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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.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New fabrics

Long time, no blog! I had a great trip to Atlanta last weekend where I surprised my dear friend Shane at her baby shower. It was a lovely jungle-themed shower and it was so great to catch up with old friends on such a festive occasion. While I was in Atlanta my mom took me to the most amazing fabric store ever and I can't wait to get started adding new things to the shop. Here is a new pug bodysuit - isn't the fabric delicious?

More to come!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

New Bunny Hop invitations

I've been hard at work on some new invitation designs -- check 'em! So far I've listed the bunny hop invites in chocolate, tropical green and aqua. More to come!
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