Not Your Mother’s Needlepoint

I’ve been cross stitching since I was about 6. It’s been a while since I got the chance to do one and was thinking of picking up a pattern from a fellow Etsian. I found so many cool ones I had to share.

‘Not Your Mother’s Cross Stitch’ by barbedlotus

Fire Mario – Framed…


Super Sweet Sugar S…


Live Fast Die Prett…


Cool Cross Stitch P…




Crafty Chicks Are H…


Pulp Fiction embroi…


Cross stitch bookma…




Hand sitched Twilig…


Don’t Make Me P…


Mario 1-Up Mushroom…


Framed Needle Work …


Arrested Developmen…


Cross Stitch Framed…


PDF (.pdf) Original…


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Zombies, Skeletons and Creepers Oh My!

I love Plants vs Zombies and Minecraft. These two games have generated quite a following and have quickly become favorites of geeks across the board. They have also inspired some really cool stuff on Etsy.

‘Zombies and Skeletons and Creepers Oh My!’ by barbedlotus

Minecraft Inspired …


Combo Pack 3 SEWING…


Grass Cube -inspire…


Peashooter Plant Bu…


Plants vs Zombies L…


Minecraft Furnace B…


Handmade Plants vs …


Minecraft Inspired …


Minecraft DIRT/GRAS…


Plants Vs Zombies D…


Crochet Minecraft C…


cherry bomb


Plants vs. Zombies:…


Minecraft Papercraf…


PVZ Zombie Hat with…


TNTShirt (2XL Rings…


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Like a Fox

Foxes play an interesting role in the mythology of many cultures. They can be good or bad, and that usually varies from situation to situation, even with the same fox. They are nearly always the trickster of the story and in some cultures the trickster god takes on the form of a fox. Heather and I play a F2P MMORPG. The class of character we both play can turn into a fox. They are called venomancers and are modeled after the Yao Jing in Chinese mythology.

If you search for “fox” on Etsy you get a LOT of hits, almost 5,000. It seems many others are just as enchanted with foxes as those who made the myths.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

birdmafia, bitofwhimsyprims, BlackBaroque, bobbin4apples, deannabachart, dearcolleen, deebeale, designbirdie, goldsprite, inblue, lulubugjewelry, Merimask, nekochii, roamingrabbit, shinybycharlotte, sparrowsalvage, sunmeower, ThisYearsGirl, trumblydesigns, and UpsideDownsideDark

You Are One Crafty Ninja

You know I don’t think supply sellers get as much credit as they should. There are thousands of supply sellers on Etsy, both commercial and handmade, as well as a ton of crafters getting rid of extra supplies through destashing. I get tons of our bead supplies from destash sales and you save SO much from it. So much so that it’s hard to limit yourself sometimes, leaving you to need to destash yourself.

The Etsy artists and suppliers in this article are:

auntifranni, BareNakedFindings, beadbarnsupplies, BellaNoelle, clearcutcrafts2007, colorhouse, dorothydomingo, felicitysiu, greenkitten, happysupplies, karaku, littleappleton, MaryNotMartha, MermaidTreasures, room29, shareliving, sistermaide, skstudiojewelry, slippedstichstudios, Stashable, SunBijoux, TheCraftyBead, TheFrontHouse, theopalescence, and violaviola

Elvis Week

When I was a kid I had this baby sitter that was obsessed with everything Elvis. I remember his songs constantly playing. I think that’s why I don’t like many of them (with the exception of Hound Dog and Blue Suede Shoes). I do however love the references to Elvis in sci-fi. The mention in Men in Black and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and stories like Elvis in the Attic show how one charismatic personality can become pretty much immortal. What are future cultures going to think when they dig up piles of Elvis memorabilia and find him mentioned in such stories? Ten bucks says with as often as his name and Oprah’s come up and the tendency for us to believe our predecessors are more religious than ourselves, the future archeologists will probably speculate they are gods or something >_<.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

21CannonSalute, BarkerBell, BByeButterfly, CreativePal, drinkingstars, ElvisResurrected, lovelasmuertas, missluckyhellcatart, OneElf, OriginalsbyLauren, parsnipandpear, recyclemania, RetroVisionClothing, SandDragonH2O, SKULLCLOWN, soapopotamus, supapun, thestockingswerehung, XOHandworks, and zanneavenue

Audiobook Appreciation Month

I love audio books. In fact I think it would be safe to say that I’m am a borderline addict of them. I’ve listened to audio books since I was very young. My great grandma has a stash of vinyl audio books and I first discovered the world of Harry Potter threw the sound of Jim Dale’s voice. I think I listened to those books a hundred times.

Traditional audio books can be expensive (the kind of CD or tape, yes they still make them on tape), however there are some cheaper alternatives. rents audio books just like NetFlix does movies. Now a couple months ago they cut down their stock considerably, but from what I understand this is most likely temporary. Regardless they still have thousands of books available and also have great prices on the audio books themselves for purchase if you like one enough to own. They have the CD copies as well as digital.

There is of course, which sells audio books in a downloadable format. Having a membership gets you cheaper purchase rates and points which you can also purchase the books with. The one thing I don’t like about Audible is that they don’t carry many of my favorite authors. But between them and you have most published audio books available to you.

Better still is free audio books. has a huge range of podcast novels, novelettes, and anthologies. And all of them are free. They do accept donations, and the best part of that is that the author of the book receives 75% (which is a ton more than the publishing industry gives).

Today’s collection is all audio.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

BlumensteinUltraFi, crimsonking, bmused, rntn, Keilantra, bearduck, tovicorrie, PinkSaguaro, LateToTheRevolution, ohmycake, jupiterfreedom, stellarcustomimages, SCHiZO, opendoorstudio, retroEra, and DollyCool

Watermelon Day

Woot! It’s Watermelon Day! (Yes, we have a tenancy to find some very strange holidays to blog about).

Watermelon screams summer (or it would if fruit were vocal). Even though I personally don’t care much for watermelon (it’s a texture thing), but I love the smell of fresh cut watermelons. Probably the coolest thing about watermelons though is the amazing watermelon carvings people do.  Here is a video of one carved into a dragon and at the end of this post will be a link to a how to for creating a peacock watermelon centerpiece fruit basket thing.

A while back we designed a pair of Watermelon Fairy Wings (Amber actual wore a pair of these to work today ^^). I think they may be the wackiest pair of wings we’ve made yet, and were the very first design that we experimented with spray paint on (and consequently fell in love with the adjustable tip on Krylon brand spray cans). The Water Melon Fairy wings are currently available for sale in our Etsy shop.

We’ve also made a watermelon toned tutu (the tutus are not yet available in the shop but will be in the near future).


The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

woodenfencesoaps, beckandcallgirl, tooaquarius, sheridesthelion, EarthBabyDesigns, preciouspatterns, chocolatecupcake, zaythehappyhatter, customphotoprops, nicolesuder, WatermelonWishes, ForStitchesSake, VintageFiligree, beadpassion, CleanQueenSoapCo, meadowsjewelry, ChatterBoxArt, karnsugarmandesigns, bagsagain, ModernNeedlepoint, mihow, jamgeek, butterandlove,  and TheLitterRagamuffin

Also check out this Water Melon Cake recipe I found and this series of videos on How-To Create A Carved Fruit Center Piece.

And a little announcement. We are beginning construction on a new website which will become a kind of one stop shop for everything Barbed Lotus. We will continue to do the blog, but it will eventually be moved to the new website. We will also continue to have our Etsy shop and DeviantArt profile, but will also have everything that we make available on the new website including booking for our henna and face painting services. More to come on the new site later : )

Hobby Lobby In Store Coupon

Found this this morning while gearing up to go supply shopping.

In-Store Coupon : Weekly In-Store Specials : Hobby Lobby – Hobby Lobby.

If you don’t already do this, you can save a ton by just Googling the store you are going to and coupon. Almost all major retailers offer coupons online or in email news letters.

A Slightly Late Lughnasadh

Happy Lughnasadh, or Lammas, or any other of the various names for August 1st. In the Northern Hemisphere the beginning of August marks the beginning of harvesting and the first day of August is a harvest festival day in many cultures and faiths. This is when you start getting all those wonderful summer crops.

Every holiday has it’s staple celebration food, and the first harvest festival’s is bread. Speaking of which, check out this wonderful recipe for sandwich bread I tried a couple weeks ago. It was some of the best bread I’ve ever had (which is saying something because I really suck at baking bread and it still came out good). Add the following simple recipe for homemade butter and you’re all set.

Simple Homemade Butter

  • 2 c. Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt

Mix heavy cream in food processor or blender for approximately 10 minutes. You will know it’s ready when you can clearly see separation of butter and excess liquid. Strain out the extra liquid and mix in salt to taste.

Variation Tips:

You can make great garlic bread by adding garlic powder and other Italian spices in with the salt, or make some sweet honey butter by drizzling in some fresh honey . A great extra to really make a special sweet butter is adding in just a touch of ground vanilla beans and cinnamon and a pinch of brown sugar with the honey. Oh so good on scones.

The beginning of harvest season is a time of amnesia to for me. It is right at the point in the year where it is so miserably hot that you start to wish for winter (completely forgetting how miserably cold it can get in the winter). Kids are trying as hard as they can to enjoy the last of their break, people are cramming in camping trips, and even the weather seems bound and determined to put as much summer into this month as possible. For right now though I’m going to settle down with a slice of buttered bread and cold mint tea and relax for a bit.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

studiotempera, AprilHilerDesigns, SparklePeach, WhisperandHush, Gamut, revivalfiber, LoveandDream, ARTintersect, Brigite, handarts, AnneMariesPottery, OnceUponAPedestal, brownpaperbagart, CircesHouse, nealpottery, GulfCoastCottagePDF, SexyStitches, CraftyAnna, turquioserollerset, and MinatureSweet

It’s Cheese Cake Day!

Yeah, that’s right. Cheese Cake Day.

The Etsy artists featured here are:

minimenageriecakes, KarnesBitsAndBobs, BodyLuminosity, longwinterfarm, GudonyaToo, paintsquared, SoulSisterSoaps, FusionSweets, VintageConfections, FashionCandy, CynfulCreations, myotherprincess, TwoDogGardens, LittleGrayFox, marissajoannarojas, and ivylanedesigns

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