So many of you came by my vendor table at The Creative Connection last weekend. Thank you! Selling one of my pieces is always a little bittersweet...sad to see it leave me but thrilled one of you give it a new home. For those who weren't able to attend, I'll be listing many items in my etsy shop over the next day or two (or three).
And so I am back home (phew!) and ready to sit down and take a long hard look at all the opportunities that are before me. Just feel like it's time to do some deep-thinking and see what's on my path ahead. Actually, I've been feeling this way for a long time...only this is (I think) the first opportunity I've had to really give it some dedicated attention.
But first is a complete studio re-do. It's definitely time for that. So many years of stashing and gathering and stuffing.
Oh and back to the Creative Connection...it was just that, a perfect place to connect with other creative souls. Such fun. For those of you who like to holiday shop early, I thought I'd share some of the lovely discoveries I made at the event...
I Sew Lucky...adorable, lovable stuffed owls and such. I bought one and I don't even have young children anymore. Yep they're that cute.
Shiznits...the most lovable monsters ever, and high-quality too. Rare and adorable.
J. Jewels Designs...beautiful, classic, custom-made sterling imprinted jewelry by the most delightful designer. I got to wear my new ring for several hours before my daughter spotted it and well you know what happened next.
Vintage by Crystal...handmade German spun-cotton treasures. I purchased a beautiful tree ornament from her.
Century Farmhouse...Handcrafted artisan herbal soaps. After watching her soap-making demo, and being a hard-core handmade soap user myself...I was in love. She even captures rainwater to use in some of her soaps!
I'm still in August. It isn't fair that it's September already. That means I have to start pulling everything together for the Creative Connection event next week. Wow, next week, really?
Actually, I've been so excited/nervous about taking the handcrafts made by my Haitian girls that I've sorta lost focus on my own work. But here I go anyway. It will all work out just fine, as it always does.
I couldn't decide whether to post a pic or two a day to give you a peek at some of the items I'm taking. Then decided, nah let's just throw it all out there.
As you've come to expect from me, a lot of words and sentiments in my work.
Because really that's all it takes sometimes, isn't it? Just a word...
A word to inspire, to encourage, to soothe, to get us up out of that chair and get us going.
And if it's a reminder that's hanging on our wrist or our wall, well all the better spoken.
And so now my word must be 'go'. So much still to do.
If you are going to be in Minneapolis next week please let me know, I'll keep an eye out for you.
Now I'll leave you with some of the best words I know...
Most of my stitching begins with a blank scrap of linen and a threaded needle, without a plan. I let the cloth and thread lead me along. Sometimes good things result and sometimes not so much. But either way, it's a therapeutic process that's good for my soul. I'll take you along this time...
I began with some rough French linen and basic white thread. The first stitches are outline stitches (done in a backstitch by hand) in a sort of leaf/pod shape.
Then I gathered some lovely British wool threads, a little tricky to stitch with but I love the colors and like the organic feel of them. You can use embroidery threads too of course.
Using the outline stitching as my guide, I began satin-stitching with the first wool thread.
Changing colors as I went along, I finished stitching around the outline stitches. If you're using embroidery floss you'll likely have smoother stitching, a sort of 'satin' look and feel.
Next I decided to chain stitch around the outer edges of my 'leaves'. For this step and following, I've switched over to embroidery floss.
Chain outline all finished.
Then I began filling in the centers with old beads and buttons.
And since everything looks better with a little greenery, I began chain-stitching some stems and leaves.
Hmm, is it finished? I don't know, maybe some seed beads? Well it's finished for today anyway.
Giveaway News: Congratulations to Linda for being chosen as the winner of the stitched heart sketchbook. And THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes!
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