Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I have two projects to share with you guys today!

The first one is something that just came to me when I was at work, thinking of what I could do with this pretty fabric I bought a while ago. I have a lot of it, and wanted to do something with picture frames. Then it came to me: OMG WTF. Who doesn't love those phrases. I know I do.

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Both of these are for sale in the Etsy store.

The other project is really cute and fun. I decided to host a small Easter dinner this Sunday and Vanessa decided this week that craft week would be Easter themed. I was planning to make a banner with all kinds of Eastery shapes cut out of felt but we decided to do a table decoration instead. Here is a picture of the work in progress.

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I'lll post the finished product too, once we get it done.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Embroidered notebooks

I am sure I am not the first person to do this, but I am kind of in love with these little moleskines I stitched up last night!

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M and V! I drew the letters right on and then punched holes and then stitched 'em into cuteness. And I just noticed that the colors of the letters match our banner. Whoa.

You can get your very own in our Etsy shop!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

First item for sale!

So last night I finished and posted the first item in our Etsy shop!

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This adorable and versatile banner was really fun to make and it is hanging on my closet right now, making me smile until someone buys it.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Coffee Time!!!!!!!!!

Here is a silly yet adorable coffee cozy that I made for my new roomie. The words are not quite centered on the fabric, which annoys my perfectionistic tendencies in these sorts of projects, but just goes to show me that I can't "wing it" all the time. Yet.


Oh and of course you can request your own custom coffee cozy (coozie? sleeve?). Dream to your hearts content my darlings, I (or Vanessa!) can make it!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mostly Stitches Introduction-Part Deux

Hello all! I'm Michelle's counterpart to this new blog, Vanessa, Vana, or V. You may know me from blogs such as Mostly Soup or Today on the Train.

Michelle and I started embroidering only a couple of months ago when I convinced her to come with me to an introductory embroidery class one rainy Saturday. Michelle's not much for saying no and thus our new hobby was born. She's already far surpassed me both on quality and quantity but I did manage to finish one tiny little project last week.

I snagged a beanie from a clothing exchange party that was adorable except for the ugly Volcom logo that was embroidered onto it. I decided to make my own embroidered patch and slap it over the logo to transform the hat into something I would wear. Michelle was kind enough to sketch a tulip for me onto a felt patch and I embroidered over it. We were feeling very springy in our Portland 61 degrees and sunny weather. The tulip head is free hand, the stem is stem stitch and I used back stitch to sew it onto the hat.

I think the results turned out pretty cute and I have the hat on my head as I type this very sentence! So if any of you have an article of clothing that has a hole, a stain, an outdated skateboarding company logo on it, or the like, feel free to request a custom cover up from Mich or I. Nudge, nudge (Mostly Stitches Etsy Page, products coming soon).

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

I am proud to present to you... Mostly Stitches!

Hi! So Vanessa and I have take up embroidery and have high hopes and vast project ideas to make money with our newly found talents! This is going to be a blog to document our projects, progress, and fun crafty things we find around the web. We have also started an etsy shop for these endeavors( and are super excited for what's to come.

To get this blog rolling, here is a project I did for Hollys Birthday a couple weeks ago. It's not perfect but I love it. Would you or someone you know buy something custom like this? For Holly I glued it onto cardstock to make it a birthday card, but this kind of thing could easily be a patch or decoration for a bag/backpack/notebook/jacket/etc.

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Here's a close up of a freehand design I did for a simple and fun project/gift. I stitched this on a piece of felt for a to-go coffee sleeve for Jessie's birthday. I think it turned out really cute. On the back side is just a little pink heart.

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Stay tuned for much much much more fun stuff!