Thursday, December 3, 2009

coming soon to an etsy shop near you!

I will have some more bags to list this weekend, and FINALLY will be able to list my wool dryer balls!

Stay tuned for more details!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing...

I seriously get Dory from "Finding Nemo" stuck in my head when I say this. Instead of her line from the movie of "Just keep swimming...", I get have "Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, sewing, sewing!"

I have finished several bags this week, and need to get pictures taken of them. I have a bunch that are waiting on snaps that I ordered earlier this week.

Hopefully I won't start to lag behind in my sewing adventures. Yesterday my husband surprised me with a five-week old puppy yesterday. I had been helping in the kindergarten class of our oldest son, while my husband took our youngest son to go pick up the puppy. The man that was giving them away had 10 in the litter, and only four left. He was giving them away so soon because he found the mom had died. Jake is the runt of the litter and is probably no more than three pounds.

He whimpered and whined so much last night, probably because he was missing his siblings. I was awake for most of the night with him, or with our oldest who has a mild cold, but a horrible cough. He sounds like he is a sea lion with a big bark when he coughs. My husband finally got up to hang out with the puppy before he had to leave for work at dark-thirty (5am is when he leaves, so he can be there by 5:40 to relieve the officer ahead of him). When he left for work, I decided that I would have Jake sleep on our bed. I think that was the best decision I made all night! He slept straight to 7am, when I found out that I needed to call the school and say DS#1 was staying home from school.

So now I need to see what I can get done while the puppy is napping...and dealing with a sick 5yr old, and a super feisty 3yr old.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lauren Handbag in Lecien's "My Folklore"

This bag is not for sale, but will be making a special appearance SOMEWHERE special and important in the very near future. Keep and eye on out on my blog on where to go to see all the details about where this bag may find a permanent home!

Etsy time!

I have been busy sewing away these last few days, and I listed two items in my Etsy shop. One is a custom bag for Laura, of 29 and Counting. She told me which colors she was interested in, and I pulled up some links to Amy Butler fabric, and a few others for her to look at. She decided on two different Amy Butler prints, and this is her finished bag. It was really windy when I took the pictures, which also happened to be in a FIVE MINUTE WINDOW with no rain!

This is another one I listed. It is made out of Lecien's "My Folklore" line. It is a Japanese import fabric and is so beautiful! It has to be some of my favorite fabric in my huge stash. The dark red and blue floral print is surrounded by the kaleidoscope print, and the floral print is also used for the two pockets on the inside.

I have another "My Folklore" bag that will be making a special appearance somewhere soon! Pictures will be in a post later on today.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hawthorne Threads!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to give you a head's up that Hawthorne Threads is having a giveaway for some very pretty fabric. I am a fabric junky, and can always find something to do with it.

Go to and there will be a link on the right column under "Giveaways".

The fabric being given away is by Patricia Bravo. Beautiful fabric!

So go check it out and make sure you enter. And don't forget that Charlie and Lindsay have other beautiful fabrics to choose from.

I'll be back later with an update on some special stuff!


Monday, November 9, 2009

I change blogs way too much!

I know I started this blog back in January because I wasn't feeling the wordpress format. Then I thought about for a few days, and then made the switch back to wordpress. But now, ten months later, I am finding myself crawling back to this one. I got tired of some of my posts on wordpress being eaten up, never to be seen again, never posted, or whatever else can go wrong in blog posting land.

So here I am. Again. Crawling back and begging my sorry and pitiful looking blog for forgiveness.

So in an effort to make a fresh start, I will leave you with this:
I am working on a ton of new bags, in addition to the others that I already had done. I am waiting to list them, that way I can do them all at once. I gladly ship to APO and FPO addresses.

I have one super cute diaper bag that is about halfway done. A bunch of Lauren's will be making their way to the shop, and a handful of embellished prefolds will be listed too. I haven't decided if I want to do any more "DUOS", or a bag and prefold combo.

I don't even know if I want to keep doing the prefolds since I can't sell them online. I have noticed that people are more willing to pay more money for the Gerber birdseye prefolds that pill like crazy and look horrible after they are washed. People seem to not even bat an eye at my non-Gerber Chinese bleached prefolds that I have already prepped for them. Prepping takes a lot of time: at least 4-6 washes to get the twill to shrink up. Can you imagine what a prefold would look like if I had embellished it with the fabric, sent it off to someone to use, and then they washed it to use, only to find that the prefold shrunk several INCHES?

But if people prefer to buy the more expensive Gerber prefolds, then they can do that. All I will say is that the quality is not there like there is Chinese or Indian diaper service quality(DSQ) prefolds.

I am working on a style and size similar to the Lauren for the Holidays. Fun and funky Christmas fabrics will be used. I am going to be using some for gift and goody bags for family members.

And a word of note:
I still am using my "old" labels with just the "Cherry Blossoms by melanie" on them. I am almost out of them, and then I can reorder some new labels with the '29' in them. YAY!

Hopefully that is all for tonight. I will probably list a few things later this week, just so I can get some form of better organization going on. I don't want to get flooded with things to list, only to miss something.

Ooh! I almost forgot! I have some wool dryer balls that I am going to list too! They will be in sets of 3 or more. A set or two will have five or six.

Look at this Friday the 13th!