I just read this in the latest newsletter from the Toymaker:
"Then I had a thought that if I spent more time actually making and doing the things that I wanted instead of just looking at pictures then I would be a lot happier in the here and now. How about we take a deep breath and make the things we want to have and do the things that actually make us happy, even if it is in a small way?"
I love that. So from now on, there will be more making things and less drooling over pictures going on in my life. (I swear!) To get on the right track, I just ordered two embroidery patterns from Penguin & Fish. Remember the giant hedgehog pillow?* I am so going to make one. (You can get the normal sized version of the hedgehog pattern on Etsy and then just blow it up on a copy machine. I once asked Alyssa from Penguin & Fish if it was ok to do that and she said yes.)
large pillow versions of alligator and hedgehog embroidery patterns
Originally uploaded by Penguin & Fish
The other pattern I got is the Maltese puppy one. I love Alyssa's adorable patterns. I ordered the paper patterns but they're also available as pdf's.
While going through some pictures today, I found some of the mushroom needlebook I made back in February. I know I did something a little different than the tutorial but I have no idea what that was now. When you put the original together, you machine sew the spine of the needlebook. I did mine by hand so maybe I put it together in a way where you wouldn't see the back of a back stitched seam. Or something.
You can find the pattern for the mushroom needlebook here over on Generation Q.
*You probably don't remember the giant hedgehog pillow since I can't find a link for it here so I bet I only posted it to Facebook. Yay for Flickr!