Thursday, August 28, 2014

Herb Embroidery, Vintage Tea Towels and Atlanta Botanical Gardens

 
I'm catching up on needlework now that vacation time has passed.  I'm glad I took a break because my interest and energy is renewed and I'm really enjoying this project.  I have basil to finish and oregano to do then they'll be ready to sew into something.  Still working on ideas there, I think.  

 
I went with my husband to Atlanta last week and toured the sites while he was in training.  He got to spend some touring time on Friday and we visited an antique shop in Dahlonega which is about an hour away from Atlanta where the first gold discovery was made in the 1800s before they discovered gold in California.  We enjoyed touring the museum and learn about how they retrieved the gold and saw some of the specimens.  

 
Here's another Spoonflower fabric sample from my latest shipment.  It's called Mod Flower Paper.  I designed it for one of their contests and we had to use certain colors.  I used illustrator for this design and had a lot of fun making the shapes, but watercolor painting my designs is still my favorite way to do them :)  

 
While touring Atlanta, I visited the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and it was fabulous.  They have a lot of living sculptures with colorful plants in them.  There are snakes, apes, rabbits, butterflies and more.  So much fun to see.  

 
I loved this frog sitting on the bench.  If you visit Atlanta I really recommend going to the botanical garden!  Hope you have a good weekend.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Kindred Stitches Online Magazine and Garden Tomatoes

 
I've been working on a hand embroidery project for the last little while called "Lavender Cottage" for Kindred Stitches magazine and I'm excited to say it was published today!  You can view it in the Apple iTunes store with this link ~ Kindred Stitches Magazine  

 
There are some really cute projects in the magazine, great photography and reading content.

 
I found a cute vintage hand embroidered kitchen towel to add to my collection.  Yesterday I stopped off at one of our local fresh produce stands and bought some very sweet cherry tomatoes.  Then I was inspired to practice using my camera.  

 
I've purchased some really nice cross stitch patterns from a closed needlework shop and I have them listed in my Artfire shop.  These are some fun out of print Santa cross stitch patterns from The Prairie Schooler.     

 
And one of my favorite designers, Mirabilia.  I have a handful of her patterns as well.  Truly beautiful needlework!  Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cattails Hand Embroidered Kitchen Towel and Embroidery Kit



 
I've put together some nice embroidery kits for beginners and anyone who wants to experiment with different flosses, fibers, threads and fabrics.  There's some nice little patterns to stitch for sampling, color tinting instructions and lots of threads all in a cute patchwork tote bag!  You can find this nice kit in my Artfire Shop by clicking this link

 
And a nice large hand embroidered patchwork tote bag.  It has a little heart wildflower garden embroidery design on the top with a patchwork strip underneath.  It's a nice size tote for weekend trips, crafts and more.   You can find it in my Artfire shop by clicking this link

 
A pretty hand embroidered kitchen towel with a cattail meadow on a lovely Dunroven House towel with hemmed coordinating fabric borders on each end! 

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