Thursday, August 18, 2011
Posted by SweetDreamsDesigns at 3:42 PM
Here's a little project I did for Charlie's playroom! It matches the curtains of course. I have lots more projects up my sleeve for this room as he gets a little bigger. Next on my list is turning the childsize table and chairs that were mine into an updated version with chalkboard paint on the top and seat cushions that match his book shelf and curtains! (The table project was inspired by Pinterest of course!)
I don't really have any good "how to" advice on how to make this. All I did was spray paint the base and use the swag shelving that came with the shelf to make a pattern. Basically it is a 44" wide bolt of fabric sewn right sides together, turned right side out and pressed. The ends were stitched closed. Then using the measurements from the original swag shelving I folded, pressed and stitched 4 sections so that the poles would slide through. It was VERY easy and I love the way it turned out! Even my husband saw it and said "WOW, that looks so good!" And, if you know him, you know this is a big deal! :-)
Posted by SweetDreamsDesigns at 3:25 PM
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
It only took three helpers and staying up till 3 am to get everything done and without my dear friend Emily, who decorated all of the cupcakes, I'm not sure we would have had any! They turned out perfectly!
The birthday boy looks pretty pleased with it!
Posted by SweetDreamsDesigns at 8:11 PM
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Charlie had his one year pictures today with Carmen of CBM Photo. It was looking like rain, but ended up being the perfect weather for a photo shoot! We met around 8am, it was 77 degrees with a cool breeze in the air. This is NOT normal for Alabama summers, so we were beyond thankful and so glad the rain held off! It is especially helpful to have that cool breeze when you are chasing an almost-one-year-old around trying to get him to get in the right spot for his picture! Here is my very first preview of the shoot today!
As you can see here, he's on the move! I loved the set up for this shot. We used a quilt made by my great grandmother and Carmen brought oranges (how creative!) and the old wooden ladder and wooden crates. We did a variety of set ups using family heirloom type props which hopefully I'll get to share in a few days!
Posted by SweetDreamsDesigns at 6:47 PM
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Today, I finished up this little set in sizes 4 - 7. My plan (for now) is not to buy any new fabric until I use up what I already have on hand! It's kind of a challenge - especially since I LOVE buying new fabric so much - but it has made me use some different fabric pairings that I probably wouldn't have thought of before. If you like this set, I have enough fabric to make one or two more if the sizes I have ready won't work for you. Here is the link to order: http://sweet-dreams-designs.net/catalog.php?item=470&catid=10&ret=catalog.php%3Fcategory%3D10
This adorable little set has been finished for a while, but since we are still in the dead heat of Alabama summer, I decided to wait a little while before bringing it out! When I did put it out on the floor at the store and post it on Facebook, I sold three sets in about 3 minutes! I still have sizes 3, 4 & 6 ready to ship, but it can be made in sizes 12m - 10 years. I have plenty of this fabric to go around, so if your size isn't listed I can make it for ya! Here is the link to purchase the Peace Pumpkin Set : http://sweet-dreams-designs.net/catalog.php?item=470&catid=10&ret=catalog.php%3Fcategory%3D10
Posted by SweetDreamsDesigns at 4:09 PM
Monday, July 11, 2011
I tried my first round with the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker last night in preparation for Charlie's upcoming birthday party and it was a success! I used random sprinkle colors here and chocolate I already had on hand to coat them in since I didn't want to use up what I had bought for the party. So even though they are not "designer" cake pops, I got the technique down AND they tasted good! Oh, and everyone keeps asking where I got this....Kohl's has them for $26.99 and if you buy it in the store like I did, then no shipping! My advice: FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS and read the tips. They really did help! (And I'm a terrible direction follower!)
I have also been working on his birthday hat (not finished yet, but I'll post pictures when it is!) as well as a variation of this idea from Life Sweet Life blog.
Hint: Think about how HOT it is going to be outside at the end of July in Alabama!
Truth be told, this blog has been a constant resource for my party planning. It's also where I found out about the cake pop maker! Score!
I'm also really excited about having Carmen with CBM Photo photographing the party AND Charlie's one year portraits! I wanted to have every minute of the party documented and I'm so glad that Carmen was free that day and willing to photograph it all for me so I can enjoy the party and **try** not to stress out about it!
I'm going to wait just a bit longer to post the party invites (which are PERFECT!) but here is the picture that went on the invitations....
My invitations were designed by MemoriesToo.com/Southern Summer Party Designs and they were printed (real quick and in a hurry!) by my friend Susan who designs adorable stationery for children and adults!
Now, what am I going to do when all this party planning is done?
Posted by SweetDreamsDesigns at 3:45 PM
Thursday, June 9, 2011
For a limited time Sweet Dreams Designs is offering FREE SHIPPING on the beautiful designer fabrics used to create our designs! Fabrics are from Spring 2011 and prior. We are also offering some new Fall fabrics that we used to create the Fall 2011 line which hasn't been released yet!
All of our fabrics are priced to sell at or below wholesale cost! Nothing over $5.50 per yard!
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Posted by SweetDreamsDesigns at 2:19 PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
We are in full swing planning for Charlie's birthday party! If I haven't mentioned it already, we are having a SOCK MONKEY PARTY!! I've been researching all things sock monkey looking for just the right additions to his shin dig!
Today, I started working on his "Charlie's 1st Birthday" banner. Here is a sneak peek at the first two letters. I'm super pleased with the results!
While I was at work, Jeanette started practicing the sock monkey cookies. I love them! She is so super talented. These are just the first round so I'm sure the final product will be amazing!
Here is a sneak of his outfit. I've been trying my best to take his picture in it for his invitations with no luck. Been trying for 3 days!
So far I'm so happy with everything! Lots of details remain...I'm so excited!
- Posted from my iPhone
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Posted by SweetDreamsDesigns at 7:01 PM
Monday, March 14, 2011
This is the longest I've ever gone without posting to this blog. There's good reason of course - trunk shows, fulfilling orders and getting ready for Cottontails Village again with very little notice. Tonight I finally just had to sit down and do a little writing after doing a lot of thinking.
In the 5 years that I've been in this business, I've changed directions a few times. My end goal was the same each time, but my method of sales has changed quite a bit. I've gone from online, to trunk shows, to wholesale, back to trunk shows to craft shows, back to trunk shows, then to buying a store and selling there while doing trunk shows and craft shows. Whoa.
After taking a break for fall 2010, I was ready to go with a fabulous spring line in January 2011. This was going to be the biggest yet! I was going to really blow it out of the water by hiring sales reps and pushing the line more than ever. Well, here we are three months in and I honestly can't sugar coat this anymore....I'm miserable.
I'm up to my eyeballs in orders which is fabulous! I'm so thankful for my wonderful customers - especially the loyal ones that have continued to order from me season after season. The part that makes me miserable is this:
"Pre-Charlie" I would have been as happy as a lark, sewing all night every night until my little heart was content. But now, when I come home from the store at the end of the day, I can't (and don't want to) go upstairs and sew all night long. I've already missed so much of the first 7 months of his life sewing up orders, preparing for shows and working my fingers to the bone. Simply put - I can't do it anymore. So, now I have an end goal in sight to finish all of my current orders and put this Spring 2011 season to rest as my final season.
There. I said it.
I hope this doesn't come across as ungrateful, because that is not the case at all. This has been a very successful season and for that I am very thankful. But, my priorities at this point in my life are my marriage and my child and I can't put them first with so many other things on my plate. (Please don't forget I have a brick and mortar store to run also.)
So, here are my plans for Sweet Dreams Designs.
We had a FABULOUS turnout at Cottontails Village this year. You may remember from my 2009 post, I had really decided that doing that type of thing was what I really loved and wanted to do. However, I didn't get back in for 2010 for their Christmas show or Easter. Well, this year they accepted me again only 5 weeks before the show. And while it was very stressful getting ready for it, we had a very successful show and were invited back for their Christmas Show (Christmas Village www.christmasvillagefestival.com) as well as Cottontails Village for 2012! I'm absolutely thrilled!
So, while I won't be doing trunk shows anymore, I will continue to design and make clothing for the store which I will occasionally put online and I will definitely be back with a TON of fabulous BOY clothing for Christmas Village (November 2-6) and Cottontails Village (March 2012). I also plan to continue making custom items as well as pageant clothing for my dear pageant girls! (You know who you are! (-:)
It feels good to get all of this out in the open. I sincerely do thank all of you who have attended and hosted trunk shows each season. I appreciate you more than you know and I hope you understand my decision to take things a little slower and focus on my family - the most important thing in my life.
Posted by SweetDreamsDesigns at 6:15 PM
Monday, January 3, 2011
I had a custom order recently for a local Minnie Mouse fan...a personalized tshirt for her Minnie Mouse birthday party! I just loved the way it turned out. These are not listed on the site, but if you are interested in ordering one, they are $25 and you may email me at email@example.com to place your custom order. This would be great for an upcoming Disney vacation too! Colors can be changed to match your party and matching pants or shorts can also be made. Thanks for the inspiration Ava Rose!