Yelli Kelli...Hey! That's Cute!

I am an Artist, Fashion Designer, Freehand Embroidery Designer, and mom. This is where I show recent custom work, new designs, fun stuff about my daughter, and silly stuff about my Shih Tzu.......Remember....
You Can't Be Serious!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dog Footprints as Ornaments!

My Shih Tzu, Clementine, made her own ornaments for her Christmas Tree this year! We made salt dough, and she smushed her foot on them for prints. Then I helped her paint them

in bright colors! This is her finished tree! So Sweet! Her tree is currently set up at our local Festival Of Trees!




Thursday, September 15, 2011

Perfect Gift!!

My freehand embroidered mini monogram pillow is the perfect gift! This is stitched in your choice of colors, in my Vintage Wool Yarn, and I add ANY small motif that you want!

Order early for Christmas!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Game Day Dresses!

This is my new Made to order GAME DAY DRESS! I just listed it in my Etsy shop. You may request any colors, school or team! Any size!



See it HERE.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Baby Sweater Set With Sweet Crewel!



This is my new baby sweater and cap set with my freehand crewel embroidery. I made this little sweater from a soft fleece type of fabric, but the face of it looks like a fine gauge sweater. This would fit from about a 12 month to perhaps a 24 month, depending on the baby. I am listing this in my shop as a ready to ship item. The bird theme is my original freehand embroidery with my vintage wool yarn. I added my fav chiffon rosettes to both the cap and the cardigan.

I can do custom orders as well…but these are all one of a kind designs, so expect a few variations in the embroidery….that is my fun part, and my reason for doing freestyle! I am including the little cap with this as a set….sooo sweet!

See it, and my other art and design HERE.


Back view…..

Friday, July 15, 2011





I just listed this Darling “Squeal!!!! Piggy Dress” in my Etsy shop!

She is made of cotton knit and a vintage paisley print. The piggy is hand applied with my wonky stitches and silly embroidered edges

for the hems.

Squeal with Delight!!

Ready to ship! Grab her fast!

See her HERE.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sweet Parakeet Baby Dress



This is my “Sweet Parakeet” Baby Dress. Made to Match the “Lovebirds” fabric that is so popular right now!

The print in the quilting fabric is called Lovebirds, but they look more like parakeets to me. Smile

I just listed this is my Etsy  shop….and it is ready to ship!

OK, I have seen so many bird motifs in the market lately. And the “parakeet” or budgie is a new look in this sweet theme!

I have had a few commissions for nursery paintings with these sweeties. There are lots of fabrics  and prints out there that are popular! I made this to coordinate with a print (Free Spirit, I believe) that was used in a nursery for a client.  I have made several paintings  with this theme.  Below is a birth announcement painting and a very large floral design that coordinated.




My little dress is a freehand design on my cotton pique’ knit. I added a Shabby chiffon hem and chiffon rosettes.


I also hand stitched my Wonky embroidery on the neckline and armholes. I like this treatment for the edgings on girls dresses because they are so cute and one of a kind! It has sort of a humble feel.

If you love this theme as much as I do, there are some lovely fabric choices out there! And If you go with those, I can do custom “made to match” d├ęcor’ items to complete the look!

Check my shop…….. I do customs for any color or design!

See the dress and my art  HERE.

Thanks Sweetie!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sea Life Embroidered Pillow Just Listed!


This is my newest design in my Etsy shop! I freehand stitched this Sea Life pillow with my vintage wool yarn. The pillow is burlap and a soft neutral backing. I did my fun mermaid, a pink crab, bright fish, seahorse, and starfish! I hand dyed my favorite burlap a pale aqua. And I added LOTS of french knots for great texture! This is a one of a kind design, ready to ship! See it HERE.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I LOVE Burlap…I LOVE Wool!!


Above is a set I recently made for one of my FAV clients. It is a wedding gift…the center one for the last name, and the smaller ones for the Bride and Groom.

It has been about a year and a half since I started my new “freehand crewel” line. I have always loved Burlap and also wool crewel yarn. I found some lovely vintage wool yarn on Etsy a couple of years ago, and so wanted to buy it. At the time it was a bit out of my reach for my budget, so I hesitated. And, yes, it sold. I was crushed! I vowed to find another assortment as neat as that one. I began searching on the web to find Vintage wool crewel/ needlepoint yarn. I realized there were sources out there, but you have to search them out! I began buying lots and lots of vintage wool yarn, learning about all the different brands and types along the way. I have a rather large stash now….it takes up about a quarter of my bedroom! I am always on the lookout for more! My favorite type is Paternayan Persian wool. I wanted to find something to make with it! After all, if I could get it to pay for itself, I could buy more, right? I had a wonderful memory of doing crewel kits with my mom and sister when we were young girls. I loved the freeform style of crewel. I started playing around with freehand embroidered designs, (my favorite), since there are no rules! I am not one to follow a pattern, chart or so forth, so freestyle was for me! I stitched up a few pillows in the cold grey months of winter, when sales tend to be slow. I stitched my designs onto Burlap because I love the retro feel of this neat fabric, and I have loved it since I was a child when my grandmother always had some lying around. She called it “tow sack”.

I whipped up a few items and I listed a few designs in my Etsy shop….and waited to see what would happen.

A little at a time, my little pillows began to sell! I was soooo excited! It really validated what I had been working on! I really liked doing one of a kind designs, so I began offering customs in my shop. Since then, my little single letter monogram pillow, with the custom motif, has become my best selling item!


I have expanded my items and added hooped wall art styles and even freehand stitchery on my girls clothing. I picked up a few retail stores to carry my pillows in addition to my Etsy shop. And, my embroidery has won first place for the last two years at our local Art On The Lake art show here in Guntersville.

This started out as a relaxing hobby to have fun with as a break from my painting, which is my full time job. However, the embroidery is now my best selling category on Etsy, so it has become a second job, but one I adore! There seems to be a growing interest in the stitchery arts. I see lots around the web. Mine is kind of in its own little category since it is so freeform. I just pull colors from my pile of yarn strands the way I pull colors of paint for my paintings. My newest design is my “Bohemian” style with flowery swirly letters and motifs which I make up on the spot depending on my mood. (See an earlier post for my Boho Name pillow).


This is another popular design….a pet portrait on a mini pillow! I stitched this one of my SShih Tzu during the power outage from the April tornado disaster.

See my Etsy shop for more embroidery, and to request a custom design.

Talk Soon……….Kelly

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!!

I want to wish you a wonderful Independence Day! It is so nice to be an “independent” artist! Have a Great Weekend!


This is my Freehand Embroidered Flag pillows I made for one of my “store” accounts. It is available at Haven Lane at Interior Spaces.......look her up on Facebook!
Have a great weekend!
Talk soon, Kelly

Saturday, June 25, 2011

NEW Bohemian Freehand Embroidered Pillow Design


This is my new design for my Freehand Crewel line. I call it my “Bohemian Crewel” style because the stitching is my random freehand embroidery that is meandering and funky. I use a mix of colors, a variety of stitches, and my wonderful vintage wool yarn. I love Burlap, so I used it for the pillow face…..deep brown velvet for the back.

I am listing it in my Etsy shop as a custom design. You may have any name, so the length of the pillow will vary with the number of letters. I will also offer my signature little accent motif, your choice of course, as in my mini pillow. Mine has a bluebird. This is a great gift for anyone! Darling for a child, teen, or …..Oh!…how about a LAST name as a wedding gift? See it in my Etsy shop. along with my other original freehand embroidery, and my fun art and comfy kids clothing.

See it HERE.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Welllllllllllllllll, I’m Back!

It has been a very long time….Yes.

We were hit with the severe Tornados in April here in Alabama. I won’t go into lots of details, but we had a certain degree of damages and loss of all utilities including Internet. But, so many people were so much more affected that I feel I cannot complain. Yes, I am still repairing and getting back to “normal”….  Just got my new replacement laptop…..and trying to learn how to use this baby. I will be posting again with my latest custom work, so stay tuned.

Right now, I am so grateful for an un-eventful day. I do not do well with Chaos and Disasters. Quiet weather and a peaceful “go about my business” day is a true blessing.

Thanks to you if you stuck around and waited. Thanks to my wonderful Etsy customers! I am looking forward to a great summer and new fun stuff to create and show here!

Talk Soon, Kelly

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary......

Well, how about a larger pillow? This one is my large size and features a darling girl in the flower garden. This cute retro style girl is such a sweet accent for a girls room! Hey! I add any name to this one for FREE! Check it out HERE.

Just A Pretty Girl......

Just Listed! This is my "Pretty Girl" Flamingo Mini Pillow! She is pink, girly, small, and sweet!

She is hand embroidered in my Vintage Wool yarn in my silly, wonky style!

Grab her quick,,,,she is ready to ship! See her Here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sew Cute!

This was my big piece for competition at our recent art show. I did this large, 30"x40" collage with vintage fabrics, hand embroidery with wool yarn, and odds and ends from my stash. I dyed the wool felt for her hair, and painted the muslin for her face and hands. I wanted a really primitive, naive style for this one....entitled "The Stitcher"....with the "Sew Cute" wording on the front. She is holding an actual embroidery hoop, with "I heart stitching" embroidered on it. The tape measure, thread spool, and pattern paper wrapped with thread are from my old tin of sewing stuff. Her eyelashes are dyed elastic snippets! Her eyes are deep turquoise velvet, and her wonky dress is an old piece of dyed wool. The buttons are from my great grandmothers stock from her "General Store" where I used to get bags of candy as a child. The flowers are also old stock, vintage silks with darling pompom centers!

This is a sentimental piece for me, and I am keeping it. But, I am going to offer this style as a portrait for children, or young at hearts, as a custom in my Etsy shop.
And....She won first place for needlecraft!

Just wanted to share.....:)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Speedy Sale Alert!!! Last Easter Dresses Just Listed and Free Shipping!!

I just listed the last two Easter Dresses in my Etsy shop, ON SALE!! FREE SHIPPING!!!

Priority ships TODAY!!! Grab them, you still have time!!!!!!!!

See them HERE.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Art On The Lake!!

Well, we did our local art show this past weekend, Art On The Lake! My mom, daughter and I do this show every year. The results for the competition were....Second overall for fiberarts for my mom....Second over all for my 14 year old in drawing (she competed in the adult category, so I think that was GREAT!), and First overall for Needlecraft for me!

I do a mixed media group with my paintings and my girls clothing, and my freehand embroidery, but I entered the needlecraft category for my wool embroidered pillows and appliqued wall art. I also did the art for the T-shirt and poster seen above.

These are a few pics of our booths...we get about 40 feet of booth space!

A Fun....but VERY EXHAUSTING weekend!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Just Listed...Easter Basket Idea!

This is my Cute Pink 3D Caterpillar Mini Pillow! Just Listed in my Etsy shop! Check it out here.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Art On The Lake

Anyone who knows me locally, also knows we always do Art On The Lake, our local art and craft show, in April. I have done this show for as long as I've been out of school and working. My mom, daughter, and I always get adjoining booths and have one giant boutique on this weekend.

For the past several years, the club that puts on the show, 21st Century Club, has asked me to do a design for the T-shirt and poster. This happens to be the 50th year of this scholarship show! They give scholarships to local high school students, and this show is their fundraiser.

This is my design this year for the shirt.....I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I walked into a local business and saw the poster on their door. I did the design months ago, and actually had not seen it printed.

I am working frantically on stock for the show....lots of locals as well as tourists come each year!

If you are near Guntersville around the 16th-17th....stop by the Rec. Center and see us!

And grab a T-shirt while you're there!

Friday, April 1, 2011

BookMark Winner!

Happy April Fools Day! No Foolin' Here.....My WINNER of the BookMark Give away is......Georgia Peach!!!!!Congrats! Thanks to all who entered! I will be giving away more stuff....stay in touch!

And, Hey, my poll indicates most of you prefer to read blogs privately.....Hmmmmm......OK.... but it would be nice to know who is reading my know...instead of listening to the crickets....:)

How about letting me know who you are at least?


Friday, March 25, 2011

A Question....And A Give Away!!!!


I seem to have lots of views...but not many comments. Hey, we all love feedback! Why not comment sometime? If you do not like to comment, perhaps you might answer my poll on the right. I will be giving away one of my cute handpainted bookmarks to someone, chosen randomly, from any comments left from today until April 1st. Come on, what do you say?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Do You Know What is Fancy?

This is my newest painting for my Etsy shop! My series of "Know What?" paintings address the different things that make us unique! This silly girl is very serious about what is "Fancy".

Be sure to see my others in this series in my shop as well!

Check her out here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Easter Set Shipped!

This is a sweet Crazy Rabbit Easter set just shipped from my Etsy orders! I did this cute handpainted set for this darling girl! I added a "baby carrot" headband and a BIG "baby carrot" as her egg basket! Too Fun! Visit my shop for Easter customs for you! :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fun Group of Bathroom Paintings Shipped!

This is a group of fun paintings I just shipped from an Etsy order. She has a pink and yellow bathroom for her girls! Can you imagine? I would LOVE those colors in a bathroom! These are going to decorate it. Fun! See my shop for custom art for you!



Hey! That's Cute!


All of my YelliKelli designs are Original works of art. Kelly Jackson, aka YelliKelli, is the ORIGINAL Fun & Funky Designer Artist from Guntersville, Al.!

"HEY! That's Cute!"