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Is machine embroidery for you?

If you love to create with sewing patterns, then chances are you’ll love machine embroidery.  With an embroidery machine and few machine embroidery designs, you can embellish all of your projects to make them unique.  The best part is the embroidery machine does all the work for you!  It is so fun to show friends how an embroidery machine works for the first time.  As soon as that machine starts stitching out the design, their jaw just drops and then the excitement starts!  It really is fascinating to watch.

Many YCMT fans enjoy adding appliques to their projects.  Did you know embroidery machines can do appliques too?  You simply download an applique embroidery design and let the machine to do all the work for you!

To learn more about getting started with machine embroidery, visit SWAKembroidery.com!  SWAKembroidery.com is a sister site to YouCanMakeThis.com and owned by the same people.  So, you can be assured your experience there will be as great as it is at YCMT!

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Tell us about your “Twirls for Girls” experience!

There was also a number of patterns in the last month where 100% of the proceeds went directly to the Toys for Tots foundation. Those patterns included the Embellished Patchwork Twirl, Christmas Doodles, and more. I am happy to report that we were able to raise $1,014.70 for such a great cause. Thank you for your support!

If you made twirl skirts for the Toys for Tots program, we’d love to hear about your experience! You can post to our “I Made This!” section of the site and here on our blog. Let us know how many you made and where they were donated.

The mom of an eleven year old girl shared with me her experience in teaching her daughter how to make these tiny twirls to donate. With her permission, I am sharing it with you.

“I would just like to share with you something kind of tender that is taking place right now in my sewing room. In the competing age of ipods, video games, cell phones, etc, etc…. I decided to sit down yesterday with my 11-year-old daughter, Jessica to teach her some sewing skills. She has sewn a pillow once -4 straight sides and has become somewhat familiar with the sewing machine. But this was the first time they she sewed something for someone else…and I haven’t seen her beam like this in a long time.

I decided this Christmas season that I was going to teach her how to sew the simple wrap skirt for the “Twirls for Girls” campaign. I had no idea the transformation that would take place within her in such a short amount if time, as she and I sat down together and learned how to put this pattern together. I walked it through with her once and she has been on fire since.

We only were able to make 1 last night before bedtime and she could hardly wait to wake up this morning so she could start again. She’s now made 2 more and is starting on another one. She is so pleased with the results. With every skirt, you can just see her smile get bigger. She keeps talking about what little girl might open up this skirt, or that doll outfit…or “Oh, I bet she’ll love this Strawberry Shortcake fabric…” It is so fun to listen to. She then turned to me and said, “Thanks mom for teaching me how to do this.”

I believe the 2nd part of this sweet experience will happen in just a few short days when we take these items she has made to our local Toys for Tots drop-off center. If you could have been a fly on our wall last night, you would be able to hear and see such a treasured experience I had with her. With the age she is at, sometimes it is hard to figure her out. That middle-school age is a tough one and so many things are happening in their lives. I just felt that by giving her an opportunity to think of someone else would be something that could really help her find herself.”

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News Flash! People are talking about the Thrifty 50!

Come and watch our video segment on yesterday’s “Good Things Utah” television program. See items that many of the “Thrifty 50” have made and learn more about what you can make, too!

http://www.abc4.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=89908@video.ktvx.com

The El Paso Times ran a story this past Sunday about the Thrifty Fifty, too! Thank you Maria for your great article!

The “Madness of Motherhood” show just aired a podcast about YouCanMakeThis.com, and Boutique Cafe will be airing one soon, too!

And here’s a blog you’ll want to check out.  I met Leighann of “Your Homebased Mom” at a conference this past September. Not only is she extremely talented, but she is the kind of person that you could become the best of friends with instantly. She recently made the flowered headbands and blogged about it here. Once you’re at her blog, you’re going to love what you see. Don’t miss making her homemade hot fudge sauce.  I had to bring dessert to a recent party, and decided to give that a try, along with peppermint ice cream and brownies. It was a hit, to say the least, and was the easiest, but most yummy thing to make. It won’t be  the last thing I make from her collection of amazing recipes.  Cooking has never been my most favorite thing to do, but her recipes make me want to give the whole cooking thing another “go!” (And I might actually have fun with it, too!)

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Team Sherrie’s Secret Weapon REVEALED!

I know you have all been on pins and needles 🙂 waiting to hear what our secret weapon is.

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It’s LOVE.

As a group we decided that not only could we bless the lives of our friends and families this season, we could bless the lives of those in need.  We each chose a program/charity that was close and dear to our hearts and decided that we would donate what we could.     Here are just a few of the places we are donating:

Becky:

” Project Linus-  Some days I feel overly blessed with fabric and feel the need to do something good with it. Now I really want to do all of them. Maybe this is something we can do all year since our time is running shorter by the day.”

Monica- Blankies for Primary Children’s Hospital.

Leigh Ann:

“I will be donating two small flannel blankets to Project Linus – providing security through blankets. Their mission is two-fold – this is taken from their website:

First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.”

Sherrie– Blankies for NICU in Logan.

Crissie:

“I will be making blankets for SHARE, a pregnancy and newborn loss organization, so that they can donate them to the appropriate places. If you don’t have a charity in mind or feel overwhelmed by your gift list like me, please consider these tiny little blankets. Here is their website:”

http://www.nationalshareoffice.com/

Autumn- Blankies for Jonathan’s Place

Molly:

“My DD, Amelie, nearly died last Dec 25/26 when she had a horrible reaction to getting the flu, even after getting a flu shot. It was a horrible and scary time for us. She was in the ICU for several days and was given several small Christmas presents that had been donated for kids in the hospital over the holidays. Those gifts really helped to brighten her time there. She still insists on having her “hospital blanket” and her purple soft bear, especially when she’s not feeling well. We had already talked about making at least a small donation to the hospital. They told us they are really in need of things for the 52 babies in intensive care and things for the older kids.”



We hope this will be a contagious thought.  We were inspired by YCMT’s Twirls for Girls as well as our own experiences with these amazing organizations.  What can you give back this season to those who have blessed your life?

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Got gifts? Team Sherrie checking in!

Hey Bloggers!

We got gifts, yes we do….We got gifts how ’bout you?

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It has been a crazy week as usual for Team Sherrie.   Lots of projects, not enough time is our theme for this week. We have managed though, to make more!  How each of these women have done it, I’m not sure.  I think I have a team of Wonder women.

Everyone’s situation is unique and touching yet through each of their trials and challenges have managed to create some amazing gifts for those they love.

Sherrie

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Team Lorie: Working it Out Under $50

I admit that, when we began this challenge, I thought it was all about beating the other teams.  The competitive side of me took over, and I took on the persona of a Schwarzenegger-esque, big talker with a furrow on my brow and my shoulders hunched for the battle.  I was almost immediately humbled by something much greater than the power of talk–it was the power of creativity that had me cornered from almost the first day.

The members of Team Lorie began work immediately, and within days had a number of projects done.  More–those projects ran the gamut from beautifully stamped tiles and embroidered handbags, to name pillows and stuffed toys.  Each time I went out to one of our member’s blogs and saw photos of the work they were doing–I caught myself saying, “Oh! How awesome is that?” 

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Not only are these projects beautiful, creative, and made with such love and consideration for their intended recipients, they are a reflection of the great potential we hold outside the daily grind.  These gifts are important.  They will be remembered.  They were made, not in the comforts of big studios with unlimited resources and a pick of the best materials and supplies on the market–quite the contrary!  These were made by women who have day jobs, who have sick children, who have large families to care for, who have loads of laundry and dishes in the sink, and far more to do than can be done in a day.  And behind each of these gifts is the gift of kind and thoughtful intention. 

So, beyond the muscle, and even beyond the $50, is value well beyond what we ever imagined this challenge to have brought. 

Thank you to each and every member of the Thrifty Under $50 challenge, and most especially to the members of Team Lorie.  We’re in the home stretch!

Lorie

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Team Carla Update

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Team Carla is your source for quality entertainment, news, and information. Check out our Programming Line-up:

ACTION ADVENTUREAmber (aka Lady Dragonfly) is knocking out gifts left and right! Be on the lookout for ferocious monsters, sharks, and dinosaurs! Rated PG (brief nudity).

HOME AND GARDEN Mellissa delights us with a charming garden party. She has so many beautiful projects in bloom!

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING Teresa introduces the audience to a rare but beautiful species of Ladybug classified as Hippodamia zipperflipperdus.

FOOD – See what’s cooking in Carrie’s kitchen! She’s got lots of yummy gift ideas to please even the pickiest of palates!

OUTDOORLaura shows us warm winter gear for outings in the snow.

ROMANCETom (aka Tom Selleck) takes us on trip back to 1984 and shares his beautiful wedding story. Happy Anniversary, Tom and Angie!!!

SPORTS – All bowling, all the time at the CarlaC arena.

DRAMA – Our heroine Jen is in a crafting conundrum. Should she make a template? Should she cut? Should she sew? Whatever will she do???

HOLIDAY SPECIALSMonica hosts a spectacular series of holiday favorites! Her beautiful advent stocking garland provides treat after treat.

MYSTERYJennifer has chosen the fabric, and revealed whom she is sewing for. Questions still burn… What will she make?  How much will it cost?  And what happened to those spaghetti noodles?

NEWSKrista has been giving us updates on her doll-making efforts.  Due to technical difficulties with the station camera, no pictures are available at this time.  Stay tuned!

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