Machine Embroidery Supply List

On today’s episode of Simply Handmade we shared everything needed to get started doing machine embroidery. As promised the list is available below in PDF form for you to print or save.

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Gifts of Creativity

Are you ready? Ready to share our gift of creativity! Do you have a gift of creativity you’d like to share? II am now hosting a podcast where we can create, inspire and empower each other. I love to create things, to work with my hands. Creating is a gift from God, and also passed down to me from generations of skilled craftsmen.

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I Ephesians 31: 3-5

3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.

Finding Joy By Helping Others

One simple act of kindness can change change things! It doesn’t have to be something grand. It can be a simple as a smile to brighten someone’s day.

Helping others can lead to great joy. Look around, there are people everyone that need someone to encourage them.

I challenge you to help someone each day. Remember, “little things mean a lot”. What “little thing” will you do to help someone?

Leave a comment and share how it made you feel.


They may not remember all the things you gave them. But they will always remember the Love you shared with them.

As I was driving to work this morning the song L.O.V.E. by Nat King Cole played on the radio. Listening to the words, I thought of my family. Hug your family tight and LOVE them for this is what they will remember. Material things only matter for a short while. LOVE will last forever.

C. A. Rogers

Picking Blackberries

Ethel Mae Sellers, my Granny Grunt, was born in 1896. I’m not sure where the name Granny Grunt originated from but it’s what we all called her. It was an honor to be part of her family. I thank God everyday for the precious time I shared with her. When I think of her it makes me smile.

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Granny with several of her Great Grandkids

My sisters, Lisa and Dana, and my brother, Ray, loved to go visit her. She would usually cook us something special. When I was 14 years old, she lived in a single wide trailer behind our house. I recall one hot summer afternoon, we went to her house hoping she had a yummy treat prepared. When we arrived, she told us if we would pick enough blackberries that she’d make us a cobbler. She gave us two plastic bowls and sent us to the edge of the woods nearby. We spent hours picking berries. We would pick a few for the cobbler and then eat a few. Once we filled up our bowls we would take them to her and watch patiently as she made the cobbler.

I watched her make blackberry cobbler numerous times. She would rinse the berries and then pour sugar over them and then let them sit. Meanwhile, she prepared the dough for the cobbler. She’d add Crisco shortening to a scoop of flour and mix them together until they were crumbly. Then she’d add milk and blend it together with her hands forming it into ball. She’d roll out the dough in just like if she were making biscuits. Then she cut the dough into strips and layer it in the pan alternating it with the blackberry sugar mixture. Once she got it assembled with her dough strips on top she’d sprinkle some sugar over it and place a few pieces of butter on top. She would pour some water over her mixture and then put it in the oven and let it bake.

Her cobbler was the best I have ever put in my mouth. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

Below is the recipe for Granny’s Cobbler. (Of course, it’s not exactly like hers because she never measured anything)

Granny’s Cobbler

  • 2 Tbsp Crisco
  • 2 cups flour, self rising
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups blackberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter

Rinse berries and mix in 1 1/2 cups sugar and let sit. Mix Crisco and 1 cup of flour with a fork, cutting it in until its crumbly. Add milk and mix together forming a ball. Knead ball and add more flour as needed until ball is firm. Sprinkle flour over a floured surface and on rolling pin and roll out. Cut flour into strips. Add some of blackberries to bottom of baking dish then layer with flour strips. Continue to alternate the berries and flour until dish is full ending with dough on top. Pour water over cobbler then place small pieces of butter over the top. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 350 degrees 90 minutes or until golden brown.

I hope that you enjoy this as much as my family does.