Why I Am An Old Maid

Because I CLEARLY need a new crafty hobby, I have started embroidery! I'm always looking for something to do with myself while I hang out with my roommates on the couch or at the bar...

I started out wanting to make a gift for a friend, just a little embroidered necklace. To begin, I downloaded some stitch diagrams and just played around a bit...

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Once I got the design and the stitch pattern that worked best, it was just making it look the way I wanted in the right size. The pendant frame and glass I got from Pacific Fabrics, and I backed it with poster board. I also recommend using an iron to press your embroidery really well before you put it in the frame to seal the stitches and make it flat enough to fit under the glass. 

But of course, me being me, I can't just finish a project and not continue...

What watching 5 hours of the Pride and Prejudice mini-series will do to you

What watching 5 hours of the Pride and Prejudice mini-series will do to you

I'm hoping to figure out what to do practically with this new-found crafty skill. Other than making cute little samplers and initial necklaces, obviously. Next up, I'm playing around with covering notebooks with this cool hand-made paper and doing some embroidery on top. 

All this, of course, in an effort to diversify my line and get more items in my etsy shop. But more on that giant nosebleed of an issue later...