Saturday, December 19, 2009

Zippered Coin Purses

My newest design is a darling little Zippered Coin Purse. It is a great size to tuck in a pocket or small purse and it is perfectly sized for children! It's a fast and easy project that is made completely in the hoop of your embroidery machine - zipper and all! And don't let the zipper scare you - I promise it is easy! The front of the wallet is made with vinyl so you can see what's inside and it's a super way to showcase fun fabrics. There's even a little pocket on the back to tuck in a card. Speaking of cards, this wallet makes a really fun way to give a gift card. Just tuck your gift card into the zippered compartment and it will show through the front. The Zippered Coin Purse design fits in a 4x4 hoop!







Monday, December 14, 2009

Posh Purse Hair Pretties


Thanks for all of the entries in my Name-the-Next-Hair-Pretties-Design Contest! You are such a talented and creative bunch! It was hard to choose from all of the wonderful suggestions but in the end, I felt "Posh Purse Hair Pretties" was perfect. Thanks to Sharon Z. and Pamela O. for coming up with such a fun name!




Posh Purse Hair Pretties are perfect for your little fashionista. They are so quick and easy to make in-the-hoop, you'll want to make them for every occasion! Use red felt and a green ribbon handle for Christmas, pink felt and a red handle for Valentine's...the possibilities are endless. And they're not just for hair! Here are some other fun ways to use them:
  • Barbie purses! One of my talented testers came up with this cute idea - isn't she clever?
  • Party Favor Bag decorations - clip on Posh Purse Hair Pretties for a super presentation!
  • Shoe decorations - clip one on each shoe!
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Gift Box tie-ons
  • Pins
Don't miss our coordinating Posh Purse Applique Pocket!!




Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Name My Newest Hair Pretties Design and Win!


My little girl turns 4 tomorrow! We had a birthday celebration today with two of her little girlfriends and painted their nails, had gooey chocolate cake and played fairy dress-up! Each little girl received a goody bag with my newest Hair Pretties design attached and they were a hit! The Hair Pretties design is a little purse with a ribbon handle. They're fast and easy and really very sweet!

I hope to release this design over the next few days, I just can't decide on a name for it. "Purse Hair Pretties" just doesn't seem to have a nice ring to it. I have a lot of creative customers so I thought I'd make it fun and let you decide! Send me your suggestions, either by commenting here on my blog, e-mailing me at picklepiedesigns@gmail.com, or by posting in my Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/picklepiedesigns. I'll decide on a winning name from all the entries and the first person who suggested that name will receive the design free!

***To celebrate my little girl's birthday, I'm offering a 40% off SALE at PicklePieDesigns.com! Plus, spend $25 and get an extra $5 off when you use the coupon code "Happy4th" during checkout.***

Here's my little sweetie blowing out her candles!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wristlet Cases for iPhone and iTouch!

I'm really excited to introduce my long-awaited In-the-Hoop iPhone Case! It's actually pretty nifty since it uses clear vinyl for the front of the case and you can use your iPhone or iTouch without removing it from the case! I have to give my smart hubby credit for that awesome idea. I made a prototype this week and carried it around for a couple of days before realizing I really needed a strap for my wrist. I made another last night with a strap and am loving it! It has a zipper so your iPhone won't fall out, a pocket in the back to store head phones, and, in addition to the wrist strap, it has a loop so you can attach a key ring or lobster clasp. The Wristlet Case for iPhones is really fast to make and the zipper is so easy to attach in-the-hoop that you'll be amazed!

The design will be ready this weekend. I'm finishing up the instruction photos and waiting for feedback from my testers then it will be ready to go. The retail price is $12 and it will be offered at an Introductory Price of $8 for a limited time only. If you really can't wait, I'm offering a special pre-order price of $6. Click here to pre-order!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Black Friday is Here!

The Black Friday Gingerbread Bundle is up on my site! I'm so excited to offer this great deal to my wonderful customers. This adorable set includes 5 designs; in-the-hoop Gingerbread Boy AND Girl Softies, Gingerbread Boy AND Girl Appliques, and a very sweet Gingerbread Love Applique, all at the special price of $15.99. The regular price for these designs is $40 so that's a sweet 60% discount!

The Gingerbread Softies are one of my all-time favorite designs! Even my picky 7 year old son loved the Gingerbread Boy...when I showed it to him his eyes grew wide and he gasped and whispered "is that for ME?!" And my 3 year old daughter loved the Gingerbread Girl and especially her colorful dress! They're so much cuter in person (I'm clearly not a photographer!)


The Gingerbread Love Applique included in this bundle was the perfect design for this simple pillow I made. I stitched the design on a cute dish towel which I purchased recently at T.J. Maxx HomeGoods. Once my design was stitched, I wrapped it around a pillow form to check the placement. I pinned the overlap in place, removed the pillow, then pinned the sides together. I stitched along each side to close. Then I simply slide the pillow form into the envelope opening, hand stitched on a quick bow and Voila! I think I'm going to make a bunch of these for Christmas gifts since they were so quick and easy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Black Friday Special!

Wait until you see the special deal I'm offering on Black Friday! My entire site is currently on sale at 40% off but I wanted to offer something extra for visitors on Black Friday so I'll be releasing 5 new Gingerbread designs at an *incredible* bundle price. The bundle will include my new Gingerbread Boy & Girl Softies, Gingerbread Boy & Girl Appliques, and a very sweet "Gingerbread Love" applique! You'll be able to pick up all five of these adorable & original designs at a discount of 60% off!!

Here's a little sneak peek.....


Monday, November 16, 2009

Our fun new Advent Calendar is here!

I am so happy to introduce my adorable new Advent Calendar embroidery design set! The set comes with 24 designs - mittens, stocking, hats, and curly stockings, numbered from 1-24 so you can count down the days until Christmas!


Tuck a little toy or treat into the pockets so children get a sweet surprise each day while waiting for the Big Day! You can complete this project in a single afternoon since there are two designs on each 5x7 file. And it comes with detailed instructions to make it easy as pie!


There are lots of fun ways to display the In-the-hoop Advent Calendar! Hang each design on a length of ribbon and attach to your mantel, display them on a Christmas tree, wreath, or on a garland. Kathy K. attached the designs to ribbons that dangled from a huge bow!





Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Holiday Designs and more to come!

This is such a fun time of year, even more so if you are an embroiderer! It's so nice to be able to stitch fun and unique gifts for family and friends, and to make a few goodies for ourselves!

I've been busy introducing lots of great holiday embroidery designs and I still have many more that I plan to release this month. Be sure to keep an eye out for a *spectacular* Advent Calendar from Pickle Pie Designs! I'm working hard on it to make it as cute as can be and hope to have it ready in the next week or so. I also have really sweet little Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Girl Hair Pretties designs just about ready to release, and following them will be matching Appliques and Softies!!

Here are the latest Holiday Designs available from Pickle Pie Designs:

Tom Turkey Hair Pretties. These little guys are so much fun! The ribbons are stitched in-the-hoop making them super-duper easy to make!


Tom Turkey Appliques are the perfect match to our Tom Turkey Hair Pretties so you can stitch up a great coordinating Thanksgiving outfit! They also look cute on a dish towel - perfect for Thanksgiving Hostess gifts!




Speaking of dish towels, look at our new Santa Hat Appliques on this fun dish towel - perfect for Teacher Gifts! The Applique set includes all 26 letters of the alphabet plus one blank santa hat. They Santa Hat Appliques are also adorable stitched on a t-shirt for a fun Christmas outfit, along with our Santa Hat Hair Pretties designs!




Our Snowman and Snowgirl designs are just too cute! Stitch up a whole family of Snowman Softies and Snowgirl Softies. What a special gift set these would make. And they stitch so fast you'll have all of your holiday gifts made in no time!


Our matching Snowman Hair Pretties and Appliques allow you to make fun coordinating outfits that your little girl can wear all winter long!




Thursday, October 29, 2009

Make Your Own Korker Ribbon!

My wonderful customer, Lynn Petrucci, sent in this tutorial for making your own Korker Ribbon! It looks like so much fun and I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this fun craft, Lynn!

Here are the basic korker supplies:

- 1/4 or 1/8" ribbon
- 1/4" wooden dowels, cut 18" or shorter to fit in the oven.
- Wooden clothespins.



Step 1: Wind the ribbon around the dowels close but not overlapping and clip ends with the clothespins.


Step 2: Spray with water bottle or lightly run under the faucet. Let the excess water drip off while the oven is preheating.

Place loaded dowels onto the cookie sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 20 min. Set your timer. After the 20 min. turn the oven off and leave the corker dowels in the oven to cool down approx. 30 min.



Step 4: After the ribbons have cooled down, unwind and see the MAGIC. Now you are ready to korker everything in site. Have fun!


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Home

I haven't posted in a while. And for good reason. We had a major leak in our downstairs bathroom which ruined our hardwood floors in the bathroom, dining room, and foyer. Our house has been a construction zone ever since! We also decided to replace our family room and my sewing room carpets with hardwoods so we had to clear out our entire first floor. My sewing room contents are scattered all over the house. No fun!! My dear husband set up my embroidery machine in his third floor office so I can work but for each new project I have to search the house for just the right supplies. It's chaos but we're making it work somehow.

My lovely sewing room:


My impressive entryway:


My inviting dining room:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hair Pretties CONTEST Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered my Hair Pretties Contest! It was hard to pick a winner with all of the fun ideas that were submitted. To thank everyone who entered, you will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at Pickle Pie Designs!

The Grand Prize Winner is Lynn, who made this super-cute purse for her granddaughter with the Spooky Spider Hair Pretties design! I was so impressed that Lynn makes her own korker ribbon (she even shared the instructions with me and I'm going to be asking her permission to post those on my blog - it looks so fun!) Great job, Lynn! I'll be mailing your prizes out tomorrow. You won our very-soon-to-be-released Monogrammed Santa Hat Hair Pretties design set, a Christmas collection of gorgeous 100% wool felt from "Felt on the Fly" on Etsy, snap clips, ponytail elastics, alligator clips, and a $25 gift certificate for Pickle Pie Designs! Enough to keep you busy making Hair Pretties for a long time!



Thursday, October 8, 2009

Christmas Hair Pretties and a Fun Idea!

Oh, the cuteness! I think my new Snowman Hair Pretties design is my favorite one yet! With flirty eyelashes and ric rac arms, this little snowman will melt your heart! I left room on the snowman's belly so a name can be added with your software for a sweet little extra touch! Snowman Hair Pretties are Introductory Priced at only $4! (Look for our matching applique pattern coming soon!)




There are so many fun things you can do with this design. For one, how about stitching a ribbon loop into the top of the Snowman Hair Pretty to make a Christmas ornament?! That's exactly what I did in the photo below (but my Christmas tree is still boxed up in my attic for another few weeks so I tied it onto a gift instead!) I found this sweet red gift bag at a Hallmark store. It had red grosgrain ribbon handles and a little red ribbon loop for hanging a tag - perfect! I threaded a piece of red grosgrain ribbon through the bag's ribbon loop, then threaded on my Snowman and tied the ribbon in a bow. Voila! Notice I added a name to the ornament during the stitching so I have a gift tag as well as an ornament!



I also wrapped a jar with festive tissue paper then tied it with a red grosgrain ribbon, laced with the Snowman Hair Pretties ornament.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hair Pretties Halloween Treat Bags

Turn simple Halloween Treat Bags into spectacular gifts! I used Spooky Spider Hair Pretties designs to transform these boring bags into fun ones that any kid would flip for! I simply tied each treat bag with a ribbon. I made one spider into a hair clip for my daughter, then clipped it onto the ribbon. I made the other spider into a pin for my son and pinned it onto the ribbon. Super fun and super easy! I have to mention that when I set these bags up to photograph, my phone rang. I walked away to answer it and when I returned 10 minutes later, the bags were torn apart and the candy inside was missing. My two small children were nowhere in sight and the house was eerily quiet... I guess the treat bags were just irresistible!





Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Hair Pretties design!

I love candy corn! When I went to photograph my new Candy Corn Hair Pretties design today on the purple felt background, I thought it would look cute with real candy corn surrounding it. And, of course, I have a big bag of candy corn on hand for, um, such needs as this. After scattering them around the hair pretty, I thought it would be a shame to put them back in the bag, so I gobbled them up. (That was a hint for another Hair Pretties design I'm working on...) I hope you enjoy this design as much as I enjoyed the real candy corn!! (Did I mention that it's on sale for half price?!)

Hair Pretties Backpack and Lunch Box Tag

Here's another fun way to use our Hair Pretties designs! I made a quick tag for my daughter's lunch box with our Posy Hair Pretties design. To make the lunch box tag, I simply taped a folded ribbon to the stabilizer after the Posy placement line was stitched, and before I placed the felt on the placement line. After the Posy Hair Pretties design was completed, I threaded a key ring through the loop and had a sweet little tag ready to go!


Monday, October 5, 2009

More Hair Pretties Ideas!

Check out these fun Zipper Pulls made with our Hair Pretties designs! This is a great way to use our Hair Pretties designs for both boys and girls!!

I used the Pumpkin Hair Pretties design to make a fun zipper pull on an orange jacket. I purchased the hardware for the zipper pull on Etsy. You can also find similar findings at craft stores in the jewelry making section. It's easy to remove the zipper pull when the jacket is ready for a wash. To make a zipper pull with hardware, sew the first placement stitch of the Hair Pretties design onto your stabilizer. Take a piece of ribbon and insert the hardware. Fold the ribbon in half, then tape it down to the stabilizer, making sure the ends of the ribbon extend over the placement line, toward the center of the design. Tape the ribbon and hardware down to the stabilizer, then follow the stitching directions for the rest of the Hair Pretties design.


Here's another zipper pull which I made with our Cupcake Hair Pretties design. I simply sewed a length of ribbon into the top of the Cupcake Hair Pretties design by hand, inserted it into the zipper, then tacked the end of the ribbon to the back of the cupcake. I could also have simply sewn two lengths of ribbon into the cupcake then tied it onto the zipper. In hindsight, that's a much better method!


Whichever method you choose, you're sure to love the results! Zipper pulls made with our Hair Pretties designs are a great way to dress up a plain jacket and they're quick to change so you can have a new one for all occasions!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Yet more contest entries

I received more contest entries this week and some really fun ideas for using our Hair Pretties designs! If you would like to join the contest, please e-mail your photos to picklepiedesigns@gmail.com by October 9 for a chance to win a super prize package! Click here for details on our Hair Pretties Contest!

Lynn used our Spooky Spider Hair Pretties design to make the cutest little Hair Pretty and matching Purse for her granddaughter. What a lucky little girl!! Lynn made her own corker ribbon (wow!) and used it for the spider's legs.




Kirin also sent photos of her adorable Hair Pretties and Applique projects. First she made a fun little Spooky Spider Hair Pretties design with corker ribbon for legs - how cute!!



Then she made this cute little pillowcase dress with our Spooky Spider Applique design. I love the polka dot fabric!


Here is Kirin's adorable little girl with a Pumpkin Hair Pretty. She's a doll - just look at those cheeks!!


Kirin also made a Pumpkin Hair Pretty and used corker ribbon for the stem. How fun!!


The fun pillowcase dress Kirin made is adorned with a Pumpkin Applique.


Thanks, Lynn and Kirin, you did such a fabulous job on your projects!!

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