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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