March 25, 2015

Rainbow Shamrock

I finished up the Mendhika Shamrock design from Urban Threads a little late for St. Patrick's Day. At least it's still March. My husband's family is half Irish and we had shamrocks at our wedding so I hold them dear all year long. You can find this and other hand embroidered dish towels in my Etsy shop, Strong Arts & Crafts.

Rainbow Mendhika Shamrock Hand Embroidered Dish Towel

This is the same design I stitched as a donation to The Chad Corcoran Memorial Irish Fest.
Strong Arts and Crafts hand embroidered shamrock

Yep, that's me then years ago. Can you spy the shamrocks in the background?
Bride with flowers

Happy Stitching.


March 23, 2015

Coin toss - Spring or Winter

Spring Girl Hand Embroidered 8 inch Hoop Art


Winter Girl Hand-embroidered Cotton Dish Towel
SA&C Winter Girl hand embroidered dish towel

It's Wisconsin and there is always a late snow. In fact one year our late snow was in April. The girls and I call this a Sugar Snow like in Little House in the Big Woods. Snow this time of year makes the sap run in the trees. That's good for those of us who love maple syrup. I'd like to make up a batch of my Maple Pecan Shortbread Recipe today for a little treat.

I kind of enjoy a snow this time of year. One last little good-bye to winter. It's so beautiful and still out today. I can say I like the snow this time of year because I'm sure it won't last long. The robins are here and my crocus are poking through the earth and I know the Spring will come. The girls will enjoy playing hard in the snow and they will love coming in for some warm cookies.

I hope you can find some joy in the unexpected today.


March 22, 2015

Sunday Funnies

Silly faces with my silly daughters.

Hope your weekend is easy.

March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!

It's the Spring Solstice today, and to say that I've been waiting for Spring would be an understatement. I am delighted with the extra sunshine and warmer temperatures. The robins are everywhere, I have crocus poking through the earth, and there are eagles on the river again.

It looks like Spring in the Etsy shop too. I just listed several sweet bunny embroidery hoops.

Charming Hand-embroidered Bunny Hoop Art

Burlap and Felt Spring Bunny Embroidery Hoop Art - Chocolate

Burlap and Felt Spring Bunny Embroidery Hoop Art - Cotton Candy Pink

Along with the bunnies, I've also finished up this lovely Spring Girl. I hope to have her hooped up and listed in the shop today.

Enjoy this first day of Spring and have a crafty weekend.


March 18, 2015

decoupage Spring journals

Strong Arts and Crafts Spring Owl - Journal art

Strong Arts and Crafts Spring Hexi Journal

Strong Arts & Crafts Spring Journals

It's true, I'm usually busy with fiber arts. Lately I've been playing around with paper crafts. I got the idea that I wanted to make some decoupage journals for the Vintage Market I'll be selling at in May. I just used scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, and classic Moleskine journals. These turned out so sweet that I think I'll make a whole stack.

Happy Crafting!


March 11, 2015

Spring ahead

We're enjoying a serious warm-up here in Wisconsin. Temperatures have reached into the low 60s and most of the snow is melted. Spring is surely on its way. I may even spend some time stitching on the deck today.

This little bunny hopped into the Strong Arts & Crafts Etsy shop last night. Another sure sign of Spring.

Charming Hand-embroidered Bunny Hoop Art
SA&C Easter Bunny Hoop

the backside of the hoop
SA&C backside of the hoop

March 3, 2015

coming up

I've got all sorts of things keeping me on my toes this month. I just got cast in The Nerd at a local community theater so I'll be spending my nights rehearsing and memorizing lines. I also started a Whole30 last Monday to slay my sugar dragon and get me feeling better - hopefully no more terrible headaches.

On the crafty front, I picked up a basket-full of supplies for Spring craft projects. Lisa and I will be selling at the Vintage Market in Coon Valley, Wisconsin May 1 and 2. I've got plans for some shabby chic buntings, felt and fabric flowers, and of course some embroidered hoop art.






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