Thursday, February 23, 2012

Turning your feltie into a frayed embellishment.

 Let's review how to make a feltie, shall we?

Here, I am using the (Frayed) Heart Flower Feltie

Hoop either a clear water soluble stabilizer or a tear away stabilizer (personal preference).

Stitch out your placement line. 

Because I wanted to give you options and I like options, this feltie stitches out THREE hearts :)

Lay your fabric OVER the placement lines. 


Lay your fabric over the placement line for the larger heart.

More tackdown!

Now flip your hoop OVER! Place your fabric on the BACK/UNDERSIDE of the hoop. Use adhesive spray to adhere the fabric.

Final tackdown!

Oh wait! There is another set of tackdown lines. Let's have some more fun :)

I have been using the word "fabric" instead of "felt" in this post. 

Have you noticed?

Who says you can't use fabric on your felties?

Lay a few layers of fabric over your placement lines. 


 Lay a few layers of fabric over the large heart.


 Don't forget to trim if your colors are overlapping!

 Again, flip your hoop over.

 I added a layer of flannel and a layer of felt.

Use some adhesive spray so it sticks.

Turn your hoop over and stitch out the final tackdown lines!


I allowed 1/8th inch of excess on my feltie.

I trimmed my frayed design a little more loosely. Once trimmed, "fray" your edges.
(The felt I used on the back is for additional support. I did trim that down to size.)


Using a hot glue gun or fabric glue, attach the hearts in the pattern that you like best!

 But have some fun!

How many ways can you stitch out cute?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Those sweet late night cravings.

As you may know, I am taking a little break from losing those "last ten" since I had my surgery. I haven't been back for my first post op appointment yet so it'll be a while before Making You Cry Monday gets back up and running.

So, while we wait, I thought I'd let you on a sweet little secret.............Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake.

I found this little treasure on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try.

Why not? It has three on-hand ingredients, takes a minute to put together and a minute to cook.

Heaven in a mug in under FIVE MINUTES!

You don't believe me?

Grab your mug and ingredients. 

1 egg.

The recipe calls for 1-2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder. 
Let's be honest ladies, if you have two X chromosomes, you'll want both.

1/4 Cup powdered sugar.

Start mixing. 

 You want it completely mixed, until it is nice and shiny.

 Now, here is where a bit of experiementing comes into play. The recipe calls for microwaving for 50-60 seconds. That was a tad too long in mine. Try it out, but when your cake rises..........

...............................and this lovely picture was supposed to show the cake at the same height as the top of the mug (but my silly flash went off instead), STOP the microwave. 

I stop mine around 35 seconds.

And now you should be smelling some super chocolately dream dessert. 

And, if you are like me in thinking that more chocolate is always better, toss a few chocolate chips on top. 

They melt after a minute.

Which is fine since you'll need a glass of milk to go with this snack. 

Ooops, how did those spoonfuls of ice cream get in there?
Oh well, I'll have to eat that too ;)

Chocolate YUM!

Go check out the link posted above. They have 10 different easy mug cake recipes. I haven't gotten bored with this one yet so I can't tell you about the others.

Let me know how it works out for you!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February 2012 Free Machine Embroidery Instant Download Design is up!

Website freebie!

Head on over and instantly download the new "Faith, hope, love. But the greatest of these is Love. 1 Corinthians 13:13" embroidery design.

Snap up some great designs now!