A friend commissioned me to make a little bag for a very pink little girl she knows, so off I went and made a pretty pink wrist pouch without realizing (entirely my own fault) that she meant a shoulder bag so I have just listed the lovely pouch and spent today making a little shoulder bag (which unfortunately I couldn't photograph)
I have become quite enamoured of pink while I was sewing, in particular the lecien dot pink fabric from here
I have also resolved my label dilemma, I simply couldn't find labels that I like so I thought I could just embroider my name onto the items. I discovered that it took about the same time as sewing a label on and I think I prefer it.
I've also started with some scraps of the lovely VandA fabric on this blue and green rabbit
I am especially pleased with his little embroidered heart.
Now I am thinking about postage. Is it better to have postage and packing included in the price of the item or is it better to add it on after. I am thinking of changing my prices to include postage. Which do you prefer?
I've been seeing lots of lovely ACEOs on etsy and folksy recently so I thought embroidery might work well in such a sweet little format. I couldn't decide whether to go with fabric or paper so these have been done on handmade paper but I'm thinking of trying fabric too.
a little rabbit
and a little girl
they are coloured but it was such a dull day today (again!!) that I couldn't get a decent photo.
For those waiting for my princess, you may have to wait a little longer. I'm beginning to think that I am not a sparkly person, I have undone much sparkle on my princess and I have fought with slippery silky satiny thread. Now she is resting while I have a think about her.
I may show her satiny crown but it does not look as beautifully sewn as this stunning sewing from Big B (from whom I have just purchased a lovely cupcakes pattern to make a cupcake pillowcase for Annis but more of that when I sew it). So I am distracted by a different embroidery pattern which I WILL have done this week and a rather exciting offer to be in print...
My lovely princess should be finished but I ran into some difficulties
I looked through all my beautiful threads (my threads are now neatly wrapped around little holders, but did I think to put the numbers on? Of course not.) but could not find the right thread for a beautiful crown.
It must be shiny and sparkly or she won't be a true princess!
but I have somehow managed to tear a muscle in my back (the doctor tried to suggest it was sewing but I'm sure exercise is a much more likely cause, after all I am used to sewing but definitely not used to exercise). So I could not go to search for lovely threads and while my partner is very helpful I don't think he could choose a sparkly princess crown thread. So, today, with strange pain relief on my back I will venture out and seek the perfect thread.
I hope this is enough of an excuse for pictures of threads and crowns rather than finished embroideries!
This is the time for resolutions, the cynical (experienced?) side of me says 'yes but they will only last for about two weeks before you slide back into your bad habits' but the more positive side of me says 'maybe, just maybe some of them might stick, a little bit' so...
More consistent blogging is a good place to start
Trying out new stitches would certainly be fun and useful and I could blog about them, helping with my first resolution
some giveaway embroidery patterns
which means learning how to actually have pages attached to my blog?!!!
and I'm keen to do twelve dancing princess embroidery patterns this year, perhaps one a month.
I have always been in love with the fairy tale of the dancing princesses, I think it was their worn out dancing shoes and the idea of secret night time dancing
and so I am at work on some dancing princesses
I hope to have this one finished over the weekend
Do you have any crafting resolutions? (I hope they last longer than my predicted two weeks!)