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Sunday, August 11, 2013

We have an addition to our family ……..

But first, I am counting down the days until school starts and so is Ms. Ashleigh who will spend her birthday, her very first day of school ever, in Kindergarten.  I think she is more excited than I am. 

I must say, this summer was not as bad as last year because we were able to keep the kids a little bit busy.  Not busy enough, but busy Smile

All 3 are in gymnastics and the older 2 are in Jiui Jitsu twice a week.  When time allows we take them to the pool.  Their last swimming class was very successful and the older 2 now know how to swim.

We have 11 more days before I will be home alone for most of the day.  The only challenge I foresee is getting the girls ready in the morning.  Especially our crier, the emotional one, Alyssa.   Mornings can be down right awful.  Thank God, Christopher is easy.  We’re hoping it’s a little better this time around.  

Even in all my excitement, I haven’t touched these as of yet.




Haven’t marked anything off because I’m a last minute kind of mom.  Not good.  I will be scrambling with the rest of procrastinators, cursing in my head because everything is sold out, probably the weekend before they start.  I know, I know……

I am sure I’ll have some stories about Ashleigh in class.  These teachers are not ready for her Smile

Soooo……on to the next…we have an addition to the family.  I haven’t names her as of yet, but I am so much in love.  Meet my new girl…

Here she was all crated up.  She came all the way from Florida.

Brother 1216



Try your best to ignore what’s going on in the background.  I had a huge order of blanks arrive, and I haven’t had the time to organize properly.



I was so excited once she was unpacked, but my excitement died very quickly when I realized she was not as easy to operate as I had thought.   I actually had to read the “Book” which surprisingly was as vague as vague can be.  Just threading the machine took me forever.  Understand, this was hard for me.  I am accustomed to picking up in things really quickly, no matter what it is.  It took me over a week to be able to get the thing to stitch.  I was so excited!  Running and jumping all over the place…you should have seen me!

My first stitches


This girl is a monster!  The fastest my other machines can go is 1000 and in reality when they’re stitching they only go about 800 or less stitches per minute.  This girl can go 1200.  I am so excited about this because I will be able to finish my orders even faster!

New software needed to be purchased, and let’s just say, this girl has a lot to learn.  I already have PE Design 7.  It’s a great program but even after years of having this in my possession, I do not/cannot use this program to it’s full potential. 

The software for these machines are not cheap.  This time around ApS-Ethos was purchased, which enables me to connect and send files directly to the machine.

Even setting this up gave me trouble, because there needed to be some adjustment with the rate info is transmitted to the machine. I ended up calling the guy who I purchased it from for assistance and he was able to help me. Talk about frustration. I tried on my own for hours, but I am not afraid to admit when I am beat.

(I have not been compensated for linking this company.  I am just truly grateful.  Brother referred me to this guy.  When people do you right, you should let everyone know)  There are different levels of software from them, so I encourage you to consider if you are searching. 

That’s it from me for now.  Off to play with this baby.

Signature stitched



Thursday, June 27, 2013

It’s a busy busy time of year

I think it was around this time last year that I was overwhelmed with orders….swamped!   Lots of birthday parties and Disney trips.  Deployed servicemen returning…..  Here are some of my new items available at

 Treats for your Sweets.

For Military families

Airforce Daddy (2)

Air Force

Marine Daddy (2)


I love my Army DadMy DAD my hero tested


Disney trips


Mickey Button Mousehead.  Not new but it is one of my best sellers


Sorcerer Mickey Mousehead


Tangled or Rapunzel Mousehead


Minnie Mouse Chocolate Cupcake Mousehead



Woody Mousehead from Toy Story


Buzz Lightyear Mousehead from Toy Story


Pirate-like mousehead Bandana style


Queen of Hearts Mousehead


Darth Vader Mousehead


Mickey Mouse as Jack Skellington


Swirly Ears




Going to Disneyland

Personalized Monsters Inc

Character Shirts

I also have Sully Smile


Boo from Monsters Inc


Mike Wazowski

Birthday Designs


The Lorax Face Birthday


The Lorax Trees Birthday


The Lorax Full Body Birthday Shirt


Baseball themed Birthday Shirt



Curious George Birthday


Cat in the Hat Birthday Shirt


Minion Birthday Shirts


Sponge bob Birthday Shirt

Phineas samplePhineas

Phineas Birthday Shirt

DSC_0106Rainbow Dash

Rainbow Dash Birthday Shirt


Perry the Platypus Personalized Shirt


and still a best seller

Personalized burp cloths


and a whole lot more

So go browse through the store.  Custom orders welcomed.  I always try my best to find the design you want and make it exactly how the way you want it.

And as always a little business tip for you small business owners:

If you encounter a problem with an order, please do not wait for the customer to contact you wondering where their item is.  Let them know right away.  The majority of them will understand and you both can work on coming up with a solution.

So long for now…………

Signature stitched

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