Monday, June 25, 2012

New week and new ideas forming.  I have finished my morning run and sent my son out to do the same(he was not happy about this).  After some grocery shopping and fun at the pool, I will need to get some work done.

The bloomers are pleated and ready to be smocked.  It is a good thing too, because little one is due this week.  So, I must get these finished.  The booties and bloomers are going to be beautiful with dress. 

So, when I think about sewing, I always think about my Grandmother.  She was an amazing seamstress among other things.  As children we use to look at all the things she had made and just be amazed.  I don't think that at that time my dream was to sew.  In fact, it was my mother that gave me the beginnings of sewing lessons.  I wish I could say that I enjoyed sewing.  I did not.  When I was in Middle School, I had to take Home Ec.   One of the things we did was to make a skirt.  Mine was HORRIBLE.  I was sure right then and there that I would never sew again.  After I was married and teaching, a dear friend helped me sew a vest to wear as a teacher.  I was surprised at how easy it was to make.  After that, I just kept trying new things and here I am today.  Doing my best to practice skills and learn new ones.  I still have a lot to learn, but I look forward to each challenge.  I am sure my mother is shocked.  We would have never guessed that I would so love to sew and create beautiful outfits for little ones.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Well, the week has been very busy.  I have not be able to get into the sewing room at all.  I did manage to get some booties almost completed.  It is so very hard to run an at home business.  The most difficult part is "home".  Life continues to happen, and so business doesn't happen.  My kids were a part of a play this week that went with our church VBS.  That kept us on the road and with not much extra time.  Now, the VBS and play are over and we are going to have some fun at the pool.

Next week I begin training for my next Half Marathon race.  That will hinder my work a bit.  However, seeing as how I do not have any orders on the outfits that I currently have in stock, I am not too worried.  I am feeling a little discouraged about my items not selling.  When you spend so much time creating a beautiful dress, shorts outfit, capri outfit, or boys romper, you want someone else to be able to enjoy the clothing.  Also, you feel a sense of accomplishment.  You have created something that looks better than you thought.  God has blessed me with several successful outfits.  I just wish I was better at marketing, and blogging.

OK, enough of a downer.  Onto new and amazing things.  My up and coming items are a set of bloomers, and something for a little boy in cream cotton.  The bloomers will be in a cream batiste.  That material is beautiful, and delicate.  The cotton material will make a cute romper or I do have a 2 piece top and pants set for boys that I could make.  It is a tough decision.  Both would be good items for a baby boy, but I wonder which one would be most desirable.  When I have a free moment this week, I will consult my daughter.  She usually give me great ideas or helps me to find a great idea. 

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Well, Summer Vacation has begun.  The kids are out of school and we were hoping to spend some time at the pool.  However, this week has been either cloudy or rainy.  So, no pool.  Tuesday was supposed to be sunny, but I woke up to rain.  So, we have tried to keep ourselves busy in the house.  I wonder how long that will last.   When we get bored with the Wii and books (Who am I kidding?  My kids are never bored with books.), then we will have to find something else.

So, projects are on a little bit of a hold right now.  I have some booties and bloomers to start and finish that are a promised baby gift.  The booties are pleated and ready to be smocked.  I know that I should be working, but it is nice to take a break.  After I am done, I don't know what I will do next.  I need to try another boy outfit.  I have cream material and some ideas, but I have yet to land on a decision.  Short sleeved or long sleeved?  That is the question.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

OK, so my first attempt at a little boys outfit was successful(see picture below). It was so cool to see this romper come alive.  I was worried at the beginning, because it looked like a dress.  However, as the outfit came together, I could see this on some little boy around 6 months old.  I do like the way it turned out.  The next one maybe a picture smocked romper.  The material I picked out is a cream.  So, I am thinking some giraffes, dogs, or my monkeys( I love the monkeys).  We will see what I come up with.  The romper is for sale on my Etsy shop for $50.  However, if you are a local customer, I may be able to give you a discount if you order through me and not Etsy. 

The other item that was created these past few weeks was a bag for my daughter's teacher.  It turned out way better than I expected and was so quick to make.  I used her school's t-shirt that someone had given to me.  The back of the t-shirt had the perfect picture for a bag.  The bottom and inside were made with a lime green cotton and the handles are pink grosgrain ribbon.  I was so excited when it was finished.  I would love to do more of these.  If you wold like one, let me know.  You would have to let me know what t-shirt you would like for the bag.

Let me know if you want a creative bag like this one.  It was a ton of fun to make.  I can't decide if these are going on my Etsy shop.  Any thoughts?

Well, I must get to work.  I am starting on booties and bloomers for another little sweet girl that is due to arrive in July.  Also, I will need to attempt another boys outfit.  Summer is here, so I do not work as much.  The pool needs me too this Summer.  Hopefully, I will write some more soon about the Summer fun at Sewing Sweet.