Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm Opening an Etsy Shop!!

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory..but yes it's true! 
I've been wanting to open my own shop ever since I started my blog almost 4 years ago. {Where did the time go, WOW}. I only have a few things ready to sell right now, but that will change :) 
I will be selling handmade embroidery in all sorts of styles, fabrics, colors, and themes! I can also make custom orders for weddings, baby rooms, families etc. I want to stitch anything and everything. I would love to stitch little stick figure families from a photograph too, with the family name. 
I will eventually sell my patterns as downloads for those DIY-ers at home :)
Here are my first few hoops completed!

the Hello Little One Hoop. For a nursery. This is a pale pink but can be done in boy or girl colors.

the back

the 2 Sparrows Hoop. My personal fave! My own design.

Mint threads on a mustard yellow background.

the Frame & Fortune hoop

the back

the You're the Salt to my Pepper hoop. My own design

the back

the Vintage Collage hoop. This was such a blast! I bought the fabric then added my own touches.

the back

french knots are my new favorite

So there's the scoop! I have so many more ideas bursting out of my head, I can't wait to make them a reality! I hope people like my things; 
I've never sold my art before and I'm feeling a bit vulnerable and 
exposed..but it's all very exciting!
I almost forgot- my shop will be titled
The Kitschy Stitcher.
(pronounced kit-chee) No one I know had heard the word kitschy before so in case you don't know what that means, it basically means vintage  knick-knacks:)

Well anyway, I will let you all know as soon as it is open for business {within a week}!!!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Modest Layers

Dear Fashion Diary,

It can be difficult to layer your clothing in triple digit temps here in Az.
That's why I was So excited when I saw that Downeast Basics has a top that's pretty much just sleeves to layer under  sleeveless clothes!!! 
No, this is not a sponsored post, I am just excited to share this with you ladies!

I've always struggled with trying to find ways to wear the clothes I want to 
while maintaining my clothing standards. Especially when each layer you add on
makes the awful summers here even more unbearable! But I wasn't about to leave this dress at the store just because it's sleeveless, and a little shorter than I'd like.

So I bought it with plans to make it modest, and then came upon this
 sleeves-only top {link at the bottom of post} 
and once again used my dress-turned-skirt to wear underneath to make it longer. 
Basically the top is just some sleeves and the fabric ends just below the bust line.
Making the layers much more bearable in the heat.
I have a feeling this is the beginning of a long and wonderful relationship with this sleeves-only undershirt :)

Moral of the story- there's always a way to make your own style work modestly!
Sometimes it just takes a bit of imagination. 

 Dress: Romy//Sleeves: Downeast Basics//Lace Eyelet skirt underneath: Charlotte Russe {orig. a dress} // Shoes: Steve Madden {thrifted}//Necklace: Mindy Mae's Market//Anchor ring: San Diego boutique//
Purse: Le Mode Accessories//Belt: JC Penny

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