Bella Blu Designs

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fall Favorites

It's finally starting to cool down here in Austin so to celebrate what I hope is the end of sweltering heat, please enjoy some fall inspired picks from around Etsy:

The Wedding Boxwood Wreath
by TwoInspireYou ($65):

Orange Lace Wrap Scarf by Boopie Creations ($55):

Windsor Castle and Insect Wing original painting by Art is 3 letters ($40):

Daisy Crazy Magnet Set by Block Party Press ($20):

Glittered Candy Corn Bunch by Painted White by Alice W. ($4.5):

Many Stripes, One Bloom by Mnemosyne ($74):

Purple and Army Green Cluster Headband by Bean and the Sprout ($30):

Fiona Doublet by Jen Jewelry ($68):

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Christmas Stockings from Moon Garden Design

I know I am a little bit biased but check out these adorable Christmas stockings my mom has uploaded to her Etsy shop - Moon Garden Design:

I just think these are the cutest darn things and they will make great Christmas gifts or decorations for the home or office. I think she's going to start making them personalized and I am so excited to be partnering with her on a line of dog stockings! Coming soon!

How fun are these? I love the fabric choices and I can't wait to see what other designs she has coming to the shop. So fun!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Holiday cards

Slowly but surely I'll be uploading holiday cards and gift tags over the coming week. Several breeds are up now in the Holiday section of the shop and more to come this week!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Coming soon!

Holiday cards are on their way!

Monday, September 28, 2009

I've been framed

I had my modern dog magazine article framed at JoAnn's a few weeks ago and it was finally ready for pick-up this evening. I was really happy with the way it turned out and even happier that I managed to get everything level. Only because I was hanging a picture of Martha Stewart did I get out a level and a ruler. Pardon my mess.... I am crafting to serve you better!

Jungle fever

One of my most loyal customers commissioned some thank you notes for her daughter's jungle-themed birthday party this weekend. Check out the giraffe and elephant designs:

More Blossom Portraiture Art

I recently had yet another opportunity to work with the talented Suymey Benson of Blossom Portraiture Art and I am thrilled to share the fruits of her labor. I'll be updating my Etsy listings over the next day or so. Thanks to Suymey and her adorable models for this beautiful work!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Dressy Drooler

It's been bib mania around here this weekend. I've had so much fun sewing like crazy on these cute little Dressy Drooler bibs. Check out my shop for the full selection - I've got about 20 more designs that I'll be uploading over the next week.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Feeding frenzy

Happy Sunday! I've been working away on some new bib sets this morning and I've just listed the first set in the shop:

Baby gift set - Bib and two reusbale wipe cloths in bright turquoise and melon prints ($18)

I also listed a new lab set last night:

And last but not least, don't forget about the SAMPLE SALE going on now in my shop! I'll be adding more ready-made items over the course of the next week but the sale won't last long.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sample Sale going on now in the Etsy shop!

I've been threatening to hold a sample sale for a few weeks now and it's finally happening! In an attempt to clear some of my existing inventory, I'm offering several ready-made items at reduced prices for a limited time. Visit the SAMPLE SALE section of my Etsy shop and check back over the course of the next week to see what new items I'll be adding. The sale won't last long as I'll soon be clearing out to make room for holiday items.

{All items in the sample sale are brand new -- never worn or washed and not previously sold. Items are only available in the size indicated in this listing and no customization is available.}

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hop on over - New stationery!

Happy Sunday! It's been a rainy weekend in Austin although I don't think you'll hear too many complaints. After a long, hot drought this summer, the city is busy doing a collective rain dance. I am so glad for the trees and all of our dormant grass.

I've been busy catching up on orders, as usual, and hope you will enjoy this latest set of stationery I've just listed in the shop:

Personalized Leap Frog Notecards - Set of 10 ($15):

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Labor Day weekend

Happy Labor Day weekend! It's been a laborious weekend around here but I feel very accomplished. We finally got to the store to pick out a new mattress and box spring on Friday and it was delivered last night. For two people who love to sleep as much as we do, it's a crying shame we went soooo long before replacing our old set which had to have been at least 18 years old. It was a hand-me-down about 10 years ago from my Aunt Shelley and it was well past its prime. So we replaced it with a new pillow top set and I am pleased to report it was a great night's sleep. The only down side is that I am going to have to get one of those little doggy ladders for the cats because this one is about 10 inches higher than the old set. Old creeky bones Stitch is having a hard time hurling his 17 pounds over the edge!

I am also in the process of doing some serious de-cluttering around here. When I was in Atlanta last month I got lots of new fabrics so I plan to list some new items in the shop - like this new bulldog onesie and burpcloth set:

I also hope to have the start of my (gulp) holiday items up in the shop over the next couple of weeks. I designed my gift tags last night and am going to start on cards today/tomorrow. I can't believe it's still Africa-hot here and I am thinking about Christmas stuff... but if I don't do it now it will never happen. So stay tuned for some fresh, new holiday goodies coming soon! Enjoy the long weekend.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Happy Halloweener

I know it's still August but the holidays will be here before we know it. Let's begin with Halloween... Happy Halloweener! Dachshund greeting card ($2):

If I don't start now, I'll miss the holiday card season like I did last year. So watch the shop for more holiday goodies coming over the next few weeks. I will once again have gift tags and holiday cards!

TGI Sunday!

Good gracious, it's been a busy week! I was so relieved to be nearly caught up heading into this past week but how quickly things changed. I was excited that my episode of Martha re-ran but not exactly prepared for the onslaught orders. I am pleased to report that with the exception of three orders that came in on Friday, everything has been sewn/printed, packaged and shipped!

It wasn't all hard work this week. Thursday night Andy and I were finally able to enjoy my birthday gift from June - Wicked! It's been playing here in Austin for the past two weeks and I was so thrilled to finally get to see it. We've been trying to see it in NYC for a couple of years now but it hasn't worked out. So as I soon as I heard it was coming to the Bass Concert Hall on UT campus, we snatched up tickets.

I had heard such unanimous praise from everyone who had seen it and I could not WAIT to see what all the hype was about. I can say with enthusiasm that it lived up to every expectation I had and then some. It was fabulous! We both loved it and did not want to see it end. The music, the set design, the costumes, the acting, the singing... it was beyond fabulous. I highly recommend this show if it comes to your market - you will not be disappointed!

Sundays are my favorite day of the week because there is no pressure to meet the mail! Today I am finishing up my last few orders of the week and getting a little sewing done on some new reusable wipe cloth sets. These sets are a fun way to reduce my fabric stash!

I can't believe we're rounding the corner of Fall and heading into the HOLIDAYS! I've decided to have a sample sale to de-clutter my space of the numerous items I've created over the years but haven't sold. I also have a ton of onesies that were used to decorate the set on my segment of Martha so I'm going to list them all over the coming week in hopes of clearing my work table and several shelves of storage in my closet. So watch the shop for some great deals on ready-made items. Have a great week ahead!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Modern Dog

Well, I never thought my editorial debut would be in a dog magazine, but I couldn't be more proud to be featured in Modern Dog! I haven't picked up the hard copy magazine yet but I just found my Frenchie bodysuit on their home page! Who knows what will be published but this was a joint feature on my products and the new pet area of Exciting!

Monday, August 24, 2009


Update: I've been overwhelmed today by the positive feedback and emails regarding my appearance on Martha. Just a couple of comments for those of you who are new to my site/shop:

- I can personalize ANY of the items you see in my shop with any breed. There is no breed too obscure. If it exists, I can capture it in fabric or on stationery.

- I will have some adorable dachshund Halloween cards up in the shop by early September.

- I will be offering holiday cards and gift tags this year! Check back in late September to order your personalized holiday cards and gift tag with the breed of your choice.

Thanks again for stopping by!

I had no idea my episode of Martha would re-re-run for a third time... so I was pleasantly surprised to learn I was syndicate once again. Seems like only yesterday that I was making my way to the Big Apple for the show.

Check out last year's post from the original re-run.

Thanks to all of my great customers who found me from Martha's site. Check back later this fall for more information on an upcoming article featuring the new pet area of and my dog onesies.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New dachshund wall panels

I know I was just complaining about having waaay too much fabric but I couldn't help myself when I saw this gorgeous watercolor floral print while out shopping this afternoon. I knew it would make the most beautiful wall panels:

Dachshund wall hanging - Set of two 8 x 10 panels:

The print reminds me of artist Kim Parker's work, and I have always been a huge fan of her paintings and textiles. No wonder I was drawn to this fabric.

Wipe out

I have more fabric than I will ever know what to do with so I am trying to come up with some imaginative ways to clear out some of my stash.

Idea #1: These cute little reusable wipes. Measuring about 8.5" square, these are the perfect wipe-all for just about any surface. They'd be great in the diaper bag or used as a stylish wash cloth. Since I don't have kids I plan on using them for dust rags (I mean, hey - if I have to clean I might as well do it in style!).

Set of 3, $12 in my Etsy shop:

More to come as I clear out my stash!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

New week, new goods

It's been a busy weekend around here! I had a nice lunch at Pei Wei with my friend Kristin and her adorable baby Grant this afternoon. I also managed to get my virtual booth set up at the new Poppytalk handmade market which opens tomorrow. Don't forget to check it out!

I've listed several new things in the shop including:

Pug bodysuit and pant set in flourish medallion print:

Burp cloth set in cherry and lime polka dot prints:

Just hatched birth announcement in light blue and white polka dots:

Just hatched birth announcement in pink and white polka dots:

Pug bodysuit and burp cloth set:

I still have so many new fabrics and can't wait to get more goodies listed in the shop over the next week or so.
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