Celebrating the 2014 Winter Olympics in Style!


Celebrating the 2014 Winter Olympics in Style!.

Tutorial: Securing Serger Thread Tails


This is such an awesome tip for those of us who use serger machines. Check it out!!

Vint Hill Knits

As I worked on my jeans on Monday, I was reminded of a little tip I intended to share with you way back when I made my first Thurlow Skirt. I even photographed it at the time but I wasn’t crazy about the clarity of the photos so I never blogged it. I re-shot the images on Monday for you and I think they are much easier to understand.

Let’s talk about those pesky thread tails that are left when you pull your fabric off the serger. What do you do with them? Trim them off if the seam will be crossed with another, but if they hang freely they will unravel if trimmed close. It’s too bulky to tie a knot – no one wants a lump at the bottom tip of their pocket lining.

I can’t remember where I picked up this technique but I know it’s…

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1 1/2 Inch Wide Elastic for Skirts



I am SO EXCITED to have this gorgeous Andover Fabric in stock.  It’s the “Victorian Modern” and it’s just in time for SPRING!  I’ll be making Elastic Waisted Skirts for my Kids shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/embellishbyafabrics, as soon as my Funky, Fun Elastics get here.  (I can’t wait!!)  🙂


Here is a teaser of what I’m getting in stock soon!  I think I finally found my supplier for my 1 1/2 inch + wide elastics for waistbands.  I hunted for weeks trying to find SOFT, PRETTY, 1 1/2 ” Wide elastic to create the exposed elastic skirts I am designing.

I have on order the following polka dotted 1 1/2″ elastics

Hot Pink/Light Pink
Bright Pink/Black
Light Pink/Brown
And the following SOLIDS
White/Soft Finished Look
Black/Soft Finished Look
Light Purple
Light Pink
Light Blue
Lime Green
Bright Blue
I am hoping to whip up a PDF (More like blood sweat and tears up a PDF) of my design for those who would like to sew their own.
Stay tuned so you don’t miss out on the latest fashion craze in skirts!!
Oh, and don’t forget to enter your votes for my Kaufman Girls/Boys Growth Chart Panel  (Please copy and paste the link below and enter it into a new browser page.)


Hi everyone!  I’m trying something new and really cool today.  Rafflecopter giveaways.  I’ve done giveaways before but not “professional looking” raffles so I’m giving this a whirl.  It cost me $7.99 for a month.  You can get a free account if you don’t want to add pictures, but come on, a picture is worth a thousand words so I figure a measly $7.99 is pittens, right?  To sign up for your own giveaways, just go to rafflecopter.com

As previously blogged  here https://embellishbyandrea.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/happy-2014/, 2014 is my year of “Cohesiveness” so while I have spent most of my time and energy lately on my newest shop – Embellish By A Jewelry – I don’t want my Embellish By A Fabrics to lack any needed attention so I’m doing a giveaway.  Woo Hoo!!  Everyone loves FREE STUFF and the ever popular Chevron Pattern is the perfect FREEBIE for this very first “professional looking” giveaway.  🙂

All you have to do to enter is click on this link http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b02a031/ AND “Like” my Facebook page.  You can also get extra votes (I believe it’s one per day) by tweeting and sharing the raffle.

For extra motivation, here are 5 FREE, Easy to Make with Fat Quarter Projects I found on Art Threads Blog, by Deborah Schlegel.  Click on this link to view  http://artthreads.blogspot.com/2010/11/wednesday-sewing-fat-quarters-part-i.html  Be sure to stop by Deborah’s blog and if you create anything using her patterns, please share a picture here!  I’d love to see your designs.

Good luck everyone!  I sure hope you take a “chance” to win 5 Spring Colored Chevron Fat Quarters.

Andrea http://www.embellishbyandrea.com


Happy 2014!!


Oh my gosh!  Can you believe it’s already the middle of January, 2014?  What the heck?  My dad used to tell me that as I got older, time would fly by.  He was so right!!

Goals for 2014 as follows – not necessarily in this order

Work smarter not harder (hmmm, trying to figure out how to do this)

Organize and Prioritize (been plugging away on this one for a while now)

Make time daily for prayer, exercise, and weight loss – the whole balance thing  (why is it so difficult?  Make time a do it I tell myself, and yet…)

Grow my business/businesses –  Let’s begin here.  I’ve been thinking about separating my Fabrics, Jewelry and upcoming Kids Line into 3 separate Etsy shops all under the business umbrella of Embellish By Andrea.  (You see, my hubby does my books and he isn’t a big fan of the idea of doing books for 3 separate businesses.  Can’t imagine why not right?)

Herein lie the issues.  Etsy only allows me to have 10 Categories per shop.  WHAT?  How do you put your entire storefront into 10 measly categories (unless you are only selling 10 items).   I have tried and failed many times to get as much as possible shoved into those 10 categories.  Etsy also limits the number of characters you can use to explain each category.    Try listing 30 different fabric designers, various fabrics types, patterns, notions, ribbons, lace, trims and more into 10 categories allowing only 25 Characters (including spaces)!  It’s INSANITY!!  Yes I’ve  complained!  Yes many other fellow Etsians have complained.  No, Etsy hasn’t changed anything yet, but I’m always hopeful they will!

So I ask myself in the meantime, “how can I grow my business with all these restrictions?”  Answer – having more than one shop.  (Time to rethink goal # 1) .   Opening an Etsy shop may sound easy, but let me tell you, it’s far from easy!  I’m sure the same holds true for any business whether it be online or brick and mortar.  Taking photo’s, editing photo’s, creating listings, marketing, taking care of customers AND fulfilling orders is not for the faint of heart!  (I have missed a shower many a day!)  Sometimes just getting the basics done is overwhelming.  Get up, get dressed, throw hair in ponytail, brush teeth, wash face, head down to the studio with coffee and start working.   Before I know it, several hours have passed and I have a lot left to do.

Perhaps it’s the struggle of every creative person, far too many ideas to fit into 1 lifetime.  Sometimes I wish I could just be content to have a fabric shop.  I could get my fabric fix ordering fabulous fabrics, do my magic photo shoots/editing/creating listings and then simply take care of customers and shipments.  But NO, I am driven to be creative AS WELL and not only with fabrics, but jewelry to boot!!   (Why oh why did one of my girls have to work in a jewelry shop and teach me how to create my own?)

BREATH – Focus – Okay, New Years goal, work smarter, not harder.  I was coached by a previous employer who used to tell me this even though he worked 60 plus hours a week himself.  Not too sure how I was to take that advice!

For today at least, I’m going to sit down to my prayer time, (NYs Goal) get focused, plug away on growing my business working smarter, not harder, (NYs Goal) and if at all possible, the gym will see my flabby, after holiday body and welcome me with open arms (eventually firm and toned)!

Anyone else working on some New Years Goals?  Do share, I’d love to hear from you.

Hugs everyone,

Andrea 🙂


Unnecessary Distractions


Hello Embellish Family,

Todays blog is about getting rid of “unnecessary distractions”.   I am making a summertime goal to remove them and to put more order into my life!!  It’s so easy for creative people to become overwhelmed with possibilities.  EVERYTHING we SEE becomes a potential project.  The problem with that mindset is getting ourselves involved with far too many projects and NEVER finishing any of them.

I’ve decided to regroup (AKA, discipline myself) and stay focused on finishing the unfinished.  Whenever we spread ourselves too thin, we become less and less able to accomplish what we’ve set out to do and we get stressed, overwhelmed and distracted!

Time to implement the “D” words Discipline, De-clutter, Delete unnecessary Distractions & De-stress!   Time to get focused!

A great way to begin doing this is to stick with one project.  I’ve been trying to de-clutter the house and staying focused on that task alone will help me to move forward in removing unnecessary distractions.  I need to remove the things that keep me from staying focused on my main projects.

First implementation of the ‘D’ words, Scrap booking stuff.  I used to do a bit of scrap booking but find that it’s not something that I really enjoy.  It takes up quite a bit of space and I get distracted when I see a particular sticker or paper and think, “Hmm, maybe I’ll make something awesome!”   Then I’ll start something and BAM, nothing gets finished.  It’s time to move it along to someone who does enjoy it and free up some storage space for the projects that I actually enjoy.  Discipline, remove Distraction, De-clutter, and De-stress.

While doing this I need to put on blinders, as in keep my eyes focused on the project at hand and not allow mental or physical roaming.  If I start looking at and thinking about what cool things I could make, I’m allowing myself to become distracted from my main project/goal and will not finish what needs to be done.   (This is SO HARD for me!)

Even though it’s hard, it must be done.  Good things come from hard work and discipline.  (I’ll be reminding myself of that very often while I plug along).

Once I’ve accomplished my scrap booking de-clutter, I will then be moving along to Jewelry de-cluttering.  While I enjoy making jewelry, I have far more things than I will ever use and I easily get distracted when looking at my overwhelming stash of goodies.

And finally, once my jewelry de-cluttering is complete, I will move on to fabric de-clutter, by far the most difficult of all my projects!!  I am a fabricaholic!!  I love fabric.  The possibilities are endless.  Unfortunately, I can become paralyzed by it!  I begin to think of all the ways to create with it and before I realize what I’m doing, I have 100 unfinished sewing projects under way.   (That’s not much of an exaggeration by the way!)

Summer of 2013 will be the summer of removing unnecessary distractions freeing up space, both physically and mentally.  Would you like to journey along with me?  Do you have some unnecessary distractions in your life??  Do you need to implement the “D” words as well?  Well what are you waiting for?  Let’s jump right in and do this together.

I hope you will share with me your journey as I share mine with you.  The good, the bad and sometimes the ugly!

As Larry the Cable guy says, Get er done!!

Hugs and Blessings