little notoriety

I was wasting some time the other night while the chick was taking a bath and trying to get caught up on my blog reading via feedly. I’m strumming through all the blogs and lo and behold see something that just stops my heart…it was my embroidery in my feed!

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It was so crazy, sweet and humbling! Hop on over to feeling stitchy and check it out! This Sarah William’s poem is probably one of my most favorite things I’ve ever created. I love the words, love sewing it and just love how it turns out differently every single time.

You can order your own here; I would love to stitch one up just for you!

little embroidery update

Here’s some pictures of some projects my hands have been busy stitching up over the last few months. Most of these are available in the shop, locally at The Village Tinker or can be custom ordered.

I just finished up a family hoop embroidery. These are probably my most favorite thing to stitch! It’s the closest thing to painting I’ll ever get to!
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I designed a hoop with a few lines from a Coldplay song that I love. The original design was all in black, then I had a request for a custom embroidery in grey and yellow to match a nursery. Now I can’t decide which one I love more!

Coldplay stars quote. Custom grey and yellow

Coldplay: stars shine

 

I love using button’s as stars and after I designed the Coldplay hoop, I found this quote which I stitched up and set in this awesome vintage metal hoop I had in my stash.

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Speaking of vintage metal hoops. I scored a few of them at the flea market last fall and I also fell in love with this vintage yellow pillowcase. I just knew that at some point I would have to figure out something to stitch on it and to use these hoops for. I knew it would have to be “sun” related too, so I came up with these little hoops.

good morning sunshine

you are my sunshine

 

One of my embroidery goals for the first part of this year was to design a bunch of coffee themed hoops for your kitchen, office or wherever. Here’s a glimpse of the series I did.

coffee hoop

Coffee embroidery. Psalm

Home is where the coffee is embroidered typography

 

I also did a series of boy’s bathroom art that were so fun to stitch! These are currently for sale at The Village Tinker, but you can order them custom through the shop!

Boys bath art Dino pirate Viking

 

I stitched up a custom wedding announcement based on my subway style birth announcement.

Custom wedding announcement

 

And last but not least, I entered into my sewing buddie’s February challenge by designing an artist trading card. One of my next embroidery goals this spring is to design a bunch of bookmarks for the shop. I sort of used this as a jumping point for what I hope these bookmarks might be like (only bigger!)

Sewing buddy project: artist trading card

It was a blast to sew! It’s always so refreshing to just sit and “free embroider” as I will. Not going over a traced out pattern, just sewing as the whim takes me.

Whew! That’s just a little glimpse at what my hands have been into the past few months. I’ve got a stack of embroidery orders on the table as I type and the shop is on vacation for a week or so to give me time to catch up AND celebrate spring break with my kiddos.

what’s been on my hoop lately

A few pictures of some finished things I had the joy of removing from my hoop this week…

Hexagons are all the rage right now in the crafty world (along with granny squares…which is next on my “to-learn” list), so I took one day this week to learn how to make some hexagons and had fun crafting it into a little hoop art. I experimented this time around with wrapping my hoops with washi tape and I love it!

Hexagon sunshine project

Hexagon sunshine project

I finished up the custom wedding vows I had been stitching for the past month. These were so much fun to design and sew! I absolutely love how they turned out!

Custom wedding vows

Custom wedding vows

And the back was almost as cool as the front!

Custom wedding vows WIP

I also finished up this custom poem for a client. It was by far the most stressful thing I’ve stitched. It was a picture of the beauty of etsy in that a women came to me with this detailed explanation of this picture she had in her head and I had the pleasure (and huge task!) of designing and making that picture a reality.

Custom poem and sisters embroidery

And in the end, she gave me one of the best compliments ever:

Hi Aimee,
Just wanted you you to know I received the embroidery today and it is just perfect. I love it! I am going to give it to my son and daughter in law as a gift on Mothers Day. I know it’s a ways off yet, but I have been thinking about this for a long time and am very happy I had it made. Thank you so very much for your beautiful work and the time you spent on it!

It was a beautiful way to end a week!

2013 in review

January 2013

Overall the one thing I will remember about January was the massive flood in our basement that pushed me out of my old studio space. After nearly 8 inches of rain in just 2-3 days, we ended up with close to half a foot to a foot of water in our basement. Thankfully I didn’t lose any stock and we didn’t lose any furniture down there…just nearly $1k worth of flooring. boo. One year later and I am settled upstairs in the dining room indefinitely.

Where I sew 2013 catastrophe

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loveis...subway2

 

February 2013

The highlight of this month was the Vintage stitch along contest. Using an old pattern entries were required to have 3 dimensional components among other things. I didn’t win, but loved how it stretched me as a stitcher and designer.

Vintage embroidery contest 2013

Superhero background

Subway style birth announcement

 

March 2013

Honestly, I don’t remember too much about March. Just stitching along and creating new items. I did finally stitch up my first garment for the year for my chick’s Easter dress and added a little embroidery to it.

WIP: numbers for rainbow birthday banners

Sneak peek

family plaque close up

 

April 2013

Sublime wedding wishesCake topper WIP

Think first embroidery mounted

french banner b&w

 

May 2013

The highlight of May was my introduction in the craft market world. It wasn’t a great introduction, but I did learn a lot.

clifford banner

ballerinas WIP

Embroidered pendants

July 4th banners

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June 2013

June saw a spike in my little family embroideries. If there is any item I hope grows and continues in 2014 it is these little embroideries. They are probably the most enjoyable thing I can sew over and over again!

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One Yard Wonders: Folklore bag

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July 2013

July I introduced my holiday stockings for the first time. Not sure this will be an item that I will continue this year.

Love birds on a fence

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Flower vines birth announcement

WIP: butterfly stitch

 

August 2013

I finished up probably my favorite item of the year in this butterfly. There are 2 others in this series and I can’t wait to get started on them this year! I also introduced these buckle toys which ended up being one of my top sellers this year.

butterfly

Mo willems pigeon embroidery hoops

buckle toy version 2: front

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Family hoop (2) sisters

 

September 2013

Realizing that the basement wasn’t going to be finished any time soon, the hubs and I ventured to Ikea world to buy some new shelving to help create a more workable area for my dining room/studio. I also entered another stitching contest and got 3rd place! After the butterfly, this fox was probably the best thing I stitched all year.

new studio space 2013

photo stitching: flower

Sew a flashcard &stitches back to school contest entry 2013

Sublime stitching-Jessica Jones ribbon embroideries Camper and dachshunds

 

October 2013

Ruby slippers  Wool felt hand appliqué on a tee

Holiday circle banners

Grandchildren

Family embroidery: triplets

Chanel embroidery

 

November 2013

November was big with my first big step into my new venture called The Crooked Stitch. I invited a whole host of girls throughout the day for some guinea pig little people sewing classes. We had a blast!

Felt Christmas hoop ornament set

New Irish blessing custom order

China embroidery

Sewing day 2013

 

December 2013

December saw my last craft market of the year (and my first indoor one) and it definitely made up for the lackluster ones from the rest of the year! I stitched my last little people embroidery of the year and started my biggest embroidery of 2014…custom wedding vows.

Sibling group

Craft market dec 2013

Oliver + S sleepover pjs

WIP custom wedding vows

Subway style wedding announcement

 

Overall I have to say that 2013 was a huge year for me. I grew in so many different ways, was pushed so far out of my comfort zone in so many ways and honestly this year gave me such hope and encouragement to keep on doing what I’m doing. I am at a place where I love what I am doing so much…even on the hard days and feel more blessed than I ever have. The Lord introduced so many amazing people into my life and have helped me grow my etsy shop and local connections and I’m beyond grateful.

I am so crazy excited for what 2014 holds in store.

what I’m into {december 2013}

If November felt like a blur, December seemed to go slowly and yet quickly. We had so many different events to get through that I really was living week to week. Our chick has a birthday in December so the first half of the month is always leading up to that and then it’s time to think Christmas.

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I have to say that this was probably the busiest holiday season leading up, but by far one of the most relaxing when Christmas Day rolled around. This past year was really a year where my husband and I realized what a different stage of parenting we are in. Our family look so different with a 7 year old and 10 year old and I think Christmas morning was so evident of that. It was slow and calm and we spent the morning building legos and enjoying each other and we ended the night watching Star Wars. Slow and easy.

And here’s the monthly recap…

books
I am still reading Practice Perfect by Doug Lemov. It’s a very thought provoking book, maybe more so because of my background in education. While the book isn’t geared towards teachers, he tends to write from that perspective because that is who he is as a researcher. It is truly a book that will make you rethink what success and failure looks like and how to get there.

I threw a non-thinking book in there by Beverly Lewis. She writes a whole host of Amish books and they are easy to read, if not a little smarmy. This one was The Secret Keeper and is about an “english” girl wanting to convert to the Amish life and how she integrates herself into the community. Like I said, an easy book to read.

After that I tore threw another Ann Patchett book called The Patron Saint of Liars and then promptly threw it when I got to the end. I absolutely loved this book and the characters but the last chapter was so annoying and the end was so crazy frustrating. It’s about a home for unwed mothers and ultimately the story of Rose. I identified so much with her because she is a runner and I have a history of running..and I don’t mean for exercise. :) There is so much of her character that I feel like I’ve worked through and thankfully overcome. The wondering who I am and where I fit in and reconciling what my life looks like and what I feel like it should look like. But the end screwed the whole thing up. Boo.

I started out the month reading another Ann Patchett book called State of Wonder. It was about Dr. Marina Singh and her journey to the Amazon Rainforest. I did love this book and it was a book that truly showed how gifted Ms. Patchett is in character development. What she might lack for in summing up the end of her stories, she truly makes up for in her ability to allow the reader to really get to know a character like they were sitting next to you.

movies
We started out the month watching Love Actually. Oh my. This is an older movie and when we saw the cast and plot line we thought it would be a light and funny romantic movie. It was pretty good, but had quite a bit of eye opening scenes that we weren’t really prepared for. There was this whole story line in there with the dude that plays Bilbo in the Hobbit movies that was a little wacko.

We took our LOTR loving son to see the latest Hobbit movie. I finally read the book a few weeks before we went, so I enjoyed this installation more than the first just because I knew the whole story. But that also made where they stopped the movie oh so crazy frustrating. I think the whole theater yelled “come on!” We also enjoyed Despicable Me 2 (oh those Minions), Star Wars and The Little Mermaid as a family.

And the last adult movie we enjoyed together was Zero Dark Thirty. Which was a great movie, but when we realized how ignorant we were of all the key players in the hunt for OBL we were a little bummed. It was harder to follow what was going on when we didn’t know who was talking or what they were talking about. Still a very well done movie though. Although the funniest part of it was seeing the guy from Parks and Rec play a “serious” soldier. It was so hard to get his P&R character out of my head and see him as someone who isn’t so darn silly.

cooking…
So much cooking this month. Birthday cakes, holiday baking and more. We always make Gingerbread cookies leading up to Christmas Eve and this year was no different. We had fun delivering them to the local post office workers who are always so good to me. We made sugar cookies one Saturday and delivered some to the neighbors. Lots of joy in baking and giving!

things I love…

  • instagram. I finally learned how to connect and use instagram a few months ago and I’ve had so much fun with it. Way more fun that facebook will ever be. I’ve connected with some great fellow embroiderers and of all that’s been the most fun.
  • sherlock is coming back! I’m so stoked. Not to mention that Downton Abbey is too and  Call the Midwife.
  • filofax. Via an instagram friend I was introduced to the world of filofaxes. Oh my. It’s like a planner and scrapbookers paradise. If I would have known about these planners back long before I had children I would have been in serious trouble. I thought about buying one just to get into it all, but alas I have a moleskin calendar that I love so I’m trying to pimp it up filofax style minus the cost :)
  • a new computer!! waahoo! We’ve had this awesome mac for 7 years and while it was still functioning, the realization that it would be such a help for me business-wise that we took the plunge and bought a new mac. I love it. It’s crazy how technology can really make your life easier…sometimes!
  • 2014. There is something about this upcoming year that I haven’t felt in a long time. 2013 was such an unbelievable year for me business wise and for once I am walking into a new year knowing with confidence where God is leading me as a business woman and our family too. It’s like we are waking up to amazing hope.

on the blog and in the shop and starting up another venture

I don’t really know about the blog for 2014. I love doing these monthly recaps, but I miss writing. I would love to figure out a way to add some writing time back into my life and figure out how to incorporate it back on this blog. I separated my writing and crafting blogs last year, but then also closed up the writing one because of weird stalkers. So to begin with I hope to start writing more this year.

On the etsy front, I am hanging up my cape business. For the last 2 years I have been a felt cape maker and while I learned so much and it was an amazing financial support for us, I am hoping that my newest venture will take the place of that financial support. This year my goal is to develop my hand embroidery skills, bring in more embroidered items and hopefully learn to weave and add that to the shop. It’s the first January I’ve had a good idea of what I want daisyeyes handmade to be.

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Currently I’ve got two big custom embroidery orders to get done in the next couple of weeks. The first is a giant one…stitching up wedding vows for a client. I love how they are turning out.

And the new venture is called The Crooked Stitch. After talking a little with our fabulous parks and recreation department for our city/county I am super excited with the prospect of being able to teach classes for youth and adults at local recreation centers. It’s a huge step in my hope of finally opening up a retail shop at some point.

That’s about it for December. Check back in the next week or so for a photo recap of some of my favorite embroideries and projects from 2013 and hopefully a 2014 goals post of some sort.

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Here’s an update on what I’ve been busy with these last few weeks…

A set of Mo Willem’s pigeon themed items…

Mo Willems Pigeon set

ornaments for your tree (or your teacher’s tree!)
Mo Willems Pigeon embroidered ornament set

hoops for your wall

Mo Willems Pigeon embroidered hoops set

clutches (and introducing a new smaller size)

Mo Willems Pigeon clutches set

custom onesies for a gift order

baby onesies: flower w/name

new packaging for my advent calendar/christmas countdown sets

advent set 2013 packaging

color your tree with an initial for everyone in your family

felt letter ornaments

part one of a set of embroidered moleskin journals

embroidered moleskin journals

peace-hope-joy-love ornament set

Felt Christmas hoop ornament set

Most of these items are only available locally. I will be at the Maryville Farmer’s Market Holly Days tomorrow morning from 9-2 and all of these items will be available there. It is part of the Christmas open house for the town of Maryville. All the local shops are running specials all day.

And then I will be at the Christmas Fair at Fellowship Church in Knoxville in early December. If you aren’t local and see something you can’t get in the shop, just email me or join my facebook page and we can figure out how to get the perfect gift to you!

a little stitching contest

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the chance to do a stitch-a-long or enter a stitching contest so I decided it was high time! I entered the &stitches back to school stitching contest and man it was a blast to sew. The requirement was that you design (or copy) a flashcard.

Me, loving all things Frenchy and vintage, found this little fox illustration and used it to draft up a little french flashcard. I did some searching online and this was the layout of my draft

fox WIP

A little stitching later…

WIP fox

And then finally this past weekend I finished him up

Sew a flashcard &stitches back to school contest entry 2013

Sew a flashcard &stitches back to school contest entry 2013

Sew a flashcard &stitches back to school contest entry 2013

He is a mix of modified brick stitches, back stitches and satin stitches. And I absolutely love him!

custom embroidery

This has been on my hoop for the past 3 weeks and while it was fun to do I am not sad to see it done! I love how these big embroideries turn out, but man oh man they wear me out!

customembroidery

This was a second year anniversary gift for the client’s husband. The pink was requested to match their wedding colors; black and pink.

I also redesigned the original pattern with a different version of Scripture that she was looking for. I kind of like this redesign better! Isn’t that the way it works?!

a new venture

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I’m working on a new venture around here.
If you’ve followed this blog, if you know me or if you follow me on facebook, then you know that one of the greatest desires of my hearts has been to open a shop here in my little town. I started a business plan for it about this time last fall and over the course of this past year my focus has changed a little bit. The reality of a storefront at this stage of our lives made me realign my focus a little bit and while I do hope at some point I might have an actual store space, I’m deciding to start smaller. In an effort to bring some accountability to this idea, I’ve finally published the facebook page and am doing a little promo here. Hopefully in the next month or so I’ll have an actual website and I’m hoping to have the beginning stages rolling by October.

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My plan at this point is to offer two different opportunities:

The first is sewing lessons that come to you. Basically, I come to your house (or wherever is convenient) and work with you on a project, on beginner sewing stuff etc.

And the second is sewing/crafting themed parties for kiddos. I’m pretty sure that the first two offerings will be hand embroidery/hand sewing themed party (such as making an initial hoop and possibly finger puppets) and the other would be making pillowcases with applique initials. Again, these parties would be at your home and I would bring all the materials needed to make the projects. By next spring I hope to have added an American Girl sewing themed party….and many more ideas roaming through my head!!

Want to stay informed on when and where the big launch is? Like The Crooked Stitch on facebook or follow along on this blog for more information coming soon!