Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fresh Eyes - Fresh Design

A new client dropped by calicodaisy requesting an initial monogrammed pillow cover.  When she sent a photo of her nursery decor so I could match colors, I was happy to tell her that I actually had the coordinating colorway of the same fabric.  What a shrewd pre-shopper am I!  After she looked through my gallery of products past, she came up with the wonderful idea of combining the birdcage embroidery with her daughter's name and the coordinating home dec fabric as the piping.  It is so nice to get a fresh look at my own designs through another's eyes.  I'm so bombarded by new fabrics and embroidery designs and projects, that once one idea is accomplished, I've moved on to the next forgetting about what's in the files.  Thanks to yet another client's awesome idea, The Birdcage with Name design, there's a fresh new idea on the books. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Costa Rica Missions - Helping Some Friends

Blog friends:  I couldn't figure out how to post this on my personal FB page, so the next best thing was the blog.  Of course, feel free to participate, but mostly I am posting here so the parents of the teens going on the missions trip have a spot to link their contacts. 

A little calicodaisy handmade fundraiser for my young friends, Taylor and Anna, who are off to Costa Rica on a missions trip to help spread the Good News teaching the Bible in Costa Rican public schools and minister to children through all sorts of activities. They've done loads of fundraising with the help of their parents, but now we're hoping to top off the remaining balance, so all they'll have left to do is pack!

Because everything is handmade by yours truly, we have to keep it simple! I'm sticking to embroidered initial / monogrammed pillow covers, because they are squares and I can move through them fairly quickly.

There are four sizes listed: 12" square, 14" square, 16" square, 18" square. 

All calicodaisy handmade shop pillow cover sales using the coupon code TAYLORANNA2011 will glean the girls 25% of the proceeds plus give YOU free 1st class shipping in the US. It's a deal all around! 

50 sales at the 14" size should do the trick. 

Please do not use the coupon code for anything else in the shop.  Because my work is labor intensive, I can't help the girls with any other product but the Letter - Initial It pillow covers.  So, if you do use the coupon code on any other product, I'll just send you a little message, so we can straighten things out. 

Because I'm just one person, it is a first-ordered, first-scheduled process! Right now, I've got about a 2.5-week turnaround, but that may increase based on the response. When you order, I'll give you a send-out date with a request for a little grace time should this be a wildly popular campaign. 

Be sure to Be A Fan and "like" the calicodaisy handmade FB fanpage, and you can keep up with our progress.  

If you have any questions, please contact me through the calicodaisy FB page, the calicodaisy etsy shop, or the girls' parents.  

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Late Night Charms

Progress is slow, but I have surprised myself with a few very cleaned-out rooms in the apartment / studio.  I have been able to deal with each item rather than just packing it away.  You know, keep, give, trash.  The shame of it is it really doesn't take too long when one just decides to do the job. 

The gal who manages a dress shop nearby told me she has a degree in Interior Design and bemoaned the fact she was managing a dress shop.  Immediately, I invited her to use the apartment as a canvas if she likes to show off.  Hope she takes me up on it; I really need new ideas.  (If you are reading this, K, I really mean it!  Anytime.)   

Meanwhile, while winding down after hours of my other computer work, I am washing, ironing, and folding fabrics and also breaking some down into the destash and charm packs.  See my new Manly Set at the top?  There are two of those in the The Handmade Fair shop.  I keep thinking it would be great if I could make a guy quilt with the charms to show off how great the charms come together, but I can't.  I have to depend on sewists reading the blogs who show off modern quilts and then those same sewists running around the internet looking for boy and manly fabrics.  Please pass on the link to any interested parties you may know.  That would be so nice.  

Okay, off to dry the hair and get ready for work away from home today.  I'm technically "off" the next four days, so we'll see if I use my time wisely on the homefront along with the high school graduation festivities.