Posts Tagged "embroidery"

Mother’s Day {Part 2}

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Feature | 2 comments

Yay, part 2 of my Mother’s Day crafting extravaganza! Ok so maybe it’s not quite an extravaganza, but I rarely have multiple projects to share so let’s just pretend.

Anyway, on to my second gift, an apron for Memaw. My Memaw is awesome. She is full of unconditional love for all of her family, and the way she shows her love is by baking delicious things for us. Papa does a lot of the cooking but Memaw does all of the baking. She’s so awesome at it that when my uncle and cousin decided to open a little BBQ restaurant, they asked her to bake her famous chocolate cake to serve there.

By the way if you live anywhere near Dardanelle, you HAVE to go to Capt. Hamm’s. They have delicious catfish and all sorts of barbecue including “pig wings.” Not to mention Memaw’s cakes. She’s expanded the flavor selection and now there is also carrot and strawberry. All of them are to die for! Go there. You won’t be sorry.

So when I thought about what to get Memaw for Mother’s Day, an apron seemed perfect. And my most favorite embroidery book of all time, Doodle Stitching, had the perfect motifs. Check it out!


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Mother’s Day {Part 1}

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Feature | 0 comments

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting many projects lately, but its not because I haven’t been busy. This year I decided to really bust my butt making handmade gifts for the mom-type people in my life for Mother’s Day, which is why I’m going to stretch my projects into a three-part post.

The first gift I want to share with you is the one I sent to my mother. Back on this post, she commented on how she liked the curly tree I embroidered for Miss Harper. So, I made her a curly tree with some little birds as an embellishment. My mom has always loved birds.


I love the oval embroidery hoop and thought it was perfect for the shape of this tree. The motifs are from Doodle Stitching except for the little bird– I drew that one myself (though it was meant to look like the big one).

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A Ms. Ashley Original

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Blog, Feature | 1 comment

A little over a week ago, our little cousin, Harper Payslee, turned one. When I asked her mama what she needed, she said “A Ms. Ashley original.” Now, I am a pretty indecisive person when it comes to picking out gifts. I always worry that the person on the receiving end will hate it or wonder why on earth I decided to get it for them. I’m probably over thinking it, but that’s what I do. Originally I was going to crochet some kind of stuffed animal, but I wasn’t inspired by any of the patterns I saw. I finally decided on something embroidered using my new book. The stuff in there is so girly and cute, I knew it would be perfect for a baby girl. Here’s the design I finally settled on:

I love this curly tree, and since owls are all the rage right now, I wanted to stick one up in the branches. I decided to make him pink to give it a girly touch.

Originally I was just going to make a hoop to hang in the wall of her room, but I remembered that I had a blank onesie that I had planned on using for Lex’s first birthday. So, I cut the embroidery into a circle and sewed it on. Ta-da!

I was quite happy with how it turned out. And just in case the onesie didn’t fit Harper, I sewed it in such a way that I can remove the applique and sew it to another, bigger onesie. As a bonus, Lex liked feeling the texture of the embroidery floss, so I’m sure Harper will, too. Her mama was very happy with her Ms. Ashley original.

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My First Hoop

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Feature | 0 comments

About a week ago I stitched this little guy up.

He’s my first hoop! I think I still need to put a border around him. It just looks too plain to me. Yes, he’s a motif from my favorite new craft book, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray.

It makes me smile whenever I see this cute little gnome. Many more to come!

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Feeling Stitchy

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Until very recently I never had an interest in embroidery or cross stitching. It seemed so tedious making all those little stitches! Maybe I’ve grown more patient in my old age (wink), but now I’m starting to see the appeal. I have been following a lovely little blog called Feeling Stitchy and it has really shown me how versatile embroidery can be. They also have monthly stitch-a-longs, which are always fun.

When I found Little Dear Tracks, I fell in love with embroidery! The owner, Aimee Ray, makes such adorable, whimsical little things. I love her work so much that when I got my tax refund, I ordered a copy of her book, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection. The book even comes with a CD that has all the motifs on it, making it super easy to enlarge, group and print. I’m so happy with it, and I can’t wait to start embroidering little woodland creatures everywhere.

Along with my book, I also ordered a box with plastic bobbins to organize my floss and some new embroidery needles. Doesn’t my stash look awesome all neatly wrapped and color coded?

I also got to go to Michael’s tonight and picked up some hoops. I especially love the oval one. Can’t wait to get started!

See those boxes with the seemingly random groups of floss? In middle school I was really into making friendship bracelets with embroidery floss, and I still have a few works-in-progress from those days. Remember what I said about not finishing what I start? Yeah…well…I’ve been doing better lately! 😀

Speaking of finishing things, I really truly hope to be mostly (if not entirely) finished with my cubbie project this weekend. I’m taking full advantage of having the older kids around to distract Lex. Here’s hoping for a productive weekend!

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