Keeping It Simple - Big Kid Hooded Towels

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Free Artwork Software and Catalog Xpress, Tip #4, Conversions.

Drawing and designing is usually limited to those who have talent, I am not included in that group.  However, I did find a method of creating interesting designs that is fun and amusing for me.  I hope you like it too. Livebrush, is a fun way to create some interesting effects.  If y... [更多...]

Summer is super busy with African Folklore Embroidery

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Keeping It Simple - Sewing for Sunday

It has been a busy couple of weeks.  Our youngest has a baby girl now overdue.  But for several weeks she was put on bed rest - mostly due to extreme swelling.  So the rest of the family shared taking care of the other two (five years and two years old).  We kept them at our hous... [更多...]

Free Taskbar Calendar and Catalog Xpress Tip #3, Resize

This is absolutely my favorite computer clock and it includes a calendar!!!  I am not happy with a calendar that is on my desktop because it seems like it is always in the way.  In the Taskbar (lower right hand corner of most screens) is perfect because it shows me the day of the week, dat... [更多...]

Wedding Handkerchiefs - Stitch Out and Touch Someone

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South Africa, soccer, art and culture.... African Folklore Embroidery Exhibition and Competitions

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Keeping It Simple- Lampshade Makeovers

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Hanging Zipper Caddy

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Great Photography and Catalog Xpress Tip #2, Search

  If you enjoy good photography as much as I do, you will love this freebie.  National Geographic is one of the most outstanding photographic presenters of the world and I believe it will remain so for eternity.  Others may come and go, but some things are enduring.  Check this ... [更多...]

The Ultimate Baby Basket

Hello Fellow Embroidery Lovers!I am so excited to be writing my first blog entry at an Institution among us long-time embroiderers – annthegran. I have known Ann for many years and I can tell you that she is the real deal – what a treasure she has been to all of us who love embroidery a... [更多...]

Brother wins another award for innovative product design!

Dear Friends, It surely has been a long time since I have blogged but I did want to share the story of this very prestigious award that Brother has recently the name of a wonderful sewing machine and it's very innovative features.... BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. RECEIVES INTERN... [更多...]

LaRueSews-Quilts-All Wrapped up

LaRueSews-All Wrapped up Writing this BLOG for Ann the has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.  It has taught me that I can expand myself and my knowledge far beyond the things I have done before.  I have learned that I am indeed a writer, if given a t... [更多...]

Keeping It Simple - Barrette and Band Holders

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An African Bird Safari

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Puzzles and Catalog Xpress Tip #1, Notes

I recently read somewhere that in order to keep our brain fresh and vibrant, it is important to exercise it the same way that we exercise our body.  That exercise includes doing the embroidery we all love, but it can also include games, puzzles, as well as the everyday issues we face.  Tod... [更多...]

Don’t Be Afraid of Pillows! *Beautiful Hemstitched Boudoir Shams*

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My House is my home

  Home can mean different things to different people. To many of us home implies the house we live in, with solid walls and floors.  To many in Africa, home is a hut with thatched roof, known as a “rondavel’   South Africa, the country in which I was born and grew up, i... [更多...]

Keeping It Simple - Embroidered Boxes for Trinkets and Gift Cards

Summer is here to stay I think.  The vegetable garden that I planted in April has started to produce... I have little green tomatoes on each and every plant.  We will soon be able to pick the first zucchini and I think there will be lots more coming on!   I have cucumbers that wi... [更多...]

Free Fun Fonts For Family - Friends

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LaRueSews-Quilts--Major Project Finished!

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Ann's Valentine Gift to You

Ann's Valentine Gift to You

I have been doing this blog for nearly 4 years and I still love doing it.  I would never have thought that I would ever say that!!!  When I first started, I figured I had about 6 to 8 ideas in me and then it would be over with.  At this time, I have completed 108 of them.  Geeze, I may have done more laundry, but never had this much fun. 

I always want to remind my readers that I am just sharing my love of embroidery.  I am not an expert, nor do I have any tricks that will change the universe.  I do have a joy for embroidery and writing and they fit together very well (at least for me).

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I want to share something I find to be a super gift and a super savings. 

First the gift - Here are some free embroidery designs from right here at AnnTheGran:


Blue Floral Embellishment:


Floral Heart Embellishment -


And, my favorite, Heart Wings



If you are not a member of the Club (Ann's Club) you are short changing yourself.  The facts are that:

  • You are entitled to 3 designs per week.  With a total of 10,526 designs, you will have to download for a total of 3,509 weeks - 67 years and 5 months to get them all.
  • Those Half-Price Stabilizers are very reasonably priced.  I did a blog on them, where I compared other stabilizers - totally at random.  I found that Ann's prices were an excellent bargain. 
  • New designs every week (that 67 years is going to be longer. . . . ) 
  • Club Phrases - You can see the latest items at the Club site.  These Phrases are in assorted sizes which may not sound too exciting, but doing something for a poster versus a hankie is a digitizing challenge.  Each has their own methods and procedures.
  • Ann's 85 fonts that can be used individually.  (These are not keyboard fonts.)  However, with 25% off, doing "Happy Birthday" with names and dates are quick and easy.
  • AlphaXpress and the fonts which are keyboard letters is reasonably priced at $59.99 with an 8% reduction for Club Members.  Likewise for the 50 fonts, have a discount of 8% as well.  It is easy to use and very modest in price.  Competitor X, which is the next in price is set between $100 up to $170 and only has 30 fonts.


Why would I select three of the (already free) Free embroidery designs from the selection here at AnnTheGran to give to you?  Well, the answer is simple.  I am a very firm believer in patronizing where I am learning my cherished craft.  We all know that there is no such thing as a 'free' lunch. Here are some of the significant items that may not have already occurred to you:

  • The example of these three designs so intricate.  Some sites don't offer nearly as many but if you see the quality above, you know you may not find something this nice elsewhere.  These are not the 'left overs,' they are really beautiful.  Additionally, there is everything from angels to zebras with so much in between.  The selection is incredible.  Even if you only selected 5 per month, at around $5 per design, the math is that you would have $300 in free designs by the end of a year for which you paid $59.99.
  • The stabilizers are of the very highest quality.  I have been studying them for the last year trying to find quality at a lesser price.  I CANNOT beat Ann's Stabilizers.  


It takes a village to raise a child and a community to support a really good site!  I hope you agree with me.




Comments (4) -

goosecreeklady 1/26/2013 3:03:06 PM

I have enjoyed the designs that you offer tremendously.

goosecreeklady 1/26/2013 3:03:38 PM

enjoy designs

Thank you so much.  I enjoy my blog and hope you do as well.

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

I do hope you enjoy these hearts.  The quality is really great!  

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

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