Have you visited Pretty by Hand, yet? I found this blog while blog hopping around one night. What really attracted me to it was the pretty colors. I admit it, next to earth tones, pastels are my favorite; of the pastels out there, I love pink. I guess I am a girly-girl after all.
The author is Kristyne Czepuryk. Don’t ask me how to pronounce it; but she does help out with a post about it. Kristyne is a mom, quilter, and crafter. After making a diaper bag when her second daughter was born, she started making handbags and such and selling them. Her success led her to teaching at her local quilt shop. Soon she will be a published author with her book “S is for Stitch” releasing soon.
S is for Stitch is a book about embroidery. It includes alphabet-themed patterns for boys and girls. The designs look so cute that if you are not into the alphabet style (which I am), you will still have plenty of designs to try, just leave out the letter. Plus it comes with patterns for quilts, pillows, wall art and more. The description says it is good for beginners – good thing, because those stitches always confuse me. Personally, I can’t wait until it comes out. I don’t buy too many craft books, but I am seriously considering putting this on my Christmas list – it would be a nice gift for Dustin to buy me.
Back to Pretty by Hand. . . . On the blog there are a few sections that I love. 1) there is a huge list of sites Kristyne would rather be visiting instead of doing laundry 2) there are links to a few tutorials – my favorite is the one about her needles 3) the photos are fantastic Kristyne was as the recent Quilt Market and she shared some fabulous photos.
Since I have gotten back into blogging, I am regularly reading my blog reader and hopping around from blog to blog. I also do a lot of web searches for various things – depending on what I am writing about. Very rarely do I end up on the same blog – Except Pretty by Hand. I see a picture of something that is super pretty, I click and here I am. Over and over again. You know what that tells me? Great content, great information, and eye popping pictures. Plus, Kristyne has a wonderful sense of humor that makes me want to read her blog (look for the post about what polka dots smell like – I still chuckle over that one).
So please check out Pretty by Hand. It is well worth your time.