I have been neglecting my blog posts. BUT with good reason! I’ve had a number of custom orders come through my shop that have had me happily chained to my sewing machine. I love custom orders. They give me an opportunity to create something new and possibly even a new item for the shop.
For example, a woman contacted me about a costume/photo prop set for her baby, and this is what we came up with!
Its sized for babes 9-12 months. The beard is attached to the hat, so the pieces work together to keep each other on the kids’ head. And the adjustable belt with faux buckle, so cute! Baby just needs a long sleeved blue shirt, brown sweat pants and some baby booties to be the cutest Gnomelet in the whole world! The customer who commissioned this is using the costume in a family photo shoot, and I can’t wait to see the pictures.
I’m a procrastinator. I love sewing and coming up with new items is awesome, but I will sit on an idea like a hen on eggs. Ideas need more than hard thinking to hatch, tho. They require action! I’d been wanting to do a Gnomeo version of the original gnome costume, but was having a hard time actually doing it. UNTIL a custom order came through. “My son wants to look JUST LIKE GNOMEO!” the request read!
I think I hit the nail on the head.
I’ve had several custom orders for family costume sets, and those make me the happiest, I think. How cute will this gnome family be at the neighborhood Halloween party this year?
The whole family has matching hats. Dad and two boys get beards, and the baby gets a hat with an adorable red ribbon chin tie! Very unique family costume.
So I’ve been stitching up a storm. And ordering business cards. AND I even have a commissioned order of my own: soon my Etsy will have an original banner and avatar set! I’m so excited to see it.
I’ve tried Etsy shops before, but this is the first time I’m truly doing something I love, and people are responding. Woo who! I’M excited! 😀
I resolved to be more than an occasional blogger, and yet its been ages since I’ve posted. Life has gotten busy, and I’ve been spending a LOT of time at my sewing machine working on items for my Etsy shop! Most recently I’ve begun on crowns and wands:
Felt crowns are deceptive. You look at one and think, oooh, that’s easy! Then you try constructing one. And while making felt crowns is not as difficult as sewing with slippery satin fabric, say, it can get relatively complicated depending on the applique and type of crown you want to do as order of construction is very important. You can’t skip any steps! A lot of people make them with ribbon ties in back, which is lovely in theory, but tying bows on the backs of kids heads is a nightmare. Their hair gets tied into the bow, its never tight enough and slips all around, and then you have children spending more time getting their crowns fixed than playing! Which is why I opted for an elastic band in the back for good fit. So anyway, I will climb down from my felt crown soap box and move on to other exciting ventures: The girls’ version of the gnome costume!
This one came about under pressure. I received notification that I had had a sale from my Etsy shop (woot!) for the little boys’ gnome costume. Except the buyer didn’t want what she bought. She detailed in the notes to seller that she essentially wanted a custom order, a gnome costume for her niece, which is great, just not what I was expecting! Fortunately I had made this little gingham skirt to go with my daughter’s Red Riding Hood costume that was in the size she needed and it worked PERFECTLY for a girls’ version of the gnome costume. In the future, however, I’ll make an elastic waist-ed circle skirt instead of this simple A-line. Girls like to twirl! 🙂
And finally, I finished the pirate costume props.
Hmmm…. As a costume I think it needs more, but how to do more and keep it simple? Decorative buttons perhaps. And the hats fit kids ages 2-4 the best.
I know I talk a lot about keeping things simple and I have to say: I’m not lazy, I swear! I have to keep everything I make on a certain level of simplicity or it will become a burden, instead of a joy, to do. And I’m doing this for my pleasure and not to add more pressure to my life! Sometimes I need to remind myself of that, too.
All my costume props are available in large sets for parties and wholesale, and I’m happy to teach you how to sew your own! Contact me to set up a time to take a lesson. 🙂