Basic Embroidery Gift for a Friend

Too cold to go outside?  
Then curl up with a new pattern and embroider a special gift for your friend or family!  This would make a GREAT Valentine's gift and doesn't take long to stitch.

Friendship Angel pattern by Tammy DeYoung Plum Creek Collectibles
This is my favorite little verse:

Our friendship is tried
Our friendship is true
So I'm sending this angel
to watch over you!

You can frame it or make it into a little pillow!  Get the pattern here!
The pattern also includes a punch needle version if you prefer.

It's the perfect pattern for a beginner because you only need a few colors of floss and 2 or three stitch styles.

Here is a wonderful video tutorial I found that will show you the running stitch, outline stitch, stem stitch and French knots!  You can interchange the first three however you like on this pattern.




You will also need muslin, needles, floss and an embroidery hoop, like these:


I use T-dyed muslin, but you can certainly use white or off-white if you prefer.
All the floss colors I use are listed on the pattern.  You can use whatever colors you like, though!

Your pattern will come with the image printed on paper.  You will need to transfer that image onto your muslin before stitching.

It's very simple to do.  I use a table top light box like this one (you can get them from Michaels and Hobby Lobby) but you could also tape the paper to a window and use the light that way.



Lay your pattern on the light surface, lay your muslin on top of the pattern and trace the lines lightly with a regular pencil or a disappearing pen or a wash-out tracing marker like these:


NOTE:  If you use a regular pencil, make sure it's very light and fine point so your stitches will cover the lines because pencil won't wash out.  If you are a beginner, I would start with a disappearing marker...it's much more forgiving if you make a mistake tracing or if you are unsure of your stitching technique.

Now you're ready to stitch!  

Happy stitching!
--Tammy







Quick and Easy Valentine Party Games!

Whether you are a teacher looking for Valentine fun for your classroom party, or a mom who's hostessing a Valentine gathering for your children, you'll need some games and activities to keep the kiddos busy!

From quiet, to active games to absolutely CRAZY fun, here are some of my favorites!

Printable Valentine Bingo

Printable Valentine Bingo Game


I love this because you just download it, print, and cut and you're ready to play!  All you need to add is some little items like beans, dried pasta, pennies, buttons or other objects for the children to use as place holders.  You could even use candy hearts!

Play Doh Party Favor Game! 

 EVERYONE loves to squish some playdough!  Use fancy labels on the cans and your activity will double as a party favor to take home!


Valentine Labels to wrap around  Play Doh cans!


Stacking Heart Game!  So easy to prepare and lots of fun!

Stacking Heart Game from Totally the Bomb

Water Bottle Shake Down!

Fun Waterbottle Game by Kid Friendly Things to Do

Balloon Badminton!  You can never go wrong with balloons kids can hit!  You can also just use paper plates with no handles.
Balloon Badmiton by I Can Teach My Child

Want something a little quieter?
How about some Valentine Coloring Cards?

Whale Valentine Coloring Cards by Tammy DeYoung


Valentine Coloring cards for Kids
Wild Animal Valentine Coloring cards for kids


TOTALLY WILD and INSANE FUN games for older kids...

 I couldn't resist these! completely crazy, wild and fun game that only the bravest teachers and parents should try...I KNOW the kids will LOVE LOVE LOVE this!  

Conversation Heart Shooters!  If you play this at your party, will you PLEASE invite me? 

Valentine Shooter Game by Playdough to Plato


Marshmallow Shooters!  My son's 6th grade class made these and had a ball.  ESPECIALLY the girls!  They were too cool to tell each other they "loved" each other, but they could show by throwing marshmallows!  One warning....the spit gets kinda gross!  LOL
Marshmallow shooters by Happiness is Homemade

or this model works, too
 Marshmallow Shooter
Marshmallow shooter by Oh Amanda!

Hope this gives you some simple, fun ideas for your Valentine's Day Party!

Happy gaming!

--Tammy