December 16, 2012

Snowman Cups

I saw this idea on Pinterest earlier this year and knew I'd use it at some point.
These 2 are some of the ones I made for my family.
I added the names cut from vinyl on my Cricut so I could tell them apart.
I'm putting the small gifts in them.

I'm also making these for the residents at my Mom's assisted living facility and filling them with candy for the holidays. I'm not adding names to those.
They're quick to make with a little paint and a triangle of felt glued on for a nose.


December 14, 2012

Sock Monkey - Whoo Wha!

You might remember the Memory Bears I made my cousin's kids after my Uncle (their Grandfather) passed away using his old shirts.
Well, one of the girls found a pair of his socks and wanted a sock monkey made from them.
I've never made one before but knew I was going to try :)
I used the instructions from Craft Passion. They have some adorable sock monkeys on their site.
Here's how mine turned out. I decided to make him a hat from fleece and use some of the leftover buttons from the shirts on it.
I ♥ him!

Santa & Reindeer Flameless Tealight Pins

I had such a great response to my Snowman Flameless Tealight Pin, I created a Santa & a Reindeer pin!
These fun holiday pins 'stitch up quick'!
You can read more about these machine emboridery design files and purchase them on my site.
Click othe links below to go to the page with the design

December 6, 2012

Gift for Mom

At Christmas I try to make something special for my Mom.
Mom was always crafty - guess that's where I get it from :) - but now with her memory failing, she's not able to do things she used to.

I know she will ♥ these plates.

I've done her room in black and white with touches of pink.
When I saw these plates at the thrift store with the tiny pink flowers, I knew exactly what I wanted to make for her.
These will hang on either side of her bed.
There's a large floating frame monogram with scrolls I made her a few years ago that is directly above her bed.
It's going to look great!
The butterfiles were cut using my Cricut machine and the files are from
I'll try to post a photo of these hanging up in her room after the holidays.

December 4, 2012

Snowman Tealight Pin

My snowman obsession continues    
Our snowman pin is 'snow' adorable! 
It stitches up quick & makes a great winter accessory or gift.
The files can be purchased on our site HERE
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

December 2, 2012

The Tree is Up!

It's barely the first week of December and my tree is up and decorated.
I did something completely different this year. After about 20 years of doing the same tree, I thought it was time to change it up.
I've always wanted to do a tree like this.
I snowmen!!
The head came from Big Lots.
The bow at the neck was one I had that I used as a tree topper in past years.
I bought 2 rolls of silver wide deco mesh ribbon and used it as a garland.
The round 'icy' garland on the tree is something I've had for several years. I purchased it on clearance at JoAnns.
The 'snowballs' are stryrofoam balls painted with white glue and rolled in faux snow.
There are around 100 snowflakes & icicles from Dollar Tree on it..
When the lights are on, the tree SPARKLES
I might just leave this tree up all winter :)

November 26, 2012

When what to my wondering eyes should appear . . .

. . . but a miniature sleigh & 8 tiny reindeer!
My newest set of flameless tealight covers is simply adorable.
Santa's in his sleigh being pulled by 8 reindeer.
Rudolph is in the lead.
My original flameless tealight cover designs fit snugly over small battery-operated tealights.
When you turn the tealight on, a soft glow shines through.
This makes an adorable holiday decoration.
View and purchase my files HERE

November 20, 2012

Holiday Table Favors

I created personalized snowmen table favors for my family this year.
The hat is made 'in the hoop'. It's not included in the set, but is available for download from my Yahoo group. I added all our names using Embird.
They're going to look so cute, all lit up, sitting on our Thanksgiving table.
Happy Thanksgiving!

November 8, 2012

My First Published Article ~ yay!

I'm very pleased and proud to have my original Nativity Flameless Tealight Covers featured in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Designs In Machine Embroidery magazine
I wrote the article back in June and submitted it along with my stitched out samples.
The magazine did a wonderful job with the photography!
I came up with the original idea of creating the flameless tealight covers in the early Fall of 2011.
Since then I've created many, many sets of covers. You can view them all HERE.

September 24, 2012

Creative Kindness Hats

I used one of the free patterns from Nancy's Notions to make these Creative Kindness Hats for a friend going through chemo & radiation.
The hats were very quick & easy to stitch.
 I chose to make the Basic Cuff hat and embellished 2 of them with flowers made from scraps of blizzard fleece left from making the hats.
I made the flowers into pins so they could be removed.
Thanks to Nancy's Notions for offering this great pattern.

August 3, 2012

Round & Round , , , Circle Pouches

My latest set of made 'in the hoop' bags are these Chevron Circle Pouches.
There are 4 sizes included in the set and they feature the popular chevron style quilting.
Optional quilted back files are included too.
These pouches are fully lined with no raw edges or visible stitching inside!
You end up with a professionally finished bag inside and out.
You have the option of adding ribbon loops or long or short straps to create wristlets or over the shoulder bags.
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July 28, 2012

Burlap Project 1

I have quite a bit of burlap left over from making my Christmas Stockings last year. I'm going to try and use some of it up before the year is over.
I hadn't embroidered on it before but it was super easy.
Here's the new insert for my coffee tumbler I made.
The insert is reversible with a fall print on the other side.
I backed the burlap with Decor Bond to make it more stable and used Solvy on top when I embroidered the letter.
I have the blank Travel Tumblers on my site for sale.

July 19, 2012

How I Monogram Converse Shoes

I monogrammed another pair of Converse shoes and this time I wrote a tutorial on how I did it.
I got the shoes @ Target for about $35.00
They're fun & quick to do.

You can view the PDF by clicking HERE

July 15, 2012

Oh Baby!

Still on a roll with my original Flameless Tealight Cover designs, I created a set for Baby.
These designs fit snugly over small battery-operated tealights.
How adorable would these be a table decorations at a shower?!
You can read more about this cute set & purchase the design files HERE

 Love the stork :)

I also designed matching Baby Hershey Nugget Candy Holders!
These design stitch up quick. Each one holds a Hershey nugget candy bar.
Perfect shower favors or a unqiue way to announce the arrival of a new little one.

These would be cute for the popular "Gender Reveal" parties modern Moms-to-be are having now.
Read more about this set and purchase the files HERE


Wishing I had a grandbaby on the way  . . .  :)

June 7, 2012

Summer Flameless Tealight Covers

My new set of original Flameless Tealight Covers would look great at your Summer parties.
These designs stitch up quick 'in your hoop'.
The covers fit snugly over small battery -operated tealights that you can purchase at dept stores, etc.
Read more about my Summer Tealight Covers set and purchase the files HERE

June 3, 2012

Sewn Gift Bags

I bought this pattern from Fabrications by Doris back in the Spring.
It has 2 sizes of gift bags in it. They were easy and fun to make.
I like the fused embellishments you can add to them, but the next time I make them I want to embroider monograms on the fronts.
I like how they're sturdy enough to stand up on their own and absolutely love the grommets for the ribbon handles.
The possibilities are endless with fabric choices.

May 25, 2012

Monogram My Converse . . . oh yeah

I picked up these shoes at Target yesterday with the intent of trying to monogram them.
It was a little tricky getting them set up on the hoop, but I love how they turned out.
I think I'm going back for a pink or gray pair :)
The way I have them tied, I can just slip them on and off.
They're my new favorite shoes ♥

May 17, 2012

Gorgeous Flowers ♥

Done planting your flowers?
Now it's time to makes some on your embroidery machine!
My new Silk Rose Petal Flowers are made 'in your hoop'.
The finished flowers measure 6"~10" across and make a big impact.
You can create them directly onto fabric, like I did for this pillow.
The flowers are full & dimensional.
Or you can make them free-standing and use them as pins, etc. like I did on this hat from Target's dollar spot.
Read more about this fun, creative set or purchase the files HERE

May 11, 2012

WhOO goes there

My Large Owl Case designs are quickly becoming another popular machine embroidery design on my web site. I don't think people's love affair with owls is going away any time soon :)
I created these designs for the big hoops. You get 3 different sizes in the set. The largest size will hold a Kindle Fire.
They're fully lined and completely 'made in the hoop' with NO raw edges inside!

Click HERE to read more or putchase these fun & unique designs

April 23, 2012

On the Cover ~ 'Berry' Sweet Indeed!

My Applique Strawberry design is featured on the cover of Sew Beautiful Magazine!
Issue # 142, 2012  Vol.26, #3
My design was also used on a shirt too in the article.
It's a really cute issue full of great baby ideas and a few free patterns.
You can find my Applique Strawberry design here:

April 17, 2012

Memory Bears

One of my uncles died back in December. He was my favorite :)
My aunt came to visit recently and brought me several of his shirts.
She wants me to make bears for each of their grandkids from them. There are 2 boys & 3 girls.
Here are the bears I made for the boys.
I used an old McCalls pattern (#2271)
I cut the collars off the shirts and hemmed the bottom edge of them.
They buttoned around the neck and fit perfectly.
My uncle was a volunteer fireman. His fireman patches are sewn on the bellies :)

I sewed pockets from the shirts onto the back side of the bears.
My aunt will write notes to each of the kids and put a photo of them with my uncle inside the pocket.
I think they turned out pretty special. They went out in the mail today.
I'll start the ones for the girls soon. I'm thinking about adding raggy flowers to them using leftover scraps.

April 3, 2012

Butterflies x 3

I used shadow boxes to create these dimensional butterfly scenes.
The butterfly silhouettes were cut on my Cricut from cardstock. I ran them through a Cuttlebug to emboss some with swirls and some with dots.
I could have cut the branches from vinyl using my Cricut, but I cheated a bit :)
JoAnn's has pre-cut vinyl designs and I saw one that was a close match to the design in the sheers in my daughter-in-laws office / spare bedroom. I use a 50% off coupon and bought it for $7.00.
I then took it and cut the branch into 3 main pieces and a couple of smaller ones.
I cut textured white artist's posterboard (also from JoAnns) to fit the back of the shadow boxes.
I applied the vinyl branches to the posterboard.
A small crease in the middle of each butterfly gave it some dimension and a small round sticky dot lifted it slightly off the posterboard.
They look really nice in person. The butterflies are in shades of purple and silver and black.
Hung on the purple wall, the frames really pop.