Fabric Blocks – the Wave of the Future!

Fun with fabric blocks

Cross-stitching, embroidering, quilting – all great, wonderful craft options. They are very time consuming, however, and I always have a dozen or so cross-stitch patterns in my hopper. Sometimes, I want to make a quick little something, either for my wall or to make as a gift. Enter, the fabric block.

If you haven’t worked with fabric blocks before, you are in for a treat! They are SO versatile and easy to work with. I make my own here at Bella Stitchery, and have several here in my Etsy shop under the “Fabric Block” category. I can also custom print designs or images for you as well. Fabric blocks are great to frame and hang as-is, or you can personalize them with your own special embroidery and embellishment. The sky is the limit!

They are fabulous to use on so many projects, too:

*pillows
*frames
*quilting
*messenger bags
*wall hangings
*scrapbooking
*embroidery

My fabric is all handmade, so they are dry-clean only. Feel free to contact me regarding custom orders and special prices for larger quantities.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve

Emmet Lego Movie Birthday Card – Free Emmet SVG Cutting File

Emmet Lego Movie Card

Everything (about this card) is awesome!

I made this for a very special four-year-old’s birthday party this weekend. Like it? Want to make one yourself?

I created the SVG cut file for my Cricut SCAL. Feel free to email me at gspeegle@gmail.com for the free file (WordPress doesn’t let me attach SVG files), if you want to make a card for yourself as well.

For Emmet’s outfit, I chalked the edges with light blue and then added some custom details with a Sharpie and strips of hand-cut gum wrapper. I printed out this image on the side here so that I could cut out the hair, smile and Emmet badge.

Lego MovieI also cut out several .5 inch circles and inked them with green Color Box Cat’s Eye chalk ink, before affixing them to the background with foam pop dots.

Inside, is a custom song, based on the “Everything is Awesome” tune from the Lego Movie:

“Everything is awesome!

Everything is awesome when you’re no longer three.

Everything is awesoooooome

At your birthday party!”

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve

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

Art Imitating Life

One of my favorite things about creating cross-stitch patterns is the endless possibility for design.

With simple needle and thread, anyone can create a masterpiece – even one worthy of scientific recognition!

I have designed these special pieces due to popular request from the stitching community. I love the life-like results and they have appealed to such a range of crafter, from students to doctors.

This last one is my newest addition. I just posted the brain pattern last night. Hope you enjoy my creations – happy stitching!

xoxo

Genevieve

10 Fabulous Ways to Use Scrapbook Paper

So much amazing scrapbook paper! What shall I ever do with all of it?

I’m glad you asked! Here are ten fun ideas for what to do with all that delightful card stock. I would love to hear YOUR ideas too, so please feel free to comment.  🙂

1. Card Making

I love making greeting cards. Here are just a few of the pieces available now at my Bella Stitchery Etsy shop.

Let's Do Lunch Card

Let’s Do Lunch Card

Drive You Crazy Card

Drive You Crazy Card

2. Canvas Art

Super easy and a great way to display your favorite paper collection. This idea is from Better Homes and Gardens.

Canvas Art

Canvas Art

3. Bookmarks

These darling monsters are sure to delight kids of any age. Learn how to make these cuties at Tally’s Treasury.

Monster Bookmarks

Monster Bookmarks

4. Ornaments

SOOOO many darling, simple ideas on the Internet to inspire ornament making! Here is just one example, from Houzz.

Star Ornaments

Star Ornaments

5. Gift Wrap

These boxes are flippin’ adorable – who cares what’s inside?! The paper used is from October Afternoon, my current favorite brand.

Gift Wrap Embellishments

Gift Wrap Embellishments

6. Envelopes or Envelope Inserts

No matter what year it is, snail mail will always mean something special. You can easily personalize your envelopes using scrapbook paper. You can find some template designs at Apartment Therapy.

Envelopes

Envelopes

7. Flowers

I found this great blog with a tutorial for twenty different paper flowers. Check out It’s Always Autumn for the directions.

Paper Flowers

Paper Flowers

8. Banners

I have to admit, I’m a huge fan of banners. I make them for my fireplace mantle for the holidays, baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays. I am kind of obsessed. This is one I made for a baby shower a few years back.

Banner

Baby shower banner I made for a friend.

9. Decorate Office Supplies

This adorable file folder is from This Art Makes Me Happy. What a great idea! I’m sure you can extend this idea to include things like desk drawer liners, pen holder cups – the possibilities are endless!

File Folder

File Folder

10. Scrapbook Pages

Let’s not forget the obvious, too. Scrapbook paper is perfect for….scrapbooking! Here is a page I made for my shop.

My girly scrapbook layout on Etsy

My girly scrapbook layout on Etsy

Layout

Thanks so much, friends! Hope you feel inspired! Keep in touch – I would love to hear your ideas too, and see what wonderful works of art you create!

xoxo

Genevieve

Spoooooktacular Cross-Stitch

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door—
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
               Only this and nothing more.”

The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe

Fall is a great time of year to decorate, and Halloween is filled with lots of spooooky, creepy options. Some of my favorite cross-stitch patterns are of Halloween. It can be anything from gothic, Vintage and retro to modern and colorful.

The pattern above is my newest creation, lovingly called Halloween Library, and it can be downloaded here.

Here are some more of my favorite Halloween patterns, all of which can be found at my Bella Stitchery Design Etsy shop:

Owl Silhouette Pattern

Owl Silhouette Pattern

Spiderweb Silhouette Pattern

Spiderweb Silhouette Pattern

Cheshire Cat & Caterpillar Wonderland Pattern

Cheshire Cat & Caterpillar Wonderland Pattern

Retro Vintage Halloween  Witch on Broom Pattern

Retro Vintage Halloween Witch on Broom Pattern

Retro Mad Hatter Halloween  Pattern

Retro Mad Hatter Halloween Pattern

Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Christmas Pattern

Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Christmas Pattern

Pin-Up Carving Halloween Pumpkin Pattern

Pin-Up Carving Halloween Pumpkin Pattern

Haunted House Silhouette Pattern

Haunted House Silhouette Pattern

Edgar Allan Poe Pattern

Edgar Allan Poe Pattern

Pin-Up Witch on Broom Pattern

Pin-Up Witch on Broom Pattern

Vintage Woman in Bat Costume Pattern

Vintage Woman in Bat Costume Pattern

When Witches Go Riding Pattern

When Witches Go Riding Pattern

5 Must-Try DIY Autumn Wreaths

Fall is the start of decorating season here at my house, and the warm colors of autumn make me feel all warm and cozy.

Nothing says cozy quite like a fabulous wreath on one’s front door. Also, is it just me, or have wreaths come a long way in the last few years? The amount of creative ideas are astounding! Here are five of my favorites.

This one is available from Old Time Pottery.

This one is available from Old Time Pottery.

Love this floral wreath idea from Homedit.

Burlap wreath how-to from Craftaholics Anonymous.

Burlap wreath how-to from Craftaholics Anonymous.

The burlap craze continues over at Craftaholics Anonymous! I’ve seen these wire frames at Michael’s and have always wanted to try this technique. I think it would make a fun kid’s craft, too.

acorn wreath

Wondering what to do with all the acorns and pine cones in your yard? Look no further! Check out this blog post to find step-by-step instructions.

Wood and burlap wreath DIY from Finding Home.

Wood and burlap wreath DIY from Finding Home.

More use with natural elements, as can be found at Finding Home’s blog. The rustic nature of this wreath is right up my alley!

Hope you’ve found some inspiration for your own front door this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by to visit!

xoxo

Genevieve