End Summer With a Splash of Color

Citrus Berry Burst Embroidery Kit Infinity Embroidery Kit Honeymaker Embroidery Kit Imagine taking a stroll down the colorful streets of Curacao, stepping off a cruise ship into a festival of teals and yellows, or lounging on a time worn bench along Amsterdam’s canals.

Traveling around the world is easy when you stitch up the newest hoops inspired by architecture found in some of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Learn the lazy daisy stitch with our Citrus Berry Burst kit, back stitch and chain stitch with our Infinity kit, or back stitch and satin stitch with our Honeymaker kit.

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Lazy Daisy Stitch

lazy daisy stitch Since I was a kid just learning to stitch, lazy daisy has been a favorite.  Probably because I’m a girl and probably because it makes cute flowers.  Now that I’ve played and experimented more with this stitch I know that it’s so much more than the cute flower stitch.  This stitch is super fun and versatile.  Each “petal” can be stitched in a ton of different ways.  All that to say this is one stitch you probably want to learn early on.  By the way, if you’ve already learned chain stitch, this should be pretty darn easy for you.  It’s other name is detached chain stitch.

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My Very Own Brand New Studio

studio space I have always worked in the margins.  My time to work is found in the mornings before kids are up, during naptimes, or after they go to bed (it seems this part of my life revolves around when they are sleeping).  That’s probably a good thing.

My workspace has always been in the margins too.  The end of the kitchen table, a corner of our bedroom, a shared homeschool room/art studio.  But, it was always mine.  I knew when I was in that space, no matter how small, it was time to focus and create.  If you haven’t found a nook for your creative self, stop right now and go make room.  That is one of the single most important things you can do for yourself today.

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Gathered Goodness

Gathered Goodness

Love-Bars-for-Sweet-Paul-1-copy1 Berry Bars ~ Heartmade

Delicousness, not just the recipe, but the amazing food photography thoughout the entire post!

painted rug Paint Your Own Outdoor Rug! ~ Beautiful Mess

This just looks like a ton of fun.  I don’t have a concrete patio but I bet I could paint this on a rug to put on my deck!

Phone The surprisingly simple way to fight fear with your phone.  ~ Jon Acuff

I sometimes do this and it really does help because I know I have to stay focused for a certain amount of time.

watercolor tutorial Stenciled Watercolors Tutorial ~ Grow Creative

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Gathered Goodness

Gathered Goodness is a weekly digest of posts around the web curated just for you. Be inspired and enjoy!

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After the Jump: Turning Jealousy Into Motivation ~ Design Sponge

An excellent article and podcast about jealousy and taking a look at it from a completely different perspective.

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Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! ~ Hugs Are Fun

Such a super fun project by Hugs Are Fun!  It doesn’t look too difficult either.

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How I Plan the Perfectly Imperfect Staycation ~ Life in Grace

My husband and I are planning a 10 year anniversary staycation (sans kids) so that we can finally buy the kayaks we’ve been wanting!  Some of the tips Edie gave in this post will be especially helpful.

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