Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Crafty Cards

I've been inspired to learn how to sew. The sewing machine is still a little daunting and currently sitting in my closet. (Well actually it is more of the ironing that is involved but that's a different story.) Hand embroidery has given me an opprotunity to be creative and get in my sewing kick. Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee Ray and The Purl Bee were great resources to learn different types of stitches. These are a few birthday cards I've created recently for friends and family.

This one was my first card I created for my sister. I used a simple back stitch for her name. The flower was created using lazy daisy stitches for the flower petals and a feather stitch for the stem.

For my dear friend Susan.

I'm proud of the design of this one. I sewed the number 3 using a chain stitch onto a piece of scrap fabric and then sewed it onto the card stock using a running stitch. It's for my nephew for his 3rd birthday!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Birthday rituals

My grandma gave me Anne Morrow Lindberg's Gift from the Sea last year for my birthday. I decided to reread this wonderful book again. Perhaps it will become a birthday ritual, for I am finding new insights and remembering old ones on this second time around.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mallard mullings

As I sat by the lake
a beauty swum by me.
A mallard who dressed as
from a black and white film.
His cheeky grin disguised a
secret known only to him.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Breathing in...

With a simple breath and an open heart I begin this blog. It stands as a commitment to myself to write more, create more, appreciate more, to notice and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me. A Simple Breath is also a commitment to worry less, procrastinate less, and move in my own natural time. I am approaching my 29th birthday on Thursday and as I do my goal for this year is a simple one. Breathe and simply be.