2021 Through my Embroidery Journal

2021 has been a lot of things. It’s been exhausting, bittersweet, and even gloomy, but it’s also been filled with joy, nervous excitement, and exhilaration. I’ve experienced so much throughout 2021 and my journal has captured it all. It’s seen multiple jobs, an international move, a new relationship, and so much more.

My completed 2021 Embroidery Journal

My journal, now that it is completed, holds 365 icons representing the 365 days of 2021. It covers a variety of things, usually the most memorable part of my day. This could be something positive or negative. On a normal day, I may cover something I ate, somewhere I went, how I was feeling, something I read or watched, etc. If you’re interested in finding out more about embroidery journals, I have written a series of posts.


january

While my year has ended on a high note, it started out a bit tough. I was working in a demanding job, and while I was enjoying it, I wasn’t left with much freetime to do anything other than work and recover from working.

The majority of my January is filled with icons representing my time at work: guest interactions, cleaning, mostly just hotel job duties. It does have a few fun stories present: the handcuffs and “can I have a ride” being two of them.

february

Sorry to disappoint, but February carried on similarly to January. The majority of what I stitched was representative to what was going on at work. I fit in a couple of meals out with friends and I started allowing myself to read in my freetime, which carried on throughout 2021.

Unfortunately, I really don’t have any decent photos from the first couple of months of the year.

march

In March I started to carve out more time for myself and start seriously planning for my upcoming international move. I knew that leaving behind my friends, family, and cats was going to be tough – so I became more intentional about spending time with my loved ones. This was the month that I notified the management team at my hotel that I intended on leaving my job in a few months. I even ended up getting the first round of the Moderna vaccine in March.

Things were starting to fall into place and I was getting excited. However, in late March I received some bad news, which ended up shifting things.

april

With the changes that happened in my life, I left my job earlier than I anticipated, which was at the end of April. It was a tough decision, leaving my job – but I knew it would have happened eventually with my move. However, because of this, I was able to spend much more time that I had expected with my family and friends. I was also able to focus on my quickly approaching move to the U.K.

Also, I found out that eating your feelings is real and I did a TON of that throughout April – it was an overwhelming month, not only for myself, but also for my family.

may

Oh, May, I always love May. It was the month of not only my 26th birthday, but also my younger brothers 21st.

My best friend and younger brother teamed up to give me a joint gift for my birthday of a Switch and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. So I spent entirely way too much time playing ACNH. Despite this, I found the time to launch The Stir-Crazy Crafter website! I spent so much time working on it and I’m still so proud to have made that leap.

This is the month where despite everything that was going on in my life, I went for it and purchased my plane ticket for my move. My ticket was for early August, which seemed like enough time to get everything together and organized for my move.

june

Remember how I said this year was bittersweet? Well that was because of this month. While I was intending on leaving California in August, my best friend of 14 years moved in June with her husband to Tennessee. Before they left, we were able to spend quite a lot of time together, with minimal tears. We’ve always talked about visiting The Living Desert together, well we finally made the trip, the week before she moved. It was worth getting heatstroke (twice!).

June is also the month that I allowed myself to fully dive into reading. You can see icons representing several of the books that I read throughout the month: The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Malibu Rising, Turtles All The Way Down.

july

July was deemed the month of stress and french knots.

My flight was booked for August 6th, and I had five weeks left to prep for my move. I was in and out of doctors offices and the dentist office making sure that I was fully healthy. Which I was, for the most part.

I saw a new dentist who was under the impression that I may have a screw loose in my jaw (from a previous dental surgery as a teenager). After a week of worries and a mobile CT Scan of my jaw, it was deemed that nothing was actually wrong with my jaw, luckily.

I took the time in July to fly to Tennessee and was able to explore the area that my best friend and her husband moved to. I enjoyed Tennessee a lot more than I had expected and can’t wait to return.

august

In the weeks leading up to my move, I hit multiple roadblocks that made me think, “this is it, this is the thing that will stop me from moving”. Despite this, on August 6th, I got on a plane, headed for London.

I am so lucky to have so much family living in England. Because of this, I was able to spend a few days exploring London. I then traveled to a town outside of London to visit my Grandad and his wife, who I hadn’t seen in about three years.

After saying my goodbyes, I went up to Telford, where I stayed with my aunt and her dogs while I was looking for jobs and flats in Scotland.

september

In September I stayed in Telford for the majority of the month. I did however, take a week long, impromptu, trip up to Edinburgh and Glasgow in order to explore both cities. I had always intended on living in Glasgow, but I wanted to give Edinburgh a fair shot. While in Glasgow, I actually ended up meeting a sweet guy, so I’d say it was well worth the trip.

I spent the rest of the month applying to jobs, doing virtual job interviews, reading, going on doggie walks with my aunt, and assisting her in launching her vegan home baking business, Morag’s Bakes.

I might have even flown back up to Edinburgh for a first date with that guy I had met earlier in the month…

october

October is where things really came together. After about a month and a half of trying to get a flat or a job in Glasgow, I managed to secure both within 5 days of each other. I would be moving in late October, and starting my job in a hotel in Mid-November.

With the two main things that had been worrying me taken care of, I was able to focus on some more enjoyable things, like my embroidery and spending time with my family. Just for fun, I started making videos on tiktok. I posted a video of the supplies needed for creating an embroidery journal and to everyone’s surprise, overnight it gained 1.2 million views. From there, Better Home & Gardens wrote an article about my journal.

At the end of the month, I finally moved up to Glasgow, just in time to experience my first Autumn, ever.

november

When I moved from Telford to Glasgow, I mailed off a couple of my suitcases using a courier service. One turned up at my flat, the other one never did. So I spent the first week and a half of November in my flat, waiting for my missing suitcase to appear. However, I was able to spend quite a bit of time with my new flatmate and really get to know her during this time.

In mid-November I started my new job in a hotel. I figured that I would enjoy it, but I guess I hadn’t realized just how much I had missed the chaos of working in a hotel. I’m a part of a great team and I already have so many fun guest stories to share.

With living in Glasgow, I was also able to spend more time with that sweet guy – going on walks, coffee dates, and baking up a storm: cookies, brownies, and even red velvet cupcakes together.

december

In December, I found myself getting into the rhythm of my new job and getting to know my coworkers – they’re a great bunch. I was also able to spend loads of time getting to know my flatmate and I put my bus pass to the test by using it to explore my new city.

My boyfriend and I went up to Edinburgh to visit the Christmas Market for a night. It was raining the entire time, but we made the most of it by enjoying hot chocolate and mulled wine, along with some good conversations.

While this was the first Christmas I spent away from my family, I was so lucky enough to have my flatmate chose to spend the morning with me.

As you may know, on December 31st, I completed my journal. I’ve been asked what my last stitch was – it’s mold. I spent the last morning of the year cleaning mold off of the windowsills in my flat. What a way to end 2021.


Last June, after years of thinking that I wanted to live in England, I changed course and decided that I actually wanted to live in Glasgow. I cannot stress enough, how happy I am to have made this decision. I keep saying that it’s one of my best decisions, and I truly believe that. Who knows, maybe if I had ended up in England, I still could have been this happy. I was worried when I moved about finding a job, finding a flat, creating a support system, and so many other things that I just tried not to let get to me. Eventually though, everything just worked itself out. I ended up with a job that I enjoy, a lovely flat, a great flatmate, and even a wonderful boyfriend (who saw that coming? I for sure didn’t).

If you’re considering creating an embroidery journal in 2022 – do it. One of my favourite things is to glance at my journal and recall all of the great things that have happened this year. While the first few months of this year were tough on myself and my family, I’m able to see just how much things have improved throughout the rest of the year.


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In March I wrote a piece similar to this, but for my 2020 embroidery journal. If you are interested, then check it out here: A Stitch in Time.

Embroidery Journaling: Daily Icons Ideas

Taking on an embroidery journal is a bit daunting, but it is truly such an enjoyable and relaxing project once you get into it. One of the biggest reasons that I’ve seen people oppose starting their own embroidery journal, is because they feel that they don’t live an exciting enough life or may just have trouble coming up with an icon for 365 days of the year. I promise you that it is quite a lot of work, but once you get past the challenge of coming up with a unique icon everyday, you’ll fall in love with the project.

In order to make taking on an embroidery journal a little bit easier, I’ve put together a guide on how I decide on what to stitch each day, whether I have an idea of what direction I’d like to go in or if I am in need of a bit of inspiration.

If you’re looking for additional posts on how to set up your own embroidery journal, then I have exactly what you’re looking for! I’ve written multiple posts on the topic.


How I Design my Icons

I don’t view myself as being an artsy, creative person. I do however design the majority of my icons myself and it’s something that I take pride in. If you decide to take this approach, I really recommend having a sheet of paper nearby so you can do a couple of quick drafts of what you want your icon to look like. On the days where I may be having trouble coming up with an icon, I will use Google images in order to get a reference but still aim to make an original icon.

Sizing

My icons vary in size greatly from one to the next. My larger icons are around 2×2 cm and I struggled to find many icons bigger than that. On the other hand, my smallest icons are around .05x.05 cm. A healthy journal will have a variety of sized icons. As said in a previous post on spacing out your icons, I like to start off with some large icons at the beginning of the month and fill in the gaps with smaller icons.

A Starting Point

I usually try to stitch the biggest event of the day, or something out of the ordinary. For example, say I went to the doctor’s office, I might embroider a stethoscope, a shot, or a thermometer. Maybe I baked chocolate chip cookies, I may embroider a cookie, a whisk, an apron, etc. A bit more unusual, maybe I had an interview for a job. In this case I might embroider the Zoom logo, a microphone, a brief case, or something else along those lines. There are so many ways that you can interpret a single event, it’s up to you to figure out what the best course of action is for you.

I have several categories of types of icons that I tend to stitch. These vary widely and cover a large range of events. As most things go, this is not a complete list – there are so many different things that you could add to your journal that I’ve never even thought of.

  • Rest days – On slow days, I usually stitch something that I watched, something I read, something that I ate, or even something I saw (like a squirrel in the backyard).
  • Food – Honestly, if you take a quick glance at my journal, I’m certain that one of the first things you’ll notice is the sheer amount of stitches relating to food. It’s a great thing to gravitate towards when you’re unsure of what to stitch.
  • Current Events – I typically keep my journal focused on what I personally have experienced throughout the year. Occasionally, I will stitch something related to a current event, this is quite rare for me though. However, this is a project that you can mold to you and your experiences. If you want to only stitch current events, you could do that too!
  • Phrases – I personally try not to use too many words in my journal, but sometimes they are the best thing to stitch on a given day. The trick here is aiming not to make your writing too large or else it might take up a bit too much space. I’ll normally sketch out the word or phrase I’m aiming to stitch and try to condense it even more as I stitch.
  • Monotonous work days – These are some of the toughest ones to figure out! I like to do something along the lines of a gear, a briefcase, a stick figure running around, etc. My previous position was as a housekeeping manager, so my stitches are very much related to work: mop and bucket, a broom, a broken house, guest interactions, I think you get the vibe. If anything at all unique happened, that’s typically what I would aim to stitch.
  • Something that persists for multiple days – For something like this, I tend to break it up into multiple parts – For example, last Summer I had some treatment for a medical issue that essentially became my life for a couple of months. I ended up breaking up what was going on and embroidering individual things – An X-Ray, an IV drip, a pill bottle, so on and so forth. If you look back on my 2020 journal, you can pretty quickly spot that period due to a collection of medical based icons. I also managed to group all of these stitches together so you could easily see that there was a theme.
  • Media – Say that nothing else unique happens on a specific day, but I do manage to finish a book or a TV show. I may go ahead and stitch an icon representing that piece of media! For example, this year I’ve turned into quite an avid reader so I have stitches representing the books Malibu Rising, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Eleanor & Park, and many more. I also have stitches from this year representing the shows and films Luca, I May Destroy You, Julie & Julia, and Fleabag.

Helpful Hints

  • If you’re having a tough time coming up with an icon to stitch, open google and search “______ icon”, so maybe “medical icon” or “Halloween icon” or even “cleaning icon”. You can be as simple or as complex as you like, 9 times out of 10 this works like a charm to bring up suitable results. This is a good way to strike inspiration when you’re stuck on what to stitch for a certain day.
  • I’ve seen some others online that are making their own embroidery journals swear by books that are just filled with icons for any which scenario you make encounter. This has never suited me, I’ve always prefered to come up with my own unique icons, but this may work for you.
  • Personally, I don’t like to repeat icons. It does occasionally happen on accident, but this is a rule I try to follow. For yourself though, you may feel the need to repeat an icon multiple times! It’s up to you, this is your project and you can set the rules as you deem fit.

While these are just some ideas for icons that are a great starting off point, there are so many more things you could stitch on your journal.

If you plan on starting your own embroidery journal in 2022, please tag me in your photos! I love to see how they come along throughout the year.


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Embroidery Journaling: Spacing out Your Icons

Have you ever looked at my embroidery journal and been confused by how how at the end of the month I can perfectly squeeze in an icon for every day? Well, with this post I’ll be showing you how I accomplish this and how you can do the same. I get it, you’re worried that you might make them all too large and run out of space. It can be overwhelming to start with, but over time you’ll improve your skills on balancing out the sizes of your icons. You’ll realize that it’s okay to have some larger icons alongside some tiny ones.

You can see that I like to have quite a variety of sizes when it comes to my icons. In September you can see a large couch, laptop, vacuum, and a book. All of these take up quite a lot of space. Although, you can also see some smaller icons that squeeze into gaps: the pig snout, the not allowed sign, and the question mark. So let’s dig into the method behind the madness.


So what is an embroidery journal? Essentially, every day of the year you stitch an icon on your journal. This can cover what you did that day, something you ate, how you felt, or even something you watched on TV! Throughout the year, you’ll watch as all of your hard work pays off and your hoop begins to fill.

As mentioned previously, this post will be doing a dive into the topic of how to space out your journal. If you’re interested in learning more about how to create your own journal, I’ve written a few other posts on the subject. There are a variety of posts and there are also more are on the way.


First things first: stitch the name of the month

This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but I’ve absolutely had months where I forgot to do this and I was left fitting my month where I had leftover space! So I definitely recommend doing this when you are doing your first update of the month.

Start out the month with some larger than average icons

This may sound a bit counterintuitive, but I sometimes like to start out the month by making my icons a bit bigger than average. I enjoy having a variety of sizes when it comes to my stitches for each month, and this provides an easy way to manage this.

Notice that I have made the first six icons of September a bit larger than the average sized icon

Batch out your updates

You may be tempted to do an update a day, if you can keep up with that, then that’s wonderful! Personally, I could never manage to do that. So I update in batches of around 3 to 5 days at a time. It’s just a bit easier for me to keep up with my journal without overwhelming myself.

The good thing that comes with doing batch updates is that you can really play around with icon sizes and placement. I use my water soluble marker and draw out all of my icons before I stitch. I’ll even draw out an icon a few times until I’m happy with how it is sitting amongst my other icons. By using a water soluble marker, it makes this process super easy to do. If you mess up, you can rinse your journal, blow dry it, then start again.

Looking at this photo, you can see how I go about updating my journal in batches

Taking inventory of remaining space towards the end of the month.

When I started my 2020 journal, I kept finding that at the end of the month it was a struggle to fit in those last 2-3 icons. After a few months of this, I started thinking ahead and was able to bypass this entirely. Usually when I have about 5-7 days worth of days left to stitch, I’ll take inventory of how much space I have left and think about how I can fit in my last few icons of the month.

Looking above, I’ve circled the gaps that I have left on my journal to fill. I tried to divide them up so that I have 7 spots left to fill in. That way as I move on throughout the rest of my month I can keep in mind how big I can realistically make my icons to fit. It’s a bit of a balancing act, but it will become more and more natural as you the months pass.

Don’t overthink it

This definitely will not be what you want to hear, but try not to overthink it. If you worry too much about how big or how small to make your icons, it’s probably going to put you off of updating your journal at all. At the end of the day, just have fun with your craft.

Again, figuring out how to balance the sizes of your icons throughout the month can be tough at the start of the year. However, after an adjustment period, it will start to get easier and become more like second nature to you.


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Embroidery Journaling: Setting up your Hoop

Something that I get questions about quite often is how do I segment my embroidery journal. If you take a quick glimpse at my journal, you may not notice that there is a dividing point between where one month ends and another starts. Looking at the comparison below, you can get a better idea of how my journal is actually divided. Once you understand how an embroidery journal is segmented, it makes maintaining one a lot simpler.

For those that are just now discovering what an embroidery journal is for the first time, let me break it down for you. Once a day, I add an icon to my embroidery journal. This icon will be in some shape or form related to my day. It may be something I did, how I was feeling, somewhere I went, or even something I ate that day. Basically, it can be anything I want it to be as long as it relates to my day.

If you are interested in learning more about how to create your own embroidery journal, then check out my previous posts on the topic.


Anyways, back to the topic at hand. Segmenting your journal month by month. Dividing my journal like a pie chart is how I’ve set up my embroidery journal over the past two years. While there are other ways you can go about it, this is my favourite way I’ve found.

Supplies List:

  • Embroidery hoops – I prefer a 12 inch hoop, but you can also use a smaller sized hoop. You’ll also need a smaller hoop for a portion of this guide – a 5 inch hoop should do.
  • Square of fabric – I use 100% cotton, but the measurements completely depends on the size of your hoop. I would suggest having your fabric square being at least 4 inches larger than your hoop. If your hoop is a 12 inch hoop, I would suggest your fabric square being at least 16″x16″ large. This will give you 2 inches leeway on either side of your hoop.
  • Template – printed out or displayed on a tablet or laptop screen. Here are some template options. I’ll be using my laptop for the below method.
  • A water soluble fabric marker
  • Transparent ruler
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle

Step 1

Start by taking your piece of fabric and folding it into quarters. Unfold your fabric and locate the center point. Mark it with your water soluble pen. This will become the center of your journal.

Step 2

Unfold your piece of fabric and put it within a smaller hoop, I’m using a 5 inch hoop. Then put the upside down hoop over your printed out 12 piece pie chart template or tablet/laptop screen. I will be demonstrating the laptop method.

For my demonstration, I have put my fabric in a taut 5 inch hoop. Then I have placed it on top of the screen of my laptop on full brightness.

Using your water soluble pen, trace an inch to two inches across the center of the pie chart on your fabric.

Step 3

Place your fabric in your 12 inch hoop. Make your fabric as taut as you possibly can. Lay your ruler on top of your fabric, lining it up with the lines you drew in the previous step.

Using your water soluble pen, extend your lines from one edge of the hoop to the other.

Each of these 12 segments will represent one month of your year.

Step 4

Write out 2022 in the center of your hoop. I usually freehand this.

Once you’re ready, you can embroider over your handwriting.

These are the steps that I find necessary to set up an embroidery journal. However, I do have a couple of extra things that I do to my journal. There are my no means necessary, but they are helpful over the course of the year.

Optional Step 5

Position your fabric within your embroidery hoop until you are happy with how taut it is. Finding the edges of each line, create a small stitch along the edges of your hoop where each month should end.

You can see how I did this at the start of 2021. As I completed each month, I removed a stitch. Once I became more comfortable with figuring out where each month ended, I removed the indicators entirely. I would recommend using a colour of floss that is closer to the colour of your fabric than I did.

This year, I opted to use ecru coloured floss which matches my fabric almost perfectly. Instead of making small backstitches, I made small french knots.

Optional Step 6

There are loads of ways to protect the edges of your fabric over the course of the year. Personally, I like to stitch the edges of my journal using a blanket stitch. I find that this helps protect your piece of fabric from fraying, which can become an absolute nuisance down the line.

That’s it! With these few steps, you’ll have your embroidery journal set up and ready to go for 2022! You can of course organize your journal in whatever way you prefer for yourself, but this is how I’ve set mine up over the past two years and it’s worked quite well.


If you found this post interesting, then don’t forget to check out the rest of my series on how to create your own embroidery journal. I also frequently share tips & tricks on my Instagram and TikTok on how to maintain your own embroidery journal. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a sneak peek of any current pieces that I’m working on!

So I Moved to Scotland

This may come as a surprise, but back in early August I left my friends, family, cats, and pretty much everything else behind in Huntington Beach, California when I moved to the United Kingdom. Organizing my move was quite a lot of work, but it has honestly been one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made.

Huntington Beach, CA in early August

I keep getting asked by the people in my life why in the world I decided to do this and I’m sure you may be thinking the same thing as well. Essentially, I was born in England, but I was raised in California. As a dual citizen, it’s pretty easy for me to move between America and the U.K. While living in California, I’ve always felt a bit distant and far away from all of my family that lives in The U.K., so moving to be closer to them has always been something that I’ve wanted to do. I have grandparents, aunts & uncles, and a hoard of cousins that I honestly feel like I don’t know that well.

So I did it, I left California.

Since August, I’ve been staying with loads of family members, visiting different towns in England, and taking small trips up to Scotland to explore the cities and find out where I actually wanted to settle down.

While most of my family lives in England, I’ve felt drawn to Scotland since I visited a few years back. I always assumed that I’d end up living in England, but I ended up reevaluating what I really wanted in life. I felt that Scotland just aligned better with what I was looking for in a place to live.

Since I moved, I’ve taken trips up to Edinburgh, Dundee, and Stirling, but it was Glasgow that wowed me the most. I always kind of figured that it would end up this way, but it was nice to have some sort of confirmation before I actually moved. It was always going to be between Edinburgh and Glasgow, but once I stepped foot in Glasgow a few weeks back, I just knew that I was going to end up living here.

The view of Glasgow University over the River Clyde

Staying in England over the past couple of months has been amazing, but I am honestly just looking forward to settling into a routine. I have a lovely flat with a sweet flatmate and a job that I can’t wait to start in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I’ll be spending my days exploring all that Glasgow has to offer, working out the remaining kinks from my international move, and preparing to start my new job.

And don’t worry, I know I can’t get away with writing an entire post without mentioning my embroidery. I’ve been updating my journal throughout my time in the U.K., it’s been the best feeling to watch my journal flex and adjust to such a lifestyle change. If you look back at early August, you can pick out the day I landed in London and you can also see individual things I did: visiting the tower of London, going to Nando’s, trying new foods, etc. This has carried on throughout the past couple of months since I’ve moved, and hopefully it’ll never end!

A current photo of my embroidery journal

Anyways, If you’re based in Glasgow or in the surrounding areas, please don’t be afraid to reach out. I’d love to hear any suggestions that you have for things to do and places to eat. I’m quite impartial to doughnuts, so bonus points if you have any good recommendations!

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

This isn’t the first post that I’ve written about my move, you can read the first post about my initial move here. You can also follow me on Instagram and TikTok, where I’ll be sharing more updates about my move, my embroidery journal, and my other projects as well.

Embroidery Journaling: Supplies

In recent years, journaling has become quite the artform – from bullet journals to vlogging, there are endless ways to keep track of your days. But for me, I quickly grew attached to the idea of journaling via embroidery. To be honest, working on my embroidery journal in 2020 and 2021 has absolutely helped me throughout these past couple of tough years. My journal has been there for me through the treatment of a bone infection, the pandemic, the planning of an international move, and even a few monumental societal events. Essentially, it reflects what I’ve experienced and looking at my journal, you can get a sense of what I’ve gone through. I’d like to be able to help you do the same, but first you’ll need supplies. So shall we?

Completed 2020 embroidery journal

Supplies list:

  • I use a 12 inch hoop, so I don’t ever worry about running out of space. I have seen some other people using hoops as small as 8 inches though. It’s whatever you prefer!
  • 100% cotton is my preference when it comes to fabric.
  • A template to divide your fabric – Look up a 12 slice pie chart online and use that as your starting point.
  • Embroidery needles of your choice.
  • A small journal and pencil to keep track of what goes on during your days. A written journal makes it easier to remember what you did 3. 4. 5+ days ago when life gets hectic. You can also find loads of journaling apps for your phone which may make this process a bit easier. I prefer a notebook though so I can sketch out my stitch for the day.
  • I like having a large selection of floss, but you can also only use one color or a few colors, it’s up to you and your preferences.
  • A water soluble pen helps, when sketching out an icon on fabric.
  • Optional: An ort jar is a great place to hold on to lose floss in between days. I’m at the point where I almost exclusively pull from my ort jar to stitch in my journal.
  • Optional: A needle minder to hold onto my needle when I’m not working on my journal.
A selection of all of my embroidery journal supplies
Pictured are all of the supplies that I use for my embroidery journal.

Most of these items you can find at any craft store. Keep in mind though that these are just the supplies that I use, you can really do whatever you want when it comes to customizing your embroidery journal. This specific project allows for quite a lot of flexibility – just have fun and make it into what you want.


Did you enjoy this write up on the supplies needed for an embroidery journal? Then check out my Instagram – I post frequent embroidery journal updates as well as my other work in progress pieces. I’ve also written multiple other posts about creating your own embroidery journal.

If you would like to hear more about my experience with my 2020 embroidery journal, then visit my post titled A Stitch in Time.

4 MORE Instagram Story Games: Crafting Edition

I’m back at it with even more Instagram Story Games! I loved what I was able to learn from my followers and beyond through these games when I created my Needlework Instagram Story Games post a couple of months ago. So I decided to create some more general crafting games to cover all crafts!

Scroll down to learn more about each of the games and how they are played, scroll down a bit more to download them. These are mostly designed to spark conversations with your followers and for them to learn a bit more about you. They will also boost your engagement a bit, which never hurts.

BINGO is such a classic game! Who hasn’t played it? I can assure you that you haven’t played THIS version of BINGO before! Relating to crafting in the ways of asking about materials you use, when you started crafting, and more, this will surely start conversations with your followers!

Are you old enough to have played Send Me a Number on Tumblr? If so, you’ll surely love this new and improved crafting version. Just paste a question box on top of the appropriate box and wait for the questions to roll in from your followers, wanting to learn more about you.

Gif to Know Me combines a classing Instagram Story Games with those lovely gifs that you can find on the app! Just upload the game into the app and paste your favorite gifs!

Your followers want to know more about you, that’s why they follow you! Go ahead and share a few quick preferences with them about your preferences when it comes to your craft.


Did you enjoy this post? Then don’t forget to check out my Instagram where I share my WIP projects, embroidery journal, and even more tips!

Why I Closed My Etsy Shop

You might have noticed that I shut down my Etsy shop. It was a tough call to make, but it was one that needed to happen. I loved running my Etsy shop, but with what has been going on in the background, it was a necessity. I did however, leave it until the last moment I could.

So what’s been going on? Well….I moved! Living in the U.K has always been something that I’ve dreamed of doing. So I did it! I packed my bags and left my sunny hometown in Orange County, California for the rain of the United Kingdom.

The view of England from my seat.

One of the biggest question that I’ve had about my move is how I am able to do it. Luckily, I don’t need a visa to move to the UK because I’m already a citizen! I was born in England but raised in California. Because of my British background, I’ve always wanted to move to the U.K. so that I can be closer to my family. It’s tough only being able to see grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins every couple of years, if that.

Luckily, since I’m fully vaccinated, I will no longer need to quarantine. So for the next few days, I will be recovering from jetlag in a family members home and exploring London. I’ll spend the majority of my time figuring out my plans to get situated and comfortable in the U.K.

what does the future look like?

“But where does all of this leave The Stir-Crazy Crafter?” you may be wondering. Well, I plan to continue posting as normal on all of my social media accounts and on my website. I will just no longer have a shop option. So more or less business as usual. You can follow along on Instagram for my most current updates. You can also catch any past and future posts on my blog.

Today, I explored The British Museum and Covent Gardens. I shared some of the photos from today with photos that I’ve taken on previous trips out to England and Scotland. They are from two separate trips, one in 2016 and the other in 2019. You’ll see shots from as far South as the Isle of Wight, England and as North as Inverary, Scotland.

Let’s Make a Needle Minder

If you’ve followed my work, then you’ll probably no one thing for sure: I love a good needle minder (A.K.A. a needle keeper) – you can spot them on nearly any work in progress photo that I post. They’re the perfect little accessory for your work in progress project. You can share just an extra bit of personality this way. I tend to swap between my beetlejuice, armadillos, and my Scotland needle minders.

I’ve purchased a few needle minders on Etsy, but the majority of the ones that I own have been hand made from existing enamel pins that I loved. It would seem like making a needle minder would be a difficult task, but it’s not too difficult if you have the correct tools. I definitely recommend using safety goggles and gloves throughout the process.

Shall we dig into it then?

You’ll want to gather the following supplies:

  • A dremel with the following attachments: rounded grinding stone tip and wheel tip.
  • Pliers
  • 10mm x 3mm magnets
  • E6000 glue or a similar strong craft glue
  • Safety wear like goggles and gloves
  • Enamel Pin(s) of your choice

Step 1:

Start by using your pliers to snip the prongs off of the enamel pin. Be sure we wear safety goggles during this step. You don’t want anything flying in your eyes!

Step 2:

Shave down the remainder of the prong. This is when you’ll use your dremel with the wheel tip. At an angle, shave off the rest of the backing.

Step 3:

Now you will swap to the rounded grinding stone tip on your dremel and smooth out the rest of the enamel pin. It doesn’t have to be completely flat, just make sure that there’s no pointy areas that your fabric will catch on.

Step 4:

Grab your glue and put a pea sized dot on the back of your enamel pin. Then grab one of your magnets and place it on the glue. This step can be a little bit fiddly while trying not to put your fingers in the glue, but you’ll manage.

Leave your needle minder to cure in a well ventilated area for 24 hours. After this you’re all set to use your needle minder, all you need is a second magnet!

Looking for a video of the process? Then check out my Reel on Instagram where I take you through the process step-by-step. Don’t forget to follow my Instagram while you’re visiting my page. I often post photos and reels of what I’m working on at a given time.