Christmas Stocking Tags

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I haven’t blogged much about it, but just a wee bit ago I thought I would foster kittens. An opportunity arose to bottle feed the cutest four little cuddly meowers you’ve ever laid your eyes on – and I jumped in. I thought I’d keep two and put two up for adoption (cough, cough). Living rurally, there aren’t as many good homes and we may have more un-neutered cats than other areas and lack the resources for no-kill shelters. So, you guessed it, I’ve added four rowdy beasts – much to the chagrin of the existing two – to my family. Crazy cat lady status is full blown here.

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I LOVE decorating with Christmas stockings. They’re just one of my favorite things and, on the practical side, take no room to store and require no heavy lifting at all. As much as I love, love, love living rurally – there are a few things – like curbside Christmas tree pickup – that just don’t happen here. Generally, you have to saw it up, pack it up and take it to the green recycle during that time in normal years where it’s raining (sawing is an outdoor activity). Not a fan, also not a fan of fake trees (well, except for some colorful tabletop versions). So, full trees are only here in years that I host Christmas eve or day.

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This is not to say that decorations don’t abound – everywhere. And, stockings figure in prominently. I’d seen this concept of tags instead of stitching the name on the cuff – and loved it. I loosened up my hoop screws and just hooped a sandwich of the back fabric, cut away stabilizer (to keep them stiff once done – the sandwich didn’t really need stabilizer for any other reason), Warm n natural Batting and the top fabric. Edited text and put four tags in each hooping – moments later, name taggies🙂 .

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These are the easy fleece unlined stocking I’d written about here , here and here.

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A few of the boys checking out their name tags, photographing items is always an exercise in holding back cats while balancing a camera.

Nasty Woman free cutting files

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With a Brother Scan n Cut (or Silhouette or Cricut) cutting machine you can cut heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and iron it onto a shirt, sweatshirt or whatever. I created some files  and shirts for friends and family and I’m more than happy to share the files for free with anyone that wants to use them. The fonts I used are free for personal use. If you want to nab these files and sell something, see the info (for the shirt above the guy would just want $5 for commercial use of his font – the other font in that one is ok for commercial use). The files are .fcm (for brother Scan n Cut, file flipped for use on HTV) and .jpeg (the newer Silhouette and Cricut machines have ways to use jpgs). If I need to load them up as .SVG for you to use, just let me know.img_1432

The Bad Hombre is so cute on my adorable little 20 month old nephew🙂 I prefer Siser Easy Weed HTV, although I’ve used others (you can pick some up at Joann, Michaels or the major craft stores – just make sure it’s heat transfer vinyl if you want it for cloth application, not regular sticky vinyl folks use for labels and such).

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You can size the files however you like, right now they’re as pictured with the one above a small size placed near the hem on the shirts I’d made up.

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The election is fraught with emotion on all sides, so I’ll take the files and pics down come mid-November (or whenever election results are finalized and accepted …).

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I put the files in Google drive.

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Go and make up some shirts folks!

Rainy Sunday, so fussing a bit more with fonts, images and vinyl – we’ll see what’s next🙂 . To see what others around the world do on their Sundays, stop by Unknown Mami’s Sunday’s in My City.

Sites with free military machine embroidery designs

For some of the different groups I’m in, I’ve created different lists of free sites (like my post with all the awareness and awareness ribbon designs here). One of the popular requests in the group was for military designs.

I’m not including generic patriotic designs here – those about for July 4th and other US holidays. These have some specific military association. Some are non-U.S. .

FREE

AnntheGran – her search in free will also show for sale designs, the search link doesn’t copy over on the left under Free Designs – use that search box and key in military to see the largest selection. Free designs are 3 free per week. http://www.annthegran.com/FreeEmbroideryDesigns.aspx

BFC Creations – Free plane at bottom of a sale page (they’ve removed some free military designs)

 http://bfc-creations.com/Designs800/829Planes/index.html

Brother – Words “In Honor Of” in the Special Designs dropdown

http://www.brother-usa.com/Homesewing/DesignStudio/Projects/DesignList.aspx#.VIuDzouhifQ

Cindy’s Embroidery Designs – Aussie troop emblems and support 

http://cindysembroiderydesigns.com/Free-Aussie.html

Embroidery Affair – Multiple designs and multiple service groups, US 

http://www.embroideryaffair.com/free-patriotic-designs/ 

Embroidery Designs (3 free per week) – USe the Search Within box to find different designs for ARMY , NAVY, MARINES, AIR FORCE – they don’t all show in a search for military. http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/freeembroiderydesigns.aspx  

MILITARY  http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/freeembroiderydesigns.aspx?SearchText=military   

FOR PURCHASE

BFC Creations – various replica planes (Marine, Air Force and more). BFC has recently updated their website, you can always query Suze for more as Fred has designed a bunch no longer showing on their new site.

http://bfc-creations.com/bfc0829-planes.html

Blasto Stitch ARMY

http://www.blastostitch.com/shop/army-men-pose-machine-embroidery-design/

Digitized Embroidery Designs DEA (not heard of them, but have a lot – just scroll down) 

http://digitized-embroidery-designs.com/digitizing-blog/

Great Notions has a Military Category 

http://www.greatnotions.com/Categories/Embroidery/Military.aspx

PINTEREST Board of Military Machine Embroidery Designs

 https://www.pinterest.com/tiatoangels/in-the-hoop-military/

Supporting our Troops Aussie & US

Cindy’s keeps a list on her site 

http://cindysembroiderydesigns.com/Supporting-Our-Troops.html

I believe there are some military machine embroidery designs on Etsy as well.

Whew, just finished checking the links – sadly some had gone away. This is most likely a partial list  :-) . You can always turn to trusty Google to turn up more for sale designs – just search machine embroidery design military and click images for pages of choices.

Shine a little light

IMG_0437Decided to join the fray and tackle my own set of Mason Jar Solar Lights using Walmart 99 cent solar lights (folks also use Dollar General and such lights). The bottom just pulls off the purchased lights easily. For Mason Jars, Classico spaghetti sauce comes in a mason jar – although where and when you got it means a different size jar. The grocery store has the new smaller one on the left above and the standard mason jar lid no longer fits that narrow one. The middle is the size it was forever and the big ol one on the right is a new bigger size in the Costco 3 pack they started last year – wider jar but still fits the basic mason jar lid.

I’d spied a few versions running about on Pinterest and tweaked the concept to get something I like. For a good tutorial, start with the This Old House version. I can never let anything be simple enough, so instead of the acrylic they used, traced the solar charging cell’s top square opening on a piece of paper, cut that out and drew it on each lid, then dragged out my Dremel tool to cut into the lid (with my handy safety glasses as I don’t need bits of metal in my eye, thank you very much). I just cut an opening – if you don’t go really slow there are sparks, so after I had an opening in the lid I used my meal snips to cut out the rest of the square. Spray painted the lids black.

Got out the E6000 glue and put a bit around the inside of the lid where the square cut is – I want to glue the lights but not get the glue over the solar panel. Craft wire is wrapped tightly around then lid, then heavier copper wire from Lowes (#6, the same that I used for the bird feeders) makes a lovely hanging loop. Pliers will help you get that loop tight and clean looking AND you do need good wire cutters to cut through the number 6 copper.

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I decided to leave the plastic light covers on to refract the light in the jars.13331116_1363113813704185_7424668232788152522_n

Pretty metal hanging hooks complete the look.

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I LOVE how bright these lights are at night! And, they are solar!! I have them on every other fence post and can now see across the yard easily even in the wee hours of the night (remember, rural here – we have a few bears, rather large mountain lion and other critters – if you hear a noise, so much safer to peer out than step outside with a flashlight!). Only one was dull and shut off earlier than the others – for the 99cents, I just replaced it. The next step I may need before the winter rains is to go over each one and coat the edge of the cut lid with a bit of outdoor silicone – otherwise, with a wet winter they could end up with a bit of sitting water in that spot. This is one project I highly recommend to those of you who enjoy crafting.

This post is participating in Unknown Mami’s Sunday in My City – pop on in to see what other folks are up to when they have a bit of time off. 

Buttery Scones

Buttery Cream Scones

A relatively new favorite recipe is Cream Scones with Currants from The Feed at America’s Test Kitchen. This recipe yields flat out delicious flaky, buttery scones. I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fan of what I call sugary muffins masquerading as a scone. These cream scones are the real thing.
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Made them up for the first time this past Christmas and have indulged myself a few times since. What you see on the cookie sheet is a double batch. They freeze well, especially if you’re a fan of vacuum sealers like the Foodsaver.

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If you’re using a food processor, they mix up quickly. America’s Test Kitchen always lays out clear instructions (pulse 6 times .. ) and this recipe is no different. They have additional picture instructions here: The Feed secrets of cream scones but, I find it just as easy to pat them in a circle and cut as use the press in the pan method.

The Recipe: The Feed: Cream Scones with currants is free to view and save if you create a free sign in id. I highly recommend that you give these scones a try. Flour, butter, cream and a few other ingredients yield a delectable treat. Time to put on a pot of tea and nab another one :-) 

 

 

Embroidery Sites for Free Awareness Designs

I periodically stitch for charity fund raising and one of the organizations I support is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. I’ve shared some of these pictures on here before, but they do help highlight what you can stitch

Awareness Charm Earrings for fundraiser batch 2

Many machine embroidery design companies offer sample designs or regular freebies for you to try out. Here is a list I’ve created of machine embroidery companies that offer free Awareness designs. With a solid color ribbon, you can download any awareness ribbon design and just substitute your thread color. Even if you can’t edit, you can switch out your thread spool. There are some specific two color designs, although there are fewer of those for free. There are autism puzzle free designs as well.

Earrings lg awareness

Many sites require you to sign up/register with an email address before you can download the free files.

If you need help determining the color of ribbon for what you choose to support, Wikipedia has a good reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awareness_ribbons

Sadias

Ann the Gran
Heart with ribbon on it
http://www.annthegran.com/prd/Designs/Embroidery-Patterns/Pink-Ribbon-Heart/1/EMP00649.aspx

Butterfly with word HOPE
http://www.annthegran.com/prd/Designs/Grand-Slam-Designs/Hope/1/HOG606T1.aspx

Apex Embroidery fonts
Autism awareness
http://apexembdesigns.com/autism-awareness-ribbon-embroidery-design
applique split awareness ribbon
http://apexembdesigns.com/embroidery/product/ribbon-split-frame-embroidery-designs

Artistic Thread Works
A multi colored Ribbon representing all the Cancer organizations signature colors, 4 different designs
http://www.artisticthreadworks.com/public/698.cfm
Monkey with ribbon
http://www.artisticthreadworks.com/public/6764.cfm

A Time to Stitch
6 designs on Freebies page – includes troop support and red white and blue ribbons in addition to cancer awareness, just scroll down
http://www.atimetostitch.com/freebies.htm

Craftsy Embroidery
Awareness mug rug
https://www.craftsy.com/pattern/embroidery/machine-embroidery/in-the-hoop-cancer-awareness-mug-rugs/72013
Ribbon Heart
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/embroidery/machine-embroidery/ribbon-heart-free-machine-embroidery/104910
Ribbon with hearts on it
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/embroidery/machine-embroidery/awareness-ribbon/71734

Criswell Embroidery and Design
ITH ribbon bookmark – bottom of page
http://www.criswell-emb.com/frontpage/singles/singles72.html
Criswell FSL earrings and charm – Halfway down the page – I’ve used both sizes for earrings
http://www.criswell-emb.com/frontpage/singles/singles71.html

Embroidery Designs
http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/freeembroiderydesigns.aspx?searchtext=awareness

Embroidery Library Inc.
Butterfly of Hope
http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/Products.aspx?Catalog=Emblibrary&ProductID=E3982

EMS Cross Stitch Lovely designs with lots of jump stitches. When you go to register, her site does not like ‘real names’ as the user name but accepts all sorts of other usernames.
http://www.cross-stitch-board.com/forum/downloads.php?do=file&id=466

Embroidery Online (OESD)
This may only be free in October of each year, 5 designs
http://www.embroideryonline.com/p-57240-pink-ribbons.aspx

FiveStarFonts
Fill stitch in 3 sizes
http://fivestarfonts.com/free-awareness-ribbon-embroidery-design
Double applique Ribbon design
http://fivestarfonts.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=426

GG Designs Embroidery
Awareness tree
http://www.ggdesignsembroidery.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=129

Hyfi’s House
Several here – just scroll past the first for purchase one to the free listings
http://www.hyfis-house.com/powder-room

JHB at Oregon – pretty set of ribbon with phrases of hope http://www.oregonpatchworks.com/collections.php?id=jhb

Just Sew Pretty
Infant loss applique ribbon with foot prints
http://www.justsewpretty.com/item_946/PAIL-Footprint-Ribbon-Applique.htm

Just Sew Sandy and Debora – filled butterfly ribbon
http://justsewsandyanddebora.com/free/39-awarenessbutterfly.html

Lynnie Pinnie
Two Color in two sizes
http://lynniepinnie.com/shop/free-embroidery-designs/two-color-mini-awareness-ribbon-4×4/prod_10545.html 

Pamelas Embroidery
Lots of filled designs also a couple of quilting blocks
http://www.pamelasembroidery.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=56&product_id=423

Sadia Sews – Closing website the in 2016
Free ribbon designs – all are FSL
http://sadiasews.com/inmemory.html
FSL with hearts, has a hanging loop
http://www.sadiasews.com/hero.html
Cancer Dedication Bracelets
http://www.sadiasews.com/cb.html

Sewterific
Save the Hooters owl – bottom of page
http://www.sewterific.com/babygirlowls.htm

Simon Haskins
(Jenny Haskins son, both well known digitizers) has leukemia and there’s a FB page with free files (files tab) with multiple different designs (to go on fabric) that people are making quilt blocks for leukemia awareness fundraising – for ribbon, pick your color and you’re all set.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/317778385023199/?fref=ts&refid=52

Sonia Showalter –
FSL Ribbon with Rose
http://www.soniashowalterdesigns.com/cancer-awareness/cancer-ribbon/
FSL Angel with Ribbon
http://www.soniashowalterdesigns.com/angel-of-light/angel-of-light-cancer-edition/
Ribbon
http://www.soniashowalterdesigns.com/cancer-awareness/cancer-awareness-ribbon/

Stitch it Cheap
Save the Hooters filled and redwork files http://www.stitchitcheap.com/index.php?rt=product%2Fproduct&product_id=478

Sulky Embroidery Club http://www.sulkyembclub.com/designs.aspx?cid=1&scid=36&pt=4

Swak Embroidery
Mini Autism heart and ribbon (or stitch in one color) http://www.swakembroidery.com/info/free/SWAK_op_FREEAutismAwareness_2Deisgns.htm

Autism Awareness
https://www.swakembroidery.com/info/free/SWAK_jkd_free_autismawareness.htm

The Country Needle
Two color or one color FSL
http://www.countryneedle.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=253

I checked all the links on May 6, 2016. There are also many companies that will offer free designs in concert with October Breast Cancer Awareness – some of these are temporary and go for purchase or disappear before the end of the year. This may not be a complete list as designs are always being put up and down – but it is more than enough to get you started if you have a cause you’d like to stitch an attractive embroidery design for. There are also many beautiful embroidery awareness designs for sale.

For those of you with cutting machines (Scan n Cut, Silhouette ..) Apex’s Cuttable Designs has a set of 5 free cuttable awareness ribbons with wings http://apexembdesigns.com/cuttables/product/pink-ribbon-cuttable-design and free Give cancer the boot designs http://apexembdesigns.com/cuttables/product/give-cancer-boot-cuttable-designs.

Spring in the Garden

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Daffodils ushered in our early spring with joyful color. For my Sundays in My City friends, I hadn’t really been snapping shots lately – so went on a binge🙂 .

Absolutely love my Galanthus (snow drops).

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And, it’s time to make a chard, onion and cheese quiche. The chard is just going gangbusters right now. The other 3 veggie beds have been prepped with manure and are just resting until the soil heats up a tad more. With row covers to help that out, it’s just about planting time.

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If you like checking out what others are doing in their neck of the woods, top by Sundays in My City at Unknown Mami’s blog – always something interesting happening there.