New Artwork & New House!

I can’t believe two months have gone by since my last blog post! I don’t think I’ve taken a break this long since I started my blog three years ago. Things here have been a little hectic lately and our plans for the future have changed quite a bit, so let me update you and tell you what’s been going on.

Firstly, the sad news- After two years of trying to build a house in King county WA, we’ve come up against many obstacles with the permitting office. While our building permits are almost complete, we were being asked to do some nearly impossible tasks in order to get the permits finalized, such as widening and paving over a mile of road which we and many others use and drive on daily as it is with no issues.

Eventually we were able to talk them down to adding some pullouts/turnouts in a few spots along the road, but even that will be a costly and difficult job. We didn’t even know going into this process that we could be asked to make improvements to the road that runs through the whole neighborhood and not just our own property, but apparently in King County they can ask that of us. Even the fire chief came out and told us that the road was good and accessible, but it seems like the person in charge of our permits is looking for anything they can to make this process more difficult and costly. Even though we have a perfectly buildable piece of land, they’ve had to look offsite for additional improvements they can ask of us.

While we could’ve keep working with them on this and probably still get the permits, after a while we started to ask ourselves why we are doing this. Since Anthony’s job is remote and we both work from home, we no longer need to live in King county, the county which Seattle is in and a place known for its difficulty to build a house. We can find land in a different county or even a different state with even more acreage at a lower cost and not have to jump through as many hoops to get permission to build.

After this experience, we have decided that since we’ve already spent two years trying to build a house, we don’t want to let anymore time go by living in a small apartment while we figure out were we want to go next and begin the building and permitting process all over again. So, we decided to move right into a house that’s already built, put our land up for sale, and maybe consider building the house we designed later in life when we have a better idea of where we want to live long-term.

The house we found is on the edge of the forest near Olympia, WA and we’re so much happier and more comfortable here. We’re now much closer to all of the beautiful Washington mountains and only an hour away from the coast. Our bunny, Violet, is running and leaping for joy, fully enjoying all of the space she finally has. Anthony has his own private office and I have a big beautiful kitchen to work in and my own embroidery studio.

I’m so excited to get back to posting recipes and making more embroidered artwork from this new space.

Here are the latest art projects I’ve been working on over the past couple of months:

Lake George- a gift for a friend

Lake George- a gift for a friend

Mittens the cat- a gift for a friend

Mittens the cat- a gift for a friend

Baby Sadie- an outlined portrait and my first commissioned project!

Baby Sadie- an outlined portrait and my first commissioned project!

Wolf Pup- a practice project for a baby woodland animal series I’m starting soon

Wolf Pup- a practice project for a baby woodland animal series I’m starting soon

If you’d like to commission a portrait of your pet (or baby!) send me an email at elleriberaphoto@gmail.com or you can purchase a commission option directly from my shop and then I’ll email you and we can go from there.

My plan is to keep working on the baby animal series so that I have some new pieces to add to my shop, as well as to photograph and film videos of some of my favorite new recipes, so keep your eyes peeled for some new posts here on my blog in the upcoming weeks! ❁

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

Jacket back

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!