Thursday, April 24, 2014

setback...but still moving forward

UGH--the health thing!  Living with autoimmune issues can be the pits!  One day up, next day down.  This week I had a bit of a set back--the kind that put me in the ER for a day!  I'm getting better and pushing through, but being there did put some things in perspective.

I love to create!  The finished product makes me happy and has never disappointed recipients (well, maybe that one blanket I didn't quilt because at the last minute I decided to let a friend decide if it was heavy enough or if she wanted it heavier....the baby is not a baby anymore so I guess I'm off the hook!)

I love to hand embroidery, cross stitch and needlepoint--always a great and easy on the go project for me.

I love to machine embroider, and with that create designs.  I've been at it for a long time now and digitizing is something I have fun doing....but selling the designs and dealing with all the headaches that come with that...ugh and double ugh!

Lying in that ER bed just made me realize I've spread myself to thin with all my ideas and projects.  As I looked at everything I've started I decided that developing the digital shop will have to be put on hold for now (and maybe forever).

That doesn't mean I won't put designs out there--oh no, there will be all kinds of free stuff!  It just won't be my focus.

Instead I'll focus on the final products, cleaning up tutorials for this blog, sharing my love of needle, thread and fabric...and just having fun!

Because life is too short, and throws us too many curves--we should love one another and share our crafting love while we can.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WOW!

For those that know me, they know I trust my gut.  If I try to push something through that feels off, I always end up getting in trouble.

Those that know me also know I'm very transparent.  Yes, I do change my mind, but I don't lie or steal.  I believe in telling people straight out, in giving heads up warning and trying hard never to repeat mistakes.

I had a whole lot of push back on a few groups I'm part of online yesterday.  It made me sad and anxious for the position I put someone else in (totally unintentionally!).  This morning I woke up refreshed, cleared up all points and decided to move forward with my digital designs...and offer up a freebie*:


I've been making the non-in-the-hoop version for a few years now--and yes, they are based off the silhouette of a popular chocolate bunny.  My favorite as a matter of fact....unfortunately due to allergies and autoimmune reaction I can't eat chocolate anymore.** :(

Last year I made them in the hoop for the first time (that is the embroidery machine did most of the work).  When I started stitching them this year again, I reached out to a fellow machine embroidery enthusiast at my church and said "let's make these for our Easter egg hunt!"  She was totally on board and we had a great time stitching stuffing these little cuties!

I love to create!  Making people smile with my creations is such a huge added bonus!

Hope this little cutie brings a smile to your face and your heart!








*free bunny does not contain my church logo!  Feel free to make your own, design it, own it and have fun! :)
**although I have found out I tolerate most of the Theo dark chocolates fairly well. :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

the bows....

I have been mad stitching bunny bows!  For a non-bow person it's been a strange twist.  For a non-bunny person (especially those that invade my garden every year) it's even stranger!

But how could I resist these cuties?


When my girls saw them, they fell in love.  One thing led to another and I started offering them up for sale on my other Facebook page (and soon to be web site), Dolls and Doodles.  Which is brings up another point:  they are not my design.  That in itself is strange because I don't think I've bought many embroidery files from indie designers.  Bobbin for Appliques has the most adorable bows for machine embroidery enthusiasts you have ever seen!!  The owner is a gem and sells on etsy as well as on her own site.  I have been totally impressed by the creativity behind her work.

Of course everyone in my household has been bow making with me--very sweet and not complaining at all about the little bits of felt everywhere!  I love my family and how supportive they have been as I try to get my business off the ground. 

But it will take a bit of time to train them that mommy can't drop certain projects to work on theirs.

So when my oldest asked for a Tardis bow, I first asked if there was one available.  I mean, I'm cleaning up 12 years worth of digitized designs do I really want to digitize one??  And have I mentioned bows are not my thing??

Oh, and she wants it for Thursday. (aaakkkk!!)

Between the work I HAVE to do, the doctors appointments I CAN NOT miss and the head cold that is still plaguing me (4 weeks and counting).....and no readily available design????

Yeah, I love my kiddos but I just can't do it all.  Still, I tell her to design one and I'll see what I can do.

She totally thought it out, and I'll admit I got a bit excited about trying to make it happen.

The same day I found out that Bobbin for Appliques Tardis bow was in the works, I stitched out these:


Now, I am not that girl who wants to take business away from others.  And I hate when people are inspired by someone/something and don't give credit.  That whole brain surgery thing I went through really mellowed me out and made me look at life in a whole new way.   So I have to give credit to Heather, the designer behind the bunny bow because if I had never seen and stitched her design out, my kiddo would never have thought to ask me for a Tardis bow.  All other things Dr. Who related, but not a bow.

And if there was a bow to purchase in time, this little project would have waited in line behind all the others.

The idea was that I would sell these (and I will be on dolls and doodles) as finished products, I didn't think for a moment to offer up the embroidery file for purchase! 

Then my inbox got flooded with requests.

So after a long talk with my daughter we decided to make the embroidery files available for purchase. BUT  the proceeds from the sales will go into her "art" fund.  This fund is for the art and computer classes she really wants to take over the summer.

In the end, she is one happy camper.  Ready to wear her big Tardis bow, show off her mom's work and claim designer status.

Me--I just hope the bows are well received and people have fun with them.  I'm still not a bow girl, but I'm enjoying the fun my kids are having with them.


 

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Next Part of my Journey....

After years of digitizing my own designs...of talking about selling them...dreaming about opening my own little online shop, I've finally stated to take steps towards making my dream a reality!!

I've been digitizing for close to 12 years now.  I've read too many books to name, taken too many classes to sharpen my skill...and stitched out too many tests, toys and t-shirts to think about!  Some I've shared here on the blog, and others I've kept as closely guarded secrets.  
Now I'm about to find out if all the learning/practice/ideas can translate in this SAHM's little business dreams.  

Excited, nervous and scared out of my mind—just some of what I am feeling these days!

As I launch my digital downloads of patterns and machine embroidery on my GeorgiaBE etsy shop, I’m also starting to sell my creations.  I’ve mentioned my dolls before but have never really blogged about them.  Since I was in middle school I’ve been making dolls (before that if we count yarn dolls!), but it’s only been the last five years that I’ve REALLY been making dolls.  Most are from my own patterns, many have evolved over time to include machine embroidery…so Dolls and Doodles is born!  Currently I am only on Facebook (you will be redirected from Dollsanddoodles.com), as I develop the site and the etsy store.
Since my brain surgery in 2009, I’ve been incredibly blessed by the people around me.  That event made me realize how many wonderful people the Lord has placed in my life.  They rallied around me while I recovered, they encouraged me when I shared my creations with them and they blessed me with honesty and support when I shared my business ideas with them. 

I’m still scared as I move forward, but knowing that there is a virtual hug and a real one out there for me makes all the difference in the world!

Thank you all for sticking by me (and my blog)—I hope you’ll enjoy the next part of my journey in life and in the cloud!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

No more magnets…

No more magnets on the fridge!

I’ve had this magnetic board from Ikea for a few years. We kept moving it form one storage spot to another until it finally ended up in the kids playroom…along with the hundreds of magnets that once graced my fridge!



Oh sure, some magnets make it back the fridge, but overall they tend to stay here…in the playroom…on the board.

(Makes for a happy mommy who no longer knocks magnets off the fridge, all over her kitchen floor, creating stepping hazards as she rushes to feed four hungry kids at any given hour of the day.)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

and even more aprons...

Is it feeling a bit like an apron blog over here? :)

I added a bit of a machine embroidery element to these aprons!  Both were housewarming/hostess gifts.

I love this urban threads design!

This apron was bought and I embroidered it with this Urban Threads design

If I haven't mentioned all the pregnant friends around me....don't worry I will!  I've sewn more baby gifts in the last year than I did when I was having my own kids!

I do love my friends who can joke about their pregnancies....



Didn't think up the saying myself, but I did digitize and stitch it!



Lesson learned from this latest jean apron:  be careful when embroidering over a seam!  I broke a few needles, but the end result was worth it!