Archive for April, 2006

* embroidered office supplies

Posted on April 16th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.


More embroidery for The Project. I want to offer 2 variations, one for sewing supplies and one for office supplies, one with hand embroidery and one with machine embroidery, and two different styles to appeal to different readers. After I had enough of the hand embroidery today (will post more of that soon), I was rummaging through my thread trying to pick a color scheme for the machine-embroidered one when I thought about doing it as a kind of sketch. I think it’s because I’ve been digging Obsessive Consumption lately and wishing that I could draw. I’m not 100% sold on it yet. I can’t decide if it looks cool and modern or just scribbly. Any ideas on what I could replace the rubber bands with? I like them the least. I’m in love with my embroidered sharpie, though. And of course the scissors.

Big technical breakthrough with the machine embroidery: behold the power of the darning foot. All the tension-weird-loopy-back issues I was having *poof* disappeared.

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* pins embroidery

Posted on April 15th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.


I really really need to mail my project for The Book off to England this week, and of course I’ve procrastinated until the last minute. Today is thus “embroider until my fingers fall off” day, which is celebrated every so often here (the last time being the final stages of this cross stitch box). Anyway, here’s the first installment.

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* inleaf

Posted on April 9th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.


Ahh, how pretty are these printed linens by inleaf design? I found the geranium leaf clutch at Elsewares. I also really like her cedar print.

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They reminded me of an old Martha Good Thing that I’d forgotten about, leaf prints from March 1999 (thanks Marthadex!) Her site has instructions for a tablecloth printed with leaves.

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* Yellow and White (and some Brown)

Posted on April 3rd, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Random.


I love it when a bunch of people spontaneously hit upon the same creative idea all at once. I’ve been working on this redesign, using the color scheme of my coffee press cozy I made a while back. And lo and behold, what appears in my mailbox, but the new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. Lordy, what a good issue. One of my favorite features is “perfect palettes” at the front of each issue. This month’s is yellow and white and completely lovely. And then, this month’s tie one on theme is yellow and white. Now I pretty much have to make an apron to match my blog. ETA: so, I finish writing this post, click on over to see what Wee Wonderfuls is up to, and find that she has also just posted a whole thing about yellow too! ETA again: aha, I see, it was yellow Monday. Who knew? :)

I went pretty simple with the redesign since I’ve been coming close to my bandwidth limit lately, but I am really happy with it. My sister had a great post the other day decrying the blogger-ification of web design, that everybody’s page more or less looks the same now. Of course, she’s in the midst of redesigning her page too, so I can’t seem to find the post now. Anyway, I’m afraid my new design does not break any new ground, but there’s a neat blog design contest going on that might help. The contest even has a whole category for hobby and crafts.

Anyway, more about the Weddings issue. Let’s see, I want this one flower girl dress by Flora and Henri for myself. There’s also a cute article on making tissue paper flowers, which is conveniently on her website. And you will not believe what a fantastic wedding Lena Corwin had. Oh my gosh, it’s So Good. You seriously won’t believe it. It was pretty neat reading about her in the magazine and “knowing” her from her site, too.

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