Monday, November 7, 2016

Laura Loves...Rainbow Gallery!

I'm sure as avid stitchers you have all heard of Rainbow Gallery so this is nothing new to you, but I just have to rave about them!

New to our store are these gorgeous laying tools. They come in both acrylic and wood and both are stunning. I love the different color options:

There is even a hot pink one and you know how I LOVE all things hot pink!

There are also these beautiful wood options if you are looking for something with subtle elegance:

All these laying tools are smooth and sleek and the perfect weight, I LOVE them and I just couldn't be happier that we have them in stock at {Bloomin' Stitches}. A little holiday hint? Laying tools are the perfect size for a stocking stuffer! I LOVE finding stitching tools in my own stocking, I'm sure you would too!

And what do you need a laying tool for? Fibers! So many beautiful fibers that I LOVE!

{Fuzzy Stuff} is perfect for a beard on Santa. Or maybe some angel wings? 

And some are just plain FUN like the {Sparkle Rays} line:

For even more sparkle, I LOVE the {24 Karats} option in gold!

I LOVE how all the different fibers from {Rainbow Gallery} let me really personalize my projects. There is a fiber for almost anything you can dream up, I hope you LOVE them too!

Happy Stitching!



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Laura Loves...custom orders!

Have you seen this canvas on our site yet? It's one of my favorites and I absolutely LOVE it! And so do a lot of our customers because it is our #1 best seller. Ever.

We started with just this black and white option, but then added in a purple option too!

In fact, Jane M. Wood (from Needlepoint Nation) got her hands on one of these and will be blogging about her stitching process. So far she's picked out some fabulous fibers and bling!

Follow along as she decides what background stitch she'll be using.

Just recently we added a blue and white version: 

Actually we can have this made in any color combination you would like! I LOVE when I can take a design and make it just a little more 'me'. Can you just see this in the {Bloomin' Stitches} hot pink?!

If this is a little sassy for your tastes, you could further customize while stitching. Perhaps stitch over the U with an E? With a star? You can make it yours and I LOVE that!

What will yours look like?


Friday, May 20, 2016

Laura Loves...Lycette Designs!

Recently a brand new designer hit the needlepoint scene and I am LOVING her! 

Lycette Designs creator, Jessica, describes herself as a playful mix of Palm Beach whimsy and New England sensibility and I really think her designs embrace that.

I LOVE the bright and preppy color choices. We all know how much I love the color pink and she does too!

Lycette Designs adopts a more modern outlook on needlepoint and I LOVE that she embraces a little bit of sass and isn't afraid of colorful language.

Another reason that I LOVE Lycette Designs is that she has used the Pepper Pot fibers colors to design her pieces. So everything matches PERFECTLY! It doesn't get much easier than that. 

Which one are you going to stitch first?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Laura Loves...Rebecca Woods

I see so many beautiful canvases come across my desk that sometimes it's hard to pick a favorite one. I do know one of my most LOVED designers though; Rebecca Woods!

She has a wide range of designs; from large and complex projects to quick and small weekend stitching. There really is something for everyone and if you like her smaller canvases, you can work your way up to some of the larger ones. 

One of the things I really LOVE about these larger pieces is the attention to detail and vibrant colors! These Easter, Halloween, and Christmas pieces are just a few examples of the larger projects that I LOVE!

If you are looking for a smaller project, I would LOVE to recommend something like this little moose

One other thing that I LOVE about Rebecca Woods are her Christmas designs.  She offers both full stockings and smaller stocking cuffs (to add to your own stocking). How much would your family LOVE seeing either of these on your mantel?

If you are looking for something other than holiday pieces, I LOVE that she has those too! She has this darling little house ornament.

She really such a well rounded designer and I think that's what I LOVE the most.

Lots of Love,

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Laura Loves...Watermelon Shooters

I have found the PERFECT summer drink! While looking online for some fresh ideas for a backyard BBQ I came across this video from the Food Network. 

(Photo credit: Food Network)
Watermelon shot glasses!! 

It's taking the quintessential summer food and then making it really fun and I LOVE it! The video shows you how to cut your melon and use a small scoop to make room for the liquid. Such a simple yet brilliant idea. We LOVE that around here.

(Photo credit: Food Network)

Really you could use almost any alcohol in these. I happen to LOVE coconut rum, so that's what we used. Coconut is so tropical that it really fit our summer theme. I imagine this would be good with a vanilla or even a blackberry rum as well. 

(Photo Credit: Captain Morgan)

I LOVED how these tasted and I LOVED being able to present my guests with such a unique and fun drink. Added bonus that I LOVED? Fewer dishes to wash at the end of the night!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Laura Loves...Kathy Schenkel Carrots!

What is Laura Loving these days??

These carrot canvases from {Kathy Schenkel} are the prefect thing this time of year!

I really LOVE that the different designs and animals don't make them Easter specific. Summer is garden season so I LOVE that you can use these for two seasons!

Stitch just one...

Or stitch a few and make a 'fresh bunch' of carrots to display in your home. 

They might even inspire the littler person in your life to eat more veggies.

They are super quick to stitch up! I LOVE quick little projects and these fit the bill perfectly. I also LOVE the bright colors, they are very cheerful to stitch!

If you just really LOVE carrots, you can pick up this needle mag to complete your project. 

As always, we'd LOVE to make a kit for you. Let us know if we can pull the fibers you need to make this your next weekend project.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Laura Loves...Sloppy Joes!

I just discovered a new and better Sloppy Joe recipe! And I bet you'll never guess the secret ingredient.

I've had this cookbook for a while now and I use it quite often, but had not yet tried this recipe until the other night.

Are you ready for that secret ingredient?

It's pork sausage! I never would have thought to add sausage to Sloppy Joes.  Would you? The flavor of the sausage really blends well with the flavors of the sauce, making it very tasty. I also love that the small amount of flour makes this a less runny consistency.

And it's super easy! Brown up your meats and then throw everything in the slow cooker to eat at your convenience. I LOVE any easy meal at the end of a long day.

Try it tonight, I think you'll love it too!