Mothering Sunday Embroidered Card Project

You may have read that I’ve recently taken up embroidery, and have been learning some new techniques and stitches as I go along. And because I’m enjoying it so much, I decided my next project would be a sort of embroidered Mothers Day card for my lovely Mummy. 

I had some nice pale pink cotton casement off cuts in my fabric box, and opted for shades of green and orange which are my Mummy’s favourite for for the silks. Having quickly sketched out a design on a scrap of paper, I pinned this to the back of my fabric which I’d stretched into an embroidery hoop, then traced the design onto the fabric. I used some of the stitches I learned whilst making my little bear plushy from the Mollie Makes kit, including a chain stitch for the lettering. I did the same again for the message on the back, then stretched both pieces back to back into a hoop, adding a satin ribbon for hanging to the top.

I’m rather pleased with the result, and my Mummy loves it!

I hope you’re having a nice Mothering Sunday,

Ems x

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New on my Etsy shop….. Mother’s Day Cards

It was cutting it a bit fine, but I’ve just finished my designs for my Mother’s Day cards, and they’re now available to buy on my Etsy shop!

I have drawn and painted in watercolour a cute tattoo-inspired ‘Mum’ design, as well as a sweet bird and banner ‘Marvelous Mother’ design. I’ll be painting one saying ‘Mom’ instead of ‘Mum’ ready for US Mother’s Day in May too.

Each card is printed in high resolution on high quality, thick 350gsm art card from FSC credited paper stock. There is a light satin coating on the outside, whilst the inside is left un-coated, making it easier for you to write your own message. Each card measures 4.13″ x 5.82″ / 105mm x 148mm (A6) and includes a good quality matte white envelope.

I’m also selling A4 sized prints which will make lovely gifts for your marvelous Mums too!

Ems x

Mum or Mom, Mother’s Day Card, print from original water colour, £3

Marvelous Mother, Mother’s Day Card, print from original water colour, £3

Celebrate National Frog Day…. and other ideas for the weekend

Just when you thought we were running out of interesting things to do at the weekend…. This Sunday is National Frog Day! I’m afraid that not all my suggestions are frog related, but here goes with my ideas for adventuring this weekend…..

Frog Day in Greenwich…..

This Sunday (18th March) the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is hosting a fun event celebrating this important time of year for frogs…. that is, when our frogs return to their breeding ponds and the mother frogs lay frogspawn! Rather aptly then, and as it’s Mothering Sunday, all mums get a free cup of tea and cake! There will be pond dipping, quizzes, nature trails, froggy arts and crafts, as well as a gift stall and raffle. It is free to get in too.

Frog making…..

Why not celebrate Frog Day by making froggie cupcakes, or pom pom frogs?!

Froggie Cupcakes

An Exhibition…..

Stroll through the gorgeous Shad Thames to The Design Museum, right on the river. They are currently showing the design equivalent of the Oscars, the Designs of the Year 2012 awards. Featuring seven categories (Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport) the awards showcase innovative and fresh designs from all over the world. Adult entry is £11 and you can see it until 4th July.

Cinema…..

From 16th March, Future Cinema is taking on the deliciously Deco Troxy to re-create Fat Sam’s Speakeasy and show the classic Bugsy Malone. So dust off your Splurge guns and head East!

Bugsy Malone and Future Cinema at The Troxy

Shopping…..

Head over to Battersea for this year’s Affordable Art Fair. Since 1999 Will Ramsay’s fair has proven that contemporary art can be accessible, and that you don’t need to be an art expert or super rich to enjoy it and buy it.

Eating out….

Something special is set to happen this weekend at acclaimed gelateria Gino Gelato, near Charing Cross. Celebrating the beginning of Japan’s cherry blossom season, Masterchef contestant Aki Matsushima and champion gelato maker Palmiro Bruschi will be creating ten Japanese-themed gelati and sorbetti, including miso caramel and green tea white chocolate! Free sample? Why, why ever not!

Gino Gelato

Eating in….

Fancy spending the afternoon simmering your supper? On Saturday I’ll be sharing my Made With Love Spaghetti Bolognese recipe, here on my blog.

My Spag Bol

Plan Ahead….

Summer really isn’t that far away you know…. and how better to celebrate it than at Chelsea Flower Show? Tickets are now on sale for the event which starts on 22nd May!

But it’s not even that long until the highly anticipated Christian Laboutin retrospective at the Design Museum! Starting on 1st May, tickets are now on sale, and I for one do not want to miss it!

Whatever you do this weekend, have a wonderful one!

Ems x