January 14, 2010

New lower prices

This year, I am working to make items in my shop cost less for my customers. I have found some new suppliers where I can get fabrics and such at a much lower cost than I had been using and I am passing the savings on to you. :)

I have lowered the prices of all Minky blankets already this year and now I have lowered the price of all my childrens aprons as well. Take a peek at the aprons below. You can click on the pictures to be taken to that item in my store.

For the little Princess in your life who loves to cook,
craft, or do anything where you need to keep her
clothes looking nice and clean.

For the Rock and Roll diva

And, of course, for the ultimate Razorback fan!

Booty time

While looking through the forums on Etsy today, I ran into this cool shop ImoTime. This seller makes clocks out of all sorts of things cool and unusual and I just love it. Here is one of the very unusual clocks found in this store

Its called 36 - 24 - 36. Now who would have ever thought of taking a discarded body form and turning it into a clock? Just goes to show you that there are some very imaginative and creative people floating around Etsy land. When I have a minute or two, I love to see what unique items I can find and I am never disappointed. It is hard to believe that when I first signed up with Etsy, there were only about 30,000 users! That number has increased so much. As of today, Etsy is only 11 shops short of the 200,000 mark!!! WOW! I believe if you can't find it anywhere else, you can definitely find it on Etsy. If you have trouble finding what your after, you can go to the custom section of Etsy and create a post asking for your item to be made.

Anyway, the seller of this clock started a thread in the Etsy forums asking "Do you know anyone who is 36-24-36?" Those were the days! You see, I used to be these exact measurements. Of course 3 kids later, I am far from that figure! I know I can get closer to that number if I just had or rather made the time to get up and exercise. Of course with all the booty time I spend - typing for a living and then sewing for my Etsy shop require a TON of this - it's a wonder I am not big as a horse, lol. I guess that will have to be one of my goals for the year - taking time to exercise on a regular basis - ok, at least a somewhat regular basis. ;)

Speaking of booty time, mine was a bit productive yesterday. I finished a pink and brown argyle print minky blanket for a toddler which turned out quite cute. I didn't snap a picture because I figured I'd be getting it back to sew up the side as I had to leave it open for it to be monogrammed on. I also did a blue and white minky pillow case for a customer who is giving it to a niece who has a cloud themed room and I finished a pink and brown zebra blanket I will be adding to the store hopefully today.

Well, we are going to keep it shorter today (you are cheering, I know, lol) because I need to get some of these doctor reports typed before the older kiddos are home from school. The hubby and I are going to look at a house and some land this evening so I won't have as much time to get things done later. Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day. :)

January 12, 2010

2010 is shaping up

...to be a great year here at Simplie Girlie. Here we are only 12 days into the new year and I have already shipped or delivered 1 custom reversible jumper, 1 diaper bag, 3 receiving blankets, 1 minky lap blanket, 3 minky baby blankets and 4 travel pillows. Yeah! I have 3 rooms now to do curtains for, another baby blanket, a toddler blanket, a standard pillow case and a shopping cart cover.

I am in LOVE with Michael Miller's dandy damask fabric in black and have ordered a bunch of this fabric. I am hoping to use it to make some blankets, cart covers, changing pads, burp clothes and a new item I hope to add to the store soon - changing table covers. I have one for my changing table that my mother made with my first child 13 years ago! Needless to say, it is time for an update and I am going to do one with a minky fabric edged with a western print since he has a cowboy room. I can't wait to make one with hot pink dimple dot and the black damask for the shop!

I have a ton of plans for the shop this year. Not only do I want to add the changing table cover, but I want to add cart covers, bibs, burp cloths, diaper bags, receiving blankets, boy's rompers, toddler blankets, lap blankets, several new dress designs and more wipe cases. We will see how much of this I actually get done since I have been so busy with custom orders lately and I still do have my transcription to do every weekday. Hopefully, I will get to do some of these things soon.

I have added some new blankets to the shop this week. Click the previews to be taken to the shop for more information and/or purchase.

I am will have a brown and pink zebra blanket ready to sew and it should be in the store soon. I also will have the zebra and the toile above with red minky done soon as well so be on the lookout for those.

I wanted to share with you the picture of the diaper bag and receiving blankets I sent out this weekend, a picture of two of the blankets I delivered this weekend and a picture of a custom lap blanket I sent out last week. I didn't have my camera with me to take pictures of the other 2 blankets or the travel pillows but maybe the buyer will send me some pics later if she has time.

Oh, and this is a blanket I did for a customer as a custom order for Christmas. She just sent me the picture (again, didn't have my camera with me) and I wanted to share. It is a lap blanket made with Razorback fabric and black minky. I love the way this turned out. I also did a similar blanket with a different print for her sister's birthday and hope to have a picture of it to show you soon.

Well, that is it for now. I have reports to type and a little boy who is placing his father's chess pieces on their board (too cute!). Gotta make sure he doesn't break any of them or I'm the one in the doghouse, lol. Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day. :)

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January 6, 2010

It's official....

I am the world's worst blogger! I know I should really pay more attention to this part of my hobby/business but I get so busy with everything else that posting gets pushed back. Well, hopefully that will change in 2010.

Since my last post, things have been pretty busy around here. We have now moved from Arkadelphia to Vilonia to be closer to my husband's work. Since I can do my job anywhere I have a computer and internet connection, it doesn't matter where we live - which is great. No more daycare bills either - awesome! On top of that, I am actually getting a larger paycheck without the extra expenses involved with working in an office like professional looking clothing (I can now work in PJs- HA!), gas and, as mentioned, daycare. That is sure a relief as we are renting a place here until we find a place we want to buy and still have the mortgage on the house in Arkadelphia. Plus, we have utilities on both places as we are going back every few weeks or so to work on the other house. We still have a ton of things to get done to it before we sell or rent it out. We were in the middle of a remodel that seems to take forever when you are living in it and doing it all yourself so the house still has much to be done to it.

I have had several orders since I last posted and those have kept me super busy as well, especially when you add it to the full time job, being mommy, etc. So, here are some photos of a few things I have done since I last posted.

I did two crib sets for a customer who is adopting but doesn't know the sex of the baby yet, so she wanted a set for each. I just love the fabrics used. Not everything is shown here, but I did 2 crib skirts, two bumpers, three crib sheets, 2 burp clothes, 2 blankets and 2 reversible bottle koozies.

This is a curtain panel set I did as a custom order for a customer in Maryland. Since this set was completed, she has now ordered 2 panels for her dining room and 6 for her bedroom. She is sending me the fabric she wants to use and I am doing all the sewing. This set turned out better than I thought they would as they are made from burlap. I am starting the dining room panels this week and we are still working out the details on the bedroom panels.

I added my key fobs/wristlets to the store and have sold a few on Etsy as well as locally. Here are pictures of the ones I have for sale on Etsy. I also have a custom listing for those who want a different fabric/color combination.

I've also added new packaging to my initial bracelets and had several orders for these for Christmas. I also sold a couple pairs of my initial earrings.

I did several lap blankets in the last couple of months as well. The ones shown here are 3 of 4 that I did and shipped to Texas. I couple of lap blankets made like my cotton and minky dimple dot blankets you can see in earlier posts but I wasn't able to snap pictures of them before I delivered them. They did turn out rather nice though. Both used black minky dimple dot but one was done in a Razorback print while the other was in an elegant black with white swirly leaf pattern.

I did this minky dimple dot set for a local customer. She wanted a blanket for a toddler bed but wanted it larger than a baby blanket so I did this one 40x50 inches. I did the dimple dot on both sides of the blanket and then made a matching standard size pillow case as well as a travel pillow to match.

I had an order for one of the aprons I had in my shop. She wanted an applique and wording added to it to give to a family member who just opened her own cake decorating business. I love the way it turned out and they were very pleased with it as well.

I had an order for a spa wrap. She wanted straps added to it so this is what I came up with. Sorry I don't have a picture of the wrap unfolded or on a "model."

I also just finished this cute little dress. It is going to be worn by the little girl for her one year photo shoot. I am glad someone finally chose to use this toile fabric in a dress as this is something I have wanted to do for some time but haven't been able to get to. I hope she sends me a picture of the little girl when she is wearing it.

I also did several wooden name sets and blankets over the holidays for family but I will post those pictures another day as I have probably bored you to death already, lol. :)

Well, there you have it. All those orders on top of moving, the holidays and a full time job - whew! This year is shaping up to be pretty busy as well. I already have orders for travel pillows, a baby blanket, the curtains mentioned earlier, a shopping cart cover, a fleece blanket, 2 LSU jumpers, 1 LSU romper, 1 HSU jumper, possibly a chiffon pettiskirt (you know, those super frilly, super cute ones that are so popular right now) and I have the window treatments for a local customer's sunroom.

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season and I wish you all the best in 2010. Have a wonderful and blessed day!