Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday sale prices already activated ... get a head start on holiday savings. Hope to see you in the Basement!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

It's time...

If only weight loss were this simple! It's time for me to get on 'a plan'...again! I've tried 'em all...had success with many, just can not master the 'keeping it off' part. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The same, but different

Kitchen Towels with Split Damask Design
 I mentioned in a previous post that customers often ask for items to be the same, but different. Here is a perfect example of how that is achieved. Here the same designed was used for both towels, yet a simple change of fabric & thread colors make them look very different. Do you have a favorite? I like 'em both!

Friday, July 12, 2013

"Like Us" Giveaway

Like Us Giveaway

"Like Us' Giveaway....find us on Face book {Basement Bags} for entry details. Hope to see you there. Good Luck!! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"Alike, but different"

Child's Tote/Church Bag
When cutomers order multiples of an item, they often tell me they want them 'Alike, but different'. Well, Honey, with  my stash of fabrics, thread and ribbon, that is not a problem here in the Basement! Made these precious Church bags for twin girls...what a sweet gift! Would love to stitch up one for you!'s%20tote%20with%20design.htm

Blogger is being a pain today...anyone else having an issue?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Good stuff

Weather was crazy around here last week....lots of rain {lots & LOTS of rain}. We still managed to get in some good boat/water time at the lake and Mr. Sun totally faked me out on Saturday...hiding behind those clouds and BURNED me up! Nothing in the medicine cabinet was doing the trick, so I picked up a bottle of Unburn {great product name & description of what it does}. Really is good stuff and it really worked for me. Hope you won't need it this summer but if you do it's sooooo worth the $8

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Child's Apron

Today I'm working on a set of aprons for my friend {and great customer!} Beth.  She selected "Berry Sweet Alphabet" and gave me creative freedom to select the fabrics...really happy with the finished product. You can get one for your little kitchen helper/artist here:

It's raining AGAIN today. Gotta love the dog days of summers in the South!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Just hanging out... the Basement

with Ruca

making bikini bags

doesn't get much better than this!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sweet Summer

Hey, Me too!!!!
School is out for summer...Wahoo!!!
I'm lovin':
  • spending my days in the Basement
  • hours for reading
  • snugglin' with my sweet dog, Ruca
  • fresh vegetables
  • evening thunder storms

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Five more days....

......until school is out for summer. Well, five more days with students, then a couple of teacher work days.  I have been in 'survival mode' for about a month now, so please pray that no one gets hurt in the next few days! Just teasing {maybe}....I can do this!
Split Pineapple Design

Finally caught up on orders today and took a few minutes to stitch out a little something for myself.  'Split' designs are the newest embroidery tend and chevron fabric is so popular right now...they work well together & I love the results in this project!  Wouldn't this kitchen towel make a great bridal shower  or house warming gift?  At Basement Bags there is also a  split watermelon and alphabet design available. Stop by and check it out!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Plain White

Monogrammed Pocket Tee

Is there anything more essential to your wardrobe than a plain white tee, Cami, or shirt? There are only about a gazillion ways to wear 'em.  This $4.84 tee from WalMart was quickly transformed into a trendy monogrammed pocket tee going for 3 x's the original price!

White Bibs & Hooded Towel
Same is true with  white baby bibs or hooded towels...the possibilities are endless!

Today marks the end of my Spring Break-So  now it's on to living for June 9 & summer vacation.  
Alert the media!...I'm on a diet/exercise plan {YES! AGAIN!!!}...this time it's  Dr. Ian Smith's Shred Revolutionary diet...feeling good & seeing results.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring Break Giveaway

Monogrammed Aqua/White Chevron  Beach Bag
 To enter, like & leave a comment on our facebook page {Basement Bags}. Winner will be announce Sunday, April 7. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Baby Cuteness!

 Today I'm loving:
  • lime green & navy blue
  • Chevron
  • bows & bloomers
  • sweet, Southern girls named after Grandma

Monday, February 18, 2013

Season finale!

Do you watch? We are so hooked.
 Wow!...What a finale!
Please Hurry Season 4!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

This weeks Deal of the Day!

Large Quilted Tote

Feb. 17/18
9 pm - 9pm
includes monogram
See options and place order at:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Deal of the Day!

Deal of the Day

Monogrammed Garment Bag
24 hour mega savings!
Starts Feb. 11 - 6pm-6pm
Hurry!  Limited quanities 
See options & place order at:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday 2012

Personalized gifts for $12 & $20?!? 
 I must have bumped my head!
Hope to see you in the Basement tomorrow!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

'Tis the season ?

Favorite customer, Gina {also known as Isaac's grandmother!} ordered this precious reindeer alphabet tee for him and the onesie for his new baby sister, Natalie.  Really cute and such fun to make! Makes it feel like 'tis the season'  really is just around the corner.   

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Gift Idea

Just finished this shoe bag and matching jewelry case for a customer....what a great gift idea! As you can see, my photography skills have not improved. Hope you will check out the Basement when shopping for holiday gifts. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Soooo {too} long...

Fall 2012
It's been so long since the last post, hope I remember how to do this! I get so frustrated with fellow bloggers who go for long periods without posting, and now I'm one of them! If anyone is still checking in, I hope to do better, but no does seem to get in the way. It's finally cooling down some in NC and  Fall is absolutely my favorite season!
Customers are already placing holiday orders so it's time to take inventory, shop my vendors & place orders. Trying to decide what to offer is always tough, but hopefully I've made some choices that you will love!  Of course,customer input is always appreciated, so if there is something you'd like to see added,...Let me know!  Here are some new items available  in the Basement,  please check them out and add some to your shopping list!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

New products

Beach Bag
I just added two fun new products to the website. The first is a fabulous beach bag ...spacious, stylish and so affordable. Add  beach/pool stuff {towel, suntan lotion, water bottle, magazine/book, sunglasses} and ...WOW!!!...what a specular gift for a bridal shower, graduation or Mother's Day. This is going to be a popular item, sold four within minutes!  The other newbie is a tablet case ...perfect for I-Pad and most readers...lots of pockets, padding and a removable wristlet. Hope you will check the website for more details, colors & monogram options. As always, the price INCLUDES embroidery.

Tablet Case

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Just minutes

Took about 40 minutes to see nurse practitioner, get a diagnosis {sinus & ear infection} and have prescription filled. What a great concept! I was completely satisfied with the experience and will 'shop' here again.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Break & a New Toy

Bernina Sewing Machines

Been away so long...all is well, but nothing really blog worty happening...until today. I am uber happy about two things right now...Spring Break this week and my new sewing machine! In 1987, Santa brought me a Bernina 1130. It was their first computerized model and a fabulous machine. Would love to know how many hours are on that motor. It's still a great machine and I'm definitely an 'if it ain't broke..." kinda girl, but it was just time. Been thinking about a new machine for a couple of years, but honestly, I don't like change and I'm cheap frugal. Finally bought a B530 yesterday {where's Santa when you really need him?!?!}. OMG! what an amazing machine! perfect stitches and so quiet & smooth was time. My equally amazing husband made a custom insert so the new machine fits in the old cabinet...I am such a lucky girl. No doubt how I'll be spending most of my Spring Break!

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Yep, MIA again. Been crazy busy doing nothing worth posting about. Just marked down medium & large quilted totes ... lots of fabrics to choose from - solid colors/patterns ... lots of monogram options too. These totes are best sellers in the Basement and make the best gifts {you can buy gifts for yourself too!} And I promise not to scream 'Nooooo' like that obnoxious JC Penney's commercial. Would love to stitch YOUR initials on one! Check them out here's%20on%20sale.htm.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Trash or treasure?

So here is an excellent opportunity to test that 'one man's trash is another ones treasure' theory. Sometimes I mess up, but never twice on the same order. Until this. It was a really bad day in the Basement. Now I'm stuck with these two adorable Child's Totes with the wrong initials...well, the wrong initials for the person who placed the order anyway. Could anyone out there use either of these bags? If so, please email me. I'm talking real sweet deal here!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Respite over

Didn't really plan to take a break from blogging, just not much to tell, then all of a sudden a month had passed since the last post...where does the time go? Still not much to talk about but just in case anyone is still reading...all is well here in the Basement. Did you make New Year's Resolutions? I would like to feel better, have more energy, sleep well, and have a more positive attitude...hmmm, turning into a pretty tall order...might as well admit that I'd also like to win the lottery, retire and live the life of leisure that was meant for me!!! ;) Anyway, my goal for 2012 is to just make healthier choices. Started the day with a Green Monster Smoothie, looks kinda gross, but actually tastes good. Check Pinterest for that site addictive or what?!?!? Probably the real reason I've neglected the blog. Unfortunately, like many others, more time is spent 'Pinterest dreaming' than 'doing'.
Maybe a fun Giveaway will get me back into the swing of things. Check back in a day or two for details!

Monday, December 12, 2011

So not ready...

Where are the elves?!?!? it's beyond bonkers in the Basement.

Seven more days 'til 'Winter Break' starts....what happened to getting out of school in time to actually get ready for the holiday?!?!? My wonderful husband did put out the wreaths & swags yesterday and set up the tree. It has lights, but no decorations {did I wrote this same post last year?!?!}. A few gifts have been purchased (thank goodness for Internet shopping, USPS, UPS & FedX!!!) but nothing is wrapped yet. Cards are signed, but not addressed or stamped and certainly not mailed. I've invited folks for meals, but haven't planned a menu or shopped for food, much less cleaned the house or baked the first cookie! I don't have a clue where that Christmas china is. Bottom line, I'm sooo not ready for 'bout you?

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Day After

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful. What a Mama is absolutely the B-E-S-T cook!
Dusted off the treadmill this morning ... snapped this pic to document my progress...hehehe.

Monday, November 21, 2011

I heart Etsy

Etsy is such a great niche for talented artisans and a fabulous source of inspiration. Always makes me feel good to purchase from other craftsmen/small businesses.

My most recent Etsy acquisition arrived today. What do you think of my new "Keep Calm and Sew On" plaque? I love,love,love it! Perfect accent for the top of my ribbon rack. This little prize came from thehomespunraven and was 'made to order' can pick out your paint colors!...and it still got here really fast. Beau & Ruca {grand dogs} will be getting Christmas collars from pecanpiepuppies ...extra cute and very well made. They are super accommodating with special request and have a decent turn-around time.
Thanksgiving is absolutely my favorite holiday and lunch at Mama's...Mmmm, just bring on the elastic waist pants!!! We are truly thankful for so much. Right this minute, I'm very very grateful that tomorrow is the last school day this week.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Wonderful Husband, an old friend, & randomisity

Warning: sort of a random, ramblin' post...stick with me.
Friday an old friend from 'home' called and said she was in the area for the weekend. Yesterday evening my wonderful husband drove me over to see her. Yes, I can drive, just don't like to. We had a short, but very nice visit. We taught together and haven't seen each other in 10+ yrs. She is such a lovely person and I'm so glad she called. On the way home we stopped at Chick-fil-a because the Peppermint-Chocolate Chip Milkshake is back! One of my favorite least it used to be. Even though wonderful husband frets about my weight and lack of will power, he allowed me the indulgence without criticizing. Think he was, however, quite satisfied that it gave me a terrible tummy ache! maybe {hopefully} I won't be tempted to buy so many of them this season.

I like to cook, do laundry, cut grass, love to sew & read, but house cleaning is not my favorite thing. My girls say I was OCD about it when they were growing up. Maybe. Don't think anyone would say that now. Honestly, our house is neat, nicely decorated, clutter free and probably cleaner than most. Really what does a little few inches of dust hurt!?!?! Anyway, it's getting busy in the basement, so I told wonderful husband last night that we needed to clean today...he said "I'll vacuum and dust if you'll do the bathrooms"....I'm good with that. Then when I checked email this morning there was an order for 18 shoe bags. Yippee!!! I got busy checking supplies, emailing, checking details and getting other orders started so I wouldn't get too far behind. Next thing you know, it's three hours later and I realize that wonderful husband has been upstairs cleaning the whole time! Moving furniture, vacuuming everything, taking silk plants outside and blowing them off, cleaning out drawers, cleaning bathroom! and NO you can not have him!!! I appreciate his help so much, but it also makes me feel guilty 'cause I really do believe those are my jobs....yeah, I know, ole fashioned, but that's how we roll around here. I will be doing something extra special for him. {as soon as the Christmas order rush is over}

Isaac's Sweet Grandmother is at it again (Thanks, Gina!). Below are a couple of shirts she ordered for him. He will be tooooo cute!

I'm off to do my part now...clean the bathrooms, put away laundry, iron and maybe I'll still have time to stitch out some more cuteness before bedtime.
Hope Y'all have a safe & Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Holiday Savings

Holiday Sale

Save 25% on selected Quilted Items

11/13 thru 11/18

Quantities limited

Hope to see you in the Basement!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Happy Veterans Day!

11/11/11 ... pretty cool, historical even. What a wonderful opportunity to honor all Veterans. Thank you for your service and sacrifics. And happily for me, this is a day out of school!
My sweet husband won the auction for toy Singer sewing machine. "Merry Christmas"? works for me. He is a doll!

Y'all have a fabulous Friday & weekend.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wish list....

Did you have one of these? Singer's SewHandy was one of the most popular 'girl' toys for almost 60 years. Most of the machines were black but they made several limited edition models in red, blue and tan...mine was exactly like the photo above. My childhood treasure somehow got misplaced and I regret not understanding the importance of it at the time. Oh, I knew how much fun it was and probably even realized it was the beginning of a lifelong passion. However, I didn't think about it as a valuable collectors item or what an intricate piece of my personal history it was until 50 years later. So now I'm on the hunt for's tops on my wish list. Even though mine is gone, it would still be wonderful to have one. I'm watching one on EBay...keep your fingers crossed that I win it and PLEASE don't bid against me.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Long time...

Long time, no blog. Honestly, not much to tell. Life is keeping me busy. Seven weeks in and I am still struggling with the 'back to school' routine ... seems to get harder every year.
We made a road trip to Alabama this past weekend for my Dad's 80th Birthday. We enjoyed the visit and celebrated with a lovely catered lunch. I had the pleasure of meeting some of his friends (about 75 of them!) and got to hang out with my 'bonus' family. Kudos to Nina for putting together a great party.
I have been sewing, lots, just been slack about posting pictures. Just finished this precious bib/burp set. And now it's time for sweet dreams.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ultimate Carry All

Something new from the Basement...this amazing tote is huge! Think tailgating, beach/pool, craft storage, traveling, pot luck dinners, gift giving basket...soooo many possibilities. It's available in several fabrics and can be embroidered with initials or designs. You NEED one of these!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My Suzalee

The book was good. I liked the movie better!

My childhood maid was Suzalee.
She called me Miss Susan and I loved her dearly.

There is a scene in the movie were one of the characters has a flash back of her beloved maid combing her hair. That trigger one of my fondest memories of Suzalee. I used to beg her to fix my hair like hers (corn rows)...impossible since my hair was super fine and cut in a pixie. Finally, one day she did it. It took hours. I probably looked like a 'crackhead' porcupine with a million multi-colored rubber bands and sprigs of hair sticking out everywhere. She must have been 'cussin' up a storm in her head, but I was sooo proud of that 'new do' and cried unconscionably when it all came undone.

PS...for months I have been unable to leave comments on other blogs...anyone else experiences this problem?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Matching Shoe & Bikini Bags

Working late tonight so we can take off for a long weekend at the lake. IF we don't get rained out, I plan to spend two days in the hammock reading The Help (can't wait to see movie as well) and being as lazy as humanly possible. Just finished this matching shoe & bikini the green and purple combo! Y'all have a wonderful Labor Day!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Just in case anyone is still reading....I'm here and all is well. Trying to get into the 'back to school' routine...seems to get harder every year. More soon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Glad to be wrong

So I've been dreading thinking for weeks that school started today. Imagine my delight last night when I realized there was one more day of vacation!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Backpack & Lunch box Set

OK, I give up...back to school it is! Here's a super special ... matching backpack and lunch box ... $26.00 (yes, that's for both pieces AND includes monogram/name). Very limited quantity. Email me or look for it at later today. Y'all just don't know how much thinking about 'back to school' spoils my precious summer vacation!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

For the sports fans...

Shoe Bag & Towel Set
Blog special - $32.00
good thru 8/1/11
Shoe bags with matching towel make a great gift for golfers and tennis players. Many college & professional team logos available. You select fabric and towel color from available stock. Send me an email to order.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

This is just wrong

Our summer vacation just started June 13 and they have already started with this?!?! I understand that 'back to school' is the next big shopping event after July 4th, but seriously, couldn't they wait until Aug? Pretty sure I do this same post every summer, seems like it comes earlier each year.

Hope y'all are staying cool & is hot as Hades!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Six vs. One

More is not always better...especially in the case of remote controls. We had SIX! I could not even turn on the flippin' television! Had to call Hubby for directions to play a movie for the boys when they were here on Saturday...argggh! amazing little gadget...Logitech Harmony 650. I know universal remotes aren't new, but Hubby said they wouldn't work with our stuff. He was wrong and I now can actually watch TV without assistance.

Alert the media....I am leaving the house today.

Monday, July 11, 2011


Pirate Initial & Treasure Island

Love this matching CuTee and onesie for cousins to wear while on family beach trip...boys belong to Durham Daughter's high school friend...makes me feel old. Could I take a worse picture?

Thursday, July 7, 2011


....I stayed in the Basement all day!" Why would anyone find that unusual? Why would anyone who knows me even have to ask? So what do I do all day in said Basement? Well today, I made all that cuteness pictured above, walked on the treadmill for 45 minutes, ironed shirts for Hubby, went shopping (online), did some Facebook stalking & blog reading, folded two loads of laundry, read and filled out/paid my quarterly taxes. I did go upstairs to get coffee, eat lunch, take a shower, put away laundry and prepare & eat dinner. I even went outside to take the garbage out. All in all, a very good day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pinterest Inspired Project

It's decided...fabric organization will be my summer project. I'm completely inspired by this beautiful display. Can't wait to get the fabric out of the plastic containers and wrapped onto the organizers ... check out the system .

We had a wonderful holiday weekend. Sunday we celebrated Mom's 80th birthday with SC family and friends. Then yesterday more fun at the lake with NC family & friends. Too much yummy food/drink both I'm off to the treadmill!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Announcing New Beautifulness!

"Boutique Beauties"

These darling ruffle pants & matching CuTees will be added to the website later this week.

Monday, June 27, 2011

To celebrate summer, I've put a few things on sale.

Hope to see y'all in the Basement!