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!

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