Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cracker Barrel Fun!

Hi all, Hannah here! Today I thought it would be fun to give you an inside sneak peak on one of our favorite pitstops on our road trips! Hope is a Southern belle to the core, she loves a good southern meal! Because of this Cracker Barrel is usually one of the first places we stop on a road trip to get some fried okra, sweet tea, biscuits and gravy galore! When Olivia and I were younger, mom would always let us get some candy from the gift shop, sometimes she would even buy us a Pink Panther or The Three Stooges dvd to watch on the way to wherever we were headed. Cracker Barrel is always a great place to gather together as a family and make some great memories, especially on road trips! For more posts such as these, check out our Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Zoo Babies!

Hi all, Hannah here! Today I wanted to share a quick and easy project with you. Perhaps you have grandchildren or young children of your own. Maybe you are attending a birthday party and are unsure of the perfect gift. Here at Designs By Hope Yoder, we have the perfect solution for you! You can easily create you own adult coloring book using fabric and our Zoo Babies In-the-Hoop Embroidery Collection This gift is also an excellent graduation present or housewarming gift! Check out a sample we just created and have fun with it! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and add us on Instagram for more fun projects and posts!

Poodle Skirts

Hello everyone, Hannah here! Lately I've been wandering down memory lane to dig up ideas to share with you all! I came across this picture from our preschool days at West Florida Christian School. Each school year, we had spirit week in which we got to dress down instead of wearing our usual uniforms. One of the themes was the 1950's, all the boys had their leather jackets and sunglasses and all the girls wore poodle skirts and sweaters. Mom made these felt skirts for us and even added an appliqué poodle to make the skirts stand out! They were a big hit with all of our teachers and classmates! For more quick and easy projects, check out our Facebook page and our Instagram account!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cowboys Stadium!

Hello everyone, Hannah here! Today I wanted to share one of my favorite memories with you! One summer, while mom was at a trade show event in Arlington, Texas, dad decided to take us on a tour of the Dallas Cowboys stadium! Marv is an avid Cowboys fan, so this tour was a must for us! GO DALLAS! We left mom behind to work our vendor booth while we waltzed around the Cowboys stadium with stars in our eyes. One of the perks with working at Designs By Hope Yoder is the opportunity to travel to different cities and play the role of a tourist in between! For more updated information about our events and the cities they are in, please visit our Facebook page. Also, don't forget to follow us on Instagram .

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Hello everyone, Hannah here! One of our favorite places to go here at Designs By Hope Yoder is Ikea. For those of you who have yet to hear about Ikea, it's a stylish place to shop for furniture on a budget! Most of our furniture in our offices was purchased at, you guessed it, IKEA! We are fortunate enough to have an Ikea relatively close to us, in Tampa, to be exact. We often make it a fun trip to drive up to Ikea for the day in order to shop for new office supplies and furniture. These trips are the kind of outings that make working for Hope Yoder the absolute best! For more updates on such activities, please follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook as well.

The dream team on our way to Ikea, it's all in a days work!  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Work Hard, Play Hard

Hi all, Hannah here! Although our posts on Instagram and Facebook  might suggest our team at Designs By Hope Yoder is always working, we like to take some time off every now and then. Hope always says, "Work hard, play hard" and we take this quote very seriously. One of our favorite types of vacations to take is a cruise. We have cruised on Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Carnival and even Disney Cruises! We can't pick a favorite so we frequently cruise! I thought it might be fun to insert some pictures of our most favorite vacations on the high seas.

Baby Shower Bib

Hi all, Hannah here! I recently was invited to one of my friend's baby showers and was unsure of what to give her. As per usual, Hope came up with a clever and crafty idea to create a baby shower bib! This Bib was created using heat transfer vinyl and the elephant design from our Teeny Tiny Embroidery Collection.  For more fun gift ideas, please visit our website. Be sure to follow us on Facebook  and add us on Instagram! 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Summer Sewing School

Hello everyone, Hannah here! Today I was reminiscing of summers past in Huntsville, Alabama. Each summer, my entire family would pack our bags and drive from our home in Sarasota Florida, to Huntsville, Alabama. While Hope was an educator for the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion, Olivia and I would attend the Sewing School for kids. We made so many memories there and were always eager to return. Our favorite event was watching and even participating in the fashion show and helping in our vendor booth on teacher's selling night. How I miss those days! For more posts and sneak peaks of what goes on behind the scenes at Designs By Hope Yoder add us on Instagram  and follow us on Facebook 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hope's Sale's Pitch

Hi everyone, Hannah here! Today I'd like to transport you back in time, specifically to the time before fancy embroidery machines were even available. Hope had begged Marv to let her buy a computerized (not embroidery) sewing machine, and his answer was only if she saved up all the money for it. Hope's solution was to work extra hours, on her days off, as a Dental Hygienist in order to earn more money. However, this was not Hope's only way of earning extra money...she decided if Mary Kay and Tupperware could host home parties, then so could she. She came up with the idea to create her own t-shirts composed of doilies which she bought from thrift stores all over town and buttons and glitter which she glued on to the t-shirts. Prior to 2007, Hope sold many of these t-shirts for $35 a piece. Although Hope didn't really know what she was doing, she had a good attitude and a confident persona and people bought them away. Funny but true, this past Christmas, our family was staying in Pennsylvania at our Aunt Carolyn's house. Carolyn was talking to mom one night and asked Hope, "Remember when you used to sell those shirts? I think I still have mine." After that she found the shirt and showed mom and we all laughed about it. Hope has come a long way. Check out our Instagram and follow us on Facebook 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tieks-The comfiest shoes EVER!

Hello to all, Hannah here! Mom has been going on and on about her new, favorite pair of shoes...

"My first pair of Tieks. I was so excited for them to arrive. When they came they were packaged as pretty as a Tiffany box! Not that I've ever purchased anything from Tiffany, but a girl can dream right? I've just heard rumors that it's a heavenly, other-wordly experience. Besides, almost everyone my age knows the color of Tiffany! What's so great about these shoes, you may ask?"

  1. Handmade Italian Leather
  2. They fold up to take up less space when not in use
  3. They come with a little pouch to slip in your clutch for your Tieks and a big pouch for your High Heels (which you might wear before you slip into these)
"So I have to thank Stephanie for getting me into trouble. Over dinner one night, she asked if I owned a pair of Tieks. At that point I had never even heard of them; now I want some in every color! I love the signature on the heel of the shoe. So next time you see me, take a look and see if I'm sporting my new Tieks. This pair is feather grey, however it appears a s more of the perfect nude color which should be a staple in every girl's wardrobe."

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Photo Booth Fun!

Hi all, Hannah here! Today I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at our new photo booth and the props we incorporate into both our trade shows and our social events here at Designs By Hope Yoder. Our Photo Booth is a fun way for our customers to create and share memories, in addition to a effective way to advertise our company to the public.

Why not make your own? You can easily create DIY Photo Booth Props using our in-the-hoop machine embroidery collections such as our:

Please visit our Facebook Page  for more ideas and images of our photo booths.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Sip N Sew Fun

Hello everyone, Hannah here! Mom just got back from a Sip N Sew Event in Portland, Oregon with Montavilla Sewing Centers. She had a blast alongside educators, Kim and Shaurice who did an excellent job! The Sip N Sew Tea Party is a two day, educational event specializing in sewing and embroidery tips and tricks, plus loads of Helpful Hints From Hope. You bring your own tea cup and have the opportunity to win door prizes and more! It's a fun-filled, educational experience for all! For more information about our events, please visit our calendar on our website: http://www.hopeyoder.com/events.htm Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about the inspiration behind our Sip N Sew Tea Parties, please check out one of my earlier blog posts: https://hopeyoder.blogspot.com Don't forget to follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/hopeyoderdesigns and add us on Instagram www.instagram.com/hopeyoder