Monday, October 25, 2010

Almost Done with Vincent Price...

This piece just came together so quickly! I aldready have the hair & facial features complete. A little shading on his jacket & signing will be done!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Itchin to get Stitchin Vincent Price!

With Halloween quickly creeping up on us, I've been in a horror/chiller kind of mood & when I signed up for an embroidery swap on craftster, was delighted to discover that one of my partners is into Vincent Price!
I had just designed a Vincent Price embroidery pattern & sent it around to some of my nearest & dearest fellow craftsters & stitchers the previous week...however I wanted to tailor this piece more to my partner & make it a bit more personal than using a pattern I had on hand, so I took a reference photo she provided & made this sweet pattern of a dashing young Vincent!

I love it & can't wait to get stitching on it, but have a list a mile long of things I must get done first.
This is just a photo of the pattern as I'm transferring it. If any of you fellow readers would like to know how I transfer my images, it's simple with a lightbox or a window.
Tape the pattern down so it doesn't shift...then tape the fabric over the pattern.
I place the hoop over it to be sure it's going to look right & that I have enough fabric all around so I can move the hoop as I stich if I need to.
Then I trace the lines carefully with a pencil. I would recommend a lightbox over a window because you can turn the light off to be sure the design is completely transferred.
Sometimes I miss a few lines here & there when being distracted by the kiddos.
So there you have it! No big secret & easy peasy!

Stay stitchy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What to Do When a Child is Sick? Distract Them & Love Them of Course!

There's nothing worse than having a sick child. It can take you straight from being a confident mom who has got everything under control, straight to feeling helpless & lost in the wink of an eye.

So the cold started about 2 weeks ago only I didn't recognize the moodiness & short temper in my normally persnickety-yet-sweet little redhead as a sign that she wasn't feeling well. When the fever came on like gangbusters a couple of days later in the evening, I put two and two together.
Her fever reached 103 before we had it under control...then came other symptoms. The poor dear has had most every discomfort associated with a serious flu.
We've spent a lot of time together cuddling...which I love, but wish her discomfort wasn't the reason for her cuddlyness, and she'd fall asleep in my arms which would in turn also fall asleep & remind me of the days when the kiddos were babies & wouldn't nap unless they were being held.
To pass the time we've looked at picture books together & watched a lot of dvds on a portable little dvd player I could bring in to her room & set up on a chair so she could watch from her bed. When she felt a little better mid day, I'd show her video clips on youtube from sesame street & her favorite 'tarako commercials'...anything to keep her mind off how bad she felt.

When something is wrong with a child, then nothing else seems to matter & has to be put on hold until they feel better. Somehow I managed to get all my etsy orders out, but for now, the shops are temporarily in vacation mode until my girl feels like her playful, smiley self again.
She has been to keep liquids down for 3 days & food down for I'm hoping she's over the worst of it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

An Abundance of New Resin Creations Made in a Single Weekend

This past weekend was ridiculously productive for me in that I got to work for two straight days casting new resin gems for the jewelry I sell on etsy. The weather here in Ohio was amazingly warm, so I just took all my supplies outside... glitter, resin, sprinkles, and worked in the sunshine for hours. I have cast enough pieces to have multiple new listings up in my etsy daily from now until the winter if you're looking for something new, different, & unique, please check out

Here are my most recent listings...actual items for sale now.

This is a very petite little pink resin glitter heart... so sparkly & girly.

I'm already starting to list some of my fabulous original Christmas designs like this lovely Santa resin pendant.

This giant dome ring is one in a limited series for kawaii (cute) animal lovers & Harajuku fashionistas.

You can see from this photo I will be pretty busy finishing these into wearable works of cute art! I'll try to get a few listed daily, so check back often for new designs!

If you would like anything custom made in your favorite color, theme, or even personalized, please send me a message through etsy! I'd love to hear from you & make you something fabulous!

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Little Etsy Love for Jerusha...

I just wanted to share with you all a fabulous shop I ran into on etsy when looking for cute clothes for my boy. Jerusha - Tree Town Batiks makes batik shirts in a wide variety of styles & designs for boys, girls, and adults too!

My boy was given a train shirt because he's seriously train addicted & it became his favorite. Seriously, if it was clean, he was wearing it. You'd think with all those colors, and being hand dyed with such bold colors, that the color would run or fade, and I can say it held up incredibly well! Since he is outgrowing it, I was thrilled to see that jerusha was still making that design & they made one special for me in a new size for my growing boy!

If you are interested in buying unique fun shirts for your tots, jerusha is a joy... just be sure to give them plenty of turnaround time to get your shirt made. If you're ordering for the holidays, don't do it only a couple weeks before Christmas & expect to have it in takes 2 -4 weeks to work this kind of magic. This kind of quality & charm takes get your orders in early!

It's really worth the wait!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Tis' the Season to be Spooky!

So it's October first...and we just decorated last night for Halloween. I couldn't possibly deter the kids from thinking about it any longer. Every day my boy comes home from school saying 'everyone else' has their decorations up.
It's a lot of work setting up the village, but now that it's out ...I'm loving it!

Taking pictures of this is a blast!


I'd love to see how everyone else decorates for the Holidays! Please share your links & all related comments with links will be published!

Stay spooky!