Saturday, December 24, 2011

Custom Dress

I had a customer ask if I could make a doll version of this cute little dress from the GAP.  I can't figure out how to get the picture on here because of the little zoom-in feature so you will just have to hop over and see the girl version, come right back...........  I'll wait.

Cute, Right?

Anyway, here is the doll version I came up with. No laughing at the pictures is allowed.  I know the lighting is bad. There is one great photographer in this family and I am not it.  I am happy with how the dress turned out and I think I nailed it on the color. 

Happy Christmas Eve Everyone!

~ Christina 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Crafting Christmas

This year we decided to practice our three R's (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to those of you not living in the eco-friendly stronghold of the NW) and decorate brown paper bags to use as wrapping paper for some of our gifts.

The girls had fun coloring, cutting and gluing.  They LOVE anything crafty so the paper was flying and the glue flowing.  Grandma and Grandpa Betz ended up with three-dimensional little works of art on their packages! I think we will do it next year but in a more controlled fashion. Maybe just some basic paints like a friend of mine did very successfully with her girls this year.

Happy faces and Christmas fun all around.

Monday, December 05, 2011

The State of the Sewing Room

 After filling seven orders in one week things get a little crazy in the sewing room!

I did get to run to the fabric store last week all by myself and just for fun.  This is the result of birthday gifts and a fun sale.  I just love the fabric store.  These will be perfect with my new patterns!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Going Retro

Aren't these Great!

Quite some time ago my mother-in-law gave me her great big Singer Sewing Book.  It is a wonderful reference guide and has been helpful as I am re-learning how to sew.  

Last week I was reading through the Singer book (who says you can't just read a reference book for fun?) and loved some of the illustrations in the children's section.  I just had to find patterns for them, but being an older book I knew I had to go "vintage". I have sold many things on Etsy now, but this was my first purchase (thanks for the birthday money Grandma!). I adore these patterns and can't wait to pair them with the vintage fabric I picked up last Summer.  Stay tuned. 

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Last Day to Order

Today is the last day to order custom outfits over at My Sailor Girls in time for Christmas.  Through today only I am including an extra individual doll dress with the purchase of any skirt set, while supplies last.

Come on over and check it out!

Passing on Traditions

My Grandma June taught us to make German noodles by hand for Thanksgiving.  The recipe calls for measurements that are, shall we say, non-standard. Who needs a a set of teaspoons when you can use a cracked egg shell?  Needless to say, you can't just hand someone a copy of the recipe and expect them to turn out.  It is more about  how the dough feels than anything else so - it must be taught.  

Last year Abigail assisted me in noodle prep.  This year I was more of a consultant.  Thanks for all the yumminess Abby!  You did a great job.  Grandma June would be proud.