LaRueSews-Quilts-TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!

This Blog is a week later than it should be because I have been on the mend from a little surgery that I had three weeks ago.  I had a trigger finger on my right middle finger.  That is a very important finger for me because it is my “needle-pusher” finger when I am quilting.&n... [More]

Two Great Freebies

The following tips can be used for both Windows XP and Vista.Operating systems vary, if in doubt, check with your provider and/or technical support. I hope by now everyone has read my blog on Rogue Software.   Protecting yourself and your family on the computer is really important. ... [More]

Silk ribbon in African Folklore Embroidery

I recently began teaching a new class called: "The application and inclusion of silk ribbon in your African Folklore Embroidery design". The class focuses on using the silk ribbon as one would regular embroidery thread. Silk ribbon is wonderfully versatile and forgiving fiber. For those of... [More]

Keeping It Simple- Lollipop Covers In-the-Hoop

I am convinced that clutter multiplies all by itself.  I have been trying to clean closets and drawers and am amazed at the number of bags we have to give to the local charity.  Not to mention how many times I have filled the recycle and trash bins with stuff that someone "just had to... [More]

New Trends in Embroidery - Create More Business

I just got back from the Atlantic City Trade show and I noticed some very interesting trends.  Diversification is moving ahead full force.  Companies that only offered 1 decorating type have now branched out into many different areas.  After all, you can only sell the same embellishme... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Designer Infant Gowns

Girls, girls and more girls.  Although I have five brothers we have not followed that tradition.  We have two girls, two granddaughters and now another on the way.  Personally, I think this is great!  After growing up with all those little brothers I have always loved little girl... [More]

LaRueSews-Quilts-Stitch With Care

It’s time again for LaRueSews to tell all of you a bit more about Quilting.  For the past few months, we have been doing a Block of the Month.  This time, it will be little more challenging.  The block will be the Arrowhead block, but we’ll get to that in a bit. Right now... [More]

Internet Connection Slow?

This information may help you if you are using IE 7 or IE 8 The following tips can be used for both Windows XP and Vista.Operating systems vary, if in doubt, check with your provider and/or technical support. I don't know anyone who thinks that their Internet connection is as fast as they wou... [More]

Baby Bibs

     Individual characters (letters, numbers and punctuation marks) from my alph [More]

Taking African Folklore Embroidery to a new level... African Kettles and grocery bags

While I love teaching the techniques to complete a African Folklore Embroidery, I get even more pleasure in seeing how each person takes their design to a whole new creative level. Chain stitch is the dominant stitch, and any color can be used to stitch on the pre-drawn black fabric, however wh... [More]

Photo Analysis

One of the most interesting, IMHO, studies of the human condition is body language.   Posed or casual, many of us can see the indications that are coming from the way a body presents or does not present itself. Taking that one step further, if we really look at photographs, we can often o... [More]

Leaping in with a Mac, part 2

Leaping In with a Mac part 2 It turns out that a lot of you here at AnnTheGran are Mac users or, dare I say, “Mac curious?” You have seen the ads and heard the talk, but your embroidery stuff runs on Windows, and the kid down the street (nephew, son in law) can keep your system running.... [More]

Customers Large or Small?

Hello everybody, welcome back to Scott's Corner.   I recently had a conversation with one of my customers regarding a big customer of his that was very demanding.  This customer had great volume but a low profit margin.  My customer was considering telling the customer that h... [More]

Keeping an Eye on Things

 Anyone who reads the supermarket tabloids has been seeing all kinds of advice about the easy way to lose weight. I and a group of friends decided to follow one of the more popular diets.  We formed teams, printed out the diet plan, communicated every day and were positive that we would lo... [More]

Composing a Terrific Photograph with Matt and Frame Tips

With the new digital cameras on the market, photo taking can and does take on a new reality.  You can take 100 photos and discard 99 of them without the expense of processing.  That is only one of the benefits.  There are so many features, most of them universal, they are too numerous... [More]

LaRueSews-Quilts-Applique-My Favorite

Hi there, EveryBuddy.  This Blog is a milestone.  Ya know, sometimes when you count things, (anything noteworthy) the numbers that end in Zero are important.  That goes especially in Birthdays, like 20, 40, etc.  Some of ‘em, are BIG ones.  Well, my friends, this Blo... [More]

Exhibition of African Folklore Embroidery Art draws 20,000 people

I was so excited by the number and diversity of entries and the positive response from over 20,000 people that viewed the African Folklore Embroidery Exhibition at the Road to California Quilt Show. While the rules of African Folklore Embroidery are simple,  (‘Whatever color you choose to... [More]

Take The Quiz!

--> It’s time for some fun. I was recently asked about doing a Facebook application. You know, Facebook, one of the social sites on the internet. Where people who haven’t seen each other can chit chat and generally make a nuisance of themselves. It’s a good way to keep ... [More]
The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Frenzied? Hysterical? Overwhelmed? RELAX!! And a Thanksgiving Design that you need to keep secret.

The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Frenzied? Hysterical? Overwhelmed? RELAX!! And a Thanksgiving Design that you need to keep secret.

This time of year, many of us are just a tad short of hours in a day and sometimes, a dollar short as well. Bad combination!

 It isn't just holidays, it is time to get issues taken care of for your taxes. BTW, the IRS says that 'completing' your 1040 tax form takes approximately 25 to 32 hours. I don't know about you, but I know I spend more time than that!

If I were to estimate how long my last years' taxes took, I would likely say it was well over the IRS estimates.

At the other end of the spectrum, if you are doing something you truly enjoy, time just flies by. For instance, hold your child, grandchild or other very special person, it feels like just a moment.

Consider the last time you sat at your embroidery machine and creating something for yourself or a loved one. Were you aware of the time you spent? Probably not, you were engrossed in your project and watching it come to life. And the time flew by.

The point of this Blog is to remind you to take some time for yourself and sanity. You want to be calm and relaxed at your or anyone's gathering. You  want to feel poised and confident.  Your family gets its' cues from YOU. And, if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

So grant yourself some time to enjoy the holidays. That pie won't bake itself, but few if any will be sad at the lack of pumpkin pie. Get extra whipped toppings and make that the desert! Everyone will remember and laugh about that for years to come.

Spend your pie baking time at something you really enjoy. It is time well spent. Ann has so many specials on Holiday items that you will find inspiration at every screen. Here is a good place to start for ideas.

Thanksgiving has come and gone but many of us will have turkey again on Christmas and possibly roast a bird for a Super Bowl Party. (Holy cow, time is flying.)


Here is your Freebie, a turkey and I hope you like it.



Here is a random thought I want to share with you -
Did the person who first said these words - One Hit Wonder - ever have a second thought that became part of our lexicon??

Thank you so much for taking a few minutes with me and my blog. I hope you find something helpful to you in every blog you read.


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