I am no longer selling my creations to the general public. I am taking a break from making my items for sell and am enjoying making them again at my own time and leisure. I will still be posting items that I have made for friends, family and myself but I am not taking anymore customer orders. Sorry for the inconvenience! Thanks to all of my loyal customers who bought from me in the past. I had a lot of fun creating unique embroidery items for you!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Halloween pillowcase dress

I am so excited for HALLOWEEN!! It is one of my favorite holidays! I love putting decorations out and making the boys their Halloween costumes! A customer wanted a Halloween pillowcase dress and this is what I came up with. I am so thrilled with the results. It puts me in the Halloween mood. I also made a coupleof Halloween bows for customers.

Spider applique came from http://www.stitchontime.com/. All the fabric came from Hobby Lobby. The pattern for the dress came from www.bumblebeelinens.com/pillowcaseDress.php
I changed the pattern slightly, using a yard of material instead of a pillowcase and adding a fourth of a yard of material to the bottom. I also added a different color of fabric for the casing around the neck.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Baby, baby , baby!!

It seems like everyone is having babies!! I can't keep up. I still have 3 more orders to finish by next week. Sounds like I am going to be busy,busy! Here are a few items I have made lately.

Blanket from Walmart with Carmen font from http://www.8clawsandapaw.com/

My own bib design with ghost applique from http://www.embroiderygarden.com/ and name in Apex font from http://www.apexembdesigns.com/
My own bib design made with Minky dot fabric with name in Resort Font from http://www.8clawsandapaw.com/
Bib and burp rag set for my sister's friend. Font is Apex font and polka dots are free from http://www.sewforum.com/.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Halloween,Fall, Birthday, Baby

I have been super busy with customer orders and gifts for friends! I am not complaining though, because I get to make stuff that I love while getting paid for it! :)

Halloween shirt for my niece. I think this ghost it just the right mix of cute and spooky! Ghost applique from http://www.sewforum.com/ with curlz font. The applique is filled with white minky dot fabric.
When I saw this little owl, I knew she would be perfect for fall! She looks just right with a bow on her head and a name on her tummy. Owl applique from http://www.picklepiedesigns.com/ with curlz font. The applique is filled with brown minky dot fabric.A personalized towel for my niece for her baptism/birthday! Flower applique from http://www.lynniepinnie.com/ with curlz font.

Baby set for a family member. I found this ribbon at Hobby Lobby and fell in love with the colors. Flower applique from http://www.lynniepinnie.com/ with Kaleigh font.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Helpful Information

I hope this sewing/embroidery blog becomes more than just a show it off blog, so I am starting to include the specific information on where to get the fonts/designs and patterns, along with some of my favorite products and tips/hints that I have learned along the way. Hopefully this will help any sewer/embroiderers out there looking for the pattern/design or font. I post my creations in order to give customers an idea of what they can order, but my main reason for posting my items is to inspire other people and give them new ideas for their home sewing/embroidering projects!! I am just a beginner sewer/embroiderer learning as I go. I still make many mistakes but LOVE having a creative outlet where I can de-stress. Thank you for letting me share all of my creations with you!!!

Some of my favorite Products!

I thought it might be useful to post some of the products that I use the most. These are tried and true products that wont let you down. I try many different brands of things until I find the ones that work the best at the best price. So here we go...

Cloth Diapers- Gerber Premium 6-ply prefold. I buy them at http://www.babiesrus.com/. The rest are JUNK these are the best ones out there to sew or embroider on. They hold up in the wash and don't shrink and pile like the other ones. They are super absorbent, but not too thick and work wonderfully for burp-rags!

Embroidery Thread- Metro thread from http://www.metroembroiderythread.com/. There are other very superior embroidery threads out there, but this seems to be the best quality for the cost. Good quality embroidery thread can be very expensive and cheap embroidery thread can break and shread. Metro thread seems to be a good combination of both good quality and price. I do have to use a thread stand with this thread since it is comes cross threaded on the spool, if not it will tangle when coming off the spool.

Bibs- Koala baby is the best quality for the price. I buy them at http://www.babiesrus.com/. The terry cloth does not pull out as in some bibs. They are not too thick to embroider on but are very absorbent. You can get them in white, boy colors or girl colors in 10-packs.
Stabilizer- Stabilizer is used on the back of items you embroider to hold them still and keep them from shifting. My favorite is Sulky Sticky on the roll, but it is very pricey. So to get it at a lower cost I have found that you have to wait till Hobby Lobby sends their 50% off coupons via e-mail and then purchase at half off. I never pay full price for it. Being that it is self-adhesive you can embroider items by hooping only the stabilizer and then sticking the item to embroider onto the sticky stabilizer. Thus for going the hooping of the item to be embroidered. It makes embroidering bulky or small items alot easier.Embroidery Soft Backing- I don't know if you have ever noticed, but items that I embroider have a soft lining over the back of them. This is too keep threads from unraveling, make it soft to the skin and to keep the embroidery from shrinking up in the wash. I use Cover-A-Stitch from http://www.allstitch.net/. You cut a piece a little bit bigger then your embroidery and then iron it over the back of your embroidery.

Craft glue- I absolutely LOVE Scotch Craft Stick. You can buy them at Wal-Mart in a two pack. I use it in the traditional way for scrapbooking, but my main use is to hold down ribbon, fabric or trim in the proper position, in stead of pins, before sewing. I measure my fabric,ribbon or trim and then glue it down to the burp rag or bib. You can then reposition it till you get it perfect and then let it dry. After drying (which takes a matter of minutes) you can sew the item on with no stretching, shifting or pins to get in your way. You will get a perfectly straight ribbon,trim or fabric each time!

More baby items

Cute diaper/wipes holder for a customer. Boyz R Gross font from http://www.sewforum.com/. Free pattern for the diaper/wipes holder at www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/dipecase.html. I enlarged the pattern by an inch on the sides.

Brown and Blue seem to be the hot baby colors this year! Here is another brown and blue baby set for a customer. Carmen font from http://www.8clawsandapaw.com/ and Cheri applique font from http://www.jolsonsdesigns.com/.

My sister is having a baby girl, very soon! I can't wait to have a new niece!! Good Luck Lenora with the delivery of baby Julia! Resort font from http://www.8clawsandapaw.com/. Apex font from http://www.apexembdesigns.com/.