Archive for May, 2010

May 17th, 2010

New pattern project

by Julie Hirt

I am really excited to start my next project.  I purchased this pattern from Gina Matarazzo.  She has great taste and you should visit her Etsy shop.  Since this is only my 4th embroidery project I’m going to try to match some of the colors she’s used. I love her finished product.

This is going to be a gift for Paul and I’m not sure if I should frame it or turn it into a pilow.  The pillow is another challenge considering I’ve never really sewn anything, so I need to keep that in mind.

Over lunch break I picked up the Doodle Stitching book by Aimee Ray and can’t wait to look through it.  Since I’m only familiar with a few stitches I think it will help me greatly. Plus it will give me some project ideas because I don’t know what to stitch!

May 15th, 2010

Bird House Tea Towel. Fancy!

by Julie Hirt

Just finished up my second embroidery project.  This one is another hot iron transfer and it went a lot faster. Think I’m getting the hang of it.  I really like the blanket stitch around the border of the tea towels.

May 5th, 2010

Amigurumi whale

by Julie Hirt

I found the pattern for the little blue whale I had posted about.

It can be found here at Planet June. She has a few free patterns, I really want to make the little acorns!

May 1st, 2010

Ready for a drink! Margaritaville

by Julie Hirt

The WHOLE reason I started this blog….   I have so many craft projects going on at any one time it’s not funny.  I’ve thought about blogging them for years but have been a little lazy.  Flickr is my friend for many reasons, one being it’s a great place for inspiration.  So I decided to bite the bullet, join in, start saving favorites and adding to some of the groups.

I’d like to get most of my recent projects loaded up (off to a good start with some of the jewelry and crochet items) and post what I’m currently working. More of a diary for my own self, I don’t see anyone reading this as I’m not going to share the fact that I started this thing.

So – here is my latest “phase”:  embroidery.  Here is my very first complete project and I plan on giving it to mom next time we’re down.  I was able to use several different stitches and it turned out better than expected.  I used an iron on transfer (a little scared to design my own for the first attempt) and think it turned out better than expected.

I present my tea towel:


So there you go.  I’m probably going to give the blog a break for a few days and I do plan on getting some of my other stuff posted in here.

May 1st, 2010

Crochet, crochet!

by Julie Hirt

Here are a few of my crochet projects from last winter. The rug is turning out pretty good, it’s old t-shirts cut into strips and hooked together with a size Q (huge hook). It’s super thick and will probably make a good bath mat or something for under the dog bowls.

The little Amigurumi animals are out of Amigurumi World – the whale is from a free pattern I found online. I need to find it and put a link to it.

I’m working on 2 blankets and have also finished a couple of market bags. I’ll try to put up pics of those soon.

May 1st, 2010


by Julie Hirt

This is one of several beaded bookmarks I’ve made. I realized I like to use them for decoration rather than bookmarks. You can hang them around doorknobs, lamps or hang from a bottle of wine.

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