Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year! Here's what I've been up to...















I wouldn't say it's my best work, especially the one I did there in the middle, but I think it's still pretty cute!



















Did this for a cute little Bella!  It's on a long sleeved pink shirt.
















Embroidered tote for my Austin "Momma".



















For my sassy lil Mexican friend Liz.  Subversive Cross Stitch pattern.

For my mom's Dad's girlfriend.  From an Andwabisabi pattern.


For my camping friend Haylan, made from a WildOlive pattern.


















For Jessica from Cate Anevski patterns.


For my onigiri loving friend from an Andwabisabi pattern.
















For my Mammy loving friend from vintage tea towel patterns.


For my chefy friend Rebecca.  I copied this, I admit it, from a friend on Flickr.
















Another one for Bella.  I think it's an Aimee Ray pattern, but I can't remember.





For my owl loving friend from an Andwabisabi pattern.


For my feminist friend from a Radical Cross Stitch pattern.















For my skull and pink loving friend, on the dreaded black aida cloth.  Another Andwabisabi pattern.















And for my whale loving friend.  I can't remember where I got the pattern.

There are more I still can't post just yet...but will soon!

For the above patterns and other cute ones:
http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/
http://radicalcrossstitch.com/
www.subversivecrossstitch.com
http://cateanevski.typepad.com/cateanevski/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildolive
http://www.etsy.com/shop/andwabisabi?ref=top_trail

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Too tired to write much...

...so I'll just say this.  I've been stitching my fingers to the bone.  I had to get busy on a pretty sizeable Etsy order.  And it was all custom!  It was fun, I'm really happy to have done it.  Here are the froo-eets of my labor!







This is what I have been working on almost non-stop while at home since Saturday!  I would love to post more of what I've been doing, but November and December are always a quiet blogging period, as I can't post pics of presents!  Soon, my darlings.  Soon...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I should apologize for my sporadic blogging.  BUT, it's not as if many people read this anyway.  I'm not being negative, it's just the truth!  I do want to say that I hope anyone reading this had a good Thanksgiving.  We had a blast.  I didn't take pictures like I thought I would, but there was TONS of food and about 13 of us at dinner.  I made a pretty cheese ball, the first I've ever made, and it was a hit.  Friends showed up and left here and there, and it was nice to spend the holiday with them.  We played a game called Apples to Apples, which is tons of fun and you should totally buy it and play it.  Actually, once you know the rules, you could easily make the game at home.  I don't want to go into it here, but it's basically a word association game.  I love games, and I don't get to play them enough, because we never have people over, because our apartment is TINY and there's not room. 


So anyway, the reason it's so sporadic of late is, again, because I don't have anything I can post yet, at least that I've made, because if someone on my gift list DOES happen to wander over here, they'd have the surprise ruined!  RUUUUINNNNNNED!  And I don't want that. 

I can say that I purchased a Japanese embroidery book in pdf format for $5 on Etsy:



















And OMIGOSH OMIGOSH OMIGOSH it has the cutest tiny patterns in there!!! I'm using some to embroider baby socks to see if it's hard to do, and if it's not, to see if they'll sell at Moxie.  I think they will.  I looked briefly through the PDF yesterday, because I had a lot of other stuff to do and didn't have time to really peruse it, and oh my Lord and butter, those patterns are some of the cutest ever.  I can't wait to try them out!  I want to embroider the whole book and just hang it up somewhere! 

I love giving embroidery to hang to my friends, and I always see it hanging, but I'm not sure how much more they want, you know?  Like, my sister has three that I know she loves, but does she want more?  My friend Rebecca also has three, but would SHE like some more?  I don't know the answer to that question, and if I ask, they may not want to hurt my feelings.  Well, my sister may, she's brutally honest (which I love and wish I could be), but anyway.... sooo I've been looking at other things I can make with embroidery on them, and this book also has some cute cute ideas for that!  So, my Christmas list has changed up a little, and I may be keeping some of the stuff I've done for myself and redoing gifts from this book. 

There.  How's THAT for a new blog entry?  Not a ton of pictures, and a nice little blurb.  I promise, to myself and to anyone who may be reading, to try to blog more in the upcoming weeks leading up to Christmas.  I may try a few new things, like a music day, or a funny youtube day, or a day of pictures of stuff I like to fill in the gaps until I can show off my Xmas wares.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fit to Pop

One thing about Handmade Xmas- I can't post anything about what I'm making until after Christmas.  I have made four things that are awesome, and I have SO SO many ideas for more stuff, and I feel like I'm gonna pop because I have to keep them all secret!  AGH! 

Ah well.  At least maybe there's stuff for Moxie that I can post, if I have time between gifts.  And Thanksgiving is coming up, so maybe I can post some pics of the delicious food I'm going to make! 

I do want to say that I found the COOLEST iPhone app for a cross stitcher.  It's called "Minipop."  It's basically a bunch of cartoony pixelated illustrations of pop stars, movie stars, and TV show characters, and they're perfect for charting up for cross stitch projects.  I already have some ideas for friends!

I just had to get that out.  That's all for now!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

More fun stuff and some excitement

My friend pointed me to the coolest blog!!

http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/

Full of geeky scifi crafts!  Now, if I could just figure out how to crochet those animals using a knitting loom... probably not possible.  Boo.  Because I can't crochet.  I don't have the patience. 

BUT I digress.  I have been working on some awesome Xmas presents.  I can't post them, in case one of the people for whom I'm making them visits the blog, but I'll post them after Christmas.  I've also been working on more bibs for Moxie.  Here is the last one I did:





























I have three more drawn out to do, and then I'm going to do 5 more onesies, and then I'm done with Moxie stuff until after Xmas.  Whew. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

...and more again
















Both from Sublime Stitching patterns.  www.sublimestitching.com

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Stitchin Muh Fangers Off!

Moxie is going to be on the East Side Studio Tour in a couple of weeks, so I've been working on restocking my shelves!




















There's a lot more to come.  I just drew up four new bibs, and I have to get some more onesies, but these added with stuff I've already posted should stock me up pretty good!  Yay!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cate Anevski Love

I just love Cate Anevski's art.  I made these for a friend's birthday.




















You can get the top pattern for free, and many more, on her blog:
http://cateanevski.typepad.com/cateanevski/

Aaaand, you can buy the second pattern, along with many other cute facebroideries, from her Etsy shop.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/cateanevski


Thursday, October 28, 2010

I'm gearing up for my handmade Christmas gifts!  I already have a lot of the supplies, and the perfect ideas in mind.  I can't wait to get started!

In the meantime, I have finished another onesie for Moxie and possibly my Etsy store. 



















Tada!  Now, I just have to iron the creases out and put that baby up for sale!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What I've been up to...
















Sublime Stitching pattern.  Onesie available at Moxie in Austin, TX.

This is Roy from The IT Crowd.




He is my favorite.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Oyyyy, long time no blog!  I've been busy!  Wanna see?















Pattern from Big B:  http://bigbgsd.blogspot.com/
                             http://www.etsy.com/shop/bigbgsd



















A very blurry pic of a hat I made with my Knifty Knitter.  It certainly is nifty...















And I made this for my desk at work.  It's from the book Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson.

I have also been making a ton of cross stitch patterns, so I've been pretty busy.  I have many more works in progress, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Goodies!

Okay!  Soooo, after the success of the last two hats, I made a third.  I used a Medium 4 yarn especially for babies.  I think it was a little TOO soft, because instead of just folding up for a brim, I'm going to have to tack it down, or it looks funny. 



















I do like the colors, though, and I think once I get the brim tacked, it will be super cute.

I also did this cross stitch.  I bought the Zombie Cross Stitch kit, and I was so excited about this, but didn't want to post it in case the person I made it for came to the blog and saw it. 



















Someone told me it was the most beautiful thing I've ever done.  HAHA!!  I'll tell you, it was a BITCH to do!  But, I did enjoy it, and it was very well- loved, so it was totally worth it.

Now.  Here is one I am VERY proud of.  It's Moss from The IT Crowd.  If you have not checked this show out, YOU MUST.  It's hilarious.  I have a friend who's really into it, and I found a pixelized version of the three main characters.  I used graph paper to chart out a pattern for each of the three characters, and this is my first one.  I'm quite proud of the fact that I was able to actually create a cross stitch pattern!!!  It took me forever to start creating my own embroidery patterns.



















The hat and Moss are for my dear friend Elizabeth, who lives in San Antonio.  She's also getting the blue hat I made for her new baby.  I am also working on a top secret fourth gift, that I will hopefully have done by Friday so I can mail her package. 

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Second hat

Hello!  I made another cute hat!  Wanna see?



















It started out as a hat for my friend's baby Bella, who turns 2 this December.  However, it came out way tiny.  And, since that same friend is expecting another girl, this can be for her!  I will make Bella one as well, but I'll use different colors.

The ears were hard at first, but when I picked up how to do them, they're super easy.  Yes, they're a little crooked, but I think it kinda gives the hat character!  I can't wait to do more of these!  I want to make them for everyone!  YAY!!

Oh, and here's another small embroidery! 















I'll be putting it up for sale at Moxie tomorrow.  In fact, I REALLY need to restock there!