Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Long Overdue Update

With that long bout of radio silence I'm not sure if anyone is still here, ;) but I did want to drop in and let you know what's been going on in my life over the last months. I didn't intend to be away for so long without an update. It's just that I didn't know exactly how I wanted to write this post, especially since I am still unsure how active I will be in social media/ blogging in the future.

I've found myself being moved in new directions lately and it's involved thinking about and making some changes that at first seemed impossible, but now seem more and more right for what I want to be doing in the future. I've been looking into PhD programs and rekindling my passion for research and teaching. It's been in part because of my work this past year with a couple fantastic non-profits, helping with their science and nature-based education programs. It's reminded me of why I initially chose to focus my studies on the environment and how people interact with it. I feel like I'm getting back to what really matters to me.

I've felt so drawn to exploring this other area of my life, that naturally I've let some of my focus on making things shift a bit. I've still been doing some hand-sewing for relaxation, but I've really slowed down with my projects and just given myself permission to work on things only when I really want to. When my sewing machine broke over the summer, I was without it for about a month. During that time I felt a sense of freedom, which is kind of hard to explain. I was sad that my machine was broken, of course, but it also meant that I had to take a break. I didn't stress about deadlines or unfinished projects during that time, I just accepted the situation. I realized that maybe I really needed to take longer, self-imposed break from sewing and from blogging, especially since it seemed that I had lost some of the joy for it.

Right now, I'm only making things when I feel inspired to and it's been a great experience for me to take some of the pressure off producing. I'm still unsure whether or not I'll start blogging on a regular basis again in the future, but I do know that I miss sharing in the community that we've created online and I hope to get back into it, perhaps through other social media venues like Instagram. (I'm pretty new over there, but you can find me here.) For right now I really like the idea of posting a quick photo here and there, and it seems like it would be a great way to stay in touch.

The only other update that I have for now is that I'll be closing my pattern shops before the end of the year. In Seattle, even small craft businesses are required to register for a full business license in order to operate. I decided not to renew mine for next year since the cost didn't seem to match up with the amount of time that I would have available to work on the shop and develop patterns. I have currently closed my shop on Etsy, but my Craftsy shop will remain open until December 20th. I wanted to give anyone who would like to purchase a pattern time to do so before they are no longer available. Thanks for your understanding and your support!

I know this was a very wordy post with no eye-candy ;), but I'm glad to have had the chance to give you an update on what's been going on.  Thanks for reading and I hope to be sharing more over on Instagram soon.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Guest Posting at Clover & Violet

a season by handI wanted to stop in to let you know that I'm guest posting today at Clover & Violet as part of their Season by Hand Series. We're talking about adding embroidery to pieced projects today and I'm sharing all of my favorite makes that incorporate that. Hop over to check it out and make sure to leave a comment while you're there to be entered into the weekly giveaway!

Honeycomb Pillow

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Clashy Brights

I'm excited to share that my mosaic was selected for voting in Rachel's most recent fabric pairing contest! This time the theme is Clashy Brights, and I have to say I feel pretty at home in this type of color scheme. The brighter the better! ; )

Bollywood Bundle

This palette reminds me a lot of India actually, with the over-the-top infusion of beautiful color that is everywhere there. I titled this palette "Bollywood" in honor of that. I really went for highly saturated colors in this bundle and based a lot of my color decisions on the rose print from the Hand Drawn Garden collection (in the upper left-hand corner). I even threw in some sparkle, via the mirror ball dots, to add a little extra glamour. 

Voting is now open for all of the mosaic finalists over at Stitched in Color. Hop over to select your favorite.

P.S. If you'd like to see a list of all the specific fabrics in the mosaic, click on the image above to be whisked over to flickr, where I made a note of each fabric choice.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Christmas in July Sale

Every year I have grand intentions for getting started early on my Christmas making list. July is usually about the time that I begin envisioning the perfect holiday; crowned with a plethora of hand-stitched, festive decorations and a bounty of awe-inspiring handmade gifts that would never be met with an "eh thanks?". ; ) 

Usually I get a few things done ahead of time, but there's always that early-December scramble that I find myself in, and inevitably a few things fall by the wayside. I figured that I can't be the only one in this predicament situation, so I decided that in order to support my fellow makers in sparing our sanity this year and starting plenty early on those lists, I'd have a Christmas in July sale. 

Right now through the end of July you can save 20% off the Plaid Christmas PDF Embroidery Pattern in both my Craftsy and Etsy shops. 

It's available through instant-download (yay!) at both shops and no coupon-code is needed.

This simple-to-stitch pattern comes in a variety of design options and sizes; and also includes tons of diagrams and photos to help along the way. You can choose to make a larger "banner" size that would be perfect for a wall hanging or center-piece in a holiday quilt (I'm making a wall-hanging with mine). You could also choose to stitch up a smaller, framable version that's perfect to give as a gift. Both sizes are included in the pattern for each festive message, along with a fully illustrated stitch library and complete color guides to make it easy to get started. 

Plaid Christmas Embroidery Pattern

Happy Stitching!
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