Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I just LOVE receiving packages.  I remember as a child receiving care packages from my grandparents throughout the year. It was like my Birthday and Christmas all the time.  When Christmas came it was fantastic!  An advantage to having all the family living elsewhere. I got to open the BIG box that had all these little presents and goodies. The perishables got to be opened and eaten immediately. Black Forest Gummy Bears, cheese, homemade jams and Stollen - yum.  Years ago, those items were not readily available at the local markets. You had to travel or know someone there who could send you care packages.  I would take all the pretty wrapped presents, put them under the tree and rearrange them every time a new box came.  I called it "decorating" or "organizing" but I am sure it was just an excuse to touch and move things around.

It is not much different these days. My friends joke that between my husband and I we receive packages practically daily from all sources (USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL) you name it.  In the past I have signed up for many series and classes.   Every time a package comes I go through it and rearrange my stash or accoutrement.  All be it now, it is my needlepoint, beading and the latest items are for Fob Friends and Mag Friends by Accoutrement Designs.  Yesterday's package was for The Mag Friends Breast Cancer Awareness magnet.  It is sure to be as popular on your needlepoint project as it is to wear.  Contact your LNS or retailer to get yours soon as I expect they will be in high demand.

By the way, Saturday's and today's packages were Accoutrement Design's packaging.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Announcing "ACCOUTREMENT DESIGNS" - a new accessory business

ac·cou·ter·ment or ac·cou·tre·ment - əˈko͞otərmənt - a noun meaning - something that is not necessary in itself but adds to the convenience or performance of the main piece of equipment.

Accoutrement Designs is a new accessory business focused on the needleart industry. Currently offering scissor fobs and magnets for holidays, special events and interest. For that extra touch to fit your mood, project or holiday.  A popular idea is to use the magnets as pins.  Fobs can be attached to just about anything you want to identify as your own.

Halloween Bat

My story:
In 2007 I got an idea to make scissor fobs as gifts for friends.  This led to many fobs marking holidays, trips, milestones...for our scissors, threaders, needlepoint projects and project bags.  They have become much admired and desired and I was encouraged to make them available to others.  "Fob Friends" was created and led to "Mag Friends" and the creation of Accoutrement Designs.

This blog was created to help facilitate the new "grapevine" or "word of mouth" that the internet has created for our immediate "need to know" gratification.  I soon hope this blog will be linked to the accoutrementdesigns.com website. Still a work in progress (WIP). I will be posting pictures of products available through your local needlearts shop (LNS) and other retail stores that will be carrying the "Accoutrement Designs" line.  Products are currently available wholesale only and a list of retailers will be provided.  If your LNS or retailer is not currently carrying our products, please introduce them to us.

May you experience the wonderment of friends.  If you receive one of our products as a gift, then you are a true friend.

Breast Cancer Awareness Flip Flop
Classic Collection - Star of David

Glamorous Collection - Ghost