I was thinking the other day about all the great designs
that are available BUT, when I need something specific, I cannot find exactly
what I have in mind.
For instance, I have a friend who shows dogs, is a little
bit cowboy and loves antique cars. If I
want to do something for him, I need to select just one of those
interests. But what if I want to combine
two or more of them? Where will I find
something with those three ideas, or even two?
I use Alphabet Xpress (AX) for lettering and I can merge two
designs together there. However, the
function of AX is to do lettering, not join together two designs. In a pinch, I can do that. I can even combine two designs, save and
reopen that file and add a third. It is
interesting about AX, it is versatile in many ways.
Well, I took my other
software, Embird to put the designs in one file because I also want to adjust
some of the parts - eliminating some of the stitching.
The general rules for this project are:
- Find a design that has an element of your idea;
- it needs to be able to stand alone, that is, if another piece of a design is covering part of your object, it will be difficult to repair that;
- look for simplicity, I could not find a hat that I liked without the flowers. The flowers are OK and (IMHO) add a piece of whimsey;
- remove any colors that just make the outcome unnecessarily 'busy.'
My first and favorite, design
I liked it because it was free
and a little bit whimsical. I think it will do nicely. I am not changing anything on the hat. The next thing I am thinking of adding is a dog
I decided that I only want to
have the outline, and of course, in keeping with the size of the hat I did resize it.
And, I decided to throw in an antique
auto - and of course, just an outline:
By the time I was done, I was
just a little over the top. But putting things together was really fun and simple.
So, despite its being a little bit crazy, it is a design that echos a personality, and, after all, isn't that why we chose what we chose to work on?
Tip Time: I broke my last keychain about a year ago and felt like everything I looked at was just not 'me.' Most of them had this type of nail breaking key attachment -
Even if I did not mind getting my nails broken, I could not find anything I liked anyway. . . Enter a NEW IDEA!
I have saved this hint for a year because I wanted to be sure that my idea would work and it did. I found a pair of hoop earrings that I just loved! It had bling and I transferred all the bling to one earring and put my keys on it. They have held up just fine, I have had no accidental openings or any problems. I LOVE IT!
Thank you all for reading my blog, it is a labor of love and I hope you enjoy reading it. BTW, did you happen to see the blog that SewBlest did about Pinterest? I need 6 extra hours a day to look at Pinterest!