Pattern Poll

4:13 PM

I've been playing around with the idea of posting patterns in my shop before they're stitched.  I'd love to have some other opinions on the topic.

1. Would you purchase a pattern that is listed only as a black and white line drawing such as:

Plain ol' B&W - too boring?

2. Would you purchase a pattern that is listed only as a colored line drawing such as:

While this shows color suggestions, does it limit the imagination?

3. Do you prefer to purchase  patterns that have a fully stitched sample in the listing such as:

This is how the pattern looks stitched up - with my own color & stitchy style.

4. Do you have any preference at all regarding how the pattern is listed?

I've seen successful shops that have just the line drawing patterns listed as well as shops like mine that have fully stitched samples. I've also seen shops that have a blend of both. 

I think the fully stitched samples give the shop more of a handmade feel, though I could offer more patterns to customers by not stitching everything.

I would really love to know what you think, so please chime in!

Free pattern to the first three people who comment so be sure to leave an email address!

Thanks bunches! ♥


August Stitchalong Finished

4:06 PM

As mentioned previously, I participated in the  Feeling Stitchy stitchalong this month.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Initially I opted to include black in the color scheme, as you can see here:

Modern Ref is not a good look for this little one.

After I finished the shirt I realized it was a poor color choice as she looked like a referee instead of a darling little citrus slice.

All those stitches were picked out and I began again using the dark pink from the skirt. I like this much, much better:

French knot accents look like tiny flowers!

I pinked her cheeks and skirt with a little bit of chalk.  I like the cheeks a lot but am not totally thrilled with how it looks on the skirt.

Quite cheeky!
I tried many different stitches to fill the wedges and didn't like any of them. Eventually it was impossible to tell I didn't pick a gazillion stitches out of it.

Pink fruity wedges- not the best look.

I think my favorite part is the rind of the grapefruit slice. I used split stitches and three colors for a more realistic color fade.   Here's a close up:

Split stitch color fading

The wedges are also split stitches with a single strand of darker pink whip-stitched around to give a candy-like feel.

I also gave her a sweet pair of shoes & socks:

Shoes should always match the belt, right?

And here she is finished:
Grapefruit Girl - pattern courtesy of Cate Anevski

So far I've seen only a few pictures over in the group on Flickr, but am anxious to see more. I love being able to see how other people interpret designs.  There's still plenty of time to stitch along, so please do pop over and get stitchy!

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Our Veggie Tale

5:00 AM

As many of you know, my husband is a fantastic cook and blogs about all the yummy things he makes for us.   He recently decided to go Vegetarian for his health and in his typical way, he's taking us with him.

Back in June he started reading books by chef Jamie Oliver.  He found some really great recipes  including one for meatballs and pasta, which was awesome. 

The NoOb!

We both looked through the book and found a recipe for homemade pasta.  We thought we'd give it a try.   I helped a bit, mostly taking photos.  He was so excited about the fresh pasta that he invited his parents for dinner.

So, here's the scene:  his Dad is sitting at the dining room table, his mom is standing at the kitchen island helping him cut the pasta and I was taking photos.

NoOb rolling out pasta

cutting pasta with a handy pizza cutter!

lovely pasta, though a bit too thick

Right after he cut the pasta, The NoOb began getting some raw chicken ready for tenderizing.  Pretty soon we hear the tell-tale whack! whack! whack! of the chicken taking a beating.  Dinner is proceeding nicely.

I scooped up the pasta to drop it into the pot of boiling water and I noticed flecks of something white all over the side of the pot. My eyes darted to the section of the counter adjacent to the stove where the chicken whacking was taking place.  It was then that I saw it.  Uncovered raw chicken being whacked with a mallet. UNCOVERED. RAW. CHICKEN.

This is where my freak flag comes out and I wave it around. I got a thing about raw chicken.  By thing I mean OCD. By OCD I mean CDO where the letters are in the proper order, as they should be.  I drop the pasta into the pot while my eyes take in the mayhem.  Raw chicken bits EVERYWHERE. On the cabinets, the fridge, the stove, two open pots on the stove, the NoOb himself, and god help us all, ME.

This was not a typical NoOb move. I think having his parents over and me taking photos threw off his Chi and he forgot about covering the chicken.  After it was determined that it was not easier to just move, I decided it was time to cut it out with the chicken already and just eat vegetables.The NoOb cleaned the entire kitchen, though I still shudder to think there may be a salmonella bacteria just waiting to jump on me as I open the silverware drawer.

This was how that meal looked in the end. I couldn't eat a single bite.

Chicken Parmesan

Only a few short months before, I showed my daughter this little video...

... and managed to put the kibosh on all fast food/processed chicken in her diet. Yay! Because seriously, it's gross. And if you watched the video, sad that the kids would still eat them! But I digress.

We are now officially vegetarian and while I'm hanging on to things like the occasional egg and maybe a bit of yogurt, the NoOb is going vegan. It works really well for his health condition (IBS) and it keeps him feeling good.

It does present a challenge where our daughter is concerned, especially with lunches for school. I've been researching Bento lunch boxes and vegetarian lunches for kids so we make sure she gets the proper nutrition.

Part of the research the NoOb did was to watch a show called Food Matters, in which he learned all the horrible awful things that go into processed food and why humans shouldn't eat animal products.  Most of it makes sense, so I'm willing to swim in his pond for a bit to see what happens.  Our daughter is sad about not having bacon, but hell, who isn't.

If you're a vegetarian or vegan and have recipes or info you'd like to share, please do! 

feeling stitchy


3:46 PM

I can't believe it's been a year since I last did a stitchalong. This month Feeling Stitchy is stitching along to a pattern by Cate Anevski called Little Lemon Slice.

I'm thinking of making her into a little grapefruit slice, as you can see by the floss colors in this pic...

Little Miss Lemony!

I've already stitched part of the rind and have tried three times to stitch the middle wedge only to tear the stitches out.  I may have to go back and make her all lemon to keep the color balance.

If you're interesting in participating stop by Feeling Stitchy and be sure to post your photos in the Flickr group with the tag: auguststitchalong.

Hope to see your stitching!


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