Monthly Archives: April 2009

Cold and rainy – Simply Spring Birds and Buds

Well haven’t seen any snow, but it is cold enough. I was reminded once again, when you turn off the furnace, put it back on when you know its going to be cold the next day. Hey I’ve got too much on my mind to remember these things and what’s wrong with your fingers or eyes to check if its on or not – LOL.

Did some machine embroidery again today, reminds me I have towels in the washer that I am preshrinking… <run downstairs and transfer>

Here is one of the new designs from EmbLibrary that was purchased from their Wishful Thinking promotion from this week-end. I am very happy with the outcome once again of their design. This makes a great set for any occasion, remember Mother’s Day is coming up. Was thinking of putting this on my ETSY site, but not sure whether to put it as a set or individually. Can always put in the description area, if interested as both towels and apron, converse with me. Can indicate a price and they can get the whole package deal.

Started a second design, the apron only got completed. That’s why the towels were in the wash. Don’t like to embroider on items that haven’t been preshrunk. The design is being done in green, matching towels will be green. These towels are really nice. They were purchased from All About Blanks. Susan has great quality items and her prices are very reasonable. Have to take a trip over and see what’s new.

These items were done using fast frames. It almost seems that I might pack away my hoops since the frames are working very nicely (any one interested in an extra set of PR 600 hoops). I just found out that they have a jumbo fast frame now. Get this, 12 x 14 sewing field. Guess what <giggle> I’m buying one!!! Lets see, metrothread last week, EmbLibrary yesterday, uhm fast frame tomorrow. Gonna call my sewing store to see what price they will give me. AllBrands has it on sale for 99 bucks, lets see if my sewing store wishes to continue receiving my business by giving me a better deal <wink>.

Okay so time for me to start downloading items to flickr and etsy. I’ll keep you posted on my projects. And guess what – – – ITS SNOWING!!!!! ARGH!!!!!

Aren’t these a “Hoot”

On Friday decided to get into the sewing room and do some machine embroidery.

Jennie Baer of Homeberries is known for hand embroidery, but as I stated late last week she is learning to do machine embroidery. Decided to check out her “OWL” design for a couple reasons; owls are popular and there are sew many applications in using an owl.

Here I have put her applique artwork on a purse, mother/child apron (with a cute saying, credit from Allie) and on colorful children’s tote bags. 

The purse that was bought, went to open it so the stitching would be hidden by the lining, but dang, the way the purse was constructed, there was no way that it could be done. Can easily put a pocket over the stitching in the same fabric as the applique.

On the children’s tote bags, small tote is about 4 x 6 for crayons and a medium tote that measures 7 x 8.5 x 3(depth). Used the fast frames for these projects. The small tote was too small for the size of the applique so editing needed to be done through Embird. Added snaps to both totes so #1 the crayons wouldn’t roll out and #2 you can snap the smaller tote to the other one when traveling, that is as long as the item in the bigger bag doesn’t extend the top. These totes would be especially great for the upcoming summer for vacation or little tikes can use it going to the library or to grandma’s, 100 uses!

I really like the design Jennie did and it was so simple. Visit her Homeberries site, on side bar,  to check pricing and her other designs that are available.

EmbLibrary Wishful Thinking – April 5th

If you are a member of EmbLibrary and you have purchased from them in the past, this week-end they are having a “Wishful Thinking”. Only until April 5th, purchases of designs or sets that you have in your wish list will be 50% off.

So anything that you put in your wish list, you move over to your shopping cart. When you are ready to check out, click the apply code and put in the code wishfulthinking and your items will be reduced 50%.

Guess what time for me to go shopping!!!

Pin Cushions or Just Fluttering by

dscf2942Last week I indicated that it would be nice to see some new pin cushion designs. Here is the first one of my designs that I completed last night. These pin cushions are quick to put together and you can elaborate more on the wings with different emblishments. This takes half of a fat quarter to complete. I am planning on doing more butterfly designs in between my other projects.

After stuffing them, I realized that not only can these be pin cushions, but they can be used in a mobile or attached to a thin fishing line, suspended from a ceiling in a sun room or on a porch. You can attach the butterfly to a thin wooden dowel rod and stick it into a potted plant. Remember the birds I did from Spools last year? There are many possibilities to this “Butterfly”.

dscf2940When making my prototypes, I had to be resourceful in completing the body because I lacked the material or supplies. I would use a thick black pipe cleaner for the body instead of rolling a scrap of fleece material that was sewn together. Had some anther in white to make the antennae and glued it to the inside of the fleece. Originally bought the anther for another pin cushion, but it works for these butterflies, just had to use a sharpie black marker.

I have yet to learn how to download the pattern to my computer so that I can learn how to post or link it for me to share with others. Still have to write up the simple instructions, but if you are interested in this pattern, feel free to contact me. I do indicate that you can use this pattern and make as many items as you want, however the design is copyrighted and I would appreciate that you point others to my blog and not post the pattern as yours.

I am sure my sister wouldn’t mind a few of these to go with the birds I did for her last year. She could have them scattered around her room.

New Venture – Homeberries Jennie Baer

Jennie Baer lives in Southern Illinois. She is a very creative person and has authored a book that was published by Leisure Arts. The book is called “Modern Primitive Embroidery”. Jennie moved on and started  a website called Homeberries a few years back. As an artist, she started making designs for hand embroidery and started to sell them. Jennie loves to share and offers free designs for hand embroidery on her website.

Within the last six months, Jennie has moved on to a new horizon. She is learning and creating designs for machine embroidery. As with a lot of us, Jennie’s passion is to design and come up with new ideas. She continues to develop her own style and learn more about running a business between being a mom, wife and artist. Jennie is constantly on the move, wishing there were more hours in a day to do all the things she loves to do.

Jennie ran across my work through my flickr account. She wrote me and asked if I would be interested in being part of her creative team. I would use my creativity in promoting her machine embroidery designs. Showing off my ideas on her website for others to see. I contacted Jennie and told her I would be interested. Jennie was in the process of learning how to digitalize, update her Homeberries website and blog and indicated when I was ready to run with it to contact her.

This week I went to check out to see were Jennie was at with everything. She had her website, blog and designs for machine embroidery up and running. I contacted Jennie and informed her that I could start finding time to be creative. My thought process was going to be on over drive. Trying to think of different or even old ideas for her new machine embroidery designs. It will be a challenge, but I’m ready to take it on. 

I wanted to run to one of our local craft stores to pick up a few tote bags to do a few of her owls. Tote bags are the in thing. I am considering doing some children apparel, but not much because of the law that Congress signed recently. So I quickly ran in and went to the back of the store. I figured I’d just get a couple of beige bags. I have some at home, its just that I don’t know where they are. I’d spend less time ripping the sewing room apart if I just purchased them. 

Luck is in my favor. Now I had a horrible day at work. It took me 8 hours just to get two cell phones corrected, but within 15 minutes of my off the clock, the second cell would have its number. This was not suppose to happen. So as I talked to my friend Allie on my drive home, I told her I was stopping to pick up the totes. I headed for the canvas totes. I got to the isle and was totally in awe. I could not believe the assortment as well as the colors available. But the best part was when I moved down the isle and saw that all items were 50% off.

I was taken back and shocked. No, this can’t be happening. I quickly called Allie back and said you won’t believe this. Even Allie was shocked. Tote bags in different sizes and as I stated earlier the colors. Then I walked down further, canvas purses, aprons, etc., etc., etc., all half off. One of the workers indicated that it is not often that they have them on sale especially at that price. Without a shopping cart, I started to make my choices. I then proceeded to the check out. $75.00 dollars later, out the door and on the phone again to Allie (she is like my sister).

Allie musta thought I was crazy, but I’ve been known to call Allie consecutively in the past. I told her about my cost and everything. Allie was just shocked that I was already out the door <lol>. So now I sit here as I separated the colors and am currently washing them. Below are some of the samples of items I purchased. Depending on how productive I am this week-end will determine if I go back before next Friday and buy more. I will be putting these items up on my ETSY site in the near future. I am sew looking forward to this new venture as well as the outcome of possible success not only for me but for Jennie Baer.

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Metro Embroidery Thread Update

Letting you all know that as of Friday, April 3rd, Metro Embroidery Thread will be raising their sale prices from 1.89 back to either 2.25 or 2.50. They are not sure what the price will be.

They indicated that a shipment just came in and that the threads that weren’t available should be now.

I am was going to order a set, but I did calculations and it was cheaper for me to order 16 big poly spools at 30.24 and pay the shipping of 10 bucks. Their 20 poly big spool set goes for 45, but that includes shipping. Where I didn’t need a few of the spools I was able to custom my order.

Go to my sidebar and click on their link.

Have a nice day.

Donna