Throw Back Thursday

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mr Sprout... That face... Priceless! lol

Drape, Bootcut, Baste, Absorbent and Facing

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drape: This is when you literally drape the fabric over your dress-form to create your garment.

Bootcut: When jeans flare at the bottom.

Baste: Temporary stitch to hold your project in place.

Absorbent: Fabric that absorbs moisture.

Facing: Fabric which is sewn on the raw edge, to finish the garment.

DIY: Make your own hang tags

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 Gather your supplies: Paper Punch, Scissors, Thread or Yarn, Small Hole Punch, and of course paper.
 Punch the paper
 Tip: Use the paper punch this way to make the most out of your paper.
Punch mini holes where you want the string to go through. Cut the string to the desired length, and you have a hang tag!

What I Purchased

I purchased these three acrylic paint bottles from Michael's. I'm trying to focus on Easter colors so we can be prepared for Easter crafts.

Weather: Shipping Updates

Monday, January 26, 2015

The North East will be getting a huge blizzard later on today (around 1:00) for a couple of days we're supposed to be snowed in. I will not be shipping out orders Tuesday and Wednesday. We're expecting 3 feet of snow. I really hope they are just over predicting the storm.

Most likely, I will not even go into work on Tuesday and we will have to rearrange a schedule for my patients.

What a mess!!

Another Freebie: Crochet Booty Buttons

Sunday, January 25, 2015

With the impending snow storm, I was sitting at the computer doing nothing, then I thought... Let me make a quick freebie. I made a few 200X200 Buttons you can use on facebook, manipulate and edit as you please. Enjoy these crochet booties! Save the JPEGS to your computer and edit them on your image editing software.

Here's what I did:

Now you!

I've been robbed!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

So, I found out the DVD of PDF and JPEG patterns was bought in my eBay store, but there is a catch...



I'm beyond mad, it's sad that people need to do this. I know money is the root to all evil but COME ON!

With that said....

I'm going to take my DVD off eBay, and offer it for free. Slowly but surely I'll post the patterns here on my blog for free, with a tutorial on how to do it.

I was thinking (before bed) I can make February Barbie Tutorial Month. Everything I know about sewing and crafting for Barbie will be here.

I'm thinking every day there will be a new pattern offered with a tutorial, either video or photo.

I'm so sad, I'm angry, and I'm making lemons with Lemonade.

Can you believe the person who bought my DVD actually was so mad they wrote negative feedback. They were angry my patterns were watermarked. They claimed the DVD wasn't labeled. Sorry dude or dudette, it was labeled. Good try. When I offer all my patterns for free, your little copy cat store will be done!

Freebie Friday: 200x200 Pixel Blank Buttons

Friday, January 23, 2015

These are made out of original photographs. You can put your own websites name inside the brackets that I added to the button.

Throw Back Thursday!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mr. Sprout!

eBay You're Killin' Me!

I tried to sell on Etsy a few times, but it's never caught on. I've been eBay'ing for many years, and found it's the best route to sell my stuff.

I'm coming off a busy holiday season where I sold out over and over again with Barbie clothes. It was all fine and dandy.

Now flash forward a few weeks. I'm still selling, but now that I've added best offers, or put my stuff on as auctions, you see how others value your work.

Everything I make is handmade, I MEAN EVERYTHING!

From crochet hats, to scarves, to Barbie clothes (which some are crochet as well) People value my work at little to nothing.

eBay has this thing called "Best Offer," this is just an example:
I post a 3 PC Barbie Set for $4.99 ( Cheap enough right, go to Toys R Us you get a China made outfit for twice as much.) The person on the other end sends a best offer of $.49... YES FOURTY NINE CENTS... You counter offer at $3.99. They send a note saying:


Yes I actually got this note.

Are you aware angry customer that:
1. Fabric Costs Money
2. Yarn Costs Money
3. It takes about 2 hours to finish a complete look, even for barbie.
4. If I'm crocheting, it may take 2 hours to finish a simple shirt.
5. It costs money for shipping boxes, tape and such.
6. It costs $1.93 (at it's cheapest) to send it with tracking...

I don't understand. I want a business so bad, but with so many people trying to low-ball me, it's getting kind of hard. I LOVE to sew, I love to give kids my designs for their dolls, but I'm not making ANY MONEY because of this. It's really sad.

Fashion Design: The Reality

Before you go to school, you go in to talk to a counselor and you're going to be promised bells and whistles like:

1) Your internship is going to be amazing, work along other fashion designers.
2) You're going to find a job, and we're going to help you when you graduate.
3) You'll have a network of people to help you start your career when you graduate.
4) We will teach you everything you need to know about the fashion industry.

No offense to the schools out there, but can you be any more wrong???

In my honest opinion, I've learned more on my own, than in school. With that said here is the reality:

1) Your internship is going to suck, and you probably will be a cashier helping a boutique that doesn't even have clothes yet. You can offer to make clothes for it, but the owner of the shop isn't even there to ask, she's working her other job to keep that store open.

2) I graduated in 2011, I have yet to find a job in the fashion industry. The school didn't help me at all. Right now I'm a CNA, before this I was stuck with a reception job. I have used the money from working to get the materials I need to start my own business.

3) You will graduate and you'll be on your own. The network at your school doesn't want to be bothered with you, and you're stuck listening to their voice on their voice mail. Why leave a message, they wont answer anyways. You're better off making your own circle of friends using Social Networking, with people who have similar interests, even better those you graduated with.

4) No, you wont learn everything you need to know. It's impossible. The school will teach you the basics, you need to teach yourself the rest. In my honest opinion, you learn about 60% in school. The rest is on you, especially if you want to be something in this business. 

It can take YEARS, and I mean 5+ years to be recognized for the things you do. Your friends and family probably wont take your dreams seriously, and consider them a hobby. Don't get discouraged, my own family does it to me too, including my fiance. It's not that they don't care, it's just that they don't understand what you're trying to do.

I work my day job, and work an additional 8+ hours at home, sewing, social networking, eBay, Etsy, and more. Finishing your garment is just half the battle, trying to market it is way more harder.

Be careful with those around you. I worked with a girl before I graduated, we completed a few fashion shows, won first place, and guess what...She stole my designs, stole the final garments, claimed them as their own. She didn't even say I did everything, or we worked together or that she even knew me.  She just stood there saying "ohh I like that zipper," "another button will be cool." She never learned how to sew in school, she had people do it for her. I don't know how she graduated. Come to find out she moved out of state, ripped my designs at the seams, made new patterns out of them, and her and her sister now have a failed boutique that didn't make it past the first month. She even refused to give me the photographs of us at the fashion shows, It's like I never existed there.

Just think about what you're doing. Every move should be calculated, and every person should be trusted. It's a long journey, prepared to get hurt, clean up the mess and do it better next time.

Fashion is Expensive :(

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sewing machines, fabric, desks, organization, paying for help....

It takes more money than you think.

These are the things I have so far:
Basic brother sewing machine: $78
Computerized brother sewing machine: $199
Singer serger: $299, but I really don't like it at all... I need to get a new one. 
Dslr digital camera for eBay pictures: $699
Storage solutions for fabric and ect... $125
Fabric $30- $60 monthly
Trims and finishes $10-$15 every few months
Paying friends and family to help during busy times, $10 hr average 
Dress form: $90
Painters paper which I use to make patterns $10 a roll. (Huge roll at Home Depot) 

Even if you go the cheap route getting the basics and discounted of everything, it costs a pretty penny.

My only advice is to not quit your day job, you're going to need it to buy machines, fabric and a lot more. 

5 years after graduation, and I'm still working a job to keep up with my sewing. I'm hoping that one day all my hard work will pay off. 

The last thing I need to get is an embroidery machine, and I think that will be the last of my expenses for a while. 

My dream feels like it's slowly coming true. My eBay store is finally starting to come to its own. I'm finally starting to somewhat get even. I stopped having to go into my work income for supply, and I can purchase items with the money I get from selling on eBay. 

I wish I can buy more time and more energy. I would love to stay up at night while the kids are sleeping just to sew. 

What I Purchased

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Joann Fabric's is having a $.99 Fabric Quarters Sale!

Freebie Friday: 200x200 Pixel Blank Buttons

Friday, January 16, 2015

Throw Back Thursday

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Grams and Sprout!

DIY Idea Wedding Sprinkles

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

No need to spend a bunch of money on confetti that you can sprinkle over tables or the runway. Most of the time Joann Fabrics, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby or Michaels has a sale on cardstpck paper. I got 6 sheets for a dollar.

The heart stamp costs $9.99, but if you find a 40% off coupon online, it's golden.

Literally punch a bunch of hearts out, and there you go.

That coupon helps a ton! You can even punch out characters for kids parties as well. Just an idea!

What I Purchased

This beautiful floral fabric from Joann Fabrics at $3.99 a yard. I got 1/2 yard.

Organization hop

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mingle 240
The topic over on the mingle Monday is organization. 

If there was a way to easily organize all my sewing stuff, oh what I would do. It's like the more I clean, the worse it gets. It gets really bad when I'm digging around looking for that one sewing foot, or that one needle. 

My room looks like a tornado wanted to sew up a circle skirt. 

No matter how many shelves, or plastic containers or boxes I can't seem to get it right. 

It's here!

More than a year ago, my barbie obsession began, and now along with Vintage designs from the early 90's, you get over 45 of my very own designs that have ton and mix and match combinations.

I'm so proud of it, and if you're anything like me, you will too.

Feel free to check it out on EBay. I've listed it for $5.99, and for the 5 days it's listed, it will stay at that price. I will then put the price up to $14.99.

My New Mini-Sewing Bag

Friday, January 9, 2015

I needed something to put my bobbins and my spare needle case. The top drawer in the desk just wasn't working out for me. I decided to make a mini bag I can keep all the small junk (I mean that with all due respect.)

I decided to put the zipper right in the middle so it opens right up, instead of putting the zipper on the top and having to reach through the bag to get something. This way the bag opens right up so I wont get pricked. The inside is lined, I know it wont stop needles from popping out, but it will add some type of protection. 

Throw Back Thursday

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Week 1 Creations

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

So as week 1 of 2015 comes to an end, I have created these beauties to add to the collection. I may put these is a lot, or sell them individually. Not sure yet.

What I Purchased

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

This pretty fleece fabric from Joann Fabrics. $4.99 a yard

What I Purchased

Got this pretty fabric at Joann Fabrics for $3.99 a yard!

Freebie Friday: Baby Shower Display Pictures.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Uses for these:
These can be used as Facebook display/default pictures. These can also be used as baby shower Facebook invites pictures as well. Enjoy! Please save these onto your own computer and host them there.