Excellent.

It’s been over a year since I’ve posted to this site, which is, quite frankly, a bit insane. Though I haven’t been posting here, I have continued stitching; it’s what keeps my worried fingers busy and my sanity intact.

My latest finish is a hoop inspired by the &Stitches Villains Stitchalong. What a great idea for a stitchalong! I was so inspired that I not only whipped up Mr. Burns in no time at all, but actually posted to my Flickr and website for the first time in ages.

Thanks, &Stitches, for the creative nudge.

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This time I’ll try not to let an entire year go by before letting you in on what’s in my hoop. 🙂

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September’s Finished Object

With the start of the fall school semester, I got a bit behind on my monthly wip finishes, but I’m catching up! Archer was August’s, so we’ll call this one September’s, which means I still have almost three weeks to finish October’s. 🙂

This hoop started out as a way to use up small lengths of leftover floss, and I really like the way it came together.

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It was inspired by an old Sarah McLachlan song, “Black and White.” I always get the itch to stitch while listening to music, so it’s nice to finish a lyric-inspired hoop for once.

Sadly, I tried to wash out the pencil lines and the color from the red embroidery floss bled onto the white background. It’s not super noticeable, but it violates my perfectionist tendencies. lol. The worst part is that there are still visible pencil lines. Oh well. This one is just going on my own wall at home, so I suppose it’s good enough for who it’s for, as my dad would say.

I’m Back!

It’s been forever since I’ve posted anything because work, sick, blah blah yadda yadda, but I am happy to be able to share that I finally finished my Sterling Archer portrait. Archer was supposed to be August’s wip completion. Didn’t quite make that deadline, but fuckall, cause he’s finished now! 🙂

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I kind of never want to do that much satin stitching on one project again. I did not enjoy it. It caused me to say multiple swears that I cannot pluck back from out of the sullied air of my living room.

If you want to make this guy yours forever and always, he’s listed in my Etsy shop.

While I’ve mostly been languishing on my big red couch for the past few weeks, binge-watching Scandal, coughing and snotting like crazy, and trying my best to avoid grading freshman comp essays, I HAVE actually done a bit of sewing, crafting, quilting whatnottage on the side.

Stay tuned. I’ll get around to posting all my crafty shenanigans eventually. 🙂

August WIP: Sterling Archer

The wip I determined to finish in August is my Archer piece. I started stitching Sterling Archer over a year ago and put the project away when I got frustrated and didn’t enjoy working on it anymore. Originally, I had planned to stick to just a black outline of the character, using satin stitch for thick black outlines that would mimic the way the cartoon is drawn. My mistake was in transferring the pattern to my fabric and then stitching away and never looking back at the original cartoon to gauge which lines should be thick and which thin. I kind of randomly went to town on it without paying too much attention to what I was doing, and when I got to this point, I realized that it looked weird and not right, and the thought of fixing it was overwhelming so I just said *&$% it and tossed it aside.

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I picked it back up again at the beginning of this month and proceeded to continue in the same vein as I had started. After filling in the thick black line at the left side of Archer’s face, I still hated it. I asked Pritts for his honest opinion, and he offered that based on the illustration, some of the places I was filling in with black really shouldn’t be black at all.

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Pritts has this annoying habit of being right a lot of the time.

So I made the decision to revamp the damn thing using colors instead of just black and white.

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I’m satisfied with his shirt and suit, finally, and here’s where I’m at now:

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I’m still not 100% loving this piece, but I think when I finish, I’ll be happy that I reworked it. It was a severe pain in the ass going at it with my seam ripper, and I’m not sure how I feel about filling in his face. It’s looking kind of weird to me.

I may not make my end of August deadline, but I’ll be darn close, and when I’m finished, it’ll be FINISHED. At this point, that’s all I really care about. Finished beats perfect, every time. 🙂

Lazy Sunday

Tomorrow morning I’m off to school again to start a new semester, so today is all about soaking up those last precious drops of summer vacation. I’m mostly soaking them up indoors in the comfort of my air conditioning, however, as we’re under official “excessive heat warning” in my area. Luckily, I stumbled upon this delicious treat while grocery shopping today:

Pineapple soda is such a great blast from the past. So I’m sitting here sipping my soda and browsing through Instagram and thought I’d share a few of my most recent favorites. The Instagram community is so full of awesome stitchery! Enjoy. 🙂

Image transfer @therealashsmith #embroidery #portrait #thread #face #ashleysmith #illustration #transfer

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Something a little different, I got bored with blue #embroidery #patches #embroideredpatch #etsy #handmade

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I could go on for days linking up beautiful artwork, but for now I’m going to pick up my own hoop and get stitching so that I’ll have something of my own to show you tomorrow! Happy Sunday, everyone. 🙂

Destashing is hard, people.

I used to scrapbook; therefore, I used to hoard scrapbooking supplies. Now, when I say “used to,” what I mean is although I haven’t made an actual scrapbook page in over five years, I still have a metric shit ton of scrapbooking supplies that I’ve been hauling around from rented house to rented house and jamming into closets and under beds for no good reason whatsoever.

This year I’ve done what I think is a pretty decent job of clearing some of it out. I’ve donated scrapbooking supplies to an organization that works with foster children, dropped countless boxes off to Goodwill, dispersed supplies among friends, and yet I still have stuff that I can’t bear to part with. Because what if I wake up one morning in 2026 and want to make a scrapbook page and I have no 12 x 12 magenta paper with pictures of rainbows, and no paper punch that punches out tiny paper airplanes?! What then?! Ridiculous.

For at least a week, I’ve had a basket of stamps sitting out, thinking maybe I’ll list them on the local garage sale Facebook page or Craig’s List or something and try to recoup a little bit of the money I spent on all of this stuff once upon a time. In the heyday of Stampin’ Up, I swear I spent most of my discretionary income on stamp sets and cardstock, most of which I never used even once.

Instead of actually finding a new home for these supplies, what I did was pass by that basket and glance at it so many times that I started to think, hey…I could use those stamps on fabric…ewwwww…I could stamp on fabric and then embroider over the lines…

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THANK GOD I NEVER GOT RID OF THAT BLACK PERMANENT INK PAD! HA HA. Zing! (It’s a sickness, people.)

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I actually think this is a pretty damn good idea with a lot of possibilities. I think it would be especially helpful for newbie embroiderers, as the lines are clear and easy to follow. I should make some kits. Should. But probably won’t. In all likelihood, what will happen is that the basket of stamps I’ve already decided I’m willing to part with will sit in my living room for a few more weeks before I get sick of tripping over it, and then I’ll drop it off at Goodwill.

Or I might set up a destash sale on Instagram.

Oh bloody hell. I’ll probably just shove it all back in my closet. Who am I kidding? See ya in 2026, stamps! ;-P

ORT Jar

The term “ort” originally meant a scrap of leftover food, but I’ve long heard the term applied to the ends of thread one snips off and generally discards from a sewing project. Some say ORT stands for “old ratty threads,” and I like the way the word works in both contexts at once. Wordnerd over here. Geeking out over language.

I’m not sure when I first discovered ORT jars, possibly on Hugs Are Fun! when she started posting photos of hers along with Daffycat’s TUSAL. In any case, I think they’re a lovely way to keep your bits of thread. They’re like an art project that shows a timeline of your stitching, and, of course, they also appeal to my hoarder tendencies. So when I visited my mom earlier in the week and noticed she had a tall glass pickle jar sitting on the kitchen counter, the first thing I thought was that it would make a great ORT jar.

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Also, I love that my mom had run this jar through the dishwasher and cleaned it up, not because she had any specific purpose in mind for it, but because it was a nice jar, and it “seemed like a shame to throw away such a nice jar.” I concurred. And I took that jar home and gave it a place on my sewing table. (After I took some pretty pictures of it outside, because the light is better outside.)

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Mom thinks it will take forever to fill the jar with ort, and I think she underestimates how much stitching I do. Up to this point, I’ve been throwing my bits and ends in the trash, admittedly only after piling them on the corner of the coffee table or the arm of the couch, or after dropping them on the floor and tracking them about the house for days. I’m not the persnickety-est housekeeper. (Which is  really just another way to say I’m a total slob while still practicing self-compassion.) Sometimes when I stitch outside, I’ll just throw the bits in the grass, thinking they’ll pretty up some bird’s nest nicely. YOU’RE WELCOME, birds!

So here are the first tiny bits to grace the jar.

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I’m sure they won’t be lonely long.

What do you do with your ort? Save or toss? And do you throw out nice jars, or find new uses for them? 🙂