Monday, January 18

My First Embroidered Baby Gift

I was invited to a friends baby shower a couple of weekends ago. I was so excited because I knew I could make a few bibs and burp clothes! So, I call the hostess to rsvp and kindly ask for the baby to be's name. I am told they haven't decided but they know it's a boy. Holy cow, how am I going to make a personalized gift if I don't have the name?

Well, I resorted to the next best thing. I asked the Mom to be for a picture of the bedding. I shopped at three different stores until I found some fabric to coordinate and made a couple of burp clothes and bibs using just the last name.

Here's how they turned out...
And the matching bibs.

The Mommy was thrilled and I was pleased with my results. In the gift, I included a card with an IOU for more once they pick out the name. I am looking forward to making more once they pick out the name- Jack, Daniel or Alexander, which ever it turns out to be!

A Bunch of Bibs

I so wish I had had my embroidery machine when Micaela was a baby. She would have never had a plain bib! Thank goodness we have a few babies in the family. Here is a bunch of bibs I made for our neice Megan.

You can see I am improving, one bib at a time....

My first embroidery attempt using a downloaded purchased font and doing an entire word... This took me a while to figure out, perhaps if I had read past the first few chapters in the manual, I would have figured it out faster. Should have made all the letters bigger, but I actually hadn't figured out that part of my machine at the time--again, a chapter I didn't think I needed to read. LOL.

I do well with single letters. Here's my second bib. I like this alphabet with princess crowns over each letter, it's my favorite. You can find it at at this link.

Figured out I needed a "topping" on fuzzy fabrics to keep fuzzies from interferring with embroidery design. Ta-da, a perfect M. Love this one! This font is also from, it's called Script and you can see it here.

Getting brave with downloaded fonts, here's one with thick letters, pleased with how this turned out. This is a font from, it's called Hobo and you can see it here.

Moving on to burp clothes and totebags... Thanks for stopping by.

PS: I am headed to a Cricut SWARM this weekend and will be doing some scrapbook pages and cards, stay tuned for some paper crafts in the next few days.

Embroidering everything in sight!

You all know I just got an embroidery machine for my birthday... Well, I have been having a ball! I should have gotten one of these machines years ago, they are so much fun! I could have made tons of things for Micaela when she was a baby. Oh, well now I am just going to play catch up. I literally find myself looking through her closet for items to embroider/monogram. My hubby has made it clear, I can't do any of his stuff so as a last resort when I feel the NEED to embroider, I just find some of Micaela's doll's clothes!

Here are some of my projects....

This was my very first clothing item to embroider. I think I did okay.
Here's a close up of the M. This font if from, it's called Princess Crown. You can find it here.
Here's a lunch box that has seen better days. This is one of Micaela's many lunch bags. Yes, I am even embroidering our "used" items.... LOL.
This is one of Micaela's doll/blanky things. I was trying out this new font, same one as lunch box above.

The newness will wear off soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 11

I am back!

I am back and my New Year's Resolution is to keep this blog up to date. I have missed blogging so much. I've been crafting just haven't had time to post. I've been uploading some past projects to fill in the gap. Thanks for sticking with me!

Green Tip

Invest a few hours to make your home more energy efficient. Caulk or weather strip the leaks around your windows and doors. Add gaskets to your outlets and switches. With $25 in materials you can save hundreds in heating and cooling costs.

Sunday, January 10

My Birthday Present...

This is my new toy, my Janome Memory Craft 200E. I am so excited!

I have been wanting an embroidery machine for years and for my big milestone birthday, my parents got me one! Thank you Mom and Dad.

I have sewn ever since I was a little girl. I loved Home Ec in junior high and high school- Always drooled over these machines, and now I have one. I am going to monogram anything that will stand still. Micaela says I can put an M on anything of hers as long as it's pink. Hubby has already announced and made it very clear that his wardrobe is off limits.

Soon I will start posting some projects and I guess I am going to have to add Sewing to the title banner at top of the blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 9

It's my birthday....

and this is where my hubby is taking me for the weekend.

Isn't this a gorgeous Bed & Breakfast...