As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m learning how to embroider! Coincidentally, it is also what I refer to as ‘anniversary season’.  We have several close friends and family members celebrating wedding anniversaries in March and April.   Naturally,  I wanted to use my new found skills with our gift giving.   I am still a beginner so my finished pieces are pretty simple but I love how embroidery can elevate an item from plain to classy!

What did  I decide to give?   Let me show you!

For my brother and his wife I gifted a set of personalized pillow cases.   I didn’t want too much contrast against the white fabric so I went with a light gray thread.   Embroidering “His”  and “Hers”  is another idea that may be great for pillowcases too.

For my sister and her husband,  I embroidered the first initial of their last name on a set of six place mats.   The colors  coordinate with the colors in their home.

I also embroidered two items for my friend’s children which is another nice gift idea – monogrammed children’s clothing.

While working on  these projects, I actually received a monogrammed bag as a gift myself! What a great idea as well – I love it!

Do you have any ideas for embroidered gifts?  Please share! I’ve been on a roll.  So far I love this classic font, but I think my next project will try out a cursive font!


Do NOT underestimate the power of an organized, clean closet.  It can work some mental magic.   It just feels so good to know there is no mess behind closed doors.

This is a shared office space for two, but until recently, I’ve been the one who uses the space the most.  I updated this room a few years back. It went from looking like this:

to looking like this:

I’ve recently started a new hobby, machine embroidery, requiring  storage for new supplies. Ultimately, to help with storage, I want to install a set of built-in shelves on each side of the window.   But I was able to make a quick update to the office closet to help with storing our supplies right now! This update only took two hours total so you can do this on a weekend and have plenty of time left over to sit back and feel accomplished. Here’s what it looked like before:

I measured the closet space to determine the length of shelves needed. At Home Depot, I purchased one 12 foot melamine board and had it cut in store into two 44 inch pieces.   I bought four 12 inch metal brackets to hold the shelves.  The brackets are rated to hold up to 250 lbs, so they are strong and sturdy.  At home, we used a stud finder to locate the studs behind the closet wall and marked them with a pen.   Then we just used the drill to screw the brackets into place, using a level to make sure everything lined up.   The shelf installation literally took about 30 minutes.   Painting two coats of white paint took the rest of the time.

Now the closet functions much better for us, as an easy to access space to store our hobby and craft supplies.

Don’t wait! If you have a closet that isn’t performing as it should, make a quick update to make it work better for you!

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