Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This apron was based on the Cherry Bistro pattern in A is Apron's. I didn't use the actual pattern since it was easy to figure out by eye. It took me under an hour to whip up using these great new fabric's from Amy Butlers new Daisy Chain line. I also lined the panel with white chenille in order for it to be used as a dish towel. I hope whoever receives it is able to feel a small amount of comfort during this difficult time!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I knew instantly what my big rocks were.....my husband, my kids, my faith, and giving to others. And I knew that when looking at my day to day life, most of my jar was actually full of my work and there wasn't much room for the things that matter most. But this was a tough reality to face since as moms, we really want to be able to do it all. I knew in my heart what the answer was, but it has taken me some time to face it.
I have decided to stop sewing for my Etsy store which was a very hard thing to do. I am very proud of my work and I love sewing and creating for others but it had gotten to a point where that is how I spent most of my day and I never got to make anything for my own family or myself. The daily tasks with my kids had become a rush and I wasn't getting the time to enjoy being with them much less did I have time to take them fun places or just play together. Now we are getting ready to foster another baby and I knew I had to make a change.
I will still be creating, swapping, blogging and running my main store http://cberrybaby.com/ . Part of this decision includes selling my patterns (much earlier then I expected), the first of which is the Reversible Crayon Apron Pattern which has been great for me and hopefully will be as successful for others! My loyal Etsy customers, you can always feel free to convo me for a special request. I know quite a few of you had new outfits in mind and items for the upcoming holidays!
As Benjamin Franklin said, "If we take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves."
Friday, September 19, 2008
My apronista friend, Val, is hosting her first swap Hot Drinks for Hot Mama's. I just love hot cocoa and apple cider and now that summer is nearing an end, doesn't that just sound so cozy??? Sign up is through the 25th so head on over. I have already purchased all the fabric and trim, this theme was really inspiring!!
Here is a sneak peek at what I chose:
1. *Create an apron (half or full) for your partner. There are loads of fun fabrics out there with tea pots, mugs, drink glasses, coffee beans, tea cups, etc. on them. If you can't find the right fabric, you could applique, embroider, etc. Add at least one embellishment.*if you cannot sew but want to play along, you may purchase an apron from one of the crafty people on etsy. No store bought aprons please, they are not considered hand crafted.
2. Choose 3 'little somethings' they will like to go along with the apron. Be creative, this isn't about how much money you can spend. It is about sending someone a little package with a few surprises. Some ideas include: fun cocktail napkins, recipe variations of their favorite hot drink, a kitchen/tea towel, singles of hot cocoa, tea or coffee, a bookmark or gently used novel you know they'll like, a fun hot pad in the shape of a cup or mug....etc.
3. Wrap everything in tissue with a simple ribbon before mailing.
Check out their blog for hints, you may make a new friend!Deadline to sign up: Sep. 25th. I will email everyone their partners within a day or 2 after closing.Deadline to ship packages: Oct. 25th. Feel free to mail earlier though :-)Please, if you do not have the time or interest to commit to this swap, do not join.Also, if you do not mail out on time or if you flake, you will not be allowed to play again.This is my first swap so I am opening it to active bloggers who live in the USA only.
If you would like to play, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
1. Your name
2. Your address
3. Your email address
4. Your blog address
5. Your apron size
6. Your favorite hot beverage* (let us know if you need decaf or not)
7. Your favorite color
8. Your least favorite color
*don't forget all those other hot drinks like Espresso,Irish Coffee, Apple Cider, Cappucino, Spiced Hot Rum, etc
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I have always loved the rick rack apron from the A is for Apron Book but it always remained on my "to do list" but now I can mark it off!The package came packed full of goodies such as a Mediterranean Cookbook, Godiva Chocolates, honey, a tote and a recipe for Baklava. Thanks so much Amy!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
|You Are Argentina|
You are introspective yet outgoing. You are modern yet traditional.
You are warm and honest. Your life is petty much an open book.
You are a hard worker, and you don't mind putting in long hours. And then you'll go party til dawn!
hmmmm.....I am not too sure how to take the first line but I do know the feeling!!!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Anyways, two LOVELY blogging friends have given me awards. The first I will give out today and I am so embarrassed that it took me so long to do this, hopefully you will forgive me Shawnee!!! Shawnee is a fellow Apronista, teaches sewing class and is the host behind my favorite swap, the Flirty Apron Swap . I don't know how she does it all but her blog is fun to read and she puts all of us other apron makers to shame with her great designs!!!!
Okay, so here are the rules of the Brillante Award:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you’ve nominated
And the winners are......
Suzanne from Bella Boutique Creations. What can I say about Suzanne? Not only is she the most talented bag designer I have met, she makes me laugh on a regular basis and has become my rock star East Coast friend. Maybe this award will motivate her to blog A LOT more...hint...hint.....nudge...nudge......
Amy from Sassy Pink Boutique. A fellow boutique owner with yummy inedible treats for babies and winner of the 2008 Designer Chick Contest! Amy is as sweet as her creations and is full of creative fury!
Judith from My Life With Five Blessings. Talk about a woman with her priorities straight and the wonderful perspective on life. I enjoy hearing her updates about her beautiful family and she has the exact number of kids that I want to have one day.....did anyone hear that large gasp my husband just made?
Tiff from Three Peas In a Pod. Now I know I still owe you one Tiff, but I couldn't do this blog award without listing my very first blogging friend!! Tiffanie has all kinds of great tips, funny stories, recipes AND pictures of her children who have some of the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen! She also is a contributor writer on Sew For Less with a hilarious outlook on being a newbie embroiderer!
Lorri and Brooke from Z Daisy . I often think Lorri and I were separated at birth although she may not be flattered by that. Not only are these sisters the designers and inventors behind the great Z Daisy products like the Binkie Bungee but they are mom's who love to sew, create and share!
Kelsey at My Sweet Life. Okay, all you need to do is go on over and read a post and you'll understand. I always laugh at her funny recaps this one is my all time favorite...I think I laughed so hard I almost cried!
And last, but not least, Carrie over at Three-Girl Circus. It may be that her motherhood experience with three girls is so opposite from my world with three boys that it draws me in or it could be that the fun pictures of her kids having such fun always brings a smile to my face. Whatever it is, it is just a light fun blog to follow!