December 31, 2011

Felted Slippers

I've made 2 pairs of these felted slippers and I love them! They're so warm and comfy.

I took an online class @ Craftsy with Betz White. They're very easy to make and stitch up quick.
You 'felt' old wool sweaters by washing them in hot water & soap. They become dense and don't ravel.
The ribbing on the bottom edge of the sweater is used for the cuff on the slippers.


On the striped pair I used jiffy grip on the soles. I embellished them with scraps left from the sweater.



I need to hit the thrift stores for more sweaters!







December 20, 2011

POINSETTIA PINS

Nothing says Christmas like a poinsettia.
These beauties are quick to stitch and look great in a variety of colors of felt.

My poinsettias can be used as pins, magnets, hair clips, etc.

I've also included printable cards to attach a pin to, perfect for gift giving.

You can read more about or purchase these machine embroidery design files HERE.


December 18, 2011

Snowmen Peppermint Patties

I had to do some sort of snowman project this year. I've been so busy with my web site that I was glad I could squeeze a little crafty time in for me.

These little guys cover the top of a peppermint patty candy. I really love York Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties, but they're packaged in loose rectangles. I got small round peppermint patties at WalMart.

I cut the black scallops & white circles from cardstock using my Cricut machine.
The scallops are cut at 1.75" and the circles at 1.50". Use double stick tape to secure the circle on top of the scallop.

I used rouge and a stiff brush to apply a little blush at the cheeks. The end of a paintbrush dipped in black paint makes the eyes and mouth. Add and orange nose and he's done.

After the paint dries, apply double stick tape to the back and stick the snowman to the back of the peppermint patty. Yummy!

November 30, 2011

Nativity Tealight Covers

I've had a lot of requests to design a Nativity set of tealight covers after the overwhelming response to my Holiday Tealight Covers after being released.

These machine embroidery designs fit over small battery-operated tealights.
The light shines through the felt. Some of the tealights flicker creating a nice effect.

I've received many emails from people saying they're doing very well selling my Holiday Tealight Covers at craft shows this year.
I'm sure this set will sell just as well.

You can read more and purchase my original Nativity Tealight set digitial files here
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November 18, 2011

Designs In Machine Embroidery Magazine


I just picked up the Nov/Dec issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine.

Marie Zinno featured my Snowman Boots and Santa Boots Towel designs.

You can find these designs on my site by clicking the links below.
Santa Boots Towel
Snowman Boots Towel

November 16, 2011

Burlap Holiday Stockings




I love all the burlap stockings I've seen popping up all over the internet. The natural, organic look & feel is perfect for my Holiday decorating this year.
I want things to blend in with my decor. I'm trying to stay away from the traditional Christmas red and green this year.

The burlap was very easy to work with. I used the natural color and a nice soft green burlap. Paired with a crisp white textured cuff really makes them pop.

I embellished them with burlap flowers and leaves and a large button. Twine makes the perfect hanging loop.

I also made a burlap table runner and will try to post a photo of my Thanksgiving table next week.

November 14, 2011

HOLIDAY TEALIGHT COVERS

I designed these adorable covers for small battery operated tealights.
These are machine embroidery designs that stitch up quick!

You can use them as table decorations, party favors, ornaments, package ties, etc. The tealights are readily available at major dept stores.
I created a 'glowing village' scene.

You can read more and purchase my original machine embroidery designs files HERE
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November 11, 2011

New Machine Embroidery Designs!

Time has been flying by and it's been busy.
I've released several new machine embroidery designs recently.

They're all completed 'in the hoop' on your embroidery machine.
Snowman Tissue Holder

Owl Mirror Set




Scissor Holders & Pincushions Set



All of these would make great gifts!

October 21, 2011

Autumn Tree


I wanted something on a large scale for my dining room table. Something that could be used Fall through Thanksgiving. Something different.

Here's what I'm calling my 'Autumn Tree'. It's full of craftiness.

It's a 4' Christmas Tree decorated with fabric pumpkins I made from upholstery scraps, with branches for stems and leaves cut from a felted green wool sweater.

The garland is strips of burlap I frayed and sewed end to end. I also added a berry garland for color.

After painting little wooden pieces for the signs, I added the sayings I cut from vinyl on my Cricut. After drilling holes in them, I attached them to the tree with twine.

I wrapped a pale gold color sheer curtain panel around the bottom to hide the stand and finish it off.

I ♥ it!



October 17, 2011

The DIY Dish Mannequin Pincushion


The girls at DIY Dish created a cute dressform pincushion.

I just had to make one.

After digging through my stash and not coming up with any fabric I wanted to use, I printed my own. I scanned part of the instructions from an old pattern. I printed it onto Crafter's Image Photo Transfer Paper and cut out the pieces.

It was simple to sew. I added a thimble for the 'head' and cut up an old tape measure to dress up the waistline.
A candlestick from the thrift store is used for the base.

October 7, 2011

My Pumpkin Grew Up


Remember when I first showed you my pumpkin sprouting, HERE

Well, here he is all grown up!

He didn't make it to the 400 lbs the package said it would.
Pumpkins are harder to grow than I thought.

I'll harvest him in a few weeks and turn him into a JackO'Lantern.

October 6, 2011

Always Kiss Me ♥


I made this to go in one of the bedrooms.
It fits in perfectly with the black, white and dark aqua colors.

The font is Scriptina & Times New Roman. I machine embroidered the quote onto wool felt and cut it to fit in the frame under glass.
The lips were cut out of black vinyl on my Cricut and adhered on top of the glass.

September 29, 2011

New Stuff

It's been a little while since I've updated my blog.

I've got several new machine embroidery designs out.

New!
Owl Tissue Holder
Pumpkin Tissue Holders
Snack Size Candy Bar Holders
Small Owl Wristlet
Halloween Fall Hershey Nugget Candy Holders
Snowman Tissue Holder

Here are a few photos of some of the designs from the sets above



August 26, 2011

New! OWL WRISTLET Machine Embroidery Design


WhOO wouldn't love one of these wristlets??

My Owl Wristlets are made 'in the hoop' in ONE hooping.
They are completely lined with NO RAW EDGES inside!

They are available in 5x7 & 6x10 sizes and are simply adorable.

The zipper is sewn in by your embroidery machine & looks very professional.




Read more & purchase the files HERE





August 9, 2011

New Pleated Designs!

I ♥ the texture on my new designs!
They're fun, trendy and so easy to make.


















I've created matching Pleated Monogram Eyeglass Cases, Wristlets & a Coin Pouch.
All of these designs are made 'in the hoop' in ONE hooping and are completely lined with no raw edges inside








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Here is a photo of one of my Wristlet designs that I turned inside out so you can see how nice & professionally finished the inside looks.



You can view more photos & info on these exciting new designs on my site by clicking on the design names below

Pleated Monogram Eyeglass Cases
Pleated Monogram Wristlets
Pleated Coin Pouch

July 28, 2011

. . . & Always



I put this up above our front door all by myself :)

The 'Forever & Always' & flourish are svg files from myvinyldesigner.com

I added our last name.
The name is longer than my 24" mat for my Cricut machine. It's about 36".
I had to cut it in 2 pieces, but by adding a couple of registration marks, I was able to line it up perfectly.

July 21, 2011

Ruffled Bracelet Project


My Ruffled Bracelet project is quick & easy to make.

It would make a great 'learn to sew' project for girls.

You can download my PDF instructions from my web site, Embroidery Garden
Click on Free Projects and look on page 2.

Click Download at the bottom right to save the PDF to your computer.




Refreshing New Design


Isn't my new coin pouch sweet? or maybe it's sour?

It can be either way with this design.
By changing the color of fabrics, thread, etc. you can create an orange, lemon or lime!

My lined coin pouch is made 'in the 4x4 hoop'.

Use it as a coin pouch, key ring or backpack tag.

You can purchase my Citrus Coin Pouch machine embroidery design file from my site HERE

July 17, 2011

A Pumpkin In the G♥rden


My first pumpkin made its appearance.

I have 4 pumpkin vines in my garden. It's the first time I've tried growing them.

This little guy is suppose to get 400 ~ 500 pounds!

I'll keep ya' posted on his progress.

July 14, 2011

iPad Purse

I recently got an iPad 2 and love it! I take it everywhere with me.

I keep it in a leather case to protect it, but I wanted some type of purse to put it so I could have quick access to it, but still be hands free.

This is what I came up with. I love the sleek, modern look of this purse. The hardware really sets it off.


The front is quilted and the back has a large pocket. A magnetic snap secures the tab closure allowing for quick access to my iPad.

I used one of my Round Key Chains files for the monogram on this purse.

My iPad Purse is easy sewing and photo instructions are included.

Check it out on my website HERE

July 1, 2011

Monogram Round Key Chains


I recently released a set of Monogram Round Key Chains

2 sets of different styles are included ~ a satin stitched edge & trimmed edge key chains.

You can use the trimmed edge style to create a frayed edge key chain!

Upper & lower case letters are included

Visit my site, Embroidery Garden, for more info on this set and to purchase these machine embroidery design files.














June 29, 2011

BL♥♥M


My Elodie Lilies are starting to bloom.

I planted several varieties of lilies this past Spring. All sizes and colors.

I've got asiatic and oriental lilies spread throughout my garden.

I'll post more photos as they start to open.