Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lost and found: felt badges and vintage sheets

Lost. . . .

I had big plans, big ideas.  I opened another Etsy shop, wanting to fill it with hand-embroidered felt goodies.  I would focus on badges, brooches and teeny banners to share and give to others -- an award and merit badge sort of theme.

Buuut, I lost momentum.  I lost the desire.  And I really just don't have the time.  :(

So I want to share some merit badges I had made for a swap (which actually inspired me to open the shop in the first place!)  They're about 2.5" to 3" in size. . . . lots of fun, teeny tiny stitches!

I couldn't stop smiling as I stitched these. . . .

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I am not OK

I am not OK.

If you asked, I would probably tell you that I am. But that would be a lie.

You see, I am not OK with losing my three babies. I think of them, miss them, every single day.  But their deaths became a catalyst for radical, unforeseeable change in me.  Change both terrible and beneficial.

Monday, October 11, 2010

UbaFest! A 16th Birthday party, plus a mini-tutorial

Last night's UbaFest was a success!

What is UbaFest, you ask?  Only my dear Monkey 1's sixteenth birthday party. . . the campfire edition!  Which means:  a relatively inexpensive, simple, mostly handmade shindig, with the main focus on family and just being together.  We feasted on tender smoked brisket (slowly cooked by my mother-in-law) and homemade potato salad, s'mores and red velvet cake balls.  Plus {unfortunately} lots of junk food.  We played lots of silly games, and chatted and laughed 'til we cried.  Simple, but so much fun.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stitching away the hours. . . the monarch butterfly

I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted!  I'm so sorry. . . .  I wanted to post, really, but I just didn't have anything interesting to show or tell or share.  Seriously, no one wants to hear "oh, our hens laid 5 eggs today" or "Owen is in a pour-out-all-liquids-on-any-surface phase."  So I spared you the mundane, until I finally had something pretty to share!

I absolutely loved stitching this piece.  I was inspired by this photograph, and I stitched it up for {what else?} a Craftster swap.  (If you want to be totally wowed, check out the gallery.)

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