Thursday, December 30, 2010

Found a new shop: boygirlparty


I found a lovely shop by 'shopping locally' through etsy:

It was these adorable to do notes that drew me in:

There's little bubbles for 'do later'. How clever is that?
There is also an adorable bear on a bicycle:

Which one is your favorite?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Years Resolutions!

Lets face it, I bet we all make lists that we never intend to keep. Lose those ten pounds. Stop hiding the cookie stash ;)

This year, do you have any Etsy goals? I know that I do!

Goal One: Show my Mom, sister in law and friends my new ideas first. My mom surprised me last night when she stated that she had no idea that I had so many finished pieces! It helps to have something to offer loved ones for last minute hostess gifts.
Goal Two: Spend more time on the end goal - making people happy. I spent some of my days off going 'I need to photograph', 'I need to promote' and 'I need to finish such and such!' instead of focusing on the joy of embroidery. Getting things listed is nice, but it isn't so serious!
Goal Three: Find more people to sew with! I hear great things about stitch & bi*ch, but I haven't found one in my area. All of my friends seem to think its old fashioned. Maybe I'll even sign up for a class!

What are your resolutions? Care to share them in the comments? They don't have to be about Etsy!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Looking Back: A year to date

The end of the year has come. It seems to have flown by! How has your year been? Eventful? Exciting? Fulfilling?

One of my friends has a facebook album entitled a 'year in food'. Its an album of all of her favorite meals. Its very funny, as she's very thin and some of these meals look so unhealthy!

I'm taking a page from Kelly's book and focusing on a 'year in pictures'. A year in embroidery pictures!
I can't remember where they came from, but if you recognize a pic, let me know so I can give credit!
These are my very favorite pieces for the end of the year!

You can find these here

New Card: 'D' Monogram

New card ready to go: Monogram D. This card features spearmint green silk ribbon leaves and pink, purple & green floss flowers and outlining to create a lovely floral design. I'm having a rough time choosing the pictures to list it with. Any ideas?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Treasure; treasury

Many thanks to


for featuring me in a treasury! All of the items spell 'Etsy'. It looks pretty cute & clever!

Do you have any treasuries to share? Be sure to comment with the links!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!


I wanted to wish every one a very happy holidays. I hope that every one had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Remember that commercialism isn't the reason for the season :)

Merry Christmas to every one and lets send warm thoughts to loved ones serving overseas. Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Giveaway results


Many thanks to Ritzee Rebel, Olga and LEFTZ for entering my giveaway! I've had such a great time embroidering your design ideas! As a thank you for inspiring my creativity, I'd like to send each of you one of the cards. (Please send me a conversation on etsy under Serynanne with your address!) I'll also send you a coupon for the upcoming Valentine cards that are underway.

I have taken your ideas and made them into full fledged patterns for Seryna's Creations! Be sure to keep an eye out for your ideas to to be up in my shop.
Many thanks!


The designs

I've been pecking at the giveaway card ideas. The suggestions were very helpful, it has inspired me to try a handful of new designs. I have two of the lovely blue ones stitched. Tried two different techniques- my fiance likes one, his mother likes the other. Thats the funny thing about taste!

The first design:

The second design:
I used smaller stitches for the first design, a more delicate technique.
For the second, I used a lazy daisy stitch with looser, fuller stitches. I have yet to create a card of these, but I have to say that it has been enjoyable.

I am also working on Calla lillies:The cross stitch was an after thought. I didn't like the white lilies on the Aida, so I'm stitching on some contrast. Ought to be done soon and then the giveaway can begin properly!

Let me know if you have any thoughts.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Toss the Bouquet


Here's my new card - Toss the Bouquet! It is composed of asters & fox gloves arranged in a vase. 100% silk ribbon, as always!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

This morning found me presented with a fun challenge- Keith wanted me to make a card for the hostess of a party that we were to attend.

I had a Hunter session planned, but as I wasn't the Storyteller I was able to set everything up and start stitching in between my character's posts.

Keith could almost be considered an alchemy request, I swear.
You can look at the picture here to compare:

He wanted the tree taller by half an inch. No crazy tinsel, no ornaments- something nice and traditional. Something boring, I thought! So I dug into the ribbon my Mom had given me from her 'Kari me Away' ribbon embroidery classes.

I found some of the organza ribbon with the sparkly glitter-y look to it and used that as the only decoration to the tree, besides the star. You need a star!


My first tree:

Keith's tree for Ana:

I free - handed the whole thing. Does it look off center?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Get your voting on!


As I mentioned earlier in the week, I am having a new card giveaway where I embroider the cards that you suggest. I have the two cards suggested embroidered and will photograph & show them off here tomorrow!

You can vote which one is the best for the give away :) Its not too late to suggest flowers for the giveaway!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Trying out a Pink Bouquet Card listing

Trying out that Pink Bouquet card! What do you think? Which pictures look better for this listing?

New Cards: Christmas tree

New Cards showed here first ;)

Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Discovered Shop

Good news!

I found a new shop via Pounce (Yet to make a sale) and discovered an amazing photography shop on Etsy.

This item in particular capture the light playing along the petal in a spectacular fashion. Photographs of real flowers inspire my most insightful silk ribbon embroidery. If this is still here come payday, its coming home with me! Act quick :P

Found: Baby Boy Scrapbook link

I stumbled upon this from coolcraftsites twitter feed-

5 Tips for Making a Baby Boy Scrapbook

Give it a look! Its a quick read through and has made me want to get back into that pile of scrapbook stuff!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Another Aimee Pattern that I found

There's a lovely mermaid pattern by Aimee Ray that I just discovered.

Aimee Ray is an absolutely brill designer, as you can see here:

I stick to my purple mermaids. but pink is wonderful! I may try doodlestitching some more in the future. This is a wonderful inspiration!

Definitely going to give crayon tinting a go! She mentioned it in her doodle stitching book, but I had never tried it before. Looks like there's a time for every one to try it!

For any one in the Austin, TX, area I found a neat little web site that looks like its hosted its fair share of neat classes & stitch & bitches.

If you don't live in Austin, TX, but know someone who does, there's even a gift certificate option:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Share & win!


As part of the new card line, I'm unveiling a new giveaway! Come comment here on your favorite flowers- roses, lilies or something unusual! - and enter a chance to win your recommended card, all postage paid.

You will be part of the new card line :) Don't be shy!

Some things to get your mind thinking: