always been something that I’ve enjoyed.  My mom is a great gardener and I grew up around people who were also great at it.  Being outside is great, sweat on your brow, and a sense of accomplishment are all reasons why I want to keep trying.  The other thing that I love about gardening are……well, the accessories.  The cute watering cans and the pots and the gloves.  You get the idea, any activity that might require some very specific accessories, I’m all about.  So, here are some of my favorite gardening tools this season.

Hanging Air Plant Pod (tm)  - Gorgeous White
beautiful planter from mudpuppy
vintage yellow floral watering can
vintage watering can from lacklusterco
Garla Print Tool Set, Liberty for Target

liberty of london for Target

Little Whimsy Gnome House
this cute lil guy from sunshine ceramics could hang out in my rosemary!
Garden Stakes - Set of 4
I love these simple and beautiful markers from Pigeon Toe Ceramics
What are you growing this season?  Wish me luck on my growing adventure!

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pencil stamped bag, originally uploaded by Creature Comforts.

Hello! Just popping in real quick to show you something that I have seen floating around the interwebs! This is a cute picture that comes with an even more adorable tutorial.  Creature Comforts is a beautiful blog filled with gorgeous pictures and fun tutorials like this one!  Hop on over and stamp something up this weekend!

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Today I’m going to talk about one of the first books that I read when I first got into embroidery. Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray is a really great book and resource for those who are just getting into embroidery and for those who love embroidery but would love to work on some ridiculously adorable patterns and projects.
The page layouts are fun and colorful and I like how they have little bits of embroidery scattered throughout the book. There is a good section to me on the transfer process, I was always unsure the best way to go about doing it and she explains a couple processes great! She explains a lot of the beginner stitches very well. There is an illustration showing you how to do the stitch and then a picture next to it showing you how it should look on your fabric. I found this to be really helpful because it’s always nice to know what it’s supposed to look like on your work. There are also some fun little decorative stitches you can look forward to like the star, lazy daisy, and fly!

Hill Man embroidery pattern PDF
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The projects themselves are fantastic! She not only gives you embroidery patterns and ideas but there are also patterns for bags, ornaments, and the like that you apply your embroidery to! I love that about this book. I like seeing where my work can go and you can easily mix n match the patterns and projects to your liking. The projects range from stuffed animals, to skirts, to lampshades! This book will keep you interested and occupied with all the great projects that she’s given you!

Forest embroidery pattern PDF
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I suppose the only downside to this book, for me, was that A. there weren’t more projects! and B. I wish there was more insight into how she comes up with her designs. The book wasn’t very personal, it seemed to me, even though you can tell all these patterns came straight from her sketches. I like to hear a little bit more of the crafter’s voice throughout, but you know I’m really splittin’ hairs here because I love the book! So, if you are a first time embroiderer I would highly recommend checking out this book and even if you have been doing this embroidery thing for a little while you’ll find really cute patterns and projects to work on too!

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