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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Unless you are dieting - you MUST give these a try! Jason and I are actually trying to eat healthy these days, but I could no resist these at the grocery yesterday. No bake Reese's Dessert Bars! Yummmmm.....
Stay tuned to the website and blog - I will be marking several items on sale in the next week or so!
Also - good news! Order tracking has been fixed and all orders placed after Sept. 25 will be tracked. That's all for tonight....might go snag one more dessert bar before bed! Yeah, that's healthy alright....
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Without going into too much depressing detail, I have truly been in the dumps this past week. I don't know what got me there - could be a combination of things - but I know what got me out....
TAKING A BREAK!
I think I had been so cooped up in my sewing room trying to crank out orders just as fast as I can.....without drowning.....that I had just gotten too overwhelmed. Last night I took a little break and had a quick dinner with the girls at Surin 280 -Thai....yummy. Anyway, I think it is just what I needed to get me back in gear.
Today, I finished my "to do" list by 3pm! I am officially on schedule to have all current orders out the door by the end of the week. Well most of them at least. I'm picking up from Judy tomorrow, so after some final touches, all of you that have outstanding orders will be fulfilled! A few exceptions...but I feel confident that by next week almost everyone will be happy!
On another note - PLEASE join me on Twitter! I really didn't get this site at first, but boy is it fantastic for networking and ADDICTIVE!
Ok, off to watch Lipstick Jungle! Back to work tomorrow! I am trying to learn to have a break once in a while so I dont go completely insane. :)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I got new drapes back in July after visiting a friend's house which had been completely redecorated sparing no cost! We finally got them hung this weekend! I, on the other hand, must "spare cost", so though these curtains were not custom made and are not made of dupioni silk like I wish they were, I think they turned out nicely and really did wonders for the room.
I had to get out an issue of Traditional Home magazine to prove to my husband that you are supposed to hang your curtains this high these days! I have watched enough HGTV to know that! It really does make the room look bigger and taller and "grander".
Next step is to re-cover the chairs in the fabric pictured below. It is from the Amy Butler Nigella collection which is a home decor sateen.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Pettiskirt Halloween Costumes are now at Sweet Dreams Designs for a limited time! Much more reasonably priced than many competitor prices as well. Top is not included but can be added for a small additional charge! Get ready for Trick or Treating and please allow 2 weeks for delivery! These would make awesome photos!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Posted by SweetDreamsDesigns at 6:05 PM
Ok, I'm scared! Take a look at this monster of a machine that I got today! Wow - if I wasn't "for real" before, I am now. This 10 year old Yamata Serger came from a factory that closed down a while back. It is up and running like a charm and makes a BEAUtiful stitch! This baby's gonna cut my time in half for sure. No more stitching, then trimming, then coverstitching. This does it all in one step and at about a million stitches a minute! no......Not really, but it is super fast. In order to make room for it, please check out my pitiful computer work station:
Yes, that is a TV tray....seriously.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This was one of those mornings I got up and said...."I need to blog". I think "vent" would be a more appropriate word, but before I get to that I have a few updates.
This Sunday, September 14th from 2pm - 5pm I will be holding Sweet Dreams Designs' first ever Sample Sale at my home. I'll be selling off the samples used at shows this season as well as seasons past. There will be fall items as well as items from last summer and a few items from seasons past. I will also have some items from Thirtyone gifts (more samples) that I will be selling - all at a discounted price.
If you are in the Birmingham metro area or just feel like making the drive - please send me an email requesting directions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Second update worth mentioning is, I JUST opened my huge box of brand new fabrics for the Spring 2009 line and they are so beautiful! I absolutely can't wait to get started on the new designs. Judy has already made a couple of pieces and I have one completed outfit here that I have finished. My goal is to have most everything (at least one sample of each) ready for a photoshoot in early-mid October. I have already contacted April at Once in Every Life and we are going to work together again on the Spring photoshoot - yea!
Now onto the venting:
Before I can get started on the Spring line I must finish up 20 online orders (6 of which must be finished before the 25th). In addition, I had three parties this past week - all with a very good turnout and large party totals. On top of that I still have two parties from early August that are not quite finished yet. Needless to say I am really covered up in orders!
Am I complaining? NO! Absolutely NOT! However, I am a little overwhelmed! The response to the Fall line has been out of this world - more than I ever expected. Also, my website is really making its name these days. I am getting more hits and more orders than ever before which is fantastic! I also have more wholesale applications than ever, which is something I just can't take on right now. I have had to turn down every new application that has come in lately due to the fact that I just don't have the resources to produce enough for the wholesale accounts. I will begin accepting wholesale accounts in the spring when the line is put together and I can breathe again! It is really too late in the season to continue pushing out fall at wholesale anyway.
So, all that being said I have really got to get busy. This week has already been a doozie and it is only Wednesday....with a March of Dimes committee meeting at my house this evening, my new industrial serger (yea!) being delivered tomorrow, preparation for the Sample Sale on Friday and Saturday and the actual sale on Sunday - it doesn't look like things are going to slow down anytime soon!
I have really begun to notice the work of God in this business. Though I don't thank him nearly enough I know all of the success that has been achieved this far is because I asked Him for it - and boy did he deliver!
Ok - I feel better now - off to the sewing machine!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I've written about my mother in law before, and if you read it you know how talented she is! She came in town again this week to help and visit and while she was here we finally got around to doing something we have talked about forever! I had bought several knit cotton dresses and jon jons (in the hopes to monogram and applique them for Cottontails Village - more about that later). Anyway, we have been talking about doing some hand painting on them and decided to experiment this week. When I saw WE I mean SHE - I am NOT a painter!
One of my first posts featured pictures I had taken of our back yard on a pretty day - that was a little over a year ago if you can believe it! I had just quit my job at Boatright. (I failed to write a post on my one year anniversary of my new full time job! It would have been a good one!)
Anyway, yesterday the weather was so nice - brisk almost. So, I took my camera outside and took a few pictures of our roses that are blooming.
These are some Zinnias that I planted from seed I collected TWO years ago from dead flower heads! I was so impressed with how they turned out. I am going to plant a BUNCH more this year. I put the seeds in pots first and then transplanted them to the garden when they were hardy enough. I'm going to start a little earlier this year.
And, last but not least - I LOVE this picture of Bella! She always looks so regal, but I like the way this one turned out best - maybe its her backdrop. Actually, she looks kind of sad or mad in this pic! Gotta love that face.