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The CUTEST bargain wholesale monogram blank dresses to personalize for Christmas… even if you don’t have a wholesale account.

As you may recall – in years past – I have been yapping about the personalized dresses that I’ve made for all the little girls in my family. This has been a great gift for several years, but now that my girls have become tweens and teens who only sport ATH-leisure, I’m not making as […]

St. Louis love applique design

An arch appliqué t-shirt for a little boy who * MIGHT * be moving to St. Louis

Hello from the Netherlands! I’m here visiting our university’s campus in Leiden before attending a conference in Spain. I know, I know… My life is rough. And how does this all relate to machine embroidery? My colleague in Leiden has a 1-year-old son, Freddie,  who I had never met so I wanted to take him […]

sugar skull applique

Skeleton (Day of the Dead) Embroidery Design / Best Gift Ever

I love embroidering gifts for my friend Alix, because she likes just about anything I make. (See lotus flower dress from last year.) Or maybe that’s just what she tells me. Anyway – when her birthday came around this year, I felt a lot of pressure to top some of the gifts I had embroidered […]

The Needle Shop in Chicago, IL

Free fabric scraps at this funky Chicago fabric store: The Needle Shop!

Anyone who does appliqué knows the value of a scrap. A small piece of fabric is all you need to make a big impact.  But if you rely on using scraps from your own projects AND you do a lot of appliqué… you start to run out of fresh options. So when I walked into […]

gecko sweatshirt

Use your old t-shirts to make groovy appliqués like this funky gecko sweatshirt!

There’s nothing I like more than making a custom item of clothing for my kids and their friends. But the last thing I want to do is dress them in something dorky just because I think it’s cute.  So I’m always asking  for their opinion on what they think looks cool. Unfortunately I don’t always […]

Patricia Michaels of Project Runway

My big Spring Break thrill: meeting Patricia from Project Runway in Taos, NM!

I am a HUGE Project Runway fan.  I know, I know, the show has been on for years, it’s formulaic, it’s reality TV – but I love it anyway.  As a creator – I totally appreciate how much work goes into every piece these designers crank out and I totally get it… it’s NOT easy. […]

modeling applique gifts

Mother daughter Machine Embroidery Geek fashion shoot!

There is nothing better than seeing your friends and family wear the embroidered and appliqued items you have made, right? These pictures, from my friend, Alix, totally made my day…. mother and daughter having fun making silly pics with PhotoBooth and both wearing the shirts I made them.  Pretty silly. Enjoy! Like the designs? Check […]

While these shirts all look the same in the light, different brands of glow in the dark thread glow differently.

Not all glow-in-the-dark machine embroidery threads are created equal.

Why is it that I feel compelled to create ridiculous, personalized, embroidered party favors for my kids parties?  As if I don’t have enough projects.  Fortunately with this last one, I can at least say that I learned a valuable lesson – albeit the hard way: not all glow-in-the dark embroidery threads are created equal. […]

monogrammed booties

Cobbling and monogramming for babies

For some strange reason, I have been absolutely OBSESSED with the idea of shoemaking. I have even tried my hand at making shoes for myself and developed my own pattern for some ballet flats. And for my birthday this year, my mom actually gave me a class at the Chicago School of Shoemaking, which I […]

in the hoop Thanksgiving wine tag

In-the-hoop wine tag for awkward Thanksgiving meals.

A friend of mine is totally and completely dreading her Thanksgiving dinner.  Let’s just say she has a bit of strained relationship with her mother-in-law and her sister-in-law.  Nevertheless – the matriarch has insisted that they all dine together for Thanksgiving.  AWK-WARD!! We have had several discussions about coping strategies – agreeing that consuming the […]

fun applique dress

Addendum to yesterday’s post about the Walmart 2014 Christmas dress…

A quick follow up from yesterday’s post. I have to share one more picture.  This is the same design that I showed yesterday on a new dress.  I cranked this out for a birthday gift… (party’s tonight).  Once again the $6.49 Walmart dress scores.  Hope she likes it!

applique dress from Walmart

The Walmart Christmas personalized applique dress – check out the 2014 edition

Okay so don’t hate me – but this weekend I started wrapping Christmas presents. And I am soooooo happy to have made headway on my Christmas shopping / making.  But, one of the reasons why I have been able to get so many presents wrapped is because I am basically re-creating a well received gift […]