Do you love shopping? I do, but I enjoy shopping for others more than for me. In fact one of my favorite places to shop is not in a building. Have you ever heard of ETSY? I love ETSY!
For those of you who are not familiar with ETSY, it is a website that you can sell and purchase handmade, vintage, crafting goods, jewelry, furniture, baby things and so much more. I love just browsing through their website. If you are looking for unique, then you need to start shopping here.
Let me tell you how I find things to purchase. First, you need an occasion. I had an occasion recently; in fact it was a girlfriend's birthday. I happened to know that my friend loves Jane Austen. So...I started with that. I typed the name "Jane Austen" in the search engine. WOW! You can find pillows with quotes on them, magnets, jewelry with quote on them, or even replica jewelry from the Jane Austen era. Soooo, now to narrow it down. One thing that I do love to do is cross stitch. I typed in "Jane Austen cross stitch" and tada...there were patterns. I browsed through the patterns to see which one looked the best. Now, cross stitch patterns are usually digital. You purchase the pattern and the store owner will send you the link to open. You then download it to the computer and print it.
I found a pattern I liked and printed it. Now, to make it come alive!
When I cross stitch, I like to use an 18 count cross stitch fabric. The cross stitch fabrics come in different sizes, from 10 count to 28 count. The higher the number the smaller the squares on the fabric. I like a smaller square, but I still have to be able to see. 28 count is very small! LOL! All cross stitch patterns have a chart that has the color numbers guide. Each cross stitch thread has a number that the company gives so you know which color the maker of the pattern intended for you to use. This is where I may take artist preference. I followed the pattern color guide, except when I did the character of Lizzy Bennet. I had secretly asked my friend what she thought the character's dress looked like. So I used those colors. Once you collect all the colors you need, you need to use a embroidery hoop for your fabric and get to stitching. This is where the carline at my kiddos school came in handy.
I finally finished it and was able to deliver it to the birthday girl. She loved it! The joy on her face was worth the time and effort. In fact, I love doing things like this. Not for the notoriety, but putting joy in others lives fills my heart!
"the Joy of the Lord is my strength"
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.