Sunday, August 24, 2008

Rare Bird Finds

Today I was tipped by a customer that I had been featured on a shopping blog called Rare Bird Finds. It is a really great site, and I encourage you to visit it! They have picked some really unusual and fun things, and you can even sign up to receive a daily digest of picks in your inbox.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Another great thing made from MY supplies!

I just have to share this really cute I Spy Bag that a recent customer made. She purchased one of my DIY I Spy Bag supply kits (comes with the fabric label, awesome trinkets, and pellets). I am so impressed! With a rapidly flooding market of I Spy Bag makers, this one stands out as a little different. I love the quilt block method of making the front panel, and the fringe is something I've never seen before on this type of toy. Way to go Tracy!

If you would like to make your own I Spy Bag, click here for a list of available kits from my shop! Then send me a photo so I can see your handy work!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

It's here! I'm in a magazine!

My mother-in-law called me today and clued me in that she saw my I Spy Bags in Real Simple Family while browsing magazines at the grocery! I promptly drove to the grocery and bought my own copy.

Real Simple Family is a special edition of Real Simple Magazine, and my bags are featured in an article called "24 gifts for $50 or less." My shark bag and whale bag are on page 78.

Now I need to figure out how to make up a press kit!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Powerhouse of Greathouse Women

Well, I have returned from a week long (working) vacation! It was sweat-shop central in my mom's kitchen while I was visiting... Mom and I powered through almost 150 specialty I Spy Bags in about 6 days! I wish my sewing machine could record mileage... Just how many yards of stitches do you think that is?

In other news, my 4 yr old daughter, Etta, has turned into quite the little entrepreneur! She has started making cat toys out of I Spy Bag scraps - she calls them "strips." She sews them herself, then one of the adult Greathouse Women doubles it back and secures the bell. She has already sold out of the first batch, but has been busy making more since we returned from vacation. Each toy comes with a handmade tag with an original cat drawing by Etta herself. We will be listing some on Etsy very shortly!

Don't you wish you had a picture of the first dollar you ever made?

Saturday, August 2, 2008


Who wants to help me sort?

More blooms!

It's a cool 70 degrees out right now, and my zinnias are popping! I'm also thrilled to see some of my pink sunflowers showing their faces along with the yellows that popped last week. The cosmos are still looking a bit sparse, but I bet when I get back from vacation in a week, they'll line the walk just as I imagined they would when I planted them...

Speaking of vacation, I'm really looking forward to visiting my mom and staying in the old farm house where I grew up. I know the landscape will be inspiring, and *maybe* I won't work too hard! My kids are ecstatic about seeing the kitties and swimming in the pool.... and it will feel just like home since I'll be bringing my sewing machine with me :)