Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Young Etsy Seller

A few months ago, my daughter had an idea to make a pillow from a photograph she took of our Shadow.  She had so much fun doing it that she wanted to make more.  I created a listing on Etsy on her behalf.

She has had several orders, and I love to see her working on them.  She is my young Etsy Seller.  Here she is stitching a pillow of a pug/terrier mix named Marvin.  He looks so cute!


So cute!

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

First Place at the Fair

Our county fair began this week.  I have never entered my work into any type of judging before, but was so very happy to see my Golden Tapestry with a blue ribbon on it this morning.  😊  That has made my day!  You can see my work and progress on this Anita Goodesign tapestry through several posts here.

Loudoun County Fair 2017 - Blue Ribbon

 Just a few other quick projects done lately...

Made a few mug rugs.  This one with the sewing machine is for me.  I have it in front of my machine and I use it as a tool mat while I work.  The in-the-hoop embroidery design came rom Appliqué Corner, and the sewing notion fabric came from JoAnn's.

I made a couple mug rugs for two ladies at the conference center who are working with me to plan our annual sewing guild's summer retreat.  This in-the-hoop embroidery design is free from Sweet Pea Embroidery Designs group on Facebook.  I edited it a bit to remove the name and flower that was on it, and personalize the name and add a different flower.

I found a cute tag on Pinterest to go along with a mug rug, just in case the recipient has never heard of one before.  I typed them up and printed on card stock and tied it to a goody bag.
Ready to go.  Explanation tag included. :)

My neighbor asked that I personalize a blanket for her nephew going off to college.  She brought me a nice twin-size Land's End fleece blanket.  She wanted a large monogram in the center, and the college name in the corners.  I found a large circle monogram font that goes up to 7.5" from The Itch 2 Stitch.  Also from a large Times Roman font on Etsy from Digitizing With Love.  Both stitched out nicely.
The circle monogram is a large 7.5" diameter.

I monogrammed a soft minky baby blanket from Target, and made a few in-the-hoop fuzzy bunnies to go along with a baby gift.    The bunny designs came from Artistic Threadworks on Etsy.

Made a few more zipper cases to give as simple gifts.  These are by Anita Goodesign and are their small (the zebra one) and large rectangle bags with a lining.  Along with a coordinating tissue pack cover for the larger bags.

That's about it for now.  Still have a Christmas in July in mind, but July is ending soon.  Hope to start it this week anyway.

Happy Stitching!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Easy DIY Thread Storage Cart

Here is an easy do-it-yourself solution for thread storage.
I just came into a lot of embroidery thread! Anita Goodesign had an online "Yard Sale".  They were clearing out inventory from their recent events and projects.  One of the items for sale was a limited quantity of a Box of Thread.  For $30, it said you get a box of embroidery thread that has been used for various recent events.  The picture showed that the spools all looked like they had a good amount of thread on them, so I figured it was a good deal to try.

Here is what my box looked like when it arrived:
My mystery box of thread.

Here is what it looked like once I sorted them all out on my kitchen table:
Sorted and organized.

There was 160 spools in that box.  They all had a good amount of thread on them.  A few were still unused in their new wrappings.  All good quality - Floriani, Mettler and Madeira.    For $30 plus $9 shipping, each spool was only $0.24.  I'd say that was a great deal!    Now the problem became how to store all this in an organized fashion?

I tried to store them in racks in the closet, but my closet is not that big and didn't have room for more thread - along with my current sewing threads.
My closet didn't have room.

So I searched online for some ideas.  I know there are nice thread storage cabinets available, but I wasn't looking to spend a lot of money on storage.  I decided to try and make my own.  I liked the Iris brand 10-drawer storage cart that Target has online.  But, it wouldn't arrive for another week, and I wanted something quick.   JoAnn has the 6-drawer storage cart by Iris, currently half price at $23.99 and in stock, so I could get two of them now and have 12-drawers for the price of one 10-drawer cart.  And JoAnn had another 20% off total purchase coupon, so I got both for about $38.  That was a great deal.  I picked up four bags of 2-3/4" golf tees at Target ($4 for 100 at Target), and with my glue gun I was ready to go!


IRIS 6-drawer cart
2-3/4" golf tees

- one or two IRIS 6-drawer storage carts, or one IRIS 10-drawer storage cart.
- 2-3/4" golf tees - Each drawer holds 30 spools, so get enough tees for all your drawers.
- Glue gun and a few glue sticks.
- Mat with inch markings.
- Sharpie


  1. Lay a drawer on top of your mat.  The drawer has a couple of bumps along the center on bottom.  I lined up the lower bump over a grid intersection on my mat.
  2. With a sharpie, mark a simple dot every 2" out and away from this starting dot. For the dots along the left-most and right-most edges, I marked just slightly under 2" away for a better fit.

  3. With your glue gun, add a good drop of hot glue to the top of a golf tee and glue it on a marked dot.

    Gluing in progress...

  4. When you are done, your drawer will be ready for 30 spools of thread!

The drawers can hold thread cones up to 3" in height.  I pulled all the embroidery thread out of my closet - and sorted them into the cart along with my new bundle of threads.  All of the spools fit in the drawer:  Floriani, Mettler, Brother, Simplicity, Marathon, Isacord - except for the few Sulky 1500M cones and the Madeira tall cones which are more than 3" tall.  I put those on the thread spindle which holds my Brother standard embroidery colors.

At first, I had the two carts under my sewing table, but I decided that I wanted leg room so I removed the wheels and stacked the carts along the wall.  Each drawer is labeled by colors.

Embroidery drawers all sorted and able to hold up to 360 spools!

This corner of my room is now for storing fabrics, embroidery threads and notions.

The Storage Corner. 😃

Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Embroidered Gifts and Projects...

Been busy doing smaller projects the last couple of months.  Here are some pics for ideas and inspiration...

First up, I monogrammed some outdoor blankets for graduation and birthday gifts.  I picked these Lightspeed brand up at my local Costco, but Amazon has them as well.  These blankets are sturdy and have a flap that is perfect for monogramming.  I used a sticky stabilizer and supported the blanket as it stitched on the machine.

I love my black backpack that I monogramed last winter, that I picked up a white one at Target for the summer.  I say my backpack has now been upgraded from Target to Tarjay.  😀  The Intertwined monogram font on this backpack and the above blanket came from The Itch 2 Stitch.

A local teacher asked me to monogram a couple of basketball bags.  The team name was already stitched on the bag.  Was able to fit the last name on the pocket flap and the player's number on the top of the bag.  I used the Athletic Block font from Rivermill Embroidery.

For Teacher Appreciation, my daughter gave her teachers monogrammed insulated lunch bags, purchased at Five-Below.

For a new baby boy.  Monogrammed a blanket purchased from Target, and made the bear to go with it.

For a 1-year old battling liver cancer, another bear and a small liver cancer-color ribbon tea light.

My collection of zipper bags this year is from Anita Gooddesign.  These bags are done using their Zipper Bags 1,2,3 collection.   What is nice is that there are a variety of quilting designs to choose from for these bags.  I must say, the AG written instructions for these bags is hard to follow.  I did enough of these bags that I got a system down to complete these bags without much difficulty.  I will have to write this up for a future post.  These bags are for recent graduates and my daughter's Girl Scout leaders.  The Maryland university logo I digitized myself.  The Towson university logo I found online.

Another favorite graduation gift is monogrammed tool bags.  Such a practical and handy gift to give and receive.  These red Durabuilt tool bags are available at the local Target store for $20.  To monogram them on your flatbed machine, simply turn the bag inside out, use sticky stabilizer, and baste the monogram.  Support the bag while it stitches to make sure the needle area is clear.  See second photo below.

And finally, just before our American the Beautiful family vacation, I made luggage handle wraps for all of our checked luggage.  They are simple quilted squares with cam snaps for closure.  Made it easy to identify our bags on the carousel.  ✈️

Happy Stitching!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

America the Beautiful 2017

Hi!  Have you had a good start to your summer? Taking a break from stitching for just one post...

Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, CA
We just returned from a family vacation to start off our summer.  We took the family out west to see several of our nation's National Parks and iconic sites.   We don't have many years left with all our kids to vacation together before the oldest will be off on her own.  I wanted to share some of my favorite shots from our America the Beautiful Tour 2017:

Our kids looking out Taft Point, Yosemite National Park, CA

Hubby and I at Taft Point.  7500' elevation. Yosemite National Park, CA

Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, CA

Junction View, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

Hiking down Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park

Giant Sequoia tree, Sequoia National Park, CA

Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah

Hiking to Angel's Peak, Zion National Park, Utah

North Rim Grand Canyon, AZ

Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ

Rafting on the Colorado River, Page, AZ

Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ
The only sewing-related thing I did on vacation was collect some souvenir thimbles from the places we visited.   I started buying them a couple of years ago on one of our vacations.  They are not always available, so I like to buy them when I see them.  My collection at home is growing.
My souvenir thimble collection.

Until next year's vacation...
Parasailing on Lake Tahoe, CA

Vacation is done  Back to reality...

Happy Stitching!

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