I’m currently typing this as my embroidery machine is just a going. Someone asked me about how the whole sewing machine world has been going. It has taken me hours upon hours of research and practice and I still don’t even feel comfortable enough putting a monogram on something of importance, but I do have some terribly monogrammed dish towels. The machine I have is the Brother SE-400—and it’s on a great sale right now. I didn’t know all that was required to stitch a monogram, so in retrospect, I wouldn’t have jumped so quickly to ask for it for Christmas knowing what I know now. (Knowing that it would take me two nights up till 5am trying to learn to work it.) I mean, I didn’t even know what a bobbin was or why you would even need it before busting this machine out of the packaging. So I am a newbie if there ever was one. But, I am absolutely determined to learn this thing and will stick through it until I love it and feel comfortable throwing a monogram on Baby Boy’s jon jons in a skinny minute. I have been using Etsy to buy monogram fonts/alphabets and uploading them into Embrilliance Express, which is a free software program. It only works with BX files and basically only lets you rearrange the letters into a monogram or name, but that’s all I need anyway. Plus, for me, it’s a heck of a lot better than paying $100+ on a more complex software! 

If you love girl scout cookies and you love wine, then read this. So this should include everyone. 

Since I love reggae music and I love this song

10 prayers for a marriage. 

I’m a huge fan of thin, dainty hoop earrings. These are for sure on my list. 

Don’t you kinda want to go now too? 

Garance Dore’s book is officially out and it looks incredible. 

Lowcountry ladies like myself, how perfect is this bracelet in every way? I love the stuff Garden and Gun puts in their Mercantile. 

Good tips to keep in mind if you have a job interview coming up. Actually, this website has so many great career + money tips just in general. 

Bloomingdale’s is having a one day home sale tomorrow with 40-70% off—you can preview everything today! Their clothing + accessories are also on big sale now because the sale items were just marked down even more, like an extra 50% off kind of “even more.” 

Happy weekend, friends! xo 

By the way, my monogram just finished and it looks so good! Maybe the machine is pretty brilliant after all. If I can do it, you can. 🙂

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  1. January 29, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Ooh oooh ooh!! Thank you for the Embrilliance recommendation — I got the same machine for Christmas and have had quite a struggle trying to rehoop onesies a millions times to do a three-letter monogram (and they're always a little "off" on the positioning too… whoops). I monogrammed my first hand towel on the "wrong" side and have so far broken 4 needles, but I'm getting there!!! Please feel free to share any tutorials or references you find super amazing and helpful! I stumbled upon this for getting blank attire items to monogram: https://www.blanksboutique.com/baby-embroidery-blanks-c-23.html

  2. January 29, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Thanks for your update on your monogramming!! I've started thinking more seriously about wanting to get a machine and learn how to monogram but now I'm getting worried it'll be really difficult!! I didn't realize you have to buy fonts from Etsy!! Are those expensive? Does the machine not come with standard monogramming fonts?

  3. January 29, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Hey Megan,
    I am planning to get a monogram machine soon. What all do I need to do to prepare myself before I make the purchase? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

  4. January 29, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Check out appliquémarket.com, appliquecafe.com, and appliqueforkids.com. Those are my go-to sites for fonts and appliqués and they're often cheaper than etsy. The last one has the sweetest "shadow work" designs for simple appliqués. Blossom Blanks has amazing organic blank clothing items that are really nice and you don't have to have a wholesale account. It is a huge learning curve, but hang in there!

  5. January 29, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    I have the same machine and the same frustrations! I finally got the hang of it and then broke a needle so I've given up for the time being but you've inspired me to give it another go!

  6. May 8, 2016 / 4:33 am

    Hi! Where do you buy most of your plants like this one pictured? Thanks!

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