Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sewing To Sell // Book Review & Giveaway!! **GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

Hi friends! I'm taking a bit of a break from my blogging hiatus (have you noticed??) to share something I find very useful and am pretty excited about!

When I was asked if I would like to do a review of Virginia's (of Gingercake Sews) new book, Sewing To Sell, I jumped at the chance. You see, I have this little Etsy shop. It's tiny, but I am rather fond of it. But I opened it without a clue. And even as I continued on in the little adventure most of the questions I had about an online shop lingered. Well let me tell you, after reading this book I feel very enlightened and inspired! 

I sat down one afternoon to "start" reading the eBook and ended up not quitting until I was at the end! I found it to be very inspirational. I mean, I constantly get an "I should make and sell this certain thing!" idea, but what's so awesome about this book is that Virginia includes 16 patterns that are there for you to use exactly as written or tweak to your liking and you are free to sell any items made from them! This is a rarity in the blogging community. It is so generous of her to share her hard work in the book.

And not only does it include the patterns, she offers a wealth of advice from getting started, to the business end of things, tips on sewing your products to save time and fabric and even tips on how to photograph your items for online listings.

I decided to go ahead and give the Two at a Time Oven Mitts a try because I thought they were super cute and my kitchen drawer is in serious need of some new oven mitts!

I'm in love with the result!

**Be sure to read to the end for a chance to WIN your own copy of the book!**

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

I had fun with adding some cute personalized tags. The next set of mitts that I plan to make I'm going to try out a hang tag so these pretties can be hung and displayed in the kitchen and also add my shop tag to it. I would very much like to add these to my shop in the future!

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

And just in case you thought you needed a professional photo setup for nice photos of your products, I'm showing you this pulled back shot just for fun. :)

The light in the nursery is always lovely in the afternoon so I set up a little display using a white folding table and the pale blue walls (newly painted, I might add. Woohoo!) as the background. You'll notice the covered up rocking chair looking mighty fine in the corner. I used the step stool to get some shots from above.

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Oh and I baked muffins. Just for the photoshoot. And maybe for us too ;) But really, who doesn't like food photos? And since oven mitts are used in BAKING... I had to.

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Two at a Time Oven Mitts - Sewing To Sell eBook Review

Giveaway: Now that you know how awesome this book is if you are looking to open an online shop or if you already have one, like me, and just want some great guidance, wouldn't you love to win a copy?? C&T Publishing and Virginia Lindsay are generously giving away 1 copy to one of you, my lovely readers! If you would like a chance to win, leave a comment on this post. Please make sure to include your email address so I can get in touch with the winner. If there is no email given, sadly I will have to skip over your comment :( The giveaway is open to US residents only and will run until 10pm Monday, January 26th. Winner will be announced Tuesday, January 27th! Good luck!

UPDATE: The Winner is Jessica. Congratulations, Jessica!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Constant CHANGE // Shared Kids Room

I am excited to be a part of this series, hosted by Jenya and Renee. But I'm even more excited to read everyone else's posts! I love the idea behind this series, because I believe it truly is one this we all have in common. Life changes. Constantly! The longer I'm married, the more kids we have, the older the kids get, change is more and more a part of our lives and I'm learning how to deal with that. Hopefully with a little bit of smoothness. :)

Currently I am in the middle of a LOT of change. Right now, my body is changing, daily it seems, as I'm growing another little human. We are in the middle of a BIG year long remodeling project which came on the heels of our first year long remodeling project in this house (a new kitchen). We took about a year "break", meaning we didn't work steadily but always had little related projects going here and there. We are still going strong! With many more projects in the plans. Someday I hope to blog about that...

And yet another change is the fact that my 2 children now share a room in anticipation of child #3, Baby Boy, needing the nursery in a few months. They have adapted super well and even take naps together in their room MOST days, not all but most. The do super well at night and love having their toys together in the same room. The are best friends and for that I am soooo grateful.

So a for a little background as to what I started with, here are a few "before" pictures when this was just E's "big boy" room.

And a new before and after, looking into the room!

The most obvious change you see here would be the bed. While I loved the sleeping space the bunk bed gave us I felt it was just too big for the room and especially since it's a brother/sister room, I wanted to give them each a "side" with their own special decor. So we swapped out the bunk bed for a twin bed for O. It does have a trundle underneath but I'm just using it for storage. E's bed, which you see below, is from Ikea and is a twin that doubles in size when pulled apart. There are actually 2 mattresses stacked on top of each other for that purpose which is why it is a little tall. It also has two large storage drawers underneath which I absolutely love. Both of our families live out of state so it's important for us to have lots of extra beds for when they come to visit.

The next major thing to change the room, which really isn't so major, ha, is the paint color. Before it was a very boyish blue. I love me some blue but I felt it was a little to much "boy" for it to feel neutral. I repainted it in Behr Glimmer. It's just the perfect mix of blue/green/mint/teal. I totally love it!

Let's talk about O's side first! Her bed was a Craigslist find, both the dressers are also from Ikea.

The matching comforters come from Target and the sheets are from there as well. She had twinkle lights in her "old room" across the window and adored them so I put them next to her bed in her "new room" and she's pleased as punch. I plan to make a garland of some sort to add to that area and am also brainstorming about a bit of decor for the wall over the head of her bed.

Also the trundle needs some work :) It has faux panels that were in need of a little work and new knobs. That is still a work in progress. I sewed the cloud pillow (I'll show a close-up later!).

The little basket next to the dresser is for laundry. Before, it was all over the floor constantly because the laundry room is on the other end of the house. This was a much needed solution that works well!

A closer look at the decor on the dresser. Her prized princess piggy bank. She loves to feed it ;) The blocks are some that I've had foreeeever and finally grabbed some paint and doodled away. Artistic painter I am not but they're ok :)

Above the dresser is her hair accessory station. To make this all you need is a frame, batting, fabric and ribbon, twine or string. I simply took out the glass, wrapped the cardboard backing that it came with in batting, then fabric, then eye-balled the twine and secured it all in the back. I did this with a combo of glue and just a regular stapler. I liked the stapler the best as it seems to hold better. The little hooks that I apparently don't have a great photo of is from Hobby Lobby and holds her headbands.

I revamped it from when it hung in her nursery to go with the decor better. And the only photo I had of the before was an Instagram shot so sorry for the terrible quality!

Now for E's side of the room!

I don't feel like his wall decor is quite done yet. I think I would like to find a fun map to hang under the clock yet. He recently discovered maps and is obsessed with figuring out where everything is. He's also obsessed with telling time on an analog clock, hence, the. clock. He is his father's son through and through :)

The shelf is a Goodwill find, the giraffe a gift from Grandma brought back from a visit to Jamaica. The robot is a sharpie sketch by yours truly. It's a total stand-in until I can find the perfect art for the frame but he loves it so... The tiny star he acquired at his kids class at church, it glows in the dark and he thinks it's the coolest thing since sliced bread. Ok then. I loved them too as a kid so I understand his infatuation ;)

His dresser... The banner over the window I sewed with fabrics shopped from my stash. I kinda love it. The door you see is their closet and holds their hanging clothes, bins for outgrown clothing, stored winter coats and a shelf unit on either side for toys. There is a reason why I didn't show you the inside ;) I had to take off the trim on the inside to get the shelf units in there and the kids are mostly in charge of cleaning up their own toys so things weren't looking so pretty at the moment! But I must say for the small space that closet is it is a real work horse.

A close up of the items on his dresser. Same story with the blocks. And again. The kid loves numbers. He's always telling me, "Mom, did you know 4+1=5?" etc. He's not in kindergarten yet and no I don't tutor him on math either! He just inherited his little analytic brain from his daddy! The photo is them with my mom on her 50th birthday, 2 days after E's 5th birthday. We don't get to see them all that much so that was a special day! And also E's piggy bank, and yep he likes feeding his as well. Lol.

I've figured out I'm not a fan of curtains. I want LIGHT please! Which is also why I prefer the cellular shades. That and also that the kids can't mess with them when they are up!

And the fun pendant garland. It's a great alternative to a curtain I think!

A little shot of their chalkboard.

There is an explanation for why there is such a high shelf above it :) The chalkboard is not just a chalkboard. It actually hides the hideously ugly electric panel behind it. So in order to hang the heavy frame we hung it from little eye hooks drilled into the bottom of the shelf and the shelf is securely fastened to the studs in the wall so there is no danger of it coming down and makes the chalkboard still easily removable (by an adult) since it's necessary to get at the panel occasionally.

Here's a little before and after for you of the chalkboard. I was so done with red in this room.

And one last shot of their little table of many purposes. All their tiny legos are stored in shoe boxes on the shelf and the basket on the floor holds all their trains and tracks. The table is the LACK coffee table from Ikea, the lamp and rug are from target.

Oops, I forgot to show you the close-up shot of their pillows I sewed for them!

There you go... And I have a few more planned, just haven't had the time to whip them up yet so stay tuned. I'm sure they'll pop up around here sometime :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek into our living space. This has truly been a fun change!

Be sure to check out Renee's blog for the introduction to her guest of the day. Hint: It's my good friend Erin!!

Happy Changes!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HUGE Sale on MHC Patterns!!

Hayley from Mouse House Creations is celebrating her ONE YEAR pattern selling anniversary with a huge, huge sale on every single one of her patterns! It is a 50% discount, which is HUGE, guys!

I have sewn up several of her patterns over the last year and I adore each one that I've had the chance to use!

The first of her patterns I sewed was The Norah Dress. She wore this little top to nearly every holiday party we went to last year and got lots of compliments on it!

The dress is still in regular rotation. It works great with a tee under, as a sundress or with a cardi. A dress for all seasons! It's getting too short now which makes me oh so sad, but I have plans for another long sleeved Norah to get us through this winter and I'm quite sure she needs another knit sundress version for the next year or so as well!

*See posts here

and here.

Next up was The Persimmon Dress. I tested this dress and even being a test version it was quite perfect and totally adorable. She wore this until it was just way too small. I'm super sad about that and am holding to the possibility she'll have a little sister I can pass it down to ;) *We find out in about a week if it will be so!!*

Read the blog post here.

And of course the ever popular and our favorite, The Clover Shorts!

This photo is a tester version pair that I never got around to blogging. But these were worn so much and stained to the point I had to soak them in Biz and the color faded extremely much. We still wear them as play clothes though ;)

And this version, which I can't wait to pair with tights and boots this fall!

And last but not least, this pair which goes with EVERYTHING!

And most recently this Julia Cardigan that I sewed for myself! *Blog post here* I have another one on my cutting table right now. Must get sewing!

I will be taking advantage of the sale and getting The Caroline Party Dress in hopes of maybe eeking out a Christmas dress for the girlie this year. Still waiting for that elusive boost of pregnancy energy to show up...

In the meantime. Happy shopping and happy sewing!!

Use the code: thanks50 for the 50% discount! The sale runs only through Monday, Oct. 20th, so don't delay!

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