Embroidered “Self” Portrait

While this isn’t my face as seen in the mirror,  the more I look at it,  the more I see it as a portrait of my creative side. 

I shared in my last post the outline of the face.


I have added more outline stitches to make some of the large areas smaller and I started on filling in areas with color. 


I am loving this so far!  I still need to add more outlining so I can make the rest of the large areas into more workable sections. But I’m very happy with the progress.

A couple closer up photos:




I think that last picture shows one of my favorite sections. All the diamond shapes in different colors. 

Note: this is inspired by Terri Mitchell and a gorgeous embroidered face that she did.  The link to her work is in the previous post on this blog. I will try to update this post soon and add the link here as well.  (Links and my phone don’t get along).

Hope you enjoyed this look at my “self” portrait of my creative side.

A Sneak Peek at the Current Project

Sometimes my brain wanders too much.  But as any crafter knows,  that is a common problem.  Although,  is it really a “problem”? Look at all the wonderful ideas and inventions out there because people let their brains wander.

Gwyn from Sew Crazy linked an embroidery picture to me on Facebook a couple days ago.  I tried to resist,  but my brain said “you must do this!”

Colorful!  Crazy!  Intriguing!  Have you seen Terri Mitchell’s work before?  If you haven’t,  check it out. She does some amazing embroidery.  One of which inspired my current obsession…err… project.  Inspired enough that I pulled another project off the 11×11 frame to put this on and start working on it. 
I didn’t want to do an exact copy,  add that wouldn’t be right,  so I made a few changes. 


This is my drawing that I ended up with.  Some of it is similar to Terri ‘ s but hopefully I made enough changes to make it different.  Mine will not be for sale.  It will hang in our house somewhere. 

Nine hours of stitching later (over two days) and I still don’t have the outline done! 


I need to add more little sections to break up the larger areas.  This will mostly end up satin stitch,  which I’m still improving my skill on.

I decided to do just a couple small sections with some color just to get an idea of what size sections I want when I finish up the outlining. 


Based on the two little sections I did…i need to add a lot more outlining! !

I am enjoying the hell out of this embroidery project though. 

Oh and on a side note,  you should see much better quality of photos on my blog now.  I finally gave in and upgraded my cell phone.  This one has a 16 megapixel camera on it!  16!! That’s even better than my digital camera.  (I can’t guarantee the spelling though.  I’m having a blast with this keyboard right now.   It’s one where you can just run your finger over the keyboard and it spells the most likely word for what path you took,  instead of having to hit each key for each letter in every word). 

A Flower Wreath for Gwyn

Gwyn from Sew Crazy quilt shop loves my hand embroidery. And she is always telling other customers about it. So I thought about it for awhile and decided to make her an embroidered gift. A wreath filled with flowers done in different techniques. (I forgot to mention, the wreath is from The Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, with a few minor tweaks to add or subtract a few details).


Details, closer up:









I originally was going to quilt and bind it. Then I remembered that I had a shadow box in the wife cave that would hopefully be a perfect fit. And it was!


Gwyn seems to love it, judging by the tears and big hug she gave me.

My First Doily – Finally Blocked

During our remodeling, sorting, donating, and reorganizing, my hubby found the first doily that I ever made. One I’ve searched for on and off for the past two years!!

I was very happy that he found it, and immediately grabbed my tools for blocking it.

Before blocking:




And done!:


The color actually goes well with our living room remodel. So now I need to make a second one that I can put under the other table lamp.

New Planters – Recycled

We decided this year we would try planting a container vegetable garden. But rather than spend $$$ on containers, Jason had a great idea for recycling some we had.

If you’ve ever bought cat litter, you recognize this:


What normally happens to these containers is they end up in a landfill. Thousands and thousands of these litter buckets thrown out by thousands of people. So J decided, why not reuse them? He saved all the ones we’ve used over the last year or so.

A couple cans of Green spray paint:



And Ta-Da! We have green containers for planting our seedlings into.


It may only be a tiny drop in the bucket, but at least there are seven less litter buckets in a landfill right now.

Busy, Busy, Fall-Over-Exhausted Busy

The past few weeks have been busy around here. My sister-in-law got married, so we spent a long weekend in New Jersey with her, her new husband, and our nephew, and her and my hubby’s parents. She had a nice not fussy wedding. I’ll have to see if I have permission to share some of the pictures that I took.

I also took on a job of repairing and finishing a partially done crazy quilt. It ended up being a lot more work than we originally thought. The quilt is intended as a wedding gift but I’m not going to be finished in time for the lady to get it quilted, bound, and packaged up by the end of this month for the bridal shower. Luckily the wedding itself isn’t until august.

Now for the OTHER big busy stuff: we just did an upgrade on our living room, dining room, and foyer. We ripped out the loose and icky carpet and padding. Then I washed and washed and did more washing of our wood paneling to get it prepped for painting. I’m amazed how much oil was soaked into the wood from the previous owner’s obsession with Murphy’s Oil.

Then, finally, I was able to start painting. THREE coats of paint! And a couple walls ended up with four!

Yesterday and today we had a couple of guys here putting in a gorgeous vinyl tile floor.

Picture time! Some before, during, and after pictures (if you compare the first and fifth pictures, you can see what a difference the paint made by how much the front entrance shows up better after the walls are painted):














I still have to paint all the trim and the baseboard (which is currently in the basement). Then the little trim at the ceiling is going to be removed and we are going to put up some 2- 2 1/2″ wide trim. The long wall will have a decorative piece of trim that goes from ceiling to floor to separate visually where the living room and dining room meet. The dining room is a shade or two lighter than the living room.

Oh…and of course, putting all the furniture back so we can access the kitchen again!