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Pillows are back in stock!!

Being on maternity leave has been great, I put my etsy shop in vacation mode and kicked my butt into gear preparing for our new baby’s arrival. I was pretty dang sure I was going to have this baby early so I stressed myself into super nesting mode and got everything for baby done… and then… the waiting started. We still aren’t at my official due date yet, but with the house all ready to go I started getting bored.

So I made a deal with myself. I could list things in my shop that were ready to ship and no custom orders. That, my friends, is how I have spent the last 3 days at my sewing machine (in between walks to try to get baby to drop and bouncing on my birthing ball) and was able to pull my shop our of vacation mode even though we are expecting a baby in the next week or two.

Since colleges all over the US are about to start up I figured I would focus on my sorority themed pillows. I currently have pillows that represent 4 of the many houses in the greek system. The next two days I plan on designing at least two more so that I can represent some more of the Greek System.

Sorority Pillows

These pillows make fantastic gifts for your Little Sis or for your daughter away at college who has successfully gone through recruitment and her pledge period! Houses represented here are Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma (DG), Phi Sigma Sigma (Phi Sig), and Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta). Coming soon Gamma Phi Beta (Gamma Phi)!

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Quick DIY Furniture Makeover

Yesterday I had a few hours to spare and a piece of furniture that no longer fit in our newly remodeled bedroom. This nightstand has been in our house for around 6 years or maybe more, belonged to two different people in this house and lived in 3 different rooms. I love the functionality of it (its a great place for my bedside books and with two drawers it helps keep down the appearance of clutter). I really wanted to keep it in our room even though it didn’t match. Sooo… time for a makeover. The only thing I purchased was a can of spray paint to work as a base coat. I removed the hardware and got to work spraying. Trying to get coverage with spray paint in a semi breezy backyard was tough, but it worked. After the spray paint dried I used leftover trim paint to get it looking the way I wanted, let it dry, put the hardware back on… and BAM! Brand new end table that looks nice in our bedroom.

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Expanding my Greek Market

My anchor pillows have been a fairly successful item in my etsy shop and I have sent quite a few of them to sorority houses across the US. Being an alumni of a sorority myself I thought that I should create a pillow for the ladies of Phi Sigma Sigma, the sorority that helped my 4 years in college to be some of the best years of my life. I have more plans to represent more sororities in my shop but I think that these will be the last two pillows posted in my shop until February as I have two ribbon rose bouquet orders to fill.

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In addition to the pillows I am also participating in a block of the month quilt project hosted by Jennifer over at Sewhooked called Paper Piecing Vintage. My background fabric is Kona Solids Bone and my fabrics are all vintage inspired. Here are my fabrics and my finished January block, it’s called The King’s Crows.

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Aarrrrrr! There be a pirate pillow in the shop!

I have been working on getting this fabric combination in my shop for quite awhile. Other orders and projects kept getting in the way, but it’s finally here!!

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Perfect for a little boy’s nursery or bedroom!

I am really happy with how it turned out. My anchor pillows have been such a fun part of my shop and the color and fabric combinations are endless. I still haven’t gotten tired of stitching those anchors so it looks like there are still more to come!


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This IS the shirt you are looking for…

PictureMy husband works at a Tiki bar, I work at a tikiish restaurant and we have recently adopted a lot of tiki decor for our home so when Michael requested a new aloha shirt I wasn’t surprised. This year Jo-Ann’s released quite a few Star Wars prints over the last year or so and this print is my absolute favorite. I had brought home the blue blueprint version to make something for myself and my husband was a little jealous and requested a shirt made from it instead of making something for myself. I told him I had another fabric in mind for him. I went back to Jo-Ann’s and picked up this fabric along with McCalls Pattern 2149 and some super cool coconut looking buttons and got to work.

I was a little apprehensive to use the pattern as the pictures on the front of it seemed a little “early nineties” and I was worried that it wouldn’t fit him correctly or that it would be bulky in odd places. I used his measurements along with some other shirts that he has at home to make sure that the size I was making would fit him well. Michael requested that his shirt be ready for our anniversary trip to Las Vegas so that he could wear his shirt to one of our most favorite tiki bars, Frankie’s Tiki Room. This pattern was actually really simple to make and I easily finished it in two days. I will definitely be making more with this pattern. Michael’s one complaint is that the slits on the side come up a bit high so I will be shortening them on the next shirt.


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Mustachio!

Wow! It has been almost 5 months since I last posted here. I really need to learn not to neglect my blog. I had a really busy (well, busy for me) season with my etsy shop. I have quite a few ideas in the pipe and will be posting at least one new fabric combination for my anchor pillows in the next month. After that it will be new designs! I can’t wait!

Mustache PillowThis holiday season I only handmade ONE gift! I cannot believe that was all I managed to get completed. Luckly I wasn’t planning on too many handmade gifts this year so I didn’t stress myself out or disappoint myself. What I did manage to make though, was this awesome mustache pillow for my teenaged niece. She loved it and I had a blast making it. The three mustache patterns are included as part of the TWELVE different mustaches that Jennifer from Sewhooked created for her Mustachio pattern.


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Brick and Mortar

My pillows now have a new home. They can be found in A Little Known Shop in a really awesome retail space called Community in Anaheim, CA.

The shop is not too far from my home and filled with pieces from a lot of amazing local artists. In addition to the retail space that I have they have a lot of craft fairs/events which I will also eventually have an opportunity to participate in. I feel like this is such an important step and experiment for me. I am moving in the exact right direction that I want to be moving. The space is affordable for me and will really be a fantastic testing ground for my products.

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I hope to figure out a way to display my onesies in the shop as well, but for right now it will just be the pillows that I am selling there. I have been searching and searching for a way to display them in smaller spaces. They do have a larger space available now… but I just don’t know. I have so many onesie designs and so many different sizes. The retail space does not have a place to stock additional sizes to have on hand so I would have to really pick through my designs to figure out which to feature in the shop.

Stocking my retail space had me cleaned out all of the pillows from my home/etsy shop inventory, so I spent an entire day sewing like mad trying to get some more pillows made up. I managed five pillows in three different styles. They will be posted in the next week with the new month being here and with my “Daily Listing/Re-listing Challenge.”

HAPPY JULY!!!