Friday, August 16, 2013

Winding Down The Summer

Well, this week has been lazy and busy.  Our mornings around here have been a little on the lazy side.  Sometimes it is nice to just do nothing, and my kids LOVE that option.  All of the sports practices moved from in the morning hours to the afternoon.  Also, we are getting ready for school to start.  So that means, pick up schedules, make sure we have supplies, and figure out teachers.  I have my first kid going off to High School this year.  I really thought I would be more nervous, but he is ready.  My second kid will be in 7th grade, so it is no big deal.  Also, kid #2 LOVES school.  Yep, that's right, it is my daughter.  They both do very well in school and are learning so much.

Since that has been the schedule this week, I have not done a lot of creating.  Last weekend I did make a little boy romper that turned out very cute.  I had plans to start a smocked Christmas dress, but that has not happened, yet.  As I sit here typing, I hear rain coming down.  That means, no running for me.  I guess instead I will start on that dress.  The material is in the sewing room just waiting on me to get my act together.

On the up side, I sold my Back to School Apple outfit this week.  I am so excited for the little girl who will have this to wear on the first day of school.  This has always been one of my favorite outfits.  I just love how it screams "FALL".

I also delivered my first "Books of the Bible" bag to my nephew.  He was so fun to watch.  I think he liked the bag better than the books of the Bible tiles.  His mom, my sister, helped him pour all of the tiles out and try to put them in order.  That was fun to watch.  Soon he will be reciting those books like he has known them all his life.

Today my promotion is a clearance item.  This is a great Spring or Summer outfit.  I know, Spring and Summer are over.  However, this could be bought on clearance and worn next year.  This outfit features some very cute flowers with smiling faces and a few Spring critters.  The pants have a matching ruffle at the bottom.  I am selling it on clearance to make room for some Fall and Winter items in my shop.  The original cost was $50, and it is priced now for $25.  That is HALF OFF.  WOW!  Follow the link to my Etsy shop listing in order to purchase.

Girls Pink/Blue/Green Smocked Flower Pant Set Size 4- CLEARANCE 

While you are there, check out my other items that are for sale.  There are some very cute dresses and a few items for baby boys.

As I finish up, I want to give a shout out to the Etsy Amazing Etsians team.  They invited me to their team this week and WOW has the traffic to my etsy shop increased.  This group is so very encouraging and has been a great help.  Also, the EtsyKids Team has been helpful, so shout out to them as well.   

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hey, Hey We're The Monkeys

This past weekend I was all over the Monkey theme.  A friend of mine has a daughter that is due soon.  She wanted a outfit for newborn baby boy to wear home from the hospital.  I gave her a few choices, and the picture below is what she wanted.

This turned out so very sweet and I fell in love with Mr. Monkey.  I have made this outfit with long sleeves, but this is the first short sleeved version.  I really like the long sleeves, but the short sleeves look great.  I may try this one again.  We will see if there is any interest.

So, after making precious outfit #1, I decided that Mr. Monkey needed to be on another gem of an outfit.  So, I made the one you see below.

This one turned out even better.  It is a 0-6 months size.  Can't you just see your newborn baby boy wearing this home from the hospital or for those first pictures.  I love this monkey.  He just looks so sweet.  Also, the colors of this one turned out great.  It is a brown plaid, and fully lined with cream batiste.  I just have to add buttons and some snaps.

So, now that I have grown attached to Mr. Monkey, I am toying with the idea of doing him in girl colors.  So, I guess he would be Ms. Monkey.  I am thinking that a pink monkey with a white face would be very cute. 

Well, I do have to put Mr. and Ms. Monkey aside for a few days.  I am wanting to make a Christmas version of the dress below.

This dress is one of my favorites and it always looks so beautiful.  I just know that in Christmas colors it would look awesome.  So, be looking for pictures and listings on Etsy for this one.  I can't wait. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Let's Get Cleared Out For Fall

So, it is time to do some "Spring" cleaning.  I know it is the end of Summer, but I need to make room in my sewing room for newly created apparel.  So, some of my creations are going to have to go to good homes.  All of the items that are listed below are being sold at a 50% discount.  Also, if you order $35 or more and enter the coupon code SCHOOL2013 at the check out, you will get a 20% discount.  Make sure to make your purchase soon.  This offer will not last long.

Here are the items:

Teal Garden Tea Party Dress Sizes 4

Yellow/Green Lemon Lollipop Short Set Size 1T

Girls Pink/Blue/Green Smocked Flower Pant Set Size 4

Tote Bag

Baby Girl Blue/Green Sundress Set Size 3 to 6 months

Back to School Girls Apple outfit - Size 6


Don't forget to come in soon this offer will be gone before you know it!






Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"Let's Hear it for the Boys"

It was an exciting time in my life.  I was pregnant with my first child, and could not wait to be a mom.  The big question that was asked of me at the time was, "Are you going to find out the sex of the baby?"  We thought about it a little bit, but honestly we didn't have any strong feelings either way, so, off we go to the big ultrasound.  They asked if we wanted to know, and we said, "Why not?"  We were told that our first child was going to be a boy.  Well, now that we knew, it was time to get things ready.  The big question that is always on the mind of a mom to be is, "What is my child going to wear home from the hospital?"  Every mom wants that outfit to be special.

That is what I have been working on this week.  Special outfits to have baby wear home from the hospital.  I have made some beautiful Bishop Smocked Dresses for newborn girls, but not many boys outfits have been constructed on my sewing machine.  This week, I had the great pleasure of making the outfit below for a friend of mine.  She has a grandson on the way.
I have made this particular outfit before, but it was long sleeved.  I think I like the short sleeve.  I thought the monkey was so cute that he may be a part of some other outfits.

Mr. Monkey has stole my heart.  His little sleepy eyes are so cute.  Today, I decided to start a bubble romper for his 2nd appearance.  The romper is in a brown plaid material and the monkey will be displayed on a cream appliqu├ęd circle.  I am still trying to decided if the outfit will have sleeves or not.  What do you think?

Christmas has also been on my mind today.  I know, it is several months away, but in the children's clothing area, you have to start thinking early.  You want that special outfit for your child to wear in the family pictures. Right?  Every little girl needs that beautiful dress.  So, I am working on something to incorporate the Christmas color theme.  I don't want to leave the boys out of the picture, so I may be recreating the outfit above in a Christmas theme.  However, I am not sure what kind of embroidery to stitch.  Do you have any ideas?  Feel free to let me know in the comments. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Back To School Giveaway

OK, here is the special that I am offering this week. 

Share this Esty listing with as many friends as you can. If one of your friends purchase this listing, have them write FRIEND and your name in the "Notes to seller" section of the order. Your friend will receive this great Back To School outfit for the listed cost. You will receive a free drawstring cinch sack backpack.
Back To School Etsy Listing 
Stop by my Sewing Sweet Facebook page to find out more details.  Follow the link above to the listing to see what you are sharing.  This offer ends on Friday, August 9th at 5PM.  Good luck.