Friday, May 14, 2010

busy hands equals happy heart


there are lots of times when i have the desire to be creative, but my day only allows me about 20 minutes to be creative. those are the times where i'll pull out my watercolor pencils and putter around in my journal, or grab my camera and run out into the garden to see what's waiting for me there.
but then other times, my fingers will start getting that itch-to-stitch, so here's a quick way to keep the fingers nimble and the creative spirit satisfied:
take one of your favorite rubber stamps (if you have extra time, you can carve one....watch this!) and stamp the image onto cotton fabric. then embellish with your favorite stitches using embroidery floss, cotton threads, bead string, or whatever suits your fancy! it's easy and it's quick.....and when you're done you'll have a sweet little something to add to the front of a card or your favorite journal.....or place some fabric behind it, sew around the edges, add ribbon to the top and you've made yourself a cute little ornie......or place the fabric in a wooden embroidery hoop, trim the fabric around the edges close to the hoop, and hang it on the wall! have fun!

this project was created using cotton fabric, hand-carved heart stamps, ink pads, and cotton threads.

18 comments:

Meg said...

That's cute! I love those small things that makes every day shiny :)

Butterfly Works said...

Aren't you so clever...this is adorable....I need to get my threads out....
Hugs

Claire M said...

cute - and great idea.

Mary said...

ooooo, this would be cute on pillowcases!!!

sara's art house said...

How cute! I am totally inspired!

julie king said...

so cute -- exactly what i expect to see when i come visit you!! i'm itching to stitch myself right now. one of these days i'll have time.

Beedeebabee said...

Lori...Your ideas are just sooo cute! I love this, and I love how you carve stamps too! You must have been an art teacher in a previous life! Happy weekend, Sweetie! xo Paulette ;)

Sara said...

What a fun idea, lori! Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to organize my thoughts and figure out what craft i want to do..and by then, i have to be somewhere! but on the days when I have hours to spare...oh my..that's when the creative itch gets satisfied. We just take what time we can get for creativity, I guess :)

Marthann's Musings said...

Oh what a beautiful, whimsical, fun 20 minutes of work. I love it.

Ludid said...

i can already see myself stitching some kitchen towels for my new home. thank you for your happy heart.

PaperPumpkin said...

Oooh, great ideas again from you lori! {I think my new favorite word might be ornie now.} ♥K

Pat said...

Love what you made, and thanks for sharing the process!

Rebel Mel said...

Awesome. I am totally doing this later! Thanks! =)

Createology said...

Very clever. Like a template to creativity. Happy stitching...

Tara said...

So cute and clever!
Hugs,
Tara

rachel awes said...

i simply
love
this
sweet
heart.x

Crystal said...

This is absolutely brilliant, Lori!

You are so clever! :-)

Thanks for being a sweet inspiration - always!

Hugs,
Crystal :-)

blueberries in the fields said...

i just discovered your blog and love it, you are very inspring. it was nice looking at pictures of your studio. mine is a total mess and is in great need of a makeover. thanks for sharing !
monique x

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