Life’s been crazy. The blog is totally on the back burner until 2015…but then I have big goals and aspirations. Here’s a few glimpses from the past little while and a few words.
My custom birth announcement design got a lovely shout out from Urban Threads for the use of their animal patterns. I love their patterns and will use them over and over again. They are hip, simple, sweet and honestly they are just a great company to support.
I’m deep in the throws of a huge commissioned embroidery. This is a double wedding vows embroidery with a little applique in the middle. I’ve got big plans for that tree, but first I’ve got to finish all the text. Almost there.
I’m wrapping up my last few embroidered shoe orders for the year. If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that I would end up stitching so many pairs of shoes AND loving every minute of it I would have called you a liar. Honestly, it’s this little venture that has really helped me shape the direction I hope to go in the new year.
One thing I love most is the stories I get to be a part of. For example: this bride requested a sunshine on the side of their shoes because she and her groom met for the first time on a sunrise hike. What a fun way to remember that awesome memory!
That’s about it for now. Like I said, I’ve got big plans for 2015. It’s been an amazing year for me – learning what I love to do, learning what I don’t love to do and learning how to say no and also how to stick my neck out in big ways. I’m excited for the future and so hopeful.
I’ve wanted to try my hand and designing and making Christmas tree skirts for the past couple of years. This year, I was determined to make it happen. The stocking collection last year honestly had some pretty dismal sales. It did lousy on etsy, lousy in the local boutique and lousy at the markets. I’m still trying to figure that one out, but I’m crossing my fingers the tree skirts hit the big time…well sort of.
All of these skirts measure roughly 48 inches in diameter and are made from red felt. They have a velcro closure down the back/middle. Due to the mix of materials, they cannot be machine washed.
Here’s the details on each one.
This one is a mix of red, maroon and white felt flowers. The flowers are all machine stitched down and then it is hand beaded for that extra accent.
Harking back to my Norwegian roots I came up with this one based on a vintage skirt that I saw posted on flickr that was merely printed on cotton.
This one has a fun white pom pom trim around the scalloped edge and then felt ornaments are strung with colored ric rac all around the skirt. This skirt is machine sewn all the way around.
The last skirt has a beautiful satin snowflake trim along the edge that is machine sewn for durability and then snowflakes and vintage buttons are hand stitched all around the middle for that extra pop.
I love the simplicity of this skirt and I really think the vintage buttons were the best finishing touch.
You can find all of these skirts in my etsy shop (along with the said stockings and other holiday goodies) now until the end of November. I have limited spots available and the skirts are made to order with about a 2 week turn around.
I feel like it’s been forever since I introduced a new embroidery to the shop.
I’ve had this wedding hoop idea roaming through my head for a while now and I usually love to stitch up prototypes as gifts, rather than letting them hang on my walls forever. There’s an upcoming wedding coming up at my husband’s office, so I thought I would stitch up the design for the bride and groom.
I took what I knew of their wedding colors and style of wedding and chose some really light blush pinks, greys and champagne colors.
I outlined a 5×9 oval hoop and the initials of the bride and groom and filled in the hoop with french knots and lazy daisies. I’m absolutely in love with the idea of negative space and the trick it sort of plays with your eyes.
The listing is up in the shop now. It’s a perfect wedding or anniversary gift and can be stitched in the colors of your choice.
I typically wrap my hoops with fabric or ribbon, but this time around I thought I would try something different and used this satin trim. I love how it turned out, but as with any hoop you are welcome to have it left natural or wrapped with a variety of materials.
Introducing daisyeyes handmade’s
Christmas stocking collection for 2013.
Each stocking is handcut using eco-fi recycled felt and adorned with a choice of mistletoe or holly leaves. Stockings have either beads or vintage buttons hand stitched on. Order before October 31, and receive a discounted price and free shipping!
Contact me for more information or questions!
I have been making these superhero capes for about 2 years now. I’m not sure how I got started making them, but through word of mouth I’ve made more than I can begin to imagine. They were one of the first things I listed in my etsy shop and I’ve had a fairly steady current of orders over the years.
I have also had a fair amount of people ask to make large sets of them for party favors. To be honest, these are 100% cotton and machine sewn capes. It takes about 30-45 minutes to put one together from start to finish and so sets are not cheap…but worth it!! Then a few weeks ago a potential client was asking me about putting a set together and later told me that she had decided to put together a DIY sort of craft at her party instead. My mind started rolling and I thought…I can offer something like that on etsy!
Enter these DIY cape kits, I went to the fabric store and bought enough fabric to make a set of five and got to work. I quickly took some pictures, listed it on etsy and within twenty-four hours had orders for 35 capes and inquiries about at least 2-3 more sets.
I. was. blown. away.
This has been a crazy good and hard business lesson for me. I had no idea the response would be so great and by this weekend I had to pull all my listings off etsy just to play catch up and not kill my hand. The hardest thing about it all has been pricing. It is terribly hard to be honest and price your labor and materials well. I’ve had to tweak my pricing after my initial listings and that has been so hard! But, I’m learning in this world of business I can’t please everyone. I can’t make everyone happy and I can’t use my pricing and listings to make people “like” me.
But what I can do is be honest and deliver service and a product that is handmade and put together with love and prayer for each recipient.
And if you choose to buy from daisyeyes handmade…that is what you get.
**a note about these kits: as of today I am playing catch up and restocking supplies. I hope to get the listings back up on etsy by the end of the week. Want to know when they are restocked? Like my facebook page to stay up to date**
The August Stitch Along is coming along quite well. I keep thinking I’m done sewing another bird and then I decided to do just one more. Here is a glimpse of the progress:
I’m still thinking this is going to be a skirt with some sort of ruffle or something along the bottom… more like a little A-line skirt for my chick or maybe for etsy. We’ll see.
Talking of etsy. I’ve updated the shop again. From now until October 31, 2011 you can get free shipping on any hand embroidered item in the shop. Just enter the code FREEFALLSHIP.
I am also working on a handful of new items to add. In the coming weeks look forward to seeing some boutique clothes for older girls (think ages five through ten) and also some fun embroidered wall hangings (along the lines of these that are all over Pinterest).