Meet Mallory of Ellucy Stitches

We were lucky enough to sit down with Mallory Bailey, owner and founder of the adorable etsy shop Ellucy Stitches, to discuss her booming success, how she got started, and her tips for anyone looking to start their own business. Ellucy Stitches is a one stop shop for anyone who loves embroidery -- purchase a handmade hoop, a kit to create a hoop on your own, or even just a pattern!


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PI: We absolutely adore your work! Can you tell us a little more about yourself and your shop?

MB: I am so flattered! I am 26 years old and I live in Richmond, Virginia with my boyfriend and our two cats, Ellie and Lucy. (Get it? Ellucy Stitches?) By day I am an office manager for a local electrical testing company (most boring job ever). In March of 2017 I opened my Etsy shop, Ellucy Stitches. I make and sell modern and colorful hand embroidery pieces, patterns and kits!

PI: How did you get started with embroidery?

MB: I actually bought a pattern in January of 2017, ran to the local craft store to gather supplies and got to work! After a few minutes I was hooked! I am completely self-taught and there are things that I am still learning. I fell in love with the entire process. Creating something from my brain onto paper and then onto fabric just stuck! I absolutely love the process of stitching. It gives me an opportunity to bring my ideas to life.

PI: Where do you find inspiration for your patterns? We love how youthful and fun they are!

MB: I have a running list of ideas on my phone. Whenever something comes to me I make sure to take note of it. Sometimes I’ll see a certain color palette and a design will take off from there! I try to stay original and make things a bit different than what I’ve seen. It’s pretty funny because if you met me, I tend to wear very neutral colors and my embroidery is much brighter and more colorful than my own personal clothing style.

PI: What’s your favorite item in your shop?

MB: I would have to say my kits. I put in so much time and attention to those. I tried to create something that I would have loved when I was just starting out. Something simple and easy to follow, but also beautiful. I am constantly trying to find the best quality products I can for my kits. I also absolutely adore seeing my customers progress pictures and helping them along the way!

 

PI: Do you like to embroider other items in addition to your home decor pieces?

MB: I haven’t started to do that quite yet, but I have been toying with the idea of embroidering t-shirts and pillows. I would love to add a little pop of color.

PI: Are there any new, exciting things we should be keeping an eye out for?

MB: I am currently working on making some new and interesting floral hoops. My goal is to make something I haven't really shown my customers yet, something different. I am also toying with the idea of small custom table numbers for weddings. I just want to grow my brand and make it as DIY friendly as possible. I try to offer a pattern of most hoops I make, so I'll keep adding those as well!

PI: What tips do you have for someone looking to start their own business?

MB: JUST DO IT! I was nervous starting mine, but I have learned SO much along the way. I’d definitely say that there is NO such thing as being too organized. Save receipts, keep a notebook, keep lists on your phone- just do anything that helps you remember all the little pieces that come up throughout any given day. Never be afraid to say that you’re overwhelmed. I am one person running my shop, so most evenings after work I am stitching or putting kits together and taking things to the post office. There are times where I just simply cannot keep up. When this happens, I put some items on vacation until I can catch up. It’s completely okay to work at whatever pace YOU need. Remember that we are all learning as we go and that it’s okay to ask questions!


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Aren’t you in love?! Head over to Instagram for a giveaway of one of her beautiful embroidery hoops! You can find Mallory on Instagram at @ellucystitches and at her Etsy shop, Ellucy Stitches.

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Monday Blues? Tinted Glassware DIY

We’re embracing the Monday Blues and using it as inspiration for our latest DIY – tinted glassware! This simple DIY adds a little extra pop of color to spice up your decorative glassware.

- Decorative Glassware of your choosing

- Modge Podge (glossy)

- Cookie Sheet

- Parchment Paper

- Disposable Bowls/Spoons

- Paper towels

- Plastic grocery bags

1.       Start off by setting up your workspace. We laid out one plastic grocery bag with two layers of paper towels as our work and drying space.

2.       In a disposable bowl, combine a fair amount of Modge Podge with your desired food coloring. The exact amounts will vary based off of the size of your containers and how dark you want your tint to be, but trust us, you’ll need more Modge Podge than you think you will!

3.       Once you’ve reached your desired color mixture, pour it into your first piece of glassware.

4.       Simply turn and tip the container until the inside is completely coated.

5.       If you’re making all of your jars the same color, pour the leftover mixture into the next jar. If you’re opting to create different tones like we did, pour the leftover mixture back into the disposable bowl. You can add more Modge Podge and coloring directly into this mixture to create your next color!

6.       Place the container upside down on your paper towel and grocery bag area to let excess drip out.

7.       Complete these steps for all of your glassware and let sit for a minimum of thirty minutes.

8.       When you’re ready, preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

9.       Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, transferring the glassware onto the lined sheet, still upside down.

10.   Bake the glassware upside down for roughly 30 minutes, then flip so that glassware is right-side up and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes. Baking time will vary depending on the oven and the size of your glassware, some of ours went for an extra 20 minutes!

11.   Once your glassware is clear, remove from the oven, let cool, and enjoy!

Simple Flower DIY's

Springtime blooms can add an effortless pop of color to your home. Let’s do more then just put them in a vase!

Image courtesy of:  Handimania

Image courtesy of: Handimania

Make a springtime chandelier –

minus the flame and add the flowers.

Image courtesy of:  DIY Showoff

Image courtesy of: DIY Showoff

Image courtesy of:  DIY Showoff

Image courtesy of: DIY Showoff

Image courtesy of:  DIY Showoff

Image courtesy of: DIY Showoff


 

Re-purpose a pasta strainer –

cute and conventional.

Image courtesy of:  Country Living

Image courtesy of: Country Living


Spring showers call for…

umbrella wreaths!

Image courtesy of:  Made From Pinterest

Image courtesy of: Made From Pinterest

Image courtesy of:  Made From Pinterest

Image courtesy of: Made From Pinterest

Image courtesy of:  Made From Pinterest

Image courtesy of: Made From Pinterest


 

Prefer plastic?

Glue them to make a flowery letter.

Image courtesy of:  The Mrs. and Momma Bird

Image courtesy of: The Mrs. and Momma Bird

Image courtesy of:  The Mrs. and Momma Bird

Image courtesy of: The Mrs. and Momma Bird

Image courtesy of:  The Mrs. and Momma Bird

Image courtesy of: The Mrs. and Momma Bird

Image courtesy of:  The Mrs. and Momma Bird

Image courtesy of: The Mrs. and Momma Bird


Here's a Boho

twist!

Image courtesy of:  Pop Sugar

Image courtesy of: Pop Sugar

Rose Redemption

So the V-Day chocolates have been eaten, and the bottle of wine is dry… but the vase of roses are still sitting pretty on the kitchen table. Now I don’t know about you, but I feel extra special anytime I’m lucky enough to receive some rosy reds! Here are 2 creative ways to make your bouquet last even longer, so you can enjoy them time and time again! Get ready to be pampered!

Rose Petal Bath Bomb

If you’re familiar with the magical store called LUSH you’ll know how important this first idea is… DIY rose petal bath bombs! Although amazing, bath bombs from LUSH can be a teensy bit pricey, so here is a great way to incorporate your V-Day flowers into a decadent bath time treat!

Product image courtesy of: Lush USA

Product image courtesy of: Lush USA

 
Product image courtesy of: A Pumpkin and A Princess

Product image courtesy of: A Pumpkin and A Princess

These all-natural bath bombs dissolve into a fizz when dropped in water to turn your bath into a full-on spa experience.

 

1 cup baking soda

½ cup lemon juice

½ cup corn starch

¼ cup dry milk (this will make your skin super soft)

3 tbsp. Epsom salts

1 teaspoon water

Handful of dried rose petals

15-20 drops of essential oils for scent (rose oil recommended)

3-4 teaspoons of almond oil (olive oil will clog your drain)

Silicone mold (to shape)

Step 1: In a large bowl combine baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, milk powder, and Epsom salt. Cut the rose petals into small pieces and toss them into the mixed ingredients.

Step 2: In a small bowl stir the water, almond oil and essential oil together.

Step 3: Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. You can test the mixture’s consistency by grabbing a handful and making a fist. If it holds the shape of your fist it is ready to mold. If it crumbles in your hand, lightly spritz it with water until you can form it into a shape. Trust me, if it’s too dry your masterpiece will turn to dust once its done!

Step 4: Compress your mixture into its shaping mold. This is where your creation can become unique! You could try chocolate molds, silicone ice cube molds, cupcake tins or even ornament molds. Choose whatever you like. For the truest LUSH bath bomb shape use the ornament mold. Don’t have one? Simply cut a tennis ball in half and use the shell as a mold! So easy! This mixture should get you 3 full sized bath bombs or about 8 small bath bomb fizzies.

Now if you are compressing two halves into one shape you need to make sure both sides will stick together. This is important if you’re making the true bath bomb shape. I would add a spoonful of the mixture between the two halves and compress them against each other (this will be easy if you’re using an ornament mold).

Step 5: Voilá, the PERFECT bath bomb!! Let both sides of the molds dry with one on top of the other. Let the bath bombs dry overnight before removing it from the mold. Once removed, allow them to dry on a towel for a few hours before using or wrapping them as a gift!

Thank you to A pumpkin and A Princess for the recipe!

Rose Infused Body Scrub

This idea is so simple yet super luxurious! Use this scrub do exfoliate dry skin and get ready for your next hot date!

There’s one a few things needed for this one:

1 cup fresh rose petals

1 ½ cups sugar (white sugar will give you a baby pink colored end result)

¼ cup baby oil

Food processor/blender

Mason Jar

This is how simple this one is – throw all of the ingredients into the food processor, pulse until the ingredients are evenly mixed and pour into a jar! This smells super pretty but looks even more amazing!

Image courtesy of: Smart School House

Image courtesy of: Smart School House

Have fun making these post-Valentine’s Day bath time treats!

DIY Crystal Branches

Looking to add a whimsical flare to a wedding centerpiece, a dinner party, or even just your living room table? These DIY crystal snow branches are simply perfect to bring a little bit of winter’s beauty into any space. Buy these in store and you’re looking to spend anywhere between $10 and $30! Here’s how to DIY these crystal branches for a fraction of the cost.

Photo Credit: Make Them Wonder

Photo Credit: Make Them Wonder

Branches - I suggest birch branches which you can find at Michael’s, AC Moore or better yet, your back yard!

Tacky Glue - Aleene’s would work great. You want to use a very tacky glue to ensure that anything your decorating your branches with will actually stick.

Glitter, Fake Snow, or Colorfill Diamonds Vase Filler – In order to get that super icy texture you should try using the Colorfill Diamonds Vase Filler. If you’re looking for a finer texture give glitter or fake snow a try. For some super dazzling branches, try a combination of the three!

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Gently apply glue to the branch with a paint brush. If you are using branches from the outdoors, make sure they are clean and entirely dry.

 

Directly after applying the glue, apply the glitter, fake snow, or Colofill to the branch you are working with. This part can get a little tricky. To make the process easier try laying the branch on a clean and protected surface and slowly pour the contents over the branch, adding more where needed and repeating the process.

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Let the branches dry! It’s as easy as that. Think of the possibilities! You could add these branches to a bouquet, a centerpiece, a mantle, whatever your heart desires. You could also try this DIY with pine cones for a woodsier look.

DIY Snow Covered Glass

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-DIY Epsom Salt Snow Covered Glass

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  1. Mod Podge
  2. Epsom Salt
  3. Glass vase or container
  4. Glitter
  5. Brush (we prefer sponge brushes)
Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-DIY Epsom Salt Snow Covered Glass


Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-DIY Epsom Salt Snow Covered Glass

Using the Mod Podge, cover the sides of the glass.  There are tons of different approaches to using this product, and different approaches can create different effects. We recommend that you experiment before you use it on something of value. You can watch beginner tutorials here.

Next, apply the Epsom Salt. There are two ways you can do this. Either you can sprinkle it on, or you can roll your glass in it. For this project, we're sprinkling it on, because we find it has a finer coat of salt, giving you a less opaque final product. Again, feel free to experiment with the effect you like best!

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-DIY Epsom Salt Snow Covered Glass
Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-DIY Epsom Salt Snow Covered Glass

After the Mod Podge has started to get tacky, apply glitter VERY SPARINGLY.  Remember, when it comes to glitter, a little goes a long way. If you're not careful, it will get EVERYWHERE!

Throw in a candle, or some flowers, and VOILÀ!



  1. Mod Podge
  2. Epsom Salt can be purchased at your local pharmacy
  3. Glitter
  4. Brush

DIY Holiday Wreath

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Holiday Wreath DIY
Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Holiday Wreath DIY
  1. Wreath frame
  2. 24 gauge wire
  3. Wire cutters
  4. Then either cut from pine trees in nature or ask your local tree farm for their clippings.
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  1. Lay your wreath frame flat.
  2. Take your wire and secure the wire to the frame leaving the wire attached to the paddle.
  3. Take 3-4 tree clippings and begin to make a bundle.
  4. Lay the bundle in the cradle of the wreath frame following the curve of the circle.
  5. Using your wire, wrap the wire around the base of your bundle
  6. Once the bundle is secured together, take the wire and wrap it tightly around the wreath frame.

DIY Gold Accents

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Gold Accents DIY

Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or any other variation of the holiday that you celebrate, pretty soon there will be people gathering around your holiday table. So as you prepare your menu, shopping lists, wine pairings and the like, don’t forget your holiday tablescape! As you saw in The Mustard Story, gold is the perfect color accent for the holiday season.  So here are few budget friendly DIY projects that can help bring that golden hue to your holiday table!

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Gold Accents DIY

Tape off the area, leaving a pull tab. Use small, vertical brush strokes. Make sure, when applying gold leaf, that you use it sparingly. A little goes a long way.

 

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Gold Accents DIY

After two light coats, and twenty minutes to dry, gently pull the tape upwards. If there is some spillage, the edge of a razor can clean it up easily.

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Gold Accents DIY

Apply a light coat of glue over the area you want. Make sure to work quickly, because the glue wont stay wet for long.

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Gold Accents DIY

Press the glue into a pile of the glitter. You can also shake the glitter onto the glue, but you wont get as dense coverage.

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Gold Accents DIY
Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Gold Accents DIY

Using the pliers, heat the tip of the tack. This will help the tack slide into the wax without breaking it. It works easiest if you work straight down.

Place the tacks touching each other on the horizontal row. You can overlap the vertical rows for a scaling effect. Use your imagination!

Happy Thanksgiving!