I am so excited to share a Black Friday deal with you. BLACKFRIDAY13 for 20% off total purchase of $40 or more over at the shop!
And guess what, the discount code is available now thru 11.29.2013 until midnight EST.
So head on over to the shop and shop! Enter BLACKFRIDAY13 for the discount.
This is applicable to what is in the shop and can not be applied to custom orders.
Shop link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lilalicesews
6 weeks.....left in 2013!
You are welcome!
But seriously, for the past week I have been reflecting back on the year. What has lil' alice accomplished this year? What really started the reflection was 2014 goals coming to mind + needing to write them down.
I really dreaded writing the goals down a year ago. If I wrote it, it meant I had to do it and I saw it as a hard thing to do.
I took my time and wrote down my goals as they came to me. I challenged myself in ways I didn't know if it would be attainable.
One of my goals for 2013 was to give Etsy another chance. When I first opened up Etsyin 2010, I didn't try hard enough. I didn't know I had to though. I thought Etsy was too big and lil' alice would never be found. That was my excuse.
In 2013 I decided to stop making excuses and start making my goal a reality. I am happy to report I gained sales thru Etsy, which makes my really challenge that number for 2014. Etsy isn't my only source of sales. I have a lot of face to face sales, shows, open houses etc.
I'm looking forward to writing down my 2014 goals. I think I am more competitive than I would ever like to admit + I am more competitive with myself.
Please share what goals you reached for 2013?
If you follow me on FB or Instagram I post behind the scene shots of products in production. This is one of the pieces that I've posted + is now listed. New to the shop + to the holiday shows is the Quilted Essential Zip Pouch. The inside is a coordinating color + you can't resist to get a few for your girlfriends + maybe put one under the tree for yourself. The fun + fabulous essential zip pouch is perfect for organizing your bags + purses. Things like..... make up + lip gloss, pens, nail kit, cords for phones, laptops, + iPods.
Who on your list is going to have their name on one of these beauties!
And I must admit that this fabric is fun + I don't stop smiling as I'm constructing them.
I always had a camera on hand when the boys were little (before smart phones had cameras). Usually on the kitchen counter top. It was easily accessible in case a memorable moment occurred.
This was one of those moment.
Zakkery was waiting for the bus to kindergarten. Jeremiah loved when the bus pulled up because he enjoyed waving to the other kids, but he didn't like the fact that his brother had to get in the bus.
His play buddy was gone.
In this picture Zak has his oversized backpack for school. And Jeremiah ha on his Hero Cape.
2 year old had asked for a cape. I'm not sure why but we made a trip to Joann's To buy cape fabric. It was solid red pajama fabric.
I cut it to size and it was ready to go. No sewing necessary.
Daily I had to pin the cape to his shirt with safety pins. Once the weather warmed up I tied them around his tank tops straps.
That tells you how long he wore this cape.
9 years have past and I still have that tiny piece of fabric. The boys are older now. Tween + Teen now reside here and I love these ages too. But these days too will be a sweet memory.
I'm in the final hours of preparing for a show. I have all the sewing finished, I think, I have them grouped all together, I have the table lay out designed in my head.
But there's one thing I struggle with at every single show.
Its how to display the pricing. I'm always disappointed in it not being cute enough, stable enough, clear enough etc.
But I may have cracked the key to cute, clear + creative display of pricing.
I have several vintage patterns and what good are they just sitting in the paper envelope. So I used them.
I had a set of brand new black frames of various sizes. I cut a pattern to the size if each frame. Placed it in the frame. With a dry erase marker, I write the price on the glass before heading to the show.
I think this will work for shows to come. I'm really excited how simple and cute this is.
No I didn't get the idea off of Pinterest, I did it the old fashion way + used my brain.
Vintage! What comes to mind when you see that word? A picture of days gone by? The olden days? Before you were born?
Actually, I am vintage according to the standards + I'm not even 40 yet. But I digress!
I like old things. I love vintage items that give a story of the past. What it may have been like before my time.
I enjoy going into Antique Shops + looking for old sewing patterns + wooden spools of thread.
I inherited the above patterns + a few more from a family member. A couple of the patterns were a monthly subscription! The patterns are not written on. They are simply marked with numbers. The directions are simple. Not complicated at all.
A picture of days gone by!
It true! The date on my iPhone is not incorrect after all.
The calendar page turns to November + if you want to be real, Thanksgiving + Christmas are coming quickly!
I tend to wait on buying Christmas gifts. I'm not sure why, but this year I am in the mood already. Amongst my big box store purchases, I will buy handmade too.
Who is on your list of friends + family that you can buy handmade for? I know it's impossible to buy all handmade for everyone on your Christmas list. But I encourage you to buy handmade for a couple people on your list this holiday season.
There are plenty of places to get handmade items. Craft shows are all around this time of year. Etsy is an online site that has high quality handmade items by so many artists, including lil' alice.
Anyone can buy a gift card, but put a little thought into Your gifts this year and support a local artist. They will thank you and appreciate your business!
Fall weather is perfect weather for wearing scarves and saying good-bye to Summer a little bit easier.
True Red Chevron
Aqua Blue with stripes
The infinity scarves are listed in the Etsy Shop. Quantities + styles are limited.
All have a lil' alice tag that is at the seams. The infinity scarf doesn't have any exposed seams or stitches! I'm very funny about exposed seams if they need to be.
Never in a million years would I have dreamed I would be sewing + loving it so much! Oh, and selling it to people who pay me real money so I can buy more fabric.
But I did teach my self to sew, it was a relaxing hobby at the end of a "stay at home Mom" kind of day.
And people really buy the things I sew + I appreciate it so much + I am so thankful for them all.
I often pray over the things I am sewing + the people that I am sewing them for, whether I know them by name or not! I would often pray about where this whole lil' alice thing was going to go + I still pray that prayer + I am still amazed that God listens to my crazy questions. He, of course, answers them in His timing + in His big amazing ways.
I get emails from people that I know + people that I don't know asking if I could teach them how to sew. I quickly brushed it off + responded with a quick, "No!" After several emails, I started questioning God if this was the next step + if it was then He needed to clearly show me that it was!
I hash it over with friends + tell them to be on the look out for sewing machines at garage sales or good will. I'm clearly taking control of the situation + I'm coming up on a machine shortage.
(fast forward to a few weeks ago)
I was going thru FB + I saw a repost for an online auction at a local school close by. It was closed, being used by the district for storage. I glanced thru the listings + the last 2 listings were for 8 sewing machines per lot. It was a vague description & it looked like the brand was Scholastic. My Mom started bidding for me because I was off to taxi service for the kids+ I had no way of doing it. I gave her my max bid, she went over but I have forgiven her. We won the bid. The next day we picked them up + the guy said take 16. I said, well the paper said 8 (I am a rule follower) + his paper said 16. So after much laughter, giddiness + panic, we loaded up all 16 + off we went.
God answered my questionable prayer in a bigger way than I ever did dream!
My goal for 2014 is to teach sewing classes. Here's what I know.
4-5 people per class in my basement.
4 week course (1 day per week)
Teaching basic skills + making projects
- It's true I don't need 16 sewing machines. My Mom gets one as her parting gift!
- I have gone thru each machine individually + cleaned it out, taken screws off the bottom plate + washed it + fetched out every needle + straight pin possible!
- I am keeping 5 machines for classes.
- I have 2 that are frozen + I used for various small parts to put on another machine.
- I took one to my usual sewing repair man. He tuned it + fixed it + when I picked it up, he told me it was a gem + that these are really good machines. There are some plastic pieces on it, but a lot of metal parts too. In comparison to machines that are sold now, they are all plastic parts! They are considered disposable.
- The one in the picture is For Sale! It is the one that was professionally tuned + cleaned + fixed! She's a gem!
- I have the manual on PDF file + each buyer will get an emailed copy plus 3 bobbins.
THE ULTIMATE DEALI am selling 7, as is, they run, they are oiled + they have all the pieces. With a tune up (under $100), it will sew like a champ! $50 each (plus shipping or local pick up) If interested, email me at email@example.com
Most popular item in the shop + the item that started this whole crazy, wild, fun + fabulous handmade shop was the Apron.
Tis the season to begin shopping for friends and family on your Christmas list.
I know, I get it, I was in denial that Summer was ending for a very long time.
But let's embrace the season ( please Jesus give us a mild winter + make Spring some super duper fast).
Moving on to your shopping list!
lil' alice has plenty of gifts for your Mom, Sister, Girlfriends, Co-workers, etc. to put in their stocking or under the tree.
these are perfect to brighten up the neutral colors of Fall & Winter. Plus they are cozy, made with knit jersey! More fabric choices coming soon, the fabric is in the mail. (squeal!)
Essential Zip Pouches: the shop shelves are full of essential zip pouches. All different sizes, from large to small. Perfect for organizing diaper bags, purses & back packs! (pictured is laminated cotton)
Quilted Zip Pouch: this is new to the shop + made for the upcoming shows. It's not currently in the shop but will be by the end of the week! This is perfect for make up/travel bag.Large Canvas Tote:
A new size. It's exactly the same as the Market Tote except it is lined with white muslim & has a pocket on the inside. Perfect for weekend getaways or holding blankets, mittens & hats for the weekend sports games.
The Market Tote:
This is perfect to use as a gift bag + the receiver gets to keep it instead of throwing it in the closet with the rest of the paper gift bags. I give this to the Teacher filled with classroom supplies for the year. It's a gift that she gets to keep for herself + it's tons better than a plastic bags. It's all about the presentation!Badge Reels (fabric covered):
Also new this year, it was a perfect way to use small scraps of fabric. This is the perfect gift for the friend or family that works in the hospital, doctors office, etc. that has to wear their badge all the time. Of course they could use more than one to match their outfits too!XLarge Essential Zip Pouch
: This is an oldy but a goody! This has been around for a few years & it's one of the most popular items. This is perfect for travel + keeping bathroom essential in. Also, perfect for the diaper bags too. It holds a couple diapers + wipes, paci & small toy.
And of course all items are Michigan Made. Most of the items boast this tag which is a one of a kind + designed by lil' alice. Smaller items don't have this due to lack of space.
November 7 @ St. Stephens in the village.
December 7 @ The Holiday Art Fair
@ Connection Church in Canton, MI