Archive for November, 2010

My shop is ready for Christmas!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Art by Andrea Zuill at Leaping Lotus, Solana Beach, CA

 I’ve gotten my little store, at Leaping Lotus in Solana Beach, CA, all ready for the holidays. 

Art by Andrea Zuill at Leaping Lotus, Solana Beach, CA

 Some of you might recognize the Christmas decorations.  They where taken from my Christmas embroidery patterns.

Art by Andrea Zuill at Leaping Lotus, Solana Beach, CA

 I hope some of you can stop on by and maybe spend tons of money so I can be rich.  Please?

Art by Andrea Zuill at Leaping Lotus, Solana Beach, CA

My space is the tiniest at Leaping Lotus.  I like to think of it as the Little Closet of Ultimate Happiness.

REMINDER!  I will be at Red Rabbit Holiday Arts & Craft Market , Glendale, CA, this weekend on December 4th and the Holiday Hit List, held by the North Park Craft Mafia in San Diego.

Happy Thanksgiving and the contest winner.

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The winner of the book Doodle Stitching, the Motif Collection is Giddy!   Congrats!

Art and Craft Fairs I will be at.

Friday, November 19th, 2010

I will be particpating in two holiday craft fairs in December. 

The first one is

(Admission is Free!)

The Red Rabbit Holiday Arts & Crafts Market, December 4th, 2010. 

Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 North Verdugo Rd., Glendale, CA

9am – 5pm

The second is – 

 North Park San Diego Art Mafia’s Holiday Hit List, December 5th, 2010.

(Admission is Free!)

The Masonic Hall in North Park

3795 Utah  St., San Diego, CA

12- 6pm

  Even if you don’t want to buy anything it would be nice to meet some of my online friends.  I am planning on bringing some stitching.  I don’t know how busy I’ll be because I have never done this before.   But if you want to sit and stitch at my booth that would be cool.

Vampire Snail

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Vampire Snail by Andrea Zuill

New Print, Vampire Snail.  After I created this print I Google, “vampire snail”.   I found out very quickly that I’m not the only one that thinks this way.  There are other Vampire Snails out there.  But mine is the most evil.  Yes he is. 

Deal with all this evil.

Now is my Etsy store:

If I can take your attention away from Doodle Stitching for just a minute….

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Angry Cat likes to play with yarn by Andrea Zuill

     So give me just a second or two before you head to my article about the new Doodle Stitching book.   I have two new prints.  Both feature Angry Cat.  Both are at my Etsy store.

Okay, now you can go to your beloved Doodle Stitching book and your favorite person in the whole world, Aimee Ray. 

If you love her so much you should marry her.

Angry Cat hates bunny ears by Andrea Zuill

Doodle Stitching, The Motif Collection

Monday, November 15th, 2010


Doodle Stitching, The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray

You know what’s awesome?  Aimee Ray’s new book Doodle Stitching, the Motif Collection.   When I first started my blog I reviewed Aimee’s original book, Doodle Stitching.   What I love about this book is that her designs made you want to stitch.  Her new book continues this tradition by giving you all kinds of projects and embroidery designs that will inspire you to create.

   First of all, for you beginners, Doodle Stitching, the Motif Collection, starts by filling you in on tools, materials, pattern transfer methods and embroidery stitches.   This book also covers basic applique and hand sewing techniques.  All of this is to get you going on the projects. 

    Let me be honest, I do not make functional items, and I have trouble using a sewing machine.  In reading over all the projects in Doodle Stitching I could tell that even with my skills I would have no trouble creating all of the projects in this book (and I could probably do it with little to no cussing, too).    I particularly liked the projects where you embroider onto existing items, like the Sweet Baby Bodysuits, Farmer’s Market Tote Bag and the Hooped-Framed Embroidery Art.  Those are my kind of projects. 

   My absolute favorite project is the Soft Sculpture Trio.  The Soft Sculpture Trio is freakishly cute and has a detachable squirrel and bird.  I mean, OH my God, detachable squirrel and bird!    There is also a neat idea on making little tree leafs that I had never seen before, but frankly I can’t get over the detachable squirrel and bird.

  What do embroiders really want?  Artwork!  Doodle Stitching has 400 embroidery designs in this book.   They are grouped under headings like Baby, Farm Animals, and Woodland Animal.  Since Aimee is a great artist these designs are really good.  Her images are clean, simple and ever so cute.  In the back of the book is a CD with all of Aimee’s designs so that you can load them onto your computer and arrange them as you like.

I just know in the next few months I’m going to be adding some Doodle Stitching inspired stitchery to my Stitched by Hand Flickr group!

Thanks to Aimee you could have a chance to win her new book,  Doodle Stitching, the Motiff Collection!    Leave a  your name  in the comment section of this post by Nov. 23 at 12:00 am.  I will put everyones name into a hat and let my husband pull out a name of the winner.  The name will be posted on November 24th, 2010.  Good Luck!

Want to know more about Aimee Ray, aka Merwing, and her book?  Check out these links:

Aimee’s Web site-

Aimess’s books –

Aimee’s Blog –

Etsy store –

Artfire Store –

Fickr –

Rant Time! The problem with craft fairs.

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Okay,  I will try to NOT be mean.  Next month I will be doing two craft shows.  This is my first time, so I’ve gone to a few fairs to get ideas on how to set up and so on.  Here’s the problem with craft fairs as I see it, EVERYONE reads the same craft How-To books.  I saw tons of  hand made paper cards and pennant banners created by different artists yet they all looked like they where made by the same person!   I saw the same fabric flowers made into hair clips, the same hand sewn business card holder,  purses, aprons, headbands, eco-friendly totes spread throughout each fair I went to.

Secondly, there must have been a memo regarding display/booth design.  There where variations of color and such but it looked like the same person designed each booth. Don’t get me wrong, many of the booths, if not all, where beautiful, but frankly it looked like one huge store instead of a gathering of individual crafters.  Extravagant or plain, it doesn’t matter, just be different!   I look for personality. 

I want a crafter that I can bond with.  Or,  I want to see a items that look like what my Daughter might want, but instead it seems, as least at the events I went to,  that there are many crafters with a single mind making the same things, with similar fabrics or paper and following the same booth decor.

Now I am stuck with creating my own booth.  I can see my main goal will be to be me.  Can I do it?

PS- Yes, I currently  have PMS so I feel much better by complaining.

Novembers Embroidery Pattern. It’s a Snowman!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Snowman by Andrea Zuill

Hey everyone!  It’s time for the Embroidery Pattern of the Month and as you can see it’s a Snowman.   I hope you have a bunch of fun with him!

Click on the image to get the full size pattern.