New BFC Facebook Group

When Yahoo went away, it was hard to know what to replace it with.  I knew a lot of people used Facebook, but i never cared for it.  IO groups looked more similar to Yahoo, so I went with them.  We never had much conversation going on in IO and I have really been disappointed with it.

Always on the lookout for ways to market, I noticed one of the groups I belonged to was going to have an Embroidery HOP.  I remembered HOPS from way back but hadn’t seen any.. So I asked how to get involved.  I had to have a Facebook group!  I guess it was in the stars, so I finally gave in.  I started a group and it’s actually been a lot of fun!  We are just getting started, but I wanted to let you know if you want to join us:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bfccreationsembroideryinspirations

 

 

HAS THE PANDEMIC CHANGED HOW YOU CRAFT?

I think last year all of us kept thinking that by 2021 things would be back to normal.  Things seem to slowly getting back to normal and I would love to hear from you how the past months have changed your approach to your crafts.  Are you doing more or less?  Are your choices of project or materials changed?  You  can comment to this page to let us know,

SAVE YOUR DESIGNS!!!!!!

A customer wrote to me today with a heartbreaking story. I will let her tell you:

Dear Suz, I just finished re-downloading ALL my orders since #521. I had a severe power surge here in August that caused me to lose my stove, refrig., furnace, air, PC, water softener and elec. fireplace. I thought I had everything backed up on CDs and memory sticks, BUT Murphys Law was in total control and I had NOTHING. I am SO GLAD that I could salvage my favorite designs and can only say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU that I could. I remain FOREVER a loyal customer,

Suz, feel free to  use  my tale of woe. I thought I  had taken the proper precautions but I  never checked to make sure. I just  assumed that I  had copied everything.  NEVER ASSUME anything.  That’s  my  new motto. I should have known better.  Since the love of my life (husband of 55 years) died of cancer in 2014 it seems like Murphy’s Law has been hanging over me big time. Thank God my 4 daughters have been here to keep me going.  Thanks again for your kindness.

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Designs represent not only a big monetary investment, but many of us are very attached to our purchased designs  – we plan for them, think about them, and we expect them to be there when we want them.  But unless we take some precautions we can’t be sure this will be the case.  PLEASE make sure all your design are backed up and that the sites you deal with maintain your purchases so you can re-download them.  If you have a lot of designs from many places you might want to consider a cloud service that will back up the files you want them to every night.  I have been doing this for years and I have had to use the backup files often enough to feel the service has been a bargain.

Two Bugs in a Rug

Over the years I have bought many cat toys that are stored up in the closet while the boys play with the boxes.  I looked at these beds for quite awhile before I finally succomed to what I thought sure was more waste.  But!!!!  It took them about 15 minutes to stick a paw in – like they were testing water.  In an hour Duma was curled up in one and on his way to la-la land.  It took Bronk another hour to try the other one.  The next day they found they could stuff both of them in one bed = one very full bed.  LOL  Since then hey hjave either both been in one or taking a break and each having their own bed.  These beds are worth the money -= they seem to enjoy them, so much!  They are machine washable (if you can get them out of them).

No connection just a very happy cat owner!  Who for once didn’t waste her money. LOL

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Carolyn’s Experience with Thread

Carolyn sent me this message yesterday.  I was very pleased and interested in her  in her results!  Thank you Carolyn!

Good afternoon, Suz…I have to tell someone and you are the only person who would know what I am talking about. I recently signed up for a class at my local shop to make the OESD Christmas Village. The first class was Monday and not much was going well. My machine wouldn’t accept the designs, the bobbins weren’t winding well (had to use same thread top and bottom). I was using a Brother NV1600 embroidery only machine, certainly not top of the line but more than sufficient to take to class. So here is where you come in. When I got home, things got worse…I did all the usual…checked the bobbin case, wound the bobbins on a separate device (which I could regulate speed and tension), changed the needle, slowed the stitching speed, checked the plate, etc. After the machine ate the project 2/3 way through 32000 stitches, I went looking for different thread. I found a cone of Admelody that was almost the same color. I ditched the first attempt and started all over this morning. Now, you know how old that thread has to be, but GUESS WHAT!!! Not a hiccup, bump, or pause…only when the bobbin ran low. The designs are stitching beautifully,  my blood pressure has returned to normal and the air has cleared. I am so excited and now looking forward to completing the project. Thank you for having such quality products as well as your designs. You have made my day. The color I am using is 226 and it looks like BFC 2168 is the right one to get, as I am sure I will need more that I have. Thanks again, Carolyn Kenngott Have a great day!!!

Are there really two in there??????

Bronk especially hates to be picked up. Getting him to the vet when necessary is a horrible ordeal.  The Vet suggested we put the carrier down and let them get used to it.  I think they’ve gotten used to it!  This is a normal size carrier for a regular smaller cat.  I don’t know how they’ve managed to stuff their combined 36 pounds in there.  LOL

At first I thought the paw sticking out belonged to Bronk (whose face you see) but that is Duma’s.  I know cats like warm spots, but it’s 87 degrees out today  it has to be really hot in that carrier  LOL

Where are the Instructions?

Though my main purpose in this blog is to showcase the wonderful work of our customers, occasionally I am going to post an *INFO-mercial*. LOL  There are a few things that I notice people keep having trouble with.  Especially when we have a big sale and get a lot of new people.

I couldn’t count the email message I get asking *why don’t you include Instructions? * Or colorcharts.  When you purchase you get an email with links to download your designs.  There are links for the different formats and always on regular sets a colorchart.zip file.  This is the file that has all the color charts, templates, instructions, patterns, etc.  Be sure to always get this file along with your designs!  Our smaller sets, like FUNSETS have everything zipped into one zip file.