Cupcake With Pin Sprinkles Please!

cupcakepincushion
Okay, I have to start by saying that I am forever in awe of some of the super creative and wonderful ideas that I find on WordPress. Today, I am especially thankful for one that I found last night on “The Whole Knit & Caboodle” ( here’s the link to the post http://thewholeknitandcaboodle.com/2013/05/22/free-cupcake-pin-cushion-pattern/).

While the pattern was super easy to follow, I must admit that I was watching “Hell’s Kitchen” last night while making this and it’s possible that I miscounted rows 🙂 Therefore, my cupcake seems to have turned out a little larger than it was supposed to, but I think that’s ok. Either way, it does the job and I absolutely love my new pin cushion. No more sticking pins in the ironing board cover or piling them on the desk while sewing 🙂 No excuses!

Advertisements

Love is in the Air :)

My wonderful neighbor, friend, photographer and #1 cheerleader has a DIY Pinterest board that made me laugh out loud the other day. As I was perusing through the items on her board, I started to notice that a good number of them were actually projects for me to do! We have since added a board to her account labeled, “DIY for Maria” and after she ran out and bought some fabric, here is what I came up with (another “Pinspiration”). Lucky for me, she bought enough fabric for a dress for her daughter, a top for mine, and 2 tops for their dolls. I have enough time to make about 4-5 more of these dresses or tops to ship within the US, so if you like these and would like to order one, please send me a message asap!!!

Valentine Dress 2 wm Valentine Dress Doll 3 wm

Awesome Free Tutorial Site!!

I found this wonderful link on Pinterest! Yea!!! So many adorable free patterns/tutorials. I had been trying to figure out what to do with some vintage fabric (yes, really vintage leftover fabric from one of my mom’s old dresses) that was in my stash. This little Snappy Toddler Dress used up the perfect amount and turned out so cute!!! The pattern on the site was for a baby (12-18 months), so I just used the back neckline from the pattern as the front neckline for my 5 1/2 year old and created a new back neckline to fit her. The rest was easy! What do you think???

Next on my list is that adorable Snap Wrap Dress that’s on there…and probably a few more of these tops 🙂 I’m sure I’ll have to adjust a little to accommodate for my daughter’s age/size, but that is a simple fix.

Loooove these simple tops! Thank you Prudent Baby!!!

Grow With Me Dresses and Tops

My mom and I laugh about it now, but when I was little, I used to get so frustrated when I would see something in the store that I wanted and my mom (being a very talented seamstress) would always say, “I could make that for you!” and then she would go on about how everything was so poorly made blah, blah, blah… 😉

Flash forward 30 years (what?! no!!!) and here I am finding myself doing the same thing! Yikes!!! About 3 years ago, I finally took out that sewing machine that my mom had given to me one Christmas. I had seen a couple of dresses that some of the little girls were wearing at my daughter’s pre-school and thought to myself, “I know that I could buy those in some of the local boutiques (for some ridiculous amount), but honestly, they don’t look like they would be too difficult to make!” I made my first pillowcase dress shortly after that…no pattern necessary 🙂

my daughter proudly modeling her first dress made by me back in 2009 (pardon the unprofessional photo!)

My niece. Same dress, 3 years later…professional photo 🙂

After seeing this picture, I realized that the 2 types of dresses that I make the most can both “grow with you” and go from dress to tunic top in just a matter of years! Another plus for me and for all the people who have received one of these dresses over the past few years. Here is a little reversible swing top dress that I made as a photo prop for my friend, Christina, of Bees Knees Photography www.beeskneesphotographync.com

Reversible swing top dress worn by a 1 year old (as a dress).

Same “dress” worn by Christina’s 3 year old as a top

And just for good measure. This was the first reversible dress that I ever made. Again, this was made over 2 years ago. Just thought I would show some then and now pictures with the same dress (that has held up quite nicely, I must say!).

My daughter when she was 3.

same dress, same child…2 years later 🙂

CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!!

I was just updating my Zahoomi Shop page with some of my winter inventory and thought, why not do a Christmas in July Sale?!? I am making a shift this year. Normally I do 3-4 craft shows during the winter months and I stock up on inventory for those and inevitably people see a hat that they love but need it in a different size, so I end up doing custom orders and still having a bunch of my inventory left after the fair! Here’s my chance to clear out the inventory bin and your chance to save! I have marked down all my winter items and while I currently only ship in the US, foryouI will open that up to worldwide. Just tell me (via the contact seller button) which item(s) you are interested in and I will run over to the post office and figure out shipping for your zone 🙂

Thanks for looking!

http://joyfulmamadesigns.zahoomi.com/stores/

…in July.

This is why I do it!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post that showed these dresses after I had first completed them. While I love the way the dresses turned out (I am definitely going to start making the majority of my pillowcase dresses with the crochet trim), I have to say, this is why I still make them for others. I LOVE seeing the children actually wearing them! A dress can only be so much on a hanger.

I have been told repeatedly that I don’t charge enough for the things that I make. Here’s where I stand on that: I don’t want to charge too much because I want everyone to be able to enjoy them. It’s just me. I’m not paying any employees; I don’t see this business of mine becoming huge (because I’m the only one making things and I can only do so much!). So why not?!  Anyway, just thought I would share this photo. So cute!