When you look at the birthday card below, you will naturally think this is meant for a kid. Well, let's just say it's going to someone with the heart of a kid! My brother is no longer a kid in age, but really, is anyone ever too old for robots? I thought I might stitch just one, but I cut the fabric larger just in case. Turns out, like Lays' potato chips, you can't stitch just one. And then I got the silly idea of adding the balloons as well. I'm finding the whole thing pretty cheery actually. The design is a freebie from the Tiny Modernist and if you happen to be in a robot mood, click here for the pattern. I used 36 count hand-dyed Aida, an old piece I had from Sassy.
It was time for stitching the annual Valentine I make for my Valentine's Day loving friends. I used "Heartstruck Friends" from Midnight Stitching, stitched on another piece of 36-ct hand-dyed Aida from Sassy.
I recently discovered that the term 'deckle edge' is not as commonly known as I thought. In addition to the blank looks I got from a few people when I mentioned the term, one of my friends started giving me the definition of 'decolletage', confusing me no end. But the discussions reminded me that I had one of those scrapbook scissors that cuts a deckle edge. So I pulled that out for cutting the background paper. Nothing fancy, but I like the look. This was a quicky to assemble since I didn't need to cut out a window for the design. And stickers help to dress it up.
I needed a gift tag for a New Year's present that included some hand-made (not by me!) lavender soap. I was inspired by Sheryl's post at her Sewing After Seven blog to use the Snowflower Diaries Lavender Girl, a freebie you can get here. I used all DMC, changing the beads to French knots in 791 and the dress to 333. It is stitched on 36 count Summer Khaki Aida. I added a little light iron-on interfacing to the back. Then I used pinking shears to cut out the circular shape. The backing is cardstock cut in a circle that fits just inside the pinked edges. I also cut out the tab at the top and punched out a hole. I used double-sided tape to attach the card stock to the stitching and I had a cute tag to add to the gift bag. I can see making more of these in the future!