HH ME’ers!!!, (Hello Hello, Machine Embroiderers)
Just back from a glorious trip to the beach. Yeah!!!!
While there, I came to the conclusion that before I take another embroidery class in order to blog about it,I needed to …… Whoa! …… Stop!......... & GET ORGANIZED!!!
I needed to:
1. WRITE DOWN what I already have.
2. FIND A PLACE to put it.
3. ASK for your input.
4. INVITE you to ‘share my beach home” (see photo) for a visit (1-1 tutoring on machine embroidery, the Brother PE-700 machine itself, computers, or…… ???? ( LMT’s….(licensed massage therapists are you there??? )
5. Purchase items ( shop – yeah ) if necessary to help me get organized for my new passion.
6. GET HELP with what I’m not getting done myself or getting frustrated over.
The solution looked simple on paper, ……but it would involve more time, $ and energy. So I then realized I needed to regroup, analyze the situation, & then ….. ta dah….PRIORITIZE….!!!!
1st thing done -
MOVE the guest BED OUT of the guest room/office to make more room.!!!! (There’s still room for more gadgets !!! & I would LOVE your input on that topic in the forum.
2nd- went shopping…this time with a specific plan & purpose, but forgot the measurements ..oops)
I bought a special craft table that ‘hides doodads galore’, a folding cutting table and a SIMPLE sewing table for my Brother PE-700 that would hold a few important items. I also got to find a place for my DARLING unexpected Orlando furniture purchase (see photo). It’s 1 of a kind & it always makes me smile.!
Aarrgh….I also bit the bullet and bought a laptop PC so I can eventually do machine embroidery like most everyone out there does. (……..by downloading the designs over the internet!!!!). Personally I DON’T like the little cards that can get lost. That’s me, but that’s how I feel at least for now. Speaking of losing things…(I wear my reading glasses on my head, have my keys around my neck on a lanyard and I’ve switched to a fanny pack for Pete Sakes…just so I can get home with what I started out with!) I am just a JUNIOR ‘Senior Citizen’…I am not even a ‘full fledged discount on my meals’ senior yet…and lo & behold I have had to resort to drastic measures already. What happens when I get REALLY old ????!!!! Please fill me in!!!
OK back to computers….not my favorite subject,….. I know there was one fellow at Community Circle who took time to try & explain how it (downloading) could be done with modifications to my new Apple, but the reality is…the Apple store here isn’t geared for that and I am a duck out of water for the time being with everything else I’m trying to learn. So, my ME teacher helped me order a laptop for downloading all those BEAUTIFUL designs out there!!! But it is going to be VERY important that I ‘organize them’ into something…& thank goodness I had purchased the Catalog Xpress & Alphabet Express in Orlando. (So that ‘cart before the horse’ purchase turned out ok!!!)
Calling All Newbies!
I have yet to down load 1 thing. Sigh…I am SUCH a beginner…but that’s OK. It’s where I am for now. I read of course, the ‘advanced’ bloggers and admire them & all those who really know their stuff…and my goodness, so many of the readers have so much experience too!!! What a wealth of information and experience there is on AnntheGran. Once in awhile I read something from someone NEW like myself. The website is for ALL ME’ers!!!! No question is TOO basic!!! The advanced people are SO willing to help us Newbies. Now remember folks, my blog is specifically written to make sure beginners like me, can learn from others, enjoy OUR journey starting out & maybe avoid some mistakes.
I ‘d LOVE to hear from those of you who have either of those 2 products (Catalog & Alphabet Express - product reviews here)….How has it worked for you? How DOES it even work???? TIPS PLEASE etc etc or better yet…show me at the beach!!! (If I had a wiggling carrot icon that I could put in about now I would! Just picture a cute seagull dangling that carrot swaying in the ocean breeze!!!)
I can't wait to start on Ann’s lace hearts because I NOW know how to make lace!!! Yeah!!!!! Speaking of which….HOW MANY OF YOU TRIED LACE for the 1st time??? Is there even ONE of you out there who did???? I haven’t heard from you!!!!!!…..Some said they were going to try….Did you???? Hmm?
I also bought a new phone and a new ‘head set’ so that my hands can be totally free when I am getting instructions over the phone.( eventually) (It isn’t set up yet..but soon I hope.) Feel free to send me your phone numbers in the meantime though!!! (Did I mention that I am spending ALL of my retirement checks for the moment!!!! )
Two Simple Questions
Now as always, I have a gazillion questions but will narrow them down to 2….Don’t Faint!!!
1. Please share your MUST HAVE gadgets or items you wouldn’t want to live without). ( w/price and why you love them so much - if you have the extra time for details)
So far at the forum we have a short but great list & it is really helping me prioritize. (Thread Pilot, Havel scissors, the tote from Ann’s store, tweezers, magnifying glass, & paint brush). You can give me your ideas by clicking here.
2. Space Design ideas….When you SIT DOWN to machine embroider….WHAT do you REALLY need and WHERE do you put it?????? Judy in Florida shared a picture of a wall unit that I’d LOVE to incorporate!!!!!! You can answer that one by clicking here.
So, thanks ME’rs who have already contributed to the ‘gadgets forum & have supported me along my way here as a NEWBIE! I love your thoughts- be they long or short. I really do love them!!!
Have a great June everyone!!!….I hope you’ll send us photos & give me hints & ideas etc….!!!!
Cathy in Oregon….who just shared her rose garden with a deer this morning.
P.S. (I’m sending this in a bit early because I have a grad class for a week coming up fairly soon and it will be time intensive.) I’ll still check on my blog and the forums. HAPPY EMBROIDERING!!!!