The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Unique Tips, Part 2. This time, my Freebie is a Coffee Lover's Delight!

Getting all those time and money saving tips from the Net is a full time job. I enjoy seeing them, even when I have no idea what I they are ‘tricking ‘ about.

I selected three tips that I actually thought would make some sort of difference in my life. I hope you will find them useful as well.

I selected the broom and double faced tape as my first demonstration. After seeing this trick on the Net, the next day I broke a light bulb and had to put it to use immediately.

This double faced tape was at Walmart adjacent to the crafts section. It was not easy to find, and I got the last role.

Before removing the top cover for the tape, I pressed the attached side into the bristles. It was then a firm surface for the floor.

Nothing fancy here, just me, the broom and tape. If instructions are necessary  . . . .

I am showing the dirt on my floor, the adhesive needs to be on the flooring. You did want to see that, right?

Post cleaning and the tape is ready to be tossed. I was delighted with the very small particles that it picked up. For that alone, it is one terrific tip.

I am also using the broom trick to remove that line between the broom and the dust pan. After removing the tape, you have no dirty hands or dustpan. Kick the dustpan to the curb. You will find other terrific uses for the double faced duct tape as well.

Next, no matter how much storage you have in your kitchen, there are the frustrating boxes we all use. Keeping them together is challenging because they are odd sizes and generally lightweight. This use of an office tray is just the ticket. Make sure that the depth of the bottom tray is around 5". Many of the boxed, plastic goods are in the 3+" range.

Lastly, if you are not familiar with Joanna Gaines, she and her DH, Chip hosted/starred/worked in the program "Fixer Upper" on HGTV. So many of us are fans of her work, and her talent is self made. She studied Communications but found decorating to be her real calling. 

I watch these programs and see the beautiful designs which I try to emulate. The reason is that I can already see the 'decor' completed. That is an advantage for me. Here is my last tip and I am excited to share it. It is 'pure' Joanna.

Joanna Gaines and Coffee Cups -
"Placing plants and other trinkets on top of your cabinets keeps eyes moving upward. Joanna suggests keeping design elements at eye level. Installing cabinets that go to the ceiling will give the illusion of a larger kitchen."

I just love the cups on the wall. Copying this is going to be FUN!! The Magnolia Market (actually at Living Spaces) version of this is $98, Pottery Barn's is $90 and one at Etsy for $45.  Nonetheless, you have something less expensive and just as great at your fingertips.

Check this out - The Arranger 60+ Thread Rack (Click on the photo below to go to the listing.)
  • The Arranger 60+ Thread Rack revolutionizes thread storage!
  • Unlike traditional wooden thread racks that are designed for specific thread spool sizes; The Arranger 60+ can be configured to fit most any size spool.
  • The extra tall 3 inch spool pins are removable to accommodate even King size spools. The tall pins also allow for stacking duplicate spools. Adjust the removable spool pins to suite your cups or layout vision.
  • Wall mountable and with white finish, it will fit into any decor. (Krylon has a spray for plastic which can be used with the can horizontal.)
  • Ships flat eliminating the issue of thread pins breaking during shipment.
  • Constructed to stand the test of time, it is plastic, not the frail wood from regular thread racks. 
  • The assembled dimensions are 18"H x 17"W x 4"D.

    This will look great on the wall or side of a cupboard. It saves space and adds texture and decor to your kitchen.

    The Freebie for this Blog has a sense of humor.

    Thanks for reading, I hope it is starting to warm up wherever you are. I would love to see a comment from all of you. Tell me how I am doing. Recommend something you would like to see.  Pat, The Avid Embroiderer.

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    EMB 101 Tips for Beginners (and the rest of us!)

    EMB 101 Tips for Beginners (and the rest of us!)

    We were all beginners at one point and we’re still learning along the way. Everyone needs a refresher at some point in time. Here are some tips that will help make your embroidery experiences a success!


    Know Your Machine

    I probably could have bought a decent used car with what it cost for my first embroidery machine some 20 years ago. Embroidery machines are an investment, not only financially but an investment in time.


    Reputable dealers offer beginner classes when you purchase a new machine and most are free. Ideally, you should take your machine home, read the manual, watch some videos, and become acquainted. Along the way, keep a notebook of questions to ask.


    After some time spent with your machine, schedule a class with the dealer. You will get more out of it once you have used your machine a bit.


    Be Realistic

    Don’t start embroidering a 20-block quilt right out of the box. Choose beginner-friendly designs and progress to more complex projects.


    When you learned to drive a car, or bake a pie, you probably were not good at it right away. Everything grows with practice.


    Learn a Lot

    If you can, take classes. If not, there are hundreds of thousands of free resources online. Watch YouTube videos. Follow social media blogs, groups and discussion forums. Most of these groups are kind and generous with their advice, especially for beginners. They are also good troubleshooting resources when projects run amok.


    Use Good Supplies

    Most of us are on a budget but it doesn’t pay to use coffee filters and dryer sheets as stabilizer. Buy quality fabric, thread, needles, and stabilizers.


    Most embroidery machines are adjusted at the factory and tested by the dealer before they are sold, so they should be in good working order 99 percent of the time. If you are experiencing problems with a project, it is difficult to know what you are doing wrong. Eliminate the agony of troubleshooting by using good products. Experiment with alternatives after you know how items should stitch out.


    Designs are the same way. Use reputable brands because a crappy design will stitch out poorly even when you use the correct stabilizer, needle, thread, and fabric.

    Debbie SewBlest


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