Friday, April 29, 2016

quick - stitch this!

Today I have just a little something to share with you. Actually 60 little somethings....
Mini Embroidery Patterns by SeptemberHouse
It's a brand new pattern collection called, "Quick Stitch". It's a departure from my usual pattern sets but it was born out of necessity (as all great things are, right?) Here is the scoop:
Mini Embroidery Pattern Collection by SeptemberHouse
In a moment of either genius or insanity - I am not sure which - I decided I wanted to add some embroidered embellishment to some canvas shoes. I started rummaging though my patterns to find something I could use but wasn't having any luck - I didn't need a large detailed pattern - just some small elements. 
Mini Embroidery Pattern Collection by SeptemberHouse
Then it struck me that the need for some small designs to liven up a sewing or craft project is something I run into fairly often. If I was running into that I guessed other people were as well. That is when Quick Stitch was born. 

In this pattern collection there are 60 different designs that are about 2 x 2 inches. They can be stitched up quickly using even the most basic of embroidery stitches. There is a huge variety here as well - plants, animals, weather, words, food - so much to choose from. I think (and hope) that people will get a lot of use out of this set and will have fun in the process. 

As you can see I stitched up a few examples myself. I used one of the flower designs on a zipper pouch and made a large embroidered magnet for a friend with the Matroyshka doll design. Need ideas for projects that beg for a bit of embroidered awesomeness? I have a list that I gathered that features fabric projects that would look great with a bit of added embroidery. Take a look at some of the wonderful tutorials here and a big HUGE thank you to all the lovely bloggers who shared these - I am so grateful to you! 

And if you aren't big on sewing you can always add these on to store bought items like clothing, lampshades, table linens, curtains and ...shoes, of course.

potholders from aesthetic nest

fabric wrist cuff from make something special

cord keeper from love to sew

fabric headband from Happy Together

dishtowels from Craftiness is not Optional

key chains from Craftiness is not Optional

bookmarks from the Crafty Mummy

phone wallet from Crafty Little Projects

eyeglass/sunglasses case from Crazy Little Projects

fabric light switch plates from Vicki Howell

fabric banner from Sisters, What?

mini pincushions from Sew Can She

pocket hand warmers from Leaves and Stitches

fabric bins from Birch Fabrics

cloth napkins from Kirtsy

reversible coffee cozy from Love2Create

reversible hat from Martha Stewart

tissue pack cover from Better Homes and Gardens

tissue box slipcover from Go Gingham

potholders from Miss Mary Sews

toddler neckties from Vanilla Joy



Thursday, April 14, 2016

holiday ornaments for 2016 - early bird edition

Personalized Baby's First Christmas Holiday Ornament Woodland Deer design
I realize that at this point in the year we are actually closer to Christmas 2015 than we are to Christmas 2016 but you know how it is around here - it's best to get a jump on these things. Plus, I had started thinking through a re-design last Fall so I was itching to get started on these.
Personalized Baby's First Christmas Holiday Ornament Polar Bear design
I've bumped up the designs this year from 4 in 2015 to 7 in 2016. There were a few more that I wanted to include but they didn't quite make the cut. With some tweaking they might make an appearance at some point though - I hate to just let them go. 
Personalized Baby's First Christmas Holiday Ornament Penguin design
The hoops are gone this year too in favor of a new engraved wood frame that I love. I am so happy with that aspect of these - I just think it gives these such a clean and modern look. 
Personalized Baby's First Christmas Holiday Ornament Woodland Bear design
The new frames make these just a bit larger than the hooped ornaments and they measure 3.25 inches across (with the bump out for the hanger on top the top to bottom measurement is slightly more than that) 
Personalized Baby's First Christmas Holiday Ornament Pink Elephant design

Personalized Baby's First Christmas Holiday Ornament Blue Elephant design
And yes, even though I am so mad at the naughty squirrels in our backyard who refuse to share any birdseed at all with our winged friends, I still felt compelled to make this little guy. And see how he has an acorn instead of birdseed?? Other squirrels take note - an acorn is a perfectly acceptable (and encouraged) snack. 
Personalized Baby's First Christmas Holiday Ornament Squirrel design
These new ornaments can be found in the SeptemberHouse Etsy shop and the SeptemberHouse shop on Amazon. Thanks for taking an early peek at these. And now...back to Spring!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

remember when...

... I used to write posts for my blog?

I suppose I will have to blame my absence on the weather - I like to blame just about everything on the weather. After the holidays when winter really settles in I tend to shift into 'hunker down' mode. It's during this time that I attempt to squeeze in as much as I can while school is still in session and things are relatively slow in the shop.

From the dark cold months spent in my basement (I know it sounds depressing but it's not, I swear) I managed to get the bare bones of a SeptemberHouse website started, I took my first shot at a video for my Etsy shop, I completely re-designed my holiday ornaments for 2016 - stop back and see those later this week, I pulled together a new calendar panel design for 2017 - coming to the shop shelves soon, and I have nearly - but not quite - finished up a new pattern set. Every gap between those projects was quickly filled with self-schooling on all things SeptemberHouse related and experimenting with some projects that may or may not end up turning into anything at all. It may sound like I was hyper-focused but looking back, those months felt more frantic than focused.

Learning some new tricks over these past few months has been exciting and challenging. You know how it goes with things like that though, right? The momentum builds and before you know it you have taken on much more than you originally intended - and then your blog gets neglected. So maybe it's time to scale back a little and take a deep breath.

With that being said I am now going to break the golden rule of blogging - you know the one - "Thou shall not post without photos". I promise I will be back soon with photos of some recent projects and I hope you will join me then. In the meantime I would love to hear how you spent those long winter months and what lies ahead for you in the Spring.