Cross Stitch

I’m So Excited!

I’ve been an Ubuntu user for several years after a laptop I bought just would not run Windows properly.

It made me get creative in a few things (using a Windows emulator to run some of my applications) and give up others (doing graphic design) because I just didn’t like the options available to me.

My laptop has pretty much died though. The battery won’t hold a charge at all and it just shuts off for no reason even while plugged in.

The solution of course was a new laptop, but I’m short on money right now, so I ended up ordering a little 11″ one that was on sale from Dell.

So what am I excited about? I’ll be able to run the software that makes designing cross stitch patterns the easiest, I’ll be able to run my Beadtool application without a Windows emulator, and I’ll have more options for graphic design software. I can’t afford Adobe Illustrator but I’ve used Corel too and it’s fairly inexpensive.

What this means is I can really get into designing things again, which means more awesome things for you!

New Things Are Coming!

I’ve been working on some new creations lately, and in the next few days I’ll be adding them to my shop. I’ve been doing a lot of stitching the last few days, plus I have some great ideas for a few new cross stitch patterns!

If you haven’t been by my shop in a while, come back and have a look. There’s some items that I’ve recently added, and I’ll be adding a new coupon as we get closer to summer.

What’s cool about coupons? They add to your cart automatically if you buy qualifying items! There’s current about 6 coupons available for a variety of items, plus some things are always on sale.

I generally put rainbow items on sale in June for Pride month, and skulls and other spooky stuff in October, but otherwise sale items are selected at random.

Still Counting Down!

We’re a few days closer to the Holidays on the Homestead at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum and I’ve got a few more new items! There’s a few more cross stitch pieces I want to complete for the event, but they’re small and I still have time.

I want to stitch another Woman’s Place, a counselor Troi mini, a Geordi LaForge and maybe a second Kitty Puke.

And I still need to get a couple small dishes to hold my little inexpensive items on my table. I’m hoping to find these at the dollar store though in a few days.

This event is hands down my favorite, and there’s a reason I keep going back year after year. I really hope you’ll come by and check it out too!

Busy As A Bee

The last few days have been filled with creative endeavors! A few days ago I finished two new cross stitch pieces that I will be adding to the shop tomorrow, and tonight I’ve finished quite a few small projects too.

I started off making a business card holder out of polymer clay. It’s a pretty basic shape, and I added some embellishments, and overall I’m really happy with how it turned out.

I did overcook it so painting became a necessity but I’m really happy with it. It will look great sitting on my table at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on the 1st.

After that, I painted a picture of a pony. I decided to coat the surface with glittery resin, which I’m waiting to cure now, and tomorrow I’ll apply a second coat to smooth things out.

Then I decided to get into the white resin Tracy gave me. I’d never used it before, but I knew it cures in just a few minutes, so I’d have to work fast. I decided to use some of the dyes she passed on to me as well.

The first batch I mixed up I added black dye to, and poured it into my bat Halloween molds.

The second batch I mixed with red dye, and poured it into some silly skulls.

The third batch I didn’t dye, but I added a bunch of gold glitter and poured it into my sugar skull molds.

Then I decided to experiment a little more. I mixed two cups of resin, one black, one white, and then slowly poured both colors at once into my gravestone molds. I was hoping for a kind of swirled outcome and I was not disappointed!

After all the pieces were cured, I removed them from the molds and glued strong magnets to their backs.

It’s been a fun night filled with fun crafts!

I’ve Got the Bug – the Cross Stitch Bug!

A few weeks ago I was browsing Etsy and I found myself looking at cross stitch patterns. A few minutes later I was printing out my new purchases to put into a binder, and ordering embroidery floss online to pick up at Michael’s on my next trip into town.

The first pattern I stitched is going to be a gift for Tracy over at Art Resurrected so I can’t post the photos yet. But I can share some of the others I’ve stitched since.

First up is Live Laugh Lube. This one made me laugh and the seller has some even better ones I hope to be stitching soon!

Then I stitched up these little cuties. They, and others, will be going into 4″ x 4″ frames to be sold at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on December 1st.


Donut Worry Bee Happy

Lime Yours Forever

Tea Rex

A Woman’s Place

I’m currently stitching a really fun design (and ooooh all the colors!) but it’s also a Christmas and I’m not sure if she follows this blog, so I won’t be posting it until she’s received it.

I’m having a lot more fun doing this than I thought I would be and I can’t wait to get started on my next projects!

Some New Stuff

ladybug musicI’ve been working on some new stuff and I have some things I did a while ago that I kept forgetting to share with you. As some of you might know, I play on pool league once a week and it can be tough to tell your stick bag apart from everyone else’s when they are all basically the same. I made this little charm for my back to mark it as mine and I also made another one for my ukulele case while I was at it. They’re just simple clay shapes stamped with rubber stamps. The ladybug one I painted before baking using dust from colored chalk pastels, and the other I painted with acrylic paints after baking. They were both super easy to make and there’s so many different things you could do with this idea.

I finally finished my triangle scarf that I have been waiting over a week to get the yarn to finish it. It figures I’d pick the one stash yarn I can’t buy anywhere around here when I needed more to finish! But it finally arrived yesterday and I was able to finish it this morning. I went crazy on the fringe though, but I really wanted to use up all of the yarn in that second skein and I did.


I think it turned out really pretty and its very wearable. Now if it will just get chilly enough so I can wear it!

I started this two days ago and I expect it will be finished before the week is over. When its done, it will say EAT SLEEP BUILD REPEAT and of course there is the little Lego guy head in there. When it’s done I will frame it and put it up in Mattie’s Nerd Cave on the wall and then he can have some themed decorations.


I really wish I could decorate my craft room, but the main wall is cement, being part of the garage, and nothing will penetrate it so I can’t hang anything unless I use stickies.

Some New Craft Books!

I’ve been sick with a terrible cold the last few days, but when I heard the local Friends of the Library were holding a book sale at our local library, I ventured out not once but twice to see what I could find. I felt like death but still went to look for new craft books. New craft books created a big pull to get out.

I was a little disappointed they only had 3 small boxes with craft and sewing books and magazines in them, but I managed to find these 7 to take home with me.

books1 books2 books3 books4And the best part is I paid an average of $0.40 a piece for them! They are all in pretty good condition, just some cover or dust jacket wear, and they all have some cool patterns in them.

I also got two cook books and a Gnomes book for my friend Tracy who little did I know was actually looking for that book! The cook books are on chicken and making stews and soups, two things we enjoy, and the Gnomes book is an art book, which after flipping through it, is pretty amusing.

I haven’t gotten much crafting done the last few days since I’ve been sick, but here are a few items from my shop you might have missed!

These are all handmade by me, and unique in that they won’t be made exactly the same every again. And who doesn’t love a unique handmade piece?

This first one is my Curse of the Sea Witch necklace. You can purchase it for $14.99 here. It features glass seed beads and crazy baroque freshwater pearls in two colors.

sea witch

This dyed orange turquoise butterfly set is super pretty and ready for Fall! It’s $16.99, and made up of stone butterflies, dyed orange turquoise, small crystals, and large vintage Japanese acrylic beads. The central focal bead is glass.


I hope you’re all having a great day today and are ready for the weekend! Happy Friday, and see you next time!

So, About Quilting… & Cross Stitch

I’ve been sick this last week and while I’ve been curled up on the couch, I’ve started doing cross stitch. The first one I did I really liked, but wasn’t sure what to do with it. Then I thought why not stitch it into some fabrics, make a mini quilt, and stick it on the wall. Before I post it though, I warn you. Its wonky. Really, really wonky. But since the text on the cross stitch says


wallI figured some wonkiness would go long with the “be you” part- warts and all. I intentionally did not measure anything. I eyeballed stuff. I stitched. I trimmed. I eyeballed more stuff. I spent 3 hours on the couch hand sewing the binding on (three times!), learning how to do mitered corners properly, and running into a few problems along the way. I used my new Ginghers and sliced through my fabrics like they were made of butter. Warm butter. I may have stitched together even more scraps of fabric in colors I did not even need to use for this project. The only thing I measured was the back to find the center to stitch on a hanging loop at the end.

Anyway, here is my first finished cross stitch and my first quilting project. Its hanging on the wall in the house because Mattie declared it art and said it should hang where people could see it. :p

The darker colored stars are purple, as is the darker text, and the binding is also purple. I used fabric scraps from the cute zippered pouches I make, from a shirt I made for a baby, and from scraps leftover from clothing I made myself, as well as some vintage scraps.

Next time I will measure. Maybe not everything, but I’ll make sure my strips of pieces are trimmed up nice and that should help a bit. There will be a next time!