A Way Of Life

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Fridays At The Office

Fridays at the Urban Threads office

Artist Taylor reminds us on the office calendar that today is international Talk Like a Pirate Day. All meetings today must be conducted in pirate speak. He added a tiny lace pirate hat for emphasis. Because pirates.

Want more sneak peeks, office life, and behind the scenes? Follow us on Instagram at urbanthreadsemb

P.S. – If you take a closer look at the calendar you might just get a sneak peek at some upcoming series ideas! Ye scurvy dawgs.

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Color Inspirations – Glimmer & Peach

Try out this elegantly glam Glimmer & Peach color scheme on your embroidery designs.

Get warm and glam with this week’s Glimmer & Peach color inspiration. Rustic hues get a pop of sophistication with gold accents, and stay warm and friendly with a bright bold peach. Use your gold accents sparingly to keep them soft and not garish. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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Urban Entrepreneurs – Longvalley Bears

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

Urban Entrepreneurs - Longvalley Bears

Longvalley Bears on Etsy

What’s your best tip for getting better results out of your store?

Photography is everything in this business. Do some research and see how others are displaying similar products. There are some great “how to” instructions out there for people with absolutely no photography skills and fancy camera equipment is not necessary. Also, do a quick search for free photo editing applications for those pictures you may have taken when it was just a little too dark. Or try as you might, just can’t seem to get the balance correct. When using the photo editors stay true to the product though. People need a clear image of what they are purchasing.

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Quick Pic – Soul Stealer

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

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All I’ll say about this, is that this quilt is called the Soul Stealer, and it was created from dreams. If that’s enough to get you intrigued, then you need to read more about this amazing quilt over on Becca’s Blog.

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Too Many Ideas

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Sigh. Never enough time.

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FREE Printables with Ghost Baroque Collection – Through 9/21/14!

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The new Ghost Baroque collection of embroidery designs celebrates all that we love about the spooky season. The dark elegance, the gradual fade into fall, the swirls of the midnight wind. Lots of decor focuses too much on the cute side of Halloween, but we always prefer the spooky. There’s nothing better than an excuse to glam up the house for a seasonal celebration, and fall is no different! These designs are perfect for adding that gothic touch all year ’round, but just in case you really wanted to prep for that masquerade party, we’ve got some Halloween printables FREE with purchase of the design pack, to help you make a night to remember — available through Sept. 21 only!

FREE Halloween party printables with purchase of the Ghost Baroque Pack - only though 9/12/14!

Through Sunday, Sept. 21, when you buy any size of the Ghost Baroque design pack on sale for $13, you get these Ghost Baroque Printables for FREE! The printables collection includes cupcake wrappers and toppers, treat bag toppers, gravestone placecards, and of course, spooky invites to that amazing party you’re going to throw.

Ghost Baroque machine embroidery collection - haunt your home in style this fall

The whole collection together makes a stunning dinner set. Embroider some plain black napkins for an elegantly spooky dinner accent, and top off each place with one of your printed graveyard placecards so each guest knows where they’re “resting” for the evening.

FREE Halloween party printables with purchase of the Ghost Baroque Pack - only though 9/12/14!

Start the night off right with a few spooky treats. These treat toppers fit standard 4-inch wide treat bags. You can often find these in the baking section of craft stores. Just fill your bag, fold your label over the top, and staple in place. You can fill it with your favorite candies or even home-baked treats.

FREE Halloween party printables with purchase of the Ghost Baroque Pack - only though 9/12/14!

Speaking of treats, what party would be without the ever-popular cupcake? Print up these little wrappers and toppers, and wrap them to fit your own spooky cupcakes. Just attach the topper to a toothpick and add it to the top for a flourish that ties it all together.

Ghost Baroque machine embroidery collection - haunt your home in style this fall

The cupcakes look extra delicious when accompanied by some chic-looking spooky placemats. Just saying.

Ghost Baroque machine embroidery collection - haunt your home in style this fall

With the dinner set, throw a few spooky items around the house for an elegantly glam look. Pillowcases are quick to embroider and easy to change out for the seasons. Plus, skulls really look good any time of the year. Or so we hear.

Ghost Baroque machine embroidery collection - haunt your home in style this fall

If you’re looking for some super quick home decor ideas, just look to your craft stash! In a pinch, embroidery hoops and a little bit of ribbon make excellent frames for some spooky embroidery. Hang them up on the wall for an instantly chic gothic look.

FREE Halloween party printables with purchase of the Ghost Baroque Pack - only though 9/12/14!

Of course, the party isn’t happening without some glam invites to send your guests! These invites work for any kind of spooky occasion, from a gothic dinner party to a full-on Halloween bash.

A few embroidered items add instant glam and gothic appeal to plain black home accessories, and a few customized printables pull the whole thing together. Getting your home ready for the season is easy and elegant with simple ghostly designs, and especially awesome with free printable packs. Get these printables with purchase of the Ghost Baroque design pack on sale, only through Sept. 21!

Happy fall crafting!

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