Etsy shop now open

I’ve dipped my toe in the water of Etsy after a month of research and prep. Because this is currently a side project, I’m not killing myself trying to do every little thing perfectly- just doing the best I can with my skills and resources.

So if you’re interested, feel free to check out Sweet Marie Sewing on Etsy. Hand embroidered hoop art and custom pieces. il_570xN.715734919_kcp9

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Persistence in creativity

As a progression from my slump post last month, I have been plugging along. I’ve been practicing a lot of hand embroidery. My goal is to open a little Etsy shop in February.

I really enjoy embroidery. Sometimes it feels so natural and goes so well that I slip into “the zone” very quickly. Other times it’s tedious and I make mistakes and it’s straight up work. But overall it’s giving me a lot of joy and pleasure.

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OKC MQG Holiday Party

Even though I joined the OKC Modern Quilt Guild earlier this year, this was my first month to make it to a meeting. I live about 45 minutes away so it can be tricky on work nights. But it was great fun and I got to participate in the holiday gift exchange! I took a project I was very proud of.

I enjoy hand embroidery so much, so I decided to do an Okie-centric piece:

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It’s just a mis-mash sampler of several stitches. Once I knew what I wanted to do, I knew the perfect fabric to pair with it… Persimmon.

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I love the way the dusty colors pair with nature motifs.

And voila!

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I have a feeling I’ll be making several more variations of this piece!

The happy and the sad

For me, sewing is usually centered around a joyous occasion. A baby or a celebration of some kind. But sometimes it’s sad.

One of my good friends was blessed to get pregnant with twins on her first time with IVF. This friend and I share a birthday, and lo and behold that was also her babies’ due date!

Before we even knew there were twins, I had sent her this quilt for the baby.

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Sadly, this week she lost both babies at 20 weeks. There began to be complications two weeks ago, and she and her husband were open in their struggles and asking friends to pray for them. She shared their names are Lola and Jude.

My friend loves fall. Relishes it. So in my heart I hope to always think of them as forever fall babies. I decided to make an embroidery for her.

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This is still a work in progress. I will of course iron and frame it, but I also want to add some orange and yellow fallen leaves at the bottom.

So often when tragedy happens, we feel like we need to DO something. This is how I am channeling my grief and love for them. I hope it is meaningful for them in the future.

I will share again when it is finished.