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Saying Goodbye To Jill

 

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January 2005-February 2016

Eleven years ago, my husband and I went to a kill shelter to look for a new family member. There, we found a tiny, 8-week old solid black puppy. Historically, black dogs have trouble being adopted, although for the life of me, I don’t know why!

My husband wanted a dog that would weight about 40 pounds. The pound staff said, “Yep. This dog will weight about 40 pounds.”

Hubby lifted the puppy’s HUGE paw and said, “There is no way this dog will weight 40 pounds.”

The puppy bounded out the cage, grabbed my husband’s pant leg, and began to tug and growl. How could I leave that puppy there?

Still, we took the puppy home on a “trial” basis.

We named her Jill, because you have to call a puppy something. And even if we decided to take her back, she needed a name.

Over the next eleven years, Jill traveled all the US with my husband and me. She lived in our house, had great food, never cold, never left out in the yard. One dog bed wasn’t enough. She had three piled on top of each other. (The Princess and The Pea!)

As you may can tell, she did weight 40 pounds as predicted…. 40 in the front and 40 in the back!

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Yesterday, we had to let Jill go. Old age. Strokes. It was time. She was ready. We were not.

RIP Jill. You will be missed. And Loved forever.

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How I Make Those Cute Boots!

My sister has asked me TWICE to explain how I make the cowboy boots I’ve been giving away. Like this one I made for me for Christmas

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So I made one today step by step do my sister could “see” the process. Thought some of you might be interested also!

My machine is a Babylock Ellegante 3. It has a built-in computer that allows me to do editing on my projects right there rather than having to edit on my computer, save to a USB drive and open at the machine.

To start any project, I have to have a computerized / digitized design that is made for machine embroidery. In this case, I bought a cowboy boot that had four different designs. I pick the one I want to work with by selecting it on my machine LCD screen.

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The final product will look different but that’s okay. I mostly want the boot design more than the upper leather design.

If you look to the right, you’ll see the list of colors to make this design. As I add other things to the boot, that list of colors will change. Once I set this as my design, I need to make some alterations. Specially, I want to add the date and a name. I can pull up numbers and letters and add to the design.
IMG_20160112_103616778Here I’ve added 2016 from the picture above and added the name “Hannah”

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I know I want to do something “different” on the calf of the boot rather than what is shown. I’m making this for a niece-in-law, so I’m thinking a pretty calla lily might be look good. I go through my machine embroidery designs until I find one I like. Then I lay it OVER the design on the boot calf. When those “swirls” and straight line come up to sew, I’ll simply skip them. Here it the boot with the calla lily.

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I’m ready to sew!

I start by hooping a piece of tearaway stabilizer

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Next, I cut a sheet of craft felt in half. One-half goes on top of the stabilizer and I hold on to the other half for later.

Here is early in the stitching. I’m sewing on the 1/2 of sheet of felt (which is white in this case.) I’ve done the heel, sole, toe design and the placemarkers for the material that will comprise the boot calf. Without those placemarkers, I couldn’t be sure that my material would be in the right place.

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I decided that since I’m doing a pretty white calla lily, I’d make the boot calf a chocolate brown. But actually, the boot calf can be any material I might have on hand. Below, I’ve set the silk on the felt and sown down the upper and lower edges of the material. See all the extra hanging off? We have to get rid of that now.

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There. A nice, clean edge that we’ll finish out later.

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At this point, the machine wants me to do the “original” design. I simply skip those threads and embroidery the design I want.

If you look to the right, you’ll see what looks like a green arrow in the upper right corner of my LCD screen. Then look at where I’m sewing. I’m doing that green “arrow,” which is actually a leaf.

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Here is the boot after I finished stitching the design. But we aren’t done yet!

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Remember the other 1/2 of the felt sheet? Now I place it over where I’ve been working (like a lid) and stitch the outline of the boot. This gives me a “back” to the boot.

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The project comes out of the hoop looking like this….

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All that paper (around and inside) the boot has to be torn away, thus the rationale for using tearaway stabilizer. Easy to get off.

Once the stabilizer is gone, I trim around the boot. I don’t have to trim close to the outline stitch as this will all turn into the boot. When I first started making these, I would cut the outline stitch A LOT and then I realized it didn’t have to be sooooo exact!
This is the boot ready to be turned inside out…carefully!

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And the final product.

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So that’s how it’s done!

Questions? Want one?

Leave a comment here and I’ll choose one winner for their own boot!

 

 

Some Pretty Cool News!

BTE Finalist

That’s right! Texas Bossa Nova is a finalist in the 2015 BTS Readers Choice Awards!

WOOT!

Reno and Magda ROCK!

TEXAS HUSTLE IS HERE!

For the past 14 days, I’ve teased you with excerpts, dangled the dreamy cover, and gave you prizes…all for today!

TEXAS HUSTLE IS OUT!

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I hope YOUR copy is in your hands!

I think a great book deserves a great release party, don’t you? Me too!

Today’s party is here… https://www.facebook.com/events/1635016913437178/

And get my guests…Cat Johnson, Julie Miller, Kieran Kramer, Susan Stoker, Jill Sanders, Erin Nicholas, Jodi Vaughn, Cover model Scott Nova, and Laura Trentham. Plus there will be some surprises!!
It starts at 3 pm ET (2 pm CT / 12 noon PT) and runs until 8 pm ET (7PM CT / 5 PM PT)

AND I’ve got ANOTHER 7″ HD KINDLE FIRE TO GIVE AWAY! 

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So where’s the link? https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCynthiaDAlba/?sk=app_228910107186452

GOOD LUCK!!

 

14 Days of Hustle – Day 14

Welcome to the LAST DAY of 14 Days of Hustle!

Are YOU my uber-lucky reader who won the luscious blanket from yesterday? Check HERE. If so, contact me at cynthiadalba@gmail.com to claim your prize.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the past couple of weeks of excerpts and prizes. Tomorrow is RELEASE DAY! 

Order your copy of TEXAS HUSTLE TODAY and it’ll magically appear on your digital reader at midnight. OR order it in print so you can have your own copy of Shane Rice, I mean, Texas Hustle!

Wait! What do you mean you don’t have a digital reader to read Texas Hustle on? Well, we need to change that!

Today’s Prize…7″ HD Kindle Fire!

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The SUPER LUCKY LINK to today’s excerpts and Rafflecopter entry is at…

http://cynthiadalba.com/books/texas-hustle/14-days-of-hustle-day-14

Good luck!

More on Texas Hustle HERE

Grab your copy of TEXAS HUSTLE!

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Good Luck with the Rafflecopter.

See you Tomorrow!!!

14 Days of Hustle – Day 13

Welcome to DAY THIRTEEN of 14 Days of Hustle!

Were you the winner of yesterday’s bracelet? Check HERE to find out! Contact me at cynthiadalba@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Well, we’re only 2 days from Texas Hustle release! I am SO EXCITED. I can’t wait for you to read this book.

Today’s prize ALMOST didn’t make it into the prize list. I wanted to keep it because it is SO GORGEOUS!

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That’s right…I have a SECOND 50 x 60 Fleece Texas Hustle Blanket showcasing model Shane Rice that needs a home!

You know how the game’s played by now! Follow the link to today’s excerpt and enter the Rafflecopter!

http://cynthiadalba.com/books/texas-hustle/14-days-of-hustle-day-13

Good luck!

More on Texas Hustle HERE

Grab your copy of TEXAS HUSTLE!

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Good Luck with the Rafflecopter.

See you Tomorrow!!!

(Hint – Tomorrow’s Prize is HUGE)

14 Days of Hustle – Day 12

Welcome to DAY TWELVE of 14 Days of Hustle!

Were YOU the lucky winner from yesterday? Check it out HERE. If you won, email me at cynthiadalba@gmail.com to claim your necklace (or else, I’ll keep it!)

Today Prize is this beautiful ANTIQUE TURQUOISE BLOSSOM BRACELET

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To read today’s excerpt and enter the Rafflecopter for this beautiful bracelet, go to http://cynthiadalba.com/books/texas-hustle/14-days-of-hustle-day-12

Good luck!

More on Texas Hustle HERE

Grab your copy of TEXAS HUSTLE!

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Good Luck with the Rafflecopter.

See you Tomorrow!!!

14 Days of Hustle – Day 11

Welcome to DAY ELEVEN of 14 Days of Hustle!

Were you one of my TWO winners from yesterday? Check out the winners HERE. If  you are a winner, email me at cynthiadalba@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Today’s prize is one that almost ended up in my personal jewelry collection. It’s gorgeous!

Turquoise and Citrine Iced Water Drop Necklace

Turqouise Citrine Iced Water Drop Neckklace

You ARE going to want this prize!

To read today’s excerpt and enter the Rafflecopter for this beautiful necklace, go to http://cynthiadalba.com/books/texas-hustle/14-days-of-hustle-day-11

Good luck!

More on Texas Hustle HERE

Grab your copy of TEXAS HUSTLE!

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Good Luck with the Rafflecopter.

See you Tomorrow!!!

14 Days of Hustle – Day 10

Welcome to DAY TEN of 14 Days of Hustle!

I’m looking for FOUR winners from yesterday! Are you one of them? Check it out HERE and then email me at cynthiadalba@gmail.com if you won!

When I was thinking about doing 14 Days of Hustle, I knew I had to include some really cute cowgirl hats. I found a couple I really liked! I couldn’t decide between them so I bought them both. So, today there’ll be TWO winners!

Today’s Cute Hat Prizes…

(1) Pink Applique Flower Rhinestone HatPin Applique Flower RhinestoneHat

(1) Black Applique Flower Rhinestone Hat Black Applique Flower Rhinestone Hat

Check out today’s excerpt and Rafflecopter entry…

http://cynthiadalba.com/books/texas-hustle/14-days-of-hustle-day-10

Link to more TEXAS HUSTLE information HERE

Texas Hustle Buy Links…

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Good Luck with the Rafflecopter.

See you Tomorrow!!!

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