Monday, August 30, 2010

Special requests

Couldn't wait share these two very special request orders that I just finished.

The first is a custom monogram designed by Jessica (friend of daughter from hometown) for her cousin's wedding invitations. She contacted me about stitching the monogram on some gifts. I explained about digitizing (changing to a format that the embroidery machine recognizes), she found someone to do it and sent me the file last week. As you can see, it stitched out beautifully! I made the linen pillow with navy cording and monogram. The ivory linen hemstitched hand towels are also stitched in navy. Very elegant, don't you think? She is very talented and I'm so happy she contacted me to help with these very special gifts.

Another customer needed aprons with pockets for herself and other preschool teachers. She has purchased tons of burp cloths from me and we tease about everyone in her town being pregnant. Said she wanted a black apron and 'liked teal better than pink ' then gave me creative freedom . I picked up the pocketed aprons at Hobby Lobby, added ribbon and stitched her name. How cute is this? We were both pleased with the results.

And now I am very tired.
Hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


I'm having a hard time getting back into the swing of it.

It should be against the law to have to be at work before 7am!

I will see no daylight this weekend as the 'to do list' in the basement is almost to the 'overwhelming' level (I love you wonderful customers!) and the 'back to school' paperwork seems endless this year.

Hope you have something fun & fabulous planned for the weekend.

Hugs for underground!

5:00 Update - here's what I've finished today: two totes, train case, lunch bag, key fob, 2 burps, bib, bloomers, church bag & a pencil cup .... hmmm, maybe an award is in order or something?!?!? Also did four loads of laundry, walked 30 mins., and now I'm going 'up' to make dinner for my sweet husband.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Today is our ninth wedding anniversary. It's difficult to think of words to adequately describe how much I adore hubby. Our relationships enriches my existence and is a huge part of who I am. I cherish ever minute with him and look forward to many, many more years together.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Be a Donor

With only two days of summer vacation left, it's time to think about school. I get so tired of 'back to school' commercials and all the hype, but I suppose parents and retailers get really excited about this time of year. We are already getting emails about spending cuts and tight school budgets so I decided to try something new to get materials we'll need for class. Have you heard of It's a great website where teachers can submit proposals for projects and then donors can contribute to the purchase of the requested supplies. Donors can search for proposals from their local schools or subjects they are interested in. My proposal is Supplies for Spectacular Seamstresses in case you want to send some blog love ($$) my way.
Hubby is home since BP says all of the oil is gone. (?) Anyway, I'm not complaining. He will be able to manage the rest of the job from here with an occasional quick trip down. We have been working like mad on our my 'summer to do list'. Cleaning out the garage & basement storage room where biggies and they are checked off. The pictures below are of my sewing/work space, I did a little more's almost perfect! And we finally posted the updated website! I've been working on it all summer. No doubt it will need some tweaking too, so if you see any problems, please let me know. Web designing is a mind boggling job, especially for one as computer challenged as I am.

Although I haven't posted many project pictures lately, I've been doing lots of sewing.

That's about it for now...hope y'all have a Marvolous Monday!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Cheryl from Water Oak Hill!
drawing was processed at

Hanna & I had a really nice time yesterday. Massage was wonderful! Some how my birthday celebration turned into a shopping spree for HER! What's up with that, you ask? Well, she will be starting an internship in a few weeks and needs 'grown up' clothes. She is so cute & fun to buy for (I swear she is wearing my figure from years ago! and I didn't say a word about how those things she picked out look an awful lot like what is hanging in my closet...she has not had that "I've turned into my Mother' epiphany....yet!). Anyway, is there really any better celebration than doing things for the ones we love?
Thanks again for participating in the giveaway. 'Nite y'all!

Monday, August 9, 2010

My Day!

Today is my 52nd birthday!

Hannie is taking me out for lunch/massage/shopping/movie/dinner (if I make it that long)...she is my favorite daughter today ;)

Giveaway ends at midnight so be sure to get your name in the hat.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Giveaway, anyone?

Wallet Giveaway

Anyone up for a Giveaway? To celebrate August (my birthday month) I'm giving away one of these fabulous quilted wallet/wristlets. What a fun way to debut this new product that will soon be available at Basement Bags. Here are the guidelines:
Giveaway begins today, 8/4/10 and ends 8/9/10, my birthday!

Enter simply by leaving a comment here on the blog.

Extra entries can be earned by:

  • Posting about this giveaway on your blog (leave a comment to let me know)
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Whew!...that's SEVEN possible entries! Ready, set, go! Good luck!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Back to our new 'normal'

New Merchandise
Our vacation week was nice, but passed too quickly. We spent lots of time catching up on things that have been neglected during hubby's absence. Seems like everything we own was broken in some way or another. I am so fortunate to have a guy that can do everything...seriously, there are very few occasions that he doesn't know how to do whatever needs doing. While home,he replaced the motor for my car window (which would go down, but not back up), put a new water pump on the boat engine, cut & cleared away huge limbs that had come down during a recent thunder storm, set up my software to re-do Basement Bags website (what a massive undertaking!) and the list goes on, all while still working several hours each day on the phone/computer. He is truly an amazing man! I am truly a lucky girl! We finally got to the lake for the weekend and enjoyed time with friends & family. Now the house is empty again and I'm back to what is our 'normal' for now. Just two weeks of summer vacation left...really? where does time go? I'm not ready to go back yet. There is a stack of orders waiting to be processed, books that haven't been read yet, Spring cleaning that hasn't been done, summer lunch dates that haven't even been set up, pounds that haven't been lost, and that website makeover that is still looming. Shoot!...I don't have time to go back to work! And that treadmill is yelling at me right now...heavens! let me get this day started.
Hope you'll stop by The Basement and check out all of the new merchandise. As I say often, "It's not too early to think Christmas, Y'all"!