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I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with Illustrator lately.  I come back to it off and on to try and experiment with different styles and swatches and what sorts of things I can do to sell.  Anyhoo, I am a super novice at it since I’ve never taken a class so I thought that maybe it would be fun to give some of my experiments as free downloads!  I definitely don’t feel comfortable selling anything that I’ve produced but I don’t want them to just sit on my computer and not get any sort of feedback.  So, anytime I do something new or come up with something fun I’m going to offer it here!  Woohoo!  Here is the first download, I designed it to be a desktop wallpaper but if you can think of any other uses let me know!  Hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear any feedback, good or bad!  Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend!

Good Morning Wallpaper:

good morning

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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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It’s grey and rainy here in Minneapolis!  No fun, I was wanting to be outside for a little while today but no dice.  Instead, I guess it’ll force me to get some things done inside.  I have discovered a fun new thing: fusing fabric to paper!  The possibilities are really endless and you could use any fabric/paper combo you would like (although I’ve had the best success with cardstock).  I’ll show you one simple project you  can do with fabric fused paper, but expand out and think of all the fun things you can do!

What you need: a piece of fabric, a piece of cardstock (I had an 8 1/2 by 11 piece), fusible webbing, iron and ironing board, scissors, and a punch (but you can always just cut out tag shapes)

Iron your piece of fusible webbing to the back of your fabric per the brand instructions.  The general rule is put the shiny/textured side down onto the back of the fabric so that the paper-like side of the webbing is facing up.  This is the side you want to iron, also make sure your webbing is a little smaller than your fabric so you don’t get the webbing gunk on your ironing board.  Then let it cool for a few moments.

Peel the paper backing away from the fabric.  You should be left with a nice shiny surface on the wrong side of your fabric.  If the paper doesn’t peel away easily, you may need to iron it more to make sure that the webbing adhered.

Now, place your fabric shiny side down onto your cardstock.  Also make sure that the webbing doesn’t touch your ironing board (again, it is really quite gunky!)

Iron your fabric onto the cardstock.  This process can take anywhere from 8-12 seconds.  I found it helpful to leave the iron in one spot for a second or 2 and then move it around some.  Continuing to do this on the entire piece, you can always lift the corners and see if it’s adhered.  When it cools it adheres more.  You will want to let it cool almost completely before you do the punching or you won’t get a very clean punch.

After it’s cooled, use your tag punch (or any punch) and punch out your tags!  It’s helpful to have a very sharp punch, I read that you can punch some aluminum foil with your punch a few times to sharpen it up and it seems to work for me.  You can also cut out any shape you would like: letters, birds, anything at all.

I also did some circle punches!

Sometimes, there are little frayed bits left behind but they are easy to get rid of with some nice sharp and pointy scissors.  Or you can keep them on there for effect, your choice!

Finally, take your little hole punch and make some holes for the strings or ribbon.

And voila!  Some fun and unique gift tags for giving!

What are some other ways we could use fabric fused paper?  Leave all of your great suggestions in the comments!

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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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I don’t know about you, but I think that unexpected presents are the BEST kind of presents!  Coming up this Monday the 24th is our 4 year wedding anniversary!  T surprised me with this vintage cake carrier from a shop in Chicago called Jazze Junque.  I would never think to buy something like this for myself but it would be something that I would look at and swoon over when I saw it.  I always think of different things that I should be spending money on, so it was a very pleasant surprise to get this!  I love it!  I’ve been thinking of all sorts of things that I can bake just so that I can bring my treats places (or just store at home!)  This also got me thinking of other great vintage pieces in baking, so here are some of my favorites I found in my search.  I can’t wait to bake something!  Do you have any really great recipes from your grandmother or mother (or grandfather or father for that matter) that you would like to share?  I feel like something home-y and traditional needs to go under that gorgeous lid!

Vintage Ateco Cake Decorating Set
a vintage cake decorating set from Oldie But Goodie
Vintage Retro Bell Jar
bell jar from the paraders
1966 Betty Crocker Cake and Frosting Mix Cookbook, 1st Ed., 4th Printing
cookbook chock full of ideas and recipes from Victorian Spice
Vintage Plastic Measuring Spoons Set
measuring spoons from Red Eye Vintage
VINTAGE Swan's Down Cake Flour Cake Pan Advertising Prim Rustic MAKES BETTER CAKES
fabulous cake pan from dusty lorraine
Mix and Pour Vintage White Batter Bowl by Federal
I have to have this batter bowl from Jen’s Closet
Happy Baking Everyone!

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