Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hay hay, it's vacay

Hey y'all! That's right. I said y'all.

I will be on vacation for Thanksgiving - my Etsy shop will close this evening, Tuesday 11/24 and reopen on the morning of Monday 11/30. IF YOU NEED AN ITEM SHIPPED BEFORE THE HOLIDAY, PLEASE ORDER BEFORE 4PM EASTERN TIME TUESDAY 11/24. My last PO run will be at 4PM today. That means all you party people on the west coast need to get up early and shop. I know it's only 5am out there, but there are no excuses.

In other news, I am excited to report that there really is no news. I am working on Project Tower today, Tupperware Lady cross stitch, and some pincushions. I also have a few finished stitched things to list when I get back from vacation. So next Monday, be prepared for the onslaught of awesome.

Speaking of Tupperware Lady, I am stitching this on 22ct white hardanger. It'll be about 5"x7" finished. I'll list it in the shop, but if you want it, you can preorder.
Just "convo me"! Or, "convo me, y'all". That works, too.
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Thank you for being a friend...or a customer, a buyer, whatever.

Yay, Etsy sale!

Goodbye, Estelle pattern. Someone bought you today! I'll miss you.

For about five seconds because I have already relisted you.



You can keep on buying her and I'll keep on bringing her back! Believe it.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Meet my new husband



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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Winners!

Ok, so I don't have the heart to pick when only 2 people entered. That's right. I can't even give this stuff away!

So congrats to Yamarilet and Jamie! Read their blogs and look at their Etsy sites! Because I say so. Do it now!
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Friday, November 20, 2009

What's that, Friday?

You're awesome? Why yes, you are!

Three sales on Etsy today: Dexter cross stitch pattern, sock monkey cross stitch kit and a custom embroidery pattern I made for a special someone who has a sock monkey-loving kiddo (thanks, Julie!)

Tomorrow is the end of the Free Pattern Giveaway, so tell all your friends and retweet your little asses off, ok? Yes, I am that excited about giving something away for free. I'm fun that way.

Tonight the husband is off work and we're going to watch Mad Men dvds and I'll stitch some more of my Etsy order, which will now be known as Project Tower. It's a code name, like spies have.
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I lied

Ok. I got a good start on my Etsy order after all. I didn't think I was going to have time for it this evening, but I did.

My oldest is going to see New Moon tomorrow with her friend. They are on opposing teams for the werewolf/vampire thing...I really have no idea what that is all about. I am not into this Twilight stuff, but her world revolves around it. They are going to write "Team Edward" on their faces. Or one of them is, I think. The other one wants to be for the werewolf.
I can't keep up with all of this.

Now it's midnight and I am going to bed.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

A post that will surprise no one

Um. Did I say I was going to do a bunch of stuff today? Because I sort of didn't do a lot of it.

Things I did do:
I finished the craft bunny/running with scissors embroidery. I am very happy with it!

And...that's it.

I didn't even take a nap, and that's usually the one thing you can be sure I'll accomplish.

I did spend my afternoon helping my oldest and two other 11 year olds cross stitch. They are Chloë's friends, twins that live a block over. I was all excited because one of them (a boy who loves football, sports, mud and bugs) was so into it. He stitched the acorn from my mini owl pattern. For his sister I drew a tiger pattern, which is what she requested. They both did a great job and I made them kits to take home for finishing their projects.

So my afternoon wasn't productive in terms of getting my to-do list done, but I taught two kids how to make something cool, so I am happy with that.
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Thursday To-Do

Today I'll start on my recent custom Etsy order. I am really excited about this one. It's a large piece, 11" x 16"/17", but only 2 colors. It is a custom design that I created for the buyer. I get to bust out my scroll frame for this one, which makes me a little bit giddy. It's sort of hilarious to me that things like that get me so excited, but whatever floats your boat, I guess.

Also on today's list (and we'll see how much of this gets done, because I am famous for putting off my deadline-free stuff)
-finish the top part of the sock monkey biscornu
-finish my craft bunny embroidery (it's looking mighty cute, if I do say so myself)
-finish making my felt pincushions
-take pictures of all this foolishness
-nap

I'll let you know how all of this goes.

You do want to know, right?

I thought so. Your life revolves around my to-do list. I know. It's ok.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

And the good juju continues...

Sock Monkey, sold and relisted!
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Lucky 100, or something like that

Today (like, two minutes ago) I got my 100th Facebook fan! Yay!

I have 66 followers on Twitter. Who's going to be the 100th?? Come on, people. Fight, fight!
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Attention, attention: Biscornu WIP Update with bonus FOs

Have you been waiting on the edge of your seat? I didn't think so. I am still going to update the progress on the Sock Monkey Biscornu, because that's why I have a blog...to brag about myself on the internet.
Here it goes!

Biscornu pictures, in order:

After 2 hours:


After 4 hours:



After 8 hours:



After 12 hours:



I've put in another hour or so since that picture, and I expect to be finished with another 30 minutes or so of work. All I have left is backstitch. THEN, I'll do the back.


Here is my beautiful daughter and her red panda body. She wanted to stitch a panda, but in red and purple. My husband said it looked like a fire ant. I think it resembles a small animal fetus, myself. She has put purple arms, legs and ears on it now. I need to take a new picture. So proud of her! She did a red and orange acorn, too. Right next to the fire ant fetus.



I stitched up my mini owl pattern so I could put an actual picture on the Etsy listing.



I did the same for my Little Sock Monkey pattern:



No post is complete without a gnome! I stitched this up the other night just for fun. I used the DMC color variations floss for the grass. It made some of the grass come out sort of blue, but so what. I wanted to see how the floss looked.






In other news, magpienight has 95 fans on Facebook now! I wonder when it'll get to 100? I should have a party.

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What the gnome says, it's true.


BOGO MONDAY 11/16: Buy one cross stitch pattern in my Etsy shop and get one free! Just tell me in notes to seller which free pattern you want.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's a 3 sale Sunday!

Sold and relisted on Etsy:
Mini Gnome Cross Stitch Gift Kit
Elvis Costello 3 cross stitch pattern PDF
Tupperware Lady PDF cross stitch pattern
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

November Free Pattern Giveaway

Win a chance to get a cross stitch pattern from my Etsy shop for FREE! What do you have to do? Stand on one leg and twirl a beach ball on your nose. Ok, not really.

But if you did do that, I would give you a free pattern. Probably a few of them.

What you REALLY have to do is this:
-become a follower of this blog
-make my Etsy shop one of your favorites
-heart the pattern that you would choose if you win
- become a fan of magpienight on facebook
-follow magpienight on Twitter
-tweet this blog post
-make me a pie

Well, the pie thing...that's not really a requirement. I do love a good pie, though. Preferably a blueberry one. Remember that in case you need to do me a favor one day.

Alright, back to business:
After you have done those 6 things (follow blog, favorite my Etsy shop, heart the pattern, facebook fan, twitter follow, tweet the post) leave a comment on this post telling me who you are, that you have done those 6 things, and which pattern you would choose. Your comment number is your entry number. In one week, on 11/21, I will use random.org to pick a number for the winner! If you are already doing those 6 things, then just leave a comment on this post saying so. Also, thanks!

A free pattern! Aren't you excited? If you're not, at least pretend to be.
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Monday, November 9, 2009

New gift kits!

I'm listing the new cross stitch gift kits on Etsy right now. They have everything you need to stitch. For any level of stitcher!
I have a panda, a sock monkey, and a gnome. I've also listed a framed piece I made of the same mini panda that's in the kit.
And of course, here are pics:







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Thank you for being a friend, pimpin' my shop all ovah the interwebz

Hey, look! FrogPondStudios featured my Golden Girls cross stitch pattern in her  Etsy Treasury!
Yay! Thanks, FrogPond.

I put in about 4 more hours on the Sock Monkey biscornu over the weekend. I accidentally went to AC Moore yesterday without a bra on. Walking down the yarn aisle I realized I was a little, um...free. Whoops. Luckily I had a baby with me, so I just hugged her to my chest and hid my boobies. I probably looked like the best mother in the world. Who else carried their 2 year old all over the craft store like that? No one. No one who remember to wear a bra, anyway.

Today I'm going to work on some pincushions and kits. Exciting, yes?
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

CutesyPixels giveaway

Miss Marcy over at Cutesy Pixels has a great giveaway going on - check it out. Etsy shop graphics package ftw! Cute stuff.
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Ecrater shop

I set up a shop on Ecrater, which is not really huge news because it has the same stuff as my Etsy shop, but there you go! Now you can buy my stuff in two places! Shazam! Do it.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Post pics or it didn't happen: WIP, FO, OMG, ETC.

Here are some things I've been working on and some things I finished.

Just a disclaimer:
I should have ironed all of these first, but I melted some, uh...stuff on my iron and I need to get a new one. It's not candy, I promise, because I do NOT eat caramels while I iron things. I just don't.


This is an owl cross stitch that I made for Addie from a pattern I got at Expression Essentials. Vera has the cutest patterns!




Here is one of Bad Bird's free patterns, Love Bear. It's embroidered then pencil tinted. The heart is fabric from one of Chloë's old shirts.

And here's another of her free patterns, Pumkin Girl. I made it into a little treat bag for the small child for Halloween.





The Foofa pillowcase, which should be renamed The Forever Unfinished Foofa Pillowcase. I still have to do the other Foofa head, the one in the hoop with the creepy faceless eyes. This may be finished by 2015.




Here's a cross stitch I did on our trip to TX in August. It was for Adelaide, but I spilled coffee on it. If the stain comes out, I may make it a pillow for her. I left like zero edges for framing it, but it's so bizarre I doubt I would have anyway. I think it's super weird looking, but she likes it a lot. Strange kid. It's from two free patterns I got from Stitch-Cross.



Another free pattern from Stitch-Cross that was a special request made by Chloë. What is with my kids and their obsession with animals/insects/bugs with ginormous heads? So weird. She thought this looked like Gidget, the Taco Bell dog. Gidget died while I was working on this piece, so Chloë asked me to add the taco quote as a tribute to the poor little doggie. Here's Gidget, she thinks tacos are delicious and she wants tacos now.





Here are two that I stitched up recently. They're free embroidery patterns from The Floss Box.






Last but not least, I am working on my Sock Monkey Biscornu pattern. It's a quick stitch, but I haven't had so much time to work on it. The caramels and everything, you know. Keeping me busy.

This is about 2 hours total work:



Here it is after 4 hours total work:



Ok, that's all for now. I'm working on making up some cross stitching kits for Etsy and that's all I've got going on today. The baby is actually taking a real nap right now, so I am pretty amazed. I might actually get some things done.



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Monday, November 2, 2009

November 2009 Free Pattern

Yesterday our internet was down. My sleuthing husband decided it must be the modem, so we called the cable company to come out and bring us a new one. Once they checked our connection, it was determined that the problem was at the cable box on the electric pole in the backyard.

A squirrel had chewed through the wire. Damn squirrels. They dig up my yard, they molest the birdfeeders, and now they eat my internet.

So here's the free pattern for this month.


For those of you crazy people who actually like squirrels, this one's included, too.



Click here to download

As always, I'd love to see your finished work! It goes without saying which pattern I'd like to see the most. Right? Ok.
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