Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Announcing Lemon Verbena Shop

I've decided to open my own Etsy Shop, the Lemon Verbena Shop.  I'll be using my shop to sell some of my handmade goods.  Right now I will be selling some of my stitched items.  I have a few things in the shop right now.

Stitched Letters

I have been working on these stitched letters for the last few months and am excited to be posting these in my shop. You can order them in any color combination or you can also do a custom order.  These are so fun to gift to friends and family.  They are perfect for children and adults, for babes or families.

I have also listed a couple of pumpkins.  One is a white pumpkin on navy blue burlap, my favorite.    

I'm also stitching up some names in gold.  I have loved working with gold thread on off white burlap, the perfect neutral combination. 

Also, I recently shared this on the blog.  These are so pretty, for all you makers out there or perfect for a child's playroom.  These can come in rainbow or gold. 

The link to the shop is located in the sidebar.  I will post on the blog when I make additions to the shop.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

On My Night stand...

My nightstand always has a steady stream of rotating books.  Some I'm reading, some I hope to read, some I just take time to glance through the pages.  As I was participating in documenting my day with  Hollywood Housewife on instagram today, I snapped a photo of my nightstand.  I thought it would be fun to share these titles on the blog.  Let me know if there are any that I need to make sure and read soon!

I friend just loaned this to me on Sunday, we were discussing books the week before, and when she realized I hadn't read this she promised to loan it to me!

I've been reading another book by Vanderkam and this is her newest book.  Hoping to get to it before I have to take it back.

I've heard this one is good and thought it would be fitting for our situation right now.  A library check out.

In the middle of this but it has taken a backseat to a few other books I've been reading now.

I received a giftcard to Powell Book and used it to get this book plus a few others.  I had someone tell me I had to read it before I saw the movie.

We are 3/4 of the way through this book, reading it with my oldest, and we have taken a break from it, so busy in the evening with all the other activities we have.  We need to carve out time to finish this one.  

I've started this one and will get back to it soon.

This I grabbed from our basement.  It is a book on homemaking, mothering, and organization and I wanted to take time to either reread all of it or atleast a couple chapters.  I have enjoyed all her books.

This is an embroidery book, but when my mom was here she picked it up and found that it also tells a story.  I'm hoping to take some time to read the story soon.

I checked this one out from the library.  Thought it may be fun to learn to finger knit and the knitted finished products look awesome!

I requested this book from the library after I found her blog.  It looks like lots of fun, though I haven't crack the book open yet.

Have you read any of these?  Do you have a problem with too many books on your nightstand?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Rainbow Create Cross Stitch

Here is a cute create cross stitch.  It was one I designed myself using a simple block alphabet I designed.  I gathered some fun floss in rainbow color and stitched it onto a some burlap.   I also want to experiment with it in other colors.  What a fun project, cute for a little studio or a kids room.

 I love how it turned out!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Living Simply | Managing Email and Blog Readers

Emails and social media are such a part of our daily lives.  They are so valuable in terms of easily accessing and communicating valuable information but at times they may also be hard to navigate. I thought I would share a couple things I've done recently to help relieve the overwhelm these things can bring.

In this world of social media, podcasts, blogs, and so much good information we can become easily overwhelmed with all the good that we could be consuming.  After I got my email inbox to zero a couple months ago and unsubscribed from a bunch of different email lists, I was inspired to do the same in other areas of my digital life.

For example, I love to read blogs in my downtime and just went through my blog feed and deleted a bunch of blogs I no longer am interested in and haven't been keeping up with.  Now I just have a few blogs that I'm currently interested in.  I can just scroll through my feed, see what has been posted, and read a couple blog posts that interest me.  No need to scroll through a whole list of blog posts.  It seems counterproductive, but the more I eliminate, the more I value what I decide to keep.  I keep the very best of what is out there, what I'm most passionate about, and what truly interest me.  I can keep up with what I love and move on with my day.

Monday, October 26, 2015

ABC Sweetie Pie Sampler

This was so amazingly fun to cross stitch.  I finished this months ago and finally framed it, it always seems to take me awhile.  Finishing stitching a cross stitch project is easy, washing, ironing, and framing it take me a lot longer.  Part of that is I'm often not quite sure how to frame it.  I decided to go with a white frame and a nice white mat.  This piece  fit nicely into an 11x14 space.  I was worried it may have been a tight fit, but with the white border, the snug fit worked!  Love how this turned out! 

I have absolutely love stitching Alicia Paulsen's designs.  You can find this design here and her other ABC Winter Sampler here.  I stitched the winter sampler up a couple years ago and it is still one of my favorites!

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Apple Farm

We picked up some honeycrisp apples and some apple cider.  We jumped in the apple bounce house, ran through the kiddie maze, and visited the goat and sheep.  We took our yearly pictures with the pumpkins and enjoyed the lovely warm fall day.

This has become a family tradition, a fall favorites.  Love this place.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Projects and Tutorials

I thought it would be fun to bring you a post of all my crafty diy posts in one spot.  Here they all are in one spot!  I will be adding to this post and have a quick link in the sidebar for easy clicking.


Embellished M (Coming Soon)

Winter Scarf

Neutral Fabric Garland (Coming Soon)

Savior Cross Stitch (Coming Soon)

ABC Winterland Cross Stitch (Coming Soon)

Cardboard Gratitude Wreath (Coming Soon)