Posts Tagged ‘etsy’

Sassy Stitches

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Obsession. There’s really no other way to say it. I have an obsession with sassy cross stitch. It started innocently enough. A small cross stitch that said “Cubicle Sweet Cubicle” would make a fun addition to my desk. On a mission to find a bit of inspiration and just the right pattern, I browsed Etsy and Pinterest and my eyes were opened to the fascinating world of non-traditional cross stitch.

For many years knitting has been my craft of choice, but cross stitch holds a special place in my heart. Together with chewing gum and a lot of crying, cross stitch helped me weather the storm of smoking cessation. (The sordid tale of my life as a smoker is another story for another time.) The orderly uniformity of cross stitch is so satisfying. The methodical process, the slow coming together of images as colors are layered in and the way the backstitching and “garnish” ties it all together are so pleasing to me. I love the texture of a finished piece and the way the stitches stand off the taut cloth in a simple wooden hoop. There’s an old fashioned beauty to something handmade that is so obvious a time investment. I suspect that this perspective on the medium is why sassy cross stitch tickles my funny bone. I appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor of hip-hop lyrics, pop culture icons or even naughty words captured in such a traditional format. There’s a classic humor thriving in the juxtaposition of old fashioned and new-fangled.

Recently I’ve created a few fun and sassy stitches to share. Some of my stitches are freebie patterns I pulled from the internet. The Grumpy Cat and Carpe Diem stitches are based on patterns I purchased from Etsy and modified. Some of my favorites are culled together from bits I doodled in my sketchbook and particularly well-done things I’ve admired from other stitchers. I’m amassing quite the collection of potential projects on my Sassy Stitches Pinterest board. Here are some of my favorite projects:

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So what do you think of the sassy cross stitch? Hilarious modern day folk art or a little too silly for your taste? Do you have a favorite? Maybe something you’ve created yourself? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank You for Being a Friend, Etsy!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Bryan likes to joke that I act old for my age. He sees the glimmer in my eye when I see an ad for Viking Cruises, that bathtub with the door, or even the cane that stands on its own. I think I have always been a bit of an old soul. So, it is no surprise that The Golden Girls was one of my favorite shows growing up.

Who am I kidding? It’s still one of my favorite shows (and I may have a couple of seasons on DVD). I love Sophia’s crazy stores that always start with “Picture it..”, Rose’s sweet nature and St. Olaf stories, Dorothy’s quick wit, and Blanche’s Southern charm and obsession with youth.

I was surfing the net one afternoon and stumbled upon an article on People’s website called “15 Awesome Golden Girls Items You Didn’t Know You Needed,” and got extremely excited about the world of product on etsy that I didn’t know about.

I don’t know why I always forget about shopping etsy when I am looking for something unique (ether a gift or something for myself). Inspired, I decided to do my own search and share my favorite etsy Golden Girls items.

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1. The Golden Girls Spray Paint Tote Bag
2. I’m a Dorothy/Rose/Blanche/Sophia Print
3. Golden Girls Cupcake Toppers
4. The Golden Girls Brick People Toy Set
5. Golden Girls House Scale Model
6. Golden Girls Greeting Card (with cheesecake)
7. Golden Girls Magnets
8. Blanche’s Bedroom Fabric
9. Dorothy & Rose & Blance & Sophia T-Shirt

The great thing about etsy is not only that you can find unique products on even the most obscure pop culture, but that you are supporting small shop owners.

So, the next time you need a great gift, don’t forget about etsy. If you need a good starting point, check out Christina’s BFF Gift Guide.

Etsy Gift Guide: Birthday – for your BFF

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

What do you buy for the girl who has everything? Ok, she may not have everything, but your BFF can probably purchase most of the things she can’t live without. When gift shopping for my BFF, I’m always on the hunt for lovely, unique items that she never knew she needed.

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1. Best Friends Print Set
2. Princess Bride Quote Pencils
3. Pink Ceramic Mug
4. Granny Chic Mirror
5. Salted Caramel Brownies
6. Best Friends Whale Necklace Set
7. Love Knot Rose Gold Ring
8. Oh Darling Journal
9. You Are My Very Best Friend Print
10. Marshmallow Bubble Bar
11. French Macaron Sampler
12. Wooden Narwhal Broach
13. Tiny Pot with Air Plant
14. Aztec Print iPhone Case Set

Need more gift ideas? Head over and check out my bff gift guide list on Etsy.