Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Stitches and Marinara

It seems that time has been getting away from me. I used to try to blog once or twice a week and lately I have been occupied with the elements of grad school - research, ethnographic work, reading, & writing.  In order to not go crazy by only focusing on my work, I embroider to relax, decompress, and enjoy my time off from school-related items.

I found these patterns from some amazing and inspiring women. The Hedgehog and Bunny are from Follow the White Bunny (the link to her shop is on the right-hand side bar of her blog). If you haven't checked out Nicole's patterns, you must! They are adorable!

I have a teeny tiny obsession with hedgehogs. Just a teeny one, though... :)

I am a huge fan of Nana Company. Her photos are just so lovely and calming. Everytime I read her blog, I just want to quilt and stitch the day away. She has this free pattern... Do small things with great love. I just adore it, and had to stitch it for myself. 

I found the owl pattern over at the Teeny Tiny Happy Things etsy shop. I think I bought all the patterns in the shop. They were all too cute to pass up. The bunny pattern is next in line to be stitched up. 

Aside from stitching, I needed a little comfort food. After the events of last week, in Boston and in Texas, my heart was just too heavy. I know someone who was severely injured at the Boston Marathon, and I couldn't really find a way to reconcile my feelings. Over the weekend, I happened upon a farmer's market of sorts; a church near my house was selling 60 pounds of produce for $10. I had to see what this sale was all about. I paid the $10 and received a crate of tomatoes, a crate of bell peppers, a box mixed with squash, cucumbers, & corn, a bag of green beans, and four containers of cherry tomatoes. I have no idea how I am going to make use of all this produce, but the crate of tomatoes was turned into Marinara Sauce today. This is definite comfort food for me.

Now all I have to do is wait for the marinara to simmer for a couple of hours.

Until next time!



Laura said...

I just love your stitchery! The quote is so beautiful and lovely. That is a whopping deal on that produce. You could blanch and freeze the squash and green beans. Stuffed peppers sounds good too...

8)(8 said...

Beautiful work and so charming!

Gerushia's New World said...

Well, I can't make up my mind if I love the owl or the hedgehog the most. These are probably my favorite pieces I've ever seen of yours! So cute and the stitches are so clean and precise. I just adore your stitching.

Wow, that is a lot of produce. If you can't use it all, can you donate it to a food bank?

Gerushia's New World

Amy said...

Hello Kristen! I came to visit you from Feeling Stitchy... I love your stitchery work. So pretty and delicate!

Oh and your marinara sauce looks so good... yum!

Laura Tieri said...

They are all cute but I think I like the owl best!
Sorry about your friend in Boston. Are they doing o.k.? I think so many people are going to have a hard time healing mentally as well as physically. There were so many bad things to see. It was hard enough looking at the photos & videos. I can't imagine what it was like actually being there.

Auntie Bliss said...

That is alot of produce!!!