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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Holiday - Winter Designs


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Hi, Everyone!  I hope that everyone is enjoying their week!  I have a few new designs that I wanted to send out.  Intro pricing valid through midnight
(EST) December 4, 2012.

~please note that the final discount (total of 50%) will not show until you add  the design to your cart~

For future reference, all of the designs that are 'featured' on our home page will be 50% off when you add them to your cart.

To make sure you have seen all the recently added can always click on the "new tab" on our main site or follow us on Facebook...that is the first place we announce new designs!

Okay - now its time for the fun stuff!  The best part about most of these designs is they have a lower stitch count with super high impact!

I had a request for this one and thought it would be (obviously) great for the upcoming holidays.... but also would be fun on Birthdays too!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Paper Christmas Trees embellished with ITH Buttons and Bows Banner

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We will post more detailed tutorials on how to make these in a little while, but wanted to make sure that these were up to give you some inspiration for the holidays!

We made these in May for the Holiday issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine.  We have been (not so patiently) waiting for the issue to hit the shelves so we could release our pictures and not compromise the content of their issue.
Hooray!  It's on the shelves and in people's mailboxes now.  We couldn't be more excited about that!

Here is their picture

(also featuring our ITH Napkin Rings & Double Scalloped gift tag) with our Emily Font for the names on the place card tags)
Don't they make a beautiful table setting?
(little plastic favor boxes were wrapped with the dictionary paper, added May Arts Velvet Metallic 3/8" wide ribbon, embellished with a tag & a bow to look like a tiny present place card!)

these beautiful trees really broke the bank.

-   1965 medical dictionary from goodwill - $1
            (although these would be even more STUNNING made with sheet music)

-   wired ribbon velvety/sheer damask  (purchased from Costco a couple years 
       ago from the bow I made for my Christmas tree topper and random poofs around the house for the holidays.

-   pearls, buttons, and scrapbook embellishment - free from stash
-   1 can spray gold glitter spray (about $2.50 with Joann 50% coupon)

Just tear the pages out of the book (or do several at once using an exacto knife or the tip of a scissor blade) and a ruler to get a clean edge.

Roll the paper up and close them using a couple cots beacon fabrictac (which is what we used because it was on hand - a glue gun would work fine too...anything that gets tacky fast).

glue the rolled pieces together to form various heights for your trees

spray with the glitter spray, glue on some accents
and then embellish the trees
with our In the Hoop Buttons and Bows Banner

We folded the wired ribbon in half because it was kind of sheer with the velvet damask and love how it turned out.  We put the ribbons on after the rolled paper was glued together and the bow was on top.

In hindsight - it may have been better to place the ribbons on before the topper bow was added.  However, the ribbon idea was part of the "detailing things to death" that DeLynne and I love to do!

Enjoy!  Let us know if you have any questions...
and send in pictures if you make these!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pretty Little Poinsettias ~ in less than 5 minutes

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We are just starting to get all of our great Christmas designs on line so naturally I am getting super excited for the holidays!  We have just these fun little ITH Favor boxes together and what better way to embellish them, than with a pretty little poinsettia?!  It's so easy.  Here's how...

Cut out some random, curvy triangular petals.  The size of each will depend on how wide you want your flower to be.  I needed a pretty little flower.  Only about 1 1/2 inches wide so I made each of my petals about 1" long and 3/4" wide.  You can always trim them down so if you are unsure how big you want your flower, make it bigger and scale it down when you are finished.

Next, thread a needle with about 2 feet of thread doubled over.  Weave your threaded needle across the straight edge or bottom of each petal.  Pull the needle through, then slide it onto the thread

Once you have all of your petals on the thread, push them together as tight as possible and tie your two thread ends together.  Knot your ends several times to make sure it won't come undone.

 This is what it should look like after you have done that.
If your flower is too big you can trim it down now.

Add a few pearls and a rhinestone using some fabric glue.  We LOVE Fabritac made by Beacons. :)
Now take that little ITH Favor Box you just made...

Super cute, right? But...

How much better is it with a pretty little poinsettia and a little bling?!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

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I mean to post this yesterday, but the day got away from me....imagine that!

I love pumpkin seeds.  
They are so yummy if done right...
I have had them come out a little chewy or under done in the past.  Not my favorite.

I found a trick a few years ago online...coupled it with a few of my tricks...and the seeds turn out perfect every time!
I didn't take step by step pictures, but it really is simple.

Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

goopless pumpkin seeds
Season Salt
garlic powder
olive oil
parchment paper
cookie sheet

1.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

2.  Fill a sauce pan with water, turn the heat up and get the water boiling.
     I added about a Tbs of sea salt to the water - you can use more or less :)

3.  Remove the goop from your seeds.  I like to rinse them first in the strainer, but 
     it isn't necessary.

4. Once your water is boiling, add your pumpkin seeds and boil them for about 10 

5. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the contents of the pan into your strainer.

6. Run cold water over the seeds while they are in the strainer.

7. pour the seeds into a bowl.

8. add a tbs of olive oil to the seeds and stir around to make sure all of the seeds 
    are coated.

9.  I like to season mine with finer grain salt, a little garlic powder and season 
     salt.  Aunt Cora's Soulful Seasoning is hands down (IMO) the best!  I like to 
     add a little of each, then sir it around..and then add a little more to make sure  
     they are evenly seasoned.

10. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper  and spread your seeds out all over 
      then pan.  Make sure that it is a thin layer...if they are piled on top of each 
      other the seeds underneath will not roast. (I sprinkled a little coarse sea salt on 
      them once they were on the pan.

11. Stick them in the oven and bake them for 20 minutes.

take them out, let them cool a few minutes,  and enjoy your perfect pumpkin seeds!

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I just want to make beautiful things - even if nobody cares


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Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the busyness of the day.
I am sure almost all of you can relate.

I love dreaming up ideas and figuring out how I can make something....but rarely have the time anymore to actually make it.  

That's why DeLynne and I work so well together.

I can dream up an idea or see something I love, figure out how to do it with an embroidery machine, digitize the files up and more times than not - shoot it over to her.  

We live in different states, so almost all of our communication is done through email.  Have you ever tried to describe how to make something that exists in your head over email?
Especially when there are a thousand things to do, a million "Mommy can I..."s being asked, and countless crazy interruptions. 

 She has an amazing ability to see my imagination and make it just as beautiful as it was in my head.

I love her for a million reasons....but that is definitely one of them!

Anyway, a friend of mine posted some word art on her page a few weeks ago - and I have been repeating it over and over in my head.

"I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares"

So I decided I would make my own little picture and turn this into an embroidery design really fast
just to remind myself why I do what I do.

Feel free to pin this,  post it on your page, share it with your friends, or stitch it out yourself to remind you everyday why we do what we do.

Have a great day!