Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Telling a story in gifts

There are many wonderful things that I love about running a business, making your own hours, your own designs, no one to answer to etc but one of the greatest perks is the contact with my customers, I love hearing the individual stories behind their purchases.

I had a wonderful lady contact me tonight.  She is putting together a present for fantastic friends of hers that are expecting a baby.  She was so delighted at the range of bibs in my Etsy shop because she found exactly what she was looking for, items that represent who the parents are.....I am so thrilled to be a part of this.

Here's their story (mini version)

the mother is french
Baby Bib and Burp Cloth Set /FRENCH baby gift set/ Bonjour bib and burpie /3months to 2 years


the father is from Wales  (get it....whales...don't worry, took me a moment)
Bib and Burp Cloth / Whale Bib / Whale Burp Cloth / Newborn Gift / Baby shower gift

they used to ride bicycles around the Netherlands
Baby bib / Bike Baby Bib / Bicycle


they love to travel
 Baby bib and burp cloth set / World Map Baby / anchor / gift set / 100% cotton / fits 3 months to 2 years plus

NYC Bib and Burp Cloth Set / New York baby / NYC / NYC Skyline / baby gift set/

And have settled in Fiji for now.....can't manage a fiji bib  :o)

How cool is that?  Their story has been told in bib and burp cloths!!!!!  LOL  LOVE IT!








Friday, April 4, 2014

Custom Order for new Navy Parents

Hi Guys

Just thought I'd swing by to show some pics of the latest custom order.  Bit of a challenge this....my friend asked me to put together a blanket, bib and burp cloth for friends of his that had just had their first child.  Both parents were in the Navy so he wanted something nautical....only problem is that it was for a girl!

I had so many 'boy' fabric ideas and I know it really shouldn't make a difference but sometimes it still does.
Anyway after much searching Michael Miller solved my problem with his 'Out to Sea' collection...phew!

Here's some pics of what I made

A selection of burp cloths



World Map Blanket....it will be available in white soon too



Bib 'O' the world....or mostly South America



Everyone loves mermaids right?



.....and Narwhals


Love this collection, so glad I stumbled across it.  Check out the shop for availability if you would like to purchase anything  Textile Trolley Shop on Etsy

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hoboken Arts and Music Festival 2014

HOBOKEN ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

I'll be in Hoboken May 4th
11am to 6pm

Look for the tent with bibs on washing lines and stop by and say hello.


Monday, March 31, 2014

The Viking Blanket and it's 5 minutes of fame

Over the past 2 or 3 days I've been experiencing quite a lot of activity in my Etsy shop on a sold out item....curious....very curious indeed.

My best seller the Organic Viking Blanket!

Organic Baby Blanket / LAST ONE /Viking Baby Blanket/ boat blanket

Sadness of all sadness they have discontinued the fabric and I can't find it anywhere!!!!

Anyhoooo I traced my links back to http://www.brit.co/

Check out #31 on the post 33 Must Haves for your Baby Registry!
http://www.brit.co/baby-registry-guide/

The one and only Textile Trolley Viking Blanket.  How cool is that?

OK I am off to write to that fabric company demanding that they reprint the Viking Fabric.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

SWAMPED

Yep...I'm still alive....this is the longest that I have gone without writing!  I am swamped!  And what takes the back seat?  THE BLOG!  Darn it!

I've been getting ready for my first craft show of the season....it's tomorrow if you live in Norther N.J. check it out and come and say hello.

March 30th
Paramus High School 10am to 5pm
99 East Century Rd, Paramus, N.J. 


You would think I would be more prepared with having done 4 shows last year but there are always ways to tweak displays and items you are not happy with.  Add new items and then comes the pricing and signs for them.....not to mention that my stock was quite depleted so I have had to do a lot of sewing. 

Anyway this was just a quickie to say I'm alive and kicking.  I'll post pics next week of my display.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Succeeding and failing at the same time

OK first the failure!!!!  I have failed to write this blog on a regular basis!  Yep it's happened!  And why?  Well it's because I've been succeeding a little more than usual in other areas of this crazy old place we call life.

Etsy sales have definitely increased this year which is the best news for me!  Recognition for what I put my blood, sweat and tears into (not speaking literally there).

In the first 6 weeks of 2014 I have already made half of what I made last year on Etsy!  My sales for February are already above my sales for January!  And watch....now I've probably jinxed myself and I'll sell nothing in March!!!  Ride high when you can, that's what I say!

I have had a few offers to sell my products at wholesale which I am currently looking into!  Not entirely sure I will go down that road but it's something I'm seriously thinking about!  But of course the price has to be right....not running a sweat shop here!

So that's what I've been up to....trying to keep up with sales, trying to create a more organized work space (it constantly needs tweaking...one day I'll post pics of where I work), attempting to create more inventory for my upcoming Craft Fairs, and researching and promoting!  Oh yeah and of course my 'real' job and maintaining a home!  All in a days work for SUPERNANNY!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snow Day

New Jersey has been hit with quite a bit of snow recently.  A lot of people....actually most people have had enough, complaining about the weather and not enjoying the snow!  Not me!  I love it!


Miss I and myself had quite a good time yesterday admiring how it clings to the trees, building a snow person, making snow angels, having a snowball fight, sledding and even having a good laugh cleaning off the cars!!! 


I have to admit, I had no desire to go out in it yesterday but once I was out there we had a lot of fun!

I encourage you to make the most of your children and the snow, they grow up so fast and before you know it one year they'll be too cool for all those fun things in the snow (and you may have to take up snowboarding  :o)