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A New Adventure

28 Feb

Adventure may be a slight overstatement, but it is an exciting new craft for me.  This past week, I learned how to embroider.

embroidered initials

I am in the very first baby steps of this, so I simply was attempting to learn a few basic stitches. I stamped my initials and did backstitch on the piece a right. Below I practiced some stitches and labeled them.

practice stitches

There is an adorable embroidery shop in Savannah that I need to check out, French Knot. Once I get some proper supplies, I want to try some samplers. But I don’t want to do traditional samplers. I want to stitch my favorite snarky sayings.

“The early bird catches the worm, but the early worm gets eaten.”

A few years ago, I saw an adorable sampler that was outlined in flowers and simply said, “Bite me.” Any suggestions, tips, and, sayings from readers would be greatly appreciated!



Photo Wall: Memories of Travel

14 Nov

As an archaeologist, I am always looking for cheap ways to craft better. Purchasing art for my walls was never an option, but now with digital cameras cheaper than ever, and many online print options that will print in larger sizes, making your own art is easier than ever. Whether family members, your favorite park, or your last vacation, printing and framing your photos is simple and cheap.

 I love to scour thrift stores whenever I have the chance. I pick up photo frames for a dollar or two. They are small enough to store until I need them. Incidentally, this is also a great way to pickup craft supplies. Vintage yarn, random zippers, buttons, beads… it can all be found. But you have to be willing to pick up what is there at the time. You will rarely ever find exactly what you are looking for. Fortunately, this is classic freestyle fashion, crafting with what you find. This is also a wonderfully eco-friendly way to craft. Reuse is the best kind of recycling.

Photo Collage of the Abbazio San Galgano

This is my photo collage of the Abbazio San Galgano in Tuscany. I took these photos in 2006 with a basic point and shoot digital camera and had them printed by an online photo service. I put the photos in frames from local thrift shops and hung them from nails. No fancy photo hooks needed. Several of the frames had cardboard stands with metal hinges for placing photos on tables. These can be removed moderately easily with the claw end of a hammer. Be careful not to break the glass! I attempted to match photos with frames that complimented them. Be creative in swarming the photos or creating a geometric pattern with the frames. Then enjoy your memories!

Outside the ruined Abbazio San Galgano

Door at the ruined Abbazio San Galgano 


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