Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May Giveaway Day

Okay, so here it is. I am giving away the Kimberly Bag made with "Sorbet" by Sentimental Studios for Moda fabrics. (Actual fabric placement on giveaway bag may vary.) In order to win this bag, you must post a comment here on my blog. I will be putting names into a box for each person that comments. If you mention my blog on your site, I will put your name into the box 3 times and if you post my button on your site, I will put your name into the box 5 times. I will ship internationally. The giveaway is open until May 31st and I will notify and post the winner on this blog on June 1st.

The Kimberly Bag has three pockets on the inside and a removeable flower on the outside. It is also very durable with double stitching all around and a zig-zag stitch at the slit opening for added strength.This bag comes from a smoke free, pet free home. Spot clean only. Dimensions: Base - 4 1/2" x 19", Height - 11", Handle Drop - 9 1/2"
If you are interested in this bag and don't win the giveaway, please check out my etsy site http://www.simplystylishdesigns.etsy.com/ to purchase it. If you like the bag, but would choose different fabrics, check out The Fabric Farm at http://www.thefabricfarm.etsy.com/ for some beautiful fabric choices. I can make the Kimberly Bag out of any of those fabrics, just let me know your interests! Good luck!

More Fabric

I am getting so excited, I have just posted my newest Kimberly bag on etsy and figured out how to add my etsy gallery to this blog. Today has been very productive as far as bags go. I chose some new fabric from Moda, here is a little taste. I will be putting this on etsy either tomorrow or Thursday depending on when I have time to actually make the bag up. I am also excited about the encouragement I am getting from everyone around me! Okay, I will post my giveaway later, I better get back to work, I mean fun! :}

Monday, May 25, 2009

Getting Ready

I have been busy today! I picked out some Amy Butler fabric for another Kimberly bag that I am going to put onto my etsy site for sale. I have entered myself into the Sew Mama Sew blog Giveaway day on Wednesday and I want to have some Kimberly bags for sale just in case you all really love them so much that you can't live without them! Here is a little sample of the fabric I used to make this bag. I will be posting it to etsy later this week, I need to get some good pics. I am very excited because I have been getting so many compliments on the Kimberly bag I completed on Friday. More fabric shopping tomorrow, and a Giveaway day post to come...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Another Kimberly

I panicked yesterday and realized I needed a new bag for sister-in-law's baby shower, so I stayed up all night making the second version of the Kimberly bag. This is the version with the modifications I wanted to make after the first try. I think there are still a couple of quirks I want to adjust, but overall, I am REALLY happy with this new Moda fabric, it made the bag look gorgeous! And I did get a few compliments at the shower today, so that was satisfying! I also decided to add the flower, I need to modify it a bit, it was a quick effort very early this morning, but I feel like it achieved the look I was going for! For now, I'm going to try to write up a pattern for this and see where that takes me, maybe a new business will be born after all!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Birthday Bags

Another day, another bag. I whipped up a couple of small tote bags for some very lucky little birthday girls. One is for a friend and the other is for a cousin, hope they enjoy them. If they don't I'm sure I could find someone that would!

I'm also in the process of figuring out how many bags I should have on hand as I get this business started. I want to have a few of each style, but I'm just not sure. Then there is the business of getting labels made, which means I need choose a logo and that is only the beginning! I was feeling a bit overwhelmed this afternoon, as I set out on my adventure to buy some new and exciting fabrics, but I hit up my sister's scrap stash instead and that seemed to help with my bitter mood. I think I will try out my new design tomorrow, if I can get a couple of free hours...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Another Busy Day

Well, I had some time this evening to sit down and design another pattern. I also figured out how much fabric I need for the Kimberly bag and another tote bag that I want to make as a gift. I am so anxious to get these bags designed and made up so I can possibly start my own business and find shops to carry the bags, as well as the patterns. My dear friend is helping me get the ball rolling with endless ideas and enthusiasm, now I just need to put life on hold so I can pursue it all. If only it were that easy! Tomorrow I'm going on a fabric hunt, hopefully this weekend will be filled with sewing and projection completion...

Monday, May 18, 2009

My Own Design

I am so excited!!! I sat down yesterday with the intention of creating a new design, and I did it. From start to finish on my new sewing machine, I have my first original design. I am going to call it the Kimberly bag after my daughter, seems fitting, even at almost 2, she loves bags! The process of creating the pattern came much easier then I had imagined and that made me want to do even more. The fabric was just some scraps I had leftover from a quilt I made last fall, so I'm anxious to remake the pattern with some Amy Butler or Heather Bailey fabrics (my favorites!). I was planning to work on another pattern tonight, but am tired from a day of shopping and visiting with an old friend. Maybe later this week I will get back to it, turns out I will be teaching tomorrow, I do love that too!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Something Else

So, I haven't had a chance to start the bag designing, but I am getting up the courage. Instead I am trying to perfect my blog site, among other Saturday tasks. I thought I would post a picture of an Amy Butler Birdie Sling that I made last month for myself. I really love it, and I was happy with the way it turned out. I do love to make bags! Maybe the design process with begin tomorrow.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Burp Cloth Bonanza

Okay, so here are the burp cloths I promised. I have so many more than I remembered, I need to get rid of them!!! I have posted them on my etsy store and I hope you will visit to take a look! They are made with bright cotton fabrics on one side and white terry cloth on the other. I designed them when my youngest was a baby and they worked out so well, the perfect size, 9"x21". I'm at simplystylishdesigns.etsy.com. Wish me luck as I begin my bag designing endeavor this weekend, I am SO excited!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Getting Started

Well, here goes my very first blog post. I am a stay at home mom of 2 beautiful children under the age of 3, so my life is busy! I LOVE sewing, quilting and designing. Right now I'm working on some new handbag designs and I can't wait to get them made up to sell. I also have some old sewing projects laying around that I want to get rid of in the mean time. So, check back tomorrow, I will be posting some pics of the burp cloths I would love to sell to anyone that is interested...