Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Free Pattern - Love is Love is Love




It's not often that I use my blog as any sort of soap box.  I prefer to keep my personal opinions about world events and politics separate from my crafting life - in truth, it's very rare that they overlap anyhow.  But every once in a while something awful happens that makes me wish I could do more and the events in Orlando this past weekend are just one of those times.

I was raised in a house filled with love and laughter.  I was raised to accept and respect everyone, even if they were different from me.  I guess that makes me one of the lucky ones because I really struggle a great deal to understand hate like this.  It's such a foreign concept to me that I am absolutely gutted by it.

Like you, I have plenty of friends who identify LGBTQ and the horror and tragedy that community has been subjected to, not just this week but historically, breaks my heart.  I so, so desperately want my daughter to grow up in a world where she feels free and safe to love whomever her heart desires to love without fear and without judgement. And not only do I want that for my daughter and for your children, but I want it now, for everyone, everywhere.  It's 2016 and we are better than this.

As always, when the events in the world get to be too much for me - when they're too big, too scary, too horrible, I turn to my craft.  It calms and centers me and gives me an outlet for my fears and my heartache.  So I did what I am best at and designed myself a pattern to give voice to my sadness and I happily offer it to you too, free of charge (download it here).  Stitch it for your friends, for your children, for yourself.  Stitch it because it's the truth and deserves, no - demands - to be heard.

I honestly, passionately believe that we as humans are here on Earth to create, not destroy. Our hands are meant to hold paintbrush and pen, knitting needle and sewing needle, not guns.

Don't back down my lovelies.  Stand and be proud.  Love is love is love is love.

Want to watch the moment that inspired my pattern?  Check out Lin-Manuel Miranda's beautiful Tony Award acceptance speech here.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Meet Gable + Finch!

When the year gives you a whole extra day what do you do with it? Open a new Etsy shop, of course!


Meet Gable + Finch - my new handcrafted accessory shop. I've been making jewelry for myself for twenty years and I'm so excited to finally share it with you! I want to bring sweet, timeless handcrafted loveliness to everyone.

The first collection features silver and glass pendants which encase some of my precious vintage quilting fabrics. I've been hoarding these lovely scraps for ages and love this way of displaying them so prettily.  They're the perfect dainty little accent for all your girliest outfits!


Because they're made from vintage (50s era) quilting cottons, only a limited number of each pendant are available.  Each one is cut from a different piece of the cloth, so each one is just a little bit different.  I think they make really great gifts for the special gals in your life.

Navy Polkadots

Navy Floral

Dainty Teal & Pink Floral

Teal & Cream Floral

Pink Polkadot


Dainty Pink Floral

Burgundy & Pink Floral

Pink & Rose Floral


This is just the start of the vintage-inspired treats I have planned for my new shop -- stay tuned for lots of embroidered, cross-stitched, and crocheted accessories in the near future! 

Follow Gable + Finch on Instagram to keep up with what's new in the shop.

<3 Jacqueline

Friday, November 27, 2015

Time for our Annual Holiday Sale!


It's Black Friday!  Avoid crowded stores, long line-ups, and not being able to find a parking space - shop small and shop from home! Bonus points for doing it in your pj's while eating leftovers. Give handmade this holiday and give a gift with real heart!! Our annual sale is on at the shop right now

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Free Pattern for Charity - Pixel People Mr. Rogers


Some days it seems like a really dark world we live in.  As we sit here and absorb the news and images of the tragic terrorist attacks on Paris yesterday, we are reminded of how lucky we are to have woken up this morning with our family and friends beside us.  We fervently hope all our customers in Paris and their family and friends are safe and well.  We stand beside you. 


We are pleased to offer our Pixel People Mr. Rogers pattern for free to you all. (Get the pattern here or here).. It was originally designed after the Sandy Hook shootings as a fundraiser in partnership with the now defunct Kitchy Stitches site, but this morning we thought it was time to bring it out again.  Please feel free to download it and share it with your friends and fellow crafters.  We hope you'll use it as a tool to talk to your children about the good that still exists in the world.  Now, more than ever it is important to teach our children that we are meant to love, not hate.  That we are meant to help, not hurt.  And that we are meant to create, not destroy.

In lieu of payment for this free pattern, we hope you'll consider donating to the Red Cross.  We know first hand the good work they do!

Be kind to each other out there today.  Hug your children.  Create something good.

J&C

Sunday, November 8, 2015

8-bit Jewelry - Where Geeky & Girly Meet

I'm so excited to introduce the first in a new line of fun, geek-inspired jewelry pieces for the shop! I get so many compliments on mine every time that I wear mine. This design sells out at every comic-con that we do. It's the perfect combination of geeky and sweet.



Inspired by the life meter from the early Zelda/Link games, this necklace is a subtle nod to the classic games of our childhood and makes the perfect gift for the fangirl or gamer in your life (or you!)

Get yours here!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We had a Baby!

Christopher and I are pleased to welcome our daughter, Evelyn Dianne to the world.  She was born August 13th and is already keeping us very busy.

We may not have much time for stitching these days, but hopefully you do!  If you pop over to the shop between August 25th -31st you can save 30% on everything using the coupon code HEYBABY





Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cross Stitch iPhone Cases




We're so excited to be carrying stitchable iPhone cases in the shop now!!  With two choices (for your iPhone 4 or 5) they're rubbery and lovely and oh, so easy to stitch.  I've been using mine for more than two months now and it's done such a good job of protecting my phone - I drop it a lot!  I get compliments every time I use my phone in public.  I'm really proud of this product and I know you're going to love them.



iPhone 5 cases are available in both white and black and iPhone 4 cases are available in white.  Our Pixel People Minis patterns fit perfectly on the horizontal, and you can fit one (or two) regular sized Pixel People on the vertical.  Either way, they look super cute!



The kits come with the perforated phone cover, 6 colours of embroidery floss, 1 needle, 4 patterns, 2 blank charts, and instructions.  Plus we're also throwing in a FREE WEELITTLESTITCHES PATTERN too!!

So pop over to the shop today and pick yourself up a great little kit to make your iPhone just that much cooler.

(Don't have an iPhone?  That's cool!  We also have a tutorial for stitching your own cell phone cover no matter which phone you're rocking.)