The Journey

How vague, right? A lot has been going on but it is mostly revolving around two things: my Etsy shop and my hair. Both are a journey.

All of the crafty things done lately have revolved around my Etsy shop NimbleNimble. I’ve sold a couple of things, thus having to add a couple new!

I cut out five animals this morning, including some bunnies and cats of all colors!

I cut out five animals this morning, including some bunnies and cats of all colors!

 

Today I worked on a “Climbing Buddy” for a coworker who is very into rock climbing. The animal gets a D ring sewn onto its back, so it can then be attached to the harness. I absolutely loved this idea and ran with it. 

The beginning of the cat. You can see the head with the ears attached.

The beginning of the cat. You can see the head with the ears attached.

The half sewn/ half pinned body.

The half sewn/ half pinned body.

 

Because of the smaller scale I found it difficult to put in some of the sewing detail on the body. To make up for it I did some special embroidery for the face. She said she wanted a cat, so I went with a mountain lion.

The finished body with a cute little nose.

The finished body with a cute little nose.

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I was very happy with the outcome! I plan on exploring more embroidery detail on my next pieces.

I was very happy with the outcome! I plan on exploring more embroidery detail on my next pieces.

 

 

 

On a side note: Since I haven’t been exploring different tracks of craft-dom, I’ve noticed myself getting a bit restless. One of those restless bouts that make you do something drastic to your hair. I just cut it and I’ve really been liking my natural color lately so those things were out of the running. I’ve been annoyed with my hair lately because it seems very lack luster. Boring. Not as wavy as it could be and just plain thin.

To combat all of this I’ve ventured into the land of No-‘Poo. As in no shampoo. As in washing your hair with diluted baking soda and apple cider vinegar. I should just make an entire post on this, but since this is not a beauty blog, I shall refrain. If you’re wondering why the hell I would choose to do such a thing check out this girls blog. She has tons of information on the subject and it makes me feel less insane.

I will let you know that my hair is pretty greasy for now, which is normal. It should calm down and I will turn from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. That is my hope, at least.

Until then, I will continue to craft my butt off for my new store.

Enjoy!

 

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A Little Extra Cushion

I recently inherited a sewing machine from my Mom, which really opened up my options as far as crafting goes. Alas, once I got the sewing machine propped up on my little kitchen table I realized that I possessed none of the materials needed to actually create stuff. My Mom’s entire sewing room always overflowed with sewing materials, and it never occurred to me that I’d someday have to buy my own stuff. It never occurred to me how expensive it would be either- Yikes!

On my trek to Hobby Lobby I picked up the very basics: pins, thread, rotary cutter, cloth measuring tape and a seam ripper. A pin cushion was one thing that I desperately wanted to make for myself and there are a ton of cute options out there. I did a search on Pinterest and discovered a no-sew pin cushion. I realize how silly this is since I now HAVE a sewing machine, but it still appealed to me because the cushion is meant to go in a cute little tea cup for the base.

No-Sew Teacup Pin Cushion

You can see the outline around the green hoop. I just took a small plate used it as a template. I hate measuring, so this method was the best for me. I chose some blue material that I had in my stash, but it was a little bland for me.

 

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I decided to dress it up with some embroidery.

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Actually, it kind of looks like the embroidery monster threw up on it.

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I like it, though.

It was very important to iron it out after it got out of the hoop. I didn’t want a weird, wrinkled pin cushion.
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I followed my guide and cut the circle out. Then, I took a sharp needle and some thread and followed the edge of the circle, weaving the needle in and out as I went. I kept the stitches far apart from one another, so I could easily pull the string to gather the material and make a little poof.

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I filled the cushion with standard poly-fiber stuffing, then closed it up for good.

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The only step left was finding a little cup to put it in! Really, very simple.

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This entire project made me excited to use my sewing machine! I can’t wait to find a new project to work with.

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Enjoy!

 

 

Eager Beaver

Cross stitching is appealing for so many reasons, with one of my favorite being the pace. It is slow, methodical and easy to put it down and pick it up again. My very first project was a 5×7 inch Snow White scene that I bought in a kit.

Snow White Cross Stitch

It took months, but was perfect since I was on winter break.

However, since my schedule has become more packed, I have less and less time to invest in long, elaborate cross stitch patterns. Every once in a while I get in the mood and create little ditties that take minimal amount of time, yet I still get my fix.

I made this “Be Calm” sign just as a reminder to chill out, something I believe everyone needs to remember. It just happens to be inspired by one of my favorite songs by the band Fun.

A few days ago I got a request from my sister to make a cute little sign for her friend. She wanted it to say ‘no worries’ with either a beaver or a tree. I immediately got onion to search for patterns for beavers and came upon a teeny tiny picture of a beaver.

I first drafted the design on cross stitching paper, which can be found at any craft store. The placement of the beaver is what I was really figuring out. I stitched the words on the material first, then began stitching the beaver.

I chose dark green for the wording, a dark brown and grey-brown for the beaver. My sister’s friend and my sister are both Foresters, so this color scheme was a no-brainer.

I am super excited about this little guy! He is adorable, and I can’t wait to put him in the mail to go to his new home.

If anyone wants a little saying or doodle done with cross stitch, please just ask! I love taking requests and am willing to make a custom design for you.