Embroidered Paper

While thinking of ways to jazz up my stationary, I thought of this neat idea of embroidering paper. You can get really crafty with this technique, you can embroidered card stock or anything to personalize a message to the recipient. 

You'll need:
Regular or embroidery thread

Trace your desired message lightly with a pencil 

Grab the needle and poke holes along the letters for the thread to go through 

"Sew" up and down the holes you just poked with your needle. Don't forget to tie a knot at the end of the thread! 

Change colors

Send your special embroidered paper to your loved ones! :) 


It's been FIVE years!

Today marks five years since Joe asked me to be his girlfriend. 
I got to spend my day with my family, we went bowling and now I am watching the Disney Channel. We would usually go out to dinner or something, but I am sure he will make up for it when he comes back.

 I figured you'd want to hear our "love" story or the beginning of it, at least.
I'm going to divide it up, it's really not that exciting. But I'll post a bit more about us when he hits his first year in the mission, etc.

I was about to start my senior year of high school and my last season of cross country.
We had summer cross country practice and some new people showed up, one of these new people happened to be this guy by the name of Roman. We became friends and he kept telling me about his friend Joey that was going to come to practice sometime soon.

The school year was about to start and he still hadn't showed up. But for some reason, I was very intrigued by this "Joey" guy, I really wanted to meet him.

Finally, Joey showed up. 
I'm usually a really shy person, but I went up to him, introduced myself and proclaimed that from that day on we would be friends forever (he was seriously creeped out, I could care less). 
Throughout the season, he and I became friends. We would say hi at lunch and shortly after I found out that he was friends with a guy I liked then (he's probably going to hate that I am posting about this, sorry Joe).  I really enjoyed his company and his friendship, so as the season went on, we got to know each other better and became better friends.

After the season was over, I stopped seeing him as often. I would see him while walking to class; he would sneak up on me a gave me a hug, and sometimes I would see him when school ended, but he was wrestling and I didn't really think much of it. We were friends but I didn't feel like I really needed him in my life that much, I guess.
As track season approached, I had to convince him to run track instead of playing baseball and during track season our friendship really grew and we became really good friends. We would just hang out a lot during school and then he started dating a mutual friend on the cross country and track team.  He never acted different toward me, he would still hug me and we'd talk a lot.

After graduation, that summer, we began to text all the time.
He would text me every day to tell me good morning at 1 PM and to talk about what he had been doing during the day while he stayed at his cousin's house in Santa Rosa.

He was still dating that mutual (and former) friend then, and I didn't really think much of our constant texting. Joey was my best friend and it's not like I liked him or anything. I usually gave him advice and told him to be nicer to her and all that good stuff.

 As the summer ended, he send me a text telling me that his girlfriend was mad and that we couldn't be friends anymore. He actually seemed like he was going to stop talking to me and I was really annoyed. We had been talking all summer and for him to just want to drop me for a girl annoyed me.

Well, I eventually replied to all his texts and I can't even remember what I said but a week later, I think, he ended up breaking up with her.

A few days after that, he told me something that I wasn't expecting in a million years.
He straight up told me that he liked me.

All I said was..."well, you're still my best friend."
I was confused.

no way.
But after much pondering, I realized that I liked him too.
I had spent my whole summer hanging out with another guy [again, sorry Joe], but I had also spent my whole summer texting him and getting to know him a lot better, and I really liked him.
So I told him how I felt, and he was so excited. He kept telling me that there is something he really wanted to do and kept sending me smily faces over text message. I asked him what it was, and he said that it needed to be done in person.

On August 23, 2008

He knocked on my door and I answered.

That's when he asked me if I would be his girlfriend.
I said yes.
He was so happy and nervous. I could feel and hear his heart jumping off his chest.
 I was happy too.
But I showed it differently.
To be honest, I was a bit confused. It happened so fast but I was okay with that.

He had to go after that, but we texted back and forth all day and I couldn't get the smile off my face.

If you are wondering how long it took for him to say "I love you,"
he said it after he asked me to be his girlfriend, and I said it right back.
I knew I loved him already, and I am pretty sure that he knew it too.


I never really thought I'd be able to like someone for this long, let alone love.
It's so cheesy, but everyday I love him a little more.
There is no doubt in my mind that I'm going to marry him.
Five years later, I think about this moment and my heart beats fast and I feel a lot of emotions haha
I can't believe we have been together for this long,
I am grateful God put Joey in my life,
it has been a challenging, yet rewarding relationship.
I have seen him grow from a boy to the missionary and man he is today.
I couldn't be more proud of the things he has accomplished in his life and I am very grateful to be a part of it.

I can't wait until we can finally start our lives together.
Until we never have to spend another anniversary apart.

I love Joe!
Happy Anniversary :)


Chevron Clutch

Not much to say about this clutch.
It was pretty easy to make, and I absolutely love it.

I can totally pair it with some boots and jeans or something. I just want it to be fall so I can wear boots haha. Anyone else excited about fall? 

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Jake Turns 4!

Every single year I make a big deal out of August 14th. All my friends/family probably think I am crazy because I seriously will not stop talking about it.
August 14th is Jake's birthday.
Jake is my dog.

Let me tell you the story of Jake:

Joey and I had been dating for almost a year when we were driving in my parents car on our way back to my home.
I had a feeling that he was going to get me a dog for our anniversary because he had mentioned that the lady's dog where he got his dog from (Lola, jakes sister) was going to have another litter of puppies. But like in the "I might want to get you a dog, are you interested"
 kind of way.
I mentioned that I would love to have a male dog, and then changed the subject of conversation.

When the babies were born, he sent me a picture of this super tiny puppy and I thought they were so adorable.

On our first year anniversary, we exchanged gifts. I gave him two tickets to go see his favorite band in concert (he teared up) and he said that my gift would be ready in 2 months and that he couldn't tell me what it was.

I kept insisting and he finally told me that he had gotten me a dog!

I was so excited!

I waited two whole months to finally have that little dog in my arms. When I went to pick him up I was greeted by a little dog that kept barking at me: that was my little jake :) 

I came home with this:

And that turned into this:

And this:

And today, he is 4:

They grow up too fast.
Until this day, Jake is probably the best gift Joey has ever gotten me, yes yes, even better than my promise ring. I love love LOVE my little Jake.

Happy birthday little Jake!

And hooray for all those who celebrate the lives of their love ones, including their dogs!
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More and More Pleats

Remember when I made a goal of projects I wanted to get done this summer?
And after this post, I will only have 2 more to go!
I'm really psyched that I'm actually going to make all the items on my list. I didn't think I'd go through with it.

The initial idea for this skirt, came from this dress that I found over at the Ruche website a few months ago (no longer available). I couldn't afford to buy the dress so I thought I could make it. And in all reality, I probably can still make it, but I already tried twice and I failed haha.
The bodice was such a pain...
So I decided to stick with the skirt. I like the skirt a lot, anyway.

I figured out how to make the skirt all by myself, I don't even know if you can find a tutorial to make the skirt online, you probably could if you looked it up, but I didn't! It was such a pain that I forgot to document the steps to making it. I didn't come up with a formula either, sorry! 

I also think I am getting better at being photographed. It's still weird but im starting to enjoy it more. I should probably find a better place to take my pictures at though.

I decided that I have a love hate relationship with pleats. I really love the way they look and the way they look on me, but they are such a pain to make. I think I may be done with pleats for a while!


$60 gift card giveaway! (Closed!)

Happy Monday!
I have a treat for you this glorious Monday morning!
I have teamed up with a few bloggers, to bring you this $60 visa gift card giveaway!
Check out all these fabulous blogs and then enter to win on the Rafflecopter :)

Winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 21st. International readers may enter, but the prize will be sent in the form of a $60 visa gift card in American dollars. ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED.

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New Business Cards and this cute Business Card Holder

A few days back I received my new business cards in the mail, designed and printed by my friend Andi over at Silrvark Studios.

I've known Andi since she was 14 (or 15) and she has always been an overachiever (in a good way). She is extremely talented, and every time I need anything design-y done, I always go to her. I would highly recommend her if you need business cards or any type of web design done.

As I was looking at my business cards I thought of all the people I would give one to, and then another thought came to my mind: I need a card holder.

So I went and looked on etsy for some cute business card holders and saw that they were $18. That's a bit expensive for fabric business holders, don't you think?
And then I remembered that I know how to sew and that I even have a blog dedicated to sewing! haha
*face palm*?

They are so easy to make, too.

Mine is pretty crooked, I whipped it up in a few minutes and I didn't even bother to measure.
So that's why it's so not nice looking, if I would have taken a bit more time, it would be more adorable.  

But I guess it doesn't look so bad when you close it. :)

I forgot to mention that the purpose of these business cards are to formalize my business. I'm trying to get a brand going and everything. Hopefully that'll happen in the next few months. As of now, I am still selling handmade neckties and scripture covers over at my etsy shop. You can also email me at mariaasews@gmail.com.

Oh, one last thing: I'm not going to be able to post too often until after October 5th. I have a few important things to do that will be a bit time consuming, I'm excited though. If everything goes well, I will be on my way to making some of my professional goals a reality. So keep me in your prayers! :)

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My Buttons Have a New Home!

Hello everyone!
Just a quick post to let you know that my blog buttons are now on my menu bar up there ^^^

If you want to swap buttons or anything, email me at
mariaasews@gmail.com and I will be happy to swap with you!

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August, You're a Good Month (and some stuff for my missionary!)

I am so excited that it is finally August.
I love august for so many reason.
But the most important reason is that this month is Joey's and mine 5 year anniversary. 
(is anyone tired of me talking about that yet?)

It also means that I get to show you more ties I've made him!
If you're new here, my boyfriend is serving an LDS mission in Argentina.
And since I sew, I made it my goal to make him a tie each month and each special occasion. 

This month, he gets an August Tie and an Anniversary Tie.
The ties this month are pretty simple. But I think he will like them.

He asked me to make him a blue beanie so I made him a gray beanie cause no one tells me what to do! (jk I just couldn't find the perfect blue fabric, so I went for the gray) 

Enjoy some pictures of his new ties and that gray beanie on the brother's head!

 It's not the best tie I've made, I made it a few months back before I had perfected my technique. But I think he will appreciate it not matter what. :P

You can see the true color of this one in the picture with the embroidery.

Have you sent your missionary any exciting ties lately?

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$80 giveaway! (CLOSED)

Hey guys! 
Alicia, from Hearts and Chances, has put together a giveaway along with other Bloggers (including myself!) Make sure to check their blogs out for the chance to win $80! 

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Thrifting 4EVER.

I am so late to the thrifting party
but I for reals LOVE to thrift.

A few weeks ago we went to DI to find some pioneer looking clothes for my little brother who left for the Trek today, and I thought I should treat myself to a new skirt.

I found this beautiful flowy white skirt:

 I love love love it!

Action shot!

So, what have you thrifted lately?
Also, should I cut the skirt to make it shorter?
or is the length okay? I'm not too sure about the length, it feels a bit awkward.



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