Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ribbon embroidery hoop

 I mentioned the other day how much I was enjoying doing some embroidery

Well, this project isn't embroidery at all, but it does use a cute little embroidery hoop (and your stash of leftover ribbons and such)

 Super easy and quick--just pick out some somewhat-coordinating ribbon, got glue it to a fabric and put it in the embroidery hoop.

 I decided to add a little pizazz and decorate the hoop with some contrasting ribbon. In the end I discovered and imporant thing: it is extremely difficult to wrap the ribbon around the hoop when your hoop is one of those (lame) old-fashioned metal ones with the dent around it. SO tricky to do and have it look well. 
Oh well, it was a quick craft I did in an hour or so. It was fun to try something different.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Embroidery Sampler

For a long, long time now I have wanted to do some embroidery. I love embroidered clothes, I like the embroidery hoop movement, and just pretty much all things embroidered. But it has always been on the back-burner; always off my radar because I have so many other things going on. 
Until one fateful day...
I was getting a wood-working book for my husband at the library and came across the book Hoop-La! 

SO CUTE! I went crazy. Most of it is not actually embroidery but just really cute ideas for embroidery hoop art. Well, I loved it and immediately started a pinterest board.


I decided to not wait any longer to try out embroidery.
I had embroidery floss already because my daughter likes to make friendship bracelets (OK, OK, and so do I, so we have quite a lot).
I had quite a lot of scrap fabric I could use.
But, I did not have any embroidery hoops, so I went to my local thrift shops and bought quite a few old embroidery hoops.

Now I was ready to go.
I decided that doing a sampler of lots of different stitches would be a great way to start--that way I could practice all sorts of different stitches for fun.
Feeling inspired by a modern sampler on Comfort Stitching, I decided to go with a lot of different stitches at right angles to each other in no particular organization or plan. This also helped in making the project fun--just do whatever stitch I felt like.

I went with a warm color scheme: reds, oranges, pinks and yellows because I *think* I might be decorating our almost-finished basement playroom in these bright, playful colors.

It was so fun to just google image search "embroidery stitches" and see what kind of pretty patterns came up. I'd do the stitch for as long as I felt then find a different one to give a whirl. 

I REALLY like how embroidery is SO easy to put down and pick back up. Truly, it is perfect for a mother of young children. I've been trying to learn how to spin wool also, but that is more of an endevour that requires me to block out some serious time. Embroidery, on the other hand, five minutes here and there is easy to accomplish.

Look at all these fun stitches! So, so many.

Now I need another project, because I'm thinking that embroidery is here to stay. :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sidewalk Chalk Painting

I couldn't resist Emily's fun ideas earlier this week--so much so that we went right out and made some sidewalk paint ourselves. :)


It was such a pleasant afternoon, sitting in the shade, sucking on some suckers leftover from the 4th of July parade, and painting away. They were a bit skeptical once we started because you have to wait for it to dry a bit before it is REALLY chalk-ish and clear. They enjoyed it though. 
I think my youngest enjoyed it the most.

Fun afternoon. 
Thanks Emily!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Kids Activities- Keeping Busy

I can't tell you how happy I am that Summer is here! Whoo hoo!!
I have  always LOVED summer.
BUT this year something unexpected happened.
Well, first came something expected

and then came Spring Break, Grandma, Dad with time off work, more grandparents, the end of the school year, Dad back to work, and finally me home with the kids ALL DAY. Which prioably brought about that something unexpected I mentioned. My 6 year old and 3 year old who had been playing together so well suddenly started fighting .... a little too well. And with not enough sleep, I really couldn't handle it.
Finally I decided I had to act, because no amount of pleading, disciplining, screaming, crying or pulling my hair out was working. 
My solution? Keep them busy with something new, fun, and exciting. (and without a huge amount of effort on my part, since I have so much free time you know.)

Here's what we've done this week...

Homemade Play-dough

Side Walk Paint

Paper Plate Loom

Pick Fresh Blueberries!

I can't believe how much more enjoyable this week has been!
The kids are busy, which keeps them happy, and makes me happy, ahhh, so much better.


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