The Little Old Couple – A DIY Embroidery Project

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Last year marked our 10 year anniversary. On a gorgeous 70 degree clear day without a cloud in the sky, Ben and I got married. We were surrounded by everyone special to us. Since that day, our life has been filled with ups and downs (mostly ups) and through every single one of them we have found joy. Speaking for myself, Ben brings out the best in me. He makes me think about things in ways that I never would have before. I have changed since I met this man and for nothing but the better.

Three years after we got married, I delivered C. It was the most amazing day of our lives and sent us on a journey that we have never looked back on. Now with three children, not a day goes by where we aren’t absolutely and utterly exhausted. It is an exhaustion accompanied by smiles and dreams of pictures of our family of 5 created by C, laughs from G, and silly looks that generally mean trouble from H. And an exhaustion that we wouldn’t trade for anything else.

One day, the two of us will be sitting on our rocking chairs on the front porch of our house. In those days, we will be reflecting on the life that we have lived and remembering all of these memories that we have shared. Hopefully watching our children and grandchildren play in the front yard…

And so, for our 10 year anniversary I began a project that would take me over a year to finish (things got in the way – busy life). I finally finished it just a few weeks ago and we were able to place it in our new bedroom of our new home so that we can be reminded of how far we have come and how we have many more exciting years ahead of us.

I had a good friend, Ashley sketch out a design. She is just awesome. Not only does she know Ben and I really well, but she is in a relationship much like ours with one of our oldest friends. Ashley gets it. And her sketch. It was perfect.

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After ironing freezer paper (used as a stabilizer) onto the muslin that I had chosen as the materia, I began to trace. Using a lightbox borrowed from Mama H, I traced the sketch onto a white muslin fabric. This would be the base for this embroidery project.

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I chose my color threads (DMC bought at Michael’s Craft Store) and set out on my way using my round hoop. I am not an expert embroiderer so I checked out a quick tutorial and decided to self teach the rest. :)

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And when it was finished, it was perfect. I found a lovely wood frame and it is now hanging nicely as the first thing on the wall in our newly painted bedroom. :)

What DIY projects have you been working on lately?! 

Link them UP or tell me about them in the comments. I love to hear about projects…like a lot! 

I have started a new link-up with 4 other fabulous ladies and I am so excited. Stay tuned because the projects at The Vintage Homestead have just begun!


About Lauryn Blakesley


A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. This is so stinkin’ cute! What a lovely piece for you and Ben to have and to pass along to the kids.
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  2. That is a really nice project. I like that you showed all the steps to help people who might be interested in doing something similar.
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  3. It is so sweet. My aunt embroidered my Grandparents a sampler on their 50th wedding anniversary. Years later, when Mike and I were married on their anniversary, she embroidered the same sampler pattern for us. It is such a special heirloom!
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  4. That is really sweet – a nice reminder for everyone to make value your relationship a priority in this crazy world of parenting.
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  5. Oh Lauryn!! I LOVE it!! I want to do something like this for Rob!
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  6. I remember you were working on this at the retreat last year! It turned out great!
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  7. I love this….I’ve been wanting to do more sewing and now is a perfect time to start!
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  8. It’s beautiful. I love that it’s so minimalist.
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  9. This is SO cute, I love it! Happy Anniversary!
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  10. What an amazing gift. You’re so creative and thoughtful Lauryn! Gorgeous!
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  11. Not only is this super cute, but it’s so special to the two of you! Happy anniversary! I love this embroidery project idea!
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  12. I wish I could make something this charming! My goodness you and your friend are both so talented!
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  13. So clever. I would end up sewing myself to the fabric, but admire people like you who have crafty ability. :)
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  14. How beautiful! I would treasure something like this forever if it was given to me!

  15. I saw this on instagram and just LOVED it! So cute. I wish I had those skills!

  16. Amazingly cute. I love it. I’m so glad you’re my friend. And can you please teach me to how to do more crafty things? Thanks. xoxo
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