stitching

I’ve been hand-stitching cards since waaaaaay back in the day. Embroidery was my first love. It’s such a fun craft and makes a beautiful handmade gift! See our Hand-Stitched pattern page to see all the free printable designs you can make. Now I’m turning these fun designs into mini versions for hand-stitched gift tags! These simple, […]

We’re now onto the letter C for Candy Canes, in our Holiday ABC series! We’re stitching up a candy cane card with a white pipe cleaner and red thread. I love to hand-stitch cards and have shared a lot of card patterns on the blog. But if you’re never done this before, this is a great […]

Halloween is on it’s way, but there’s still time to make more crafts. This Embroidery Hoop Spider Web is super simple and fun for kids and adults. My girls snatched this one up and have it hanging in their room for some spider Halloween decor. Watch our how-to video for making these embroidery hoop spider […]

I love getting cute packages in the mail, don’t you?! I was happy to open up this little nifty gift from Sublime Stitching – Jenny has just come out with a new line of embroidery floss (who does that, sooooo cool)!  I’m big fan of embroidery, I love stitching handmade cards, the best gifts. Now […]

This cute little caterpillar was just begging to be stitched onto a card! I love to stitch greeting cards, so I thought I’d try my hand at adding a few beads to the mix. I think this little guy turned out perfect. He’s ready to display or be gifted to someone for spring! Supplies for […]

I love handmade journals. There’s something about them that calls out… “I’m handmade, write in me”! So to make things super simple, I’ve turned one of my hand-stitched greeting cards into a journal. Now it’s double the handmade! And it fits into a purse or handbag nicely. It’s perfect for Mom, Grandma, or anyone who […]

I have to say I’ve got some pretty amazing contributors who come and write a post for Make and Takes once, sometimes twice, a month. From kids crafts, home crafts, recipes, and parenting tips, they each contribute fabulous “make and takes”. I’ve chosen these writers because they fit me, my brand, my vision. They do […]

I’m thrilled to have been featured in the Woman’s Day special Christmas issue: Best Ideas for Christmas. Here is my set of 3 Christmas hand-stitched greeting cards. Don’t my babies look soooooo pretty?! I even got a fun shout-out and blog mention, squeeee! And they included the instruction for these 3 cards in the back […]

I’ve been cooking up some homemade chicken noodle soup for a friend of mine who recently had a baby. To give her soup a little extra love, I thought I’d stitch up a fun handmade jar topper. These toppers are quick to stitch up and add that something special to your favorite soup. Supplies for […]

Guest Post by Lyndsey of The Stationary Place I’ve always loved paper. Stationery, patterned paper, note cards, letterpress – I think paper is gorgeous and I love all of its different uses. More recently, I’ve been on something of a crafting binge – and for my last birthday I asked for a sewing machine. Much […]

These hand-stitched cards are simple and fun to make. I’ve been stitching them for quite a few years now and have shared many patterns in my Card Patterns category. Today I’ve taken a video of me stitching a Gift Box Greeting Card for you to see just how easy it is. You can follow right […]

A Tribute to Fallen Mothers

by Marie on February 3, 2009

The Mother’s Day Project was formed to give tribute to Mothers who’ve fought and lost their lives in the Iraq war. Names of mothers have been submitted, stitched, and sewn, so we can remember them and their bravery. I first saw this at Portabellopixie and was so moved that I requested to stitch a Mother’s […]

Santa Hat Stitched Card

by Marie on November 25, 2008

Ho Ho Ho! Santa’s Sleigh is almost on it’s way. Here’s a fun Santa Hat holiday card to hand-stitch for your Season’s Greetings. Or check out the last year’s stitched card of the Christmas Tree. Either would be perfect to create for your family and friends. Supplies: Everything is available at your local craft or […]

Primitive Stitchery

by Marie on November 9, 2007

When I became pregnant with child number one, I developed more of my craftiness. That motherly bug really got nestled in. I soon wanted to learn how to cross-stitch with my stitching hoop, needle, and thread. I bought one of those $1 kits at the dollar store, cross-stitching a Dinosaur. I kept it for a […]

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