Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sharing a Smile

From me to you...our Zoey in her fabulous panda hat!!

And opening her diamond stud earrings!!After all, the baby needs some BLING!

From our family to yours...


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Little Help Here?

NOTE: I'm editing this post. First, you have to "Like" the Boutique Challenge Group on Facebook (just search for it in the search bar), THEN it lets you vote. Yeah, I don't know what I'm doing, LOL!

HIIII. No, I have not fallen off the face of the earth!!!!!! I've been in a crafting frenzy of Christmas creations, and last night I FINALLY finished the last one!! Unfortunately, since they're gifts, I really can't show you most of them until after Christmas.

Here is something you could do to help me, though. I'm in a contest. Well, actually, two of my ITEMS are in a contest. If you do Facebook, take a second to click on the title above each picture. It will take you to Facebook, where you can vote by clicking "Like" under my items.

Baby Girl Bling Banner:

Easter Bunny or Reindeer Booties:

I hope to be back soon with some pics for ya!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ernie is Right!

Our great friend, Ernie, has been in retail pretty much all of his working life. He contacted me the other day after browsing my Etsy shop and said that he thinks I'm undercharging...he said my prices are too low! At the current rates, I can't afford to offer discounts and discounts are what drive sales up.

So I made a Christmas stocking for our little grandbaby, Zoey. I had this vision of a patchwork side and a side with a cute appliqued pocket...with a wide fleece cuff and BOTH sides monogrammed. Oddly enough, while I was pondering the construction, someone contacted me and wanted a Christmas stocking for her daughter. That was odd enough, since I didn't have Christmas stockings for sale yet. Even odder (more odd, LOL) is the fact that her daughter's name is...ZOEY!! With a Y on the end and everything!!

Long story short, I made two nearly-identical stockings. They are both fully lined and padded with a nice thin batting. They both have the names embroidered on both sides of the cuff. And after I was done, I realized that I had DRASTICALLY undercharged the Etsy lady, because they turned out FABULOUS, if I do say so myself!!

This is the back of Customer Zoey's stocking:
Yes, Quilters, it's all pieced from 2.5" squares - that is NOT "cheater cloth".
This is the front of Customer Zoey's stocking...I could die from the cuteness!. That's a little pocket that can hold a note to Santa or a Christmas list, if you hang it early enough!
Here's the nearly-identical back of Our Zoey's stocking
And the front of OUR Zoey's stocking, again with the ridiculous cuteness!! Zoey's momma liked the idea of a look-alike elf on Zoey's stocking. I even changed the font on the elf's pocket to match Zoey's name!
Yeah, Ernie, I undercharged. I don't even want to say...let me just say that the CUSTOMER told me she had described to her own mom what I was making for her and the MOM said I'd undercharged, LOL!

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow to see my monogrammed doggie scarf!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm Still Here!

So my husband woke me up today with these words, "Good morning!! We leave for Connecticut in two weeks from today!!!" He was a little bit sad when I replied, "OMG, YOU ARE STRESSING ME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!"
Obviously, he has NO IDEA how much I have to get done before then, LOL!

So if you don't hear from me toooo much before then...I'm okay, I'm just swamped!!! I'm working on Zoey's christening blanket with its NINE YARDS of satin ruffle. (WHY did I think satin ruffle was a good idea??" I'm working on a 16-pennant Hanukkah banner that was ordered, plus a Christmas banner, plus a reversible Christmas stocking (the fabrics have popped up in that little box in the left margin of my blog), plus Zoey's reversible Christmas stocking...

OMG, I need to go SEW, LOL! Unfortunately, I can't, because I've got to go teach my kindergartners how to read...

Thanks for stopping by! I'll pop in when I can with updates and hopefully pictures!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ho Cubed!

Check out the cute trio of headbands I made for the college-aged daughter of our great friends from Cleveland! I just LOVE this design, but I can also make them with an embroidered monogram instead or any one of literally gazillions (how much is a gazillion?) of the designs I've purchased. They're reversible, so they can also feature two different sassy prints instead of the solid black fabric pictured.
I worked ALL EVENING last night to perfect this design. I found some tutorials, but I was not really happy with how those headbands looked or fit. After about ten designs that I was not satisfied with, I finally created this design, which is wide (about 2.5"), but molds to the head and tapers behind the ears so that the headbands are comfortable to wear. I used cotton fabric with an elastic closure...none of that tight, stretchy headband fabric that winds up giving the wearer a headache!
They make a great stocking stuffer and are available in my Etsy store ON SALE at a reduced introductory price.
Hope you like my latest creation, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

And the Answer Is...

DingDingDing, Darlene has the correct answer! We were married on December 2, 1976...the year of the Bicentennial! Today marks 34 years for us and it's been a really good day!!

I'll be back soon and hopefully, with some pics of something I've has been slow around here in the "studio" since last weekend, but I hope to remedy that this weekend!

Thanks to my buds who made guesses yesterday and thanks to you for coming by to visit me!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Blast from the Past!

Tomorrow is our anniversary, my husband's and mine. Here are some images from the year we were married. Can you guess when we were married?

It cost all of 5 cents to mail a letter. Of course, there was no email.
Linda Ronstadt and Jimi Hendrix graced the cover of Rolling Stone.
Michael Jackson still looked normal.
But Elvis was looking pretty unhealthy.
And the Bee Gees just looked hairy.
Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow to check your answer!