Sunday, February 7, 2016

giveaway and coupon code

Birthday giveaway!

Celebrate with me this week!! I'm celebrating 10 more years on earth (Yesterday, February 6) and my little Etsy shop is celebrating 10 years on the 11th! I can't believe I opened my little shop 10 years ago. I've sold lots and lots of craft patterns and lots of original art and crafts since then, and I have lots of exciting new things planned for this year! I'm so thankful for all of you who have purchased my art over the years and I hope you'll keep following me along. xo

I'm saying a big THANK YOU for all of your support by offering:
1. an awesome giveaway on Instagram: Go follow me @aimee0ray and look for this photo to enter to win Miss Ruby, Queen of Hearts!

2. Save 20% on anything in my etsy shop this week with the coupon code HAPPY10YEARS

HAPPY 10 YEARS!

Good luck and Enjoy!
xo aimee


Friday, January 29, 2016

dainty squid

The Dainty Squid custom tattooed doll ❤️

I recently finished up this custom portrait tattooed doll for Kaylah of The Dainty Squid.  I loved working on this girl. Kaylah is super sweet and cute, it was so much fun to design a doll of her, hand embroidered with her tattoos!

The Dainty Squid

Since there was so much detail to fit in, I ended up using/creating some different stitching techniques than I usually use. I love how she turned out, and more importantly, so did Kaylah. 

The Dainty Squid custom tattooed doll ❤️

I'm now taking custom orders for tattooed portrait dolls! If you or someone you know needs one of these unique keepsakes, contact me, I'd love to work with you. xo

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Year of the Monkey


Hey guys, do you celebrate Chinese New Year? I’m not Chinese but I’ve always been fascinated by symbols and celebrations from other cultures. I love the Chinese zodiac animals, (though I’m a dragon, and probably the furthest thing from a typical ‘dragon personality’, haha) I decided to embark on creating a cute sewing pattern for each one, beginning, of course, with this year, the monkey!  My plan is to make each animal over the next year and have them all available in time for next Chinese New Year. But I’m sharing the first, cute little monkey with you here today!



What you need:
light brown and medium brown felt (wool or wool blend is the best)
embroidery floss: black, white, pink, dark pink, red, reddish brown, light brown
tissue paper
small sharp scissors
stuffing

Instructions:
1. Use the monkey pattern piece templates to trace and cut the pieces you’ll need from felt. Cut the face, chest and tail pieces from light brown and the rest from medium brown.
2. Stitch all felt pieces in place with the stab stitch using 1 strand of floss matching the felt colors. Stitch the face onto the head and the chest and leg onto the body. Stitch the tail piece behind the left side of the body and head. Set the ears and back piece aside.
3. Now add embroidery. Trace the embroidery pattern onto tissue paper and pin the paper in place to the front felt piece. Stitch through both paper and felt and when you’re done, carefully tear away the paper. 
4. Line up the front and back pieces and sew them together around the edge using the whip stitch with 1 strand of brown floss. Leave one inch open at the bottom and tuck some stuffing inside. Use just enough stuffing to make it pillowy, not so much that the seams pull apart. I left the tail part flat. Now stitch up the hole and tie a hidden knot.

All done! You can make your monkey into a little ornament, a magnet, make him part of a cute festive shelf display, or take him around town and take pictures of him! Post photos of your cute monkeys on Instagram and tag them @aimee0ray so I can see! 


I’ve got another freebie for you today, I created a little dear Mini Plush Stitch Cheat Sheet! It contains all of the embroidery and sewing stitches I use to make tiny plush creatures. Be sure to download that too, I hope it helps you out! 



xo aimee

Friday, January 22, 2016

forest dwellers

moss and wynn

Moss and Wynn, two new forest fairy tattooed dolls are in the shop today!

xo aimee

Saturday, January 16, 2016

sea creatures

narwhal

I'm so excited to share these with you! I've been working on patterns for these new sea creatures and now they're done and ready. I've chosen three of my very favorite sea creatures and created fun sewing patterns for them. I hope you love them too!

octojelly

Octopus, narwhal and jellyfish (plus a tiny starfish) embellished with delicate hand embroidery make sweet little gifts for the ocean lover in your life. You can make tiny plush toys, or mount them in a frame and hang on the wall.  
Find the PDF pattern to sew up your own at www.littledear.etsy.com

xo aimee

Monday, January 4, 2016

new dolls

jonah2

I just finished two new tattooed dolls!

amalthea3

Jonah the Sailor and Amalthea the Last Unicorn are new in the shop tonight.
I'm in love with these two, it will be hard to let them go! They have been lots of fun to design and stitch. 

xo aimee