Hello 2008!

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s one of the new designs I promised you -the Soda Pop dress. It will be listed soon in my store. It’s got 8 fully lined panels and a fun yoke/collar all finshed with fabric covered buttons and detailing at the hem. I hope you like it! More fabrics to come and of course if you see a peek-a-boo dress fabric that you’d like as one of these just ask because it can probably be done. I should get this up and listed in the store later today.

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Holiday Traditions

 

The music maker and I went to the Nutcracker the other night. As I scurried to the souvenir table behind a slue of 8 year old girls he said, “These little girls must be loving this. Hey you were one of them.” Yes I was. Take your little girls to the Nutcracker and make memories to last a lifetime.

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What’s Coming and Going

 

I’ve been cranking my wheels and I think I have 2 maybe 3 solid designs that I’m ready to draft the patterns for. It’ll be a while until they hit my “shelves” but I just wanted to let you know that new stuff is on the way.

In addition to new designs I am in the market for new fabric. I only purchase a small amount of each favorite at a time. For some of the more popular prints I run out and get more if I see a surge in orders. So far I’ve been able to do that with the punk kitty print but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any more of it. There is enough fabric for 3-4 more dresses (so if you want one…). The same is pretty much true for most of my other fabrics. A few prints have already been retired from my shop. So, I just wanted to give an official heads up. That being said, I would love love love to hear (or see via links) the types of prints, colors, etc. you look for in clothing for little ones. Over the next couple weeks I hope to put up some survey to gather more detailed information. After all, I want to make stuff that you will love as much as I do.

Now for a little secret. There will be a discount code posted sometime on Christmas eve as a little Christmas gift from me to you.

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Holiday Spirit

 

Well I am a Christmas crafting machine. New baby clothes you might ask? Well no, I’m making myself a tree skirt and a stocking (as you can see in the picture I couldn’t resist buying that knit one during the sales last Friday so we only need one). I’ll be taking pictures as I go and hopefully we’ll have a little tutorial up in the next couple of days. Happy stalling from working (well I figure that’s when most of you read my blog).

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Dates and Updates

I just wanted to give a little reminder that this is the last week for my give-a-way. You can win one of the outfits above. Your choice of style and size. See this entry for more details.

Also you only have a couple more weeks to get your orders from my store in time for Christmas shipping. If you’re stumbling on what to give please know that I also have gift certificates in whatever increment you want to give.

Finally I will be updating my shop with new designs and ready to ship stuff later today. I hope you all have a lovely Tuesday.

What’s your assignment?

(picture from 101Cookbooks.com)
I’m in charge of rolls and green bean casserole. I also think I’ll try my first apple pie. I’m going to use a recipe from the 101 Cookbooks blog for the corn bread rolls and I think I’ll make some good old fashion Lion House Rolls. The Lion House Restaraunt here in Salt Lake makes the most delicious white rolls; oh so buttery. I found and tweaked a recipe for them last year. I like variety so I think I’ll halve both recipes. The green bean casserole will be mostly the same as the soup can style but with some cheese. And the apple pie is from allrecipes.com. If it turns out I’ll share it here. Eat it.

Here’s the recipe for the Lion House Rolls (I’ll post this one ’cause I know it’s good)
Combine and dissolve.
2C warm water
2/3 C dry milk

add the following in this order
2 TBS yeast
1/4 C sugar
2 tsp salt
1/3 C butter
1 egg

add 2 cups flour mix for 2 minutes repeat and then add 1/2 cup at a time untill the mixture stops sticking

coat a bowl with oil, turn the dough in a ball cover with plastic and allow to double in size

on a floured surface shape into rolls. Let them double in size again (1-1.5 hours)

Bake 375 F for 15-25 minutes brush with butter.
Enjoy. Great with honey butter.

If you’re over here in the states what’s your job this Thanksgiving?

UPDATE: I really didn’t like those corn muffin things

A Cool New Site

Littleput and friends have put together this cool new blog to showcase different sellers on Etsy’s stores. When you go there you can select a category and see live listings. It’s very cool a little tought to explain but go check it out you might find a cool new store. Hopefully I will be added to the list next time they do an update.

A few reminders…
Because most of my products are made to order, to ensure Christmas delivery please order by Dec. 5 in the US. Also depending on how many orders I receive leading up to the holidays I may be forced to limit the number of orders I take during that time. Those ordering up to Dec. 10 and international buyers might want to consider convoing for an upgrade to priority mail. I won’t have a cut off unless I am totally overloaded by orders, but please make note of these dates if you are hoping to get something in time for gift giving.

Also the give-a-way. Remember you have the opportunity to win a free RaeGun outfit. See Nov. 5th’s post for more details. I’d love any help spreading the word to your message board friends, on your blog, etc. (thanks Jackie at femputer and Tanya).

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Getting in the Mood


I’ve had this overwhelming desire to be more festive this year. I feel like getting married and moving into a dinky in no way permanent condo made me a little less into decorating for Christmas. But this year it’s been different.

I fondly remember being in craft classes at the local craft store as a child practically every holiday. Two of my favorite crafts were Christmas ones -the log santa and the clay pot soldiers. I miss my mom’s decorations and her hand beaded tree. I’m starting to realize that now that I’m a grown up it’s time for me to start collecting my own decorations.

I plan on making these guys sometime in the coming weeks. I’ve found some instructions/ tutorial here and here. They aren’t quite like “Pierre”, “Jacque”, and “Little Guy”. Something missing in these instructions were gold confetting star bursts on the sides of their heads and a chin strap.

Happy Halloween

Me (in the evil lady? costume) with my little sister once upon a time. Have a great Halloween!

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