Monday, September 1
Spending Labor Day "laboring" in my relocated sewing room. This is the first corner set up in my new space. One corner done, rest of room to go. I think my stuff multiplied when we swapped and consolidated rooms. (This room was Micaela's baby room once upon a time).
Sunday, August 10
Saturday, August 9
Friday, August 8
Wednesday, July 30
Saturday, July 19
Friday, July 18
Thursday, July 10
Sunday, June 22
Wednesday, June 11
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)
Monday, June 9
Thursday, June 5
This pouch and others are all available in my Etsy store. Thanks for stopping by.
Sunday, June 1
Here are the five zipper pouches. I could not find a "dance" charm so we opted for name initial.
Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, May 29
The first one is what I call "Stamped Suede", this is going to a couple who had a country themed wedding last month.
Tuesday, May 27
These are a few of the pouches I have made in the last few weeks.
Sunday, May 25
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.
You can see more of the pictures on Instagram and Flickr by searching hashtag #micaelamakaylacousinbonding. Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, May 24
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
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.
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.
Thursday, May 15
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
Saturday, May 10
Thursday, May 8
Monday, May 5
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!