Today I have a bunch of new things to share.
A New Winner
As promised, I am back today to announce the winner of the last giveaway. I used the random number generator and Bloom won the 8 fat quarters from the new Wonderland collection from MoMo's/Moda. I just recently became aquainted with Bloom's lovely blog. If you have not already visited her, you must stop by and say hi...her blog is full of lovely things! Congrats Bloom! Please email me your choices.
Below I have some another tool to share with you all for Heather Bailey's March of the Tools. Last year, while I was still living in Germany, I started experimenting with hand dyeing and printing my own fabrics. I actually showed some pictures of some of my handdyed fabrics here on the blog, but did not point out that they were dyed by me. Feeling shy about it I guess. But since moving back to the US, I have been spending more time creating my own designs on the computer and then transferring them onto fabric as well as designing directly on the fabric. It has been so much easier for me to get a hold of all the supplies and tools I needed to do what I wanted to do. I have invested into quite some fun tools, and this one below is by far a favorite.
This fine line painting pen is so fun to use! You can use it on fabric, wood, canvas and more. It takes a bit of practice and a steady hand. Fun, Fun, though!
My New Website
I'll be using my new fabrics to make items to sell on my new website.
Yes, I mentioned this yesterday. I have been working hard behind the scenes here on another website. Ingrid did the graphics for the site. And I have been working to get things made and photographed and then getting the whole site up and operational. The photography is really the slow step for me. So bare with me as I fill this new home for my handmade goods! I had hoped to have it open by now, but realized that launching after Spring break and the inlaws' visit made a bit more sense. So it will go live in about a week. I'll post soon with an exact day of the launch.
I am really excited about this new website and hope that it will do well so I can spend more and more of my time making and less time selling fabric and such. I'll be offering many items as one-of-a-kind and the rest will be very limited edition. And I'll be doing custom work through the site as well.
Some items will be ready made while others will be sold as custom orders, giving the buyer the opportunity to custom select fabrics and sizing. This is what I did for years for my customers on ebay before moving to Germany and I am excited to get back into this again now that I am back home.
Here are pics of some of the new items I'll be putting up for sale on the new website.
I love them all. It will take me a while to get everything up there. It's a one woman show around here, so sometimes things take a little longer. :)
Another New Site Carrying My Handmade Goods
I will also be selling my handmade goods on Nest as well. I was approved as a designer there back in December and have been anxious to start selling on the site since. This all coincided with the CPSIA Law, so I'd stop with the children's collection I was working on and started with some home goods and other items that would note fall into the CPSIA changes. Well, since the stay and ammendments, I can sell my 100% cotton children's goods again, so I'll be adding items to the site starting the first week in April. 25% of the selling price of items on Nest will be donated to Nest.org. And 25% of the selling price of all the children's items on my new website will also be donated to Nest. I'll do a full blog post on Nest and my new partnership with them once I have some things on the site. I am super excited about this opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause!
A New Veggie Garden
We also started planting seeds and getting the beds ready for a new veggie garden. The kids are so excited about this project! And so am I. My father in law has been helping us so much in the garden....I saved this project to start while he was here because he is just a great gardener.
I spend a small fortune buying organic fruits and veggies. So I decided it would be worth a shot to try our own home grown organic veggies since we live in such a warm climate now. We planted the seeds on Wednesday, and by Saturday, many had already germinated. I am thrilled with the possibilities!
I'll be back soon with more new things to share!
Until then, be happy and create something beautiful!