by needle

Sweet Little Felt Embroidered Hoops

hello, folks!

today i wanted to share these sweet lil hoops i have been having fun making...they are 4" muslin hoops that i hand stitch felt die cuts onto...


what some of you may not know is that the first crafts i ever did were needle crafts. my mother owned The Needlecraft Gallery in Monterey Park, CA for most of my childhood.  i learned to do latch hook (ha!), cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, knitting, and crocheting...


to this day, it is my 'go to' craft when i want to relax (i am working on TWO throws at the moment) and it usually involves reminiscing about that store and all the growing up i did there.


i love the combo of simple muslin and felt with the hand stitching...


i added words that seemed appropriate with archival ink to each of the die cut images to finish them off...they are a cute little addition to a vignette or to hang on the wall.


i used my Tim Holtz movers and shapers (get em if and where you can, they are retired!) as well as my own pattern for the stocking.  you can use any dies that cut the possibilities are endless. this globe is one of my favorites!


all of the words are stamps from Tim's Hashtags (i just didn't include the #) and Simple Sayings sets and individual letter stamps.  I used Tim's stamp platform to get them right in the spot i wanted them.


these sweet little hoops truly are stitched with love...i really enjoy hand really.


i hope you enjoy these lil guys (they are available in the Sunday Junkin etsy shop) and learning a little about me.


tag team

i hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! you didn't eat too much did you?

i opened this morning and let me tell you...those crazy (sorry if you are one of them) people that got up super duper early for the sales today were NOT happy campers getting their coffee at 4:30 am when we opened our doors!!! i get up at 3 am almost everyday for work, but for a sale???? no way!!!! a lot of women came to get coffee while leaving husbands in line for them!  and, know what happens when they thought that target opened at 5 only to discover that they weren't opening till 6????????? anger...and lots of it!!! these people wanted their coffee and wanted it NOW!!! too funny really!

my dear friend and i tag teamed the project i am showing you today...she did the quilting and i did the sewing...we did two so we both ended up with one...i am going to frame mine and i think she is going to make her's into a wall hanging...we have meant to make these for a few years now and i was just shy of getting my part done in time this year....but they should look beautiful hung up next year!

i hope you have a wonderful friday!

felt for mom

mom came home from the hospital last night...she is doing okay...long healing process now...she is going to go stir crazy being home for 8 weeks!!  i made her a present to help her be comfy during recovery...

these pillows are made from recycled wool sweaters that i first felted then cut up and made into pillows...

i really love the way these come out...i made a pillow for my sister like this in the purple that you see in the small flowers (it is a wool/rabbit hair blend) with green leaves sewn on in this same manner...i love the free form stitching and almost rustic way of sewing it all is a close up of the flowers...

i purposely use a contrasting color for the stitching and like the edges rough and ragged...i love distressed, what can i say?!

i hope they are well used...and help mom be comfortable during her recovery...

hope your thursday is great...tomorrow's friday....yiiippppiiieee!!!!

whoot whoot more thing about my daughter...a self confessed 'nerd' in "you're such a NERD mom!!!!!"

she likes to go against the grain...slightly...and, again, she is a nerd...a dork...if you will...

she, unlike most people i know, says 'whoot whoot' when she is giving herself a pat on the back, she is excited about a new lip gloss color, or i have made her favorite emphatic 'YAY!!!' or 'Horray'....oh no, she must refer to owls...hence this adorable gal being attached to her birthday gifts:

is 'Penny' adorable, or what????? Nic will literally jump up and down when she sees this! an owl AND pink and green to boot!!!!  i love to excite her...the gifts inside will pale in comparison!!!

penny is hand made by a dear friend's daughter...she sells her creations on etsy, if you want to check it out...go here .

happy can make it, you're half way there!!!