Shine Bright, Little Unicorn!

Unicorns are rare and magical creatures.

What better animal to put on your little girl’s wall.

 

These magical unicorns with flowing locks (in three gorgeous colors: lilac, pink and glittery turquoise) remind your little one to let her inner light sparkle! The horn has a metallic finish and hand-stitched details. The rose is hand-cut and hand-stitched, adding extra beauty to Miss Unicorn.

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Meditate on the cuteness: New Line of Hoop Art

A deer, fox and hedgehog walk into a bar. No, make that a meditation room. Wait, what?

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I am so excited to introduce a new line of felt embroidery hoop art inspired by my latest “hobby” a.k.a. de-stressing practice a.k.a. sanity saver…. meditation.

Earlier this summer, I signed up for a 4-day class in transcendental meditation. My new practice has given me peace and serenity and a way to take a break during my hectic summer days.

I already had some “sleepy” animals (fox and bunny) (and clouds) in my Etsy shop. But the more I looked at them, I thought to myself, these creatures look so serene. Kinda like how I feel when I meditate!

So I decided to add a few more animals to my menagerie (hello dear! hiya hedgie!), but instead of seeing them as sleepy, I re-imagined them as meditating zen-loving beings.

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I “debuted” them at my pop-up shop at West Elm Seattle, but now I am offering them in my Etsy shop!

For local folks, they will be available at The Handmade Showroom in downtown Seattle later this month.

And… they even got a mention in today’s Sunday Seattle Times!

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Hope you like them!

Click here to shop the brand-new collection!

she believed she could so she did : how I became BRIKA’s featured maker

Funny story. About 4 years ago, I applied for BRIKA – a curated marketplace that I thought was full of amazing handmade art and goods. I loved making hoop art and playing with felt and creating wall art, but was always taken aback when someone would like it and actually buy one!

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Surprisingly, I was accepted to BRIKA. I couldn’t quite believe that I was chosen and didn’t quite believe I was good enough to be there. I didn’t quite believe in myself. So, I never sent in my photos or information and quietly let this opportunity pass.

Fast forward to this spring. I sent my application in a second time, and lo and behold, I got accepted once again. I still had my doubts but that fearful voice was a little quieter. That voice of not being good enough was being drowned out by one that said “yes you are good enough”.

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So many things had changed since the last time I was accepted. The biggest change was my divorce after 15 years of marriage. Suddenly, my divorce made my business so much more vital to me – more than financially, but as a creative outlet that sustained me through this transformation. This business gave me a focus. Grounded me. It made me grow. It brings me joy and today I want to share that joy with you.

So it is with pride and joy that I announce that……

Today I am a featured maker on BRIKA – a curated marketplace of 400+ makers of well-crafted goods. I am so honored to be chosen to showcase my embroidered felt hoop art. And proud of myself for finally showing up for this newest opportunity.

 

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To go along with my 8-piece collection, I created an exclusive design just for BRIKA. With aqua, sky blue, lilac and a touch of butter yellow, this floral 3D hoop art makes me happy. Happy to have continued making art. Happy to have said yes. Happy to create art for your home.

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Thanks so much for being a part of my life. I am creating art for you! I hope you like it.

And I hope that if you are doubting yourself today, I hope that you can release some of those doubts and go after what you are desiring.

Say hello to vintage blooms!

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I’m in love. With this color palette. Lilac. Ochre. Mustard. Butter. Ginger. Fern. Moss. Hello there.
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Vintage Blooms is finally here! (Cue the confetti push-pops!) Vintage-inspired and oh-so-girly, this collection is for the sweet and romantic.

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Originally, I had 8 designs to share… but just added another two to round out the collection.

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A mix of felt flowers in a vintage-inspired palette makes this monogram wall art a showstopper.

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You can shop the entire collection online.

p.s. I love felt

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I love felt.

Felt is soft and touchable.

Felt is so versatile and comes in so many colors.

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Felt is easy and lovely and reminds me of snuggling under a cozy blanket by the fire.

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My felt of choice is high-quality wool or wool-blend felt. They cut like a dream and can come in almost any color imaginable. They don’t fray or tear or pill like the craft felt you find in most craft stores. And I cut a lot. I love mixing colors together.

I cut hearts and flowers and clouds and buntings. But my most favorite (and frequent) shapes  to cut out are……raindrops. The fatter and chubbier the better. Why?

This customer chose three hoops in the shop and asked them to be custom-made in her choice of colors as a matching set.

Because not only are they raindrops, but they can be flower petals. They can be leaves. There is something pleasantly appealing about that round shape narrowing to a point. Plus I can almost always manage to carve out a raindrop from even the tiniest of scraps.

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One day  I want to make a giant hoop art using nothing but these tiny drops of felt. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

 

p.s. i love felt