Thursday, June 4, 2015

PROJECT MADE 28 | Waterlogue

I'm excited to share a fun little project with you guys as part of Project Made 28, hosted by my friend Lindsey!

I think that this little project will be perfect for making things for your home, but also perfect for personalized, inexpensive gifts.  First things first.  You need to download the Waterlogue app for your phone.  This is a $2.99 app, but I promise it will be worth it!

The next thing you need to do is find a photo you love!  This can be anything!  I found a pineapple I liked, downloaded it to my phone, and then opened it in the app.

Then just play around!  At the bottom of the app you'll see various painting styles.  Select one and watch the app "paint" your picture!

After you've chosen a painting style that you love, you can customize it even more by changing the size of the brush and how light or dark you want your painting to be.

Once you're done "painting", save the photo and email yourself a copy.

Now using your computer, set it up to print.  I'm printing mine on watercolor paper for a more authentic look, but cardstock would totally work, too!

*Bonus tip: If you're using a thicker paper, be sure to load it through the rear tray and don't forget to select high quality printing!  

Then just trim to size and pop it in a pretty frame!  I scored mine for $6.99 at Homegoods!

Custom artwork made by YOU without ever having to pick up a paintbrush!

Here are a few other fun ways to use this app to share a RAOK (random act of kindness) with someone else!

I took this picture on my trip to Ventura, CA earlier this spring.  

RAOK idea: "steal" a vacation photo from a friend's Facebook and make them a personalized gift that will take them back to somewhere they love every time they look at it!  

Oh, sweet baby Gabe.  Those pink lips.  Those clinched hands.  

RAOK idea: I know some grandparents that would love something like this.  

This is our first home in North Carolina.

RAOK idea: Drive by and snap a shot of your friends house.  Waterlogue and frame it for the perfect housewarming or moving gift!

And to stay true to Lindsey's spirit of giving, I'm going to give away one of these 4x6 pineapple prints, a DFD pineapple pouch, and some summer hair ties to one of you!  All you have to do is let us know how you would use Waterlogue to create a RAOK for someone else!  (Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 9th).  

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Monday, April 20, 2015

SHOP | Celebrating the Military Child!

All military bodysuits and tees are 20% off!  The discount has already been applied so no coupon code is needed!

Offer valid through Saturday, April 25th.  

We know first hand how amazing military kids are and we wanted to take time this month to celebrate them.  Our military appliqu├ęs are the perfect way for these special kids to show their pride for their favorite service member.  

I have a coupon.  Can I use it?
Sorry, not this time.  The sale cannot be combined with any other coupons or promotions.  Thanks for your cooperation! 

Are all sizes in stock?
We are currently out of boys short sleeve 3T and 2T is running very low.  These sizes are expected back in stock in early May.  They are still listed in the shop so you can take advantage of the sale and they will ship ASAP.

When will I get my order?
Please allow up to 3 weeks for your order to ship.  The only exception is the sizes mentioned above.  This may change based on the volume of orders received.  Please see our "shop announcements" when ordering for the most up to date information.  We are unable to process rush orders for items ordered during the sale.  Orders will ship USPS first class which usually takes 2-5 business days.  We are happy to ship to APO/FPO addresses. 

There's a design I want that I don't see listed in the shop.  Can you make it for me?
Send us a convo and we'll see what we can do for you!  

>>>Please be sure to read our Shop Policies before ordering.  Many common questions can be answered there.  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

STYLE | Rocksbox Review

Recently I've been trying to really curate my wardrobe.  I don't think I'm ready for a capsule wardrobe like Elise or Caroline (although they really intrigue me), but I am trying to only have pieces in my closet that I love and wear.  I've found that this means that I'm being drawn to items that are a little more simple so that they're easier to mix and match.  It's no secret though that I love color and interest in my wardrobe and I've found that a few really fabulous pieces of jewelry can provide a great way to add that.

Enter Rocksbox.

It's like a rental service for gorgeous, designer jewelry.  You pay a low monthly fee, and they send you amazing pieces to try out.  When you sign up, you take a style survey and add pieces to your wish list so your stylist knows what you like.  Style them, wear them, and then send them back when you're done.  Or if you really love a piece, you have the option to purchase it at an insiders' (discount!) price, plus you get a $10 credit to spend each month.  I tend to love jewelry pieces A LOT in the beginning, and then I'm ready to move on to a new favorite, so this is kind of perfect for me.

My first box shipped much faster than I expected it to and it was like opening a little present when it arrived.  Rocksbox NAILED presentation.

My stylist selected 3 pieces for me based off my wishlist and I couldn't have been happier.  I tend to be drawn to color so this neutral statement necklace is a perfect contrast to what I already own.  I love that it adds a little bling without being overwhelming.  

I've always loved vintage inspired pieces so these earrings were definitely a winner.  They're a great size for everyday and I've been wearing them constantly.  

My last piece is this teardrop bangle.  While I love the style and color, I just haven't found myself reaching for it.  This is something I could definitely see myself buying in the store, so having the option to try it first and find that it doesn't really work for me is great.  It's a little big for me, but something I probably wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't had the chance to wear it around the house a little and see that it felt uncomfortable.

Overall I think that Rocksbox is really unique and fun experience.  I also love that they have a great referral program (read: FREE jewelry).  For every friend that signs up, you get $25 to spend!  You can also swap out the jewelry an unlimited number of times.  So keep it for a week or keep it for a month, the choice is yours!  Also, if you know me at all, you know I have a small obsession with Kendra Scott jewelry and Rocksbox has a pretty good collection of KS that they can send you to try!  And if you love it as much as I do, you'll love that you can get a discount to buy it!

I'm really considering keeping the necklace and earrings.  What do you think?   

Ok, are you ready to try it?  

Visit Rocksbox and use code DAISYFAYEXOXO to get your first 30 days FREE!  

I have it on pretty good authority that your second month comes with a pretty sweet deal, too.  ;)  I can't wait to see what gorgeous pieces you get in your box! (Coupon code expires 4/17 so don't wait!)

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Rocksbox and I received my box free of charge in exchange for this review.  All photos and opinions are my own. I only collaborate with brands with that I truly love.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GIVEAWAY | State of Mind

((EDIT: contest is over!  Winners have been contacted!  In case you're curious, the answer was WYOMING!))

New product alert!!!

Our State Love wall art and kids bodysuits and shirts are customer favorites and we're excited to add this America Love wall art to the shop!  Add as many hearts as you need, for where you've lived, where you're from, where your kids were born, whatever you want!

I'd always thought it would be really cool to have a big map in my sewing room with pins in it for all the states I'd shipped to.  But at this point, I have 4 1/2 years worth of orders to go back through and really, I don't have the wall space.  Well, while playing with all the fun reports my account software will give me (and procrastinating taxes) last week, I realized that it would generate a report for me of ALL the states I've shipped to.  And you guys, I've shipped to 49 states + DC!  So it wouldn't even be very fun to put up a map now anyway.

So the map is out, but I thought a contest would be fun!  And we'll have 2 lucky winners!

Fill out the rafflecopter form below for your chance to win a $20 shop credit!  One winner will be the first person to guess which state we HAVEN'T shipped to and one winner will be chosen randomly!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FIND | Etsy for Makers

I spend a lot of time trolling Etsy and love discovering fun, new products to add to my wish list.  I thought it would be fun to share a few of my recent faves with you!

I've been admiring lots of beautiful hand embroidery on Instagram lately and kind of want to try my hand at it.  I think a fun kit like this would be perfect, but I'm worried it may be too ambitious for a beginner...  I do love the idea of having a portable craft.  The sewing machine doesn't travel so well.

I've had my eye on these adorable prints ever since they were released a few weeks ago.  I think I've finally settled on this one for the studio.  Because the color is perfect.  And because it's oh so true.

I think anyone who has an Etsy shop will agree with me on this one.  The best thing about the phone app is hearing that "cha-ching" every time you have a sale.  I've taught Gabe that "cha-ching" means money so every time he hears it he yells out "MONEY!!!"  So naturally, this mug caught my eye.  

And sticking with the coffee theme, I think this tee needs to make it's way into my closet soon.  This is pretty much exactly what my work days look like.

What have been some of your favorite Etsy finds lately???

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WEAR | Sew to Grow

When I first started learning how to sew, I quickly found that the big box fabric stores didn't have the stylish and modern fabrics that I was envisioning for my projects.  So I did what any new, young seamstress does.  I started looking for Amy Butler fabrics.  A quick search told me that two local quilting shops carried Amy Butler and I couldn't wait to go shopping.  The first shop I stopped in had very little Amy Butler or any other modern fabrics and I as told they were going to stop carrying them because they didn't sell well.  Fortunately another employee quietly mentioned to me that "the shop down the street carried more modern fabrics".  It was next on my list anyway, so I headed to Fran's Sewing Circle and never looked back.  Not only did they have loads of Amy Butler, but they  were warm and welcoming and they quickly made me a loyal customer.  I loved stopping in to see what new fabrics they had and over the course of my visits, I made friends with one of their young employees, Lindsey.  We bonded over our love of Amy Butler and also found that we grew up less than 2 hours from each other in Texas.

Fast forward to today, Lindsey is living in Australia with her Aussie hubby and has come a long way from her days as a young salesgirl in a local quilting shop.  She has a thriving business teaching others how to sew and how to be successful in the quilting and fabric industry and she just released two new patterns.  I was more than happy to oblige when she asked me to do some testing for her.

First up, her new skirt pattern, The Emerson Wrap.

This is tulip skirt with a wide waistband in the front and an elastic waist in the back, which makes the fit easy and flattering. I made this in a voile by Leah Duncan and it sewed up quickly.  I would consider this an intermediate beginner pattern and would be great if you're ready to go beyond the basic elastic waist skirt.  I was able to sew it up in a little over an hour and the only change I made was taking a few inches out of the length.  

Lindsey has also designed an adorable dress pattern, The Flatter Me Frock.  

This fit and flare silhouette is my most favorite and I was so excited to try this one.  It was my first time sewing a fitted bodice and I definitely ran into a few fit issues (#petiteproblems), but thanks to a Skype date with Lindsey, I know what to do next time to get it perfect (and if you're a little more average than me, you won't have any trouble).  I made this with double gauze from Cotton + Steel and I am in love with it!  The fabric is dreamy and you know I love a dress with pockets.  

I think this pattern is best for intermediate sewers, or an ambitious advanced beginner like me!   Both patterns are well written and include photos which I always prefer.  Both patterns are available in Lindsey's shop.  While you're there, but sure to checkout her new video series!  She's sharing some great tips and suggestions for all skill levels and you're sure to learn something new!   

I'm so thankful that Lindsey and I have kept in touch over the years despite being on completely different sides of the globe (thanks, Skype)!  I'm so proud of her and impressed by all that she's accomplishing and I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve next!

Find Lindsey:: Web // Facebook // Instagram

Monday, February 2, 2015

SHOP | Let's stay in touch!

When I started DFD about 4 years ago, the success of the business was almost entirely based on reaching customers through Facebook.  It was like clockwork.  I would post an update and I'd have an order 30 minutes later.  My fan base has grown tremendously since then (1800+ followers), but I'm lucky if 100 people see a post.  Time and time again I've had customers reach out because they're frustrated that they missed out on a sale, ordering deadline, or didn't see a new product or important announcement.  I totally get that Facebook is a business and they have to make changes, but I hate that it means that people that WANT to see my update aren't seeing them.  (Yes, I know you  can ask customers to "get notifications" but posting that isn't going to reach that many people at this point and most people aren't aware of that option).

Enter my newsletter.  This has been on my to-do list for at least a year.  I don't want to send you spam.  I don't want to (and never will!) share or sell your email address.  I just want you to know when something awesome is going on!  New products!  Sales!  Holiday Deadlines!

So if you want to know what's going on, sign up HERE.  I'm planning to have our first newsletter out later this week and rumor has that there will be a pretty good coupon code for the first subscribers.  ;)

I'm looking forward to staying in touch!