Opening an embroidery shop & other life updates!

Cherry blossoms on the collar of a vintage corduroy jacket

Cherry blossoms on the collar of a vintage corduroy jacket


There are a few big changes are happening this month, so I thought I’d make a life update sort of post and address some of what is going on in our lives at the moment and what kind of new content you can expect to see here on my blog.

The last time I gave an update was back in October, and I think I was writing about how we had just submitted our building permits and how in the spring hopefully we would be building our small house in the woods. Well, it is now May and our building permits are still held up, so I don’t have any exciting news to share in that department at the moment, but hopefully very soon that will change.

The most exciting news is that my partner Anthony, who has spent the last 10 years working in an office, has just accepted a new job and it’s remote, meaning from now on he will be working from home. Since we don’t have our house built quite yet and we’re still living in a small apartment, there’s not quite enough space in here for me to film and photograph recipes, unless I want to be featured in the background of his video calls arranging food. So I decided that while we’re both working in tight quarters here, it would be best if I put the creative side of recipe development on the back burner until we have the house built. I’ll still be cooking and developing new recipes, but I’ll hold off on filming and photographing most of them until I have the space to do that again.

In the mean time, while I might still find a day or two here and there to make new recipe content, for the most part I’m going to focus on a hobby of mine which requires far less space- embroidery!

Jacket front (pURCHAse Here)

Jacket back (purchase here)

So far, I’ve made an embroidery gallery, which is where I feature all of the pieces I’ve completed so far in 2019, as well as an embroidery shop where you can purchase hand embroidered artwork.

In the embroidery shop, I will be selling upcycled thrifted & vintage clothing, repaired and decorated with hand embroidered designs. I also will be offering custom embroidered artwork, which can be placed on any clothing item you’d like, or as traditional in-the-hoop wall hanging artwork, including custom pet portraits.

Cocoa, 2019

Templeton the rat, 2019

I’m still pretty new at embroidery and have a lot to learn, so I’m keeping my prices quite low while I’m still learning and improving.

Here’s where you can find everything embroidery-related that I have to offer:

Check back in by visiting the brand new embroidery page in my navigation bar at the top of my site. I’ll be adding new pieces in a variety of sizes for sale as often as I can- it’s a slow-goin’ process, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Moths and Mushrooms on My Overalls, Not for SalE. If you want me to embroider all over any clothing items you have, Check out the Clothing commissions page!

Moths and Mushrooms on My Overalls, Not for SalE. If you want me to embroider all over any clothing items you have, Check out the Clothing commissions page!


Let me know if you have any questions about the shop and the process of commissioning embroidered artwork. Leave a comment below or send me an email: elleriberaphoto@gmail.com

If you’d be interested in seeing any tutorials on how to embroider or needle paint, also let me know and I can definitely make a post to share all the newbie tips I have learned so far.

I’ll be back soon with the occasional recipe and more artwork to share!