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When I thought about setting up the nursery for my little one, I knew two things going in: 1) I was on a budget and 2) I wanted to make the room as personalized as possible. Ikea was, of course, my best option for nursery furniture while Pinterest was, of course, a wonderful source for handmade inspiration. Nursery1I preferred to go with a medley of pastels -aquas, yellows, and pinks- rather than a specific theme. I decided to recycle the poms poms I made from my baby shower and hang them over the crib and changing table.


This quilt I had sewn several years back with the hopes to have it ready for a little one. I had come close to giving it away a couple of times but just didn’t have the heart to part with it (glad I didn’t). I made the banner using muslin and calico fabrics and was a last minute project for my shower and later for the nursery.  Although I loved this idea of a ruffled bedskirt, I really didn’t want to spend too much time on this sewing project, so I found a printed fabric and cut and sewed on rectangular sheets; I added a crochet edging to finish the bedskirt.

Art-wall1 I really love whimsical prints and had collected some over the years, but hadn’t found a place for them. Finally they have a home! Woodland creature prints from papersparrow, daisy painting made by my bf, woodblock prints by danita art, embroidery made by me using Cathy Gaubert pattern, and Red Fox by berkley illustration.

Nursery2 Without planning it, the birdhouses I painted seem to be a focal point for my newborn every time I change her, but it also might be that she just likes staring off to the right (she constantly does that) .

Shelf Love this little shelf, it showcases another painting made especially by my bf for our little girl, my bf’s beloved knitted bunny from his childhood, the decorative letter I made, and the garland I crocheted using the rosettes from my shower. One last thing, the picture book Extra Yarn is pretty amazing. I fell in love with the story and the illustrations are really adorable.

I’m really happy with how the room came together. I feel like the little handmade details and keepsakes really make the room feel cozy and special! Sue


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My all-time favorite holiday has been Halloween. Forget Christmas, if I could have Halloween repeat itself on December 25th, I’d do it (sorry Santa). Of course when I was younger, it was all about the costumes and dressing up. Now, at least for me, it’s shifted to the decorations. The whole concept of turning your home dark and dreary can be really fun. The amount of inspiring ideas are overwhelming on-line, but here are some of my favorite DIY halloween decor.

this DIY ghost wreath is adorable!These Halloween Luminaries are easy to make and look great!

DIY Halloween/ Nevermore Tree decor

    This Poe-inspired tree is pretty cool!


These broomstick lollipop favors are great for trick or treaters, or if you’re a teacher like me, as favors for your students!

Spooky Bat Chandelier

I’m definitely making this spooky bat chandelier; it’s incredible!

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The first hand craft I picked up was embroidery. My mom bought me an embroidery kit which I begged her for and over the following week, I clumsily stitched two swans with flowery wreaths around their necks that my mom later sewed onto a pillow. Mind you, the backing was a mess, I had made odd knots in a couple of areas, and the fabric was puckered but when you’re eleven years old, you’re blind to those details. I was just so happy to have done something with my own two hands.

Embroidery to me is in a realm of its own these days. It isn’t just stitching added to a baby’s blanket or tea towel anymore, but at the hands of creatively-mindful people has evolved into stunning works of art and I LOVE it!

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The work of Takashi Iwasaki is incredibly intricate and uses vibrantly colored threads. Just stunning!

Em Korn Em korn3The first time I saw Daniel Kornrumpf’s work I thought they were paintings. His stitching technique looks more like short, lined brushstrokes in which the colors overlap. How he does this using thread is absolutely amazing.

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Laura McKellar ,a graphic designer, combines photography and embroidery to create beautiful mixed-media pieces.

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Izzyana Suhaimi (a favorite of mine) overlays her sketches with colorful embroidery. Check out her site to view more gorgeous work.

I haven’t done some serious embroidery in a while. The last time was when I stitched my Edgar Allan Poe piece, but seeing these artists makes me want to start a new project. Hope you enjoyed this post! Sue


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I really love portraits and this collection is a great example of the amazing talent on Etsy. I would love to get all of these prints, but if I had to choose one it would have to be “The Reader.” Enjoy!


1. Monstera Girl by IrenaSophia, 2. Secret Smile by Poppoportraits, 3. One Fund Boston Fundaraiser by Amanda Atkins, 4. Marla’s New Wallpaper by MarmeeCraft, 5. The Reader by Yelena Bryksenkova, 6. Lady Mary by Kelsey Garrity Riley

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I’ve had dessert on mind throughout this month. Here’s an inspiring collection of  baked lovelies from Flickr land!desserts collage
1.Meringues (365), 2. Bluberry Crumble, 3. Donuts, 4. peach cupcakes, 5. Untitled, 6. Chocolate Chip Tiramisu, 7. patterned cake roll, 8.Italian doughnut holes, 9. mother’s day cupcakes


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These are some lovelies I plucked from Flickr land!
February Faves
1.Red Bow Brooch, 2. Valentine Cupcakes, 3. Ella and Nigel, 4. heart cookies, 5. Love Owl, 6. doily gift wrap, 7. ipad cover, 8. hearts, 9. untitled

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Heart Broches

Geometric Brooches

Splatter Heart Brooch

Splatter Heart Brooch

Pink Heart Brooch

Red & Gold Brooch

melting heart brooch

in·dus·tri·ous [in-duhs-tree-uhs]
1. working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent: an industrious person.
2. Obsolete , skillful.

When I first made this resolution at the beginning of the year, I almost changed it because it sounded too general, but I realized that “industrious” was a quality I felt I had lacked in 2012. After reading the definition, it jolted me – I needed to devote my time consistently to being creative . . . and that’s what I’ve been doing during the evenings and weekends.

This weekend, I’ve been experimenting with color and texture on my new set of brooches. At 1st, I was a bit hesitant about how to approach possible designs. I thought about artists like Pollock, Dali, and Mondrian and that got me inspired, so once I let loose and got messy, I was happy with the results.  Lots of splatters, globs of paint and geometric designs seem to be the theme with tons of gold, red, prussian blue, turquoise, and lime color combos. I’m currently glazing them and attaching the brooch pins.  Can’t wait to post them in my shop!

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