Sunday, November 21, 2010

Taking a Breather

This has been a busy week. I had four orders to get ready for a few Etsy buyers. Which is completely exciting and what I want! But as with anything, starting out makes everything take longer...because I'm perfecting things such as packaging, mailing envelopes, etc. But here's a peek at what has kept me busy!
These little Monkey Lovin' Baby Slipper shoes have found a home!

And I custom made these Hey Little Diddle shoes with non-slip bottoms for a sweet little boy's tootsies.
 And then there's this. My Quiet Book. Talk about a project that takes a very long time! I forgot to time how long this one took me... but my first book (the one pictured below in the left side) took me over 50 hours. Yes. I said fifty. So that one is staying in the family. Not to mention it was the prototype and did not turn out perfectly. But it definitely helped me determine what I needed to change in the future! But the second one still took me maybe 20-25 hours or so.
Left - Original Prototype that took 50 hours
Right - Second attempt... sold this morning.

 This sweet Quiet Book is perfect for little ones needing a quiet way to keep themselves entertained. It has a four seasons theme, hence the wordless cover. 

Here are the Spring pages. The top book is the first one I did. The binding was such a trouble to me. Plus I blanket stitched nearly everything. Really cute and I liked the smaller size. But the pages ended up squished and it didn't quiet turn out like I had hoped. Below that is the new book with size adjustments to keep the pages from being so squished together.
 Each of the shapes with buttons can be buttoned onto and unbuttoned off of the page. Each spread page has a pocket for any shapes that don't make it back on the page before the road trip, plane trip, or waiting room time are over.

This book found a home today with two sweet little girls.
I do hope to make more in the future and will take orders for them. But it is the sort of project where I will need at least 2-3 weeks to complete it. I've been in crazy mode this week taking care of others. I should have taken a picture of the couch. And the coffee table. And the floor. Felt. Everywhere. My poor husband. But thankfully, it is over! Oh, don't get me wrong. I love making this felt book. But it takes a long time. And it wore me out having to complete it in less than a week. So I will make another. But for now, I can take a deep breath and relax.

Thanksgiving is calling my name. Thanksgiving is in Evansville this year. So excited. Black Friday crazy person shopping, here we come... Toll House Pie, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potatoes, Rolls, and Brook-Something Corn with amazing cream cheese. Lots of yummy flavors. I love yummy flavors and variety!

We have so much to be Thankful for this year.... but that sounds like a post for another day!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Have you Peeked?

......At my sweet little Etsy, Dear Moments
I have been having such fun doing outside photo shoots of these sweet little guys. They pose just where I want them too and are so cooperative! If only the lighting where just as helpful! ;)
I've been sitting in my front yard, in the midst of leaves, sticks, and grass, trying to get the perfect shots to show off the character of these little cuties!
(I just don't know why so many people who have driven and walked by while I'm shooting photos have given me weird "um...why are you sitting in your front yard with a camera and tiny shoes.....?"
Come on, people! That isn't weird at all! *tee hee*

After all that photography, I've finally listed a few more things! 
Take a peek and let me know what is your favorite!
Know someone with a little kiddo who might need some toasty baby shoes this winter? Tell them about Dear Moments.

Going to a baby shower sometime soon? Go with something unique: Baby slipper shoes from Dear Moments!
Don't forget... 
There are only 42 days, 11 hours, 34 minutes, and 4 seconds of shopping days until Christmas! :)

Who is on your list this year?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Surprise Revealed!


After a month of planning and organizing, I am so pleased to announce the opening of my new Etsy Shop:
Dear Moments

I only have one item posted right now. I plan to post more this week, but I need to get a few more marketing photos before the baby shoes section can be revealed. Don't worry. I'll let you know when the baby shoes are posted too! Until then, get familiar with my Etsy Shop and save it to your bookmarks so you can peek at it later this week!
He's just smiley excited!