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!

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supporting adoption

I’ve had these adoption embroideries designed for probably the past six months and finally was able to get them done this summer. I’m crazy happy with how they turned out.

new adoption embroideries

While I’ve done a few embroidery items focused on the country of Africa, I have wanted to move towards offering some items that are for other countries as well. With these new sets, you have a choice of

Africa
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China
adoptionchina

or Haiti

adoptionhaiti

 

There are two options for stitching: either the outline of the country or a hand appliqued outline of the country. Buyers also have a choice of 6 different colorways in this fun American Jane fabric.

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Why adoption themed embroideries and why “love finds a way”? I’m surrounded by amazing friends who have answered the call to adopt from foreign countries. I’ve had the privilege of walking this road of almost 8 years for some. It is filled with blessing, but also such trial. And the way all of these friends persevered through it was through love. Love for these children that they knew the Lord had placed in their care. These embroideries are a tribute to those friends and all the many others out there that have walked the same path.

If you didn’t know it, this year I’m giving a portion of all my sales to Lola Children’s Home in Ethiopia. When you buy from daisyeyes handmade, you are helping to support the vision of Abebe Fantahun who started a home for HIV+ orphans and their siblings. So far I have been able to give nearly $80 of my profits to help support this ministry. I’m thankful for the ability to give out of the blessings that God has given me.

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This last month has been a doozy. I feel like I’ve been away from daisyeyes forever and it has been a nice reprieve to pick it back up again; albeit slowly. I’m still technically on call for this interim teaching position so I’m still kind of in limbo until after spring break. After spending nearly 3 weeks back in a classroom, we packed up and drove all the way to Florida to hang out with the Mouse and nearly a bagillion other people. We had a fantastic week and had so much fun, but I was super happy to be back home. I’m slowly becoming more of a fan of instagram and you can see some great pictures from our trip here if you become a follower.

I’ve slowly had a few things in the works for the shop and hope to keep slowly rolling them out over the next few weeks.

First up is this rainbow birthday banner:

WIP...123's for the banners to be

I love how these numbers look and can’t wait to get the whole banner completed. The banners will say “I AM ONE” or TWO or THREE etc. You get the picture.

 

Going along with these rainbow banners is this little mini bunting I made. The letters are all hand embroidered onto mini pennant banners and it makes the perfect little reusable decoration for a high chair, regular chair or anything else you can think of.

mini hand stitched pennant banners

These little banners are already in the shop and ready to be made just for you!

 

Last up is the first of a few different styles of birth announcements. This is the subway style version. It’s all hand embroidered in a cool variety of fonts and fully customized to the specifics of the little dude or chick!

birth announcement: subway style

They measure 9×12 and are also in the shop ready to be made just for you! Turn around time for these is about 2-3 weeks.

That’s about it for now. Hopefully I can be back to regular postings in the next week or so…but that proves to be seen just yet.

Off to watch some Alias (yes I’m like 10 years behind the times, but thank goodness for Netflix!)