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Small Business Saturday

As many of you know, today is small business Saturday. To celebrate and help you with your holiday shopping, I am excited to announce that today only I am offering everything in my etsy store with a 15% off discount.

Enter the code xmas13 to receive your discount. Click here to visit my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/stitchesoflight.

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Reindeer Candle Topper- Work in Progress Wednesday

With Thanksgiving all but upon us, I’ve been spending some time working on Christmas items, mostly yarn wreaths.  However, last week one of my dearest friends texted me a picture of a candle topper and wondered if I could stitch it.  So I am slowly making progress on it.  It will be a reindeer candle topper. 

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I’m not sold on the antler yet.  I feel like by the time I get the other one on and the other ear, it will be too crowded.  So I think I will tweek that.  I do like the ear though 🙂  Then I just need to add some eyes and a nose and finish my ends.  If it turns out cute, I might make a couple more to put out at my upcoming craft fair.  I am also thinking of some other ones to do besides a reindeer.  Suggestions anyone? 

I am excited to be linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday over at Tami’s Amis and Other Creations

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Snowflake Wreath- Made by You Monday

I live in the eastern part of Maryland. We’ve had a serious snow drought the last few years. I am not a cold weather person at all. In fact, I moved south in part to avoid the cold. But I ended up meeting my husband and thanks to the military, have ended up a bit more north again LoL. So this week it is COLD! At least by my standards. I also enjoy watching the weather in the winter for big (snow) storms to move across the country. I do enjoy watching the weather models and seeing what happens. I even hope for the snow despite not liking the cold. Snow makes it better. But if it is cold like this, it should snow. Then I’m happy! So with the storm moving across the country now, I was hoping we might get our snow that has alluded us of late. We were here in Maryland several years ago when those epic storms came through back-to-back. My littlest one doesn’t remember it though- he was only 2. So I was hoping for him too. He gets thrilled over a dusting. But, it looks like we will be getting just rain 😦

So to go along with our freezing cold weather we have right now (which leaves in time for preciptation to arrive), I decided to make this cute snowflake yarn wreath. This was inspired by a pin I saw on Pinterest the other year. I thought it would be cute to put out at an upcoming craft fair.

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So who has snow and wants to send some snow my way?! 🙂

 

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Finished Object Friday- Army Checkbook Cover

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I managed to finish my checkbook cover that I had posted a picture of in my Work in Progress post on Wednesday. I think it turned out pretty cute! It’s my own patter that I came up with. I love the cammo yarn by Red Heart! I plan to do covers with the other military branches soon. Navy will be next as I am getting ready to do a craft fair down near the naval academy in a few weeks.

I am linked up to FO Fridays over at Tami’s Amis and Other Creations. Please click below to visit and find other awesome projects!

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Thursday Treasury #2

It’s that time of the week again!  I am so excited to feature this adorable treasury of dog-themed items from some fellow Etsians!  If you are looking for a Christmas gift for your furry family member, definately check this collection out.  This is just a drop in the bucket of the wonderful and unique items out there in Etsy-land. 

 

‘Dog-gone Cute!’ by stitchesoflight

A treasury of Christmas gifts and decor about and for our furry friends

Dog bone burlap stocking - everythingburlap
Dog bone burlap stockin…

$10
Dog tag - Pet tag - Pet Id Tag- Copper Nickel/Silver Brass with Copper or Nickel Heart- Hand stamped Engraved Personalized - themadstampers
Dog tag – Pet tag – Pet…

$12
Dog Paw Print Glitter Ornament - Personalized Pet Doggie Glass Ball Ornament - Chocolate Brown Ornament - GlitterOrnaments
Dog Paw Print Glitter O…

$18
Custom Dog Bed - Available in 18 different fabric combinations - GibbonsRibbons
Custom Dog Bed – Availa…

$80
Dog Treat Wreath - amberhound
Dog Treat Wreath

$3
Frank & Me Dog Toy - - frankandme
Frank & Me Dog Toy –

$3.5
The Original Peanut Butter Blend Homemade Dog Treats(Dozen Count) by Tripawd Treats - TripawdTreats
The Original Peanut But…

$7
Chalkboard Dog Treat Jar- Perfect for Pet Lovers - EtcherGirlsExpanded
Chalkboard Dog Treat Ja…

$16
Handmade leather dog leash - OneLeashForTheRoad
Handmade leather dog le…

$20
Dog Silhouette Ornament Globe / Shih Tsu / Short Cut - silhouettesbylena
Dog Silhouette Ornament…

$16
Superman Dog Pajamas - RebelWag
Superman Dog Pajamas

$21
Gourmet Dog Treats - Donuts Decorated Dog Treats - TwoTailsDogBakery
Gourmet Dog Treats – Do…

$8.5
Minky Dog Crate Cover 42" EXTRA Large  ... "KNOT CLASSIC" - ReinventingOrdinary
Minky Dog Crate Cover 4…

$255
Dog Sweater Hand Knitting Pattern PDF Blue Lacey Angel with Heart - dancingfabrics
Dog Sweater Hand Knitti…

$12
Red Puppy Dog Christmas Tree Ornament Bone Dog - EarthStudioMetalArt
Red Puppy Dog Christmas…

$9.5
Doggie Dope Soap on a Rope - All Natural - BIG BAR of Soap - Dog Shampoo Bar with Essential Oils - Dog Bone - Dog Gift - DopeOnARopeSoap
Doggie Dope Soap on a R…

$5.99

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

 

 

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Work In Progress Wednesday

I’m hoping to find some great sites to link up to and start doing Work I Progress Wednesdays to give me something else to blog about LoL. So here is my work in progress…. But it’s really workS in progress…. I have crafting ADHD I think!

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Not too bad, right? And a couple of them are almost done. Yea!

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Here is a winter yarn wreath just waiting for it’s glue. Then that one will be finished.

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This one is a loom knitting hat. Just in the beginning stages. I started this a few weeks ago and it’s been put aside as I’ve had ideas for other things that I couldn’t wait to get started on LoL.

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One of the ideas. Plastic canvas coaster for different military branches. I have Navy, Army, and Air Force done. Well one coaster for each of those. I need to finish the rest of those sets. I also want to do Marines and Coast Guard, but I’m having trouble coming up with a workable pattern.

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Finally, another recent idea. This one is actually pretty close to being completed also. Cammo colored checkbook covers with the military branch name on it. This is the first one. It’s an Army one. Hubby’s in the Army, so of course I had to start with that one 🙂

So hopefully I will get at least one of these done at some point today and blog about it on Friday. What are you working on? I would love to see it!

I am excited to be linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday over at Tami’s Amis and Other Creations here

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Faith Checkbook Cover

Since I started crafting about two years ago, I’ve grown from just doing plastic canvas to learning to crochet, make yarn wreaths and my most recently, loom knitting. However, plastic canvas is still special to me for two reasons. First, it’s one of the first crafts I remember doing outside of school when my grandmother taught me. Second, it allows me to create my own patterns and express my Christian faith.

I was on a creative whirlwind a while back and come up with a bunch of designs (one or two which I have yet to actually sew). I don’t think I had anything new for about a year! But one night last week, inspiration struck again and I have a bunch of new ideas. The first that I’ve stitched up is a new checkbook cover design.

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I enjoy making things that are simple, yet pretty.  I hope others enjoy it as much as I had fun creating and stitching it.  If you are interested in purchasing this item, it is available in my Etsy store here.  If you would like to check out my other items listed on Etsy, my store can be found here.

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Thursday Treasury #1

So yesterday I mentioned needing some more ideas and things to blog about and wanting to feature my fellow Etsians. So to kick it off, I am going to start “Thursday Treasury”, featuring a treasury I create on Etsy and share with you all here. I am constantly blown away at the awesome thing I see on Etsy! I hope you will join me in admiring their work and visiting their shops!

Today’s Thursday Treasury

‘A Beautiful Thanksgiving’ by stitchesoflight

Beautiful creations for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Turkey Earrings Autumn Leaves Falling - PrincessEMarie
Thanksgiving Turkey Ear…

$12
1st Thanksgiving Personalized Long Sleeve Shirt - FlutterbyeChic
1st Thanksgiving Person…

$20
SALE PRICE 15 dollars Rustic Pilgrim's Hat Centerpiece with leaves pip berries pinecones pods mini corn Woodland candle Fall Centerpiece - TheVineDesigns
SALE PRICE 15 dollars R…

$15
Fall Rhaposdy Front Door Decor, Scented Fall Wreath, Front Door Decoration, Door Wreath, Bronzes, Yellows, Oranges - RoseManorGiftsandArt
Fall Rhaposdy Front Doo…

$35
New Fall Seasonal Night Light with Cute PILGRIM Bear Couple and Orange Pumpkins Leaves Acorns Lace - goodtidingscreations
New Fall Seasonal Night…

$9.99
Pink and Yellow Stamped Clay 'Give Thanks' Organza Ribbon Necklace - 2DayIChoose
Pink and Yellow Stamped…

$18
Fall Wreath Autumn Thanksgiving Wreath pale green rust beige brown pumpkins pip berries slate cross fall decor - TheVineDesigns
Fall Wreath Autumn Than…

$29.95
Lampwork Glass Turkey Bracelet Glass Turkey Beads Thanksgiving Bracelet Lampwork Turkey Stretch Bracelet Lampwork Thanksgiving Bracelet - CapricesCreations
Lampwork Glass Turkey B…

$18
Pilgrim Hat and Collar Photo Props Crochet Pattern PDF 473 - SandysCapeCodOrig
Pilgrim Hat and Collar …

$3
Autumn Thanksgiving Fall So Thankful For You  Heart Gift Tags Wedding Favor Tags - Set of 8 - HandmadeByGrace
Autumn Thanksgiving Fal…

$6
Cornucopia with Sunflowers, ACEO, original watercolor painting Fall harvest, Autumn,  295 thanksgiving - watercolorsNmore
Cornucopia with Sunflow…

$5
Handcrafted Brooch, Women's Jewelry, Women's Brooch, Holiday Fashion, Thanksgiving - RoseManorGiftsandArt
Handcrafted Brooch, Wom…

$19.11
Personalized First Thanksgiving Bib Embroidered Newborn to 12 Mo - BonJeanCreations
Personalized First Than…

$12.49
Thanksgiving / Harvest Cross Stitched Fruit Bowl Hanging Ornament /Fall /Autumn - luvinstitchin4u
Thanksgiving / Harvest …

$15.95
Royal Doulton Thankful Teddies Collectible plate epsteam dianehills - DianeHills
Royal Doulton Thankful …

$20
Thanksgiving - Papercutting- Scherenschnitte - heritagegeneralstore
Thanksgiving – Papercut…

$11.95

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

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Blogging pains

Hmmm. I seem to be in a blogging rut. I’m not the best at it to begin with and lately I just can’t seem to find anything to write about! I’ve joined some teams on Etsy, so I’m hoping to start sharing some of their awesome work as well once a week.

So just a quick update on Stitches of Light. The craft fair that I wrote about last time wasn’t too busy. I only ended up with one sale, which was a custom order. But, better than nothing, right? I have another one coming up in early December, which I know is well established and draws a crowd, so I’m hoping former sales there.

I’ve been working really hard on promoting my Facebook page. If you haven’t checked it out and liked it, I would love to have you join me over there. Stitches of Light Facebook. I’ve also added a tab on there to link to my Etsy store. (My shop page on here links to Square Market). Be sure to check it out!

Lastly, I established a Pinterest presence. I’m found there at Stitches of Light.

So that’s it in a nutshell! Stay tuned for some awesome creators in the very near future, including team members from Etsy.

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Happy November!

Wow, I can hardly believe it is now November! October was pretty awesome! In the beginning of October I began learning to loom knit. I ordered my first business cards. October also brought me my first etsy sales (including my first custom order), so that was exciting. I’m hoping that the ball is rolling now and that they continue. Here are photos of the custom diaper wreaths I will be shipping out later today.

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November will bring my first craft fair. Tomorrow in fact! I a bit nervous and feel like there is soooo much to do before then. I have projects I wish I could have finished (and started), but there just aren’t enough hours in the day for life AND all my ideas lol. But I’m very excited too. I really want to do well.

How was your October? Is there anything coming up for you this month?

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