Monday, November 17, 2008

The Power Behind the Throne

This is Stella. She is my fourth child...fifth if you count Danny, who would like to still be a child.

Stella is a 6 needle embroidery machine made by Brother for light industrial work. She was designed for people just like me. Someone who stays at home and plays with colorful thread, makes really cool and fun stuff, and gets paid for it! Life doesn't get any better than that does it?

Stella was two years old in September and has been so busy in her young life. Her first year alone she stitched over 5 million stitches. I forgot what her second year number was but it was impressive. If only I got a penny per stitch...... I digress. Stella stitches an average of 700 stitches per minutes and changes which needle she uses automatically based on the information I feed her about the design I am asking her to sew. She does a wonderful job and I can't imagine life without her.

We are getting ready for all of our Christmas vendor shows and she told me yesterday she is already tired of green. Like I would tell any other child of mine, my answer to her was do what you're told without a lot of lip! Just kidding...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The World of Headbands - Monogram Included

I started monogramming headbands before Christmas last year. They were all done on 1" headbands and were cute but the font I chose was, well, sort of formal....that has all changed. Now I also monogram 2" headbands and I'm using a couple of really cute fonts, mostly all lower case letters and the fabrics I've chosen are much more interesting and fun! I recently found some that looks like soccer balls! Can't wait to make those up for my daughters soccer team! I also give these as birthday gifts. All their friends love them.

Many people have asked if I can do their school. The answer is "YES"!! I can use your school colors or, if you can give me a uniform they've outgrown, I can cut it up and make the headband from it.

I have a large number of pics on my website for you to see, but I've been shopping and have so many new fabrics!! I even stumbled upon some great college team fabric. I only got three teams so far. Probably didn't buy enough yardage....I'm thinking it won't last long. I have Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils and, of course, Maryland Terps. Bet they would look great in a mug too!

I still have a large selection of Vera Bradley and Lilly Pulitzer fabrics that I use to make headbands too. Just can't get enough cool fabric!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I Love Mugs!!

These travel mugs were a great find. They make a great affordable gift and look gorgeous monogrammed or not. Nannette ordered these for Christmas gifts and asked us to monogram them all. Vera Bradley fabric is very busy so the monogram does not always jump out at you, but they are beautiful nonetheless. The Botanica mug is my personal favorite.
The mugs keep drinks cold or hot for hours and the only drawback I've found is that they do have to be hand washed and do not hold up well when the tailgate of your Suburban is shut on them. Thanks Danny!!

Thanks Honey

This is my husband. He's a geek. He set up this blog for me and now wants me to tell the world about my embroidery universe. Thanks for the help honey. Please visit my very hard working husband at (He's a pretty good photographer too!)