Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summer Is Coming!

We've been getting back into the swing of summer here. Sending out applications for different craft shows in the area and I can't help but get excited. I love the atmosphere while being at the shows. And they all have their own different feel. Some shows are more home style.  It's less about the vendors and what they have and more about everyone in the community coming together and doing something together. Others are so full of creativity and inspiration you can't help but want to get back home and try something new and exciting. I like both settings, but I'm mostly excited to be doing this with my partner in crime, Rachel! It's coming on a year of doing this together. We've learned a lot and still have much to learn, but I wouldn't want to do it with anyone else. Thanks for being awesome Rach!

Every chance I get I'm drawing some kind of simple design in my sketchbook for either an embroidery or watercolor.. sometimes both. For me the two techniques go hand in hand. I treat my embroideries much like my paintings and I prefer my paintings simple and bold. I thought I'd share some favorite projects, but be sure to checkout our latest in the Mumre shop regularly! 

Simple bold and beautiful embroidery floss bookmarks.

The beginning of something random... Not sure what yet.

Pick up sticks! It's one of my childhood favorites.  Heck, it's still one of my favorites. I fell in love with this design so much I have been doing watercolors of it too. Maybe some bookmarks next?

This nostalgic piece is on Etsy too.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Colorful Practice

I've been on a creative high these past few weeks. Partially due to my health getting back on track, but also because I've gotten ahold of some awesome supplies to work with. I've kind of forgotten what it was like to create with quality products. 

I thought I would share some of my newest projects some are favorites and some are experimental, some I consider disasters, but I use them to grow and get better so who cares right? I've been mainly working on embroidery and since getting my new watercolor set I've gotten back into drawing and painting too. 

A little study I did on an old watercolor set I have.
These don't do it justice, but it was fun learning and practicing some different looks.

I'm loving this new watercolor set.  In fact I loved it so much I had to get one for Rachel too!
We've been on fire with new illustrations and ideas ever since. It's a wonderful set that is so easy to pick up and get painting where ever you are. I'm not even a watercolor kind of gal and with my kids constantly running up to me and needing my attention it is hard to sometimes sit down and paint. With this set I'm able to pull it out and put it away quickly as I need it.

I've been drawn to designs that can easily adopt any color. You can go so many directions by just changing up the color pallet and I like that. It is a phase I'm in I guess, but it's a bright colorful phase and I'll bit hitting it full force while I'm enjoying it! 

Getting into the warm weather spirit by painting all kind of colorful popsicles.  
Bubbles!! I'm in love with this simplistic piece, I'll definitely be doing more in all kinds of colors. So fun!

Who doesn't love bacon?! Since I've been transitioning to a healthier diet I've come to know bacon on another level.  It's like the candy of meats! 
One of my more intricate pieces I've done lately. This salmon color is one of my favorites lately. Gotta love the hints of bright pink too. I painted this hoop to match to give it that extra pop of color. It's available in our Etsy shop so check it out!

It's morel hunting season again! We've only found a couple so far this year (actually only my husband has). Even though we haven't found many it's still fun to go hunting for them all over the camp ground. I've been addicted to the shapes and colors of these mushrooms both for embroidery inspiration and watercolor drawings.

And finally I'd like to introduce our newest little one, Token. We originally were going to name her Monopoly, but then we migrated to Monopoly Token and went from there. She is a complete sweet heart and only 5 weeks old! 

Rachel and I are preparing to do some shows in the summer. We have some local shows in Syracuse Indiana, and North Webster. Also, we are hoping to do one in Lansing too. We are looking to revamp the look of our booth and focus more on certain items just for shows and have other items exclusively in our Etsy shop. It's exciting to try new things!