happy new year

I don’t make New Years resolutions but i do like the idea of setting goals so that i can live with purpose, direction, and intention.  most of the time my path tends to course in squiggly lines and curlicues (i’m easily distracted; i have a hard time focusing on one thing at a time) but i’m trying to set my sails in a mostly forward-moving, less aimless direction.  I’m setting goals to help build my etsy shop as well as grow my business in the local boutiques, craft fairs, and artisan community.  i’m making a commitment to shoot for success.  as my dear friend Mikita would say, i’m taking a big leap through the porthole and not looking back.  (side note: if you’re looking for an amazing graphic designer, Mikita at Kisabird Studios is your gal.  she can take the tiniest kernel of an idea and develop it into a fully comprehensive brand.  she also does beautiful birth announcements, wedding invitations, holiday cards and more.  she’s an amazing consultant and savvy business woman and one of my greatest supporters.)  so as we dive headlong into a new year, i’m feeling excited and driven.  i’m ready to rock!  2013 will be a year of focus and growth for me, what will 2013 bring for you?

introducing Owl and Twine

my friend Katie is a wonderful writer and photographer who perfectly captures daily life with two young boys.  her words are poetic and her images are powerful whether she’s sharing the humdrum of the daily grind or the excitement of a grand adventure.  i linked to her former blog in an earlier post when she was kind enough to offer a giveaway for my shop on her site, but now she has a new home on the internet where she shares her precious life.  grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine, depending on your time zone and personal proclivity) and click on over to visit Katie at Owl and Twine.  

getting up to speed

spring is here and summer is on its way.  {cue music} it’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaaarrrrrr {end music}  i cannot get enough of the warm weather and blue skies.  sunny days make my heart sing.  and we all know what spring and summer need, right???  sun dresses and bonnets.  i’ve been working hard to get more items listed in my etsy shop to outfit your wee ones for the warm weather.  let’s take a look, shall we?

and that’s not all; there are more items (plus all the goodies pictured above) available in my etsy shop so come and check it out.

Spring is springing

finally!  the weather is warm today; i had to swap my kids’ knitted winter caps for sun hats this morning when we played outside.  even though i know we’re due for more snow this month and next, i’m dreaming of springtime weather, readying myself – and my kids – for warm, sunny days.  so, naturally, i’m stitching up sweet bonnets and all-purpose bucket hats…both are reversible, of course, allowing me to get crafty with twice as much fun fabric.

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i got some great feedback regarding the fit of the bonnets i already have listed in my shop, and with that info i was able to rework my pattern for a new, improved fit.  the back panel now offers more coverage with extended length down toward the neck.  the brim can be worn flat to block the sun from your sweet baby’s face, or folded back (to reveal the contrasting fabric) so you can see her smooshable cheeks when the sun’s rays are less intense.  the chin strap has three snaps to allow for fully adjustable size.

i’m excited to add reversible bucket hats to my shop.  my son is fair-skinned, red-haired, and freckled….in other words, he doesn’t go outside without sun protection so i need an arsenal of hats and back-up hats at the ready so i can always find one quickly when he wants to play in the sun.  i love that i can sew one-of-a-kind hats just for him.  i’ll be offering these in four different sizes and a variety of fun fabrics.  i’m even working on making some in waterproof fabric so they can be worn in the splash pool and play fountain that my kids love so much.

i’m getting a bunch made up so i’ll have inventory on hand, but i am always open for custom orders too if you don’t see a size/fabric combination that you want.  visit my etsy shop here for more info.  until then, let’s all keep wishing for more warm, sunny days.  deal?

sweet knit cardigan

i just love making cardigans and sweaters for babies; they knit up so quickly and they look adorable on wee ones. it absolutely makes my heart sing to see a sweater i created being worn by a much-loved new arrival.

i just finished this cardigan today. i love the contrast of the hot pink buttons and flower against the turquoise cotton knit.

bright colors? flowers? clearly i have springtime on the brain, but since it’s still winter (::groan::) and we still have snow on the ground here in colorado (::double groan::) i guess i have time to knit more gloves, hats, and scarves. there are still some awesome fingerless mittens available in my shop…you know, if it’s still winter where you are too.

my first giveaway

my friend Katie writes a beautiful blog where she weaves tales of motherhood and breathtaking photos together in a wonderfully honest, reflective glimpse into her life with two boys.  she has generously offered to host a giveaway for me, offering her readers a chance to win an apron of their choice from my etsy shop.  i am so honored to be a part of Katie’s blog.  comment on this post for a chance to enter the giveaway; you have until midnight tonight to get your name in the running.

introducing, Gumdrop

People have asked me where the name of my shop came from. Why Gumdrop? Well, folks, this is Gumdrop, the giraffe. I’ve adored giraffes for as long as I can remember. They are such magnificent animals; so beautiful, so graceful, so unique. I’ve always loved sketching giraffes and now one of my doodles has come to life on clothing, ready to be worn by your little love.

visit my etsy shop here for more pictures and info.

gimme an A, gimme an O, gimme whatever letter you want!

i love monograms.  i love fabric.  i love babies.  put them all together and you have the perfect gift for a new sweet babe in your life.

Parents often spend months trying to pick the perfect name for their little one and absolutely love to show off their new baby’s name once he or she arrives. Celebrate your little bundle of joy with a onesie that honors their fine baby-naming skills.

each shirt is made-to-order, designed and stitched with love and care.  fully customizable from the font to the fabric, these sweet shirts are sure to delight.

visit my etsy shop here for more info and pictures and shopping opportunities!