Sunday, December 20, 2009

The end of an era....and the beginning of a new one!

If you are a fan on Facebook, then you may have been aware that there was a big announcement on the way! Drum roll please.....

It's true there have been lots of changes going on around here. The new store being one of them. When I purchased the store, I never had any intentions of stopping designing for Sweet Dreams Designs. However, I did know that there may come a time when I had to either put trunk shows on hold or stop doing them altogether. Well, it appears that time is upon us! When Fall 2010 Trunk Shows would typically start in July, Jason and I will be patiently (or not so patiently!) awaiting the arrival of our first child!

Yep, you read that right! As of Christmas Eve I was 9 weeks pregnant and so excited! I heard the heartbeat at 6 1/2 weeks and we will get to hear it (and see the baby) again at 10 weeks. SO, I hope you all understand why I will need to take a break during the Fall 2010 season! I also hope you understand why I have been encouraging anyone who has ever been interested in hosting a show to do so for our Spring 2010 season. (There are still a few dates left!)

I will continue to design and sew for Sweet Dreams Designs, however, producing an entire line and traveling for trunk shows will be a big challenge until things settle down around here after the baby comes! You will still be able to order online and pick up things in person at Grandmother's Joy ! I will keep you all posted on if/when trunk shows will pick back up. Most likely, the next full line will come out hopefully in Spring 2011....who knows - that may be wishful thinking! However, spring is my favorite time for clothes, so I'll keep my fingers crossed! In the meantime (between seasons) I will continue to list things on the website - some new things probably and also some past designs that I still have in stock.

SOooo....there you have it! I hope I didn't build up that big announcement too much! If you are interested in hosting a show this season just shoot me an email and we'll set it up! I have one Saturday date left (Feb. 6) but there are many weekday show dates left and sometimes those are the best ones!

As the title suggests - this is the end of an era in a sense, but we are very excited to be starting a new one! I'm more thrilled than you can even imagine to design and sew for my very own child after sewing for so many other precious children over the past 3 1/2 years!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Grandmother's Joy - Accepting Spring Preorders!

I'm so excited to already have so many of the awesome spring clothes on the site! It is a lot of work and very time consuming so I decided to get a head start! After I got back from Market in October, I went ahead and started posting our orders from that trip on the site. (the ones I had pictures for at least!) I have decided to try something new and begin accepting preorders with a 60% downpayment. Read below for all of the details and be sure to take a sneak peek at the Spring 2010 Line-up at Grandmother's Joy!

Spring 2010 Preorders

After reading below, scroll to the bottom of this page and click the appropriate link (girls, boys or swimwear) to shop the preorder items!

Preorders are purchases for merchandise that will arrive the following season. By placing a preorder, you are guaranteed to receive the product--as long as the manufacturer is able to fulfill our production request.


When you purchase a Preorder item, you pay 60% of the list price as a deposit. The remaining 40% is charged after January 1st, once we've confirmed with the manufacturer that the order will be fulfilled.


If you cancel your Preorder, you will receive a deposit refund--minus a 10% restocking fee.


If a manufacturer fails to ship an order to us, you will be refunded the full deposit.


Whenever possible, we will accommodate requests for size changes.


Season Specific Information for Spring 2010:

Items will ship between 2/15 and 3/30. This year, Easter is on April 4th - Easter outfits may not arrive at your residence before 3/20, so please plan photos/events accordingly.
Items not shipped by 4/30 will be canceled and your card immediately refunded.
Enter coupon code PREORDER in the discount voucher box during checkout to pay the correct deposit amount. If you fail to enter the coupon, the entire amount will be charged; no refunds (40%) will be processed if this happens.

By entering the code PREORDER, you are affirming that you've read and agreed to the terms on this page.

Monday, November 30, 2009

20% off Spring 2010 Preorders! Monday only!

Wow - 2009 has been another crazy busy year for me and for Sweet Dreams Designs! With the addition of a brick and mortar store, continuing with the designing of the Spring 2010 line, taking our Boy's Line to the Atlanta Apparel Mart, and many more exciting things, each year just seems busier than the last!

All of these things have also kept me from sending a Sweet Dreams Designs newsletter in a while! So, in celebration of Cyber Monday, I invite you to take a look at our Boys and Girls Spring 2010 line! Place your preorder before midnight tonight and receive 20% off! Enter code CDN091130095215 at checkout.

Are you interested in hosting a show this season? Please contact me as soon as possible to be added to the calendar. Dates are limited this season and there are LOTS of you who have already mentioned being interested in hosting a show! Let's schedule it now!

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a beautiful holiday season! Thanks, as always, for your continued support!

Warmly,

Anna Garner

Friday, November 20, 2009

Our first "DIY" at Grandmother's Joy

I'm getting really excited about our first Design It Yourself event at the store! On Thursday from 4pm - 7pm we'll be serving wine and some yummy snacks as well as having a little "mini trunk show"! (Plus 20% off all other purchases!)

For girls I am featuring this cute little bell sleeve tunic with optional leggings. The size range is huge! It is available from 6 months to 12 years! Here are Chloe and Halle modeling the sample for me again!


UPDATE...Well, this never got published before the event, so here is the followup!

We had a great turnout for the Open House! Of course there was too much food, as there always is, but I've been doing my best to polish it off today!

Here is a picture of Lela, the daughter of my store manager, sitting with our DIY display - ready to place her order!





I love our little hot pink and lime green tree! My mother in law, Jeanette, made my bows and streamers. I'm hoping she'll make some for my tree at home when I get it up too!



A closeup of our DIY samples. I LOVE the way the little puppy tee turned out! If you like it too, the sample is for sale in the store in a size 4T for $48.00.



And lastly, here's a picture of me (completely wiped out!) and my cousin Krysta who has been helping out at the store lately. We had a good time and I'm really looking forward to the next one in January!

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Talented friends




I'm so thankful that I have so many talented friends!


So, I totally stole this photo off of Facebook so that I could share it here....I haven't picked up my disk of images yet and I just couldn't wait another minute to share this awesome picture taken by a high school friend, Misty Haggard. Her daughter Chloe, on right, is so cute and probably sharing some fabulous secret with Halle, the daughter of another high school friend! I can only imagine what these two are giggling about, but it made for a fabulous picture! Not to mention, they both totally rock these two new outfits from Sweet Dreams Designs Spring 2010 collection!

On the left, Emma top with Bella capris and on the right is the shirred top and ruffled shorts shown in the Flights of Fancy fabric collection. The shirred top and the ruffled shorts don't have a cute name yet, any suggestions?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Southern Lady


Do you love this as much as I do?

This is our ad for the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Southern Lady magazine! To be perfectly honest, I had really never read the magazine until I was approached about purchasing an ad. But, it didn't take long for me to decide to subscribe. It is a magazine that I actually READ cover to cover. I think it helps that it is Birmingham based so the articles aren't too out of reach and neither are a lot of the advertisers. That part is pretty cool. It has some YUMMY sounding recipes, and darn it, it's just pretty!

So, after I fell in love with the magazine I decided to purchase a 1/4 page ad for three issues next year. This is our first ad! Rob Ingram did our photo shoot for it in his amazing studio. Let me just tell you, it's not easy to get three kids of varying ages, no matter how well behaved, to look at the camera and smile all at the same time! Though we were able to capture some of those moments, that's not what I was looking for for this ad and Rob knew this. I wanted different. Modern, but vintage. Rustic, but crisp and clean. I know that may not make sense to some, but he made it happen and I'm completely in love with the results. I can't wait to share some of the others from the shoot that I'll be using for my Birmingham Kids' Directory ads as well as hanging in the shop.

My 5 seconds of fame


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Spring 2010 Preorder Time! Girls Edition...

I did this last fall and had LOTS of interest in placing preorders for Spring 2010 outfits. A few reasons to preorder:

  • Get your outfits EARLY in the season
  • Get your outfits at a slightly discounted price
  • If you order NOW you can use these outfits as Christmas gifts!
  • Get your outfits before anyone else!
  • FREE shipping!
I'll only be offering this through the blog, and only on select designs. The preorder option will only be available for two weeks, so order as soon as possible!

And now....for the designs:

"Emma" 2pc capri set in Flower Power (shown here as pants)









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"Alice" Dress in Darla









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A major change

I realized that I have left out lots of details about the store, Sweet Dreams Designs, trunk shows, my trip to Quilt Market and lots of other things that some may be interested in reading. But it seems that everything is happening so fast and leaving little time to blog about it. So, I'm thinking it may just be best to skip ahead. Maybe...just maybe I'll have time to go back and fill in the blanks!

I have felt for the past few weeks, as I'm finishing up trunk show orders, that I'm kind of spinning in circles waiting for this big change. Like nothing else can happen until I "get this list done". The first thing on that list was moving my mother in law into our home. Not as scary as it sounds! The move went well, and Jeanette and "Miss Kitty" are living in our basement (aka The Mancave). However, the "cave" has been transformed and has turned into quite a cute little home for Jason's mom! The second thing on the list, of course, was finishing up trunk show orders. I had to finish the orders before I could do the big thing #3! The third thing was moving my entire sewing studio to the second floor of the shop!

I have been very anxious to get this done for several reasons. I'd like to be as "hands on" at the store as I possibly can as well as still keep up my sewing for Sweet Dreams Designs and Grandmother's Joy. I can't do that if I'm stuck behind a machine at home. Another positive thing about moving is that it is out of my house! I feel like if I can put myself on a schedule and sew at the store during work hours, then when I come home I can spend time with my husband and be a wife. It would also be nice for my rear end to see my couch cushions once a while! Granted, I'm not much of a couch sitter, since there is always SOMETHING to be done when running a household! But, on occasion it would be nice to sit alongside Jason and watch Thursday night TV!

So, now I am facing a major change in the way I do "business". In order to put myself on a schedule, that means getting up and getting ready and hitting the road every morning! I'm sitting here writing this in my PJ's at 11am, thinking "what have I done!?!?!?!" lol....

As soon as everything is arranged, I'll post pictures of the new studio. It's not super cute or anything, but I think it will be more functional than my home studio since it is much larger and has built in shelves, an attic, etc. It also has a bathroom, refrigerator and microwave, so I may never have to leave!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Busy October

Thursday I leave for Houston for the International Quilt Market! I'm a little nervous about traveling all by my little ol' self, but I'm guessing I'll make it there alright! I'm meeting up with a bunch of crafty girls like myself that I have become friends with over the past year through.....TWITTER! Yes, my online friends will come to life this week!

I'm meeting up with Mary on Thursday evening, and then staying with Missy and Liz on Friday and Saturday. Then all along the way, I'll be meeting Patty (who you have all heard me talk about before...pattern testing, fab fabrics, etc), Paula (more fabulous fabrics and some upcoming clothing patterns I can't wait to get my hands on!), and many more great ladies and designers who I can't wait to meet! Oh, and there will be fabric there too! I'm hoping to find the very best to bring back to you guys for upcoming seasons! I'll be bringing my laptop too, so hopefully I'll find time for lots of pictures along the way and maybe a blog post or two! I've been waiting for this trip for months and can't believe it is finally here...making October officially the busiest month of the year.

Last weekend was Jason's sister, Erin's wedding in Rome, GA. Probably one of the prettiest weddings I've been to in a while. It's also possible that we worked harder on this wedding than we did on our own, but it all came together beautifully. It's called teamwork people! It's called family....



Here comes the bride!


Jason's Floral Expertise...one of the many arrangements he made for the wedding!

Speaking of family...we are gaining a family member in our household next week! With the marriage of Erin came the moving in of mom...Jason's mother will be moving in with us within the next week or so. After the wedding festivities, we loaded up a U-Haul and brought all of Jeanette's things back to Birmingham with us and packed them up in a storage unit. We will be transforming Jason's "man cave" into Jeanette's temporary new home. Hee hee....temporary...lol! Not sure exactly what that word means at this point, but time will tell! Until then, as Tim Gunn says...we'll "make it work"!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Follow up

So, last night when I was writing my blog post about the new store, I had to wrap it up quickly because I was so exhausted. Last night we moved every. single. piece. of clothing from the store's showroom to the upstairs office/storage area. We took down everything on the wall right down the very last nail, and moved it as well. It only took about 3 hours and 5 of us working, but we were all worn out when the process was over.

Today, I have 4 painters doing a total makeover on this place of mine! The colors could not be any more perfect....Bathe and Liquid are the colors, and of course high gloss white as the trim. I debated over the expense of the high gloss, but boy is it worth it....the turn out is absolutely amazing! We are under construction at the moment, but it is already a major improvement over the drab beige flooring & boring cream trim and walls. It truly looks like something out of a magazine! Well, the colors anyway....the flooring still leaves a LOT to be desired. It is old carpet that has seen better days. Right now we have scheduled to install new hardwood flooring on November 1st. I have already purchased the laminate flooring....harvest oak. I can. not. WAIT to see this place after it is installed....talk about a major turnaround!

Next on the agenda? New ceiling tiles, and new lighting fixtures. Maybe can lights & maybe even a chandelier....a baby one or two just for fun! I have spent a bunch on this re-do, but if I'm going to do this, I want to do it right and make it a place people WANT to come shop. I don't want to shop in a drab store. I want to shop somewhere crisp and clean and bright! SO, that is what I'm making for my customers.

I will be posting pictures just as soon as I have something to share! I'll hold off on the "before's" so the "after" will pack a major punch!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Everything happens for a reason

I'm here, I promise! But, just barely and only for a minute!

I've been trying to find the time for this long awaited post, but the "spare" moments have been few and far between these days. This particular moment should really be spent sleeping, but I'm in one of those moods where I'm completely exhausted, but too anxious to sleep.

Those of you that keep up with me on the various social networking sites know exactly what I've been up to lately, but those of you who don't have a big surprise in store! Speaking of stores.....

....this one is MINE! Yep, that's right....bought a children's store! It seems like such old news now that it feels silly writing about it. Here's the story anyway....

Ok, so I was looking for a retail location because I had an awesome idea for a children's custom clothing store/fabric sewing store. I won't share the details just in case! lol! I had been on a hot pursuit for this particular house built in the late 1800s...totally beautiful, perfect for what I was looking for. Long store short....it was expensive! So anyway...I had almost given up on this place and I get an email on my phone saying "JUST LISTED" 81 Church Street at an unbelievable price. I rushed down to my computer to see that it was a children's clothing store!

It was a little different situation than I was originally looking for since it was the business for sale and not the actual building. But, I called about it immediately and made an appointment to see it on Sunday (this was on a Thursday). Well, on Saturday I had a show at Ross Bridge and afterward I just decided to ride on over there and check it out. The owner (who usually only worked 3 or 4 days a month) was there. So, we chatted for a bit....I even talked to her husband who kept the books etc. It was a perfect meeting. When I left the parking lot, I called Jason and said I WANT IT! He said go back and make an offer! Wow....really? He was totally into it...which is huge because he is not the risk taking type. SO....Sunday rolls around and I meet with the selling agent and make an offer immediately. By the end of Sunday, we had a deal!

We closed TWO WEEKS LATER! All this and holding trunk shows at the same time. It has been an absolutely amazing journey so far. Something I can NOT believe that I have done. Like an absolute dream! (a crazy, busy, life changing dream, but a dream nonetheless!)

So, for the last month I have been learning lots, sewing not enough, visiting market as a BUYER!, and so much more. Add this to trunk shows, keeping my granddad on Mondays, and trying to be a wife and housekeeper at the same time! Am I excused from not blogging lately?

So, this is a REALLY quick peek into what has been going on "behind the scenes" lately. I'm going to try my best to keep you up to date....I pray to stay busy, but hope I have time for blogging at the same time!

I appreciate everyone's support over these last three years through the many changes that Sweet Dreams Designs has taken on. I feel like this is the best one yet, and very lucky to have my customers - both old and new!

I promise more details to come soon!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

More Pattern Testing: Ava

LOVE the way this new pattern for Patty Young of ModKid Sewing Patterns turned out! This is the third test pattern I have sewn for Patty. I'm so sad that I'm giving up the opportunity to test two more for her before Quilt Market in October, but with everything going on right now there just isn't time! (More details on that later!)

I had never done pintucks before and Patty's directions made it super easy and what an awesome way to add detail! Heidi Baird and her beautiful daughter Anneli of Emma Saxton Studios did the amazing photography for this set...Thanks to Heidi and Anni and a special thanks to Patty for allowing me to test her patterns again! As usual, I'm in love!









Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A familiar face

We've been seeing a lot of this little guy lately, and as the season progresses there will be even more to come! Preston had a photo session with Carmen from CBM Photography and she was sweet enough to share this photo of him wearing a Sweet Dreams Designs outfit from the Spring 2009 line! (Wow...seems so long ago since this outfit first debuted, so it is awesome to see it in action!)

Thanks Carmen, and thanks Preston's mommy for sharing this sweet moment with me!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Whatcha doin'?

You may wonder why I haven't posted much lately...


Mainly, it's because I've been making this stuff! Getting ready for the fall shows which officially kicked off on Thursday July 30! The first show was great and many of the items that I thought would be a hit, actually were...which is a great feeling!


Once a week, I have been taking a break from sewing to stay with good ol' granddad (Boopie) and take care of him. It makes for a long day, but don't worry....he keeps me busy! We spend lots of time outside..............


.....checking on the barn, the tractor, the farm equipment, the oil cans, feeding the catfish, walking the garden with rows of corn (which we also pick, shuck, silk, cook & EAT!)


We also spend a good deal of time with this guy....Jack. One of the sweetest cats I've ever "known", which is a good thing since he'll be coming home with me someday when the time comes..................



..........but until then, he'll keep stalking the birdhouses in the country!


This is just a little "hello" and update on what has been keeping me from my precious blog lately! Now that shows have started, maybe things will get back to "normal"....whatever that is!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Preston

This little guy is such a cutie and has been such a great little model for me! We have so much fun and he is just a little rag doll - you can dress him up in whatever you want and he never complains or even lets out a whimper!


In this photo, he is modeling my new "Knot Overalls". They come in several combos in Blue, Red & Brown. We also took pictures for the new Spring 2010 Boys Line that will be on display at the Stella Jane & Friends Showroom at the Atlanta Apparel Mart this August! His pictures will be on the wall at the Sweet Dreams Designs section of the showroom! Here's another pic in the new Blue Check Initial Tee & Cuffed Pants.


I have also added the A Line Collection for girls that will match all of the Knot Overalls and Appliqued Tees for boys! Those of you who like to match siblings are in for a treat! I'm still adding to this collection, but you know it's coming!


Only a few more pieces left to make before the first show begins on July 30th! It's been a long road on this fall line, but I'm almost there!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

2 cute + 2 be = 4 gotten

I could not let a second pass after seeing this photo on Facebook! These are the two daughters of my very best friend from high school! She posted these pictures today (that I believe her dad took....great photographer, by the way!) and I had to share!

The youngest, Aida, is around 5 months old I think and Madelyn is 4. (Am I a bad friend for not knowing exact ages?!?!?!?!) It is so hard to keep up with these days! Anyway, thank you Emily for sharing these!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

More late additions to the Fall Line!

More late additions, and even more to come! This fall has been a struggle for me - as I've mentioned before - having to remake the line AND add the boys line. That means I'm still working on photos for the boys line. It also means that since I'm still working on it, I keep wanting to add more things!

After doing the pattern testing, I had to add these two pieces to the line! The first is in our most recent fabric collection - Garden Collage. I'm still working on this collection, but I'm super thrilled with the photo shoot and the dress!

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Here it is again - the Sydney Dress in Mod Blooms!

Anneli Mod Blooms

This set is available in Auburn AND Alabama....it was just released this week and has already had lots of sales! I think it has a lot to do with my cute little model!
Preston Auburn 2

And just a little peak at another boys set....I have LOTS of Appliqued Tees and Cuffed Pants in various prints and designs. There are many already on the site and several more to come that just haven't been photographed yet. Also, I'm working on some one piece sets for my younger customers!
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Also, lots of holiday sets to come...I believe Halloween and Christmas has already been posted, but I'm also working on a Thanksgiving set! I have also added an "A Line Collection" to the site for girls. These will be coordinates for the boys sets for all of those who like to have matching brothers and sisters! There is only one posted at the moment...but more to come in the next week or so.

I'd also like to thank all of my wonderful Facebook Fans who have given great feedback on the fall line already! Through Sunday, I am offering FREE SHIPPING to my Facebook Fans (and now to my blog readers as well!) Use code NOSHIP0709 at checkout to receive your discount! Don't forget - copy the code just as it is or it won't work! No spaces!

As you can see, there is still much to be done before the shows start on Sunday July 26th, so I better get to work!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fall Shows starting soon!

I'm expecting my invitation postcards to come in any day now...they are running late! Here's a preview of what the front looks like. I am also using these for Save the Date emails for my hostesses to send!

I still have just TWO dates left if you are interested in hosting a show this season! They are both on Sundays - one August 16th and one September 13th! Grab them up if you want them!

I, once again, apologize for being so absent on this blog lately! I'm still playing catch up working to get fall remade as well as working on a new project for the Spring 2010 Boy's Line! I will fill you in as soon as there's a moment to spare! Good things are happening!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Latest Addition to the Fall Line


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Originally uploaded by SweetDreamsDesigns
I have been adding lots to the fall line lately...1.) Because it was prepared so quickly to be taken to market and ended up rather small 2.) Because designing is the best part!

I added this fabric a few months back and since have been making up pieces out of it. Since I have already had my photoshoot for fall, I will be taking mannequin pics in the yard myself! Not as much fun, but serve the purpose I suppose.

What do you think?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Long Lost Blogger

It's been SOOooo long since I've actually written anything here. Time has gotten sucked away from me with only a million different things going on. I think all the time – "I need to blog about this" – but the opportunity never presents itself! This morning, even though I need to be up sewing, I decided to take a little time and get started on this post. We'll see how long it takes to complete. Interestingly enough, I am starting this post as a word document and then publishing to the blog through Microsoft Word. This is pretty cool because if this works, this means I can blog when I don't have wireless internet access (as I haven't lately) and publish once access is restored! I guess there's always the copy paste option too, but this is much more high tech!

So, first off and most importantly, I have been spending a good part of the last 2 ½ weeks in Clanton helping out with my ailing grandfather (from here on, referred to as Boopie). No internet in the hospital! He went into the hospital on Tuesday, June 16th with a blood sugar level of 1200. Before this incident I didn't know much about diabetes or sugar levels or any of that, but have since learned that 100 is about normal. That being said, you realize that 1200 is deadly. Sparing most of the details, he is still in the hospital today and will not get out until Friday July 3rd. The sugar affected his brain and his dementia, which was very mild to start with, has become much more serious. Someone has had to stay with him around the clock which has been very tiring for my family. I have not stayed with him this week yet, but will be there on Thursday. The previous weeks I stayed two nights a week from about 9pm to 6am when the sitter arrived. Unfortunately, our family is very small so we have very little help in this department so everyone is wearing very thin.

We have been back and forth trying to decide whether he should come to live with his son (Neil and Lisa), go home with nurse care, or go to a nursing home. There is really no good option and all of the options are incredibly expensive. We are talking a minimum of around $6k a month. So needless to say, it's been very hard dealing with all of this lately. He has always been such a strong, active, independent man and has become opposite all of those things lately. Your prayers for our family are much appreciated!


Next order of business is remaking the entire Fall 2009 line before July 25th when trunk shows start. I'm too exhausted by this whole topic to write too much about it, but all of my Fall 2009 and Spring 2009 samples were stolen by my sales rep in Dallas. I'm out about $3000 by this whole experience and would love to tell you more about it. For my protection, I will not share her name, but if you contact me, I will be happy to tell you who she is and give you fair warning to STAY AWAY from her and her "services". I just checked out her site the other day and noticed that she has all new vendors – most likely because she is a crook. Enough of that….my blood is boiling just thinking of it. But you get my point…I've been extremely busy getting ready for the fall shows to start, which is a total shame considering the entire line was ready back in January.

Another time consumer….uploading the line onto the website! NOT my favorite part of my job at all! Oh, and though I will have tons of boys things to choose from in the line, none of them have been photographed! A lot of them aren't even finished because I didn't send the boys line to market…thank GOD I didn't waste my time!

Onto more fun things – I have gotten a great headstart on the Spring 2010 line which is coming along VERY nicely if I do say so myself! I already have some awesome pics to show for it that I can't wait to share. I plan to start revealing some of the designs after Fall shows end…late September/early November. They will be available for preorder at that time.

SUPER fun news: I was contacted by Patty Young….the designer of the Mod Blooms fabric from the fall line (and many more fabric designs, and children's clothing patterns!) She has two new clothing patterns coming out in mid July which will be available for purchase in my Etsy shop. She needed testers for the patterns and was nice enough to contact me and ask me to test her patterns! Needless to say, I was thrilled to say yes! We were super rushed for time, so it made it a fun little challenge getting the fabrics and patterns in the mail whipping up the sets, adding any suggestions to the instructions, etc, and then shipping them off to be photographed! When the pattern is released, I will show off the back page where my photos are, and my credit is given! Very exciting!


I enjoyed making the clothing from these patterns so much that I decided to add them to the fall line! They are in the process of being photographed now and will be up on the site asap! Here's a little sneak!


There are so many more things I want to share, but I am pretty sure most of you have quit reading by now anyway, so I'll save the rest for later. I still haven't told you about Cottontails 2010, Christmas Village 2009, or any of the other shows I've applied to and the drama that goes along with it! I'm working on some Jr. League shows and I would love to share more about the Farmer's Markets at Ross Bridge that I'm doing every other Saturday! All that to come soon, I hope! Until then….

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Design Challenge for June...and the winner is



Would you believe it? My very first entry into an Etsy Kids Challenge and I won! I know that it is thanks to all my loyal blog readers & facebook fans, so I thank you all for your votes! Now I get to pick July's challenge theme!

Read more here:EtsyKids: Design Challenge for June...and the winner is

Monday, June 22, 2009

EtsyKids Challenge - anyone wanna cast a vote?


I participated in my first EtsyKids Challenge this month and now it is time for a vote! You may recognize my entry - BellaParis is my username and the entry is the Camo Critters Tee & Camo Shorts!

Sorry I've been absent from the blog for so long - things have really been crazy around here. More updates on that later, I hope! For now, cast your vote and I'll be back to blogging soon!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

two, 2, TWO booths in ONE!

I'm almost too tired to even begin to write about today's adventures in craft fairs, but I thought I would at least get a post started so you can see what you missed today! Here's a rundown of my day:
4am - wake up. 5:30am - Leave for Calera. 6am - Arrive in Calera and set up tent #1. 6:30am - Leave for Ross Bridge. 7:15am - Arrive at Ross Bridge and set up tent #2! 12pm - Break down booth #2 1pm - Arrive back in Calera 3pm - Jason arrived at Calera to help break down tent and booth #1...then drive home. Arrived home and CRASHED at approximately 4pm!

That makes for a grand total of 12 hours non stop and 2 solid hours of driving! Wow....busy day!

I did take a brief nap which has at least allowed me to stay up until 11am, but I'm on my way to crashing again! Check back here tomorrow for more updates on today's craft fair adventures and a brief review of each fair!

Here, you can see my neighbors - immediately to my left Brenda Scott (BB's Bread) handing out her freshly made sourdough bread! yum! And, to her right, Heather Honeycutt-Hurt with Blue Eye Creations and her hand stamped flour sack towels! And, yes...I came home today with two personalized towels AND a loaf of bread! Sadly, the bread is already half eaten...Jason and I LOVE Mrs. BB's bread!

I ended up rearranging this table just a bit with the flip flops circling the bow tower and I think it looked better that way....but you get the general idea! The flip flops and bows were made by Joanna of Jo's Bows who also helps me sew. Also in this pic you can see my new banner that I'm super proud of! I'm working on a tutorial to show how to make these for yourself...OR if you are interested in having one made, please contact me regarding colors and fabrics. Banners will be approximately $6 per letter.


Here is a full view of my tent...I didn't realize until looking at these pics that it was a little lopsided! I'm sure no one else noticed either. Looks pretty good if I do say so myself. I'm excited about setting up on June 20th since I'll have my full inventory available!

Live music! Made for such a nice day...it was beautiful out and Ross Bridge is such a nice backdrop for any event and live music made it that much more enjoyable. I'm going to have to check and see what the artists name was...I can't remember off the top of my head.


Here are two of my cute little customers who were sweet enough (AND well behaved enough!) to let me take a picture of them wearing their new digs! It is always such an honor when a customer wants to let their child wear their outfit RIGHT THEN! Of course mom was concerned about the bows not matching, but when you're cute, you're cute, right? Matching bow or not! And yes, believe it or not they are twins! Double the cute-ness!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fall 2009 Fabric Selections

Well, this compilation will probably turn into a jumbled mess on the screen, but I was having so many issues making a collage with them that I kind of gave up. I'll attempt that again when I don't have the threat of two shows in one day lurking over me, but for now this will have to do!


I just wanted to give everyone a sneak peek at what is to come for Fall 09. I took a poll to find out what moms of boys wanted to see more of in the way of fabrics this fall. The result was as I expected...more checks & plaids and more solid corduroys. So, I have oodles of ginghams to choose from, as well as some AWESOME embroidered corduroy and cord solids. I also added two beautiful brushed twill plaids. One, you may recognize from Fall 2008, but the pale blue one is new! I of course, had to bring back the Auburn & Alabama plaids as well! The Woodland Camo is our only whimsical print for boys this fall, but there are lots to come for Spring 2010! I think with the options given, the possiblities are endless!






My favorite for boys - embroidered kelly green corduroy!



Think about pairing this with the Auburn plaid!


This chocolate cord will look awesome with many of the girls prints as well as the boys!




You can never go wrong with basic pink or blue gingham!

This is the Woodland Camo - I have the perfect applique to match!



Bring on the holidays!


LOVE the Mod Blooms fabric by Patty Young....expect to see a return of the bloom print in a different colorway for Spring 2010!
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I had to add something just a little bit "loud" and "funky" for the girls....a good way to get you out of the winter blues!



I expect this to be a customer favorite - Mother & Daughter Toile...pairs perfectly with the chocolate gingham or corduroy.
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