Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

Globes of Perfection

Friday, February 24, 2012

There are some bloggers out there that need to be called out, for their creative crafty genius. I love these simple home decorations that you can easily make yourself. Can you guess what they’re made from?? Bring the kids along too, they’re that easy!







Photo Studio Slyter

Material List:

  • Balloons
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss in many colors


  1. Mixture 1 part sugar with 1 part water to create a paste.
  2. Dip embroidery floss into sugar water. (8.75 yards of floss were used for a small circle. It takes at least twice that amount for a larger circle.)
  3. Blow up a balloon the size you want, do not over inflate as smaller is easier to work with.
  4. Wrap the wet floss around the balloon in all directions, making sure the floss stays nice and wet as you go.
  5. Allow the floss-wrapped balloon to dry overnight.
  6. When they are dry, make a small cut in the balloon to deflate the balloon and carefully take the balloon out from the dried sphere.

Thanks to Megan Hoeppner , Homemade Serenity , Ordinary Miracles of Life and Art for little hands for the pictures and tutorials. You ladies rock!

~ Emma


Stitching and Crafting Roundup + Some Inspiration

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hello Everyone-

Happy Monday! It’s very dark and dismal over here in Kearny, NJ. Let’s brighten things up by acknowledging my fellow bloggers who are all amazing. I’ll also give you some Emma Broidery’s trend forecasting services – FREE!

March 15, 2010 Roundup

Cross Stitch Tips Great Follow up to my Cross Stitch Segment! From Bountiful Heirlooms

I absolutely cant get enough of Sharon B from Pin Tangle. This woman is talented, and always has expert information and tutorials to share. I would subscribe to her blog if you haven’t already.

Mary Corbet is doing a wonderful series of Goldwork Embroidery. She has her steps carefully documented. Check it out here.

Janet Perry always has useful information on her blog, Nuts about Needlepoint. Bookmark this blog and check it often. I like her useful tips such as making sure to keep your hands soft and smooth while working with your threads!

Margorot Potter, The Impatient Crafter, is doing a “How to Create and Publish a Craft Book” series. You definitely want to check this out!

When I want something new, I look to Heaven and Earth’s cross stitch charts. They have everything.

Snips and Snails by Helenapuck has some cute cross stitched jewelry for sale over on their Etsy Shop. has some free Passover motifs to stitch.

Needleprint has free charts you can print out. Make sure to take a look at the Mary Wigham Samplers. You can download the samplers for free in excerpts. A donation of $1 per excerpt would really help with the sampler conservation efforts at Ackworth school. All donations go direct to Ackworth School.

Check out Andwabisabi on Etsy – I just brought their Jungle Cross Stitch pattern and really like it! I will be checking in with them soon.

Feeling Stitchy has a cute Embroidered Carry All free for you to download. Get it here.

Brookes Books is working on a cute Stitchers Alphabet Sampler.

De-Stashing services available here over at Stacy’s Stitching Journal

Visit Michaels to see DMC charts available for download. Like this winter design. See it finished at the Christmas Exchange Blog.

Vonna, the Twisted Stitcher, has a great tutorial on how to finish those ornaments (lets get a jump start on our holiday ornaments this year shall we?)

The Stitching Room blog has a series of beautiful Emma samplers (okay, so it’s about Jane Austin’s Emma but still worth mentioning! :)

Check out Possibilities Etc. as Judy starts a needlepoint design using DMC Satin Floss!

Pamela Kellog
has a fun free cross stitch chart. Get it here

The Purl Bee has a great tutorial on how to make fresh spring napkins, from Molly’s Sketchbook. Get the tutorial here

Cindy’s blog makes you want to stitch up something for St. Patty’s Day. Speaking of St. Patricks Day get some charts from Craft Gossip to get in the cheery spirit.

Stitch Village has a an e-book out celebrating vintage needlecrafts.

Amy Powers is having a stitchalong over on her blog inspire co.
Make sure to check out the great Flickr Group too!

Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy partners with needlework, literacy, and library organizations to conduct outreach and promotional events.

During the annual Bookmark Challenge, independent needlework shops, guilds, and other groups collect hand-stitched bookmarks and donate them to libraries and schools during Children’s Book Week. The bookmarks are distributed to kids as rewards for reading accomplishments.

Independent designers craft Stitching for Literacy bookmark patterns. They donate to literacy projects 10% of profits from sales of these special patterns bearing the Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy logo.

Go to the Yahoo Group here

For retailers that participate in this wonderful cause, they are eligible to enter for a free giveaway!
Get free bookmark patterns

Ashley from Make it and Love it always has some great “How to” going on at her Blog. Find out how to make this great project display board, to hang works in progress.

Trends and Culture – brought to you by Emma Broidery

Owls are hot, and here are some cross stitch to prove it.

Or some Owl Embroidery Patterns from Stitchy Britches

Owls are Everywhere!

Owl Necklace from Moda

Get inspired by the prints and patterns out there!

I <3 Anthropologie - I can't always afford anything in here but I like to go for some eye candy and ideas. [caption id="attachment_1019" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Rug from Anthropologie"][/caption]

Anthropologie Wallpaper

Lofty Larks Wallpaper

Crochet Homespun Shawl

Antalya Napkin at Anthropologie

I like popping over occasionally to Print Source to gather design ideas and view the latest runway trends. The pictures are beautiful, and the prints are to die for. Quilting and patchwork is a trend across all mediums – including high fashion.

Marni's seventies inspired prints are bold and interesting

I love Heather Bailey – She has a new paper craft line with project ideas

ABC Carpet and Home is inspiration overload for me every time I step foot in there. I love this place, every display is a work of art.
Check out some of their home accessories the next time you are thinking of finishing that design as a pillow.

MacKenzie Childs always has loads of wonderful designs and punchy fabrics, this stuff is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Sally Elford prints and illustrations.

Rachel Taylor is an illustrator I have been following. She is known for her layering patterned techniques. She has some new prints out

Helen Dardick from Orange you Lucky

Check out Decor8’s Inspiration List, you wont be dissapointed

Bungalow from Denmark is a beautiful textiles company that specializes in a wide range of products that feature Indian hand-blocked prints



– Emma Broidery


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