I finally switched out the bakers rack in the kitchen!  I have been on the lookout to replace this piece for several years since our kitchen remodel.

The old look is below. The bakers rack fit in with the rustic, somewhat french country style of my old kitchen but definitely looked out of place in the modern, crisp feel of our current kitchen.

I first saw this piece on another site, but ended up ordering it for less on Amazon. I had it all out of the shipping box and assembled in under an hour. The étagère is lightweight but has six solid wood shelves which gives me more space! And it does not have a built in rack for wine like a bakers rack does, but that’s okay!  The wine all fits on the bottom shelf.

The étagère stores both things I love to look at and functional pieces we use regularly: our fruit bowl resides here. I also bought a few white storage containers to stash some of the smaller items that, when left out, just made the shelves feel cluttered.   I  love the straight, streamlined lines of this piece in our space.

It is so versatile it would also work well in an office, living room, or bathroom!


Several months ago I purchased a basic, beginner embroidery machine.   I started off stitching simple letters (on napkins, and children’s clothing). Since then, I have added a few tools to be able to add the personalized touch of a monogram to fabric.

I am using Monogram It software along with a Little Max card reader.   The Little Max card reader attaches to my laptop via USB cable and allows me to save files in the PES format (for my Brother machine) to a card, which I then insert in the embroidery machine directly.  The Monogram It software allows me to create various monograms, from one to four letter styles.   I am enjoying this software and my new capabilities!

MonogramIt software

Here are a few shots of items I’ve stitched recently!

An apron featuring new initials for a newlywed.

Zippered pouches, great for travel or just organizing items in a purse!  A monogram dresses up a plain pouch and makes such a lovely personalized gift!

Waffle robes.  These Turkish cotton robes are fabulous and remind me of a luxurious spa!

If you are interested in obtaining the software or the card reader, contact Stitch N Craft Supply for more information.  I am really loving the personalized touch embroidery adds to everyday items!

P.S.  Click over to Terry’s Fabrics to see my featured answers for their Designer Insights series.

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