A VERY Bitter Christmas!

Hi Gang! We are almost in the home stretch.

Bittersweet Susie

In my family Christmas is a casual affair. We get together on Christmas Eve, draw names for a gift exchange, eat until we can’t move and are in bed by 9! Christmas day we just eat leftovers in pjs. I usually eat candy for breakfast to really keep with the manic sugar fuel frenzy that some of us get when we go all in to the holiday spirit.

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What are your traditions?

Today is my BAKING MARATHON DAY! I am pretty excited about it. Also, I have pretty much watched EVERY holiday movie and special there is, some of them twice (I am looking at you White Christmas). I, as I do every year, had GREAT PLANS for all the crafty things I was going to make and per usual I did almost NONE of them. Typical. There is always next year!

I DID manage to make these cute mid century putz-style glitter house inspired from a tutorial on Retro Renovation. It is one of my FAVORITE blogs if you have not had the chance to check it out.

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I also made these HOMEMADE Vanilla Extract that I posted here a few days ago. Look at me posting TWICE in the same month.

And as a HOLIDAY Tradition here on the blog I have for you the 2016 Bittersweet Christmas Playlist! I had a theme going for a minute. First a Country Christmas, then it was a bluesy Christmas and now it is just A RANDOM CHRISTMAS! Like our year this playlist has some ups, some downs, and some total turds! Not everything can be the best thing you ever heard, right? I will be listening today while I finish up (or start) wrapping, and baking, and meditating on being the MOST FESTIVE I can be!

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Cheers to a great Holiday!



Bittersweet Susie Pattern Shop – Now Open

Hi friends!!

Isn’t this exciting!?! The pattern shop is FINALLY open!

Bittersweet Susie - PDF Cross Stitch Pattern

I have made these snarky cross stitch patterns since I made one for a school project in 2005. That is a LONG damn time! Seriously! I have meant to get these patterns up (that have sat on my computer FOREVER) so that EVERYONE can make them! WEEEEEE!

In honor of this momentous occasion I have a coupon code AND a contest!

I am giving away the FAMOUS “C U Next Tuesday” pillow. The one that has caused me both grief and joy ALL at the same time. Remind me to tell you that story sometime, it’s a GOOD one.

Head on over to instagram to see HOW you can win this infamous pillow!

Bittersweet Susie - Dirty Pillow

I plan on uploading many more patterns, as well as listing finished stitching from my personal collection!

Bittersweet Susie - PDF Cross Stitch Pattern

If you like what you see then please favorite my shop and get notifications when each new pattern is released.

Want a sweet coupon ???

 Use SWEET20 until 4/25/16 to get 20% off your order! I am practically giving these away.


Bittersweet Susie - PDF Cross Stitch Pattern


• Enter my instagram contest to WIN THAT PILLOW

• Start Sitching!!

I cannot wait to see all the fun (and snarky) things you make! Please tag #bittersweetsusie in any of your projects using these patterns! I may feature them HERE!

Get Crafty – Gum-ball Machine Jewelry Tutorial

Hi friends and others! I have no idea what day it is. It is too hot. I will also complain bitterly as soon as the temp drops below 65 so have that to look forward to.

I am often trying to find ways to use up my hoarded art supplies. See examples here. No matter how many new ways I find to make my crap into something else more crap just piles up. What is a girl to do? MAKE EVEN MORE CRAFTS WITH ALL THE CRAP.

Bittersweet Susie | Gum-ball Machine Jewelry| Ehow

In honor of this never-ending mountain of crap I have a new craft tutorial for you! Gum-ball machine jewelry!

Have you ever seen one funny toy in one of those machines in the front of a store you just HAD to have. A dragon glitter tattoo? Tiny handcuffs? A replica of a surf you swore you had as a kid?

I always have tiny erasers shaped like food, old McDonald’s toys, random party favors. Junk right? Well, it is your lucky day! I am going to teach you to make magical fancy jewelry with it! My generous spirit continues.

Bittersweet Susie | Gum-ball Machine Jewelry| Ehow

Sooooo Fancy! Go make yours.

Bittersweet Susie | Gum-ball Machine Jewelry| Ehow


• What are some items you have hoarded to make something with?

I MADE THIS – an ehow.com Tutorial


I have some exciting news!  I have my first craft tutorial up on the ehow.com website. EXCITING!

I made a sun print tote bag with DINOSAURS using Inkodye.

It was fun and easy and everyone should make one and send me photos of your projects at bittersweetsusie8@gmail.com

– I would LOVE to see your projects.

So go on – check it out! Tell them Susie sent ya!

Bittersweet Susie | Sun Print Tote - Inkodye | Ehow.com

Sun Print Tote with Inkodye – ehow.com




• use this tutorial and SEND ME YOUR RESULTS at bittersweetsusie8@gmail.com – I AM NOT EVEN KIDDING!

Pinterest – The Time Suck of DOOM

Pinterest – Look at all your pretty little pictures scrolling by. Oh I want to make that one, and cook that one, and oh that is totally nifty.  I used to actually MAKE projects, think of weird things on my own. My friend Amy almost always got the first of each great new idea I had decided I was going to make everyone (and the last because usually it was too hard or time consuming to ever make two). Now I spend too much time looking at other’s projects, pinning, hopin’, wishin’, prayin’, that I will someday MAKE.

Here is a little sample of items from my CRAFTY board that I have wanted to make (but prob never will)

DIY: 50s Style Bowtie Headband

This is adorable. This requires me to get out my sewing machine, and to CUT fabric. NEXT.

Citrus Coasters

Oh many – look at the pretty colors. Look at ALL THE FUCKING shapes you have to cut out of felt, and then STITCH on. NOPE. You know as soon as I cut those little bastards out one sneeze and they are LOST FOREVER.

The Boxy Cosmetic Bag Tutorial

I am OBSESSED with box pouches. I am obsessed with containers and purses in GENERAL. Everything has its OWN little place, so much so that I forget where I put things and spend all my days looking for that ONE THING I NEED RIGHT NOW THANKS. I have an unhealthy fear of sewing zippers though. This ain’t happening. I still want, someone want to volunteer?

DIY Burt’s Bees Style Lip Balm Recipe

So I can MAKE my own Lip Balm? And it’s super cheap?? That sounds super awesome!?! I buy five a week looking for the holy grail of Lip Balm/Chap Sticks/Lip Gloss but have not yet found it. This would solve ALL my problems. This would make great gifts. This looks like a fucking MESS to clean up.

I still want to make all these things! They are so so lovely. Heck I want to make all THE things. Never say NEVER. You will be the first to know if HELL freezes over – and I will provide PHOTOS!

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