Okinawan Inspired Cafe Apron

I LOVE this pattern.  It is my newest creation and design.  I love throwing in some contemporary chevrons for a new updated look on a classic cafe apron.

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The Snapbags are finally here!

 

The Snapbags are FINALLY here!  LOVE how these babies turned out.  This set of three Snapbags is a great gift for anyone.

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God Bless Our Military Men & Women

This Table Topper is quickly becoming one of my MOST requested items. Show your love of country with one of these beautiful Table Toppers in support of our military men and women, and their families.

We love you, Team Hodgin!

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Going somewhere for the Holidays? Get a Travel Buddy for your kiddos…

Order one of these great travel buddies for those long hours in the car, train, plane, or bus with your kiddos.  Only going down the street to the restaurant?  Bring one of these Travel Buddies with you to keep your kiddos occupied while you wait or eat.  Each one can house crayons, pencils, pens, colored pencils, large erasers, and markers.  They can be personalized also.

These are FABULOUS stocking stuffers!  Order one today.

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The Dragons are Taking Over

I’ve been busy sewing away for all sorts of projects, but this one has been THE most fun one so far. I am making a set of Tabbie Blankies for a specific unit in Okinawa, Japan whose mascot is The Dragons. The Commanding Officer and his wife will be giving these to the families of those Marines who have babies while he is in Command as their personal gift.

They are soooo cute.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed making them and I’m not through yet. I’ve still got to put the minky on the back and attach the ribbon for the tabbies but so far they are turning out wonderfully.

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The Hum of My Embroidery Machine is Music To My Ears

I love the hum of my embroidery machine when I’m in the middle of a big project…It is music to my ears.

This week I’m doing a very special project for a Marine unit in Okinawa for their upcoming new babies. Yesterday I finished making custom burp cloths for this unit and today I’m embroidering the unit information on a set of Tabbie Blankies.

Just thought I’d post a picture of my sewing machine in ACTION and of my well-utilized trashcan that is overflowing each and every week because I’ve been so busy. I love being busy.

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Gooooooood Mornnnnning Okinawaaaaaa!

It’s been a LONG 3 months of being off-line on my sewing and embroidery but I’m FINALLY BBBBBAAAAACCCCCKKKK!  I am getting settled in Okinawa and have unpacked the last of the boxes, the first one opened being my BRAND NEW Brother Innovis Isodore 5000.  I LOVE it and I haven’t even gotten to use it yet.

I’m VERY excited and feel blessed to have a spouse who understands my NEED to sew and create beautiful things.  It destresses me and inspires me to continue to create.  I can’t wait to begin using this new machine.  Sooooo, BRING ON THE ORDERS!!!  contact me via erin@threeshiningstars.com or leave a comment.  I love feedback.

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Grab Button

Ok, so while I am not able to sew with my machine due to it being at the repair shop and my STILL living out of a suitcase, I thought I’d try to fine tune and tweak my website…Hats off to those whose sole job it is to write computer code and all that “greek speak”. I’m having a pickle of a time figuring this out.

Many thanks to my friend, Laura K. for her help in trying to show me what to do.

So, now I’m trying to figure out the “Grab Button” situation with other websites and trying to figure out how to get my button on those sites too! BOY, is it a challenge for this gal. I’m a crafter and a sewer, not a computer guru. So, please hang in there with me as I get the hang of uploading and downloading, changing, and editing all kinds of info. Yikes! It’s making my head spin.

Here’s a picture of my grab button, located on the left side of this site. I would be honored if you would grab my button, shoot me a quickie to let me know you are doing it so I can respond in kind.

 

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BLAMMO! We’ve arrived in Okinawa…

So, we arrived from Seoul, Korea to Okinawa, Japan a week ago.  We are just now getting our feet wet, so to speak, here in sunny Oki…It has rained on and off for the entire time we’ve been here.  I wouldn’t expect anything less seeing as we are in the beginning of Typhoon Season here.  (It will run until November.)

In the time span of a week, we’ve had to take an Okinawan Driver’s Test, which we both passed; learned how to drive on the left side of the road, but on the right side of the car (totally backwards from the United States); looked at different housing options and accepted one house on base; bought not one but two vehicles; registered three kids in two different schools; battled getting the entire family registerd in Tricare Asia Region; found Immunizations at the hospital and had records created for the family at Outpatient Records in the Hospital; found our way around the island; and began the paperwork for us to take some much-needed, much-deserved leave back to the United States, specifically to go to Target….aaaahhhhh, it really is the little things that make a girl go goo-goo over.  (We’ve gone over two years without cable TV, and without going to a mall, Walmart, or Target.  I am over 5’9″ and my husband is 6’2″ and we’ve been living in the “land of the little people” so we need to get back to the States to buy some clothing that actually fits us.)

For those who aren’t military, when you move to Okinawa, Japan, you are not allowed to take your cars with you.  The government will pay to store one of your two cars.  When we moved to Korea, we were allowed to take our car, which we took the smallest of the two and left our Sequoia in the States.  So, for two years we tooled around Seoul, Korea in our Honda Accord, which fit our family of five perfectly.  When we left Korea, we had to ship our Honda home to go into government used storage facility and buy two “new” used cars in Okinawa.  (No one buys new over here.  We buy used and sell them at the “Lemon Lot” on base to another military member and their family to get by with for their tour.)  So, this tour we bought a “like new” white van the kids named “Farkle” in honor of friends of ours in Korea.  We all used to play Farkle together so it reminded the kids of Mr. Mike and Miss Aimee.

Our second vehicle just needed to get good gas mileage and frankly, be a “hoopty” car.  We got our wish!  This car, can you believe, seats our family of five to a T, but not much of anything else.  It gets great gas mileage and is perfect for my husband to get to and from work.  The kids have named this car “BLAMMO!!”, again in honor of Mr. Mike and Miss Aimee.  The funny thing about this car is that my oldest daughter, who is eleven, is taller than the car.  The kids love tooling around Okinawa in it.

 

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Welcome to Three Shining Stars New Blog!

Welcome to my new blog!  I’ve been out of touch while we have been trying to get the new blog designed, finish my existing orders, and completely inventory and begin packing out my house for our family’s next BIG adventure!

What a stressful few months it’s been.  Most of you know, I’m married to “One of the Few, the Proud” My Marine and have been married going on 16 years now.  WOW!  Sometimes I can’t believe we’ve been together that long.  So, as most of you know that when you live the life of a military family, you have to constantly be a bit more flexible than you would otherwise be because so much of your stability depends on where the Marine Corps will send you and when.

We are in the final stages of finishing up our 2 year tour here in Seoul, Korea and getting ready to move on to a 3 year tour in Okinawa, Japan.  We’d been there before so there is not the “fear of the unknown” like when we first moved to Oki 12 years ago or to Korea 2 years ago, but there is trepidation because we are now moving with 3 children.

This past Monday was “Moving Day” for us.  After 7 packers, 10 boxed up wooden crates, and 11 hours of packing, our house was completely bare of our family’s stuff.  The only things in our home right now are “loaners” from the base to get us by until our fly date on the 3rd of June.

It is a surreal experience watching all your worldly belongings drive away in a truck, where the packers don’t speak English, not knowing but hoping your stuff makes it to it’s final destination in one piece.  It’s a scary and exciting adventure and every move it “sneaks” up on me and takes me by surprise.  (You’d think I’d be used to it by now with 8 moves under my belt.)

So, now I thought I’d try to put the finishing touches on my new blog and download pictures of my creations but the thumb drive we saved everything on seems not to want to do that.  So, all I’m able to do is try out this “blogging” thing and see how it goes.  Once the move is complete, more pictures will be posted on here but until then you need to check out my fb page at www.facebook.com/Threeshiningstars to see some other stuff.

Those who know me, know that I need to be busy and not having any of my sewing machines or my sewing supplies is KILLING me!  For now, I’ll be content with blogging about our move until I settle in Okinawa and get my “sweatshop” up and running.

 

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