HOT BOWL HOLDERS


ENJOY YOUR SOUP
AND
SAVE YOUR FINGERS

It’s game day and either you are sitting in your recliner getting ready to watch the game or you are tailgating with your friends. You’ve made a big pot of chili and are ready to ladle it out into the bowls or reheat it in the microwave. There are a couple of things that can happen now. Either you can’t pick up the bowl because it is too hot or you spill hot soup on yourself or someone else.
That problem has been solved with these hot bowl holders with corners so you can pick up the entire bowl easily without burning yourself or spilling the contents. These work great for small casserole dishes, also.
They are 100% cotton with cotton batting (polyester fabric and batting can set your microwave on fire)and are washable.
We have Chiefs, Royals, Mizzou, KU and Nebraska bowls available or other styles to match your kitchen. Special orders can be completed after Christmas.
If interested, contact me at ma@marilynarnolddesigns.com

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Mega Bow Tucks Tote

The “All You Need” Tote


• Durable faux leather, padded and quilted, cleans easily,
• Sleek and stylish large tote
• Swivel hook hardware at each side to give a smaller silhouette toward the top, can be unhooked to increase storage capacity
• Flap top covers the outside pocket to secure tablet or travel documents
• Pockets lining the entire inside
• Approximately 26 x 9 x 17 tall
Wherever I go, I take “stuff”. Depending on where I’m going I take my laptop, IPad, knitting, reading; or when I’m meeting with a potential customer or networking, I may take a quilt, pillows, or any of the other items designed by Marilyn Arnold Designs. One day I was browsing through different bags and found this one. I knew it was just what I needed. It was large and would go with me wherever needed it to go. I came home and sat down to design one that fulfilled my need for lightweight, easily cleaned and “popped” with color. This is what I came up with, and I hope it is something you may need also.

What Happens When Your Favorite Bag Wears Out?

What Happens When Your Favorite Bag Wears Out?

If you are like me, you find a bag that you like, buy it and carry it for years. After several years (I usually have one for fall and winter and one for spring and summer) this favorite bag that you’ve carried, know where to place all your items and feel like it’s an old friend; starts to wear out. The outside may be worn, perhaps the lining is torn (I’ve found $5 of change in the bottom of a bag when a hole develops in the bottom or side pocket). I hate to think about trying to find another one that I like as much as the one I consider an old friend.
So, I came up with another idea. I would design and construct another bag like the one I love. Perhaps I can improve it by changing or adding pockets, adding fringe to update the look, or change the fabric to a washable, leather, or pleather finish.
If you are in the same place now and hate to replace a great bag, contact us at Marilyn Arnold Designs to design another bag that you will love to carry.

Corgi Butts – A Great Easter Gift

Corgi Butts

A Great Easter Gift

 

Ok, how strange is that title?  Has Marilyn really gone MAD?  No, I’ve just come up with a great new design that will be fun for kids.  Well, I can’t really claim the design, as it (as often happens) comes from a customer. 

It is getting close to Easter, and I am wondering what to give my grandchildren.  They are getting too old for Easter baskets, Mom and Dad give them chocolate, a card gets thrown in the wastebasket, and money is just that – money.

A few weeks ago my friend, Roberta, showed me a picture of a picture of a “Corgi Butt” pillow; and asked, “Can you do this?”.  She then went on to show me this picture of one of the cutest pillows I had seen recently.  Roberta’s dog is a Corgi, and she decorates her home with whimsical pillows, etc.  I proceeded to make them for her; and during this time I visited four of my grandchildren who also have a Corgi.  When I showed them the picture, they fell in love with it. 

Fast forward to last week, when I received a call from my son telling me that the kids are fighting over the “Corgi Butt” and showing it to all their friends.  They also sit and hug it when they are watching tv. “Mom, we need two more.”  The very same day I was at a Chamber meeting, and another customer asked me to make two more for his kids.

Today as I was thinking about my blog and what would everyone be interested in, the thought came into my head to share the “Corgi Butt” idea with all of you. 

Corgi Butts

 

DON’T TAKE A TRIP WITH A BAG YOU DON’T LOVE!!!

Don’t lug your luggage; love your luggage! Our travel bag features durable structure, designer touches and professional construction details. We have used a faux leather that is soft yet durable.

There are lots of pockets including both slip and zip pockets on the outside with a large zipped pocket on the inside especially lined to protect your laptop.  We added foam stabilizer between the lining and leather to keep the bag sturdy.  The lining is bright and fun in order to find your items easily. You can add three sizes of zipper bags and an insulated bag for your curling or flat iron.  The handles are reinforced, and the sturdy straps have a padded shoulder pad.

Have you ever tried to put your carry-on on top of your roller bag only to have it fall off and twist around to the front?  We’ve solved that problem with the slide on pocket on the back of the bag.  Or does your shoulder or back hurt because your carry on is too heavy?  These things won’t happen with our lightweight bag.

 

 

THE BESTS GIFTS ARE HOMEMADE

It doesn’t matter what style, type or age of wedding gown you may have. It might have belonged to your Grandmother, your Mother, you or another beloved family member, there is always something that would you would like. It could be a christening gown, a pillow, a small purse, a teddy bear; the list is endless. Whatever you decide.
There is such a warm feeling whenever you enter a room and see an item that brings back good memories. I have a teddy bear sitting on my bedroom dresser that I made from family heirlooms. Whenever I enter that room, the first thing I see is the bear, and no matter what type of day I have been having the bear puts me into a better frame of mind. I remember the homemade Christmas cookies, the shopping trips, the delicious lemon chiffon pie. All of the memories that are associated with that teddy bear.
These items also make very special gifts. Mother’s Day will be here soon, you may have a wedding, a christening, a special person’s birthday, or an anniversary. What can you do to make these events extra special
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Networking – It’s More Than Handing Out Business Cards!!

 

As I check out my networking opportunities for the upcoming week, I realize that I could attend several events every day.  I love networking and truly believe that the old saying, (which has been upgraded now) of “Know, Like, Trust” (now “Know, Love, Trust”) is totally misunderstood.  Many people think that it’s all about telling people about the features of your business.  They attend the event, hand out business cards, talk about what they do, and then wonder why it doesn’t bring them business.  They may attend for a few times, then move on to another group.  How can we make networking better?

I am not going to pretend that I am the know-all, be-all about networking, but it has been the biggest source of my business for the last 5 years.  Not only have I gotten business, but I have met wonderful people and built strong, enduring friendships.

I would like to share some ideas that you might want to consider when you attend a networking event.

  1. Find two people who you think you can help.  What other opportunities can you offer them?  I have three organizations in which I am very active.  I have set up introductions and speaking opportunities for people I meet.
  2. When you ask others about themselves and their businesses first, they will then ask you about yours. Ask sincerely and listen to what they say.  Focus on them, then think how you can help them.
  3. When they ask you what you do, tell stories. If you are a realtor, talk about how you helped someone find a house.  I met someone who had shown the same person 110 houses before they decided to purchase a house.  When I asked them why they hadn’t moved on, the answer was, “I wanted to make sure these people found something they liked.”  Do you think I would recommend this person?  Absolutely!!
  4. Do they have an interesting occupation or information that others would enjoy or find useful? Recently, I met a vet who has a leader dog and learned the story of how that came about.  What a terrific program for my Rotary Club!!
  5. Follow up with one-on-ones. Here is where they will get to know you.
  6. Develop a newsletter using mail chimp or constant contact. Give useful information, and do it on a regular basis.  Add the new business cards to your recipient list on a regular basis.
  7. Last but not least, be passionate about what they do and what you do. Be real and believable!!

I hope this helps in making your networking productive and fun!!

attend several events every day.  I love networking and truly believe that the old saying, (which has been upgraded now) of “Know, Like, Trust” (now “Know, Love, Trust”) is totally misunderstood.  Many people think that it’s all about telling people about the features of your business.  They attend the event, hand out business cards, talk about what they do, and then wonder why it doesn’t bring them business.  They may attend for a few times, then move on to another group.  How can we make networking better?

I am not going to pretend that I am the know-all, be-all about networking, but it has been the biggest source of my business for the last 5 years.  Not only have I gotten business, but I have met wonderful people and built strong, enduring friendships.

I would like to share some ideas that you might want to consider when you attend a networking event.

  1. Find two people who you think you can help.  What other opportunities can you offer them?  I have three organizations in which I am very active.  I have set up introductions and speaking opportunities for people I meet.
  2. When you ask others about themselves and their businesses first, they will then ask you about yours. Ask sincerely and listen to what they say.  Focus on them, then think how you can help them.
  3. When they ask you what you do, tell stories. If you are a realtor, talk about how you helped someone find a house.  I met someone who had shown the same person 110 houses before they decided to purchase a house.  When I asked them why they hadn’t moved on, the answer was, “I wanted to make sure these people found something they liked.”  Do you think I would recommend this person?  Absolutely!!
  4. Do they have an interesting occupation or information that others would enjoy or find useful? Recently, I met a vet who has a leader dog and learned the story of how that came about.  What a terrific program for my Rotary Club!!
  5. Follow up with one-on-ones. Here is where they will get to know you.
  6. Develop a newsletter using mail chimp or constant contact. Give useful information, and do it on a regular basis.  Add the new business cards to your recipient list on a regular basis.
  7. Last but not least, be passionate about what they do and what you do. Be real and believable!!

I hope this helps in making your networking productive and fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Unusual Dresser Scarf

UNUSUAL DRESSER SCARVES

Recently I shared with you pictures of vintage dresser scarves designed and recreated into clutch bags that could be carried to weddings, the prom or any other festive occasion you could possibly be attending.
Today I have to share another dresser scarf bag that is so unique. This scarf is from the 1920’s. It is adorned with hand embroidery and crochet. The crochet stitches are so tiny and the color coordination in amazing. The crocheted ends make a beautiful flap for the clutch. I can close my eyes and visualize the 1920’s bedroom with all of the silks, satins, and velvet fabrics adorning the massive carved furniture.
It will be so fun to visualize this time whenever you carry a clutch like this one.

See what you can do with a vintage dresser scarf

See what you can do with a vintage dresser scarf

Make Your Tee Shirt Quilt Pop

MAKE YOUR
TEE SHIRT QUILT POP

Kids love tee shirt quilts! They make great graduation gifts whether for kindergarten or college. It keeps memories alive not just for the person, but for generations to come. Can’t you just imagine sitting with your grandchildren and telling the story connected with that particular shirt.
You have decided to construct the quilt and have found the plastic bags full that have been stored on the basement shelf. What next?
1. Decide what theme you want to center the quilt around. It may be sports, music, vacations, marathons, etc. What did your child enjoy most? Sorority quilts are popular as are academic or you could do a combination to express the entire college career.
2. Fold the shirts showing the front and/or back designs and lay them out. The easiest way is to lay them on the floor to get a feeling for what shirts look best together. I recommend using either 9 or 12 shirts laying three across and either three or four down.
3. Next is the fun part of selecting colors and theme for the sashing, backing and binding. You can find a nice selection of licensed fabric from college and professional teams, you can use solid colors, prints or a combination of both or all. Let your imagination run free. I pick out the most colorful tee shirts and take them to the fabric store, then walk down the aisle matching colors. If you don’t feel comfortable choosing colors, google a color wheel to see what colors are across from each other. When choosing prints, find a color that is part of each piece of fabric. I like to use prints and solids. A solid color makes a great frame for your pieces. What type of fabric you use is up to you. I have uses anything from cotton to minky for a soft cuddly backing.
4. Embroidered motifs on the sashings adds a three dimensional look as does adding a name at the top. Here again, let your creative mind work.
Most important of all is to create a quilt that will bring a smile to the child’s face; and it doesn’t matter if that child is five or 25, everyone loves a tee shirt quilt. Imagine the joy this quilt will bring for generations to come.

tee shirts for a quilt

tee shirts for a quilt