i had high hopes for getting lots of new projects started in the upcoming year and adding a lot of new items into the shop! unfortunately since Oct. 2011, i've developed such severe tendonitis-in BOTH my wrists-that a lot of these projects have gone on hold, and sewing has slowed down significantly on my part! i'm able to get about an hour of work done everyday, and that's about as much as i can do without triggering too much pain in my wrists where i won't be paying for it the rest of the day!
for the time being, i am not going to be taking custom orders! (however, you can always shoot me an email and i will give you a timeline on when i could have it done. in the past i've always tried my best to have orders completed within a week to ten days, however i cannot guarantee that right now). right now i'm trying my best to get some accessories and smaller items into the shop, and have a few other smaller items planned that i've been making using my new Silhouette machine! (thanks hubby for my awesome Christmas present!)
and...since i haven't posted any projects lately, thought i'd share some of the items i made for the holidays, either as orders or gifts!
i can't believe summer is practically over! it's been a busy time, and i've had lots of stuff keeping me occupied the last three months! i've been (really bad!!) about posting latest creations, so hopefully now that the kids are heading back to school i have a bit more time to get on here more than once in a blue moon!
thought i'd post some of the recent custom orders that i've had while i get back in the swing of things!
i love this new style purse. it's a much smaller style than i'm used to making, but looks can definitely be deceiving because it's VERY roomy! (and although there are no interior pockets, i don't find that to be a problem when i'm carrying my version!)
i guess people have replenished their bank accounts from all the holiday shopping because my custom orders have recently picked back up again!! (january and february were slooooow!!)
as i said earlier, i FINALLY got some japanese imports! (and totally on another note, i just ordered some more over the weekend! trouble trouble...the box has been opened and now all i want are japanese fabrics!)
my cousin in california is a huge Hello Kitty fan. she picked out this really cute beige Hello Kitty print with little apple trees on them, and wanted a normal tote bag! i had just enough fabric and was able to add on a little zipper pouch too!
she also wanted a reusable tote bag, and i found this cute "Peace & Love" Hello Kitty print at the local Hancock Fabrics. i was surprised they even had any there, but i found it hidden, and was pretty glad i did!
my cousin also ordered this play mat for a baby gift. after going through several different color schemes we stuck with a neutral theme and she picked Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley in Piney Woods and also Moda's Oz in green. since we did a quilting cotton for both sides (generally i'll do a soft minky or chenille for one of the sides), i ended up using two layers of traditional batting, that way it would be extra plush and soft for the baby! i also added some toy links so that other toys could be added. i love these mats- so great for tummy time too!!
i also got another custom order from another cousin's co-workers. she is jewelry consultant and wanted a "catalog bag." i had never made one before, but essentially it is a tote bag with a clear, vinyl pocket in the front, that allows the catalog to be shown through the bag. originally the tote bag was going to be a fairly average size, but as i started working on it, i was a bit skeptical about it. the first design i had, the vinyl pocket was going to just be on the front-from top to bottom. if you've ever worked with vinyl you know that it's not that easy to work with- for one you can't iron it, and two, you can't pin it!! so as i started constructing it, i was a little worried that with a lot of use, the corners at the bottom of the bag would tear where the vinyl was. since vinyl can get "crunchy." i worried that it would split at the corners, especially if it got banged around a bit! so, i started on a second model, which had a band of fabric at the bottom, then the vinyl pocket starting above that. this way, even if the corners of the bag got banged around, it would still be reinforced with the extra band of fabric. with the second model, i had just started cutting away, and before you knew it, the bag was nearly twice as large as i intended it to be!! but, the customer was ok with that, so good news for her, she got a much larger bag for the price of a much smaller bag! guess she will have a lot more room for her catalogs and samples to tote around!
and finally, i started making some aprons. this is a halter style apron (which i love, and can't wait to make one for myself!) this was made for a co-worker of my sister's who loves baking. my sister said she liked dark colors, and luckily i was able to find this cute black cupcake print!
i know i haven't been around for a while, but just wanted to drop in with a few updates to my shop! also wanted to let you all know that i will NOT be taking any more custom orders for the remainder of the year! since i've been prepping for my party i've decided that once it is done, it'd be nice to take a break away from all the necessary sewing, so i can have some sew for ME time!!
first, here are two custom orders that i just finished up!
this Mocca gift set is one of my favorites! it was made for a baby shower gift, and i'm hoping the recipient liked it as much as i do!! the set includes a sensory blanket, a soft block with ribbons, an applique onesie, and a fabric decorated burp cloth.
i also had a request for a Breast Cancer Awareness bag. this is another new design i've been working on. i had previously made a small tote bag that was solid white with the word "hope" appliqued on it, and thought it would look great in this new style! it's simple, but sends a powerful message at the same time!
and now, for some newly listed items in the shop!
here's another Breast Cancer Awareness tote bag! when i first found this fabric i thought it was too cute to pass up! not your usual pink ribbon design- you know me, anything with birds and i have to have it!! this tote has a solid pink base and a decorative grosgrain ribbon dividing it from the main fabric. the interior is a pink and white gingham print that has the pink breast cancer ribbons on them, and it's large enough that you can stash not only your wallet, cell phone and keys, but magazines and books as well!
i've also had a request for some drink cozies (everyone's jumping on the green wagon!) so i thought i'd make a few sets for the shop! these are great for holiday gift giving or as stocking stuffers and come tucked inside reusable drawstring bags! one set is made out of Alexander Henry's Starling fabric (one in pink and the other in white), and the second set is made with some cute tree prints!!