Monday, September 29, 2008

Fall Harvest

Fall is here! With the change of the seasons, I have been gearing up for the Harvest & Holiday seasons. It has been very busy lately & I have been working like mad developing new items.

After finding inspiration from my own garden, I have developed a Farmer's Market Basket complete with Carrots, an Eggplant, Zucchini, Tomato, Potatoes, Onion & Peas. (Pictured here is the fruit & veggie basket). The peas are my personal favorite.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Monkeying Around

Just wanted to introduce you all to my other "pet-project" (no pun intended)... SOCK MONKEYS! We call this one Peaches. I made her for my little Aubrey who just turned 8 months old. I am happy to say that she loves it! I think its the bell in the tail that does it...

I made this monkey out of a pair of super-soft chenille socks I found the other day - though it was hard not to stick my cold toes inside them before sewing! One of the most fun projects I have had in a while. I made the eyes from several stitches of embroidery floss -as I am very aware of choking hazards with Aubrey's toys.

I look forward to adding this little cutie & her many other monkey friends to our growing collection of lovies. Check back again for more monkey-ish updates!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Production Days

Its been a mad few weeks of production since starting my shop on Keeping myself busy is a pretty easy task with two rugrats, a household to keep & an at-home business to run. With all the things to do in a day, I still find myself hounding my computer, checking email & my shop for any signs of a sale far too often during the day - excited for that lovely red alert on my page signaling a sale. Of which I have made a few, I am happy to say! It must be all that chatting & networking, which occasionally seems a waste of production time - but who knows? I think its beginning to pay off. I thank my wonderful customers for their support!

Between soirées to my etsy shop, I am busy working on new items & updating my terrible first photos. I think things are looking much better now. I came up with some new pizza designs & am quite pleased with them. Still, the elusive crab dinner hounds my creative juices & I haven't found the time to invest in its creation. Someday. Maybe if i quit chatting, more will get done - but then, who's going to promo my shop? Conundrums...

I have been plastering the Alchemy listings with my wares for 2 weeks now & have finally gotten a special order! Baby cookies for an 8mo old. I put in a rattle, jingle bell & crackle paper inside the cookies, for extra sensory fun. I think the customer will be pleased.
Sew on, sew on...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New Items

I've been in the BugBites kitchens cooking up some new creations! Tonight, its dinner & dessert...
I now offer a chicken dinner complete with mashed potatoes & green beans! It was fun making the gravy & butter removable via velcro, so little chef's can decide which one they like on their potatoes.

The BugBites bakery has also been in
full production, I now have some new pies to offer little bakers - Strawberry & Key Lime! Complete with whipped cream & slices of the corresponding fruit.

Order up & enjoy!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

First Sales

It has been an exciting week in the world of felt food... I made my first 3 sales! I am much encouraged that my endeavor is going to really work. You know how you get excited about a project, spend hours developing the idea & even more hours creating it - it is very redeeming to have it be successful! Special thanks to my first customers.

This week I have been wrapping up a lot of loose ends - getting food sets completed, finalizing the appearance of my store, taking LOTS of photos, & of course developing new ideas - the best of which come from my brilliant husband, who's brain is so full of creative ideas it makes me stagger.
We are developing: Halloween cookies, Christmas cookies, a Crab dinner, a Fish dinner, some Berry Tarts, a Farmer's Market Vegetable Basket (almost completed) & a Grocery Bag set. Needless to say, I've got some sewing to do!

I am looking forward to the Holiday season & am committed to making/buying handmade gifts for everyone again this year. Happy creating!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Shop at!

So I've been really busy lately stocking up for the opening of my store on ... I am really excited for my first sale! I have been working on new creations - new pies & s'mores!
Its been a bit tricky juggling business & two beautiful children (one who won't let go of my leg for more than a few minutes!) All part of being a work at home mom though! ;) Its starting to get cold here in the mountains & we even got snow in our hills last night! I wish Summer lasted longer... Now its the season for soup, hot chocolate, Fall harvest in my garden (anyone want zucchini or tomatoes?), shooshing through falling leaves & cuddling up with a blankie & a book.