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rain, again

Don’t get me wrong, I know spring means rain.  I actually am pretty fond of a good thunderstorm.  I have two new dresses to list in the shop, though, and no good light to take pics in.  The next project is a shirt for older girls similar to the halter dress.  Who knows, perhaps I will have one done by tomorrow to add to the stack.  Here’s hoping chirpping birds and rays of sunlight wake me in the morning!


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Some days are just hard, but goodness do I love these girls!

They are all in a handmade attire.  I made the twins and mom the older girls’ outfits.

Speaking of handmade attire.  I am already out of one colorway for the knot dress.  Learn more at the iLean tab above!

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This little halter dress I am quite proud of for several reasons:

  1. the print is really great with very rich colors (hard to see in my poor photos)
  2. it is my own design, no pattern
  3. the entire thing was completed in about an hour and a half
  4. total cost $0.00!

I did not buy a thing to make this dress, it wasn’t even things found in my stash.  The fabric was from my Aunt, the thread and bias tape trim was picked up during trips to my grandma’s house, and the elastic was in my mom’s box of trim and notions.  Free! 

I like these type of instant gratification projects.  Dresses that drag on for a few days will sometimes wear at my (lack of) patience.   I have plans for another already in the works…pink Scottie dogs trimmed in a home-made bias tape (tan and pink paisley)  for anyone who has perused my stash or remembers projects on my blog.

Pics of Minnie Mouse-type dresses, Tinkerbelle dress, and an Ariel wedding dress coming in near future.  (That is, after a trip to the fabric store for more eyelet and the completion of a certain star-fish.)

It is so hard to get the twins to take a decent no-flash photo with my automatic camera.   The natural light shows the rich colors better, but then it does also show the creases I didn’t get ironed out…oops.  Photographing clothing just isn’t that easy, anyone have any tips?

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Do you like the new header?  I thought it was time for something a bit more professional looking…you know I didn’t make it!  keep reading… 

Work on the store has taken a fair bit of what free-time I have had this week.  Free-time that seemed to be near nothing with working a couple shifts and a big family get-together.  However, I am hoping for an opening date of April 15th for ready-made designs (though, I can do custom designs at any time.)  I will be starting with the knot apron dresses, a new halter top or dress that I’ve designed myself,  and hopefully some Minnie Mouse-type dresses (working on that one today!)  I am so anxious to be able to have items ready to go as well as beautiful photos to go with them.  Photography for me is not much better than the graphics, but I am learning!

Unfortunately, the couple computer classes I took back in college are, well, nearly useless now.  In doing this venture along with remembering the past blog heading nightmares, I finally decided I needed help, big time, in anything graphic design related.  Enter Jenna at Serendiptiy Designs.  I knew Jenna from our wait for the twins, when she was also waiting to adopt her beautiful daughter.  She has been patiently working with me on a blogheader, store banner, and even little avatars with my new mascot.

Yes, I now have a mascot.  It wasn’t an easy thing to pick, either.  Seriously, I have four little girls, two of which have been talked to about the shop and who would have loved to have been a visual presence (their grand plans involved flowers, castles, fair wings, rope, the ceiling fan, and more.)   So then I went to thinking just words would be fine, maybe a flower, but then what to name the shop.   I got Forest involved in the process, he was quick to eliminate my odd-ball ideas and point me in the right direction.  Round and round I went trying to figure it all out when suddenly it clicked.

I think I am in love, meet iLean:


iLeanis a pesky little pup at times, but so fluffy and full of love. Her name may be a bit of a tease, but with only three legs she does tend to, well, lean.

My poor little dog ends up being an inspiration, big old baby that she is!  She will be a cute little presence for my shop and blog, so if you see her in the comments know that she is there on my behalf.   

I am working right now on a portfolio of sorts.  In the next few days I plan to have styles and pricing all spelled out in black and white on a new tab way at the top.  If you are interested in custom designs let me know as I am flexible, but am not afraid to tell you that my skills are not there yet if you request something outside of my abilities.   My goal is to bring you high-quality, custom creations.  If you want to know more, my etsy store has shop policies in place.  Also, keep looking here as I will be announcing all shop listings here as well.  I am pretty sure you can subscribe to a feed (forgive me if I am saying this wrong, I am still trying to figure out feeds and readers) both here and at iLean.

Phew, lots to do plus still cooking (Vietnamese meatballs this week as well as stew and roasted chicken) and homeschooling.  Multiplication was easy, but division is giving us a few stumbling blocks…pretty soon it will click.

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