Monday, December 31, 2012

My Etsy Shop... now OPEN!!!

Finally, I have a listing in my Etsy shop. It's only been "open" since, oh, I think April of this year...and completely empty!

But, as promised, I now have a listing for the pattern of the Calavera Owl Embroidery I did for my friend Heather for Christmas.

Please check out my shop here. I hope to have another new embroidery pattern listed soon (hopefully within the next 3-4 days). I also plan on having some other items for purchase sometime in January. I'll keep you all updated here.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Calavera Owl!

I am SO happy that I finally get to post about the calavera owl embroidery I made for my BFF Heather for Christmas!!! 

Heather loves owls. We both also like calavera (Day of the Dead skulls/sugar skulls). They are just so pretty to me--can't explain it.

So I decided to combine the two for Heather's Christmas gift! I hope that one day next week I can get the pattern together to put up on my Etsy site...when I do, I'll be sure to post the info here...

The finished product--framed in the embroidery hoop. There is a great tutorial from Polka and Bloom here. (I won't show you the back of mine--I didn't quite have the knack of it...nor did I use the hoop as a template for the it's not so pretty as it should be *grin*  But the tutorial is indeed awesome).

I used a split stitch to outline the owl, in red. There are some lazy daisy stitches, french knots, and of course old faithful--the back-stitch.

Close up of  le eye ball *grin* 

And a close up of le belly flower.
I really, really, really did want to keep this one for I guess one day I'll have to make one for my wall. Until then, I supposed I shall just have to admire the pictures I took of it.
Stay tuned for info on my Etsy shop. (I've yet to post anything for sale, and I've had it for, oh, about 8 months now?!?)

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunset on the Water

So, I haven't posted anything since finishing the koi quilt. And yes, I know that's been two full months. I haven't worked on anything either, except a couple of Christmas gifts. One I can't show you yet because it's for my BFF who reads my blog (thank goodness somebody does!). The other is for my Secret Santa person at work. 

At work each year, we do Secret Santa. We have this questionnaire that we all fill out, and it includes some of the following questions: 
  • What I most want for Christmas this year...
  • My favorite color is...
  • I collect...
  • I can never have enough...
I always like to make at least one thing that involves one of the person's answers to the questionnaire. Like last year, I drew Kristen's name. She collects antique buttons, and her favorite color is red. So I knitted her a red cowl scarf that closed with antique mother-of-pearl buttons. You get the idea...(sadly I do not have a picture of it).

This year, I drew John's name. Blue is his favorite color. I thought about a scarf or something like that, but that seemed a little too personal. So I decided I'd embroider something. What, I had no idea.

Then, a tiny idea...

It started out just as some abstract blue thing.But as it turns out, I'm not so great at the abstract just doesn't translate from the picture in my head, through my hands, and onto whatever medium I'm using at the time. So I decided to make it into a sunset on the water.

I just kind of made it up as I went along...

And when I finished the sunset, I thought it still needed something. So I decided to add a few wispy clouds...

So, whaddya think??

I'm going to frame it. Hopefully John will enjoy it. He hasn't been with us very long, so maybe it can be added to his office somewhere to fill in some of the blank space on the walls *grin*

(If you are one of my coworkers reading this, you must keep this secret!) *wink*

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