While at the Handmade show on Saturday selling with some fellow T.E.S.T members I traded the lovely Christine for one of her inspirational printed tea towels.
It’s similar to this one in her shop, same saying, just different towel.
Then Sunday I was feeling really down and a good friend from work, who’s very wise and has overcome things in her life to become this beautiful person who I adore, texted to see how I was doing. When I mentioned I was still a bit down she suggested I “go create something out of the pain and turn it into something beautiful for all to gain”.
I told her I couldn’t. While I Tweet or Facebook statuses about heading to the sewing machine, or sitting down to craft often, the truth is I very rarely do these days. I go to the basement to put a load of laundry on and I’ll turn on the lights at my craft space, pull the machine forward, even layout some fabrics, and then I proceed to just walk on by it all for the rest of the day until I admit defeat and shut the lights off at the end of the day.
She texted back “You’ve muted your voice. Give it sound again. Ask the angels to help you find your voice again”. I texted back with a picture of the towel and how I had gotten it the day before.
The funny thing was Christine said I had inquired about this towel in our Etsy convos about working out a trade but then at the show she pointed out I was changing my mind but maybe that was because the “sing your song” one was speaking to me and I should go with it.
I’ve met some amazing people lately. I’m so glad I have.
I found this Etsy shop recently and I love the sketchy designs.
I also started following Pam’s blog and other stalkable social media things, she’s a rather creative lady and I love her work.
I picked up a pile of colours that I thought were pretty and while I love the open endedness of the project it’s also a bit daunting to just have to ‘wing it’. Getting it all organized since it’s a good portable craft and then I’ll start madly stitching.
Not only is my cyber space friend Janee hosting this super cool giveaway right now but she’s also dangerous to follow on Etsy. She favourites beautiful stuff, and also makes pretty awesome treasuries. Beware.
Because of her I found this great shop recently.
Not only am I a sucker for fabric, I’m super interested in printing my own someday so any shop where fabric printing is involved I like!
While watching Grimm last night I noticed I have a new ‘type’. This isn’t a crafty post at all.
Either of these would do. Silas Weir Mitchell and Joe Manganiello
Images taken from IMDB.com
I have no clue where it is but I want to live there.
Found these at a thrift store in Kensington Market in Toronto. Also, why didn’t I have a Hoedown in Grade 1?!
Next mission is an authentic looking shirt to stitch on this collection. Oh and expand the collection too.
When I went to Blissdom Canada I was given a coupon from Blurb and used it literally, in the last few hours before the coupon expired. Since I had only the time I was willing to stay awake that night I made a quick Instagram Photo Book.
It was super easy. You just connect with your Instagram stream and pick and choose the photos you want in your book. You can mess around with the order, choose the cover, it’s all pretty awesome.
Then at check out you can easily choose to duplicate the book, for a gift or such.
Right now, until February 14th there’s a coupon code to save 20% off your photo book, use code MYBOOKLOVE. After making my book and loving it so much I applied to the affiliate program, so fyi these links are affiliate links.
And these are my new favourite glasses. Thanks to my awesome cousin for seeing them and thinking of me.
So yeah, I’ve been having some troubles in my life. It hasn’t been too fun. Sometimes life is hard. Kids are hard, marriage is hard, then you have to work and function on top of all that. Fun times. I had a bit of a run on my shop recently, lots of orders (which is also sometimes hard to keep up with) so I treated myself to some Etsy items. Thought I’d share. I know it’s probably too late to hit these shops in time for the holidays but you might find something you like, or hey, maybe you’ll get en Etsy gift card!
This has yet to arrive but I’m so in love with it. I’m on a mission to accessorize, it’s going well.
These bangles are much prettier in person. They arrived yesterday, I wore them out last night and then today to work. Everyone commented on them. Very simple and pretty.
Em & Sprout have the best shirts. I’m in trouble now that I know my exact size. I also ordered this one.
Finally, I treated myself to some art by the wonderful Lucky Jackson. Not only does she make amazing things she’s such a wonderfully nice person!
How fun are these?
Made from vintage linens found while thrifting. Some are embellished with some hand stitching. Get Batman and Robin here and the Wonder Woman here.
Posted in embroidery, fun finds, gifts
Tagged batman, embroidery, hoops, reusing, robin, thrifting, up cycling, wall art, wonder woman