Farminista

I have mentioned a couple of times lately that I was working on an order for Farminista – an online store that is an extension of a local shop where I live. The embroidery I did for them has been posted and I just wanted to share the new items and their website! The following are all for sale and can be found here http://www.farminista.com/collections/handmade

ImageBird Hoop Art $40.00

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Tea Cup Hoop Art $40.00

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“Shine on” Hoop Art $40.00

ImageFloral Embroidered Pouches $30.00 Each

Farminista is “A craftily curated collection of vintage inspired fashion and home decor.” There’s a lot of really cool stuff to browse through on their website – they sell lots of gorgeous dresses and accessories as well! I feel like my style is fitting for this website. My work often has a vintage feel to it, and my obsession with stitching floral motifs fits right in!

More of my embroidery can be found in my Etsy shop http://www.ceestitchery.etsy.com

XO

 

 

 

 

That’s a Wrap, February!

It’s so hard to believe February will be over tomorrow! I think I say that every month.  I’ve been on vacation for a week, and was working furiously to get a project done before I left so I feel like I’ve been MIA from here for nearly half of February.  Here are some highlights from the past couple of weeks to end off this wintery month:

ImageI made my first Etsy sale to another country! I sent the purchase off to the States, so definitely not too far but it was still pretty exciting.  Now that I’m back from vacation I’m working hard to get some new items posted in the shop very soon! You can find my Etsy shop here http://www.ceestitchery.etsy.com

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The weekend before I left for my trip there was a huge flea market here in Saskatoon. It was fantastic and I found some really great things. My favorite find was this huge basket of embroidery thread. $10 later my thread stash has tripled! I was so excited. I also found some amazing vintage needlework magazines, as well as some vintage hand bags and a belt. Not a bad haul!

ImageI mentioned a few weeks ago that I was working on a wholesale order for a new website which is an online extension of a local shop here. I was really down to the wire trying to get the order done before I left for my trip. It was a little stressful, mostly because I don’t like to rush my embroidery/sewing. It’s important to me that I take my time to do my best possible work. However, I was really pleased with how everything turned out, and shipped the order off just in the nick of time! Above is a sneak peak at some of the products. I can’t wait to share more once they are up in the online store 🙂

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A week ago today I headed off to Vancouver B.C. for a vacation with two of my best friends.  It was much needed time away, and I always treasure quality time with these two girls!  As you can see, it was a pretty rainy vacation (to be expected for Vancouver in Feb). But the weather certainly didn’t stop us from having fun.  Here is an Etsy treasury I created in anticipation of the rainy city before we left: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTg2NzI2MTB8MjcyMTQyMDEwMQ/rainy-city-vacation?index=0

ImageI love this Walt Whitman quote we spotted as we strolled along the seawall. Such a beautiful thought in such a beautiful place. ❤

ImageWe got tons of shopping time in Vancouver (my kind of vacation!), this is just one of my new outfits. It was so much fun getting to shop with two of my best friends, we encouraged each other on a lot of purchases and therefore spent a lot of our hard earned money – so worth it though!

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I even found a fabric store in our travels. I snapped this photo of a vintage Singer sewing machine in a shop on Granville Island called The Cloth Shop http://theclothshop.com/ .  I found some amazing fabric there that I can’t wait to start creating with.

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This gorgeous piece of embroidery was hanging as a window covering in a bathroom of a restaurant we visited. I absolutely love spotting beautiful hand embroidery in random places, it was definitely a highlight for a needlework fanatic like me. The restaurant was called the Naam – fantastic vegetarian place. Definitely try it if you’re ever in Vancouver! http://thenaam.com/

ImageI’ve been to Vancouver a few times, and have always wanted to but never gotten the chance to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery. I got the opportunity to go this time, which was exciting. There was an Emily Carr & Charles John Collings exhibit which was so fantastic. I am a bit of a secret art history nerd. Although I don’t know a ton, it’s something that really interests me. In fact I almost pursued a degree in it once upon a time, but that’s a story for another time. The Vancouver Art Gallery is a great one to visit. http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/  And the two Canadian water color painters I mentioned are definitely worth checking out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Carr  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_hope_at_dawn.html

February was a great month, jam packed with lots of projects and fun times with friends. Hopefully March brings more of the same! Hope you enjoyed some of my snapshots from my creative and other adventures this month.

XO

 

The Week

This week was a whirl wind, it just seemed so busy for some reason. I had an idea at some point during the week that I should do a little photo journal of highlights/ just fun or pretty things from the current week every once in a while. I take photos of almost everything i have time to snap, I like to capture as many little moments as possible. The idea of starting a sort of journal to document my projects and some of the other little moments in life seems like fun and also would be nice to go back and look at/read later. Here’s this week:

ImageI did some pattern drawings this week for embroidery projects. It felt nice to get out my old pencil crayons. I usually don’t color code my patterns, I just go with whatever colors I’m feeling as a I work but I needed to plan colors ahead of time for this particular project. I’m working on a custom order for an online extension of a local shop where I live. I’m really excited about it! It’s one of my favorite shops, so when they approached me about posting some of my embroidery in their online shop I felt really honored that they would choose my work!

ImageI added this new hoop art to my Etsy shop this week.  I probably won’t be able to add anything new for a week or two now with the other project I’m working on, but I’m really excited to start adding more hoop art to the shop. I have lots of ideas I can’t wait to get working on!

My Etsy shop can be found here http://www.ceestitchery.etsy.com

 

ImageI had to go to the dentist this week to get two fillings which wasn’t very fun.  However, it ended up not being too bad because there is a thrift shop right by my dentist where I decided to stop in afterwards. I found the vintage skirt in this picture which I adore, as well as the vintage poncho in the following photo. I had been eyeing one exactly like this on Etsy for a while, and I ended up getting this one for $10 (score!) I think it will will be really great for sitting by the campfire at the lake in the summer when it gets chilly at night! That imagery inspired this Etsy treasury I created: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTg2NzI2MTB8MjcyMzk1MjU1OA/campfire-dreams?index=0

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I made some valentines gifts for my best friends today. They’re homemade tea bags! I got the idea from my favorite blog  http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2011/09/loose-leaf-tea-make-your-own-tea-bags-.html I added my own touch by personalizing the tags with things they love. I just used themed scrap booking paper and embelishments. I hope they like them! ImageWell that was the week!

XO, Carrie

There’s Wisdom in the Trees

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This is my latest “hoop art” embroidery. Trees are one of my favorite things to stitch, and I’ve been wanting to do a whole forest of them for awhile so I’m pretty happy to have completed this one.

Has anyone ever heard the saying “Can’t see the forest for the trees”?  I hadn’t until this week. I was hanging out with my Mom one evening while I was working on this, when all of a sudden she said it.  Here’s what it means according to wiki answers:

“When you are too close to a situation you need to step back and get a little perspective. When you do you will notice there was a whole forest you couldn’t see before because you were too close, and focusing on the trees.
Simply that you have focussed on the many details and have failed to see the overall view, impression or key point.”

Sometimes we all need a reminder to step back and look at the big picture, no matter what it is we’re dealing with at the time.  I thought it was kind of neat that this embroidery reminded my Mom of this saying. It’s nice to have something hanging on the wall that serves as reminder to “see the forest” and not just the trees in life.

This hoop art was listed in my Etsy shop but it just sold right before I started writing this!! It was my first sale on Etsy – big moment for me!! It’s fitting that this piece ended up being my first sale because selling my work is an example of something in my life that I need to remember to see the big picture in regards to.  It’s very easy to get hung up on the small things. But the big picture is, I do this because it I love it and it makes me happy to share it. When someone connects with my work, that is something really special and it might take time but it’s worth it.

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I definitely want to create another of this design and re-list it in the shop in the near future. http://www.ceestitchery.etsy.com

Remember to see the forest.

XO,

Carrie

 

 

 

 

Lace and Scraps

My life goal: Never waste fabric. Just kidding I have lots of other goals. However, I don’t think I’ve ever thrown fabric away. I love when I think of something to make out of a left over scrap.  And the best thing ever is when the thing I make ends up being something that I use a lot. I also have an obsession with the remnant bin at my local fabric store. There’s just something about digging through that bin, wondering what rolled up scraps from the end of a bolt of fabric I’ll find. I have found many a treasure in that bin, actually they are what I use for almost all of my embroidery projects! Anyway, I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I make sure to use every last piece of fabric in my possession. So here’s what I did recently:

A couple of weeks ago I posted about a skirt that I refashioned. I decided to use the fabric that I had cut off the bottom of the skirt to make an infinity scarf. It was already a big loop because I had cut it off that way. I picked up some lace and just sewed it along the cut edge.

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I love how it turned out, and it’s super cozy! It’s been so cold here so I’ve worn it quite a few times already.  I just have to say, isn’t lace one of the best things ever? I love adding lace to something boring or outdated. It can breathe so much life into any garment. Ever since I made this scarf I’ve been getting a ton of ideas for adding lace to things – I plan to share some in the future 🙂

 

No Place Like Home

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Here is my latest hoop art! I had been wanting to stitch a rocking chair for a while, and when I found this fabric the idea fell into place.

Home is truly the best place to be. And with the extreme cold weather we’ve had where I live it’s really the only place I’ve wanted to be lately! I’m really happy with how this one turned out, I think I might need to keep it to hang for myself in my own home. When I see it it reminds how much I cherish the coziness and comfort of home – I truly am a homebody, and I love it.

I think I will stitch up another one and add it to the shop soon http://www.ceestitchery.etsy.com

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Have a fantastic weekend!

Bringing Joy

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Just a few notes on being an artist and trying to sell your work.  Sometimes it can be really discouraging, so these are just a few things I try to focus on when the negative feelings creep in.

What I need to remind myself is that selling or not selling doesn’t change the fact that this is my passion. It  doesn’t change that this is what I am. When it comes down to it, I do this because I love it. Of course I would do it for free for the rest of my life. No question. It’s what I love.

The way I see it, if you’ve found something that you do that brings you joy, well then you’re doing pretty good already. Having a true passion for something, be it art, music, writing, teaching, or anything, is a treasure. Us passionate people, we have a blessing that some people never find in their life time.

Don’t forget to enjoy life, don’t forget that you’re doing this because it brings you joy. If the stress starts to overwhelm you, unlpug for a while…trust me it’s okay. What I tell myself is, even if I never sell anything, I tried. Guess I will just have to cover every wall in my home with embroidery 😉 But also don’t give up, have faith in what you do and work hard. It’s not a race. Your success will be there for you when you reach it.

Van Goh only sold one painting in his life time – Red Vineyard at Arles.

I sell my work here:  http://www.CeeStitchery.etsy.com

XO

 

My Favorite New (Old) Skirt

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I just wanted to quickly share my new favorite skirt! The reason I want to share it is because it’s actually an old skirt. It was my Mom’s in the 80’s. Right before Christmas I went through a box of her old clothes from back then and claimed a few things for my myself.  I love skirts and dresses, they’re my favorite thing to wear and I also love things from days gone by. So needless to say, this was an exciting moment for me.

 

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This Knit skirt was actually ankle length to begin with.

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All I did was cut it to the length I wanted (plus a seam allowance for the hem) and Hemmed it up using a straight stitch on my sewing machine! It was a little hard to keep the seam straight at times because it is a stretchy knit but I actually really like how the hem ended up looking! A few simple updates here and there and something outdated can easily become something amazing. There’s something about wearing an article of clothing from the past that you’ve refashioned that just feels so good, try it! Seriously it’s awesome. I have plans for more of my Mom’s clothes from another time, and I can’t wait. I have a feeling they will end up being faves….

 

An old Art Form

photoI came across this picture while just googling embroidery pictures. I wanted to share it because I just thought it was so beautiful and peaceful looking. The website it was on said it was from the October 1944 issue of Vouge. it was titled “Woman Embroidering in Evening Gown”. I love that embroidery is such an old art form and I love all of the history behind it. I am always starving to absorb and learn more about it’s history. ❤

Hello November!

Although the first day of Winter is still far off, it feels like Fall is coming to a close here.  In Saskatchewan Halloween seems to mark the tail end of pumpkin sightings, and the leaves have mostly fallen by this point.  Thanksgiving has long passed for us Canadians, and we enter November with thoughts of cozy Winter nights and Christmas festivities to look forward to. I thought today would be a good day for my first “real post” since the work I want to share involves a pumpkin! This piece evokes fond memories of Autumn for me.

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It may sound a bit odd but I’ve been really into Cinderella lately.  She’s my favorite Disney princess and quite possibly my favorite Disney movie as well. It all started when I found an old long blue bridesmaids dress from my parent’s wedding and decided to make a Cinderella costume for Halloween out of it.  That’s what started the craze…then as I was making my costume throughout the month of October, lo and behold, the movie came out of the Disney vault! Of course I bought it and watched it right away.  It inspired this little project:

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I feel like we all need a little bit of Disney inspiration every once in a while :). It’s amazing when you go back and watch these movies as an adult how inspiring the message can be. That Walt Disney…he knew his stuff.

Pattern is my original design. Dreamed up, hand drawn, and hand stitched by yours truly, XO Carrie