Ok, confession time. Its stresses me out to give birthday gifts. Really, it stresses me out to make some thing or get something for anyone. What if they don't like it? What if they actually really hate it or it insults them or they never get any use out of whatever I have spent so much time working on or looking for? So whenever I do make something for someone, it always comes with a "please be honest, if you don't like it I can make you something else, I want you to love it as much as I do". So I probably guilt people into using hats and scarves and whatever.

Yet surprisingly, I love making things for my loved ones. Odd little piece of conflicting trivia about me, I know. But thats how it is.

So when I realized that mid-April was sneaking up on me, it also meant the Season of Birthdays in beginning.
And I better work fast to find those gifts.
I decided I would be a crazy risk taker (not actually)  and make my first real embroidery project a biggie. Embroidered pocket squares.

So I did a little research, because what do I know about mens fashion, and learned that pocket squares are traditionally made of either silk, linen or cotton. Silk would be way to slippery and I would be afraid of it stretching out in my embroider hoop. So I got a polyester one (super cheap and not so classy, but hey, it was my very first try) and a linen one. And after a little practice on a scrap of cotton, I dived in.

They both ended up being given as birthday gifts anyway, and they were very appreciated.

Any good websites to learn more? I actually really enjoy embroidery. Its so relaxing.  :)


Little Steps Forward

So, my second semester of my second year of university is done (almost, 1 exam left). Only 20 more to go.

Well, thats not true (hopefully!), but I have the feeling that I will be in school forever and I am itching to get out already. 

Anyway, with the end of this terribly long year, and 3 weeks until my spring semester starts (so maybe it will only be 15 more years of school) I decided I would like to start learning some new crafts. Some things on the top of my list are...


Specifically, sewing Coco. Yes, I have jumped on the Tilly and the Buttons bandwagon. I have watched all the Great British Sewing Bee episodes, and I seem to think that I know what I am doing. Although I have not successfully made a garment yet, Tilly has done an awesome job of making me think I can conquer the sewing world. But first I have to conquer the fabric store. 


My next goal is to learn how to embroider. I dream of updating my sweaters thanks to Meredith of One Sheepish Girl, and pretty much covering everything I own in pretty embroidery. Overkill? Yes? No? Yes. 
I do have some not-too-crazy learning type projects in mind though.  I am excited and curious to see how this adventure will turn out, and how many times I will bleed all over my fabric due to sticking myself with the needle. Any guesses? 


(Not a new skill, but to continue working on those skills)
And I would like to get my hand on some deliciously soft yarn and maybe work on my sweater crocheting skills. Interweave Crochet magazine had some beautiful patterns in its last issue, and I am dying to give it a try.  If you remember, I did attempt last summer, but it doesn't sit and comfortably as I would have liked. Try and try again. 

I'll keep you updated as this time progresses!