Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dabbling in Kids Clothes...


I've been quite busy lately, and its a very good thing!
I opened my shop back up and sales are rolling along at a steady pace.



A friend and I are working on designing a line of kids clothes. This is something that I feel strongly about.
My daughter is 3. Do you have a hard time finding appropriate clothing for your daughter?? I do! It seems like all the clothes out there are getting way too grown up for her. I feel like between the media and entertainment industries, they are all pushing out children to grown up too fast and I'm not a fan of that at all. You definitely will not catch Layla wearing something that says "I'm the Boss" or has "sweet" written on the backside of the pants. They them be kids, for crying out loud!



Not only that, but the clothes are junk! You wash them once or twice and they are ruined. With people being more careful with their money, its time to spend our money wisely. I would rather pay double for a dress for Layla that I know will last, them waste my money on something I will just throw away.


How do you feel about this??



We are still working on picking the fabrics and tweaking the designs but hope to make them available soon!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow day...

Today we had a bit of winter weather... it was gorgeous outside..

The birds liked it too :)

Tomorrow I will be making a new Tutorial! Yay! How make an apron out of a vintage pillowcase. Stay tuned for that!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pic Picks...Craft Room Organization

Just some gorgeous ideas from BHG for organizing your craft room...







Friday, January 7, 2011

Stop the Madness!


Oh yes... we have madness sometimes in this house!
Between Bryan working super long hours and Layla being, well, being a kid, it gets a little hectic around here.
Not to mention the fact that I run my business and the washing machine at the same time.

Luckily, I have a little knack for organizing things. I love it! Put me in the Container Store or Ikea and you wont get me back, I promise!

But, I feel like between all these things, there always seems to be a lot running through my head. So, here I am. Writing (typing) it all down. I hopes that maybe I can be more sane and keep things a little more organized around here.

That being said, I've decided to run with this organizing thing and make up some worksheets.
I've made a few so far and have lots of ideas for more. Available in my Etsy shop now :)

What do you feel like YOU need in order to be organized at home and in business??

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Couponing


Another of my resolutions this year is to save money. Things always seem to be a little tight around here. When I start classes in a couple weeks, I wont be able to push my aprons and sewing as much, thus, we lose our "second income".

So with that said, I've started studying coupon stacking. It's amazing what you can get with a little brain power, organization and a handful of coupons.

Here's what I got on my first 2 trips with my coupons :)





At CVS... all of this for $7.15!





Harris Teeter is doing Super Double Coupons now through 1/11! That means, any coupon you have up to $1.98 face value, they will double it! (except coupons that say you cannot double them)

So, with my plan and super huge binder in hand, off we went!

Today damage :)

Total before savings: $47.41

Total OOP: $13.19

Thats a savings of 74%!!!

Here's a little breakdown of the prices and coupons I used...

Lysol wipes: HT 2/$4

+$1/2 Coupon (DB $2/2) = $1 each

Ziplock Big Bags: HT $1.94

+$1/1 Coupon (DB $2/1) = FREE

Muellers Pasta: HT 2/$3.00

+$1/2 Coupon (DB $2/2) = .50c each

Healthy Choice Soup: HT 2/$4

+$1/2 Coupon (DB $2/2) = $1 each

Chef Canned Pasta: HT $1 each

+.35c/3 (DB .70/3) = .77c each

Not the best Ive seen, but this is only my second trip doing this. Still, its better than paying full price and these are things that we will use. So, its all good here!

I also had planned on getting Ziplock containers, but they were sold out. So I'll be going back tomorrow :)

Stay tuned for more of my coupon shopping!

-Gretchen

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

It was a very good year...


One of my Resolutions this year is to keep up with my blog. I am working on lots of new things and I'm excited to share them with you all!

Here's what I've been up to in the last year...




Stay tuned to see all the new things to come!
-Gretchen