When Cathy and I went to London, we stopped by Liberty of London and I picked up a mini cross stitch sampler kit commemorating the Queen’s Jubilee. I hadn’t really cross stitched since I was a kid.
During those long, hot Florida summers, my mom would buy the small kits at Kmart or McCrory’s and I’d quickly stitch them up to pass the time. For a while, she had quite the collection of colorful plastic hoops and quirky cross stitch affirmations hanging in the kitchen. (Kind of like this:)
I quickly stitched up the Liberty sampler and went through my stash to see what other cross stitch projects I had been
hoarding saving for a rainy day. Little did I know how that tiny kit would rekindle my stitching obsession. I found an alphabet sampler kit that had been in my stash for years.
Then I found a miniature Madonna “Lucky Star” cross stitch that I had bought ages ago and never made.
I even started creating some custom cross stitch people as wedding gifts.
But what I love doing most is finding inspiration on Instagram, Flickr, and Pinterest and creating stitched pieces to hang in my home.
This is a kit that Sooz put together for me when I sent her a link to the one Abbey at Aesthetic Outburst made. She sent it to me for my birthday and I just rediscovered it this week.
And this was inspired by Emma Ruth Hughes’ embroidery. I was inspired by the movie Saving Mr. Banks and my favorite Disney movie, Mary Poppins.
Next up, I’m working on a year-long sampler called Once Upon a Time from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It’s pretty cute and should keep me busy. Each month, a new part of the pattern is emailed, so I’ll be able to take my time and stitch throughout the year.
I’m not a huge fan of making resolutions. I think just saying that word sets failure in motion for me. However, I am a sucker for a good TO DO list, so I made one for 2014. Some are things I know I am doing and it’s a reminder to follow through and some are a little out of my comfort zone. In any event, here’s what I hope to get done in the next 12 months.
Do you make resolutions or intentions? How do you make sure you keep them throughout the year?
Well, not gonna lie, it’s been a while. Life seemed to get out from under me in 2013 and it feels like I was running around trying to keep up with myself. But one of my TO DO items for 2014 is to reboot this blog. Even if no one really reads it, I like keeping a record of what I’ve done for the year and 2013 was the first year that I didn’t do that. If you’ll bear with me, I’d like to sprinkle some 2013 “stuff” in with my (hopefully) regular posts to get it on record. 🙂
You’ll notice that my first order of business was a blog makeover. I like it. Simple, with all the elements I need. You’ll see my Instagram feed to the right and a search bar up top in case you’re looking for something specific.
Another big change for 2014 is that I moved back to the East Coast. I’m located in the Greater NYC area and working from home with the same company I worked for in Phoenix. It’s pretty awesome being back on the East Coast and I am enjoying a real winter. The good news is that I’ll get to go back to Phoenix on business throughout the year, so I’ll still get to see my friends there and do all the things I didn’t get a chance to do when I lived there.
So, now that the awkward “first post after a long absence” is out of the way, I invite you to stay a while… look around, leave a comment and let’s have an adventure together.
When you think of Phoenix, a lush, green garden isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. That’s why when I was invited to a Saturday afternoon garden party I just had to go! Of course, my mama always taught me to bring something when I’m invited to a friend’s house and I had been seeing these Strawberry Shortcake Kebobs all over Pinterest. I thought they would be the perfect treat for the garden party.
They were super easy to make, too, which is a plus. They were a huge hit at the party and we discussed other ways to make them even easier and more versatile, like using store bought pound cake, or angel food cake or even soft sugar cookies instead of biscuit rounds. Next time I might even drizzle the kebobs with melted chocolate!
It’s been a whirlwind first three months of 2013! I’ve either been traveleing or we’ve had company staying with us at Camp Stella. I’m definitely not complaining, it’s been a delight to be so busy with awesome stuff. But as life happens, things tend to get neglected… the kitchen floors, books I’m reading, this space here along with some future online projects that I’m working on. I did have a chance to do a little quilting when I joined a quilt square bee on Flickr. These are pretty cool groups if you are a quilter and are looking to challenge your skill-set. Some are set up where you choose a square and make the same square for the number of people in your “hive” using the color palette they’ve requested. I am in a bee like that and for the first quarter, I made granny squares for them. Here they all are right before I shipped them:
Then I made one for myself in my own color palette:
With any luck, I’ll receive 6 squares in my color palette that can be used to make a quilt. You can join as many hives as you like and each hive refreshes every three months. I think I’ll keep the same color palette for the next quarter giving me 12 of the same color-themed squares plus the two that I make.
If you are interested in joining a quilting bee, you can read about them and sign up here: Quilting Bees