Category Archives: embroidery

Baby Shower Gifts

With a few new babies coming from friends and family, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to use my new multi-needle embroidery machine and make those cute gifts I’d been dying to make for awhile.  With my single needle, it’s not as easy to make these so I had shyed away from making bigger named projects just because it’s so complex.  But no longer will I do that!! I LOVE my new Brother Entrepreneur PE-650e!

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I made this matching set for my old co-worker/friend who is due with a little girl around Thanksgiving.  We are throwing her a little shower today with some co-workers and it will be fun to see all my old friends!DSC_0217-1

The gown was ordered and I appliqued her name onto it.  I found this fabulous fabric at Hobby Lobby, so bright and cheerful!!  I made her a matching bib with the pattern that my aunt mailed me when I was pregnant with my son 9 years ago!  It’s a great pattern and perfect size for babies!!  And homemade is WAY better then store bought!  I also purchased the little knit hat and put her name on it too!  Perfect for hospital pictures!DSC_0221-1

Making this tag blanket was super easy.  Just use a 12″ x 12″ piece of fabric and minky backing, along with various ribbons and stitch it together.  Babies love these things!DSC_0222-1 DSC_0224-1

made her this beautiful gown out of a onsie and fabric.  I saw a few patterns on Pinterest and kinda made up my own.  I didn’t take pictures, but maybe next time.  It has elastic on the bottom just like the regular gowns.  Matching bib with minky on the back and a personalize burp cloth for Miss Sophia!DSC_0226-1 I can’t wait to see her open it today, which is why I set the blog to publish later on so she won’t see it til she opens it at the shower!!!  Congrats Matt & Amanda!

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My new embroidery machine- Brother 650E

1185765_10151867437003343_890431119_nI did it! I made a large purchase for my small business in my home.  This is a Brother 650E Entrepreneur Embroidery Machine.  It’s a big bad beast with 6 needles so I can get things stitched out easier and faster.  I can’t wait to see all the amazing things I get to make with it!  It’s also quite intimidating but I’m still thrilled about it!

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WAHM vs Working Mom

I know that there are tons of discussions and posts about the benefits of a working mom, or the benefits of a stay at home mom out there.  I’d just like to take a few minutes and tell you what I feel like is going on in our household.  After moving back from Arizona last year, I finally found a job that was great.  But after 6 months I was laid off, and left without a job right before Christmas.  I had been crafting on the side for a few years now and decided, well, I’m gonna get unemployment for awhile, so why not PUSH sales to my Etsy Shop.  This started to grow and grow, and I decided that it was finally time to purchase the cutting machine that I knew would help me be successful at home too. Since I already had a Brother PE-770 Embroidery Machine, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo and never looked back again! silhouette-cameo

It has been a constant flow of sales from then on.  I finally registered as a business, have a Sales Tax ID # and buy things wholesale.  But deep down I still want to work out of the home.  I want to meet new friends, I don’t want to sit in my craft room all day and I want to find other mommies that like to do the same stuff as I do.  My youngest was pulled out of daycare when I was laid off, simply because we couldn’t afford it at the time.  But as time is wearing on, I’m thinking about sending him to 2-3 day part time preschool just for him to be able to interact with more kids and get him out of the house when I’m crafting.  He gets so bored, but I can’t really do much if I’m “working” at home too.

This is my struggle.  I went to school, got my Bachelors and I know that I’m using it with my own business, but it’s scary having your own business.  Your at the mercy of other people wanting or needing your products!  Just like last year in November, I did a craft show and I didn’t make anything.  But here on Etsy, I can sell like crazy.  I guess people want certain things at craft shows and I wasn’t what they were interested in.  But now I’m wanting to do more this year, just to get my name out there again in the local areas.

And then there is blogging.  I’d love to be a successful blogger.  I see so many mommies that blog about their daily lives, their DIY projects, they get sponsors to help them do giveaways and I am like, I can do that! I can write, post about DIY stuff and talk about my Etsy Shop too!  And then I see all these conferences that I’d love to go to.  One in particular is the Snap!Conference next year in April.  After hearing about it a couple years ago, I just want to go!  I think I’d learn so much stuff, but then again, it’s spending money on admission, plane ticket, and hotel, and what if???

For right now I guess I am content, working from home, doing things around the house to save on money, help us out in the long run, and maybe in a year when my youngest is ready for Kindergarten, things will change?  But then again, maybe not? 😉

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Custom Name Pillows- $30

I’ve been so busy with orders lately, I haven’t had time to blog!!!

Everyone was getting ready for babies being born and Easter coming that I have a backlog of things to make!  Pushing it to get done by Easter weekend so we can go up north for the weekend!

Check out these cute pillows!


 

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Project 365, Day 20

Today is my little brother’s birthday!  Happy Birthday Jon!! 

It’s starting to get a cold here in Michigan finally, it was just spring weather the other day and now it’s FREEZING again!! 

Today we had hockey and I made this towel before we left for practice. 

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She just joined a sorority at her college so my Aunt asked if I could make her something!!  It’s lime green, pink and purple! LOVE IT!

Tonight I’m going with my mom and we are taking the boy’s to stay in a hotel in Frankenmuth, and then tomorrow we are taking them to Splash Village because Brody doesn’t have school.  Should be fun!

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Project 365, Day 17

I was super busy sewing today, it’s amazing how productive you can be when you sit down to actually get stuff done!!  I can get so many more orders done now that I’m not working right now!!  Look at this little cute shirts I made!

Love it! I was also super proud of this because it was the first time I’d played around in my editing software to get the name to go that way!!  Then I turned around and finished this shirt too!!

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Project 365, Day 15

I headed to JoAnn’s with Caden today to try and find some fabric for a few shirts I got orders for.  They are Valentine’s shirts and gonna be super cute!   I also still have to make a bag for a friend that she ordered so I had to get some interfacing for that.  Anyways, I made this super cute shirt! 

Brody had basketball so I ran him up there, started dinner, went back to grab him and we finished dinner.  I made super yummy dessert too! 

I saw this idea on Pinterest.  I just took small taco sized flour tortila shells, apple pie filling, sugar and cinnamon.  I rolled the apple pie filling into the shells and fried them on each side in the pan.  Then when they were out I put them in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon and they were done!  SO YUMMY!  Definitely a good recipe from Pinterest!

 

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