Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pattern Testing

Sunday morning I finished up an order of matching lounge sets for two little boys. I love how these turned out and hope my customer is happy with the end result!! I have some of the dinosaur fabric left, plus several other dinosaur fabrics in my stash, so I'll be adding this as a custom order option to my Etsy shop as soon as I have the time.

I then spent Sunday afternoon and Monday testing two patterns for The Handmade Dress. I love all of Samantha's patterns and have been lucky to test several of them. This time around she had two patterns ready to test, Miss Olivia Paige dress and Miss Claire skirt. I tested the patterns in size 3 and 7. I love how they turned out.

Miss Olivia Paige - size 7

Miss Olivia Paige back - size 3

Miss Olivia Paige - size 3

Miss Claire - size 7
I LOVE this fabric and had to go back to get some to make a skirt for myself!!

Miss Claire - size 3

Ellie Inspired Giveaway

You have to check out Ellie Inspired. She has the cutest patterns!! She just released her forth pattern, Dancer, and has a giveaway going on right now. Check it out to learn how to be entered into a drawing for her four patterns and fabric to make her new skirt pattern in any size.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Too much to do and not enough time...

After having a REALLY bad craft show I decided to give facebook a try in an attempt to get more business. Well, it worked!!! I've gotten several order by setting up my business on facebook and adding a bunch of new items to my Etsy site. This week I need to do the following....

1. Several custom order I would like to get done by the beginning of next week
2. Testing two patterns (one skirt and one dress/top)
3. Sew several birthday presents (one is about 1 1/2 months late!!)
4. More sample outfits to make for my Etsy shop
5. Two hooded towels to make for my niece and nephew at my Mom's request (before Saturday)
6. A pair of pants to hem for my friend (sometime next week)
7. More ready to ship items to add to my Etsy shop
8. Continue to update my website

And the list goes on. It seemed like a lot in my head, but now that I've typed it out it seems like even more!! Busy, busy week!!! I'm loving all these new orders, but it is definitely keeping my busy!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New addition to my Etsy shop

Tonight I added a new diaper bag to my Etsy shop. Diaper bags are also available custom order in the fabric and size of your choice. You can also add a coordinating changing pad, fabric diaper and wipes case, zippered wipes case, cell phone wristlet, zippered change purse or zippered tissue case (also good for pacifiers, change, lipstick, etc.).

No more training wheels

Yesterday, while hubby was home working and finishing up the swing set he and my brothers started over the week, he offered to teach our son (who will be 5 at the end of the month) how to ride his bike without training wheels. At first he said no, but after thinking about it for a little while he walks back up to daddy and says he is ready to ride without training wheels. My hubby took him onto the side street behind our house and within minutes he was riding on his own. It wasn't without a few falls, but he is now riding on all surfaces without a problem. I'm so proud of my little boy!! He is growing up!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Receive 15% off your order through the rest of April!

I just set up a fan page on facebook and will be using this fan page to share new products and monthly deals. Please check it out to learn more about this months discount.

Please pass this onto your friends and family. I am working on growing my business and would appreciate your help!! The discount will be good through my Etsy shop, www.lildarlingdesigns.etsy.com, and my website, www.littledarlingdesigns.com. More details and coupon code available on my facebook fan page. Thanks!! :-)

More Etsy Updates

I've been working on adding more products to my Etsy shop this past week!

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Handmade Dress - giveaway on Wee Share

For those who are not familiar with The Handmade Dress you should go check out the patterns if you like to sew. Samantha, creator of the patterns and owner of The Handmade Dress, did an interview with Wee Share. Head over to Wee Share to learn more about Samantha and learn how to win a copy of all the patterns available in her shop. All of her dresses can be made in just about 2 hours, perfect for nap time or an evening after the kids are in bed. I have three of her patterns and LOVE them all. The first one might take a little longer than 2 hours, but once you know what you are doing they come together very easy. Her directions are very easy to follow and are created for the beginner sewer, although more experienced seamstresses like them too!!

Here are a few on the dresses I have made from The Handmade Dress.

Miss Mary
(a-line view for my almost 7 year old niece)
(please excuse the wrinkles!!)
Miss Madeline
(going up in my Etsy shop this weekend)

Miss Madeline (with added ruffle)
Miss Mary (back)
Miss Mary