Lovely Messes - 31 Days of Etsy

Today's shop of the day is Lovely Messes.

For the three of you (thanks mom) that regularly read my blog, you know about a year ago I went to the Allume conference in South Carolina.  Scared as I was to walk into a huge room of bloggers and try to hold my own, I was so lucky to meet some amazing people and make new friends.  One of these talented ladies was Jen, the owner of Lovely Messes, and quite the embroiderer (is that even a word??).

Photo used with permission from Lovely Messes

Photo used with permission from Lovely Messes

I used to embroider flowers on pillowcases with my grandmother when I was a kid.  And I loved that bonding time.  That pillowcase went with me to college as a prize possession.  But as I got older, my sewing adventures wandered away from embroidery and headed towards cross-stitching.  But then I saw this picture of one of Jen's projects and I just knew I had to dig deep and give it another try.

Photo used with permission from Lovely Messes

Photo used with permission from Lovely Messes

I made my own version of her Africa project using the state of Virginia.  And though the baby girl's entrance has forced me to put it aside (temporarily mind you), I can't wait to see the final project.  So thank you Jen for inspiring me to make a "lovely mess" as I try my hand again at embroidery.  Just ignore the horrible (why is it so scrunched up??) picture below.....hey it's late, I'm tired - so this is as good as it gets tonight my friend.

virginia embroidery

Jen also runs a blog that introduces you to how to complete various stitches, as well as project ideas & inspiration.  Once you check out her etsy store, head over to her website, Lovely Messes, to pick up some tips of the trade.

My favorite part about her patterns is that she sells them as complete kits.  It includes everything you need to take a break from the craziness of life and sit for a few and stitch.  Without having to make a trip to the craft store for supplies.  And then a second trip when you realize your forgot something (oh wait, maybe that's just me).  I've always done most of my stitching on those days when I just want to veg & relax in front of the TV.  I figure at least I have something to show for my time sitting around! 

Photo used with permission from Lovely Messes

Photo used with permission from Lovely Messes

Photo used with permission from Lovely Messes

These are just some of my favorite designs, but she can tweak the color scheme for you (at no cost!) if you message her.

I hope you get inspired by her skills! 

Do you have a favorite etsy store you think everyone needs to know about?  Email me or comment below & you might just see them featured in this series!