Friday, February 4, 2011

Hoop Tutorial, Other Things, and a Proposition for YOU!

Hanging up embroidery hoops have become very popular.  They make for great wall art.  Heck, I love making them!

Making the front is great but how do you seal up the back?  There are a lot of great tutorials out there but I wanted to show y'all how I do it.

First things first, I leave a lot of extra fabric in the back.  It makes it easy to hot glue it down to the hoop. You can trim it after you're done, if you so desire.

After you glue the fabric down onto the hoop, turn it over and trace the circle on the back of pretty scrapbook paper.

Trim off any access with an x-acto knife or scissors.

Voila, you're done!  Easy peasy, right?

Now onto the other things!  I subscribe to Fabricworm's newsletter and tonight they sent out one showcasing this new fabric line from Jay McCarroll.  O.M.G.

I usually don't fall in love with one line instantly (except for this one) but I fell hard for this.  I want it soooo bad!  I'm going to wait a little bit though.  Maybe make a couple of more sells and THEN, I'll buy it.  Isn't it yummy?  It's the perfect combination of organic, industrial, and geometric.  And I am loving this color palette so much.  ACK!  I want now!

I discovered Darlingtonia Moccasin Company yesterday and I am in love with it.  Someone please buy me a pair of these moccasins! 

Katie is the creative genius behind these pretty little shoes.  She has an amazing blog filled with such beautiful photos and great inspiration.  Go by and check her out...and buy a pair of moccasins!

Now I know most blogs offer ad sponsorships to promote small businesses and blogs.  It seems like everyone is doing it nowadays!  I think sponsorships are a great way to get your name out there and I am proud to be sponsoring these ladies right now.

Duh.  Ashley Ann's Under The Sycamore.

My newest sponsorship over at Gussy Sews.  Eep!  I just love this sassy girl!  She is my business role model!

My dear bloggy friend, Danielle from Take Heart.  Love reading about her reminds me a lot of mine!

My new bloggy friend, Kim from Yellow Songbird.  We both have shops with the word "joy" in it!  Happy happy joy joy!

An oldie (but goodie) blogger friend, Sandy from Sandyalamode.  This girl has got some style!  I need her to become my personal shopper!

I am sponsoring them because 1. I believe in what they are doing with their blogs and businesses and 2. well, they're all just such lovely ladies and I wish we all lived closer so we could go get coffee and have crafting parties together!

Right now, I don't offer advertising on my blog.  I want my blog to actually become worthy of advertisement for others.  I do, however, have another proposition.  If you have a blog or a small business that you would like me to feature on here, please shoot me an email at thejoycottage [dot] gmail [dot] com.  Give me the link of your shop or blog, a short bio on who you are and what you are trying to do, and whatever else you would want to tell me.  I will do a feature every Friday and I hope you can become a part of it!

Well folks, that's all I got for today.  Happy Friday!

Anna Joy


  1. hey pretty lady! so happy to have you as a sponsor. i love your work, it's beautiful just like you! so happy to be able to spread the word :)xoxo

  2. I like your tut for the backing. You make it look easy, which is what I want. I mean, yes, a tidy back is good, but it's not worth an hour of time!

    And, where did that fabric come from? Wow, never saw that one before.

  3. Wow! So happy to have found your blog and shop from Gussy...your ads are paying off! I love your work. It's all so happy! I would love to be featured on your blog in the future. I teach sewing classes and have a blog about life and fixing up an old house. Maybe I can get something together for you soon! So glad to find your blog...going to follow for SURE!

  4. I just wanted to let you know I included this in my 2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide (101 Tutorials/Recipes) :)

  5. Hello there!
    I just wanted you to know that I'm featuring your lovely work on my blog today:
    New follower :)



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