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Monday, September 14, 2015

Wishlist || Orange

I'm really feeling the color orange lately. The first few hints of fall are finally appearing here in Tennessee. I saw pumpkins yesterday at the market! Woo hoo! It's also football time in Tennessee. Which means everybody is wearing super bright orange around here. Go Vols! This month's wishlist is inspired by that beautiful color I've been seeing everywhere! :)

Knit || Isn't this FREE pattern from Watkins and George beautiful?? I've never actually done cables because they kinda scare me. But I think I might have to conquer my fear with this pattern!

Embroidery || How cute would this Patchwork Pumpkin look in our new house this fall?? We just moved into our new house a couple weeks ago and are a bit sparse on the decor. I may need to whip this up to get an autumnal vibe going around here. 

Crochet || I love the combination of the orange tones with the gray in this granny square. A full blanket of these squares would look awesome!

Food || This pumpkin roll recipe from Gimme Some Oven looks heavenly. I just made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies last night and have some pumpkin left over. This just might have to be next! :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Handcrafted Wedding || Antique Details

I've always been the kind of person that preferred antique everything. So we decided to incorporate that as much as we could into our wedding. I had so much fun finding vintage treasures to use in our wedding!

Milk Glass || We did a milk glass theme throughout the entire wedding. I scoured estate sales and antique stores for months and bought as much milk glass as I could! We used the milk glass for centerpieces, the photo booth and anything else that needed a container. I even asked the cake baker to make the wedding cake look like hobnail milk glass! The best part is, now I have a rather extensive collection of milk glass that I can use around our new house! :)

On a side note, when I told my husband I wanted to use milk glass, he looked at me funny and said, "Wouldn't milk jugs look kinda dumb?" Apparently he had never heard of milk glass! lol

Initials || I found these letters at an antique store and knew they would look great at the wedding! They went really well with the embroidered initials I posted about here!

Handkerchiefs || As a wedding favor, I gave each of the women at the wedding a vintage handkerchief. These were so much fun to find! It took a while, but after scouring antique stores throughout East Tennessee, I was able to find about 50 of these beauties! :) I was pretty picky about the handkerchiefs I included. I only chose pieces that had embroidered flowers on them. They looked great and the women at the wedding really appreciated the gift!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Handcrafted Wedding || Embroidery

For our vintage-style wedding, I really wanted to include as many hand-made pieces as I could. And since I love the look of embroidery, I decided that was definitely the way to go. I had so much fun designing and stitching pieces for our wedding!

Table numbers || These were by far, the most time consuming thing I did for the wedding, but they were also my favorite! I love how these table numbers turned out! For these, I printed numbers off of Word, traced them onto my fabric and stitched an outline stitch. Easy peasy! But it took FOREVER! Now that the wedding is over, I hate to just have them packed away in a box somewhere. They are far too pretty for that! My hope is that Tyler and I have a little girl sometime in the future, and I can use them as nursery decor! :)

Initials || I made several of these simple letters to display around the venue. The blue one was a pattern I purchased from What Delilah Did. For the multicolored one, I just printed off a T on Word, traced it onto my fabric, and filled it in with lots of lazy daisies. (How to here.) I filled the center of the daisies with French knots so there wouldn't be any white areas inside the T.

Thank you to Blaicher Photography for our beautiful photos!

Be sure to check out what I did with chalkboards in this post! And stay tuned for a post about the antique pieces we used throughout!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Wishlist || Embroidery Hoops

As someone who loves cross stitch and embroidery, I always have embroidery hoops lying around the house. I pick them up whenever I find them on sale at craft stores or in yard sales. However, I've never given much thought to the things I could do with the hoops themselves. Until now that is. :)

Art || This embroidery hoop orb from AKA Design is gorgeous! I've seen things like this at several stores, but they always come with a pretty hefty price tag. I can't wait to try my hand at this DIY! Since I've got several embroidery hoops and some wood stain on hand, this project will end up being completely free!

DIY || This embroidery hoop photo display from Natalme is such a clever way to display photos! We just got our wedding pictures in not too long ago. I may just have to print off our black and whites and make myself a similar photo mobile!

Outside || I love the look of this hanging planter from Northstory! Isn't it funny how something so simple can look so beautiful??

Decor || This embroidery hoop display from Bower Power is lovely! Who knew hanging embroidery hoops on the wall could look so stunning? Why did I never think to just put them all up on the wall??

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Crochet Mandala

As many of you already know, the crochet community lost one it's finest this past week. Tragically, Marinke (aka Wink) of A Creative Being lost her long battle with depression by choosing to end her life. Wink's work was beautiful and an inspiration to her many followers. 

In memory of Wink and her creative spirit, Kathryn from Crochet Concupiscence has developed a project called Mandalas for Marinke. Because Wink was known most for her mandalas, Kathryn is inviting everyone to create a mandala for Marinke. She is also encouraging everyone to send her the mandalas so that she can combine them into a show that will help raise awareness for depression. You can find more information about the project here.

In honor of Marinke, I decided to make this pattern from her blog. This project will be in the mail shortly and I cannot wait to see the final results of the Mandalas for Marinke project! So many people are already sharing pictures on Instagram! (#mandalasformarinke)

After finishing Wink's design, I was really inspired to sit down and create my own mandala. This pattern is free for you to use however you'd like. My only request is that you take a moment to remember Wink and her incredible creativity. :)

- cotton yarn in white, gray, teal, and navy (or whatever colors you would prefer)
- size G crochet hook ( I like this one.)
- embroidery scissors
- yarn needle

- Ch 3 counts as first dc throughout.

- With gray color, make magic loop.
- Round One: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc into magic loop. Slip into 3rd chain of beginning ch 3. (12 st)
- Round Two: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2). (Dc, ch 2) in each stitch around. Slip into 3rd chain of beginning ch 5. (12 dc and 12 loops)
- Round Three: Slip into ch 2 space. *(Dc, ch 2) twice into ch 2 space. Dc, ch 2 in next ch 2 space. Repeat from * around. Slip into first dc. Bind off. (18 dc and 18 loops)
- Round Four: With white, slip into a ch 2 space. Work 3 sc in each ch 2 space around. Slip into first sc and bind off. (54 sc)
- Round Five: With teal, slip into any sc. *Sc, skip 2 st, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) into next stitch, skip 2 st. Repeat from * around. Slip into first sc and bind off. (9 "ridges")
- Round Six: Fold row five forward. This round will be worked into the unused stitches of round four. With navy, slip into any open sc. Work 2 dc in each exposed stitch around. Slip into first dc. (72 dc)
- Round Seven: Work 7 dc, dc increase (2 dc into one stitch) around. When directly behind the tip of a "ridge" from round five, work dc through the ch 3 space and the next sc in round six. Slip into first dc and bind off. (82 dc)
- Round Eight: With white, slip into any dc. Work 8 sc, sc increase (2 sc into one stitch) around. Sc into last stitch. Slip into first sc and bind off. (91 sc)
- Round Nine: With gray, slip into any sc. *Dc in each of next 2 sc, ch 7, skip next 5 sc. Repeat from * around. Slip into first dc and bind off. (27 dc and 13 spaces)
- Round Ten: With teal, (sl, ch 1, 2 sc, 2 hdc, dc, tr, ch 3, slip into 3rd ch from hook, tr, dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, sl) into each ch 7 space around. Slip into first sl stitch and bind off.(13 "ridges")
- Use yarn needle to weave in ends.

RIP Wink.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Handcrafted Wedding || Chalkboards

This summer has been such a blessing for me and my new HUSBAND! We got married on May 23rd and have been enjoying spending time with each other before our jobs start in August. We've both been taking a break from pretty much everything and just focusing on our new life together. :)

We just got our wedding photos in and I wanted to share with you some of the DIY/handcrafted things I did for the wedding. I had a great time crafting and putting all of the details together! 

Signs || I picked up a bunch of cheap chalkboards at craft stores whenever they were on sale (I don't think I paid more than $3 for any of them!) and used them for anything and everything that needed to be labelled at the wedding. These were incredible easy and cheap, but they added such a personal touch to the wedding!

Ring Bearer Box || I looked and looked, but I was never able to find a ring bearer pillow that I actually liked. So I decided to go a different route and make a box for him to carry. I found this box at Hobby Lobby for just a couple bucks. I already had the wood stain and chalkboard paint, so this project cost me less than $5! I simply stained the box, painted on a chalkboard heart, and wrote our initials inside. The box actually worked really well for us since our ring bearer was just two years old and boxes are much harder to mess up than pillows. We also put a Matchbox car inside instead of the rings so that when he finished with walking down the aisle, he had a toy waiting for him! 

Photo Booth || Have you ever looked into renting a photo booth? I could not believe how expensive they were! Like thousands of dollars expensive!! Since I don't pay full price for anything, I knew that wasn't going to work for us. So, I made a sign, got some props and set up a camera on a tripod. Ta-da! Photo booth for less than $50!

Menu || I found this antique bread board at a local antique store a while ago. I loved the board, but didn't really have a plan for it when I bought it. Once we decided to go with chalkboard for the wedding, I knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow. We decided to paint one side with a chalkboard circle and use the board to display the menu.

Guestbook || I knew I didn't want to do the traditional book. I wanted something we could display in our home to remind us of our special day. So, I bought an old framed mirror from a local antique store and covered it in chalkboard paint. It took several coats, but I am really happy with how it turned out! I drew a simple design in the middle and just left chalkboard pens out on the table for all of the guests to sign. The finished product is beautiful and Tyler and I plan to hang it above our bed.

Stay tuned for a couple more wedding-related posts about the antique and embroidered details we incorporated into the wedding!

P.S. This tutorial on how to fake calligraphy really helped me out with my chalkboard writing.

P.S.S. If you're in the Knoxville area, I highly recommend you check out Blaicher Photogrpahy! They did such great work on our wedding photography!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Wishlist || Oh, So LOVE-ly

It's been a month since my last post! Ugh. I hate that things have been so quiet around here lately, but life has been a bit crazy! Thesis-writing, wedding-planning and job-hunting have taken over my life and blogging has had to be put on the back burner for now.

Tyler and I are taking the weekend off from all the craziness and we're planning to enjoy a wonderful Valentine's Day in Nashville. We're going to spend the day eating lots of chocolate, shopping for groomsmen's clothes, and buying my wedding ring!! Eek! (The wedding is in 99 days and I CAN'T WAIT!)

To get the holiday weekend started, here's a little compilation of some fun Valentine-y things I've found on the Interwebs lately. Enjoy!

Crochet || These simple crochet hearts are so cute! And they would be perfect for the 2015 Sheepish Heart Bomb. If you don't know about the Heart Bomb, check it out here!

DIY || Heart-shaped tea bags??? This is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time! Such a perfect gift for all those tea lovers (like me)!

Embroidery || I am beyond in love with these cross stitched geometric hearts from Hapinesst! The color scheme is wonderful! It's a little late to make these for Valentine's Day this year, but they're definitely on my list for next year.

Etsy || Because everybody needs a whale Valentine's card!

Food || Can you believe how GORGEOUS this cake is?? I can't. I seriously don't think I've ever seen a Valentine's cake that was this beautiful. I really just want to eat the whole thing right now! :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ombre Embroidered Necklace

I love the ombre trend we've been seeing everywhere lately. It's been around in the crafting world for quite some time now and it looks like it's here to stay. There are so many great ombre pieces out there it inspired me to create my own unique take on this trend! 

- small piece of leather or faux leather if you'd prefer
- leather punch kit (I used this one)
- embroidery floss in four similar colors
- necklace or findings to make necklace

- Cut leather piece into a 3" X 2" X 2" triangle. Snip off the tips of the two angles adjacent to the longest side.
- Use punch kit to create holes. I used a ruler and made the holes 1/4 in apart. It helped me to mark the holes on the back in Sharpie  and use those marks as a guide. You will need one hole in each corner for hanging and five rows of holes for stitching as described below. Make sure the stitch in the center of the first row is centered and work from there.
        - row one: 8 holes
        - row two: 8 holes
        - row three: 6 holes
        - row four: 4 holes
        - row five: 2 holes
- Cross stitch the four rows going from darkest color to lightest color. Secure your ends.
- Attach piece to necklace. You can either steal the chain off of a necklace you don't wear anymore (which I do quite often lol) or you can build your own necklace. If building your own necklace, you will need two jump rings, 17 inches of chain (two 8 1/2 in pieces), and a spring ring or lobster clasp to close.

Enjoy your new necklace and be ready for lots of compliments!

P.S. If you'd rather purchase the finish product instead of making your own, I have them available in my Etsy shop!

P.S.S. If you decide to make your own necklace, I'd love to see the finished product! You can tag me on Instagram or share it on Facebook.

Linked to: The MakersOff the Hook Monday

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Handcrafted Birthday

Today is my 24th birthday! This is going to be a BIG year for me. A REALLY big year. I'm going to be graduating with my Master's degree in May, getting married two weeks later, and hopefully finding a "big girl" job! This year is going to be full of changes. I'm very excited about all of these changes, but I'm a bit nervous at the same time. Growing up is not easy!

In honor of my birthday, I thought I'd share with you this lovely, handmade card. It can be used for birthdays, thank-you notes, or anything you'd like really.

I love how this card uses traditional quilted hexagons in a non-tradition way. Quilting is just not for me. My sewing machine and I have a strong love/hate relationship. One of my goals this year is to buckle down and become a sewing machine pro. Anyways, I love the look of these quilted hexagons and I love how simple they are to make!

- blank card (needs to be fairly thick so that it doesn't rip when sewing on hexagons)
- scissors
- pen
- fabric scraps
- white sewing thread
- embroidery floss that matches fabric choices
- needle

- Make five hexagons. I did a hexagon tutorial here.
- Arrange hexagons on the card in the pattern or shape of your choice.
- Using three strands of embroidery floss and running stitch, attach the hexagons to your card. I chose to leave just a little blank space between each hexagon, but you can make them touch if you'd like.
- Write message onto your card!
- Optional: You may also want to cut another card in half and glue it to the inside of the front cover so that your stitching doesn't show.