Sometimes I Swirl


Sometimes I Swirl Embroidery Hoop
I’m not going to be posting as much in August. I have some exciting projects I’m working on right now, but they are also things I have to keep secret. So for the next month I’m going to be toning back my posting, but I’ll be keeping you all updated as much as I can!

Today I want to show off the amazing embroideries I got from Sarah Hennessey from Sometimes I Swirl.

Sometimes I Swirl Embroidery Hoop
We swapped work, I sent her two of my cross stitches and she sent me two of her embroidered hoops. I had such a hard time choosing, I knew I wanted one of her mandalas, I love all the photos of them she posts and it’s even more amazing in person.
Sometimes I Swirl Embroidery Hoop

I decided on this abstract swirl piece for my second one. I love the colors and textures, it’s so fun.

Sometimes I Swirl Embroidery Hoop
I love seeing other needlework artist’s work in person and it’s even better to actually own pieces myself! I’ve amassed quite an amazing collection from various swaps I’ve done, now to just get my act together and make a gallery wall to display them all!

You can buy your own embroidery from Sarah’s Etsy shop and you can see her progress photos on Instagram.


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Which says “mint ice cream” more?
I think the right, but I could only find one fabric that shade. I have a lot more of the left, but it isn’t quite right to me. 🍦
#icecream #icecreampencilcaseswap #colorhelp #nofilter

Which says “mint ice cream” more?
I think the right, but I could only find one fabric that shade. I have a lot more of the left, but it isn’t quite right to me. 🍦
#icecream #icecreampencilcaseswap #colorhelp #nofilter


The Twinery and Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop


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It’s time for another blog hop, this time with the Twinery and Serendipity Stamps! It’s the first day of the hop and you should have made your way here from Happy Paper Craft Happenings, so welcome! Head over to the Twinery blog for a full list.
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When I picked out my stamps, I couldn’t resist these embroidery stamps. I also got this cute button stamp and decided to make some wall hangings for my craft area.
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I used the stamp on a plain white cotton fabric and put it into a hoop. I decorated the hoops a couple different ways.

The first one I made I wrapped in Caribbean Solid twine. I love the way it looks, but the twine is a little thick for the hoop and it made it a little difficult to get the hoop together.
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So for the second one I tied Denim Stripe twine into a bow around the top of the hoop.

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The third one I braided Mandarin Solid, Maraschino Solid, and Marigold Solid together and attached it to the top as a way to hang the hoop.
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There’s also a chance to win some prizes!

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A Solid Sampler Pack (retail value $48)

A Serendipity Stamps $25 gift certificate.

Visit the Twinery blog and the Serendipity Stamps blog to ​find out how to enter to win!

Make sure you check out all the other stops on this blog hop!

The Twinery
Serendipity Stamps
Julie Ranae
Monika Wright
Jenny Gropp
Marybeth Lopez
Christine Meyer
Miriam Napier
Katarina Damm-Blomberg
Pauline Pollington
Anita Mulcahey


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The Twinery and Poppystamps Blog Hop


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Today is the last day of the Twinery and Poppystamps blog hop, and if you headed over from Le Cardon Bleu, welcome! If you missed out on the first two days of projects, make sure to head over to the Twinery blog for a full list.

I was able to pick my stamps and I got this super cute Teresa Tea Time stamp as well as two sizes of the sakura.

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I picked up some brown craft paper and made my own wrapping paper. I tied some Peapod Stripe, Solid Marigold, and Honeydew Solid around the package and also made some little twine pom poms.
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There’s also a chance to win some prizes!
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A Sampler Pack of Shimmer Twine (retail value $32)
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Two pack of Dies (retail value 26.50)

Head over to the Twinery blog for full details on how to enter!

I’m the last stop on the blog hop, but make sure to head back and check out all the other posts!

The Twinery
Poppystamps
Julie Ranae
Patty Tanuz
Amy Crockett
Jeanne Jachna
Rebecca VanDeMark
Rudlis/Irena Kowalczyk
Melania Deasy
Sherry Eckblad
Denise Hahn
Sherry Hester


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New project bag, because I’m an adult. #caticorn #hallmark #bag #cat #nofilter #rainbow

New project bag, because I’m an adult. #caticorn #hallmark #bag #cat #nofilter #rainbow


Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt!


Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun
I had an idea for a project and I finally sat down and did it. I have a linoleum carving set from an illustration class in college, so I made myself a “cross stitch” stamp.
Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun
I made a grid on the shirt first using a ruler and a a fabric pencil. I folded the shirt in half to get the midpoint and started from there and worked out drawing lines every half inch.
Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun
Make sure you put some sort of cardboard inside the shirt to avoid it bleeding through. I used fabric paint and a sponge brush. It was tedious but I brushed a thin layer on every time, I didn’t want to risk dipping the stamp in and getting excess paint on the shirt.
Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun
I always use a heart when I do my little cross stitch experiments, it’s a simple enough shape and I already have a pattern for it. I want to make a more complicated design now that I’ve done one and know it works! I’m going to block print “cross stitch” all my clothes!
Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun
If you want a more detailed, step by step tutorial, Haley from The Zen of Making has a great one for making a cat shirt here.

Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun


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50 States Stitching Club by Wild Olive


Mollie from Wild Olive has another fantastic stitching club, this one is the 50 States! I swore to myself I was going to finish the spring stitching club before starting, but I just couldn’t help myself!
50 States Stitching Club by Wild Olive
Every week is a different state and in the end I will have a quilt. I picked out my fabrics and I stitched up the first three states.
50 States Stitching Club by Wild Olive
On Saturday I went to breakfast with Mollie and I gave her a few state themed gifts. I had Jen from 52 Lasers cut this map thread holder and needleminder. I love how they turned out! I also saw these state cookies at Whole Foods and I couldn’t resist picking up a box!
50 States Stitching Club by Wild Olive
50 States Stitching Club by Wild Olive

You can still sign up for the 50 States Stitching Club here!


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Evie’s been asking about this magnet a lot. I’m not sure how to explain to a 3 year old why we Photoshopped her head onto Winston Churchill’s body. #eviechurchill

Evie’s been asking about this magnet a lot. I’m not sure how to explain to a 3 year old why we Photoshopped her head onto Winston Churchill’s body. #eviechurchill


Dropcloth Color Wheel Sampler


Dropcloth Color Wheel Sampler by Hugs are Fun
I bought the Dropcloth color wheel sampler months ago and decided to finally start it last week. I am terrible about buying things and leaving them to sit untouched and I really want to remedy that.

I have a lot of other things I’ve purchased and then haven’t used (sashiko samplers, LED stitching kit, specialty threads and fabrics) and I am making it a point to use them. It’s so easy to get caught up on making sure you save them for the perfect project so they don’t go to waste. But in reality, by leaving them sitting around, they are already going to waste.
Dropcloth Color Wheel Sampler by Hugs are Fun
I really love how this turned out, I found this sampler extremely relaxing and a great learning experience. I love the simplicity and repetition of cross stitch, the same movement over and over, tiny little Xs filling the fabric. But the beauty of embroidery are all the different stitches and I really got a chance to explore them with this color wheel.
Dropcloth Color Wheel Sampler by Hugs are Fun
There is a sampler of the month club which is extremely tempting, all of the samplers are gorgeous. Maybe if I use up a few more of the supplies I’ve been hoarding I’ll reward myself with more Dropcloth samplers.

You can buy your own color wheel sampler from Dropcloth on Etsy.


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Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants


Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants from Hugs are Fun
I don’t think it’s any surprise that I’ve caught the hexagon bug. I’ve become an English paper piecing machine and I’m finding myself drawn to any and all hexagon patterns. Just check out this pouch, Moleskine, and duct tape that I got.
Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants from Hugs are Fun

Anyways, Jen from 52 Lasers made an assortment of hexagon pendant frames and I got to help her fill them!

My first thought was obviously fabric. I’m a huge fan of making fabric hexagons, so I knew I wanted to make fabric hexagons to wear.
Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants from Hugs are Fun
I also wanted to cross stitch a design but that hasn’t happened yet. But I did make a little embroidered one. I just hand wrote the letters, I kind of wish I had done a neater job and traced them. But I loved the idea of using the different spaces to make a more modern mother’s necklace. So I put both girl’s first initials and a heart.
Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants from Hugs are Fun
Now that’s when I started trying to think of other ideas. I saw that Jen was playing with adding additional embellishments and I started experimenting with other supplies. I stamped a piece of origami paper and sealed it with Mod Podge and I made one with washi tape. And my final, crazy idea was to fill the frame with seed beads.

The pendants come as two pieces, a front frame and a back that you glue together. Assembly is really simple, I glued mine together with E6000 glue.
Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants from Hugs are Fun

Jen is selling these in her supply shop Beadeux on Etsy. You can also get the awesome needleminders and floss holders over there too!

Read more about the pendants and see the ones that Jen made over at 52 Lasers.


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