Making it Happen in 2016

embroidery floss

The end of the year is coming and this year I made it a point to get all of my Christmas stuff done before December 1st hit so that I could relax and enjoy the season.  Much of my year was rushed and hectic and I was determined to start new by avoiding that this season.  It is refreshing to know that I can focus on what is most important for the next few weeks.  It gives me time to plan for the new year, I love goal setting.  Here are some big things happening in 2016.

In 2016 we will be finalizing our adoption from South Africa (unless there is an unforeseen delay which is always a possibility).  This is incredibly exciting and we can’t wait to meet our little one.  We will be traveling as a family and are a little nervous about each of the kids flying for the first time, but I know it will be worth it when they can talk about their time there with their new sibling.

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Keep Learning With Stitch Samplers

Sampler by sheepBlue on craftster

Samplers allow you to learn stitches and their variations really well.  This allows you to have that knowledge available when you work on a new project because you will have a stitch library readily available in your own head.

When you join taste of stitching to receive your free embroidery patterns, you will continue to be encouraged in your stitching through a spotlight on new stitches with tutorials and samples for inspiration.

I am so excited to continue with you on your stitching journey because I believe learning one new stitch at a time can be freeing and fun. Once you tackle a new stitch and are able to stitch it with ease, you feel a wonderful wave of accomplishment.

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Grab and Go Stitching

lovely messes embroidery

When it comes to some things in life, don’t you just want a no brainer solution. Someone to come in and tell you exactly what to do so you can enjoy yourself.

The kits in my shop were created to be the no brainer solution for those of you who don’t want to figure stitching out on your own.  You want someone to tell you what to do and give you all the supplies you need so you can just get to the stitching part.

Even if you’re an advanced stitcher, there are days when you just want to work on something a little quicker, get a project done, and revel in the instant gratification.

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Freestyle Stitching For All

art journal embroidery

Freestyle stitching is a term I made up for stitching without a pattern, without an idea in mind.  It’s what I consider art journaling for stitching.  Grabbing a piece of fabric, colors of thread that you love at the moment, maybe some extra scraps of fabric to add on, and then going where the needle takes you.

It is the ultimate fulfillment of the mission of Lovely Messes, stitch, relax, repeat.  You don’t have to think or plan, but you do have to let yourself experiment.  Without comparing!!!  It’s just for you, you don’t have to show anyone else if you don’t want to.

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More Satin Stitch Inspiration

embroidered flower

Satin stitch has long been one of my favorite stitches.  The flower photo above is from a project I made years ago!  Here are some other amazing satin stitch projects that will inspire you to practice this stitch until you’ve got it down so you can create awesome stitcheries of your own.

Stitched by Anna Maria Horner, featured on


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