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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

FIND | Reversible Tote Bag

Sometimes I find something so good that I have to share it.

I've been on the hunt for a new purse for a while now with no luck.  I love a nice, expensive (relatively anyway) purse, but I haven't found one that I've loved enough to pull the trigger on.  Here's the thing, my purse is really a catch all for lots of things and I often compare it to Mary Poppins bag as I clean it out each week and find myself pulling out the most random collection of toys and trinkets.  My purse also regularly falls victim to dirty tissues, goldfish crumbs, sticky lollipop sticks, and applesauce pouch explosions.  So while I love an expensive bag, it's just not really practical for day to day right now.

I think I fell in love when I came across this on the Nordstrom website last week.  It showed up on Friday and I'm in love.  The vegan leather looks great.  It's huge, which I love.  Mint and cognac.  Includes a zippered pouch (you know I love those!), and only $50!  Plus FREE shipping from Nordstrom!  Are you ordering one yet????

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SHOP | That's the key

More often than not, anything new that I bring to the shop is created out my own personal desire to have that item!  I am so tired of losing my keys, leaving them in the car (because I set them down to carry other things), poking Gabe with them when I carry him, and fumbling around trying to hang on my keys and everything else I'm carrying.  I know all the moms out there understand and probably anyone that well, has keys!

Enter the key fob wristlet.  I first started shopping for these about a year ago, but never found one that I really loved.  I knew that I loved the fabrics from our current clutch collection, so I decided to order the hardware and get started.

I've been using mine this week and I love it!  It's comfy.  It doesn't get lost in my giant purse (but it's not too heavy).  It's cute.  And most importantly it makes my life easier!

They measure 1 1/4 inches wide and a total of about 10 inches long.  The hardware is all stainless steel and the ends of the cotton webbing are sealed so it won't fray.

They're in the shop now and the best part is that if you're ordering anything else from the shop, these will ship for FREE!

These are definitely going to be a limited run.  There are currently 1-4 of each style in the shop and I likely won't be making these again with these exact fabric and color combos, so if you love one, don't wait!

Tell me, which one is your favorite???

Oh, and in case you're curious, I kept this one  ^^^ for myself.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

EAT | Zoodles and Shrimp

With a new year upon us, I know many people (myself included) are trying to eat healthier and cleaner and undo some of the damage done over the holidays.  I thought I would share one of my favorite healthy recipes.  This one is easy, yummy, and only takes about 30 minutes!

I know you're probably asking yourself, "What the heck is a zoodle???"  It's a zucchini noodle and you do need a spiralizer to make them.  I was gifted one by one of my besties for my birthday and I love it!  I know that it does a lot, but honestly I've only used it for zoodles.  Since I make this at least twice a month, it's totally worth having!  

Here's the recipe:

  • 10 ounces grape tomatoes (I like to get the multicolored ones and slice them in half)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds zucchini, spiralized (I usually use 3-4, depending on their size)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails off

    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Toss together the grape tomatoes, 2 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon oregano and a pinch of salt on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the skins begin to wrinkle and move away from the flesh. Remove from the oven and let the tomatoes cool slightly.
    2. While the tomatoes roast, cook the shrimp.  Heat a pan over medium heat.  Add 1 tablespoon oil, shrimp, 1 teaspoon oregano, and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook for 5-10 minutes or until pink.  Throw an extra garlic clove in there if you want!
    3. Place the zucchini noodles in a large serving bowl.
    4. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest, and garlic; pour it over the zucchini noodles and toss to coat. Add the roasted tomatoes and shrimp and serve.

    I think this recipe tastes just as good cold the next day, too!


    Adapted from Oh My Veggies!