Please meet Sam

Please meet Sam

Meet Sam, soon she will be my newest addition on my Etsy shop. She is still missing something but I am not sure exactly what yet, but I know she needs something feminine. She was born with dark blue gingham skin and and feels like she looks like a boy. I added outstretched arms because she really needs a hug to feel pretty. She prefers to be called Samantha, however everyone just calls her Sam whether she likes it or not. She really wants to be pretty but she whispered to me that she feels very plain and ordinary. I of course told her she was beautiful just the way she is but it just doesn’t seem to help her. She does not want to be put on ETSY until she looks more like a girl, so I promised her I would find just the perfect thing for her. Look for her soon at

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BadStitches

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The new issue of Stuffed is coming out in Feburary!!!

ImageThere are so many reasons to look forward to February. First, on the 9th, is the return of my favorite TV show of all time, The Walking Dead! Ohhhh I can’t wait to find out what happened to everyone!

Then, There is Valentines day. My husband I don’t really do anything anymore. However, I love to help the kids pick out there Valentines Day cards and this year will be my daughters 1st School Valentines Day. Last year she was so sad that her brothers came home from school with boxes of treasures but this year she will get her own box and I am so excited for her.

Then, sometime in February, I will start called Barnes and Noble on the February 1st to see if they have it yet, is my favorite magazine of all time. When I first found this magazine it came out quarterly, but now it is only twice a year. That makes me rather sad, however I do get incredibly excited when its time for the new issue. It is the ONLY magazine I read cover to cover, every single page. I love seeing the unique creations and the stories that go along with them. My dream is to get one of my creations into the magazine someday. Oh I can’t wait!!! 

Going back to what I love to make

For the last few weeks I have been working to improve my sewing skills. I have been working hard on a baby blanket that took two months and the finished product I have deemed not worthy of giving as a gift. I just can’t get the binding straight. Well, I was so frustrated by this and upset at myself that for the following days I put away all my sewing magazines and just played on my new iphone and watched TV.  I thought about all the time I had invested and for a few days, my disappointment in myself kept me down. 

Luckily, it didn’t last long. I sold another one of my creatures on Etsy, a returning customer actually that bought her second one! Also, I found my old issues of my favorite magazine that got me inspired to begin with, Stuffed, and started looking threw them again. I decided to stop trying to teach myself to quilt and go back to what I love, weird creatures. Last night I started making the first in a new collection and though I am not positive I will call them this, I have come up with the name The Trouble Keepers. They are weird creatures that each have a pocket and in that pocket you can write down you’re troubles and put them in the pocket and the Trouble Keepers can stash away you’re anger, you’re worries, you’re heartbreak or anything else you can think of. And, if you so choose, you can use a pin and stab the pocket and you’re trouble, ( that’s mostly for the angry troubles) away. Not to worry, they are tough and they can take it!

I have developed the pattern and the body of the first one and is put together, but I am choosing not to post a photo at this time until I can bring out the personality they have hidden deep within themselves. 

I have decided that even though quilting is an amazing art, perhaps it’s just not for me after all. Perhaps creating one of a kind monsters to brighten someone’s day is more my style. I don’t think I truly have the patience for large projects anyway. So, I am going back to what I love, weird things!

Why I named it BadStitches

Hello and welcome to my blog. I should start by telling a little about myself. My name is Amy and I am a stay at home mom of three beautiful children. They are beautiful, when they are not fighting with each other and when they are sleeping. I’m just kidding of course. My kids are great, my oldest is Hunter who is 11, then their is Zack who is 6 and finally Lilly who is 4. My husband works for a furniture company and he works long hours. 

Next year my daughter will start school and I have been thinking about all the time I will FINALLY have to myself. So, I decided to start an Etsy shop. I opened it on January 31 and two weeks ago I had my first sale, then another and then another! What a wonderful feeling to know that someone liked the stuff that I made enough to buy it! I was so excited and that really inspired me to keep going and built more inventory. 

The reason it’s name is BadStitches is because, well, I am bad at sewing. I practice and practice but it’s very discouraging when you work so hard at something only to find it full of flaws. One day, about 3 years ago I was in Barnes and Noble and discovered a magazine called “Stuffed”. It was so great I bought it and took it home and read it from cover to cover. I ordered the two back issues that were available and I have been buying ever issue ever since. 

What I loved so much about this magazine was that the creatures inside it were weird, strange, some seemingly perfect and some not so perfect, and those are the ones I fell in love with. It really got me thinking that sometimes, things do not have to be perfect to be wonderful and fun. It also loosened me up and instead of thinking sewing is hard work, ( which it is) it can be fun, REALLY fun!

Though I will never stop learning and practicing and always doing the best that I can, it can be fun and playful and by not being so perfect, it’s a unique one of a kind item. Each creature I make are not really beautiful they are unique and they come with a story. So, I named my shop BadStitches because being bad is really fun sometimes!

You don’t have to be perfect to make wonderful items, you just have to enjoy it. Image