Wednesday, June 11

Graduation Zipper Pouches

Every custom order has a story. A church youth leader in Houston wrote me recently and was looking for graduation gifts for a group of girls she has mentored for several years. All 7 girls are headed to college and she wanted zipper pouches.  I didn't have pouches designed for 3 of the 7 schools so we came up with some deisgns.  The schools were Texas A&M. Baylor, NYU, U of H, MSU, UT and UHD.

Here are all 7 completed pouches

My Etsy store offerings grow because of requests like this.  Here is the pouch for the University of Houston

University of Houston Downtown (mascot is gators)

And, New York University.
Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great week.

Thursday, June 5

Midwestern State Univ Zipper Pouch

With graduation season upon us, I am getting lots of requests for zipper pouches for graduating seniors.  Only the big schools have licensed fabric so I have started designing pouches for some of the other schools.

Here is the pouch I made for a friend's daughter going to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Katie is graduating tomorrow and I am so excited for her.  The school colors are maroon & gold and the mascot is a mustang so I didn't have to go on a wild chase for a charm that was out of the ordinary.   This is actually a school I considered when I was in high school. 

This pouch and others are all available in my Etsy store.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, June 1

Love to Dance Zipper Pouches


I had a request from one of my Mom friends for 5 zipper pouches with a dance theme for her daughter's dance instructors.  Right away I started looking for fabric and found one that matched the colors used throughout the dance studio.

Here are the five zipper pouches.   I could not find a "dance" charm so we opted for name initial. 

 
I used a hot pink dot fabric for the lining. 
 
I used the "Love to Dance" fabric for the back. 

Thanks for stopping by. 



Thursday, May 29

Wedding Pillows

'Tis the season for spring weddings.  Here are two pillows I made and shipped to Arkansas earlier this week.

The first one is what I call "Stamped Suede", this is going to a couple who had a country themed wedding last month.

 
The second pillow is what I call "Cream on Cream", it is a cotton printed to look like taffeta. The Ampersand is a taupe colored suede.  This is for a wedding THIS weekend. 

These are available in my Etsy store.

Tuesday, May 27

Baylor University Zipper Pouches

The Baylor University Zipper Pouch is now the top seller in my Etsy store.  All the ladies that order tell me they are happy to find something girly promoting Baylor.

These are a few of the pouches I have made in the last few weeks.
These and all the pouches in my blog are available in my Etsy store.  Thanks for stopping by.
 

Sunday, May 25

Flat Makayla on the road again...

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

As the school year comes to an end, it's time to wrap up Flat Makayla's visit with us.  As we looked at the pictures we have taken all over the state, we realized we had not taken her to many places in our backyard, so this weekend we headed south to Dallas.

Here's some of the snapshots around our "backyard" Dallas.

Our first stop was one of the BIG signs... This one is located at Klyde Warren Park and is sponsored by Southwest Airlines.

 
Klyde Warren park is a park built on a bridge.


 
Our next stop as the clouds started to move in, was the Guadalupe Cathedral in the Arts District.  This cathedral is more than 100 years old, we got to attend Spanish mass while we were there.
  
Our next stop was Pioneer Plaza located near the Dallas Convention Center and Dallas City Hall.    The sculptures commemorates nineteenth century longhorn cattle drives
It was about to start raining, but we took at quick picture by Reunion Tower

And another by the JFK Memorial at Dealey Plaza.
All in all it was a fun day.  Micaela got to see some places we've only talked about and now we want to go back when we have more time and hopefully no rain in the forecast.

You can see more of the pictures on Instagram and Flickr by searching hashtag #micaelamakaylacousinbonding.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 24

Texas Woman's University Zipper Pouch

Here is a zipper pouch I made for my own alma mater, Texas Woman's University.  The school colors are maroon and white and the mascot is a pioneer woman. 



This is what I came up with for the first version.












I have had my eye on this scrolly maroon fabric for a while, I think it looks good as the topper and lining in the pouch.












I got some feedback from some sister alumns on what I should change for the next one, hopefully I will get around to making another one very soon.  Available in my Etsy store.  Thanks for stopping by.






Friday, May 23

Orca Whale Zipper Pouch

When I first got my embroidery machine, I said I would make "every gift we gave as a family".  Sometimes making the making of these gifts drives me a little nuts but all in all, I enjoy it.

One of Micaela's buddies is a girl named Raven (cute name), Micaela and her have known each other since preschool.  Raven is facinated by sea life and loves Orca Whales.  When Micaela got invited to Raven's birthday party TOMORROW, she quickly told me we had to make her something with orca whales.  You know what I was thinking-- Yes, darling I have orca whale fabric in my stash--- Not!

Well, I went on a hunt and found some online and had it quickly shipped in so I could make our standard zipper bag gift. 

Tada!

Needless to say, this is unique and Raven loved it.  I got it done right before midnight, she's headed to the party in the afternoon

I embroidered Raven in purple because it is her favorite color.





Here is the back of the zipper bag.

I used a black and white dot for the lining.  I really think it turned out cute!  I love how you can find fabric with just about anything printed on it.  This and all my zipper pouches are available in my Etsy store.
 
 

Thursday, May 15

An order of 9

A total of 9 zipper pouches is what a friend ordered last month.  I remember my first order of more than one zipper pouch just over a year ago, I was so excited.  Now 5, 8, or even sometimes 12 has become the norm. 

Wow, I never dreamed I would sell these little zipper pouches the way I do.  I simply started making unique gifts for family, friends, teachers and even acquaintances.  Fabric is really endless and when you find a perfect fabric for someone, you just want to make them something.  A simple little zipper pouch seemed just like the perfect thing and before I knew it, a fun hobby turned into a side business.   I've truly lost count of just how many zipper pouches I have made, but I am confident it's more than 500 in the last 18-20 months.  Who would have thought!

I've had a lot of people ask me about why I do this and how I manage.  I do it because I love the creative process and I secretly and openly LOVE fabric.  I simply love making useful unique things for people.  More than 85% of the items in my store were a gift I made for someone initially.  The reward comes later when someone I don't even know thinks it's the perfect gift for a loved one and makes a purchase with their hard earned money.   If you really look at all my bags, they are the same, I am not reinventing the wheel for each pouch, only the fabric and charms are different.  It's amazing how a little simple but unique zipper bag in the 'perfect' fabric with name personalization can become a treasured item for the recipient.

I have a demanding fulltime job that requires me to work way beyond 8 to 5.  I mostly do my sewing at night as a way to wind down, it's kinda like therapy.  Yup, I am crazy that way.

I've just finished a busy season of Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation and Graduation orders.  Yes, I lost some sleep getting orders out the door and some of the requests were a little out of the ordinary and hard to fulfill but at the end of the day I really feel touched that customers picked ME to make a little zippered pouch for their mother, grandmother, teacher or graduate.


Here's the order of 9 I just made for a friend.  These are all for graduating seniors girls going off to the following colleges: New York University, University of Kansas, University of North Texas, University of Texas, Texas Tech University, Stephen F Austin State University and the University of Tulsa.  I wish all these girls well and I hope the little simple pouch I made reminds them that someone opted for a thoughtful handmade item to celebrate the beginning of the college chapter of their lives. 

Sunday, May 11

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms in Blog Land,  I am so proud to be Mom to this chickadee.  Here we are when she was 2, 5 and 9!  Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, May 10

Texas Ranger Game

My parents just spent a week with us.  One of the things we did was go to a Texas Ranger Game.  My Mom & Dad had not been to the new stadium so it was a special treat for them.  The Rangers beat the Boston Red Socks 8 to 0, so it was a fabulous game.
We had not been to a game since Micaela was a toddler.  Here are pictures from 2006 and of course yesterday.  She is such a Daddy's girl. 
Hope you are having a great weekend. 

Thursday, May 8

Front Flower Bed Progress

Here is my front flower bed five weeks after this post and the original picture at the bottom.  The daffodils are done blooming and I am patiently waiting for the leaves to turn brown. 


I think it's coming along nicely...  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 5

Dad

My Dad turns 84 today.  I can't believe it.  Most girls my age have much younger fathers and grandfathers my Dad's age. 

Here are two of my favorite pictures of my Dad and my Aunt Bettye. My Aunt B is two years younger than my Dad so she just turned 86.  (I hope I look that good when I am 86).

The top picture was taken in Kauai back in July when 30 plus family members met in Kauai for a destination family reunion to celebrate anniversaries and the bottom one was taken about 1933 when my Dad was about 3 and Aunt B about 5.... As you can see, it was really humble beginnings for them.  My Dad always tells the stories of segregated schools and very few opportunities for young Mexican American children.  He has always instilled a good work ethic and giving back to the community.  I feel so blessed and grateful that they are both in great health.  

Here's to 80 years of Sibling Love!


Sunday, May 4

New college zipper pouches.

Here are a few more college zipper pouches I have added to my Etsy store.

University of Kansas

Stephen F Austin State University.  Had to improvise on this one, their colors are purple, red and white mainly and the mascot is a lumberjack...  Found an axe for the charm and I think it works...

Kansas State University.
Louisiana State University.
Oklahoma State University.  Did you know their mascot is a cowboy named Pistol Pete, thought the "pistol" charm would be a bit much but an OSU alumni thought it was right on...
All these pouches are available in my Etsy store. 

Friday, May 2

UNT Zipper Pouch

The University of North Texas is a local universityin Denton.  I've had lots of requests for a zipper bag with their theme but hadn't had a chance to design one.  UNT does not license fabric or their logo so I really had to start from scratch. 

I finally sat down and came up with something.  Their colors are green and white with some black and their mascot is an eagle.  This is what I came up with. 


The lining is green and white hounds tooth, I think it turned out pretty cute.  This pouch is available in my Etsy store.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 30

Sixth Anniversary

Yesterday- April 29 was my 6th year anniversary at the City of McKinney.  Time flies when you are having fun.  Never thought this part time job (at the time) would blossom into such an incredible and growing opportunity for me. 

At the time, I just wanted a part-time job because Micaela was a toddler and in preschool a few days a week. 

Now, after several reorganizations, 3 bosses, it's a very demanding full time job where I truly believe I make a difference every day.... Who would have thought?






Ironically, I got to attend the Employee Service Awards Lunch honoring 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 year employees. (My anniversary missed the cut off date so I had to wait til this year for award). 

I have a long road ahead  --but at least I made it the first milestone and have an award to add to my shelf.


Monday, April 28

Girl Scout Earth Day celebration

Sunday, I was a speaker at a regional Girl Scout Earth Day celebration.  Here is a picture taken during the opening flag ceremony

 
The girls did a variety of rotations after my presentation, my favorite was when they decorated canvas reusable bags with hand prints.

Tuesday, April 22

Happy Earth Day 2014

Happy Earth Day! 
 
 
It's this simple ... 'Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the the trees".  Revelations 7:3.  This  artwork by Mary Engelbreit spoke to me long before I was officially in the "Earth Business". I have had this poster framed and on my wall in my offices (in Bonham, Dallas and now Mckinney) most of my professional career. It's not your typical office art, but it continues to be my mantra and inspiration every day.
 
Hope you have a great day!  

She's 9

We can't believe it, she's 9. So much is a blur.  So much is engraved in our minds.  Time really does go by fast when you're a parent.   Happy Birthday to our daughter. 

Monday, April 21

Happy Easter



 


We hope you had a blessed Easter.

I haven't posted a family picture in a while, so here's one of us yesterday after church.

Troy and I are still the same (maybe a little plumper) but our daughter sure is growing up, you can see she is past my shoulder now...

Thanks for letting me share.   

Bunnies

Happy Good Friday.  

Easter Sewing,,,,  These were born in my sewing room yesterday & today! 
 
I have been meaning to make and mail these all month and I took a day off today finally made them.  
 
I had a hard time getting them to look at the camera and stay still!













The backside has a pocket for $$ or a gift card and a cotton tail.  Once I got started making these, they really started to multiply!
Hope you have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 17

Sweet Pouch Swap -- what I sent

I am finally getting back to posting.  It has been such a crazy month.

This is the pouch I sent to Jane in Australia.  She finally received it so I can reveal. I am so pleased with the way it turned out.  This pattern is by Embroidery Garden, a bit time consuming compared to the other simple pouches I make all of the time, but totally worth it.


On the back I appliqued a big J, I just couldn't let it be blank.  This is the Tuscan alphabet by Embroidery Boutique. 

I added a little signature with my initials and date in the lower right corner. 

The lining was the spool fabric. 


This was for the Sweet Pouch Swap hosted by Ros at Sew Delicious.  I love her swaps, everyone does some amazing pouches. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Sweet Pouch Swap- What I received

Here is what I received from Jane in Australia for the Sweet Pouch Swap.

Isn't the bag totally adorable?  She knew I liked red & black sewing themed stuff and added a cute Texas Applique.  She also sent some Australian magnets for Micaela's collection and some yummy treats, those Tim Tams were delicious! 

Thanks so much Jane, love it all!