Monday, August 27, 2012

Let's Ruffle Some Feathers!!

My little sewing company, "Ruffled Feathers Company," is the "Monday Montage" feature this week at Scarlet Threads! 

You are probably well aware of the beautiful aprons, jewelry and other delightful things that Scarlet Threads creates as a fair trade company benefiting women and their families in China ... and if you haven't heard of them, you NEED TO CHECK IT OUT pronto! And as an extra incentive, if you mention the code "lex25" for reading about them here, you will receive a discount on your Scarlet Threads purchase! You can find Scarlet Threads by clicking the colored text above or here: http://blog.scarletthreads.org/2012/08/monday-montage-ruffled-feathers.html

I would be thrilled if you would hop on over and read the post about Ruffled Feathers Company at the link above. It's pretty exciting to see so many of my thoughts in print in one place with some of my most favorite items and reasons why I love to sew! And quite honestly, since I advertise mostly through word of mouth and happy customers sharing my name with others please pass along the link to others!

And remember to check out Ruffled Feathers Company here: http://www.ruffledfeatherscompany.blogspot.com/
I'm trying to get a few things sewn for the start of an etsy shop, so bookmark me so you hear when that opens.
In the meantime, here are my latest things I'd like to share ...

"Tangerine Dreams: Asian Inspiration"
This is its debut post, and it is still available for purchase! (as is some more yardage for another dress or two in case you need a different size.) This one is a 3T and makes me wish I was a 3T.

Blooming Hearts Knot Dress ($38)

Knot Top ($28) and Ruffle Pants ($22)

HOPE Knot Dress
(This is also available for immediate purchase and is a size 3T)


 Matching AG Bitty Baby dress ($18) and shirt ($6)
(also available AG 18" doll outfits)

Hot Daisies Knot Dress ($38)

Lydia Love Dolls ($35)
(pattern base from Bit Of Whimsy Dolls)


Also available: Coordinating Skirts and Ruffle Tops with Lydia Love Dolls
(To dress your little doll and her little doll)


I have lots of things from skirts, knot dresses, dolls, long sleeve shirts with ruffles, tank tops with ruffles, ruffle pants, ruffle shorts, doll outfits (dresses and skirts) Leave me a comment or email me with your wishes and I'd be happy to make some sweet and special just for you! :-)

*And remember, it's never too early to be thinking ahead to Christmas. Since all my things are hand made they do take a bit of time to create (especially when hockey season starts up for my boys!) If you think you might be interested in something, feel free to put a bug in my ear. I'm always looking for started ideas when I want to make something but I'm just pulling sizes or fabric combos out of the air.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Summer into Fall--Catching Up

Where has the summer flown? Apparently no where near my blog, and maybe that's a good thing. At least for our boys ... but even though we made good use of our pool pass, made friends with many toads in our yard, took a week and a half long vacation to the cabin Up North (and not only survived but had fun) the summer, as always, went by way too fast. It was capped off by watching the Summer Olympics--we enjoyed it so much, in fact, that Brayden and Easton started trying some things out on their own. Thankfully they didn't try out the gymnastic moves (which they love to watch thanks to Shawn Johnson four years ago.) Instead, BOTH boys learned how to do flip-turns at the end of the pool just by watching Michael Phelps race! I can't even do flip-turns, so I'm in awe.

Brayden jumping from the rope swing 
(the family cabin is across the lake) 
and yes, the water is deeper than it looks here!)


This is Cody-the-Toady who the boys fed bugs. 
He got really big!  One of many lucky toads
they took under their wing this summer (let me mention in 
particular "Slippery and Victory" 2 special toads they found
at the rope swing Up North.) LOVE the names they gave them.



Nolan and Sasha on the boatride back from the rope swing
I LOVE Sasha's ears flying in the wind!
Entitled this one "Flyin' Home"


The older boys, believe it or not, have been back in school for ONE WEEK now! (Ya, I have a lot of photo posting to do in order to catch up, eh?) And Nolan has been adamant in keeping me on my toes with his "homeschooling." Since he has a summer birthday, we've decided to not put him in preschool this year, but to wait one more year. Not that he isn't ready socially or educationally, oh boy, that kid is READY ... but we've made the choice to not push him along and have him be the youngest kid in the class, and instead to have a wealth of confidence to draw from with that extra year behind him ... and as a survivor of graduating at 17 and heading to college at barely-by-the-skin-of-my-teeth 18, I don't regret that decision at all.

And we're having a good deal of fun together too. We've run into some shopping these last few days since the older boys have been back in school. Mainly at fabric shops (poor Nolan!) Let me tell you, that boy has PATIENCE beyond his years! What a blessing. And I was so thrilled that after waiting forever for me while choosing fabric and trim we stumbled across THIS sweet find FOR HIM.
THIRTY-FIVE dollars!
SwEeT!
We recently took our first family bike ride on a local trail right before my birthday earlier in August. It quite honestly was pretty fun. But Nolan is not ready to pedal (our kids do not excel in peddling at an early age which is beyond me since I lived on my trike and bicycle from an early age. So I'm going to say this is an Almquist gene, ha!) 
Jeff gerry-rigged our jogging stroller into a bike-child-carrier and although it worked okay ... I was a bit freaked out with the safety factor. (chalk that up to "mother-worry" I'm sure it was fine, Jeff is an engineer ... right?)

 We're hoping to get a lot of use out of these new wheels!
I hope to be more frequent in posting going into the fall and hope I still have at least someone who still reads my blog. If you haven't been over to Ruffled Feathers Company lately (my little sewing business) I'd welcome you to stop by. There's been some crazy-fun ruffling going on over there lately.


The family

The family