The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Thinking inside that Amazon box. The Freebie will help with organization.

The holidays have come and gone - if you don't count the rapid coming of the Super Bowl. Some how I think that vendors of all types drive the 'special' days for financial gain. Amazon* - which interestingly means (In Greek Mythology) A member of a nation of women warriors reputed to have lived in Scythia. A tall, aggressive, strong-willed woman. At this time, of the 38 'executive jobs' are held by two (2) women - Beth Galetti, SVP, human resources, and Teresa Carlson, VP, worldwide public sector. Hmm. . .

Moving right along, those boxes from Amazon are not going to go anywhere on their own. They procreate at an alarming rate and out last Twinkies. You can do the usual creation of a cardboard design for your garage sale. Or maybe you like to hold on to things for costumes at Halloween. (Well, if you disassemble/flatten the box, it is not too bad except for the spiders.)

But I want to go a little farther up the food chain. How about:
  • When used beneath 2 or 3 inches of dirt, it really is an effective weed retardant. The flat cardboard, known for absorbing water, then creates a water retainer at the same time. Soak completely before installation.
  • Use them for organizing your car's trunk. If things are rattling around back there, this is a quick and cheap method to tidy the area up. Using these organizers in the garage or storage area is enhanced by the written info of the contents. It is not necessary to open each box when like items are stored together, even if they don't entirely fill the box.
  • A shallow box is terrific for your cat or dog's new home. The sides make the animal feel safe. Be sure to place some old clothing from family members as a mattress. The pet loves the scent of those items. Set the box off the ground for a cat and set the dog's new bed near a window for warmth and curiosity.

For the Freebie this time, I have created a little something to decorate and identify the contents. With a hot glue gun and some machine time, you will have everything ready for next year.  (Yes,  those holidays still come yearly.)

It is another way to save those scraps of fabric we all have. I planed for it to be done on fabric, preferably something heavy like denim or canvas style cloth. Upon completion, you will cut it away from the base, but I also think it will be best if you cut the design about 1 inch (25mm) from the stitching it should be suffice for placing on your cardboard box. I am using my trusty glue gun to make the contact quite permanent.

I have added, separately, a couple of words to add to your organized stash.

For the Fabric Stash, just use the descriptive word (separated by color), for your items that are inside.


* According to  Forbes Global 500 -
Amazon climbed eight spots on the Global 500, continuing its remarkable growth run: Sales have jumped some $70 billion in two years. Amazon’s enormity stems from its role as the largest U.S. digital retailer, the fastest-growing part of the market. Two other major factors drive the company’s growth: Expansion abroad to markets like India and the rise of Amazon Web Services, the company’s market-leading online storage and service operation. Amazon spends heavily to boost those sales: Faster delivery, robust entertainment, and robot-enabled warehouses are part of its increasingly ambitious plans. Amazon also began a North American competition for a second headquarters.

Thank you so much for joining me for these few minutes. I appreciate your time and hope you got something to take away from my blog. May you be blessed in ways you have not yet imagined. 

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Embroidered Greetings Cards

Embroidered Greetings Cards

Our international trend continues this week with a project from Jean Isley in England. Growing up during WW2, Jean did a lot of knitting and hand embroidery at a very young age. Her love of crafting carried over into her adult life and early this year she received an embroidery machine as a Golden Wedding anniversary gift. Already it is considered to be one of her most treasured presents and she is sharing her gift with others in both traditional and unique ways. Recently she took inspiration from some very old silk cards and has made some very special greeting cards for the most treasured people in her life. I'm honored that she is now sharing her story with our community.

Jean's Description
I am an English 'Crafter' very, very appreciative of your free embroidery designs. Using your free designs, I am busy making Christmas Greeting Cards to give to Members of our Carpet Bowls club. To date, I have made in excess of 30 cards - some in the form of postcards, some traditional cards.

Step by Step:
Download and convert design zip files to JEF format & Janome hoop sizes (or whatever format you need for your machine). Transfer to embroidery card ready for stitching design. To be 'frugal' with top and backing materials I like to use the B hoop and position designs to enable 4 designs to be stitched. I prefer to use muslin with stitch and tear stabilizer. When making 'envelope' cards in the style of WW1 sweetheart cards I use nylon to simulate silk with see through backing.

POSTCARDS: Templates of postcard back on computer - some plain reverse, some with designs on reverse. Stitched design is stuck on to this ready to accommodate the cut-out front. Various embellishments can be added to card for desired effect or before sticking to back, if preferred, front can be embossed.

Made as above with an extra piece of card fixed to left-hand edge and folded back to form an opening card.

What Makes This Project Special

Making greetings cards has become a passion. I make cards 'in the style of' WW1 silk cards send home by the troops to loved ones back home. Very time consuming but everyone who sees them falls in love with them, so I consider it to be time well spent.

Skill Level:
When the software has been mastered the possibilities are endless. I'm sure most computer literate people would be able to master the techniques.

I use a Janome 300E Embroidery machine with Digitizer Pro software. Also necessary for the project is a computer and printer, embroidery designs, thread, compact flash discs, embosser and all the usual glues, peel-offs, embellishments etc. for card making.

Time Investment:
Quite time consuming. Obviously an elaborate stitched design takes much longer than a simple one. Assembly of the card can take up to 1 hour, thinking time takes longer in some cases more than others!!

Why I Love This Project
My husband bought my machine for a Golden Wedding Anniversary gift in April, 2007. Before that time I had done nothing like this at all. As a very small child, during WW2, I always had craft projects, mostly making knitted socks, gloves, and dolls dressed in uniforms to sell for the war effort. I even remember embroidering tablecloths on flour sacks (I have no idea where or how my mother was able to acquire the materials when everything was dependent on coupons). When a friend come across some WW1 silk cards that had belonged to her Grandmother, I thought they were beautiful and wondered how I could make cards remotely like them. The embroidery machine enables me to do this, but they take even more time to make & are left for very special occasions.

Send Us Your Creations
Do you have any creations that go with a great story? If so, we'd love to hear about them, and see them! If we choose to post your project, you'll get a free $25 gift certificate to use in the online store. Click here for details on how to submit your creation.

What Would You Do?
Jean received her embroidery machine as a present for a very special anniversary. Click on the Comments link to share with us when and why you received your first embroidery machine.
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