Monday, November 30, 2009

An Epiphany

Sometimes, I think I'm just a bit too close to my work. You know...can't see the forest for through the trees type of thing.

I make these awesome little drool bibs and have had absolutely amazing feedback on them. I had a client over the weekend tell me that she saw one of my drool bibs on a baby in the airport and asked the mom how to find me. She found me and bought two drool bibs and some car seat strap covers! Now THAT is some word of mouth advertising if I've ever seen it! I was so excited to hear that...but anywho...

I sold four more later that day and the client asked if I would make them smaller to fit an infant (0-6 months). Here's where my epiphany comes into play...why not offer an adjustable drool bib?! Hello...just put another male end of the snap on the bib so that now there are two settings for it?

So, now they will be adjustable! Woo hoo! My husband just looks at me, shakes his head, smiles and says, "You're pretty honey". Yea...thanks babe! :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

OMG...where have I been?!?!

Oh my, I haven't posted in soooo long! Where does the time go? I feel like I have barely had time to sleep lately! I've been so busy with work and crafting and shipping and shopping and cooking and the holidays coming...yikes!

We had some family come into town last night for Thanksgiving and it got me thinking about the holiday itself and what I'm thankful for.

This year, more than anything, I am thankful for my family and the support that they give to me and that we all give to one another.

My grandmother (who is a VERY young 84 years old) was diagnosed a few weeks ago with breast cancer. She had surgery a week ago and it was more extensive that originally thought. I started to fall apart with that news. She was my absolute best friend when I was growing up and now she is my 5 year old daughter's best friend in the world. I can't imagine my life without her in it. I was nervous to see her after the surgery but she quickly made me feel better. She was not upset about the news...she was strong! So much stronger than I had been. She is fighting the good fight and is happy that everything is moving so quickly. She has such a positive outlook and her doctor said there's no reason that she shouldn't recover completely from this. She will be having a complete mastectomy the day after Thanksgiving.

I am so thankful for the wonderful family that I have!

This year, I will remember what it means to be thankful for my health and for that of my family...I will truely think about what it could mean to be without my family and I will tell each and every one of them how much they truely mean to me.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A new fave!!!

So, I was shopping on Etsy again today (and I was actually looking to purchase something today...not just window shop) and I found a NEW FAVORITE SELLER!!!

Truth be told, I'm a science nerd hidden under the likes of Ed Hardy and Marc Jacobs. When I find anything science related in the real world...I get a bit giddy. I know, lame. But check out this new favorite shop of mine!

It appeals to me for two different reasons:

1. The crafter uses ordinary (boring to most outsiders) science terms and items and makes them fun and cute! Like the adorable Base Pair onesie that I chose to place in this post!

2. She does mostly baby/child stuff...ME TOO!!

What was I shopping for you may be wondering...a cute, lightweight jersey scarf. Well, I found an adorable one that has a microscope screenprinted on one end and a paramecium printed on the other....(which, I believe I will be purchasing shortly).

Just wanted to pass along a fun find for everyone today...ENJOY!!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Whoa...I just listed like crazy in my two shops, Sass Rocket and TheEmmaline. I feel like all I've done the last two days is sat at the computer and listed new items.

I get so impatient when I'm listing...I feel so idle, like I'm not really doing anything. I know I am...and I know I'm being productive but I just can't help but drum my nails on the desk while I'm waiting for those pics to upload. I ALWAYS have another internet window open...usually Twitter.

Anywho...I've got some great stocking stuffer ideas listed in Sass Rocket and some really fun Christmas items in TheEmmaline. Go check them out! :)

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 9, 2009


So, I'm pretty jazzed! Late last week, I dropped of a large wholesale order made up of items from both Sass Rocket and TheEmmaline at my first brick and mortar store! Holy Cow!!!

I'm mad that I forgot to take a pic of the display but I think, with minimal effort, I could get one. You see, I am the office manager of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio as is my mother (at a different studio). It is at her dance studio that my fabulous gear is currently featured!

The other day, one of the dance instructors was getting a Starbucks order from everyone...he was buying. When he got back with the liquid productivity, he handed one to the studio owner and her cardboard sleeve was defective. As she grabbed her coffee, the offending sleeve fell off and she nearly dropped her coffee spilling it all over. My mom spoke up and said that I make some really fun and eco-friendly reusable coffee cozies. She took a look at my websites and thought that my stuff would really appeal to her clientele of dance students. She told me to make up at least 15 coffee cozies and then to just make up a few of this, that and the other thing!She was pretty chill about what she received and that made it a really pleasurable first shop experience for me!

This is my personal favorite coffee cozy!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Gobble til you Wobble

In addition to getting some work done this weekend, I also got this adorable shirt made for my daughter, and I also got one done for my niece as well!

I just love Thanksgiving! My family is so small that my Thanksgivings growing up consisted of only 5 total people including myself. Then I met my husband and started being included in his celebration of the day and it was almost like culture shock! There's anywhere from 25 to 30 people every year. It is SO MUCH FUN!!! I just love being a part of a big family now and it's really heightened my love of the holiday! They even include my small family in the special day...because, really...what's 3 (my grandfather passed away...if you're doing the math in your head and it doesn't add up) more people in the grand scheme of things when you're already cooking for 25 to 30 people?!

Because I love the day so much, I wanted to make a cute Turkey appliqued shirt for my daughter to wear for the next few weeks!

Do you want one? I don't list them in my etsy shop, but if you'd like one for someone special let me know and I'll let you know my pricing. :)