At my request, Todd is surprising me by stitching some argyle on a cute, black button-down shirt. I actually have two of these shirts that I’ve been meaning to embellish for a while, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. (It’s the same style shirt I stitched the librarian on – but on a white shirt.)
Todd’s even created a newer, smaller argyle pattern that I will post tomorrow with pictures of the finished product.
It’s 11:30 pm here. I’m getting ready to hit the hay, while Todd, who has bartender hours, is in the middle of his day. This will give him something to do, and I’ll get to wake up to a neat gift.
It’s not related, but here’s a super sweet picture of Zuzu from yesterday morning right after we both woke up.
We’re only 18 days into this new year, and it’s already proven to be one of massive change. Your Craft Assassins haven’t made a post for a while, but our lives have been turned topsy-turvy, and we’ve been thrown a big curve ball.
Amy’s former employer had been talking about layoffs since May 2009, and the axe finally fell last week. Amy thought she was safe from the impending layoffs, but it turned out that her lack of seniority (six years of service) wasn’t enough to save her in the end, and she was laid off. Things had gotten pretty tense, and she was in a near constant state of panic on a daily basis. It’s been quite a curve ball thrown our way, one that we were blind sided by, but we’re going to make it through. We are trying very hard to believe that everything happens for a reason, and we will rise from this in a better place than we were before. Amy used this past week to navigate through the unemployment process, and to wallow in a little bit of self pity, but she’s coming back strong. She only has this semester left at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before finishing her Master’s in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree. At that point, she’ll have the degree (with an awesome GPA) and experience (six years managing various areas of a mid-sized urban library) to make her marketable to any number of libraries around the country.
Through everything, Todd has remained a rock of support, love, and understanding. He’s helped Amy to realize that there’s nothing wrong with her for being laid off. He’s also kept himself busy by embroidering some of his shirts to jazz them up. As you know, he’s a HUGE fan of the argyle. He jazzed up a striped shirt he got from Kohl’s with his argyle pattern. While embroidering the shirt, he even stepped outside of his color comfort level by buying a green shirt (Amy’s favorite color, his is blue) and using orange and purple as the argyle pattern colors. He also has started on a fun Western-style shirt he got from Burlington Coat Factory by adding “Zombietini” patterns to each space above the pockets. He has another idea for some lettering across the back, and we’ll report more on that when it’s finished.
Today was a very sad day for the Craft Assassins as Amy’s family’s dog Annabelle was put to sleep. She was a 15 1/2 year old Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie), who provided her family with 15 1/2 years of love, devotion, and companionship. She was given to Amy’s son Logan on his 5th birthday back in 1994 because, as Amy’s mom Linda reasoned, “Every boy needs a dog.” The past year, and last several months had been particularly hard on Annabelle and the family. She lost a significant amount of weight because she didn’t want to eat anymore, and her hearing and sight were pretty much gone. Logan and Amy’s parents just couldn’t prolong Annabelle’s suffering anymore. We hope she’s in a better place, running around, being the cutie she is.
Happy New Year!
The Craft Assassins hope that 2010 has started out great for you. We have a lot of high hopes for this year, and we’ll talk about that in another post.
New Year’s Eve, as we were getting ready to go out, Todd wanted to jazz up his black dress shirt a bit. Anyone who pays attention to what he wears knows that he’s C R A Z Y for argyle. His New Year’s Eve ensemble consisted of a black dress shirt and pants with a purple argyle tie, but he wanted a little more…so he drew up a pattern and added a swath of argyle to his shirt!
Here’s the pattern is you’d like to create your own Quick Argyle.
Another quick embroidery project he did was to add his name and a bit of embellishment to one of his work shirts. He used the Tattoo Alphabet lettering and swirly things from Sublime Stitching. He did this in the hour before he needed to leave for work, which shows you how quickly you can make an article of clothing your own.
The point we want to make is that you can use embroidery to quickly and easily add some pizazz to your clothing or accessories. You don’t always have to create great master pieces.