a random update

Life’s been crazy. The blog is totally on the back burner until 2015…but then I have big goals and aspirations. Here’s a few glimpses from the past little while and a few words.

My custom birth announcement design got a lovely shout out from Urban Threads for the use of their animal patterns. I love their patterns and will use them over and over again. They are hip, simple, sweet and honestly they are just a great company to support.

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I’m deep in the throws of a huge commissioned embroidery. This is a double wedding vows embroidery with a little applique in the middle. I’ve got big plans for that tree, but first I’ve got to finish all the text. Almost there.

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I’m wrapping up my last few embroidered shoe orders for the year. If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that I would end up stitching so many pairs of shoes AND loving every minute of it I would have called you a liar. Honestly, it’s this little venture that has really helped me shape the direction I hope to go in the new year.

Custom embroidered TOMS - wedding shoes

One thing I love most is the stories I get to be a part of. For example: this bride requested a sunshine on the side of their shoes because she and her groom met for the first time on a sunrise hike. What a fun way to remember that awesome memory!

Custom embroidered TOMS - wedding shoes

That’s about it for now. Like I said, I’ve got big plans for 2015. It’s been an amazing year for me – learning what I love to do, learning what I don’t love to do and learning how to say no and also how to stick my neck out in big ways. I’m excited for the future and so hopeful.

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throwback thursday {custom embroidery lookback}

On Thursdays I pull from my store of archives and take a look back at past projects, words and other fun memories. This week I remember one of my first custom typography embroideries. Back in 2011 the idea of “family rules” was all over the web and I had a client come to me asking if I could design a fun embroidery of their family rules for a gift for her dad. It was probably the second custom I had designed at that point and I had a blast doing it. Here’s a look back from November 2011.

Do you have some family rules that your family always quotes? This family did and requested a custom family rules embroidery with a wrapped hoop.

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throwback thursday {irish blessing embroidery}

On Thursdays I “throwback” by pulling from my archives and remembering where I’ve come from and this journey I’m on. Today I share one of my first commissioned embroideries. This Irish Blessing embroidery was the request of a customer and has become one of my most popular patterns and kits over the years. It’s a great pattern for beginners, is customizable because of the applique and makes a super gift for a baptism, birth or just because. Here’s the original post back from September 2011.

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I was commissioned via etsy to embroider this Irish Blessing and I’m so happy I did it. It was a great experience designing where to put the applique and a great test of how much my hands can handle embroidering in one day too!

irish blessing: close up

I’m really pleased with how it turned out. So much so that I listed it on etsy!

me + you {custom embroidery and new listing}

I feel like it’s been forever since I introduced a new embroidery to the shop.
I’ve had this wedding hoop idea roaming through my head for a while now and I usually love to stitch up prototypes as gifts, rather than letting them hang on my walls forever. There’s an upcoming wedding coming up at my husband’s office, so I thought I would stitch up the design for the bride and groom.

New me+you wedding hoop. Negative space lazy daisies

I took what I knew of their wedding colors and style of wedding and chose some really light blush pinks, greys and champagne colors.

New me+you wedding hoop. Negative space lazy daisies

I outlined a 5×9 oval hoop and the initials of the bride and groom and filled in the hoop with french knots and lazy daisies. I’m absolutely in love with the idea of negative space and the trick it sort of plays with your eyes.

New me+you wedding hoop. Negative space lazy daisies

The listing is up in the shop now. It’s a perfect wedding or anniversary gift and can be stitched in the colors of your choice.

New me+you wedding hoop. Negative space lazy daisies

I typically wrap my hoops with fabric or ribbon, but this time around I thought I would try something different and used this satin trim. I love how it turned out, but as with any hoop you are welcome to have it left natural or wrapped with a variety of materials.

happy 60

My aunt and uncle are getting ready to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. As much as we tried to make it happen, a trip to California wasn’t in the cards for us to help them celebrate in person. So my parents are delivering a special gift from me…

Custom 60th wedding anniversary embroidery

I took my little family people and this newspaper clipping and stitched up the happy couple.

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Custom 60th wedding anniversary embroidery

They are stitched with a combination of rayon floss and cotton floss and I added some beads for my aunts pearl necklace and her veil headdress.

Her wedding flowers were sweet peas and gladiolas. So I tried my hand at stitching up a gladiola on the bottom and stuck with her colors of salmon/peachy and yellow for the rest of the little flowers.

Custom 60th wedding anniversary embroidery

Here’s to 60 years Uncle Bob and Aunt Lillian!

little embroidery update

Here’s some pictures of some projects my hands have been busy stitching up over the last few months. Most of these are available in the shop, locally at The Village Tinker or can be custom ordered.

I just finished up a family hoop embroidery. These are probably my most favorite thing to stitch! It’s the closest thing to painting I’ll ever get to!
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I designed a hoop with a few lines from a Coldplay song that I love. The original design was all in black, then I had a request for a custom embroidery in grey and yellow to match a nursery. Now I can’t decide which one I love more!

Coldplay stars quote. Custom grey and yellow

Coldplay: stars shine

 

I love using button’s as stars and after I designed the Coldplay hoop, I found this quote which I stitched up and set in this awesome vintage metal hoop I had in my stash.

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Speaking of vintage metal hoops. I scored a few of them at the flea market last fall and I also fell in love with this vintage yellow pillowcase. I just knew that at some point I would have to figure out something to stitch on it and to use these hoops for. I knew it would have to be “sun” related too, so I came up with these little hoops.

good morning sunshine

you are my sunshine

 

One of my embroidery goals for the first part of this year was to design a bunch of coffee themed hoops for your kitchen, office or wherever. Here’s a glimpse of the series I did.

coffee hoop

Coffee embroidery. Psalm

Home is where the coffee is embroidered typography

 

I also did a series of boy’s bathroom art that were so fun to stitch! These are currently for sale at The Village Tinker, but you can order them custom through the shop!

Boys bath art Dino pirate Viking

 

I stitched up a custom wedding announcement based on my subway style birth announcement.

Custom wedding announcement

 

And last but not least, I entered into my sewing buddie’s February challenge by designing an artist trading card. One of my next embroidery goals this spring is to design a bunch of bookmarks for the shop. I sort of used this as a jumping point for what I hope these bookmarks might be like (only bigger!)

Sewing buddy project: artist trading card

It was a blast to sew! It’s always so refreshing to just sit and “free embroider” as I will. Not going over a traced out pattern, just sewing as the whim takes me.

Whew! That’s just a little glimpse at what my hands have been into the past few months. I’ve got a stack of embroidery orders on the table as I type and the shop is on vacation for a week or so to give me time to catch up AND celebrate spring break with my kiddos.

what’s been on my hoop lately

A few pictures of some finished things I had the joy of removing from my hoop this week…

Hexagons are all the rage right now in the crafty world (along with granny squares…which is next on my “to-learn” list), so I took one day this week to learn how to make some hexagons and had fun crafting it into a little hoop art. I experimented this time around with wrapping my hoops with washi tape and I love it!

Hexagon sunshine project

Hexagon sunshine project

I finished up the custom wedding vows I had been stitching for the past month. These were so much fun to design and sew! I absolutely love how they turned out!

Custom wedding vows

Custom wedding vows

And the back was almost as cool as the front!

Custom wedding vows WIP

I also finished up this custom poem for a client. It was by far the most stressful thing I’ve stitched. It was a picture of the beauty of etsy in that a women came to me with this detailed explanation of this picture she had in her head and I had the pleasure (and huge task!) of designing and making that picture a reality.

Custom poem and sisters embroidery

And in the end, she gave me one of the best compliments ever:

Hi Aimee,
Just wanted you you to know I received the embroidery today and it is just perfect. I love it! I am going to give it to my son and daughter in law as a gift on Mothers Day. I know it’s a ways off yet, but I have been thinking about this for a long time and am very happy I had it made. Thank you so very much for your beautiful work and the time you spent on it!

It was a beautiful way to end a week!