The Journal

My favorite embroidery tools

My favorite embroidery tools

At least once a week, I get asked questions about where I get my supplies, what my favorite tools are and why the heck do I wrap my floss on clothespins.  I am sharing all my notes today on what you need to get started in hand embroidery and where to find the supplies.
Embroidery 101: Transferring Your Pattern

Embroidery 101: Transferring Your Pattern

There are so many different ways to transfer a pattern. And, of course, everyone seems to have their favorite. Below I am listing a few techniques that I have used, and a few that I haven’t...
8 Skillshare classes that I am using to improve my creative business

8 Skillshare classes that I am using to improve my creative business

I would like to consider myself a life-longer learner. Whether it's reading books, listening to a podcast, or meeting people from different walks of life, I am so energized by learning new things.  That's probably why I love entrepreneurship so much.  You are never done learning ALL the things that go along with running a business.

So when I was introduced to Skillshare a few months ago, I got all sorts of excited. Skillshare is an online community with thousands of classes in...

Mid-Year recap & what I have learned along the way

Mid-Year recap & what I have learned along the way

Does anyone else feel like they just blinked and all of a sudden half of the year has already flown by?  Please tell me that I am not alone in this feeling.

So I feel like the first few months of the year were all about behind-the-scenes action which then transitioned to a lot of custom work.

January was all about this website. Getting it up and running, adding products and seeing what worked and what didn't work.

I spent the majority of February...

The Bloom Collection: The Lorelei Bouquet

The Bloom Collection: The Lorelei Bouquet

I know that you are not supposed to pick favorites when talking about your own creations, but the Lorelei bouquet has me totally breaking that rule. From it's texture to its color palette and different stitch techniques, I very much wish that I had a magic wand to make it turn into a real life bouquet...
Embroidery 101: Finishing your hoop

Embroidery 101: Finishing your hoop

There are many ways to finish the back of your hoop, making it ready for display. Everyone has their favorite, but mine is to back my hoops with felt. I like knowing that not only is my embroidery back secure and won’t accidentally get snagged on something, but also that the felt protects the wall a bit.

Here is how I do it: 

June Favorites

June Favorites

Zinnias from Garden If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have jars of these bright zinnias scattered all over my house.  These br...
A Classic White Wedding Bouquet

A Classic White Wedding Bouquet

There is something so timeless about a classic white wedding bouquet. Don't you agree?

From the big white blooms to the cascading greenery and the the pop of the pink ribbon trailing off to the side, this bouquet...

My Summer Reading List

My Summer Reading List

I'm an avid book reader.  But for the past few months I've been in a rut.  So what did I do about it?  I asked my amazing Instagram community, friends and family.  Y'all always have the best recommendations and, holy smokes, did y'all deliver!  With so many great suggestions, I did my best to narrow it down to this selection...
Dreamy perfection

Dreamy perfection

When I first received the photos for this gorgeous bridal bouquet, I let out a little gasp.  It was just simple perfection. I knew immediately how I would create each flower, what thread colors I would choose and how it would all come together.
The Bloom Collection: The Americana Bouquet

The Bloom Collection: The Americana Bouquet

As a tribute to all things patriotic, I have created The "Americana" Bouquet.  I've had this bouquet idea brewing in my head for a while now.  I have always been in love with all things Americana - think picnics on gingham cloths, berry picking near an old red barns, American flags waving in the wind...
Summer Wedding Season is here!

Summer Wedding Season is here!

Summer Wedding Season has officially begun!  And I am feeling so inspired by all the gorgeous wedding bouquets that y'all have been sending me.  And while I can't show those to you just yet, I have been pinning away lots of bouquet inspiration for the next bouquet patterns in The Bloom Collection...