Hello there! I can't believe how fast time is flying lately. It's almost the middle of January already, two weeks into the New Year, aah! I've been meaning to post here all week. Well, here I am finally, whew!
I've felt weird about sharing the stuff I make for Etsy or custom work on here, I don't want to turn Stumbles & Stitches into a place for pimping my business. But then I thought, wait, I've always shown Angel and our lovely readers what I'm working on, why is this different? I've been making SO much stuff the last couple of months and am antsy to share it all with you. (For more details on specific projects, you can click over to my website where I post more pics, info, etc. I don't want to double-post for those of you who follow me there.)
Before the holidays, I made a custom e-reader featuring owls for the 10-year-old daughter of a friend. I loved how it turned out and made a couple more for my shop. (I used a pattern by Birdiful Stitches, you can read about my e-reader covers here.)
Before Christmas, I received a custom order from Deia, a long-time reader of Stumbles & Stitches and blogger over on Ducklings in a Row, for 3 Wonky Stripe Table Runners. Two of these feature prints from the Echo line by Lotta Jansdotter. I love those fabrics so much!
I loved how these turned out and made more for my shop, in Navy and Aqua. (You can read about my table runners here.)
I got about a week's break over Winter Solstice and Christmas, and then I was right back to work on two custom pieces of artwork: burlap art for a 40th anniversary and fabric art to welcome a baby girl. (You can read more about these here and here.)
Very different styles but I like both of them! I really enjoyed the embroidery portion of both projects, especially.
I think that about rounds up all the "work" stuff I've been doing. Angel, I know you've been busy with custom orders for your shop too. I'm sure I speak for our readers when I say we'd love to see!!
Meanwhile, life goes on. It's been quite a juggling act to throw a new business into our already busy life with two little ones. Ben is back in preschool two mornings a week and loves it as much as ever, Henry is talking up a storm and walking (well, maybe -- he can't decide if crawling is a more efficient use of his time for utmost sneakiness) and I'm busy busy and not sleeping enough (what else is new?!). Hope all is well in Nashville, sweet friend!
Dear readers, how is the New Year treating you so far? If you work from home, especially a handmade business, do you have tips for juggling it all and/or maintaining sanity? Would love to read them in the comments!