Saturday, December 26, 2009

I Can't Get No Satisfaction ...

The other night, I watched this movie for the first time.

To be honest, I can't believe I hadn't seen it before.
You see ... this movie played a big part in my childhood.

Let me explain.

 When I was a young girl, I was obsessed with Justine Bateman.
Probably because one of my favorite TV shows growing up was Family Ties.
(I know ... I know ... I'm now dating myself severely)

Anyway ... one day, my brother and I discovered
that there was a movie
(this movie, to be exact)
being filmed on the island where we lived.
... wouldn't you know ...
Justine Bateman was one of the actors!

We might have stalked the set
trying to get a role as an extra.
We were unsuccessful.

BUT ...
when the movie ended,
my parents were invited to a party to meet the actors.
And they brought my brother and me along.
I was so excited to finally meet Justine Bateman in person.

I might have followed her into the bathroom to get her autograph.
No shame.
She was smoking with a friend,
and told me never to smoke cigarettes.
Not kidding.

I definitely came running out of the bathroom with her autograph in my hand,
and I went straight over to my parents to show them.
They were talking to a man.
My dad proceeded to tell me that I needed to get the man's autograph as well,
because he was going to make it big one day.
I ... trying to be polite ... begrudgingly asked the man for his autograph.
He signed.
He was Liam Neeson.

I'll never forget that day.
It was my first brush with fame.

What I don't understand - after having seen the movie -
is why I didn't realize that Julia Roberts was in that movie, too.
That's right ... Julia Roberts.
THE Julie Roberts.

I wonder if I met her at that party, too,
but didn't realize because I was so excited about meeting Justine Bateman.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Smock for the Painter

My littlest niece is getting an easel for Christmas
(shhh ... don't tell her!)
She loves to paint.

So, when I asked her mom what I should do for her for Christmas,
it was pretty easy to come up with an answer ...

a painting smock!

She's going to look so cute in this!
(Pay no attention to the creases and wrinkles ...
... I couldn't be bothered to iron it before the photo shoot)

It's reversible!
Seriously?  Love these fabrics!
There are three pocket on each side for paint brushes and stuff.

I used this pattern to make the smock.
It was a pretty simple little pattern,
but I modified it a bit to make it reversible,
and I used snaps instead of ribbons for closures in the back.

I hope Brett loves it!!!
I guess we'll see in a couple of days!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Here are a couple of shots of my Christmas decorations ...

My friend Cynthia came over to help me put up my tree and get my house ready for the holiday. 
I really am enjoying that tradition ... even though it's only been the last two years!

This is my new favorite ornament ... my friend Jodi gave it to me this year. 

Here are Mary & Joseph resting comfortably on the tree.

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Meet the Happy Couple

I just sent out all of this year's Christmas ornaments to friends and family.
I'm excited about the continuation of the Nativity Series!
This year, Mary gets her husband!

Here's the happy couple ...

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Knitting Experiment

So ... I'm into knitting these days.

I really love it.

I'm excited about my new yellow scarf that is half-made.
Hopefully I can finish it before the winter hits the South.
I've already worn my purple scarf once this season.

Last weekend, I started a project that required double-pointed needles.
I might have been a little bit scared to try this.
But, I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it.

 This is my SECOND attempt ....
We won't even talk about the first attempt.

Hopefully this one will be a success,
because I intend to give this as a Christmas gift in two weeks!!!
(better get back to work!)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

As Promised ...

I just put this coffee cozy in the shop ...

I have to confess ... I might need one of these for myself!!

Selvedges Everywhere!!!

It's official ... 
I'm now accepting selvedge donations.

This weekend, I had an order for three selvedge coffee cozies.
I've been LOVING using my own selvedge cozy ...
I love the fun colorful dots.

I'm glad that there will now be others who will have their very own selvedge cozies!

So ... I spent last night sewing selvedges together ...
lots of selvedges ...
for a long time!

The only sad thing is that now I'm running really low on selvedges.
I forgot how many it takes to make a cozy! 

SO ... if you sew and you have no need for your selvedges, I'd love to have them!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

I Heart Pajamas

I have to admit ...
I heart pajamas.

I pretty much change into them immediately when I get home from work.
I don't need fancy pajamas, either ... just comfy ones.

So, you can imagine how happy I was when Anneliese told me what she wanted for Christmas ...
pajamas for her American Girl dolls!

She specifically requested pink & purple pajamas.
So, I went to my favorite shop and bought some 1930's reproduction fabrics,
and I set to work on four pairs of pajamas this weekend
(one for each of her dolls).

This is one of the pairs ... being modelled by an extra American Girl doll
that my sister-in-law found online for super-cheap.
(This was the only doll we could sneak out of the house without Anneliese finding out!)

I think they turned out really cute!
The tops were a little bit tedious, but only because the pieces are so small!
I still need to add some velcro down the fronts, so that they'll be easy to open & close,
and maybe some buttons on the outside for decoration.

The only problem ...
my sister in law tells me Anneliese is getting a new doll for Christmas!

She might have to sleep in her clothes.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Gift Sets

Recently I had a customer who ordered two reusable shopping bags and two matching coffee cozies.

These must be for Christmas gifts.

What a nice gift to give someone!

So, I was thinking about putting a gift set in my shop.

Like this one.

What do you think?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Things to Be Thankful For ...

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for :

God ... His love, His grace, and His Son
The freedom to say that openly
A healthy body
A stable job
A growing business
Hugs, kisses and "doinks" from my nephew and nieces every week
The ability to have a frappucino once in a while (or more than once in a while!)
The seat heaters in my car (seriously ... money well spent)
More good friends than I deserve

I will be spending the Thanksgiving weekend with my family.
Thursday we'll eat turkey and all the trimmings.
Friday we will be shopping for toys in the wee hours of the morning
so that we can give them to children who need them.
And the rest of the weekend will be a girls' sewing retreat at dad's house.
(More on that later, I'm sure ... I plan on making some fun gifts for my nieces!)

I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Make New Friends But Keep The Old ...

"... One is silver and the other gold."
Remember that song?
I used to sing it in Girl Scouts.
Good times.

Well, I've been singing that song in my studio recently, too ...

I made a new friend last week :

Isn't she pretty??
She will be in the shop this week.
I promise.
I just have to wait for the sun to come out to take some outside pictures of her.

Also, this week I purchased more of two of my favorite fabrics ...
... Amy Butler's Garden Maze in tan & her matching Happy Dots

Hello, old friend!

These cozies are now back in my shop! (right here, to be exact) 
And none too soon!
I already have a custom order for one of these pretties.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cozies Cozies Everywhere!

Check out this bunch of coffee cozies that I sent out recently to three different customers.

 Some were personalized and some not.

All are pretty.

Check out this fun one which will be given to the daughter of one of my customers :

LOVE LOVE LOVE the pink!
Especially with the applique initial.  So fun.
(Remember ... a portion of the proceeds from any of my PINK items
is donated to the Charleston Breast Center!)

And this "S" one was a gift for a special delightful customer
who ordered a load of cozies for her children's teachers.

If you are interested in giving a coffee cozy to someone you love this holiday season, there is still time!
Orders typically ship out within 48 hours.
Visit the shop for more information.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Need a gift for a friend, co-worker, your child's teacher, or even yourself this holiday?

Why not give them a gift they can enjoy while at the same time helping to save the environment?

These personalized coffee cozies are great for anyone who loves their coffee or tea!

Just stop by the shop and pick out their favorite colors,
or patterns you think they'll like, and I'll do the rest!

If you really want to be nice, include a Starbucks gift card with it, and they'll love you forever.
(or at least *I* would love you forever if it were me!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Let the Christmas Shopping Begin!!!

I've noticed a significant increase in orders from the shop in the last couple of weeks ...

Everyone seems to be getting a head start on their Christmas lists!

So, I've been busy in the studio making bags and cozies,
and packaging them up to be shipped off to their new owners.
(In fact, tonight I have to get 13 coffee cozies ready for shipping tomorrow!)

Here are some of the items I sent off last week :

I love all the pretty colors!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Scottie!

Happy Birthday to the best brother a girl could ask for!

You've always been my hero!

I love you, Scottie!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Busy as a Bee ...

I know, I know ... I've been absent from the blog for the last few weeks.
I have been super busy in my studio!

The Christmas orders have started coming in,
so I've had a steady stream of customers to attend to.
And all those Christmas orders have gotten me motivated
to work on my own Christmas list.
How is your list coming?

Here's what I've been staring at for the last couple of weeks :

And ... I'm happy to report that - as a result -
all the Joseph ornaments
are now fully clothed and awaiting their accessories.

Also - have you become a fan of Red Owl Designs on Facebook??
Didn't know there was a Red Owl Designs fanpage?
Well ... go on over, search for "Red Owl Designs, LLC",
and click on "Become a Fan" ...
(or just click on the right sidebar of this blog where it says "Become a Fan")
you'll get to hear about new product announcements,
new fabric styles, and of course giveaways and discounts
... so go ahead ...
join us!

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Cozies in the Shop!

I went fabric shopping last week, and my shop shows it!

These new cozies are now available

Make sure to hurry on over ...
I only bought enough fabric to make a handful of each!

This one might be my favorite ...
The yellow makes me very happy.

PS - I'm testing out larger photos on the blog. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

All Packaged Up ...

One of the golf pros at the Club asked me to make 26 belts for a ladies tournament they were having, and I was happy to help! The theme was black & white. So, I made reversible fashion belts with black & white patchwork fabrics on one side and black & white polka dots on the other side. I like how they came out, with a natural bamboo buckle that can be removed for washing.

I rolled each of them up ...

... and tied them with a tag

Now that they are all done, I can start with some other big projects ...
... like making more belts to possibly sell in the Golf Shop.

Monday, October 19, 2009

I Finally Found A Way To Justify My Love For Brownies!

For those of you who know me personally,
it will come as no surprise that I LOVE brownies.
I could eat them all day long and not get sick of them.
Especially the corner pieces.

By the way ... did you know that they make a pan like this for us edge-lovers??
I might need one of those in my kitchen.

Anyway ... this week I found a way to justify my love for brownies...

See this brownie box?
Well, I no longer look at it as just a brownie box.

It's now my new way of shipping out orders!
That's right ... I just turn it inside out and tape it up really well,
and then stuff it with all sorts of fun gifties.
It's the perfect size for a pair of baby shoes or a reusable shopping bag!
This particular package is on its way to my friend Christina for her new baby girl.
The pink & green shoes seemed a perfect gift for her new little feet.

I wish I could ship it out like this,
with the tissue paper coming out of the top
The red & white polka dots make me very happy.

I'd better go ...
I need to make more brownies
so that I'll have enough boxes to ship things out in!


Friday, October 16, 2009

On Its Way to Its New Home ...

This cozy is on its way to one of my customers as I type!

Isn't this a fun fabric?
I love the blue!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


My personalized coffee cozies have been featured
as the "Lovely Etsy Find" of the day!

What a nice write-up!
Thanks, ladies!

I have only one word to say ...


Friday, October 2, 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I might be a freak.
It's true.

I'm one of those people who like to be ready EARLY for Christmas.
I try to plan ahead so that I won't be stressed out when December rolls around.
The holidays are stressful enough as it is, without having the added pressure of coming up with and finishing gifts for loved ones, right?

SO ...
... in the spirit of being prepared ...
I've been working on some Christmas gifts recently!

Here's a sneak peak.
(I - of course - can't post too much,
because the people who are receiving these actually read my blog.)

Don't you just LOVE this thimble fabric?
I think I got it on clearance at Jo-Ann's one day ... it was a good find.

Hmmm ... I wonder who THIS one is for??!!??

I'll definitely have to post full pictures after Christmas,
because these are really fun gifts ...
so much so that I had to make one for myself, too.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Another Project ...

My dad and his wife gave me the following quilt package for my birthday ... complete with the pattern and all the fabric needed to make the quilt.

Isn't that a fun pattern?
Originally, I think it was designed to be in brown & pink Civil War era fabrics,
but I like the fabrics Julie chose better ...

I'm thinking this will become a 4th of July - ish quilt to hang on my wall in the summer.

Now, if I could just find the time to start it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Black & White & Red All Over

OK ... not "red all over" ... just "black & white"
(I was looking for a catchy title)

I got an order for 26 custom black & white belts for a ladies golf tournament here at the Club. I've been working on them recently ... it's a whole lot more work than I anticipated! But, I think they're going to turn out nice!

Here are some photos so far ...

The fronts of the belts are "patchwork"
with various lengths of different black & white fabrics
sewn together randomly.

So far, I have one (really) long strip sewn together,
and I plan to cut all the belt fronts from it.

Each belt will be reversible, and are made of one long strip of polka dot fabric.
I made half of them with this fun polka dot stripe
and the other half with a standard small polka dot fabric.
I figure it's good for the two teams to be slightly different.

Check out the bamboo buckles.
I was looking for these in black, but I actually think the natural will work better, because it won't blend into the belt.

I'll post more pictures once they are done ...
... until then, it's back to work!