I’m still here

I feel like I have been so unproductive lately, but I think I’ve just been jumping from one project to another so much that I haven’t made significant progress on any one thing.  I’ve also been daydreaming and that begins to complicate things.

For years, I have held a dream of owning and operating my own store, and lately, I have been feeling like the time to actually do something about it is approaching.  I am currently a SAHM with a nearly four-year-old-son (He’s turning four on the 27th! Ahhhh, my baby!) and while I wouldn’t trade by time as a SAHM for the world, I have been thinking it might be nice to do something else on the side.  Warren will be starting pre-school in the fall.  It will be four days a week for three hours a day at a nice Montessori school right here in our neighborhood.  I’m hoping to use that time to really get going on things.  Maybe next year, he will go “full-time” and I can actually be able to devote myself to a brick-and-mortar shop.  Until then, I have decided to do a few local shows and fairs, possibly getting my greedy little paws on a vintage camper to sell from.  Of course, we don’t have the funds for that just laying around and I really am beginning to wonder how people get started on these sorts of endeavors at all.  I know what I want.  I know where I want to be.  I know what sort of items I want to sell (handmade, new, and vintage).  Hell, I even have quite a handful of willing, talented artists and artisans (from ceramicists to needleworkers) in need of an outlet to sell their creations.  All signs point to “GO.”  What it boils down to is that I happen to be excellent at daydreaming and visualizing, but the numbers and action plan turn my brain and nerves into mush.  I need to get over it.  I want to get over it.  At the count of three, I’m gonna get over it.

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Nope, still nervous, but look at my stitching:

Sew on Wednesday iron-on transfer embroidery.

Granny Square obsession

Fern Leaf Doily. From a vintage pattern. It is nearly done, but I ran out of thread! Ack!

 

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, thanks for listening to me whine.  I really will try not to do that too much in the future, but sometimes I can’t help it.  Also, there’s that whole accountability thing.  I’ve said it.  It’s there.

Love.

FO Parade (of sorts)

I finished a few projects that I failed to record here.  I need to get better about updating.  First up, a little embroidery project I came up with and gave to my mother (whose last name happens to be Fox).

To dress it up a bit, I wrapped some washi tape around the outer ring of the hoop.  I think it’s a cute touch and I do love finding clever ways to use my tape stash!

This project was my first time doing French knots and I might be addicted to them at present.

I also finished “Rabbit Run,” by the Prairie Schooler.  I love it!  I changed out colors to avoid a trip to the shop and it has a much more modern feel to it.

And lastly, I finished a small Dimensions kit of two poppies.

The kit was nice.  It came with more than enough thread, considering I used three strands rather than two throughout and still had plenty left over at the end.  It came with a needle and a hoop, which was a nice touch.

I have so many projects going at once right now, it’s kind of crazy.  I counted 6 embroidery projects on the hoops.  Maybe I should just put a lid on that if I ever expect to finish anything!

Updates and Another Pattern

Hello, blogosphere.  Just a speedy little update.  I finished Merry Meadow:

It’s so hilariously cute.  It needs steaming and framing.  I have a pile of finished pieces now that all need frames!

I’ve also been working on a crochet cardigan of my own design.  Its very simple.  I chained enough for 160 stitches and started triple crocheting my brains out.  I’ve been doing decreases every 4th row.  I’m hoping to get the body to be around 18″ before starting the sleeves.  I haven’t really decided what to do with the neckline or the sleeves yet.  I like the look of set-in sleeves, but I’ve not done much garment construction with crochet to really know how to go about designing it.  Since this cardi is going to be a bit oversized, I thought maybe drop shoulders with more fitted sleeves…probably in a single or half-double crochet.  I have a few store bought sweaters like that and I do like them.  DECISIONS, DECISIONS.

 

And now for a bit of self-promotion (That’s what blogs are for, right?).  I’ve put my second pattern design up on Etsy.  It’s called “Hex Party.”  I was inspired by the ubiquitous hexagons in my life (EPP, furniture, bees, etc…)

 

You can find the pattern here.  It’s a great project for stash threads and easy to personalize.  I’d love to see what creative people can do with it!

 

 

A Finished Object

I’m about to show off something that I am extremely proud of, a finished object of my own design.  I’ve been seeing these biscornu pincushions all over the place and was immediately taken in by their charm.  The geometry nerd in me was intrigued by the construction, which turned out to be much simpler than I expected.  The new cross-stitcher in me is thrilled that I was able to come up with such a fun, yet simple design all by myself (Look, mommy!  Look what I did today!).  Here she is:

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I also made a little scissor fob to dangle from my brand new and shiny Gingher Stork scissors.  Aren’t they fab?  I do believe that having beautiful tools and details makes the domestic arts more enjoyable.

I’m currently working on the finishing touches for a pattern of the biscornu.  All I need to do is insert the charts into the pdf and do a little bit of proofreading.  It should be up on Etsy soonly.