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Etsy Store Update


Just put up 5 new project and design set in my Etsy store.

The Appliqued Tote has a roomy interior and two exterior pockets, which make this tote the perfect accessory for your shopping trips. The embroidery designs are Floral Wreath Appliqué. The set includes six embroidery applique designs; three unique motifs plus three combination designs.



Whether you serve simple dinner rolls or fancy breads, they will look simply delicious tucked in this elegant Cutwork Dinner Roll Holder. Beautiful roses and scallops are embroidered around the base, while the remaining edges are finished with a delicate hem. The embroidery designs are Cutwork Rose. The set includes seven embroidery cutwork designs; two unique motifs plus five combination designs.



Don’t want to be weighed down by heavy handbags? Then, this pretty, Wristlet is perfect for you. It’s just large enough to hold exactly what you need; your credit cards, cash and cosmetic basics. It features an interior zippered pocket, flap with magnetic snap closure, and removable wrist strap.

The embroidery designs are Crystal Flowers II . The set includes eleven floral embroidery designs; three unique motifs plus eight combination designs. These simple yet elegant embroidery designs can be easily enhanced with Swarovski hotfix crystals.


This fun and funky Beach Towel Carrier is the perfect accessory for your summer vacation. It neatly holds your beach towel, sunglasses, sunscreen and other summertime necessities. The exterior is embellished with seaside motifs. The interior has two zippered pockets to keep your stuff safe.

The embroidery designs are Under the Sea. The set includes six embroidery designs; four unique motifs plus two combination designs.


Refresh your bed with this bright and crisp Cutwork Pillowcase. The beautiful cutwork bow and Fagotting trim are embroidery designs from the accompanying set Cutwork Ribbon Embroidery Designs #sc060d.

Cutwork Ribbon Embroidery Designs are specially created for use with the INSPIRA® Cutwork Needles. Additionally three of the designs (sc060d_04, sc060d_05 and sc060d_06) are endless edging designs. The set includes six cutwork embroidery designs; two unique motifs plus four combination designs.

These projects make terrific gift ideas – it’s never too early to start sewing gifts for the holidays.


A heat wave and a new hat

Anyone who knows me at all, knows that I really don’t wear hats. Mainly because I don’t look very good in hats. So why am I making a hat?? Well this heat wave has pushed me to it. The choice is clear, either wear a hat or stay indoors all day long. Since staying indoors all day is not an option, guess I am going to have to wear a hat. After all, I have to go for my daily walk and I have to get into my garden. Which, by the way is looking fabulous. But onto the hat making. Here is the result.


A big thanks to Judy (my dress form) for modeling it for me. The pattern is from a Simplicity freebie tutorial. You can download it here. Simply follow their directions and voila! I made the large size – I have a big head. It fits perfectly. And it’s reversible. I did one plain and one print side.


Both fabrics are cotton. The print is a quilting cotton and the solid is a cotton twill. If I make another one, I would use quilting cotton for both. I found the twill is a bit heavy for this reversible hat. Plus both fabrics are interfaced, so the interfacing adds weight too. For my interfacing I used a light weight fusible non-woven interfacing – a Pellon type.

If you want more of a, big floppy sun hat, give this Martha Stewart hat a try. It too is reversible, and it’s included in children’s sizes.

Now I am thinking about some embroidery I can do on the plain side – hmmm. What do you think?


Happy New Year

I love the time in between Christmas and New Year's Eve. This is my time to finish up lots of little projects that I have started and set aside for later. I get such a great sense of accomplishment. I am now finishing up a couple of repairs (inserting zippers in coats), fixing up a t-shirt pattern and a few other odds and ends. The t-shirt pattern is actually more of a fleece shirt pattern. I made a basic pattern from a ready made v-neck fleece shirt. It is so comfy. I want to size the pattern into extra small, small, medium, large and extra large. Yes, you guessed it, it is going to be a project for next embroidery club year.

Here is a sneak peek. It's a v-neck with long sleeves. Of course I will need to come up with some fun embroidery for it. If you have any ideas or requests, please email me.

Have a very happy and safe New Year!


Quick Gifts to Make–Tea Towel Apron


Tea towels make great aprons. They are absorbent, easy to wash and come in great varieties of fabrics and colors. Turn your favorite tea towel into an apron in minutes.

Click here to download the PDF instructions. Makes a great hostess gift.


Quick Gifts To Make–Sweet Dreams

Many years ago, when I worked for Husqvarna Viking, I did this seminar we called Quick Gifts To Make. It was based on a book of projects that the US education department put together. The seminar was lots of fun and very popular. Basically I showed a variety of cute projects, that were easy to make and made great gift ideas. Well, in that vein Id like to share some great gift ideas over the next few weeks before Christmas. First up is this fragrant eye pillow is a great aid in rest and relaxation.


The eye pillow measures 4” x 8” and it is filled with a mixture of dried lavender and flaxseed. To use it simply lie down, close your eyes and place the eye pillow over your eyes. The gentle pressure to the top of the cheekbone along with complete darkness provides the perfect recipe for deep, restful sleep.


Place it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to help relieve headaches and to reduce puffy eyes. Store in a zip lock bag to hold the fragrance of the lavender longer.

Click here to download the instructions and the sweet dreams embroidery design. Make it from a solid fabric and embellish it with the Sweet Dreams embroidery design. Don’t have an embroidery machine?? Make it from a pretty print. Either way make two, one for nightly use and one to keep cool! I need not tell you that this makes a great gift.