DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Spring Strawberries

Hi everyone!

I have another quick and easy embroidery project for you!

IMG_8719Supplies:

  • Doddle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric (I used gingham)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie

IMG_8722DMC Floss Colors:

  • 321 – red
  • 700 – green
  • 727 – light yellow
  • 3840 – light blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the strawberry motif we will be using.

IMG_8697Print out the motif and trace over it with your Sharpie.

Then, trace the motif on to your fabric.

IMG_8723We’re going to start by stitching all of the red parts.

This entire project is created by using the Back Stitch.

IMG_8725If you’d like, you can use Lazy Daisies instead of the Back/Straight Stitch for the seeds.

I tried Lazy Daisies first, but they were too big and made the berry look cluttered.

IMG_8728If you don’t like the seed placement in the original design, you can always move them around or add a few more!

IMG_8730Use your light yellow thread to stitch the center of the flower.

If you’re comfortable with the Satin Stitch, you could use that instead of the Back Stitch.

IMG_8731Use the light blue thread for the flowers.

The design shows the petals as a little squared off.  I liked the look, so I tried to emulate it as much as possible!  One petal turned out rounded, but oh well!  I’m all about adding character to my pieces! 😉

IMG_8734Now, on to the green!

Since the majority of the green areas are straight lines, I made my stitches a little bit longer than usual.

IMG_8737I tried my best to define the points on the leaf.  Some of the points did end up muddled though.

The easiest way to define the points is to only use one stitch for each side of the point.  Does that make sense?

IMG_8738I think I did the best on the middle leaf!

IMG_8751If you are comfortable with the Stem Stitch, you can use that instead of the Back Stitch.

IMG_8753Once you’ve stitched the vine, your berries are complete!

IMG_8757I think this is possibly the berry cutest project I’ve ever made! 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Floral Rain Boots

Hi everyone!

Here is the tutorial for the other project I made while stranded in the airport!

If you missed my first project, you can find it here!

IMG_8675Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (I used gingham)

IMG_8677DMC Floss Colors:

  • 602 – pink
  • 703 – green
  • 722 – orange
  • 798 – blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the design we’ll be using from the Doodle Stitching book.

IMG_8671I like to start by printing my design and then tracing over it with a Sharpie.  My tracing got a little wonky on the right boot! 🙂

The Sharpie makes it so much easier to see the design while tracing it onto your fabric.

IMG_8672Trace the image onto your fabric and then hoop your fabric.

IMG_8679We’re going to start by stitching the upper portion of the boots in pink.

The body of the boots are made with the Back Stitch and the little loops at the top are made with Lazy Daisies.

IMG_8681Use your orange thread to stitch the soles.

IMG_8684I had some issues with my second sole.  My pencil line wasn’t quite dark enough and the airport had weird lighting, so I ended up having to guess where the stitches were supposed to be!

IMG_8687If you’re comfortable with it, feel free to use the Stem Stitch for this part!

IMG_8689I know it’s hard to see, but I used the Satin Stitch for the center of the flower.

You can either use Lazy Daisies or the Back Stitch for the petals.  Whatever floats your boat!

IMG_8693I was on the airplane at this point, so my lighting got even weirder! Oh well!

I was able to finish my project without too many issues!

IMG_8713Our rain boots are complete, and we’re all ready for some spring showers!

Happy Crafting!!
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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Floral Umbrella

Hi everyone!

I just got back to school from my spring break vacation.  While away, I made a few really cute projects!

This little project and another one I’ll post later in the week, were made while my little, Jessica, and I were delayed in the airport for four hours! Four hours!!! IMG_8649Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get a copy here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Fabric (I used blue gingham)
  • Scissors

IMG_8650DMC Floss Colors:

  • 151 – light pink
  • 603 – medium pink
  • 703 – green
  • 727 – yellow
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the umbrella pattern we will be following!

It’s so cute and perfect for spring! IMG_8640I like to start by printing out the design and tracing over it with a Sharpie.

The Sharpie makes the lines so much easier to see while you’re tracing! IMG_8644Trace your image onto the fabric. IMG_8646Hoop your fabric.

It’s okay if the image is a little off center.  You can always go back and fix that later! IMG_8652We’re going to start with the light pink thread and Back Stitch the handle and top of the umbrella. IMG_8655Use the medium pink to stitch the dome of the umbrella. IMG_8658Stitch the curved handle as well.

I don’t know why the handle is so fat on one side.  That’s the way the design shows it though, so I just went with it! IMG_8661Continue stitching the upper portion of the umbrella.

If you don’t want to add the floral embellishment, you can stop here. The umbrella is adorable with or without the flower! IMG_8665Use the green thread to stitch the stem.

I used the Back Stitch instead of the Stem Stitch for this part because I still haven’t mastered the Stem Stitch.  Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t! 🙁 IMG_8667Use the Satin Stitch for the center of the flower.

The Satin Stitch is another stitch that I need a little bit more practice with! Maybe I’ll start making some projects exclusively with the Satin Stitch!  That should definitely help me learn it! IMG_8669Depending on how large your petals are, you can use either Lazy Daisies or the Back Stitch.

I went with the Back Stitch because my petals were a little larger. IMG_8716Once the flower is complete, our project is done!

That was so quick and easy!

I love the way this one turned out!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

Another Hydrangea Painting!

Hi everyone!

I loved my first hydrangea painting so much that I decided to make another one!

DSCN2335I won’t bore you by repeating the same instructions as before!!

For my original tutorial on painting hydrangeas, follow this link.

DSCN2388Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Poodle Skirt
  • Bubblegum
  • Wild Salmon
  • Green Curry
  • Scottish Highlands

Here are some pictures for you to follow!

Pink:Orange Hydrangeas 1.1 Pink:Orange Hydrangeas 2.2I really love my color choices and how these turned out!

If you have any questions or troubling locating my original tutorial, feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Crafting!!

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Easy Lilac Painting!

Hi everyone!!

I have another painting tutorial to share with you!!

Today, we will be painting lilacs!

DSCN2343It’s a pretty simple painting, so let’s get started!

DSCN2589Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brushes (filbert, detail brush, and scruffy brush)
  • Pencil

DSCN2594Marta Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Hydrangea Purple
  • Heliotrope
  • Pesto
  • Scottish Highlands

Folk Art Acrylic Paint

  • Purple

The first step is to paint your canvas.  My canvas was prepainted, so I didn’t bother painting the background.

DSCN2214These canvases came from Michaels.  If you can work with the colors then these are great!! They save quite a bit of time!

DSCN2217Take your pencil and draw the general shape of your lilacs and stems.  It’s okay if the shapes are wonky!! You’ll be painting over them in the next step!

DSCN2227 Paint the stems and leaves with the detail brush.

I used both green paints to add a bit of definition to the leaves.

DSCN2237Using the scruffy brush, dab the darkest purple paint onto the flowers.

DSCN2233Don’t glop on the paint, but a little texture is good!

DSCN2243Once you’ve finished the base coat, it’s time to paint the actual flowers.

We will be using the five-petal flower from my hydrangea and pink bouquet tutorials.

DSCN2420Using a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.

If it helps, you can think of the flower as a little man.  He has a head, two arms, and two legs.

DSCN2600Using both the light and medium purple paint, add little flowers all over the dark purple base.

Overlap the flowers and let the colors mix to add dimension!

DSCN2597To dot or not to dot?! It’s up to you!

Once all the flowers have been added, you decide if you’d like to paint their centers.

I skipped dotting the centers, because I like how my flowers look with out the dots!

DSCN2343I chose to add a third leaf to the right side of my bouquet.

I have a real problem with symmetry and couldn’t handle three leaves on one side and only two on the other!!

Once your bouquet is symmetrical (or not!!), the painting is complete!!

I really wanted to add a bow around the stems but mine were too far apart!!  I will try and add one next time though!!

Happy crafting!!Bow signature pink

 

Easy Flower Painting!!

Hi everyone!

I’ve become very interested in painting in the last few weeks, so I’ve decided to share one of my projects with you!

ImageHere’s a bouquet of pink flowers I painted last night.

ImageSupplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes (a large and medium flat brush, small filbert (not pictured), and two small detail brushes)

ImageMartha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Raspberry Ice
  • Poodle Skirt
  • Blue Sky
  • Scallion
  • Green Curry

ImageThe first step is to give your canvas several base coats.

I used Blue Sky and my large, flat paintbrush to paint my canvas.  I believe I gave mine two coats, but the more coats the better!!

ImageNext, we’re going to add the tulip(ish) flower on the left.

Start by double loading the small, flat brush with Raspberry Ice and Poodle Skirt.  Then, using mostly the tip of your brush, slowly wiggle up and down while moving in an arc.  This should create the shell shape above.

ImageNow, turn your brush so the light pink is facing up and paint another shell below your first one.  Then, paint an oval shape to create the rest of the flower.

If you’re not satisfied with the way your flower looks, just keep playing around with the paint until you achieve something you like.  That’s what I did.  I kept adding paint here and there until I was satisfied.

ImageDouble load your brush again, and begin painting shells right next to each other.  Keep going until you’ve made a full circle.

ImageOnce your outer circle is complete, create a smaller circle inside.  I went over some of the shells several times before I got the look I was going for.

ImageNow, it’s time to add the little five-petal flowers.

ImageUsing a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.  These are just like the flowers I used in my hydrangea tutorial.

These flowers are really easy once you get the hang of it!

I dipped the end of my brush in paint to create the center of each little five-petal flower.

ImageThe closed tulip is really easy to paint.  It’s just a large teardrop with two points.

Once the majority of the flowers are painted, it’s time to add the stems.

I used the smallest detail brush and Scallion for the five-petal flowers and the larger detail brush and Green Curry for the larger flowers.

ImageAs I painted the stems, I added more little flowers to fill in the spaces.

I also decided to extend the stems to the edge of the canvas.

ImageNow, we add the leaves.

Add leaves wherever you think they should go!

ImageI used the smallest detail brush to do the light green leaves.  The leaves are essentially two parenthesis next to each other.  Like this ()

ImageThe bigger leaves are painted exactly like the smaller ones.

ImageOnce your leaves are painted, the project is done!

ImageI hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Feel free to comment if you have any questions!

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Easter Bunny Crafts!

Hi everyone!

Easter is coming, so I’ve decided to make a fun, little Easter craft!

ImageI found a picture of pom pom bunnies, like the ones above, on Pinterest and decided to make some of my own!

Before we begin crafting, we need to gather some supplies.

ImageSupplies needed:

  • Yarn (I used both super fine, 1, and light weight, 3, yarn)
  • Pom Pom Makers (I used the small ones, but the big ones can be used too!)
  • Small pink pom poms
  • Medium white pom poms
  • White embroidery floss
  • Small black beads
  • White felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I used hot glue)

Now that we’ve gathered our supplies, let’s get started!

The first step is to make one of each size pom pom from either the small or large pack.  This video really helped me understand how to use my pom pom makers.

ImageOnce you get the hang of it, making pom poms is really easy and very fun!

ImageOnce your pom poms are made, it’s time to assemble your bunny!

Take your sheet of felt and cut two small ears out of it.  I recommend free handing the ears.  I traced out my first set of ears with pencil and they ended up looking dirty with pencil streaks all over them.  It’s harder to free hand, but it will look better in the long run.

Next, tie two pieces of embroidery floss together to create whiskers.  In the picture below, I show thick whiskers, but when it came time to attach the whiskers to the bunny’s face I decided to make them thinner.

To make thinner whiskers, take one thread out of the three or four that are wrapped together in the single embroidery floss thread and tie that single thread like you did before to create the thick whiskers.

ImageNow it’s time to glue it all together!  I used hot glue because I find it easier to work with.  Hot glue eliminates the majority of drying time and allows you to craft much faster than tacky or Elmer’s glue would.

I started by gluing the small pom pom on top of the larger pom pom.  Glue the small one a little off to the side to create definition between the bunny’s head and body.  If you glue the pom poms directly on top of each other you’ll achieve a snowman look. (Which is not what we’re going for but may be useful information for a fun winter craft!)

Before I glued the pink nose onto the bunny’s face, I glued the whiskers to the back of the nose.

I recommend gluing the ears on before the eyes and nose. You may have to move the strands of the pom pom aside to create a little hole to stick the ears down in.

I think having the ears in place first makes it easier to create a more symmetrical bunny face.

Glue the nose on after the ears.  Try to line up the nose directly between the ears about halfway down the bunny’s face.  I would aim for wherever the pom pom is at its widest.  Does that make sense?

Once the nose is in place, go ahead and glue on the eyes.  You may have to dig a hole for the eyes, much like we did for the ears.

Once you have your face glued on, turn the bunny around and glue on the tail!

ImageWhen the bunny is sitting on a flat surface, the majority of the tail should be visible!

Once the tail is glued on, your new bunny friend is ready to frolic in the grass! Repeat the steps above to create as many bunny friends as you would like!

Happy Easter and happy crafting!!

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Julep Maven Secret Surprise Review

Hi everyone!

In my last Mystery Box review, I said that I was going to take a break from buying mystery boxes for a while.  Well guess what?! I just couldn’t resist when another mystery opportunity came along! I’m so weak!!

In this month’s Secret Store, Julep was offering three different Secret Surprises.

ImageEach surprise was $14.99 and came with $42.00 worth of product!

I was tempted by both Secret Surprise #2 and #3!  I managed to use some restraint and only buy one of them.

ImageI really liked the way they described Secret Surprise #2, so I went with that one!

Let’s get to the box!

ImageYou may not be able to tell from the picture above, but this box is quite a bit smaller than normal!

ImageTo give you some perspective on box size, I put my Secret Surprise box on top of one of my regular monthly boxes.

ImageThis box came with three polishes and a pack of forget-me-not seeds.

ImagePolishes:

Bea – Bombshell – Lemonade crème

Marjorie – It Girl – Citrus orange frost

Francis – Boho Glam – Celery green crème

Bea

I love Bea! The light yellow color is perfect for spring!  I’m very fair skinned, so I’m not quite sure how Bea will look with my skin tone.  If all else fails, I will definitely use Bea to make polka dots or something.

Marjorie

I’m not in love with this color, but I’m sure I’ll get some use out of it during football season! Go Gators!!

Francis

I don’t like Francis at all! I don’t believe this shade of green would be flattering on anyone, especially me.  It’s not a color I can ever see myself wearing.

I’m not quite sure why Julep described this box as “fresh” and “flowery.”  I think Bea worked with the description they gave but Marjorie and Francis did not.

I was really hoping to get a pink polish in this box, and I’m a little sad that I didn’t.  Oh well though!

I’m sure I’ll get more pink polish soon!! Not that I need it!!

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Spring Break in Savannah!

Hi all!!

This spring break, my best friend, Kylie, and I decided to road trip to Savannah, Ga., for a few days.  We drove up on Monday and came back on Wednesday.  That seems like a really short amount of time, but it was actually perfect for us!

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We had a lot of fun on our trip!  We ate a lot of really good meals and did lots of shopping!

Food

Here are a few of the places we ate!

The Six Pence Pub

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Kylie and I were starving by the time we got to Savannah, so the first thing we did was find some place to eat.  The Six Pence Pub was really good.  I ordered a Reuben, and it was probably the best Reuben I have ever had!  I definitely recommend going to The Six Pence Pub if you’re ever in Savannah!

The Lady & Sons

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I was really excited to eat at Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons! We didn’t make reservations beforehand, because we weren’t sure whether we were going to eat there or not.  We walked inside around six o’clock, and we we’re told that their next available reservation wasn’t until 7:30.  Neither of us were hungry yet, so we went ahead and put our names on the list.  While we were waiting, we did some shopping in the Paula Deen Store right next door.  I bought a souvenir for myself and one for my dad!

When our names were called, we went up to the third floor to enjoy our meal!  I ordered the chicken pot pie! It was huge, so I only ate a little bit of it!  What I did eat of it was delicious! Kylie got fried chicken.  It was also really good!  If  you can get a reservation, I definitely recommend going to The Lady & Sons.

Moon River Brewing Company

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Kylie was really excited to go to this restaurant!  She’s a huge fan of the show Ghost Adventures and the show’s host, Zak Bagans.  The Moon River Brewing Company was featured several years ago on the show.  It is believed that a ghost named Toby haunts the billiard room of the brewing company.  It is also believed that one of the ghosts that resides at the brewing company likes to push people down the stairs.  For this reason, patrons of the brewing company are not allowed upstairs.

I was expecting the waitress or hostess to mention the ghosts or the building’s notoriety.  I was really disappointed when they didn’t say anything about it!

Along with the festive ghosts, the Moon River Brewing Company had really good food!  I would definitely go back!

Sweet Carolina Cupcakes

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I LOVE cupcakes, so I was really excited to go to this place!  It looked really cute from the outside, and the inside was cute as well. I bought “Sweet Carolina,” their signature cupcake.  Kylie and I had just eaten lunch before we went to the cupcake shop, so I got my cupcake to go and saved it for later.

Later that day, I ate my cupcake and was VERY disappointed!!  The cupcake was very dry and flavorless, and the icing was hard.  I’ve eaten many cupcakes in my life, and I don’t think I’ve ever had one as bad as this one! I threw the entire cupcake away after only two or three bites!

Maybe they usually make delicious cupcakes and I just got one from a bad batch.  Who knows what happened?! All I know is that I was very sad and quite disappointed!!

I would probably give Sweet Carolina Cupcakes another chance, but if I get another cupcake like the first, I definitely would not go back!

Shopping

As I said earlier, Kylie and I did a ton of shopping in Savannah!

One store we went to that I fell in love with was Nourish Natural Bath Products.

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The shop was so cute and filled with so many wonderful bath products!

Kylie has been looking for bath bombs for the last few months, and we finally found some at Nourish!  They had a huge display, with so many different scents to choose from!  She picked six of her favorites to take home with her.

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I bought quite a few bars of soap while we were there! The reggae sunsplash, vanilla raspberry, and travel bundle are all for me! I bought the Apparition Ale bar for my older brother and the natural soap sampler for my mom.

They have an online store, which you can access at handcraftedsoap.com. I haven’t been able to make the website work on my laptop, but it does work on my iPad.

I haven’t used any of the soap yet.  I’m waiting until I get back to my apartment to do so!  I have a feeling that I am going to LOVE it and will be buying more in the future!

Fun

Because Savannah is known as “America’s Most Haunted City” and Kylie loves ghosts, we decided to go on the Ghosts and Gravestones trolley tour.

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The tour involved two different stops!  The fist stop was to an empty warehouse that was the scene of a triple axe murder many, many years ago.  Our tour guide gave us EMF detectors, and let us wander around the building to look for ghost activity.

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The red and green thing in Kylie’s hand is the EMF detector.  When the red light appeared that meant that a ghost was near.  When the device was lit, we could ask yes or no questions that the ghost would then answer.  The detector would light up one way for “yes” and a different way for “no.”  We never got to the asking questions portion of the hunt, but it was still fun!

Our second stop was the Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery.  At this stop, we listened to a man tell a haunting tale from the past.  His story was pretty creepy! It definitely kept with the spooky theme of the tour!

Between stops, our tour guide told us tales about a lot of the buildings and squares we passed.

The tour was scary but not too scary!  I’m kind of wimpy when it come to scary things, so I was very glad that the tour wasn’t to spooky!!

I had a lot of fun on our spring break trip, and I can’t wait for my next adventure!!

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