when oceans rise…

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It’s hard to believe we are almost halfway through the month of May already. May is always so cram packed full that I feel like I’m living almost a week ahead trying to prepare myself for what is next.

One of my favorite projects in the past few months has been this set of lyrics from the song Oceans by Hillsong United. It’s funny in some ways because they play this song on the radio all.the.time and there was a point where I was really getting that overplayed annoyance with it. Then one day I heard this acapella version on Relevant and it kind of took me aback. I’m sure I’ve posted about it already on the blog lately, but it just keeps hitting me over and again.

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This first half of 2014 has been amazing for me and my little etsy shop. I feel like after running this shop for going on 3ish years now I’ve learned so much and I’m so much more confident in what I’m doing. There are weeks that are hard, conversations that are tough, but the growing and stretching experience for me has been life-changing. I’m continually overwhelmed by the increase in traffic, increase in sales and just the awesome and humbling comments I get from customers. Every day I count myself lucky and amazed that I am able to do the thing I love and it’s truly a blessing to me and our family.

That said, our family is riding some interesting ocean waves lately and we are working hard to keeping our eyes above those waves and steady on where we are and where the Lord might take us. I am planning on taking a good bit of vacation from the shop in June and hope to do some major planning and product development for the next half of the year, work on the next step for The Crooked Stitch (which I think will involve some e-courses…fingers crossed!) and just work on some projects of my own. I’ve completely dropped the ball on my One Little Word journal, I’ve got a whole slew of things I’m hoping to work on to stretch my sewing muscles and honestly I need some good, quiet time with my kiddos without distraction.

So if you journey to my little etsy space in June and see the shop is closed up you have lots of other options to keep up with what’s happening in the daisyeyes household. I am totally becoming addicted to instagram (my handle is @daisyseyes) and I still post pretty frequently to facebook too. If you aren’t a social networker I do hope to post project updates on the blog throughout the summer and will for sure keep up with my what I’ve been into posts.

Here’s to a happy May and an adventurous summer!

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a new venture

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I’m working on a new venture around here.
If you’ve followed this blog, if you know me or if you follow me on facebook, then you know that one of the greatest desires of my hearts has been to open a shop here in my little town. I started a business plan for it about this time last fall and over the course of this past year my focus has changed a little bit. The reality of a storefront at this stage of our lives made me realign my focus a little bit and while I do hope at some point I might have an actual store space, I’m deciding to start smaller. In an effort to bring some accountability to this idea, I’ve finally published the facebook page and am doing a little promo here. Hopefully in the next month or so I’ll have an actual website and I’m hoping to have the beginning stages rolling by October.

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My plan at this point is to offer two different opportunities:

The first is sewing lessons that come to you. Basically, I come to your house (or wherever is convenient) and work with you on a project, on beginner sewing stuff etc.

And the second is sewing/crafting themed parties for kiddos. I’m pretty sure that the first two offerings will be hand embroidery/hand sewing themed party (such as making an initial hoop and possibly finger puppets) and the other would be making pillowcases with applique initials. Again, these parties would be at your home and I would bring all the materials needed to make the projects. By next spring I hope to have added an American Girl sewing themed party….and many more ideas roaming through my head!!

Want to stay informed on when and where the big launch is? Like The Crooked Stitch on facebook or follow along on this blog for more information coming soon!

2013 goals: post 1

I’ve got another 2013 goals oriented post up my sleeve in the coming week, but today I was hit with a couple of quotes that really summed up for me where I am at as I enter into this new year.

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Last year was an amazing, eye opening kind of year for me. Etsy and embroidery in general had always been just a hobby for me. Sometimes I earned a little extra money sewing on the side for others, but for the most part it was just for fun. I always had a yearning to make more of it, but really didn’t believe I could.

Then came last February. I came up with the idea for the felt capes sets and things just blossomed from there. I’ve grown from a shop that just had  a little bit of embroidery to one that sells all sorts of things “from embroidery to felt.” It was a steep learning curve and I feel like I’m still deeply in that curve as I walk into this year.

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I’ve struggled some as I’ve had these past few weeks off with whether daisyeyes was something I really even wanted to continue. I’ve thought about giving up more than once on it and most of the time it’s because I was listening to those voices telling me that I’m never really going to make it, I’m just “playing” at having a business, it’s never going to amount to anything etc etc.

Then today I got on facebook (of all places!) and first read a quote from a girl in my town that has her own small handmade business. She was thanking everyone for the last 3 years and remarked on how she never knew she could paint. Then she started to paint and now considers it a gift. I feel the same way about embroidery. I struggle with what I’m making is even really art or really even creative. She reminded me that it’s not how I see it but how others see it. I’m doing what I do because others love it and want it. I’m doing what I do because I love to make something just right for someone. And I am an artist in my own way. I’m not this amazing photographer or graphic designer or painter. But what I can do, this gift I have been given, is just that: a gift that I long to share with others.

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After I read that post I saw a quote that Simple Mom posted on facebook today and it really sums up where I am right now. It is a quote from Emily Freeman:

“Creativity actually births courage. It comes after, not before. If you wait until you feel ready, you could be stuck in your small story for a very long time. Dare to see the art in everything, take small risks with great faith. You may find the fear fade a bit, and courage just might rise up within you like two great walls of water on either side, high enough for you to get lost in a good way in the bigness of it all.”

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And honestly I think that’s me.
I know that walking into this year I can make this happen.
Better yet, God is who is making this happen.
And it’s only with that knowledge can I walk headfirst into 2013 ready and waiting for the amazing things He is going to do this year with daisyeyes.

blog things…

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If you subscribe to this blog via a reader (thank you by the way), head on over to the actual site and check out my new facebook and pinterest buttons over there on the right side. I designed and embroidered these and I’m super proud of myself. Any time an idea that forms in my head and comes out perfectly I could jump up and down.

Another new item on the blog is the list page. I’m hoping to keep a manageable run of lists of ideas or things that I’m hoping to do. Check it out and see what I’m working on and if I’ve actually finished anything on the list!

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And finally, October is 31 days of…month. Last year I got a little too ambitious and posted a new project every day that I had seen around Pinterest or the web. This year, much simpler. My goal is to share a new embroidery stitch every day, either through photographs or a short video and in the end create a cool sampler of 31 embroidery stitches.

So head on to the store, grab a few needles and some floss and stitch along with me!

I’m baaaaack

Ok, I’m not totally back but this is prep week.
I’ve got a handful of projects on the table in the studio…
A handful of completed projects I’m super excited to share…
And an etsy shop to hopefully reopen by the end of the week.
Recovery has been slow, so the reopen is going to be a bit slower than I had hoped, but here’s hoping that builds some enthusiasm and excitement.

Here’s a few teaser pics for some things to come…

100% cotton cape kits for you to sew
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a super fun stitch along from August
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I finally finished the giant Love is… embroidery and pattern!
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There is going to be a new Africa onesie in the shop
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and I’ve got at least 2 new banners in the works on the table.

Stay tuned this week for a give-away, details on the new shop items and if you are on facebook become a fan today and get access to some great new coupon codes for fans.

stitching update & a give-away #1

Now that my sale is over (it was a bust…boo!), I am so excited to get started on some new stitching’s that have been in my head for a while.

All of these are Christmas gifts and will become items in the etsy shop after the New Year.

Family Hands
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Family Tree (I’m probably most excited about this one)

dec 2011: family tree stitching in process

 

and a line of little chicks. You have seen a few of these already on my embroidered charms, these are going to be bookmarks and I also hope to do a group of these girls that could be framed. These are customizable and I’m super excited about the possibilities with these too!

dec 2011: stitching in process

dec 2011: stitching in process

 

Christmas is approaching way to quickly and in honor of the approaching season I’m going to be doing a couple of give-aways on the blog between now and then. We’ll start the games with this set of 3 onesies.

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Leave a comment and one of these goodies is yours.

A perfect gift for a new holiday baby!

Like daisyeyes handmade on facebook and you will be entered twice!