There’s not been a whole lot of blog-worthy creating happening because I’ve primarily been reading in my spare time — books are fun to Instagram, but don’t make for interesting blog posts since I’m not a book reviewer! But I do have a few non-book things to share….some made by me, others gifted to me. I’ll start off with the cool things gifted to me.
This was the sweet birthday package I received from my friend, Julie.
The cross-stitch is an ode to my Tumblr icon. When I opened the package and saw the cross-stitch, I immediately thought of my Tumblr icon, and that was before I’d read Julie’s note, so she definitely was dead-on with that! This is now hanging in my embroidery window, next to the Dean-n-Cas cross-stitch Julie stitched for me last Christmas =). My selection of specialty flosses is slowly growing, helped in great part to contributions from my stitchy friends!
This was the sweet birthday package I received from my friend, Kristi.
Now, I’m typically one to use things people have made for me, but I’m holding off on using these washclothes because I want to have something tangible to refer to when I putter around with practicing crochet (which I actually do every so often). It’s soooo helpful to have neat and pretty crocheting to refer to, to be able to get a better idea of how my stitches should look. (The color in my photo is a bit too light — this photo in my IG feed is more accurate — the colors are very saturated and gorgeous!!) And, yay, more specialty floss!
I made the magnets using a self-covered button kit, which had flat backs rather than button-style backs. Super fun, and super easy, to make! I was at a bit of a loss to come up with a gift idea because (a) I’ve been in a stitchy funk, primarily because of some vision hurdles which are causing stitching to be more challenging than fun, and (b) the machine-sewing project I’d planned didn’t quite work out because of a “duh” cutting moment on my part. But one evening I was trolling through my office bookshelves, looking for something crafty to read or putter around with, and I came across my set of Secret Garden postcards, by Johanna Basford. I had so much fun puttering around with coloring the postcards that I decided to make a couple for Julie. The “potting bench” postcard was colored with my Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, and the “floral” postcard was colored with my Prismacolor colored pencils.
I was having so much fun coloring the postcards that I ended up coloring a few more “just because”. I love the color combo in the petals of the single flower!
I also started coloring one of the pages from the Secret Gardens coloring book, but I petered out on finishing it. I used colored pencils on this one because the paper is thinner than the postcard paper and the markers tend to show through on the backside. I took advantage of having a wider variety of shades in my colored pencils set than I do my fineliners set and used multiple shades of one color per topiary. (There’s a better picture with truer colors in my IG feed.)
This is the project I started on last night and will continue to work on while I continue my Friday Night Lights marathon.
The Flower Pow Mug Run pattern is by Diane Gilleland aka CraftyPod. I’ve not done English Paper Piecing before and this seemed like a good beginner’s project. I also snagged Diane’s adorable Halloween snack mat, which looks to be another beginner-friendly EPP project. My fabric stash is teensy, and composed primarily of medium- to large-scale prints, none of which would play well together in close quarters, so I was thinking I was going to have to buy fabric for the mug rug……but the lightbulb came on last night and I realized this particular fabric (in the photo) might be able to be fussy cut in such a way as to yield 4 different fabrics which coordinate nicely. Last night I spread the fabric open on the sofa and eyeballed several different options of fabric combos and finally settled on the option I think I want to use — I laid the templates out and snapped a pic with my phone so I will remember which fabrics to cut out for which templates when I work on this later tonight. I’ll share the finished product here, but in-progress pics will land in my Instagram feed.
Unrelated: These days, I do very little posting of comments on other people’s blogs if the comments option doesn’t allow me to comment by keying in only my name, email address, and/or blog URL, without forcing me to use my WordPress account or Google account or an Open ID account. Most of my internet reading and socializing is done via my smart phone, but I don’t log into my WordPress account or my Wren&Stitchy Google account via my phone….Open ID won’t give the option to comment using my blog’s URL without the word “wordpress” in it, which is a problem for me because I pay for my blog’s URL to be “wordpress”-free — Open ID defaults to having “wordpress” in the URL and won’t let it be removed. Since I seldom read blogs when at my PC (which is where I sign into my WordPress account and where I compose blog posts), the end result is that blog-commenting on my part just isn’t happening as much as it used to. I don’t see foregoing my blog any time soon because I love having it as a resource for my own use, but I’m definitely more active socially on Instagram. For me, it’s easier to post photos there and to comment there….not to mention, I’m finding it a great place to keep track of what I’m reading which turns out to be handy when I’m ready to update my Goodreads account. So, if I used to comment on your blog but I don’t any longer (or only do rarely), it doesn’t mean I’m not still reading, because I am!! I use bloglovin’ as my blog reader service, and I read posts most every day via my phone — but if commenting means I’ll need to wait and comment until I’m at my PC, then commenting either doesn’t happen at all, or doesn’t happen for several weeks. Accessing sites and social media via my phone means I’m not tied to my PC when I’d rather be elsewhere in the house =).