Thursday, December 12, 2013

Around the world in...

Facebook has this nifty tool for business pages. You can see a list of where your fans are coming from. Out of curiosity, I looked at my list and wow!!!!! I have "likers" from the UK, Thailand, India and almost half of the United States! You guys are amazing!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mules and corn

Life has caught up with me my friends! I haven't posted on this thing in over 2 months. What is that?! On the positive side, I have been so busy that I have sooooo many fun, new things to post about! One of my goals for 2013 was to take part in a large craft show. I have done smaller things, but I wanted a big she-bang. I grew up in the Gainesville, GA area and loved going to Mule Camp each fall (formerly called Corn Tassel and will be forever in my heart as such. Read the history of the market here). The application process was relatively easy, but it is so stressful to send it in along with photos of your best work and then.... wait... and wait... and wait....

My acceptance email came just 2 weeks before the show. I had started prepping just in case, but thus began a whirlwind. I was like a Tasmanian devil! I had no idea how much to make, I'd never done anything on this scale before. 

When the big day finally came, I was so blessed to have one of my bestest friends come over from Athens to help me setup (along with my mom, I couldn't have done this without them!). The market is set up on the downtown square and booths are marked off on the street/parking spaces. You can imagine my disappointment when I walked down my street to find my booth and found a car parked there. The police said they couldn't do anything, the organizers said they couldn't do anything, and the owner was MIA. After a lot of back and forth and "I paid for this spot"s later, they agreed to have the car towed around the block. 

Excuse the poor photo quality. Marsha was attempting to push the car away
After an hour ordeal, we were finally able to get everything setup and get a good night's rest. It was a little nerve wracking to just leave all your stuff there. Hours and hours of planning, labor, heart and soul were in that tent when I zipped up the sides and prayed everything would be there in the morning. 

Good night little tent!

Thankfully when I arrived in the morning, everything was as it should be and I anxiously started putting things in their place and awaited for customers to arrive!
Custom sign-ups and advertising

Sweet little stand I got at a thrift shop and painted white...perfect!

New burp cloth display using a shoe rack

This was such a hit! Lollies for the kiddos and treats and water for the pups

Fall flair

Lovin' this little duo!

All in all, after the 3 days I was exhausted but SO glad I did it! I met some really great people, made some wonderful connections and got to share my passion with the world (well, at least north Georgia :)). Looking forward to doing another one soon!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Local is as local does

You may remember that I hosted a Handmades Sale at my house back in the spring. I met some people in my neighborhood for the first time and overall considered it a success. A few people took my card but I didn't get any overwhelming responses after that. This summer, I was away on a business trip and returned to find that a neighbor had stuck a note in my mailbox saying that she had items she wanted me to work with. I won't go into how my husband had found the note a few days before that and failed to use a modern device that we know as a telephone to let me know about this potential opportunity... bless him. 

 I immediately called and we discussed that she was moving out of the country soon and had some old linens that were hand embroidered by her grandmother. She didn't have use or space for them overseas and she was going to take them to Goodwill...but then she thought of me! Heavens to Betsy the thought of those beautiful pieces getting tossed into a back corner at Goodwill gives me palpitations. Grab the smellin' salts and lets revive those old girls! 

She brought over a stack of old linens and we discussed options. I told her my recommendations and ideas and we ran with it! A few weeks later, we ended up with:
Custom earbud holder

Back of the earbud holder
Eyelet clutch with linen interior

Top piece and pocket are from one of the antique pieces

Top pieces, waistband and pockets are vintage pieces and the fabric came to me as a gift from a friend who went to the garment district in NYC (this one was her favorite). 

Two pockets, one regular and one is meant for cell phones.
Saved the best for last! I appliqued a cutout on the bodice and then used half of a table runner to create a pocket section. Definitely my favorite of all of them!

She had a beautiful idea for the 3 aprons. She has 3 sons and (like any mother would) hopes they will marry one day. Her plan was to keep one of the aprons for herself, and then give the other 2 to her future daughters-in-law. How sweet is that?

I loved coming up with these and turning pieces that would have been lost and forgotten into new family heirlooms that will be used for years to come.

Have something you want me to transform for you? Lets talk!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The lady who lived in the shoe...

Babies, babies, everywhere! A friend from church had a Southern Charm baby shower to welcome her sweet baby Eva Elizabeth. Fried okra, cheese grits and sweet tea abounded! Being in Georgia, there were of course peaches-a-plenty (which I didn't mind at all! Yum!!). 

Little did we know that Baby Eva would make her appearance that very night! She came about 5-6 weeks early but came out lungs blazing and was able to go home just 2 short weeks in the NICU! Both momma and baby made it home and are doing well. I was so excited to meet her for the first time over this past weekend and could not get over how sweet and tiny she was. Her wrist was as big around as my thumb... think about that!!

Tea, pecan pie, fried chicken, fried okra, cheese grits and pimento cheese!!
I wanted to give a gift as sweet as the pecan pie so I used a soft flannel material with the cutest nursery rhyme print. The pink burp cloth was accented with some vintage rick-rack my husbands grandmother in Maine gave me last Christmas. I just love the little "peek" you get in the applique into the life of the old lady who lived in a shoe. Hopefully little Eva won't cause her momma any stress ;)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Custom burp cloths

I had two lovely burp cloth sets posted in my Etsy shop. I received a request to have them embroidered with the baby-to-be's initials. Since I don't have an embroidery machine, I offered to applique them. She loved the idea so I took the cloths and turned them into a unique and custom gift that is sure to please!