Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
First, Michelle of greeting arts chose some embroidered fabric panels from me and created a bunch of covered buttons / ponytail holders to sell at her children's school bazaar.
The covered buttons turned out marvelous. She just looped a covered elastic through the button shank to create the ponytail holder. I love the little kitties.
It's been great working with Michelle because she has little girls and is really "in-the-know" about what is popular for kids right now and has great ideas about what I can do with the new applique designs I've been acquiring. She has a few more of my fabric panels, and I can't wait to see what she does with them.
Through my calicodaisy etsy shop, I met Chrissy of Dottie Stripe Layne and DSL Kids. Chrissy contacted me and asked if I would be interested in providing the appliques and monogramming services for her children's clothing line. It has been such a great opportunity and has stretched my knowledge and techniques of my embroidery machine. She has wonderful ideas, and I am really pleased that she chose to work with me.
Look at how cute these outfits are! I would never have thought of all these ideas myself, especially not having a young one to sew for. Do you see the teapot and cup set? So cute! Just a t-shirt and jeans turned into a boutique, designer outfit.
Here is another set:
I have several favorites, but I can't get over how darling the baby is in the red leotard and tutu! It's just great! Chrissy has been sending me fabric panels marked where she wants the applique. When she gets the fabric back, she cuts it out as planned and then just finishes up the outfit.
The reindeer again on a darling dress! Chrissy makes matching bows, too. She has had a few shows this month and has a number of outfits to make up, so a box is on the way to me with a bunch of reindeer to sew out for some sweet girls' Christmas outfits!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
At last night's event, two lovely ladies walked in the door and headed straight for me with items - market baskets like these above - in their arms and monogramming instructions all written out! I didn't recognize the ladies, but it turns out we met at the first bazaar of the month, and they inquired about using me as a backup embroiderer. Isn't that great? I get to use my skills for someone else's benefit and products, and I don't have to set up a table again for awhile!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I need to show you these little shirts. Aren't they cute? I know I didn't come up with the idea, but I'm glad I can carry out the design. These are in my shop.
I need your advice. Do any of you have a home full of wood paneling? My house has beautiful paneling, real wood, gorgeous, but I just can't figure out how to brighten up the place. I think part of it is the placement of furniture in this long room. If it was a bit longer, I could set up two separate areas, one for sitting and chatting and the other for watching TV. I have purchased a number of fabrics for draperies at the windows around the fireplace. If you look here at this set, you can see more of my upstairs area. The dining room is fine. The kitchen cabinets will be painted eventually. We already have a new counter top, and I'm planning on subway tile around from the sink to the fridge. It's just the family room that I can't pin down, so I haven't done anything. But I need to get on it; we have been here for five years!
I need your help. My kids are great at putting anything they want on their facebooks, but both of them tell me they don't know how to put a button on their pages leading their friends to my esty shop, though they want their friends to see the items I have, well, they say they do. I have the button and link code already done. However, I don't want to figure out facebook, so .... Could someone just tell me -- so I can tell them - how to do it? Thanks.
We still need/hope to sell 17 more of the special coffee sleeves we created to fund Camille's Habitat for Humanity trip coming up. Will you consider purchasing one? They are in the shop, and all the proceeds go directly to the trip expense. We would really appreciate it, and the sleeves are pretty cute. Thanks again!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I agreed to participate in two of the three holiday shows only because I was invited by two lovely younger women whom I know through other shows. I thought that, one, it was nice to be invited and they both wanted to make sure I was the only embroiderer and home dec sewist of my type at the events, and, two, I knew it would be good exposure and a marketing opportunity to a new crowd. The third event is at my friend's home, so this one is very cozy and lots of fun. Tiffany decorates her entire house for Christmas with a tree in every room and places the vendors all around. She told me she already has the house ready to go - already - weeks before Thanksgiving! That girl is on top of it. I've got her scheduled to come decorate my house at the end of the month!
I arrived the night before the first holiday show with all my stuff and wondering, "How can I show this off on a table!" Right then, I got the bright idea to have Michael build me some sort of picket fence panel screens to hang my things from, so maybe next year. Luckily, Tiffany (mentioned above) was setting up her table for the same fair and said she would help. I just sat back and watched. She did a great job for me. The morning of the show, I came with more items and called Tiffany over, and this time Aimee was there, too, and came and worked her magic along with Tiffany, and I think I had one of the prettiest tables at the event. I owe them some treats! My sales were pretty good for a weekday at an elementary school, I met a lot of nice folks, and it was worth all the trouble of going and sitting just to have Tiffany and Aimee merchandise my goods for me. I just sat back and let them sell my items, too. They, along with Kiri - the gal next to me selling Usborne Books - brought all their friends over and showed off my goods and mentioned what items they already had. Next time, I think I'll hire one of them to sit behind my table, and I'll go home and work! When I cleared up at the end of the day, I didn't empty the baskets. I just made about 10 trips back and forth to the van and then just rolled those tablecloths up with the items pinned to them. Saturday, when I go to the next show, I'll just reverse the process and hopefully end up with as lovely a table as I had yesterday.
My quick selling items of the day were these coffee cup cozies and the tissue cozies. I've noticed how many craft bloggers have mentioned these, and they worked for me yesterday - especially the tissue cozies with the elementary school teachers! There was one young, male teacher - a coach - who came whizzing through and then stopped when he saw a cozy in a local university's color. He looked like he thought, "Wow! Here is something for a guy!" He bought it up.
Over the next couple of days, I hope to make some of the wine bottle covers as seen in Quilting Arts Holiday magazine to bring to the show on Saturday. We'll see, though, as I am still recovering from all the prep for yesterday.
One last item to show. A customer ordered a personalized pillowcase using specific fabrics. It turned out so pretty! I love the font, too. It is the Tork font in my flickr embroidery font set.
Monday, November 10, 2008
(All photos above belong to Meg at Boutique Nutmeg Designs.)
Last month, while I was cruising through my Google Reader catching up on my daily reads, I saw my "calicodaisy" name pop up on Meg's blog at Boutique Nutmeg Designs. It turns out, I won her most fantastic giveaway! I am so pleased. Look at the beautiful cupcake pincushion she put together using a Sandi Henderson Portabello Pixie pattern. It is just gorgeous. Also included in my prize package is the actual pattern, which has two sizes of the cupcake pincushion included, some Ginger Blossom fabrics, matching thread, a wheel of pearl-topped pins, and - have you ever seen one of these before? - a designer cupcake pin topper by Gigi Minor. I just went over to Gigi's etsy shop, and she points out that it is her pins that top the cushion on Sandi Henderson's pattern photo. Now, I have everything I need to be just like Meg, Gigi, and Sandi Henderson. I'm in good company!
You'll have to stop by Meg's pretty blog, Boutique NutMeg Designs. She sews up beautiful bags and accessories using wonderfully colorful fabrics. She just did a craft show, and her booth looks great. I love the keychains. I have had the fittings to make those for months, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. She makes me want to get on top of that one. I think that might be a February project. January is going to have to be for holiday sewing recovery and reorganization; I can already tell. Anyway, back to Meg. Please tell her I sent you, so she knows I am spreading her good talents around my part of the blogosphere!
Now to my promised Houston Quilt Fair Stash giveaway. Thank you all for commenting and listening to me go on and on about my trip. I'm so glad to have had you, because who else could I tell who would actually care?
Anyway, the winner is #12 using the random integer finder, and that is Stephanie from Loft Creations! I don't know how I found Stephanie, but she has become a nice blog friend. We comment on each other's blogs and e-mail back and forth, too. She makes lovely quilts, has good stories to tell, and has a great little etsy shop. Stephanie sews up a lot of fun pillowcases for her shop. It's such a great idea, and she uses such pretty flannels.
Well, I'm a bit overextended. I have to make a casserole for my husband's work his Thanksgiving Dinner luncheon tomorrow, I have a show tomorrow at an elementary school that I set up for tonight already - but, of course, have more to put together, and a show to get ready for on Saturday. I like the excitement of having a show but not the hours sitting there. I'm already thinking about all the hours I'll be away from home and my work and the time it will take to make them all back up - especially on a weekday! That's the nature of this game, though.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
At the festival, all the textiles and trims laid out one after another was such a feast for the eyes. Like the ribbon above, it all appeared to be sweets in a candy shop. Now I get to feel like Emily at Ravenhill showing off the finds she makes at her Oslo flea markets.
Our first stop today is at Jennifer Zanetti's antique European textiles and hand-dyed ribbon and trim booth. My goodness, her hand-dyed trims are bright and beautiful and soft and muted.
I thought I had a shot of her whole booth, but just a lot of close-ups. You wouldn't believe how lovely and soft that ruffly trim below (center right) is. I couldn't stop running my hands over the ruffles while holding the card of trim. Here's a picture of everything I bought from her:
Here is Helen Gibb's booth. She is from Australia and does beautiful things with silk ribbon.
You know, I'm the great name dropper, so I had to point out to Helen that my friend, Beth, who was with me (our picture is in the last post) - that her mother is Lilla of the justlilla blog and is a New Zealand native though lives in Hawaii. Right away, Helen popped out, "I've slept with your mother!" Nice. Turns out, they went on a trip to Australia on a teaching trip together. Beth didn't realize where her mom's name got us, either! Lilla's art has been on the cover and inside of some of the Somerset magazines, so several vendors/artists there were acquainted with her.
Finally, I leave you with these lovely photos of another very colorful trim stall.
I can't tell you whose shop this is, because the vendor practically accosted us when Beth was trying to take a picture of me in a pretty corner with all the trims around. She actually said - first thing on Thursday morning, too - "Oh, no you don't!" We were so stunned, I actually flushed and felt ill, like I had been shoplifting! What do you think she was afraid of? It was TRIM! I can't manufacture it at home, there is nothing to copy, and it's not like we haven't seen ric-rac laid out so nicely before. So, I already had about five photos of the booth already and thought, "Oh, yes, I will!" and have posted it to share with you, too. Too bad she didn't talk nice to us, because I would have put her name and site here, too.
I have two more postings of the festival planned to show you, one of my fabric finds and one of the friends we met. After all that, if you have read to the end of the posts, you'll find I have a festival stash gift planned. Part of my purchases were intended as a treat for someone who couldn't attend the fest. Don't broadcast the news, though. Let's just keep it among us, so I know the reader's name that I pull enjoys the same things I do.