BIY – Finished Cross Stitch Art

Finished cross stitch by Bella Stitchery

As an avid crafter, I have no shortage of craft ideas in my hopper to try next (hard to imagine life before Pinterest).

I have come to the realization that just because I treasure handmade, it doesn’t mean I have to make everything. My craft room is only so big!

I’m suggesting that, rather than DIY, let’s promote BIY (buy-it-yourself) once in awhile. Save yourself the time and shopping cart full of materials for one single project that – let’s be honest – may or may not ever get made, and support other crafters. It’s a win-win!

Today’s post is all about finished cross-stitch. Cross stitching is a lot of fun, and can be extremely relaxing. Unfortunately, however, completing a beautiful work of fiber art can take months or even years! Why not spend a little extra money and get instant gratification? Plus, you’re supporting another fiber artist for all their hundreds (or thousands) of stitching hours.

Here are some fabulous stitchers that would love to share their handiwork with you and save you the time of having to do it yourself.

AnnsAntiqueTreasure is offering this finished Hummel Boy for less than $15 – fifteen dollars!!! You probably couldn’t even buy fabric and DMC floss for less than that.

Hummel Boy cross stitch

Ohhhhhhhhhh, cute dancing baby Groot available at EpicStitchery. SO cute! This would also be a great gift idea!

Baby Groot cross stitch

I love this darling Donkey Kong, Mario in Love piece from HappyHaikuCrafts. This takes me back to childhood for sure.

Donkey Kong cross stitch

Looking for a new twist on an old classic? How about this Les Miserables Hipster Cosette from StephXstitch? For $175, it even comes framed.

Les Mis cross stitch

I really like the greyscale look in this John Lennon piece by Christicrossstitch. There are lots more celebrity pieces available as well.

John Lennon cross stitch

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t include my own stitchy work. Here are some of my completed pieces, each one available on Etsy.

This is one of my favorite pieces. It’s a high-flyin’ pin-up with airplane in the background. It measures about 14×10 inches and is ready for framing. The price has just been reduced to just $100!

Pin-Up with Plane finished cross stitch

Go in the Direction of Your Dreams with this darling owl cross-stitch.

Owl and sunflower finished cross stitch

There is nothing quite as sweet as this cherry cupcake cross-stitch piece. I stitched it on a soft blue Aida cloth, and it brings out the sugary sweetness of the pinks and reds within the cupcake.

Cherry cupcake finished cross stitch

Still want to stitch something yourself? Well, you have come to the right place! I have the largest cross-stitch shop on Etsy and have over 300 unique, handmade patterns ready to download. You can visit my shop here, or convo me regarding custom designs.

I also have a sale going on there too – buy 3 patterns, get 3 more FREE! It’s the perfect time to stock up on lots of great projects!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy stitching!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

BIY – Handmade Soap: the Wildest and Weirdest in Washables

Wildest Soaps Ever

As an avid crafter, I have no shortage of craft ideas in my hopper to try next (hard to imagine life before Pinterest).

I have come to the realization that just because I treasure handmade, it doesn’t mean I have to make everything. My craft room is only so big!

I’m suggesting that, rather than DIY, let’s promote BIY (buy-it-yourself) once in awhile. Save yourself the time and shopping cart full of materials for one single project that – let’s be honest – may or may not ever get made, and support other crafters. It’s a win-win!

Today’s post is all about handmade soap. It always sounds like a good idea…but what a mess it can be! I made soap one time, and I think I’m still picking gunk from under my nails five years later.

I say order the handmade stuff and skip the trouble altogether. Here are some amazing crafters that would love to share their handiwork with you and save you a kitchen clean-up nightmare.

How about some festive pumpkin scented soap like these, available from LippincottSoapCo? Their soaps have even been featured in Creating Vintage Charm magazine, and with elegant soap like these, it’s not surprising.

LippencottSoapCo Pumpkin Soap

LippencottSoapCo Pumpkin Soap

I also love these cottage chic style soap bars from NorasSoapScents. The price of her soap also includes beautiful gift wrap in your choice of  sheer bag in white, black, or pink. They also come wrapped with a cute ribbon and flower accent, making them a great gift idea.

NorasSoapScents

NorasSoapScents

PinkParchmentSoap has this bar, named Monkey Farts. How can you not try something like that?! Are you intrigued?

Monkey Farts from PinkParchmentSoap

Monkey Farts from PinkParchmentSoap

Need to wash your mouth out with soap? Why not use one of these “tasty” treats? 🙂

Sushi soap. Let me just say that again. Sushi. Soap. You can find this darling three-pack at the Etsy store Soapopotamus.

Soapopotamus Sushi Soap

Soapopotamus Sushi Soap

Raw fish not your thing? Looking for something a little bit sweeter? The blueberry sprinkle doughnut soap from TheLittleSoapStore is made from 100% vegetable glycerin soap and scented with a tart blueberry fragrance.

Donut soap from TheLittleSoapStore

Donut soap from TheLittleSoapStore

Or how about a tasty macaroon to scrub up with? This four pack is available at CandlelitDesserts for $12.99.

Macaroon soap set from CandlelitDesserts

Macaroon soap set from CandlelitDesserts

Or maybe you’re looking to add a little pop culture to your bathtime ritual. Well, these next soap listings are sure to scrub you the right way!

The Millennium Falcon Soap – it’s a perfect addition to any bathroom, kitchen sink, or orbital space station. It’s also a great idea for occasions like a white elephant gift exchange. This one is available at WizardAtWork. Stop by their shop for lots more geekery-themed soaps.

Millennium Falcon Soap from WizardAtWork

Millennium Falcon Soap from WizardAtWork

Digitalsoaps has taken it one step further with their Pokémon soap. Wash away the fully 3D Pokeball, and you’ll reveal a surprise Pokemon toy waiting inside.

Digitalsoaps' Pokeball Soap

Digitalsoaps’ Pokeball Soap

8Bit Nintendo Cartridge Parody Soap from Amanoxford is not only decorative, but fully functional soap as well. It complements a gamer lifestyle, makes friends go crazy with jealousy, and keeps your skin soft.

Nintendo soap from Amanoxford

Nintendo soap from Amanoxford

Still want to make your own? Check out these 11 soap recipes on Homedit.

11 DIY soap recipes

11 DIY soap recipes

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you were inspired today, and thank you for continuing to support handmade. Be sure to sign up for email updates here on my blog, and I welcome your comments. See you again soon!

xoxo

Genevieve

BIY – Pillow Covers

pillow title

As an avid crafter, I have no shortage of craft ideas in my hopper to try next (hard to imagine life before Pinterest).

I have come to the realization that just because I treasure handmade, it doesn’t mean I have to make everything. My craft room is only so big!

I’m suggesting that, rather than DIY, let’s promote BIY (buy-it-yourself) once in awhile. Save yourself the time and shopping cart full of materials for one single project that – let’s be honest – may or may not ever get made, and support other crafters. It’s a win-win!

Today’s item is the pillow cover. Pillows are a great way to dress up a couch, chair, or bed. They’re also lots of fun to incorporate into holiday decorating!

Here are some amazing crafters that would love to share their handiwork with you:

Antlers are all the rage right now (love ’em!) and this deer pillow cover is a steal at under seventeen bucks over at ColorArtDecor!

Deer me - what a delightful pillow cover!

Deer me – what a delightful pillow cover!

Velvet is the order of the day with this rich peacock pillow cover at WhooplaArt. It’s sure to be the envy of all your guests!

Peacock feather images - all the beauty w/o the mess.

Peacock feather images – all the beauty w/o the mess.

Now, here’s a pillow that’s just my type! Check out the pillow covers at CarolinaMint. With over 300 covers to choose from, you’re sure to find something you love.

This darling pillow cover has me keyed up!

This darling pillow cover has me keyed up!

This would be the perfect addition to your favorite reading chair! Pick up this sassy cuddly square cover at VintageAffairStudio.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Up, up, and away! These pillow covers are flying off the shelf at Andrekart. I love the unique photography incorporated in each design.

May your dreams take flight with this whimsical pillow cover from Andrekart.

May your dreams take flight with this whimsical pillow cover from Andrekart.

It’s superheroes to the rescue with these amazing pillow covers from QingsShop

QingsShop pillows are SUPER!

QingsShop pillows are SUPER!

Still want to make one yourself? I found this tutorial on Lovesome’s blog. It has step-by-step instructions on how to sew one, including hemming how-tos.

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BIY – Infinity Scarf

As an avid crafter, there is no shortage of craft ideas in my hopper to try next (hard to imagine life before Pinterest).

I have come to the realization, just because I treasure handmade, it doesn’t mean I have to make everything. My craft room is only so big!

I’m suggesting that, rather than DIY, let’s promote BIY (buy-it-yourself) once in awhile. Save yourself the time and shopping cart full of materials for one single project – that, let’s be honest – may or may not ever get made, and support other crafters. It’s a win-win!

Today’s item is the fabulous, trendy infinity scarf. Here are some amazing crafters that would love to share their handiwork with you:

The Borrow scarf from Deroucheau on Etsy looks snuggly and stylish for $75.

The Borrow Scarf

The Borrow Scarf

This Chunky Infinity scarf from Plexida is $58.87 and is even sent in gift wrap – what a perfect Christmas gift idea!

Chunky Infinity Scarf

Chunky Infinity Scarf

The Infinity Scarf Loop Cowl found on MicheleMade is a steal at only $25. You can even pick your color options!

Infinity Scarf Loop Cowl

Infinity Scarf Loop Cowl

They’re not just for women, either! This purple man scarf from Necklush is priced at $95 and is perfect for wearing all year long.

Purple Man Scarf

Purple Man Scarf

Still want to make your own? Well, OK. Here’s fun how-to guide for ya from Handimania:

Infinity Scarf

Handimania

Thanks for supporting handmade, and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve