14 May

I have a really BAD habit of walking away from my machine to go do other things.

HERE is why I really shouldn’t do that.


Yup…my machine “ate” my project! I was making lace, but when I came back to it, I found half of it eaten, and my needle broken.

Fun, fun.

Now I’ll have to take the bottom plate off, and dig out all the threads….

Next time, I’ll sit and babysit it.


Ready to start again!


I just cut out the mangled part, and since this is water soluable stabilizer, I just cut a piece of scrap stabilizer and “glued” it on with water, to cover the hole.

Ready, set……SEW!


Geez…’s gonna be ONE OF THOSE DAYS!

What is going on here? You can see there is another outline of a flower …which should not be there!


Ok, so this is what has happened. Because of the original mishap, my machine got “Off Track”, meaning the arm, the design, the computer–all got a little confused as to what it is supposed to be doing. The way to fix this is to turn off the machine, then turn it back on. This resets it, and everything should work properly.   SHOULD.

So, we’ll see….


UT Coloring Contest!

13 May

I LOVE contests! This one is a contest by Urban Threads. They are offering this free design to stitch out in any colors we want.

So, I played around with colors on my computer first, and this is what I came up with:


I wanted a combination of subtle, with darker pops of color, too.

I chose to do the roses in a light, subtle color that would blend with the fabric, an earthy linen blend.

When I started on the roses, tho, I was afraid the color I chose would match TOO well to the linen, but it worked out pretty well, I think!


These are the other colors I used:


So far, I’m loving this design!


And here is my finished Entry…I hope I win!

UT Coloring Contest 1


Ps..I really surprised myself that I did not put red in this. I usually put red in everything I make!




Happy Mom’s Day!

10 May


My mom has been gone for 13 years, now. I miss her. She would totally dig what I’m doing with my life, now. I wish I had been a better daughter to her. I wasn’t a bad daughter, but I could have done more with her.  I hear her voice in my head all the time. Sometimes when I see posts on different embroidery sites that are not nice, I hear her saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!”  That’s one of my favorite mom-isms.

We carry with us all the influence our mothers had on us. And, as mothers, we will live forever in our children’s heads.

…just something to keep in mind.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there!

My Kitties are Blind!

9 May

So, I hooped up my new Crazy Cat Lady design, and went to take a shower.

Who knew—I’d come back to my machine to find that my design was done, but the kitties had NO EYES!



Apparently, my thread had broken along the way and most of the eyes didn’t stitch out.

Of course, all I had to do is back up the stitching and re-sew them.


There! That’s better!


Anyway, here is the finished product:


This Crazy Cat Lady design and the little fish are from Urban Threads.

This bag is available at my Etsy!

Crazy DOG Lady!

8 May


This morning’s whim: Got up early (5:30 am) and rushed into my Happy Place to get started on this funny zippered case.
The design is by Urban Threads, but I tweaked it a little, moving the “Crazy Dog Lady” lettering to the top, and resizing the design a smidge to fit in my zippered case template.


Look at that smile on her face! Dogs make you happy, right? So it stands to reason, the more dogs you have, the happier you are!


I lined this zippered case with animal print fabric (I thought it was fitting), and also made the handle and backing from this fabric.

It’s available on my Etsy Store site, but if it doesn’t sell, I have the perfect person to gift this to!

Of course, now I need to make a Crazy CAT Lady zippered bag!(…coming soon!)

Hot Cold Eye Mask

7 May


I made this Hot/Cold Eye Mask for a free gift for one of my massage clients. It’s completely done in the hoop.

This one is done with a heavy purple satin.


I made an eye mask template file, so all I have to do is import any design I want onto the front of it!
It’s left open on the right side, so I just turn it, add rice, and ladder-stitch the opening closed.

I used a design from Urban Threads on the front of this one. A little geeky, yes?

Way fun and fast!

Should I make some of these for my Etsy shop?

Sneak peak…Costume!

6 May










Burning Man is practically in my back yard, and this year, I’ve decided to start making costumes for this popular and crazy event.

Of course, no costume made by me would be complete without embroidered embellishments!  These embroidered designs are from my favorite design company, Urban Threads. It’s from their Mendhika collection.

This costume will feature a skirt, leggings, armbands and possibly a hair embellishment.   Stay tuned…I’ll be posting more pics when this is completed!