Tools to Maximize Your Shopping Dollars

by Marcie on September 16, 2012

Shop Anytime & Save

I really like shopping at The stores are chock full of all things I love. You’ll find fabrics, notions, patterns, crafting supplies, craft & sewing storage, task lighting and 1001 more things for your arts, craft, sewing and hobby delights. But to receive the biggest bang for your buck there are some bits of info you’ll want to know about.

Coupons – I find them through their JoAnn Facebook page. Click THIS LINK to see this week’s coupons.

Shipping Discount
– Also found on their Facebook page: Or get 99-cent flat rate shipping with promo code 99CENTS (through 9/18)!

Smartphone App – Jo-Ann (iPhone) Jo-Ann (Android)

Jo-Ann Non-Profit Discount Program Discount Card: 

Who Qualifies?

Any organization with a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit tax status can qualify for Jo-Ann Non-Profit membership status. As a Jo-Ann Non-Profit member, you’ll save 10% on every total purchase*, including regular- and sale-priced items at any Jo-Ann store. Eligible organizations generally include:

  • Churches
  • Schools
  • 4-H Clubs
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Project Linus
  • Salvation Army
  • YMCA
  • YWCA

JoAnn VIP Discount Card  – By the documentation needed, if you are a business owner, that will qualify too.

To activate your discount card prior to first use, you must present the following documentation to a store manager:

  • Craft Show Exhibitors: Vendor’s license, valid tax exemption certificate (if applicable) and a state-issued photo ID
  • Sewing/Crafting Organizations: Proof of membership and a state-issued photo ID
  • Interior Design Professionals: Current member of ASID or IIDA or proof of interior design professional certification, valid tax exemption certificate (if applicable) and state-issued photo ID
  • join the mailing list
  • shipping info
  • track order
  • teacher rewards
  • discount cards
  • return policy
  • FAQs
  • product recall 

Shop for great quality and assortment!

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Dritz Sew You Dress Form

by Marcie Bayhi on September 7, 2012

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars

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Sew You Dress Form, Size Medium, allows you to personalize the form to match your body measurements. Simply measure your body and mark the adjusting wheel tapes to make the form Sew You can use the form for a friend by simply writing their body measurements on the wheel tapes in a different color of ink. Adjustments on the form can be made at the neck, bust, back waist length, waist and hips. Size Medium Dimensions – Bust: 39-46 Inch; Waist: 32-40 Inch; Hips: 41-47 Inches; Back Length: 15-17 Inch, Neck: 15-18 Inch.

The specs of ‘Dritz Sew You Dress Form, Medium’ are:

  • Manufacturer: Prym Consumer USA
  • Product Dimensions: 28×15.9×11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 pounds

Here are some REAL customer reviews:

“Absolutely perfect dress form!!”

” to 40″Waist: 26″ to 33″Hips: 36″ to 42″Back Waist Length: 15″ to 17″Neck: 14″ to 17″I’m providing this…Read more

“Dritz Sew You Dressform is great”

I just purchased the Sew You dressform. It arrived quickly and I put it to work. I found the size adjustments easy to use. Just dialed to the measured size. It was easy to pin into – a necessity for the embellishments I create. Also, the hem marker is a…Read more

“Sew You Dress Form”

Love the dress form. It’s easy to use and adjust to size – a great value for the price. I can pin pattern pieces and fabric right to the form as I’m checking the fit and placement. I’m teaching my 13 year old niece to sew and it’s so helpful for…Read more

If you have never had a dress form, this is like having a clone of yourself so that you can more easily fit custom clothing to yourself or aid in alterations. Simply a MUST HAVE! Order today!

Get Dritz Sew You Dress Form, Medium:

List Price: $99.00
Price: $79.20 Eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime.
You Save: $19.80 (20%)

Prices are subject to change.

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Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars

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Digitizing Made Easy is for every embroidery machine user and commercial machine embroiderer looking to better understand and utilize digitizing software. The author’s time-tested method, demonstrated in 250 step-by-step color photos will help you to better identify the tools of modern digitizing, and the best processes with which to use them.

With chapters covering artwork, auto-digitizing, stitch types, mapping and sequencing, underlay and blending, readers will quickly develop a solid foundation with which to explore the endless possibilities of digitizing.

The specs of ‘Digitizing Made Easy: Create Custom Embroidery Designs Like a Pro’ are:

  • Publisher: Krause Publications (2008-01-02)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896894924
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8×8.2×0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Here are some REAL customer reviews:

“Only thing like it on the market!!”

I cannot recommend this book enough!! It is the only thing like it out on the market for the home embroiderer. It is not software specific. It picks up where the software manual leaves off. In this book John Deer talks about distortion, underlay,…Read more

“All Machine Embroiderers Should Have This Book!”

This is a truly fantastic book. Even if you don’t want to learn how to actually digitize designs, you will benefit a great deal from learning how they are digitized, leading to better stitchouts and projects. The book is full of pictures that clearly…Read more

“Digitizing Made Easy Review”

This book is a wonderful value. You received a step by step with pictures plus a CD with 25 embroidery designs, tutorial and bonus material. The steps are excellent for a beginner. John Deere is an excellent teacher – recommend this highlyCarolyn…Read more

John Deer is one of North America’s premiere digitizing experts, with extensive experience in commercial and personal embroidery. A third generation embroidery guru, Deer has taught embroidery and digitizing for more than 11 years, he’s also won 30 digitizing awards and owns two digitizing businesses.

Get Digitizing Made Easy: Create Custom Embroidery Designs Like a Pro at the best price available today.

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CUTE Diaper Bags for a Boy or Girl

by Marcie on June 21, 2012

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Double Fold Quilt Binding Technique Video

by Marcie on March 11, 2012

Sometimes it is the simplest of techniques that are the hardest to figure out. Let Nancy show you the entire process on this short video. She will even show you a foot for your sewing machine that will make it easy. I’m also linking to the exact ‘stitch in the ditch’ presser foot that she is using so you can purchase your own if you like.

Learn Nancy’s favorite double fold binding technique and get perfect mitered corners every time.

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I am such a geek. I just found two label makers online that are CUTE.CUTE.CUTE!!!! They are FREE. I love free. They are intended for labeling beer or jam. Well, I don’t make either of those but these are easily designed with many options so I plan on repurposing them. You can upload pictures or graphics to personalize them. There are options for colors to print as well. AND, if that isn’t enough, you can save your design as a .jpg. I plan on printing and using on my crafts. I am even going to type in the pricing! :) Get your labelizer on! :)

The pic above is made from the .jpg I saved. I did have to resize it for posting but it is really nice and should work for making some craft labels. – rectangular – round

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Embroidery Designs

Embroidery lovers! I have a great site for you to purchase outstanding designs. Head over to!!

This is the one site that has designs you don’t see just anywhere. These designs are whimsical, funny, colorful, delightful and will make you smile. They currently host the work of eleven designers so there are many designs to choose from currently. also will feed your need for new designs with some designs that are available FREE! Be sure to check the FREE DESIGNS out often as they change.


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UBER KEWL! You have no doubt seen loads of QR Codes E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E! Now you can create them for yourself! FREE! Yes, FREE! And they are so simple you can make about 60 per minute! NO JOKE! This site is the BOMB when it comes to ease of use.


A QR Code (it stands for “Quick Response”) is a cell phone readable bar code that can store website URL’s, plain text, phone numbers, email addresses and pretty much any other alphanumeric data.

Make your own QR Code for…


Go QR Code CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!


What do I get with a paid subscription?

Dynamic QR codes – change the destination of the QR code without altering the QR code image when using our URL shortener.

  • Dynamic vCard QR codes – change QR code linked contact details without altering the QR code image when using our URL shortener.
  • Analytics – Traffic reporting for QR codes that use our URL shortener. Real-time analytics data is available within your account in date searchable table form showing date, time, device type and location for each scan event. There is unique reporting for each QR code, and the data is also available as an Excel download (Screenshot).
  • High Resolution QR Codes – Create QR code image at sizes up to 3000 pixels and resolutions up to 300dpi – that’s 41 inches wide at 72pdi! Sample).
  • Batch Processing – Upload a TSV file and automatically generate up to 500 QR codes in a single pass More info).
  • Account History – Reporting for all QR codes created within your account, including regenerating past QR codes.
  • User-defined project names for each QR code.
  • Password protected QR codes – make your QR codes private
  • Downloadable status and specifications report for every QR code you create.
  • Unlimited generation of QR codes and batches during the subscription period.
  • No monthly scan limits or limits on commercial use.
  • Download, email or print delivery.

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Building My Workroom

by Marcie on February 5, 2012

I’m back from my hiatus and ready to get busy. Today we moved my new embroidery machine into my new digs. We have measured all of my tables, desks and machine and have a floor plan that hubs worked up on graph paper… complete with cut-out furniture. Playing around with the placement on paper will save a lot of muscle, sweat & tears. My hope is to have the bulk of my good junk supplies moved into that space tomorrow and then get all of the small stuff stocked  this coming week.

I’m getting very excited about it all. I have purchased some thread (48 cones) and several types of blanks (items used for embroidery work) in anticipation of using the machine.

I’m going to use my beast of a desk for the actual office portion of my business. It is a 72″ x 72″ glass top desk that we got for a song a few years back.

I have 2 cubicle storage units that are 36″ x 36″. I am going to lie a door or a countertop flat on the top for a work table. I’m excited to have something tall enough that I won’t kill my back as I cut or work. It will double as a sewing table as well. We plan to make mine a little longer and attach a surge strip under it so I can use it for all sorts of  crafts, sewing, cutting or display. I’ll also attach yard sticks on either side as well. I have ALWAYS wanted a cutting table that didn’t kill my back that was not $1000.

The area where the embroidery machine will go will be home to the machine, a high-boy desk and a long folding table to do my hooping. I have a table for my serger as well.

I most of all hope that the floor plan we put together will have a nice work flow. I think it will, but using it will tell the full story.  I have one last thing I hope to get done that is different. I want to hang some outdoor trellis from the ceiling via some chain!!!! When I need to hang something, that will be the answer. I have some over the door storage I will be using for the ironing board and iron.

Pictures? If I can remember to take pictures as we progress, I’ll post them. YIPPEE! A dream of a lifetime. :)

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Price currently $14.71.

I love books like this for getting the creative juices flowing. Sometimes you can dream up a new way to embellish or use an idea and come up with a whole new product. I think this would make a great book for a young crafter or someone like me that hasn’t crafted in about 3 decades. It is exciting to see all of the really interesting ideas and then make them with my own two hands.

For both novice and accomplished sewers, this spiral-bound guide offers directions that are precisely, clearly, and buoyantly written as the authors share 101 sewing projects requiring only a yard of fabric, including apparel, toys, accessories (human and pet), dresser organizers, and stuffed animals. For each “recipe,” the authors, in well-ordered fashion, list necessary materials and then take the reader-crafter through clearly numbered, carefully explained directions to create a successful final product. For each project, too, a pattern schematic is matched on the opposite page with a full-color photograph of the finished project. This is a fundamental crafts book appropriate for most crafts collections. –Brad Hooper

**NOTE** Prices are subject to change without notice!

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How To Tie A Gift Box Bow

October 29, 2011 Tutorials

I have tied a lot of bows in my day. They look good. That is where the beauty of it ends. I have been looking on for a nice tutorial to post that satisfies my gift bow tying needs and perhaps yours. I was wanting to learn how to tie a bow so that […]

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Oh She Loves It! Fuchia Tutu Ensemble w/Wings!

October 26, 2011 Costumes

  My sweet little 4 year old neighbor wanted me to make this tutu for her for Halloween. I’m hoping I can get a picture of her in it. This particular tutu ensemble is sold. I can make something almost identical for $25 if you care to order it! Place your order today. Please email […]

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Set Yourself Up For Success

October 26, 2011 Tutorials

Being successful is somewhat like following a recipe. If you want a great outcome, you have to stage yourself up for success. If you aren’t prepared for your project, you will likely have less than stellar results when you are finished. Organization is a huge key to success. It might be a great idea to […]

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Tutu Set: Love The Lavender

October 18, 2011 Costumes

  Love the lavender? Oh this is such a luscious little tutu ensemble. This beautiful tutu has 50 yards of tulle in pale shades of lavender, blue and pink. The wings and wand are boasting a extra punch of pretty with tulle + ribbon bows. To polish off this whimsical look, there is a crocheted […]

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New Site Ownership! Now Under Construction

October 5, 2011 Blog Updates

Stay tuned for something new and different on this site! Looking to be a slow process. Please be patient. Thanks, The Management Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

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