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Welcome to Crazytown (or as I call it – Life as boutique designer) July 27, 2014

So it’s July (shhhhh it’s almost August) and once again I have let this blog slide into the unused abyss. Well slide no more.

I have been a busy busy bee. I have me (typo but I am leaving it because talking like a pirate is fun) own Facebook page, my Esty Shop has taken off, AND I also run a multi-designer Facebook page where we do weekly auctions and giveaways!

What are you going to see here going forward??

~Posts about new items
~Posts about sales
~Posts showing what myself or my designer team are working on
~Weekly event announcements and lists for upcoming themes
~Weekly posts about being a seller and how to improve your skills
~Random posts about my fave patterns, freebies, crafts and fun!

(oh and pictures of my kids because they are cute and like to pose)

This week at CKC Fans we are having the latest in our “Back to School” series – “What Frozen Things Do“. Think winter in July with a bit of our fave Ice Princess thrown in. Here is a teaser pic!

Frozen Upcycle


There is also an amazing giveaway over at one of my favorite pages, Poppy Petals and Lotus Leaves! I am giving away a dress and there are like 90 other prizes!! Enter HERE

(in case you didn’t notice, I like to add links, when i read something I want to be able to click and get there, so I provide you with that service free of charge)

Coming up on the blog this week I will be reposting info about shipping boutique clothing, sharing a great sewing tutorial (not mine) on making a cute little wristlet and will be introducing you to some of the amazing designers over at CKC Fans!!

Have an awesome day and please follow us and share with your friends!!




Marriage Isn’t For You November 3, 2013

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Marriage Isn’t For You.


And the Oscar goes to…… October 30, 2013

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Or mother of the year award, they are pretty much the same.

I have never worked so hard as a mom as I am recently and I used to work outside the home 60 hours a week (that seems long long ago, in a galaxy far away) while taking care of 3 kids and they all played sports.

Fast forward a few eons in time and here i sit at 12:30 am on October 30th making a costume for the teenager. I had planned on being almost done with it by this time but his baby sisters just did not want to go to sleep tonight. So I am here taking apart goodwill purchases and fashioning them back together to create something that looks like this

20131030-004426.jpg That is Pokemon trainer Ash in the FIRST season of the cartoon. There are slight differences. It must be this one. I have already made a Doc McStuffins costume and a Minnie Mouse costume. Those needed to be done by today for story time at the library. I did cheat and my 3rd grader got a store bought Captain America, I do have to make his shield at some point before trick or treat time.

In place of a mom made costume he gets mom as a parent volunteer. He really wanted me to be a part of his class so I filled out the room parent volunteer form. A tiny part of me thought “eh maybe so many people will volunteer that they will say they don’t need me, at least I tried”. Lmao yeah right. There are three of us. It is our job to coordinate activities (there are no “parties” anymore) and send notices to parents begging for a few $$ here and there to contribute toward our expenses. Of 17 kids I have received 4 donations (minus our 3 kids) and that leaves 10 kids whose parents couldnt even fill out their email address for us so we can keep them updated let alone send in even $1. That is a whole other story though.

For my first official duty I have purchased pumpkins and the kids are going to break into groups and scoop them out and count the seeds. Riveting stuff right?! Then they will create a bar graph (because that goes with their math curriculum) to see how many each had. I know you are dying to know – yes I will be at the school for this fun filled hour and will have both girls with me.

But back to my original point – how awesome I am. I really do love this. And sometimes I miss corporate lunches but this is what I do best and they may not give out awards for it (and really someone should, and I’m not talking about the handprint cards we get each may saying they love me) but hopefully when my kids have their own kids they will remember that day in the classroom or the costume made in the wee hours and will smile (and then call their lonely old mother and tell me they love me and that I am still as awesome as ever)


Donate to Breast Cancer and Win a Dress!! October 22, 2013

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Quick post to remind everyone that it is breast cancer awareness month! Have you had your boobies squished? I go in a few weeks and while it’s not high on my list of fave things, it is high on the need to do list.  Early detection saves lives!

I walked with my family this past weekend in remembrance of one aunt and in honor of another. She chooses to use the term “Overcomer” and even had a brand new tattoo to show off with that word.  In support of this cause I am raffling off a dress. Here is the link to buy a ticket and win a dress and help save the tatas!!


These are a few of my favorite things – Friday October 18th October 17, 2013

Welcome to the first edition of “my favorite things”. I will be posting weekly and introducing you to the things I love. Most of these will be sewing/crafting/kiddo related.

This weeks favorite thing is a newer pattern by Create Kids Couture. Cassidy’s Corset Cover Dress is awesome! It is quick and easy and can turn a simple peasant top into something fabulous. I modified it and used it as an apron for a Raggedy Ann Costume that I had to make for a customer, it was simple and turned out awesome.

If you aren’t familiar with CKC, let me tell you they are on top of my list for go to patterns.  Their PDF’s are well written and wicked easy to understand and follow. I would definitely recommend them to anyone at any sewing level.  Make sure you follow their blog and facebook pages for news, announcements, giveaways and their weekly HALF OFF FRIDAY sale!!




Why is it so hard to blog? October 7, 2013

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I want to be a blogger.

Why do I find it so hard? I have lots of interesting things to say. Opinions aplenty. I have kids, hobbies, and a tiny little sewing business. I thrive, I fail, I work, I’m exhausted.

I want followers and comments. To make a difference and have a voice. Follow me to see what’s up with my business, products I love, things I hate, parenting challenges that come with teens, autism, and two toddlers. Love me or love that you hate me just follow me!!


WTF is a “hashtag”

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Ok I will admit I am old.  But I just don’t understand when a number/pound sign became a hashtag.  And when did it become the in thing to use one??

I guess Twitter invented them??  Of course with my age also comes my inability to fully understand Twitter.  I kind of understand tweets (they are like a Facebook status) but following people and retweeting and how the eff do you comment and have them see it and what is with all the damn “#”.

A crash course from the teens in my life tells me that people actually search for terms like “#wtfisahashtag” and every post that used one will come up.  Ok but why do I need write a status or tweet or post a picture and then also give it some dumb searchable tag?? Every once in awhile I want to be a cool kid and I use one. Today is used #dadisarookie on a pic on facebook, so if I sea rch this now both that pic and this post will appear? I don’t get it. Why do we need to search random peoples thoughts? Why does anyone care?

I haven’t written here in ages, but #bloggingisfun and lately i have an awful lot to say and nowhere to say it #epicfaceookstatus’sarelame so check me out as I take a leap into being a #betterblogger and hopefully in my journey will learn the proper use of a #hashtag, until then I will just tag everything because I am old and uncool but as it has been most of my life desperately want #fitin while also #beingdifferent

Here is a link in case you want to read more about the mystery of the #hastag and an awesome video because I love JT and JF



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