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Looking to get into embroidery? Stop here for what you’ll need!

I always had a want to make cute monogrammed shirts, saying how cute they were and I’d love to learn to do them someday.  Then came the reality of a work bonus one year that allowed me to purchase a machine that I wanted so I could start doing what I knew I’d eventually would love.  If your like me, the following will help you a ton and get you well on your way to introduction to embroidery.

Things you’ll want to purchase-

Embroidery Machine

Thread

Interfacing

Scissors to trim designs

Now first off, you’ll need a machine.  I knew that I wanted to start out with a 5×7 sized hoop because I didn’t want to be limited with my designs and grow out of a machine within a week of having it.  So after a lot of research I decided on a Brother PE-770.  This is an embroidery only machine, meaning you can’t use it for anything else but that.  It does not work as a regular sewing machine at all.  You can do applique, monograms and lots of different embroidery designs with this machine though.  When you start out, it can be intimidating but I watched lots of you-tube videos and read lots of blogs so I knew how to use it.  I also managed to get a good deal on the machine, after stalking the internet for sales and deals (who doesn’t love a good bargain) I found a machine on Amazon Warehouse that had been returned and they were reselling for a discounted price.  Now some might say that’s crazy but the description said that it was in great shape and wasn’t used.  They were right, it still had the tape on certain things, meaning the person might of bought it and said wow, I don’t know what I’m doing so they just sent it back.

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After you get your machine, you’ll want to read the book and go over some of the designs that come pre-loaded on the machine and try doing a few basic things with it.  There are a few different alphabets pre-loaded on the machine plus a few other designs.  You’ll want to get a USB dongle so you can save designs you’ve downloaded from the internet too.  This is easier than trying to hook your computer up to the computer all the time and then you can use it over and over again.

You’ll need to get assorted colors of thread that you will want for the designs you’ll be doing.  You’ll also need bobbin thread for the machine.  You can either buy pre-wound bobbins or the machine has an area to wind the bobbins up for you.  I liked using the Brother bobbin thread, it seemed to work best with that machine.

You’ll also need fabric if your wanting to do appliques.  Different colors will be needed for different designs.  There are SO many websites out there with designs to download and use.

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One of the very first things I made were these name pillows for all sorts of people in my family.  I bought a basic applique alphabet from someone online, and then would line up each letter and stitch out the pillows and sew it right up.  I just LOVED that I was able to make personalized gifts for family members.  I always feel that handmade gifts come from love so that means more than some store bought gift for sure.

You will have a few other accessories for your machine, you’ll want some really good scissors to trim your applique fabrics.  There will be tight corners and hard areas to cut, so I love this style.  The curved scissors.

Or this style-

But it all depends on what style you’d prefer.

You’ll also need stabilizer because that goes under the fabric so that you have a stiff background for it to stitch into and hold the design up through the fabric.  There are cut away, tear away, thick, thin and other kinds.  Again, once you start learning embroidery you’ll know what kinds you’ll need for what projects.

This is pretty much what you’ll need to get started.  I have since grown out of this Brother PE770 machine and I have a Brother PE655e 6 needle embroidery machine now.  I LOVE IT!! I love that I can do SO many different things, make such large designs and embroider jackets for my son’s hockey team with ease.  You’ll find what you love and move up and change machines as you grow.

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DIY Handmade Utility Apron

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I’m doing a few craft shows in the next couple months and I remember the last few that I did how it was a pain to always worry about the money being in a safe place and also where my card reader was for credit card transactions.  Well I was going to just go buy a utility apron from Home Depot or JoAnn’s.

But thanks to Pinterest I found a cute pattern to try and made something for myself today! I rarely make things for myself so I’m excited and this one will be useful too!  You could also use a utility apron like this when your cleaning your house, having a garage sale or doing a handmade market fair.

http://roseycornercreations.blogspot.ca/2010/08/utility-apron-tutorial.html

I followed that pattern and my apron turned out great! I have SO much fabric that it was silly to go out and get some more, I knew I had enough pieces of fabric to make one.  And it’s cute too!  No boring utility apron for me.

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You could do it in all sorts of cute colors to match different things!  I love navy blue so I thought that this was a cute color combination with bright and dark colors.

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There are pockets to hold different items.  I imagine I’ll use it to hold a pen, tape, my phone, Paypal card reader and money from my customers who pay in cash.  The pattern was super easy to read and turned out amazing!

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One Pot Penne Dinner – Instant Pot Dinner Idea Spaghetti Dinner

img_61061So last Christmas season I kept hearing about this amazing kitchen tool that would make your cooking faster and easier on those nights you are short on time.  This amazing appliance is called Instant Pot!  It is a new age pressure cooker!  It’s all electronic and very safe to use.

My favorite fast dinner recipe is so easy!

You will need these items to make the Penne Pasta dish-

1 box of penne pasta (any larger style pasta will work)

1lb of hamburger/ground turkey

1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce

Water

Spices to taste


Directions:

Turn on Instant Pot to sauté and put in your ground meat.  Add any of the regular spices you would add to your spaghetti dinner. I added some garlic powder, fried onion and basil.  Mix the meat around and cook it until it’s browned.

Once your meat is browned, you’ll want to turn the Instant Pot off sauté and add in your box of noodles and your jar of spaghetti sauce.  You’ll also need to add in a jar of water to the pot during this time.  The pressure cooker portion needs water/liquid to help cook the food, so don’t forget this part.  Mix it all together.

Put the lid on the pot and lock it and press manual.  Turn the timer to 5 minutes and let it start! When the pressure cooker is done cooking, it will beep.  Let it come down from pressure for 5 minutes and then let the rest of the pressure out.  Open up the Instant Pot and stir your food around.  That’s it! Dinner is complete!! It’s really that easy and such a great meal! And you’ve only dirtied 1 pan!!


I added parmasean cheese for a finishing touch.  Serve with garlic bread and voila!

Another easy dish to make is potato salad and hard boiled eggs!  If you get one, you won’t be disappointed at all!

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Tie Dyed 4th of July shirts

So my sons wanted to be creative and make something over the long holiday weekend so we decided to make 4th of July tie dyed shirts to wear.  We made extras for other family members and it was so much fun!!

We went to Hobby Lobby and started out with white shirts and a 3 pack of dye.  We mostly only used the red and blue so we could be patriotic with our shirts.

We made shirts a few years ago courtesy of JoAnn Fabrics if you’d like to see them, click HERE

We searched the Internet for different patterns and found a couple different cool ones.  We tried a few different patterns but one turned out the best.


Let’s get started!  We twisted and bunched the shirts up to how we wanted our designs to turn out.  Next we started to put the dye on them.  Make sure you wear gloves or your hands will turn colors!!


We let them sit in the sun to dry and then rinsed them out to rinse the color out and then washed it in the washing machine.


We decided that the color on Caden’s turned out the best!


It’s a super easy project to do with your kids and they will love to wear their new shirts proudly! 🇺🇸

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Great Lakes Craft Wood Monogram Home Decoration Items

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, or even my Facebook page, you’ll know that for awhile we were doing wood items.  Well we are back at it!!

http://www.greatlakescraft.com

Check our the link above for all the new wood items we are making in our shop!  We have custom wood monograms, great items for door hangers and we can even custom paint them for you!  Looking for a specific item?  Message us!  We can try and design different things for you!

This one is one of my favorites so far!  Patriotic and perfect door hanger for the 4th of July holiday weekend!   13260096_1658259374394867_839821520275203122_n

We are also in the initial planning stages of offering painting parties!!  Who doesn’t love hanging out with your friends, painting and enjoying some adult beverages!!  Keep a look at our Facebook page for updates on this!

12801307_10100731739775071_3137096509999386378_nWe still offer custom cutting boards made out of bamboo for you too!  There’s a variety of different designs on our Etsy shop but we can also make you a custom listing!

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Memorial Day 2016 Free Meals, Deals and Discounts for Veterans and the Military

My husband was in the Army and is now a Veteran after serving in the Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom, OIF).  We use military discounts wherever we can and use them quite frequently at Home Depot and Lowes when we get materials to help fix our house up or a new grill and such.

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But Memorial Weekend is a great time to go and enjoy some great discounts just for Veterans and the Military.  Don’t forget these when your out and about this weekend!

California Great America

Free admission. Up to 6 family members accompanying service member can get tickets for just $21.99

Fogo de Chao

50% off for Veterans with proper ID on Memorial Day.

Food Lion

10% off for Veterans with proper ID on May 30th only.

Hooters

On Monday, May 30, all veterans and active-duty military personnel can enjoy an entrée on the house by presenting a valid military ID at any Hooters location across the nation.

JCPenney

5% discount good Thursday through Monday. Military ID or proof of service required.

King’s Dominion

Free Admission May 28-30 & July 4-5 free park admission.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Free Admission Free Admission May 28-30, 2016. Includes Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City. Display your valid Military ID at the ticket booth to get your free admission ticket. Good for one ticket per valid Military ID. Up to six tickets may be purchased for family and friends at a discounted rate.

Logan’s Roadhouse

15% discount for patrons in military uniform and/or those who have a military ID.

McCormick & Schmick’s

On Monday, May 30, active U.S. military, members of the National Guard and veterans can receive a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée

Ninety Nine Restaurant

Free meal from their $9.99 menu to all Active Duty Military and Veterans on Monday, May 30, 2016. ID required.

Shoney’s

Free All-American Burger and fries to all veterans and active duty military members at all Shoney’s restaurants while supplies last.

Twin Peaks

Eat Free on May 30.

Under Armour

15% off on Under Armour for military from 5/24 – Tuesday, 5/31.  On June 1st the discount returns to 10%.

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How to host an online Norwex Facebook Party!

Have you heard about Norwex?  I hadn’t until recently when my cousin had a party and invited me to it, so now I am hosting one of my own!  If you’ve never heard about Norwex, their mission is to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes.   Norwex products make cleaning faster and more cost effective than traditional cleaning products.  So now did that spark your interest?  It should have!

My cousin Lindsay Rogers sells Norwex now and would be happy to set you up with an online party so you can learn all about the products and earn free products along the way!

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Want a breakdown of how you can save money cleaning with resuable products that won’t harm your pets, children and environment?  Check out this image!

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And yes, why spend so much on “organic” cleaning products that cost a ton more at a speciality health store when you can clean with products that are less harsh on your skin, your family and your home!

Interested in ordering?  Order Norwex Here!!

Don’t forget to ask any questions you might have!  Email her need2cleangreen@gmail.com

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Crispy Ranch Chicken Recipe- Pinterest Inspired

So a few nights ago I decided to make a recipe I saw on Pinterest! Who doesn’t love ranch?? Really it’s amazing on everything.  Well this chicken was amazing too!

All you need is 5 basic ingredients for a great dinner for your family! My family was even asking for more!

Ingredients:

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 (1 ounce) packet of ranch dressing seasoning mix

1 cup crushed corn flakes

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375* degrees F.  Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine the ranch seasoning mix, the crunched corn flakes and parmesan cheese into a large freezer baggy.


Shake well to mix it all together.

Dip each chicken breast into the melted butter, and then drop into the baggy.  Seal the bag shut and then shake well to coat the chicken with seasoning.  After well coated lay the chicken into the baking dish.  Repeat with all of the chicken.


Once all the chicken has been coated, sprinkle the remaining seasoning mixture onto the tops of the chicken.

Bake chicken 40-45 minutes.  Cover pan with foil so the chicken doesn’t burn on the top layer.

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Let me know if you’ve ever made this before and if you do make it, how do you like it? My son asked for seconds and we even dipped it in homemade ranch dressing too!!

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