Thursday, April 17, 2014

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! 

Randomly picked winners are:

The Blakk Duchess


Kerry Frances


Pink Kitchen Studio

I have emailed the winners. Some entries didn't have return emails, so if you haven't received an email from me, please send your contact information to and I can send your goodies along!

Thank you all again for entering!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Springtime Giveaway

How do you all feel about a Springtime Giveaway? I know I am all for it!

I had to de-stash some of my fabric collection, which also includes finished prototypes I have created for sewing and embroidery tutorials and hand embroidered pieces of fabric. 

This is a grab bag giveaway of sorts, where winners will receive a parcel with surprise contents! 

Parcels could include: fabric pieces (scraps good for small sewing projects), hand embroidered pieces, finished hand embroidered items (mini easter baskets, luggage tags, wine tote, embroidery project tote, apron), there is also a cross stitch kit in there for one lucky winner.

Five lucky readers could win a parcel. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite thing about Spring is! 

Everyone is invited to enter. I'll ship internationally and within the U.S.

This giveaway is open until 5pm on Thursday, April 17th, 2014. 

This give away is now closed. 

Thank you to everyone who entered! Sorry if you missed it!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Craftsy News

There have been some very exciting happenings lately, and I am delighted to share some of this news with you today!

Have you visited yet? If you haven't you really should, and if you have, then you know how wonderful and inspirational it is.

Machine Embroidered Applique with JoAnn Connolly
 At you can find online delivered classes, patterns, projects, fabric and crafty supplies... basically you can find tips, techniques, and inspiration for any kind of craft you may be into, whether it's baking, sewing, cooking, gardening, quilting - and that's only naming a few!

Mexican Street Food with Deborah Schneider

They have a very wonderful embroidery section, as well. I am thrilled to be joining the many talented hand and machine embroiderers over at Craftsy by contributing to the embroidery section of their blog! Check out my contributions here.

I hope you have a chance to head over and check out everything Craftsy has to offer, in addition to reading posts by yours truly. Don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments, either. If there is ever a topic you would like for me to cover, please send me an email and let me know!

 Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stitched Swans

When I was a girl, my grandmother would always tell me a bedtime story about seven swans. I don't remember the details anymore, but I can still feel that comforting sound of her voice as I dozed off.

I think her story might be the reason why I always loved swans. I find them so beautiful. 

I think my love of swans had something to do with the Ugly Duckling, as well. That poor baby swan always broke my heart. I wish I could have had him over for tea to help him feel better.

I sketched and stitched these swans onto brooches and pendants as a way to commemorate my grandmother's swan story. 

Now if only I could remember the details of the story. I'll have to ask my sister if she remembers. 

Please stop by my shop if you would like to pick up a brooch or pendant. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Library Stitches & Superstar Sewing

I made a pact with my sister and close friends this year - we decided this would be the year of YOLO (You Only Live Once). Now, I know it's a silly concept, and yes, it was totally my idea, taken from the lyrics of a Drake song, but the notion was not lost on me. There are so many things I dream of doing that, for whatever reason, I don't do. This year that all changes, because I do only live once, so I have to make this one chance good and I won't be holding myself back anymore. 

That being said, I decided to open an Etsy shop - Bobby Pin Stitches. I had been wanting to open one for quite some time, but I hadn't. Then I thought, YOLO... so, I did it. I'm still in the process of making items, but I sew and embroider everything that goes in the shop. I am hoping everyone likes what I make as much as I enjoy making it. 

 I came up with this embroidery pattern as an homage to my love of the library and the books contained within. I hand embroidered the front panel and framed it with fun and bright fabrics. I listed them in the shop and already sold a couple. Which makes me very happy! I will definitely be making more, in addition to some other ideas I have been working on. 

I absolutely love reading and visiting the library. When I was young, I went to the library and could have stayed for hours. Whenever I move to a new city, I always make sure to know where the library is and get a new library card, immediately. The idea for these totes came out of that love and appreciation for the library and the fact that I did, in fact, leave my heart there. 

In addition to my shop news, I am very excited to share that I am being featured on Cut Out + Keep as a Sewing Superstar this week! 

Every day from today through Sunday, there will be a sewing tutorial created by yours truly! Head over to check out my posts here

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Stitches

I can't believe how much time has passed since I last posted! I had been feeling like I wasn't caught up for a bit there. Lots of work and things to do. I finally feel like I am reaching a point where I am in a good working groove.

That being said, I couldn't believe that I hadn't prepared anything for St. Patrick's Day yet. I simply love all the green and fun that St. Patrick's Day brings. Most of the my stuff is still in boxes because of my sudden move, so I have no idea how to reach the box with my usually St. Patrick's Day decor. I made this embroidered banner and shared the tutorial over at Feeling Stitchy.

I also have a paper banner tutorial that I made last year, it's really good for using up old newspaper you might have laying around. 

I guess I love banners for St. Patrick's Day, don't I? ;)

Do you have any fun plans for St. Patrick's Day?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Valentine Stitches & Projects

I got a little old school for Valentine's Day this year. I had my first crush when I was 14-years-old, which was about the time that LL Cool J released this song, "Hey Lover." I don't know why I am having flash backs this Valentine's Day, but I decided to stitch a lyric from the song to give to my special someone this year. 

Do you remember this song? What song reminds you of your first crush?

I love Valentine's Day. Simply love it! I think it's because red is my favorite color, and when it is everywhere... the grocery store, drug store, etc.,... it makes me a happy girl! 

Being it that I recently packed up all my things, I was able to go through and organize my sewing and embroidery supplies. Can you believe I already had this Andrea Zuill Valentine's Day pattern transferred onto fabric? I don't even remember doing that. I had to stitch it and make a mini pillow with it. It simply couldn't sit unstitched for another moment. 

In later Valentine's Day stitching news, Mollie Johansen of Wild Olive had a tutorial for a darling  EPP heart mug rug. I was so happy that I had all the supplies on hand. I decided to piece it together one afternoon last week, and here it is!

I adore this love potion bottle print fabric. I can't get enough of it. I am glad it was just the right size for an EPP heart. 

I have been holding on to this "sew in love" print fabric for a couple of years, and decided to use some for the back of the mug rug, and two EPP hearts. The sewing accessories are my favorite part of this print. 

What are you putting together for Valentine's Day? 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Where'd the Time go?

I know it's been a while since I have posted here, but I can't believe how long it's been! I glanced at the calendar just now and couldn't believe January is about to pass us by. I know a lot has happened in the last month, but at the same time, I feel like nothing has changed. 

I have been a little preoccupied with things not blog related: searching for a new job, searching for a new house, and trying to keep my head about me while living out of boxes and suitcases. 

The new year brought lots of change and transition for me. Even though there have been many changes in my life, I still feel like nothing has changed. It's sort of strange that way. 

As always, my sister arrives with just the right thing to cheer me up. She gave me this calendar tea towel with an embroidery pattern on it in order to remind me that I have a whole year of new and exciting adventures ahead of me. 

Even though things aren't 100% fixed and organized in my life, I know they'll get there. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Here's to 2014

I can't believe we are about to ring in 2014. Time has flown by, so many things have happened. December was particularly catastrophic for me, but I am going to chock it all up to lessons learned and lived experiences. As we head into 2014, I decided against making resolutions, because, let's face it, I am going to do everything but fulfill the resolution I write down on paper. Instead, I head into the New Year with a positive mindset, an attitude of gratitude, and gratefulness to those of you who stop by and visit me here as I share the things I make and create.

Happy New Year to you all. I wish you all the absolute best in the coming year! 



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Letting Christmas In

I am definitely behind on the making of items and creating of Christmas cheer. I am in the last week of the semester. I have final exams to administer and grade, a dissertation chapter to finish, and I haven't made one, not one!, Christmas gift. I feel a little overwhelmed and a whole lot of stress, and my only remedy to rid myself of those feelings, is to sew.

I am truly in love, obsessed, infatuated, and totally enamored with Aneela Hoey's Cherry Christmas fabric line. I can't get enough of it. I had a list of pillow covers, table runners, and stockings I wanted to make with this fabric. I have made four pillow covers thus far, and still have a table runner in mind. I made a pillow case for my bedroom. My canine sidekick, Douglas, is here to act as Vanna White, and assist in showing you the pillowcase. I swear, this dog acts like a cat sometimes. 

The fabric that looks blue in the photo is a minty green in person. Yes, I need a new camera... yes, I am hoping Santa will magically read my mind and bring me one... 

I used the red fabric for the edge of the pillowcase. I could just stare at this fabric all day. I love the snow globe and the teapot. I really adore this fabric in a major major way. 

I used the white clothesline fabric for the back of the pillowcase. Did I mention I adore this fabric line? I love the little stripey socks and Christmas sweaters hanging on the line.

I made three pillow covers for the living room. I have this Indonesian bench in my living room that I tend to make pillow covers for and switch them out depending on the season. This year, there are Cherry Christmas pillows for the bench!

After cutting the fabric for the patchwork pillow covers, I had some long pieces left that I thought would make for a cute striped pillow. I used peppermint swirl fabric for the back. 

There is a larger patchwork pillow, as well. Please ignore the crooked patches on it. 

The third pillow cover is the funniest log cabin pillow cover ever. 

I stitched the snow globe from one of Aneela Hoey's patterns in her Little Stitches book, and for whatever reason, I proceeded to stitch other patterns all around it. The result was the tiniest, most teeny, seam allowance ever. I had to cut the fabric all crooked, which is why you can see that mint-colored fabric in the upper right-hand corner of the embroidery piece. In order to square it off, I had to add a piece of fabric there. Hopefully, I can make some time to create a table runner after I grade some final exams.

On a different note: I did finish the Wild Olive Autumn Stitching Club project in time for Thanksgiving not too long ago. 

I have to admit that I cheated a bit and machine-stitched the hexagons to the pillow cover. I really liked how this turned out and am really looking forward to the Winter Stitching Club

How are you doing with your holiday preparations?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Finishing the Autumnal WIPs and Starting Holiday Stitching

I am very pleased with myself. I finished my Autumn-themed projects before Thanksgiving. It seems I am always working right down to the wire, but this time, I made it before the day of festivities! For once I am not late!


I found this embroidery pattern a few months ago and had saved it with the intention of stitching it for a new cushion for my living room. I also pieced together some hexes for a smaller cushion. I really like the way they both turned out. I am also very happy that I am getting to enjoy them before the Thanksgiving weekend. 

In addition to these projects, I am very excited that this week is the last week of Wild Olive's Autumn Stitching Club. Well, perhaps I should rephrase that. I am excited for the finished project to come together, but I have had a great time piecing the whole thing together over the last 12 weeks. Participants will receive our last embroidery pattern tomorrow, then we can finish everything up. 

I cheated a bit and machine stitched the hand-embroidered hexies onto the fabric. There was just no way I would have been able to hand-stitch these hexies onto the fabric without them being totally crooked. Once finished, this is going to be a cushion that will join my other two. I am really enjoying the stitching projects that Mollie over at Wild Olive has been putting together, so much so, that I will be joining her for yet another stitchalong! The Winter Stitchalong begins in December, that's next week! Oh my goodness... that's next week... 

We have had a strange few days here in Tucson, Arizona lately. It rained for two days straight. The sun finally broke through the clouds late yesterday afternoon. In addition to rain, it was very very cold. There was really nothing else to do except for stitch through the cold, which is what I did. Holiday stitching is in full swing here. I have one more piece to go before I add some of these to stockings and more cushions for the living room. 

I decided to try out the metallic floss available from Sublime Stitching. Usually, metallic floss is super difficult to work with, but not this one. It wasn't rough to work with at all. The light sparkly floss was perfect for the glass cloche of this pattern. I also used metallic floss for the trees and some of the stars. 

I took this snow man in a mason jar image from a stamp. I copied the stamped image and enlarged it a bit on the computer. I think it will be cute on a stocking hanging from the fireplace mantel. 

The rest of these patterns are freebies I have found on Pinterest. I am going to add these smaller ones to patchwork stockings. I don't know how many stockings I think I am making, but there will be no shortage of embroidery for them. 

As soon as I finish stitching one more embroidery pattern, I will be able to get started on sewing the patchwork pieces I have planned. 

Are you prepping for your holiday projects?