Holiday Embroidery Projects

As part of my quest to save money to move out soon, all of my Christmas gifts to people will be embroidered items.  While I was in DC visiting friends, I worked on a few items in my down time. Sometimes it is just really nice to sit and chit-chat and embroider at the same time.  I probably would have done it on the plane, except I imagine the TSA has something against sewing needles and scissors.

Since I am 1000% sure that my friends do not read this blog, I feel comfortable spoiling their embroidered gifts here.

I embroidered a dinosaur. I found a dinosaur pattern online and I copied it as best as I could, and then added the fancy bowtie. Who wouldn’t love a fancy dinosaur gentleman? I don’t know precisely what kind of dinosaur this is.

This one is actually for my brother and sister-in-law’s kitchen. They are very health conscious, and at a dinner recently, they said they would get a kick out of having an embroidered sign that says “Gains are made in the Kitchen”. After all, you cannot outrun a bad diet.

I still have 5 more things to embroider. My Mom and Boyfriend will not be getting embroidered things, so I need to find them something else.

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A long day

Today, we drove to my Dad’s hometown to visit my Grandpa, and to finally bury his ashes. My Dad passed away 8 years and 17 days ago.  It is a complicated thing, but this is for the best.

On the drive, I worked on some embroidery, which I am proud of.

I went to a tea party yesterday too, and I intend to write it up at some point too. But I have been a bit distracted this weekend.

Hello again

There was a picnic this past weekend, but I had to go see family at the last minute instead. It’s awful, because the weather was PERFECT for a picnic! Maybe the weather will stay nice too. Seeing family was pretty nice though, so it’s not all bad. I hope next weekend is nice, so perhaps I can dress up and run my errands.

While hanging out with family, I worked on some embroidery.

I think this looks really good! I drew the pattern out and then tried to use a variety of stitches to make it look cute.

I spent the night at my Aunt’s house, and this is her little dog. She’s a cutie.

Summer Crafts

I visited some friends this weekend, and one of them complimented the blue strawberry tote bag I made a few months ago. This inspired me to make the one with pink fabric today.

It is pretty much the same as the other bag, except I used pink strawberry fabric, a different lace trim, and the fusible interfacing is medium weight instead of heavy duty. Therefore the bag itself is less stiff.

Last time, it took me 2 days to make a bag, but I got this one completely done today. Yay! I never used the strawberry felt plushes I made before, so maybe I will attach some of those onto here for decoration.

Now that I have used up all the nice lace from those bloomers that didn’t fit, I will need to actually go buy some nice lace. ;+; All the lace I currently own is the awful scratchy lace that I got from a craft store before I could tell the difference between nice lace and crappy lace.  Or maybe the next tote bag will just not have lace on it. OR I could embroider it for decoration.

Speaking of embroidery…

I hand-sewed the hems of two random pieces of cloth to then embroider with flowers and practice stitches.  They are totally uneven and look kind of funky, but it is just for practice.

I really need to buy one of those pens for drawing the design on the fabric instead of just free hand embroidering.

On the other piece of fabric, I just made a random flowery design. I don’t know why it is flowers and antlers (or is it a weird tree?).

 

Random Strawberry Crafting Weekend

Worked on some crafts this weekend. After all, this next weekend is Paradiso and the weekend after that is the Strawberry Festival, so need to get my strawberries done.

All of my other accessories are red but these strawberries are pink. Whoops. Luckily, no one will ever see this handkerchief anyway.  It’s not even part of my outfit, it’s just a cute little extra that only I will know about.

Made some little plush strawberries that are 3D. Original plan was to make them into a charm for my bag.

But now…crap I am unsure, since I already have the other pin.

More flat strawberry plushes in two sizes. Made the larger ones and then though they might be too large to be okay for hair clips. I guess the larger ones could be for a proper brooch for my dress. Or not. I will figure something out. I made these a bit differently from the other one I made, and I think I like these a bit better. Can’t just have a plain strawberry for a brooch or hairclip (well, maybe hairclip) so I will finish these up later this week.

I also went to a craft store to find a strawberry charm to make a necklace, and see if I could get more red and green felt. Felt was successful, but there were no strawberry charms. I did find some other super cute charms instead, but didn’t buy them.

Crap, the little strawberry cake and biscuit charms probably would have worked well enough now that I think about it. Oh well. There is a super cute strawberry necklace from Kuma Crafts that would be nice, however, I don’t think I want to spend that kind of money on strawberry themed jewelry until I have a real strawberry print dress.

Look at all these little tea set charms! They are so cute! I did get a different (not pictured) teapot charm, but these would be cute for earrings (that I can’t wear ha ha) or a necklace with lots of charms on it.  Maybe eventually.

One Year

I have officially had this blog for an entire year now!

When I started, I wasn’t really sure what direction to take this blog in. Even now, I am still a bit aimless. At least my anime rambling is quarantined elsewhere. And I am still bad at blog post titles. 🙂

Since I got back, I started working on embroidery again

This one has little lavender knot roses and random blue dragonflies that really don’t match anything. I think this will just be a bunch of random things.  One more piece of fabric and then the first set of (way too small actually) handkerchiefs will be done. Now that I have more colors of thread, I think I will plan out larger pieces, and try to make them actually match my dresses.

Embroidery Update

Went to see my boyfriend this weekend and took my embroidery so I could sew a little between taking turns on Civ 6.

The rose and vines are done! However, somehow I think I got cat hair on this (hmm surely it is not because of the many cats in my life….) and the embroidery loop left indentions. I think once I am done with the four handkerchiefs I initially made, I will wash and iron them again.

Second one was all done today. A tea cup and some flowers and a heart. I wasn’t really sure what to do so I came up with on off the top of my head. It all looks kind of wonky to me, but I guess it is good practice.

The tea is hot pink because I don’t have any embroidery floss that is the same color as any tea. Well, I guess hibiscus tea is kind of bright red/pink. However, hibiscus tea is also sour as heck and I do not like it. :/ I want to get some other colors of floss.