Monday, May 23, 2011

Swappy Stuff

 It's no secret how much I like swaps.
The latest Petite Inspiration Swap was so much fun!
I'm always amazed at how generous, talented, and thoughtful swappers are!
It's so much fun to find a lovely package in the mailbox (instead of the usual bills).
These boxes were sent to me by my sweet partners.
Tabitha made me this gorgeous woodland box filled with wonderful bits ~ dyed ribbon, buttons, trims, and beads. All my faves!
Lorraine sent this beauty full of lovely little notions, images, and trims.  That hand-stamped ribbon is beeeautiful!
Thank you both SO much!
 
I truly enjoy making these little boxes customized to my partners tastes.  
SO much fun to fill them with things that I think they will enjoy!

This one I made for Lorraine:
  This one was for Tabitha:
 And, this was for for a private trade with Lelainia:

I've had several questions asking when the next swap will take place.  
I'm thrilled that you like these so much!
My plan is to hold off on hosting swaps until the end of summer.
I'll be sure to post an announcement here and on Facebook in August to let you know the details for the next swap!
Maybe try something new?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Worth every sneeze...



Monday, May 16, 2011

Simplify

Things have been busy around here.
I feel like I'm always saying that.
Maybe busy is the new normal?
With summer coming, life is getting even busier!

I've been doing a lot of special orders lately ~ ribbons, trims, and flowers for weddings and party favors.
(Don't you just love this time of year?  All the new beginnings and promises of bright futures.
We don't have any gradations to attend this year, but I always love the energy that surrounds them.)

Anyway... I'm trying to simplify things a little bit.
I enjoy being busy.
I'm absolutely not complaining about it.
I am truly honored that you keep me busy!!!
Thank you for all the support throughout the years!
You girls are simply the BEST!

From now on, I'm going to try doing monthly product releases.
You can expect to find shop updates on the 1st of each month.
I've not been so good with updating the website regularly lately, so I hope this plan helps!
The next update will be on June 1st ~ it is HUGE!
Vintage ephemera, kits, trims, religious medals, flea market finds, and more.
I am super excited!
I think you will be too!

I'm also working on maintaining "office hours", which sounds so... official.
LOL.
I'm trying to stay away from the computer on the weekends.
That's been difficult!

So that's it.
Just a few little changes that you probably won't even notice!
They will just help me with time-management.
Putting them out there, in writing, will help me stick to them!

My Summer Intern (a.k.a. my 8-year old) will be out of school soon to help out.
She loves packing orders!
It's so cute!

I hope that you have a wonderful day!
I have some seriously fun swap goodies to share next time!

Friday, May 6, 2011

She Art Girls

My Little One and I are taking Christy Tomlinson's She Art Girl Workshop.  
It is a self-paced class with video instruction.
She's a wonderful teacher.
These are my first two girls.
It was fun to just play, and try to let go of that perfectionist thing that I have.  LOL.
The hardest part was choosing the words.  
Another difficult thing for me was using so much black.  Christy uses lots of stamps, rub-ons, and black ink.  I struggled with this... but once I let go, I REALLY liked the results.
This was my third girl, a birthday gift for a special friend.
Having SO much fun with these!
I can see lots more of these cuties in my future... they really are quite addicting!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Antique German Dolls & Parts

 I've just added a fresh batch of antique doll parts to the shop.
I've grouped them in small sets.
There are traditional Frozen Charlotte styles.
Lovely torsos.
Fancy families.
And a few creepies too...

Over 160 dolls.
You can check them out right here.