Machine Embroidery Designs – The Newest Addition

Well, we’re rocking and rolling over at  I’ve cracked the code on my embroidery digitizing software and I am drowning in my latest compulsion business venture.

I’ve stitched these designs out myself and they passed Mr. Quality Assurance (otherwise known as Andrew), so they are ready for purchase.

Easter’s coming, so my first design is this applique Easter Bunny machine embroidery design.Bunny Applique Machine Embroidery Design in 3 Sizes, 4x4, 5x7 and 6x10

And have you seen the latest Japanese cuteness craze?  It’s called Kawaii, and I thought this Kawaii applique banana was toooo adorable!

Kawaii Banana With Smiley Face Machine Embroidery Design Applique in 3 sizes - 4x4, 5x7, 6x10

And a little Kawaii to go with your toast or bread?

Machine Embroidery Design Kawaii Happy Face Toast Applique, Happy Face Bread Applique in 3 sizes, 4x4, 5x7, 6x10

And so everybody else can do a little Kawaii too, here are some of the embroidered faces I used and am now offering for sale:

Set of Four Kawaii Faces Machine Embroidery Designs

Got a great idea for a design set?  Let me know – I’m always looking for the next design to put to stitches!





Free Printable – Functional Sign Language for the Childcare Setting

Noah has been enjoying his time at the Child Watch program at the Y.   A few weeks ago, the director asked if I could come up with a few signs to share so that Noah would be understood when he signs.  I’ve come up with nine basic American Sign Language signs that are commonly used at home and in the childcare setting; Mommy, Daddy, water, thirsty, all done, more, potty, ball and hurt.

Functional Sign Language for the Childcare Setting

Download the free printable PDF here: Functional Sign Language for the Childcare Setting

For many children with Down syndrome, apraxia, and other speech delay, motivation can be a real problem.  There is nothing more frustrating to a child than attempting to communicate with someone who isn’t understanding them.  On the flip side, there is nothing more motivating to a child struggling with speech than to have the people around him understand and respond to his attempts to communicate.

Please share these signs with your child’s school, babysitter, daycare center, Sunday school class, grandparents, and anywhere else your child may be at risk for not being understood.

Thanks to for allowing me to use their graphics.

When is a Bus Not Just a Bus?

You know how exciting it is when you hear your new talker say a new word from the back seat as you drive on your merry way?  That awesome moment when you ask yourself, “Did he really just say that?” and then, sure enough, he says it again.  And that new word that to anyone else is just a word becomes to you the pivoting point that the world is resting on?

Well that happened today.  Just driving down our old country road on the way to the recycling plant.  I heard “bus” in Noah’s unmistakable gruff voice.  No way.  There was a school bus heading our way, but no way could Noah have seen it before he said “bus.”  So then I glanced in the rearview mirror, and sure enough, we had already passed one bus.

I looked over at Leah and said, “Did he just say bus?”


Well, I hooped and hollered and Noah growled and said and signed “Stop.”  (He hates it when I get all excited about his speech.)

More busses.  “Bus, bus,” I prompted.  More growling.  And then as the next two school busses passed, it was reported from the back seat that Noah was whispering “bus” (knowing Mama just couldn’t help but get excited if she heard it).

Next thing you know, all the kids, including Noah were playing a game of being the first person to say “bus” when another bus was spotted.

Talk (no pun intended) about being in  the right place at the right time!

Raising a courageous hero with Down syndrome rocks!

(Once kids with speech issues start playing games like this, keep the game going by looking for school busses on all your drives and shout out “bus” each time you see one – perhaps the kiddo will join right in, and you’ve just captured a few more word productions for free.)

An extradorinary little boy, the ordinary people who love him, and their journey together through the world of visual learning and speech acquisition. (And in my "free time," vintage crochet, machine embroidery, digitizing and Etsy.)


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