Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Father's Day Free Doodle Pattern

Well has everyone gotten there Father's Day Shopping done? My Dear Hubby is never home for most Holidays, except Christmas, he's a long haul truck driver. Here we have a Free Doodle for the males in your home.  These doodles can be resized, used in different mediums, can also be digitized for embroidery, if you want to mass produce you will need writtem permission and to you may NOT sell them as is or colored as your own. But you can use the designs and sell them to family, friends, gifts and on your web sites, just give ACG credit as the designer. We DO NOT require a license.  Enjoy!

Now all you have to do is right click on the picture and save it to your computer and then you can print it out, it's just that easy, if you have any problems please contact me at

Happy Doodling to you all
From a:
A Crowe's Gathering

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My New Embroidery Machine Projects

Well the first part of May of this year a girl friend and I went to Boise to go shopping. I had remember a sewing machine shop that I really liked so it was still there and I stopped went in and looked at the all great new machines that you just drool over. So I just had to ask that question, how much is? Well I asked that
question and then proceeded to be shown how everything works, so then the brain starts working,
another big It's $699.00 for this and the card reader thing is $299.00 and the
art work digitizer something is $999.00. Then this machine you can use a card or plug directly into
your computer ( Computer!!! then I perked up and the brain went into overtime).

Then I asked,"You can save your designs on a flash drive, plug in your flash drive to your lap top
and use them that way?" No you have to have them on your hard drive."Well I can copy the one's I want to use to hard drive, use them and then delete them, right" Yes you could, but if you go a model you
can just plug in your flash drive to the machine. That bad question again How much is the that machine?
I should know better, it's$3000.00, I'm trying not to have heart failure, now I'm not really sure I even want
or really need one and you have now just jumped from $700 to $3000, so I decided we would do our shopping and then if I had decided I would come back by before we left town to go home.

So, we continued our shopping and I kept thinking (that bad thing I do), bu the time we had lunch I had decided to get the smaller one and for $800 verses $3000 I was a little happier.
I get home and I set it up and found out that I was right, all I had to do was to copy and paste my patterns to the removable disk use the ones I want and then delete them, I really didn't need the card reader, and there
are sites out there that will digitize your patterns at a reasonable fee and your set.  Yes if I was designing it would be feasible to purchase the digitizing packing, but since I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, this was the better way to go an it was for me.  But i do have to say I am having all kinds of fun
with this machine.  My machine is the little Brother and it Embroiders and sews too and has
great stitches on the sewing side too.

Here are some pics of the projects I have done and are also on my site

Set of 3 Coasters

Simplify Eye Glass Case

Can Huggers

Melting Snowman Checkbook/Calendar Cover

Coffee Cup Hugger

Boo Pumpkin Box
Checkbook/Calendar Cover

Hope you have enjoyed our new adventure!!!!

Be Safe, Cool and Creative!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Here is your Quote for the Day 6/2/10

Here is  a quote to help you through the day or just something to think about.

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"If you don't know where you are going, how can you

expect to get there?"

-- Basil S. Walsh --
A good thought for the day, enjoy and hope you find your answer.
Be Safe, Cool and Creative!!!!

Wednesday June 2, 2010 DID YOU KNOW!

Here is a little trivia for you to add to all of your vast knowledge...

Did you know...

... that today is 3-Ring Circus Day? In 1835, P. T.

Barnum ran the first major three-ring circus in the

United States. The Barnum & Bailey circus was later

formed on March 16, 1881.
This was for the Circus Lovers of all ages.
Be Safe, Cool and Creative!!!

Raspberry Chocolate Supreme Bars

Raspberry Chocolate Supremes


1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup raspberry jam

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons milk

1 cup white chocolate chips

2 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon shortening


1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2.Lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup. Level off. In a bowl combine the flour and powered sugar.

3.Cut in butter with a fork and mix well. Press mixture into a 9 inch square pan.

4.Bake at 375 for 15 to 17 minutes until lightly brown.

5.To make Filling: Spread jam evenly over baked crust . In a small bowl beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Melt white chocolate chips over low heat and add to mixture. Beat until smooth. Drop cream cheese mixture by teaspoons evenly over jam. Spread carefully and refrigerate.

6.To make Glaze Topping: Cut chocolate squares into small pieces and melt with shortening over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread over white chocolate layer. Cool completely. Cut into bars and store in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 290
Total Fat: 17.7g
Cholesterol: 32mg

Nutritional InformationRaspberry Chocolate SupremesServings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 290

Total Fat: 17.7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 114mgTotal Carbs: 31.5g Dietary Fiber: 0.6gProtein: .3g