This post is going to be a bit of a hodge-podge of news. So, please excuse the multiple topics and the fact that I use mostly phone pics in this post (save a couple)! I just felt like I needed to do a sweeping update on many fronts. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you are already hip to this news, but if not, here it goes...
First! We have a new and very exciting Kitschy Digitals Share Group on Facebook! I used to be a Facebook snob, but I've really come around to this social network over the past year, and I recently started noticing what a great idea Facebook Groups are. In my mind, they've kind of replaced Flickr groups, since a lot of people have fled Flickr for Instagram. I still love Instragram, but Facebook groups make it easy to form small communities. I've always wanted to find a simple solution to bring Kitschy Digitals enthusiasts together to share their work using our products - a place for stitchers, sewers, scrapbookers and more. A supportive environment, and small enough to feel like you're just hanging out with like-minded crafty friends in a small group setting - sort of like a craftneroon... Just virtual!
If you'd like to join, just go to this page and click "Join Group" and we will add you! Feel free to post in-progress photos, or photos of finished pieces in the group.
In this group, we will also be hosting various events such as our new Downton Abbey Stitch-along! We started it at the beginning of the new season of the show and it will continue through to the end...
All you have to do is share in-progress photos or photos of your finished Downton Abbey character embroideries in our Share Group. Don't have any of the patterns yet? You can find those here. We've already given away one prize, and the second prize will be awarded the day after the last episode (February 23rd). The second prize will be a $50 (!!!) gift code to our shop as well as an extra surprise gift. Stitch-a-longs are a fun way to create with like-minded crafty friends. And don't worry about taking gorgeous in-progress shots of your embroideries. You don't need a fancy camera. Phone pictures are great, too!
You can also join the Stitch-along on Instagram! This will double your chances of winning. Just tag your photos with #kitschydigitals, #downtonabbey and/or #downtonabbeystitchalong!
And speaking of Downton Abbey... Ethan and I recently went to Asheville, North Carolina with friends for the weekend and when we went to our favorite place to eat, we noticed the yarn store next door had THE CUTEST and most clever shop windows with a Downton Theme:
Too awesome. I think Thomas' sock monkey is a dead-ringer. What an evil dude! And speaking of Asheville, we've been many, many times over the almost 16 years we've lived in Atlanta (it's around a 3 hour drive) but it wasn't until this recent trip that I realized just how very cool this city is. It has sort of evolved from a little bit of a hippy vibe (hey, nothing wrong with hippies)... to a little more of a hipster vibe. Not to say I love hipsters, but I noticed more shops and eateries that are targeting a variety of customers - not to mention an influx of lots of very cool micro-breweries! Asheville is a college town, so it stays young, which is a good thing. Young people keep things fresh. : )
I feel very excited about the future of this city and I can't wait to go back! It's a city that has always celebrated handmade artisan goods. There are lots of shops that carry quality crafting supplies, including Asheville Home Crafts which we visited. I knew they carried needle-felting supplies, and I've been dying to dive into that world for a long time now - so I stocked up on wool roving in gorgeous colors, some needles and pad. I can't wait to get started. Between polymer clay and needle-felting, I can't take on any new hobbies!
If you are in the States, you know things got a bit cray-cray in Atlanta last week. What a week. Snowed-in with the boys while Ethan was in Canada for work and then we had two rounds of strep. But it sure was pretty...
A couple other pics from our Asheville trip. The main reason for our trip was to see Pixies! I have to admit to feeling sort of like a poser, even though I've seen them live twice. My husband and our friends are the true genuine fans only because I was never exposed to the band like they were. But WOW, they put on an incredible show. When we got home, I became obsessed and started googling the band like crazy, learning about their history and listening to their records. I guess I'm a late-bloomer fan! Then I started obsessing over Kim Deal (former member of the band) and founder of The Breeders (who I LOVED in high school). Then I just started going down that google-rabbit-hole, looking up all of those 90s bands I loved in college: Luscious Jackson, Liz Phair, Throwing Muses, Belly ... Such great music. Many of these bands are creating music again and touring. Never would I think that the 90's would feel so "retro". It feels like yesterday to me. And yes, I feel old. ;)
A double decker bus serving coffee and dessert in Asheville... so cute!
The last thing I wanted to share is big news actually! We are going to JAPAN! If you've been following my blog for a while now, you know I've mentioned for years that our dream is to go. Well, the dream finally came true this week. We booked our tickets last week. Now we are in crazy-planning-mode. We go in the Fall, sans children thanks to our parents who will be keeping them while we're gone. So sad they can't come with us, but one day they will go, too! I bought this Tokyo Guide by Ebony at Hello Sandwich last year hoping one day I would actually get to use it... never did I think it would happen so soon. (yay for my husband's constant traveling to Canada - yay for sky miles!)
The very kawaii zipper pouches are by Gladee - an adorable brand I discovered while perusing Instagram this week.
I've had an ongoing project that has been a bit surreal and hard to wrap up with so many bumps in our schedule (snow, sick boys...) It's kind of funny to admit, but our house is still decorated with Christmas decorations! I know!! Luckily we put away our outdoor decor as to not freak out the neighbors. Truth be told, I'm shooting our holiday home for a magazine that will be published this coming holiday season (2014)... so needless to say, we are ahead of schedule! ; ) It was a great time to do it since the stuff was already up. I've also been working on some new holiday decor projects exclusively for this shoot - so you can imagine how weird it is to still be in Christmas-mode around here. It's fun but at the same time... just weird. I know it will all be worth it though.
I should be done with the photography by next week and I look forward to moving on from Christmas. We had considered hiring a photographer, but then I realized that I could it and of course the styling myself. And it's a paid gig which makes it doubly worth it. I'm also doing a project that I've put on hold for a long time, but the shoot gave me extra incentive to do it. I'm redoing our backsplash in our kitchen and I designed some super cute retro vinyl decals to put on the tiles. I will definitely be sharing that before the magazine comes out.
Anyway, any Tokyo recommendations would be greatly appreciated! We also have a very long layover in Seoul, Korea and we plan on exploring there as well.