Sunday, March 8, 2015

Baby Eleni

My heart feels a little broken tonight. For over a year now I have been following Rachel, from the blog 'Stitched in Color'  on her journey to have a baby. I read her posts about her hope to become pregnant when I was hoping to become pregnant. When I became pregnant I thought of her and prayed for her to have the new little one she wrote about desperately wanting. I was overjoyed when I read that her little baby was due. I love checking her blog to see the little things she has been making, it keeps me inspired to move forward on my own projects and reminds me of what miracles babies are.

{image credit: Stitched in Color}

Tonight, just before bed I checked her blog to see if her little girl Eleni had arrived and she had! Unfortunately due to still unknown complications little Eleni was born with major medical issues. You can read more about Eleni and Rachel's journey here.

{image credit: Stitched in Color}

As I sit here with tears pouring down my face, praying for this woman I have never met, nor even talked to I am amazed at how this God works in the world.

This little girl Eleni, who has only been alive for a few hours, has touched so many people just by existing. We have read the words of her mothers heart, and have seen the pictures of her love manifested for this little baby girl. For such a little life, her life has been so amazing. She has a special purpose in God's plan, and her little life has touched mine and made it richer for knowing her. All my heart and prayers go to her family.

If you are interested in helping Eleni's family they have a benefit action, "Action for Eleni" starting 14 March which you can find here. Jodi at Tales of Cloth is also making a 'love quilt' for Eleni if you would like to donate a little hexie flower.




Saturday, February 14, 2015

Embroidering Doll Eyelashes: Stacy Iest Hsu

Stacy Iest Hsu Cut and Sew Doll Embroidery

The little details on a project are often what makes it stand out, and brings life to it. The picture above shows what a few simple stitches can do to bring out the eyes on a cut n sew doll by Stacy Iest Hsu via Spoonflower. The eyelash on the left is more pronounced and calls your attention to that part of the doll face. To learn how to embroider your own doll eyelashes, read on!

Stacy Iest Hsu Cut and Sew Doll Embroidery

Step 1: Back stitch to the top of the eyelash and then insert your needle at the eyelash base. 

Stacy Iest Hsu Cut and Sew Doll Embroidery

Step 2: Insert the needle at the top of the eyelash, but don't pull the loop of thread all the way through to complete the stitch. Leave a little loop above the fabric as seen below.

Stacy Iest Hsu Cut and Sew Doll Embroidery

Step 3: Insert needle up within the printed eyelash line where you would like the eyelash to curve. I like to use Stacy Iest Hsu' print as a guide for the curve.

Stacy Iest Hsu Cut and Sew Doll Embroidery

Step 4: Insert the needle down in the same spot where you just inserted the needle up, ensuring that it goes over the loop of thread from step 2. Pull gently until the loop of thread is is pulled into place, you may have to work the thread a little to achieve.

Stacy Iest Hsu Cut and Sew Doll Embroidery

Step 5: Back stitch over to the top of the next eyelash and repeat!

Tips on thread: I like to use DMC embroidery thread. I generally use one to two strands depending on how much focus I use on the hair (the example in the pictures uses two strands). I have however seen six strands used on the Stacy Iest Hsu dolls and it looked amazing! Decisions like choosing how many strands of thread to use can be challenging, but these little decisions are what will make your creation unique!

You can find Stacy Iest Hsu designs via Spoonflower here and on her facebook here page.



Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Wollmeise Yarn Vest

I finally finished Miss Charlotte's wollmeise vest last fall and it now fits! This wollmeise yarn is lovely from the dye to the spin to the lovely little shop in Bavaria, Germany that sells it. 

Wollmeise Sock Yarn 80/20 DROPS Design Baby Sweater
Yarn: One skein (510 yards), Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin 
Size Created: 6/9 months
Notes: This yarn knit like a dream and the pattern is great for babies of all sizes. The cabled neckline can be a little confusing so recommend reading through the pattern in detail before starting.

Wollmeise Sock Yarn 80/20 DROPS Design Baby Sweater

Wollmeise Sock Yarn 80/20 DROPS Design Baby Sweater


Wollmeise Sock Yarn 80/20 DROPS Design Baby Sweater


Miss Charlotte can add another lovely warm knit to her closet.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

and..She Is Up!


I am so proud of little Miss Charlotte. I cannot believe how much she has grown over the last few months. From learning how to eat to gaining the strength to lift her head I have been there for each precious little milestone. It seems odd but each little thing she has learned I have learned something with her. How to pray, and pray hard. How to be patient even when I am tired, sick or frustrated. How to take delight in the tiniest of lessons, because she is delighting in the tiniest of lessons. It makes me nostalgic even though she is only a few months old and also hopeful and excited for the future. I wonder when she is five, sixteen or thirty will she still get that little eyebrow wrinkle when she set's her mind to a goal? So cheers to Miss Charlotte on another milestone, learning how to sit up by yourself. I am so proud of you.



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Spoonflower Review



I placed my first order the other week with spoonflower. I chose several Stacy Iest Hsu Cut and Sew Toys that you can see here (they are awesome!). I kept checking the shipped tracking numbers wondering when my pretty package of fabric would arrive and upon opening it was literally squealing with delight (poor Miss Charlotte, she does not understand her fabric crazed mom!). I immediately placed the fabric into the wash, excited for it to try so I could begin stitching when I noticed a strange white line on one or two of the fabrics. I was so disappointed! I contact spoonflower, dreading working with customer service. I am always stressed by the idea of giving any person or company a complaint. I worried what if they would not offer to replace the items and I would be stuck with the damaged fabric?

I utilized the spoonflower chat service and what a lovely surprise! I worked with their staff member Meredith and in less than 15 minutes she had a new order placed with me along with recommendations for fabric choice changes to prevent the issue from occurring again. She also ensured that I had rush shipping provided so that the fabric would arrive in time for the Creative Chicks Valentine sewing event. I cannot say with enough enthusiasm what a wonderful company they were to work with. There are few companies in the world that make giving a complaint a pleasure! So a big thanks to Meredith and the spoonflower staff, they made my week a brighter by standing by their product and customers.
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