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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Finishing Those Last Minute Holiday Gifts!

     The holidays. When you are a crafter who enjoys making holiday gifts for friends and family it is a very busy time of year. Sometimes I think I could give Santa's Elves a run for their money. I know my mom could. She makes almost all her holiday gifts. Right now we are both trying to finish felt stockings. My mom is making one for one of her grand-kids and I am making one for my daughter. She is almost finished with the stocking, but still has other gifts to make. I imagine she will be sewing, knitting, crafting, all the way up to Christmas Eve. All I have left is my daughter's stocking, which is a doozy. I have promised it will be finished by Christmas Eve. So here's the progress. A lot is finished, but I have a whole fairy to go. Wish me luck and good luck to all those crafters out there wrapping up their holiday crafting.



Friday, December 6, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Holiday Season - Lesson Learned

     This holiday season is Jenny Lin Creations's first holiday season and it's been a lesson learned. I felt rushed in my crafting to get items on Etsy. I never really thought of the season and needing to make crafts before the holiday. Now I think I'm going to holiday craft all year around. If I have an idea I need to make it. So, I need to think Christmas whether it's December or July.

      There is a lot less free time during the holidays. With homeschooling 2 kids, a husband working full time and going to college, running a house-hold, free time is already limited. When you add multiple holiday dinners, buying gifts, and all the other activities, it's even more difficult to find a moment. When I find that moment it's nice to just craft and not worry about rushing to get something on Etsy.

     I know the same is true for my mom.  She has 6 grandchildren and she makes all of their Christmas presents.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas it's crunch time for her. I know she is spending every free moment trying to get that special gift finished by Christmas Day, So thinking of making creations for Etsy is not in the fore front of her thoughts.


     So, lesson learned. Think holiday crafts all year long. Make them, do the write ups for them, then save them for the holidays. Then when the holidays come around we can spend that special free time for crafting gifts or for pleasure and not feel rushed or overwhelmed.



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

     Thanksgiving is a great time of year but it's also the beginning of a lot of hustle and bustle.  There are families to visit, foods to eat, and for some lots of travel.  With the business of the holiday sometimes it's hard to relax even for just a moment.  That's why I love crafting.  For a little while I'm not thinking of the sweets that need to be baked, the gifts that need to be bought, or making sure everyone has a fantastic holiday.  It's nice to sit down and create something new, or work on something I've already designed.  So take a moment this holiday season to do something you enjoy and forget about the craziness the holiday brings!

     We wish everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Great Holiday Gift!

     My mom made this beautiful hand sewn tote bag, which can be found in our shop Jenny Lin Creations.  I love the texture of the buttons and how they bring out the flower pattern in the material.  Inside are two pockets that could fit a wallet or cell phone.  This bag is nice and roomy without seeming overly large.  In fact I would like one.  My kids take their reading tablets every where and this tote would fit my wallet, cell, keys, sunglasses, and their tablets.  I could fit a small note pad with the grocery list.  It would work great for a woman on the go.

     You can check out this tote along with our other fabulous creations at Jenny Lin Creations.

                                     Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Creation!

     We have added a new creation to our Etsy shop, Jenny Lin Creations, The Snowman Hoop.  He was so much fun to stitch.  I love the eyes and carrot nose buttons.  I thought a blue scarf with a little bit of fringe would be the perfect touch.  When I designed him I thought about my kids and how they would make a snowman.  His arms are like if the kids found sticks and I gave him a light snow falling with the french knots.  He is placed in a 10 inch wood stained hoop.  I think he would be a lot of fun hanging on a wall surrounded by other fantastic holiday decorations.

            Check out The Snowman Hoop and our other
     creations at  Jenny Lin Creations.

                      Thanks for coming by!



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Creations Added!

Winter Hoop
     We have just added two new creations to our shop.  They are part of the Seasons Hoop Collection.  We have the Autumn Hoop and the Winter Hoop.  These were so much fun to make.  I love the changing seasons and I thought this was a neat way to bring the seasons indoors.  The Spring and Summer Hoops will be added after the first of the year.
Autumn Hoop

             Stop by Jenny Lin Creations to check out the Winter and Autumn Hoop along with our other fantastic creations.  We will be adding Holiday creations soon so follow us to get our latest updates!  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 28, 2013

New Projects!

     I love the Holidays.  It is so easy to find inspiration.  From Halloween to New Years there are so many fun things all around us.  The project ideas just pour out of us and it's hard to pick one creation at a time to craft.

Cozy Socks Medium Size 8
     I know my mom is working on a cute stuffed bunny and she always has socks on her knitting needles.  With the recent cold blast I've gotten out a pair my mom has knitted for me and I love them.  They are great to slip on while I'm stitching or reading a book with the kids.  I love how comfy and cozy her socks are!

Snowman Hoop
     I am crafting a new Snowman Hoop for our Etsy shop.  I am so excited about this hoop.  I can't wait to see his button eyes and nose on him.  I loved drawing him and picking the colors for him.  I felt a light blue floss for the scarf would look great with the snow.  I hope to have him finished in the next few days.


       We hope all of you are getting ready for the holidays too.  Leave a comment and let us know what exciting craft you are working on.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sneak Peak

     A sneak peak of two new creations that will be appearing in our shop this week.



Friday, October 18, 2013

In Holiday Mode

New colors for new hoops.
     We are officially in Holiday Mode.  My mom and I have some great ideas for our Holiday Creations.  I'm working on festive, decorative hoops and a set of Christmas Tree Ornaments.  I'll be adding an Autumn Hoop and a Winter Hoop to our shop soon.  I also have plans for a snowman hoop.  I know my mom is planning some stuffed animals, possibly a cuddly bunny.  I have felt the material for the stuffed animals and it's amazingly soft. We are so excited and happy to be helping out gift givers everywhere with fun creations!

     To kick off the Holiday Season Bowling Green, VA is having it's 24th Annual Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 19th, starting at 9:00 a.m.  There will be fun activities and a chance to get started on your holiday shopping.  We hope you will stop by Cindy's Corner and check out the local crafters including creations from us, Jenny Lin Creations.  We have beautiful hand dyed yarn, one of a kind handbags, a Halloween tote, and so much more!

      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hand Knitted Socks

     We just added a new pair of knitted socks to Jenny Lin Creations.  With the holidays right around the corner why not get some shopping done early?


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cindy's Corner

     Yesterday my mom and I took a few of our creations to Cindy's Corner located in Bowling Green, VA.   Cindy's Corner is a beautiful little shop that sells crafts made by local crafters.  The shop is located on Main Street in historic Bowling Green.  This quaint little town is a great place to get out of your car and walk to see the many different shops.  On October 19th, 2013 Bowling Green will hold it's 24th Annual Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This is a great time to walk the streets, see the vendors, and check out Cindy's Corner to get some holiday shopping done.

Here are just a few of our creations you can find at Cindy's Corner.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Autumn Hoop and Holidays

Autumn Hoop
     I finished the Autumn Hoop.  I love how it turned out.  The backing was a bit difficult.  I had a few ideas on how I wanted the back to look.  After a lot of trial and error I settled on using matting board and covering it with material, then fitting it in place.  I am happy with how it looks.  It was important to me that it looked nice and not just thrown together because it was the back.  I am excited that I found a way to do the back of hoops because I was fretting over it quit a bit.  I also stained the hoop.  I like the way stain brings out the wood and makes it more then a hoop.  The Autumn Hoop is going to Cindy's Corner in Bowling Green, VA.  I am planning an Autumn Hoop for Etsy too.
Autumn Hoop Back

               I spent today drawing designs for Holiday Creations.  I have ideas for a snowman hoop, a winter tree, a set of three ornaments, a Christmas tree hoop, and a stocking.  I know my mom was thinking of making bears for Etsy.  We both have tons of ideas and are very excited about the upcoming Holidays.  Check back soon for more updates.

      Thanks for stopping by and we hope you will visit us at Jenny Lin Creations.

                                          - Jennifer            

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Autumn Hoop

Supplies for autumn hoop.
     My new creation is an autumn hoop.  The leaves are starting to change here and it gave me some inspiration.  I designed the tree and stitched it with a stem stitch.  The buttons will be the leaves.  I have other ideas for the tree.  Maybe a winter, spring, and summer tree?  A set of four trees?

Stem Stitch

        My mom is working on making a few handbags.  Today she showed me some beautiful and trendy material.  Hopefully I will have some pics soon.  I can't wait to see how they come out.

                    I should be finished in the next few days with the autumn hoop.  I'll post finished pics of it soon.  Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rainy Day Bookmark

     I finally finished stitching the Rainy Day Bookmark.  It took a few days longer then I had wanted, but I love how it came out.  The little girl is so cute and adorable I almost want to keep the bookmark for myself.

      I really like this pattern and was drawn to it right away.  I knew it would look great on a bookmark. Originally I was going to stitch the words Rainy Day at the top, but I just couldn't get them to come out right, so I designed the clouds and sun.  The little girl is a pattern out of the book Better Homes and Garden 2001 Cross Stitch Designs.  I cross stitched the pattern using DMC floss on a pre-made bookmark.  The french knots for the eyes were the hardest to stitch.  It took several tries to get both the eyes the same size.  I've been thinking of other ideas for the little rain coat girl, so you may see her again.  Anyway here are a few pics to share.


     My next project is a fall piece.  I'll post pics of the materials I'm using for it soon.  Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Featured Creation Spotted Cat Bookmark

Embroidered Cross Stitch Cat Bookmark
                                                                                                                                                               I love getting away from the stress of life with a really good book.  When I absolutely have to put down that fantastic book (which is often with my busy life) I like to have a cute, fun bookmark.  When I saw these cats I knew I had to stitch them.  They are so much fun and I love the hidden pink in the nose and ears.  This bookmark is cross stitched using black and pink floss on a premade bookmark bordered with lace.  

Thanks for stopping by.  You can find the Spotted Cat Bookmark and our other creations at our Etsy shop Jenny Lin Creations.