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Friday, January 20, 2012

Bright Vibrant Colors in Baby Blankets


Tired of the same old pink, blue and white in a baby blanket? We have found these yummy bright and vibrant colors for you. And don't worry, if you prefer the softer colors, we have those too. Bright and Colorful Ribbed Microfiber Baby Blankets

Pinterest Photo Sharing

I have expanded the Pinterest Photosharing Boards to include additional categories. Pinterest is a great way to collect ideas of things you like and share them with your friends. My site there is just one of thousands there and collecting photos is fun. Pinterest Site

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Item - Gingham Trimmed Kitchen Towels

These wonderful kitchen towels can be embroidered with the whimsical Christmas designs, but they are just right for spring and Easter designs too. Brand new on the site today,

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Wedding Gown Labels

Today I am working on a new concept for the popular wedding gown labels and just generally trying to stay out of trouble on Friday the 13th - (grin)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Pinterest Photo Sharing

Today I have added Pinterest - a photosharing site which allows people to "repin" photos that interest them onto their own Pinterest site. It is a very interesting way to share ideas.

My first album contains my items for a bride and groom's wedding day. You can see it here:

Pinterest Photo Sharing Site

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gingerbread Christmas Pop In

Sometimes I put together collections for a big impact. This collection includes a set of holiday themed aprons and the accessories all themed to gingerbread - from this holiday's collection.


We have even included a copper cookie cutter to complete the ensemble.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Retirement Gifts

An example of a retirement gift. We took the company logo and prepared it to embroider onto our most popular Irish cable knit couch throw. This throw was made last year and I need to make another one for another employee today. It makes a great keepsake from many years of company service.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Matchy Matchy or No?


Sometimes it is more effective not to be so matchy matchy. If you take a theme and work with it so that it has common ground for unity but something unique too, the effect can be even more satisfying than an exact match. Here we have mother/daughter aprons that are just enough the same and just enough different. Very fun.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Autograph Pillowcases

These pillowcases are an alternative to an autograph book. The pillowcase is embroidered and personalized for a particular sport and then it gets to go along to a show, competition or exhibition. The performers or fellow competitors sign it with the fabric pens and then it becomes a opportunity for sweet dreams of athletic success. I can make them for any sport and they are not necessarily just for girls either!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Rag Quilt Creation Tutorial

In case you were wondering, I thought it might be handy to include instructions on the construction of a rag quilt. It is really so very easy. This tutorial has you sewing through all the layers with an X to hold the layers together. In my case, I embroidered my squares which served the same purpose.

But this tutorial is the best I have found to explain in simple terms how to put a beautiful rag quilt together. It is not difficult - trust me!

Rag Quilt Tutorial

Shabby Rag Blanket

This is the shabby rag blanket mentioned in the previous post. With this blanket, each square represents something important from Sarah's life. It is constructed from several layers of flannel, with the seams exposed and naturally frayed each time the blanket is washed. This blanket is a trememdous amount of work, but the pre-teen age group loves these things. Sarah was a bit embarrassed at the notion of taking it to college with her, but I know she cherishes it.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Unusual Baby Blanket


This baby blanket was an unusual project designed for an older child whose original baby blanket had disappeared. The mom wanted to incorporate various designs reflecting the daughter's interests and we left space to add additional designs as time goes by. I did a similar blanket many years ago for my youngest. For that one, I made the blanket myself in the rag quilt technique.

Here we started with the child's name and date of birth in the center of the blanket and sprinkled designs relating to gymnastics, soccer, red wagon, airplane, and an angel.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year - Invigorated Blog

I am planning to start the year with a renewed energy toward blogging about embroidery. As some may know, we had a very difficult end of the year with the sudden appearance of a deadly disease in our beloved baby granddaughter, Veronica. We lost her on November 20 after a two week illness and hospitalization. We are sad of course and will always love and miss her. But we are trying to keep going and embroidery is something that helps me do that.

So look for more embroidery projects and interesting ideas as we forge forward in 2012. Happy New Year!
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