Crossing Over

In my daily browsing of Etsy shops, I have discovered so many creative and adorable things.  I love the whole ‘handmade’ aspect of that site!

The other day, I stumbled upon a little shop called Nea that totally inspired me to pick up an old hobby I used to have — cross stitching. My mom and Grammy taught me the basics back in the day and I remember how much fun I used to have making little projects and gifts.  My mom actually still has something I made for her when I was 7 years old hanging in her kitchen. She must really love me or something, because that little stitched strawberry is a tad ghetto.

Anyway, my mom dug out a bunch of old floss she had and I bought some Aida fabric at Michael’s and decided to try my hand at it once again.  I whipped up this little bird on a branch while watching The Office last night (pattern found online at Martha Stewart).

In keeping with the whole semi-homemade gift giving concept, I’m thinking my Christmas gifts are going to get a little crafty this year.  I can’t wait to get started!

17 thoughts on “Crossing Over

  1. I want a birdie, he’s cute!! ;-) What a fun little hobby…I’ve never done it, but I can’t wait to see what else you make!

  2. That is so cute. I love how crafts are becoming so modernized and cool looking. I did some cross stitch as a kid, but it was very “country clutter” style. This bird is so much nicer than that!

  3. Ooo, that’s awesome. I may need to do that. I need a new way to be creative.

    And I loooove Etsy, too. I keep meaning to start a store there, and never have.

    Oops.

  4. Lisa: Ooooh yes, I know exactly what you mean! I dug up some old projects and they were pretty Country Clutter-esque. You can find some really cute modern designs if you know where to look online!

    Trisha: I’ve been thinking about an Etsy store too… what would you sell?

  5. Morgan: I like to make accessories, like bracelets and belts, out of fabric and ribbon. I also make clothes. Skirts. Purses. And I knit.

    What would you sell?

  6. Trisha: That is awesome! Knowing how to sew and knit has to come in handy… so cool.

    The thing that’s kept me back from starting up a shop is the fact that I’m not REALLY good at anything. I know how to do a lot of things, but I’m just so-so. I thought about sewing aprons for a while…

  7. this is really funny for two reasons:

    1) I just decided to take up cross-stitching again too ( haven’t done it since I was a teenager, but I loved it), and
    2) I have those exact same little birdie salt and pepper shakers. Target, yes?? :)

    twinsies.

    The birdie is adorable. I will have to look up some designs like that for sure.
    I’m loving how crafty you are, girl!!

  8. I have a great giveaway for mamas and mamas to be like yourself on my etsy shopping blog :)

    I’m seriously addicted to etsy!

  9. goodness!! that birdy is adorable!! I used to cross stitch when i was younger too and everytime i pass that section in Michaels i think to myself i should try one again for fun! this post has inspired me to do it for realsies, SO CUTE!!!

  10. I love that cross stitch! You inspired me to start a cross stitch (I did it all the time when I was younger). Yay for art projects!

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