Part II: Rainbowtized Boutique Clothes for Kids

Thanks for coming back for part II of the story behind the launch of the Rainbowtized Boutique Clothes for Kids. If you missed part I, you can read that here.

So at this point I had gifted a dress to a co-worker’s little girl, and received so many sweet, sweet comments from all these people at work (including a former clothing designer). Now, I started getting requests. I’d love a dress like that for my daughter, or granddaughter, or neice, or goddaughter… The requests kept rolling in. On my Facebook page, I posted pictures of the dress and I started getting requests from childhood friends and past co-workers, distant cousins and friends of friends.

My husband just laughed at my amazement at it all. He said, “I’ve been telling you for years you should sell your work! It’s really good.” Basically, in a sweet way, he said I told you so. Then he challenged me. (I love a good challenge) Make 10 dresses with materials you already have on hand in your craft room. If they sell, start a business. This was a few days before we were leaving for a week’s vacation in Colorado. So, I ordered a book from Prime on how to draft patterns which arrived the day before we left. I read that book from cover to cover over the duration of the trip, and when I got back home, I couldn’t wait to get started.

I had so many ideas in my head of dresses I wanted to make and now I knew how to make those visions come to life. Every night when I got home from work, I went up to my room and drafted a pattern based on my sketches and stitched up a new dress.Then I would take it to work with me the next morning to gauge the response from my favorite supporters 😉 After making more than 12 dresses, I whittled it down to the 5 styles I, and everyone else, liked the best.

Along the way, I’ve sold 3 dresses to some close friends that didn’t want to wait until the official launch 🙂 Currently, I’m in the paperwork mode (not my favorite part) setting everything up, buying materials and getting the etsy store, Facebook shop and this very website ready for the big launch.

So, here’s how it will go. First you’ll choose the style dress you would like. Then choose the size (3 months through size 6/7) and your fabric. And that’s it. I’ll take your choices and create a custom piece for your special kiddo and ship it out in packaging pretty enough to gift. I’m currently allowing myself 2 weeks for custom orders, but I don’t think it will take that long (unless the response is overwhelming…which would be amazing!)

Want to stay in the loop when exciting things are launched? Fill out this nifty form and I’ll email you so you can call dibbs on your favorites! Oh, and check out some sneak peeks of the sample dresses a little further down the page…

Here a sneak peek at some of the sample dresses I’ve made along the way…

The story behind Rainbowtized Boutique Clothes for Kids

Everyone has a time in their life when things just seem to fall into place and they feel like they’re on the right path. This is the story about that time happening for me.

If you’ve been following me on Rainbowtized for a while, you may have noticed that I have a history of making things and then gifting them. Inevitably, the recipient would make a comment along the lines of, “you should really sell this stuff”. In my self-effacing way, I would always shake off their compliment and say, “no, I’m not good enough to sell things”.

About a month ago, one of my co-workers brought her daughter into the office for a visit. She was so adorable toddling around on her chubby little legs. I picked her up and said, you need a cute little dress don’t you?

That night after work, I stopped at the store and found some super cute Michael Miller unicorn fabric and some rainbow-y dot fabric that I thought complemented it nicely and proceeded to “wing it” and make a little dress that I thought would fit. See, I never learned how to read a commercial pattern or anything, so, I just read a lot of blogs and watch YouTube videos on construction techniques…then I just do it and test it until it works.

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I brought the dress in the next day and my co-worker was just tickled with it. When she said her daughter didn’t want to take the dress off, it just made me so happy y’all. The rest of the day, I had all these random people coming up to me and commenting that they had seen the dress I made, and it was gorgeous. One of those lovely people told me that she used to be a sportswear designer and she told me that my finishing was beautifully done. I was floored. This was a professional telling me how well made my dress was! Now, I was starting to think, “maybe I am good enough”…

Stay tuned for part 2 of the story behind the Rainbowtized Boutique Clothes for Kids.

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Rainbowtized Sewing Studio Tour

If you would have told me 5 years ago that someday I would have a sewing studio like this, I never would have believed you.

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My Sewing Studio

When we bought our first home in Pennsylvania, a 900 sq. ft. townhouse, I took up half of the unfinished basement with craft supplies and an old metal desk they were throwing away at work.

When we moved into our 2500 sq. ft. home in Texas (everything is bigger in Texas) I was thrilled to have a spare bedroom/craft room combo.

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Cramped quarters

We moved into our current home a little more than a year ago. The first room that was unpacked and decorated was my dedicated craft room. It was a tight fit, but it was all craft room. I no longer had to share it with a guest bed. This room was my happy place for sure and I spent so many hours in there sewing and learning and sewing some more.

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Peg Board and Shelving

My husband got dedicated space as well. A first floor office, a large gameroom upstairs and a theater room. But after a year in the house, the only thing in that huge gameroom was a game chair in front of a tv with a video game console.

Wire closet shelving
Wire closet shelving

During a casual conversation, I made an off-the-cuff comment that I should have that gameroom since I have so much more stuff. To my shock and surprise, my husband said, yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

Wait, What? I was floored. He said, we do our entertaining mainly downstairs and out back, we really don’t NEED a gameroom. We made a deal. I could move into the gameroom if I tackled painting and decorating the two existing guest rooms, or as I like to call them, the kids’ rooms. (Just in case they ever want to move back home).

That was all the inspiration I needed. I had those two rooms painted and decorated within 2 weekends, and then moved on to bigger and better crafting space. It’s so much more substantial that I started calling it my sewing studio to pay it respect. LOL.

Wanna see it?

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Gameroom turned sewing studio

When you get to the top of the stairs, you are face to face with the sewing studio. It’s important that I keep this presentable since there are no doors. Although we’re considering adding a barn door on a slider just to have the option of closing it off. My old room had an Ikea table for a cutting table. It worked well, but it wasn’t big enough to lay out quilt tops or larger projects on it. This room takes advantage of the space by adding 3 more of the original table pushed together to make a 12′ X 5′ cutting table. It’s magical, y’all.

I also added more of the Martha Stewart brand organizers that I had in the other room. I had two of the 9-cubes stacked in the old room. This room adds one 6-cube and two more 9-cubes. It provides a lot of vertical storage that’s still low profile. I ordered them at Home Depot online, and just swung by to pick them up. I love that Home Depot offers that little perk.

My Kangaroo Cabinet sewing table and gallery wall
My Kangaroo Kabinet sewing table and gallery wall

My sewing cabinet was an over-the-top gift from my husband a couple of years ago. He assures me he got a great deal on it. When I decided I wanted to learn how to quilt, it fast became evident that my tiny sewing table couldn’t support more than a doll quilt. My amazing husband surprised me with this on Christmas morning. I was stunned.

I love a good peg board organizer and have used them in my last three craft rooms.Not only do I store oft-used tools here, I also keep some blank space so I can hang things up for taking photos of works in progress. Like my first Vintage Farm Girl block. Isn’t it so cute?

Rooster Quilt Block
Rooster Quilt Block from Vintage Farm Girl
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My Work From Home area.

The game room already had two built in desk areas with shelving on either side of the entryway. I use one as a desk for when I work from home (my full time gig is as a Marketing Director). I’m lucky that my current job is very flexible and allows me to work from home a couple days a week.

Crochet Corner
Crochet Corner

Tucked in a corner by the windows, I have another piece of peg board that holds my knitting looms, embroidery hoops and floos and yarn, crochet hooks and all the trimmings that go along with hand-work. I like the floor lamp for hand work. It has a clamp to hold patterns and a magnifying glass for my aging eyeballs. 🙂 I’m on the lookout for a cozy chair to fit where the old sewing table now rests.

Ikea cart
Ikea cart

Last but certainly not least, I finally bought myself this adorable Ikea Raskog Kitchen Cart. I have wanted one since the first time I laid eyes on it, but I didn’t have the space. Now that I do, I love it. I house all my sewing necessities and ironing acoutrements in here and it’s always within an arms’ reach. I love the color and the wheels. It literally makes me giddy. And LOOK HOW MUCH it holds! You should totally get one.

So what do you think? I’d love to see pictures of your crafty space. Share them on Instagram with #mycraftspace.

Exploring my quilty side

I am a very new quilter. I feel funny even calling myself a quilter. I’m very intimidated by those precision-piecing, accurate seaming, perfectionists. 🙂 But I do love browsing for hours in fabric shops…like my local quilt store. It was there, hanging on a wall, that I first saw the Vintage Farm Girl sampler quilt (designed by Lori Holt from Bee In My Bonnet) and I was obsessed. I asked the nice lady behind the counter if there was a class for that. After she laughed at me, she said, no, it’s a year-long club and you can’t sign up for it–the deadline was 2 days ago. 🙁

She did however tell me that the club is following along with the book, Vintage Farm Girl. Great! I’ll buy the book. Alas, they were sold out. She said she could order it for me, but I couldn’t wait. I left the store (with a bunch of fabric of course) went home and immediate bought the book from Amazon. The book came 9 days ago. So far, I have made 9 of the blocks, and I am totally smitten. This book makes me want to be a better quilter.

I’ll be sharing progress pictures of my quilt as I move along slowly but surely. Here’s the entire Vintage Farm Girl sampler quit that got my blood pumping.

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Have any of you worked on this quilt? I’d love to see pictures.

Crafting with a Purpose

craftingWithPurposeAnyone who knows me well can tell you that I love to make things. Cute things. And every time I share a picture of something I made on Facebook or Twitter, very nice people compliment whatever it is and some more people ask, “Do you sell your stuff?” or ask if they can order something. It’s very flattering, and I do have an Etsy shop. I’ve tried selling before and here’s what I found out about myself through that process. I like gifting, not selling.

Since I know myself well enough to know I’ll never be successful by trying to sell my wares online, I just started a blog where I could talk about crafting and share pictures with people in general.

All is well with the world, right?

Until my husband dropped this bomb on me the other day: “Why don’t you just make things and let people donate to charity in exchange for something you’ve already made?”

This man is a genius.

I have a lot of learning to do before this crafting with a purpose plan is fleshed out, but in the meantime, I’m going to start making things. Cute things. And I’m going to post them on this very blog, on my Facebook page, and on Instagram. And if you see something you like, let me know. The cost will be a donation to an established charity.

The charities I choose to support are: first and foremost, The Salvation Army, ALS Association and SafePlace.

I’ll share more about the details as I learn more from those around me who I know can help me understand more about how I can help. Thanks.

What’s Hot Wednesday – Circle Zip Earbud Pouch

What's Hot Wednesday

After many years of pinning DIY, sewing, recipes and pretty pictures on Pinterest, I now have what’s called a business account. What makes my business account any different than my original account? Well, the most fun thing about a business account is the analytics. (Yes, I’m a nerd) It shows me which pins get clicked and repinned the most, and that tells me what everyone wants to see. So, I thought I’d make a weekly feature out of it. Introducing “What’s Hot Wednesday”. Each week I’ll check my stats, find the most popular pin at the moment, and recreate it and share my findings with you here on the blog.

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Our inaugural “What’s Hot Wednesday” is the Circle Zip Earbud Pouch from Dog Under My Desk. You can find the pin and resulting tutorial on my Bag Tutorials Board.

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Let’s take a look at the original Earbud Pouch pin.

Circle Zip Earbud Pouch

Now, let’s check out my #rainbowtized version

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My circle zip pouch

I’ll tell you the truth. This is a tutorial I could make a day long.

  1. I love bags. Even teeny tiny circle ones like this
  2. I like instant gratification. This took 1 hour beginning to end.
  3. This is the kind of thing you can make assembly line style. Think great Christmas gifts for friends and neighbors.

I don’t use earbuds, but I will certainly use this as a little change purse. My circle isn’t perfect, and it’s nowhere near as fabulous as the inspiration pouch, but I thinks it totes adorable, and I will whip it out at work tomorrow so everyone can ooh and ahh over it.

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Mission accomplished. I’d love to see your earbud pouch if you make one. Share your link in the comments.

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My First Time With Jamberry Nails & A Giveaway

Seems like lately I can’t get online without seeing Jamberry Nails in my Facebook feed. The colorful designs were calling my name, and then like a sign from above, my good friend Stephanie (WifeMommyMe) started selling them. At first I told her I wasn’t interested, since my other good friend owns Plum Natural Nail Spa and I felt like I’d be cheating on her by doing my own nails ;). Stephanie knows my weakness for rainbows, so when she sent me the picture of the Clowning Around nail wraps, I placed my order right away.

Clowning Around Jamberry Nail Wraps

Just to be clear: I am not hosting a Jamberry party. I’ve paid full price for the wraps I’m using and reviewing, but you have a chance to win a free set from Stephanie by entering this giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. You can also request a free sample just by filling out this form.

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They were really simple to apply: You just need a hair dryer, a sheet of Jamberry Nails, a nail file, tiny scissors and an orange stick.

Rainbow nail wraps

In about 30 minutes from start to finish, I had a full set of rainbow Jamberry Nails, complete with accent nail. I can tell you it would have taken a lot longer to do these designs with polish. I laid out my hair dryer, found the right size wrap, cut it in half (my nails are short enough that I can do 2 nails from one wrap), heat it up for a few seconds, then press centered to my nail bed and press down on each side to adhere. Then, just smooth out any wrinkles to the tip of your nail and file off any excess.

Jamberry wraps

The directions are right on the package and they’re super easy to follow. One way these beat an at-home polish job; I can apply a wrap to my right hand, but I can’t paint my right hand with my left. Verdict: the Jamberry Nails are a fun, quick way to add some color and pattern to your look without waiting for polish to dry.

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