Thanks to everyone who 'likes' us on Facebook! We made it to 700 fans, so we are giving away at set of three Mini Cupcake Ornaments- the classic collection - Red, White and Lime Green!
To enter to win, please leave a separate comment for each of these steps:
1. Leave a comment here telling me what you are hoping Santa brings you this year!
2. Follow this blog
3. Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook page and/or Twitter (leave a separate comment for each!)
That's a possibility of 4 different ways to win! Please make sure one of your comments includes a way for us to reach you in case you are the winner!
****Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 12th, to ensure the winner receives in time for the holidays!****
The moment I set eyes on Ruby Lou, from SewMuchAdo.blogspot.com, I fell in love. I have made other dolls before, but none as cute as Ruby. The pattern had been for sale for a little while before I got up the courage to contact her about how I could purchase rights to be able to sell this little cutie. After communicating back and forth, the deal was done, and I was officially allowed to make and sell my own Ruby Lou's! I had so many plans for them, but being that it was in the middle of summer, not much time to actually execute my plans.
Here's a little peak at the first 5 Ruby Lou's I will be listing on Etsy. I have already sold one pre-made Ruby Lou, and I will admit it was emotional selling her. Each time I stitch on her little face, I immediately fall in love. I spend so much time selecting the fabric for her outfits, and working on each one, that I feel a connection with them.
Abby Lou comes with a tutu and she's also wearing bloomers under that tutu! :)
I will be listing these on Etsy, along with custom listings that allow the purchaser to select their own hair color, and clothing - skirt, bloomers, or bloomers & tutu. What little girl wouldn't want her very own Ruby Lou?
We have reached 300 fans on the Facebook page for Kiwi and Kiki!!!
As the end of summer is approaching, we are looking forward to the holiday gift giving season!
Now you have an opportunity to check someone off your gift giving list (or, you could give it to yourself, we won't tell! :) ) In Celebration of our 300 fans on Facebook, we are giving away a custom hand-stamped Sterling Silver Bracelet!
These are currently not available in the shop, but they will be listed again soon! For details about the bracelet you will be receiving, click on the link below the picture to go to a previously sold bracelet:
Get an entry for each of the following items, by leaving separate comments for each:
1. Follow this blog! (if you already follow, just let me know!)
2. Be a fan on Facebook (if you are already a fan, just let me know!)
3. Let your friends and family know about this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or on your blog and let me know how you posted it! (can get up to 3 entries for this one! Just leave a separate comment for each one!)
Please make sure I have a way to contact you! If I don't know you personally, and you don't leave me an email address to contact you, I will post the winner on Facebook and here, so be sure to check back!
The Giveaway will Close on Sunday, August 15th at 10pm Pacific Time Good luck!!!
This past Saturday, my sister and I hired Terri Beloit to photograph some of the new items we have coming soon to our online shops and Farmer's Markets. It was an exhausting week, prepping for the show, making sure everything would fit the specifi little models, and worrying about the weather. When we first scheduled the photo shoot, we were worried it would rain! This year, the weather has been very strange. When the week finally came, we were worried it would be too hot! In the end, it was a beautiful day, and Terri managed to scope out a great place in the grass that had a good amount of afternoon shade.
Everyone showed up, and we will soon have some great pictures to show off our new items! We have some new boys items, and new hair accessories...all in all, it was a very fun day! Here's a couple pictures from the photo shoot. Please visit Terri's blog to see more of the pictures!
I have a slight (ahem) fabric addiction. My favorite part of making infant/toddler shoes, is that it takes a relatively small amount of material to make them. I have been busy lately on other projects, so when I finally got a chance to sit down and make some shoes, I was so pleased with the results! Here are the latest fruits of my labor:
We hit another milestone on the Kiwi and Kiki Facebook page - 250 "likes" To celebrate, we're doing another giveaway! Last time, the winner got to pick the theme of their goody bag, this time the winner will get to choose what they want! The winner will win a $15 credit towards any item(s) in any of the Etsy shops, or from our booth at one of our events (check here for our current event schedule) This can include shipping! The winner will be sent an email with instructions on how to make your selection.
To enter the contest, there are three ways you can enter (make sure you make a separate comment for each entry)
#1 - become a follower of this blog! (or tell me that you already are)
#2 - Visit any of the etsy shops, and let me know what you might spend your $15 credit on!
You see this bottle, innocently sitting on the top shelf of my fridge. This is my weakness. My Achilles heal, if you will. There are two particular ways that I love to drink Coca Cola. Preferably, from the fountain. But it must have the perfect syrup to soda water ratio, or it's no good. McDonald's and Wendy's typically are a safe bet for a good Coke. Very rarely can you go to a gas station convenience store and find a good fountain Coke. The second way I prefer to drink it is from a can, straight out of an ice cold cooler. Excuse me while I feel a little faint. Okay, back to you.
To make a long story short, my love affair with Coke must come to an end. When you start to consume a minimum of 32 ounces a day, you really have to stop and think about what exactly you are drinking. I'm sure at some point in the future I will visit my friend, but I cannot continue on the path I have been.
So, I'm putting this out into the Internet world, so someone besides myself will know about it. If you see me drinking a Coke, feel free to question me about it, hold me accountable. Unless you see a slightly crazed look in my eye - if that happens, then BACK OFF! Really, it's for your own safety.
Up until this year, I was scared to make clothing...last year, I sort of dipped my toes in the water with the bloomers, but I didn't go fully in until I made my daughter and niece's Halloween costumes. They were butterfly fairies, inspired by Tinkerbell. Here's their costumes:
For my niece Abby's first birthday, I wanted to make her a lady bug dress, to go along with her Lady Bug themed birthday party. I searched everywhere for Red fabric with black polka dots, and I couldn't find any that reminded me of a lady bug, so I decided to applique black polka dots on to red fabric. Turned out much better than I could have imagined! Here's a picture of her wearing it: (photograph provided by Terri Beloit Photography)
Well, I'm diving head in - I'm listing dresses on the Etsy shop!
I am on the second to last day of my vacation at Lake Chelan. This has been the second time I've been to Lake Chelan in the spring, and I LOVE it. It's so quiet and peaceful, and since it is so late in the spring (almost Memorial day, afterall!) it is still warm and sunny, and perfect laying-on-the-beach weather. Or if you asked my daughter, perfect sandcastle making weather. She would know.
This is the view from the condo's balcony (with the help of a really cool photomerge thingy in Photoshop):
We had a fun weekend with friends, and now its just me, Maddy and the hubby. I am beginning to feel withdrawals from my sewing machine, which I haven't been able to use since last wednesday, but I am feeling excited to get back and start on a few new projects for the Market and for the website.
I'll let you in on a little fun fact....this is where I got married. Almost 9 years ago. That's crazy. In the very left corner of the picture, off in the distance are some trees next to a little fish pond (which happens to be nearly empty right now, they fill it for the summer months) - this is where the ceremony was. In the middle of the picture there are bushes around some utility thingamabobs...in front of those, on the grassy side, is where the reception was. It rained a little, and we danced in the rain, but I didn't care, I was married! I almost ran into the lake afterwards, dress and all....but for some reason we didn't.
Here's a couple of other fun pictures from our week:
view from our lunch table at my FAVORITE burger place - Lakeview Drive In. However, my family affectionately calls it the "Hole in the wall" I think my mom started it - because it really is just this little burger place. Established in '57 - they serve Fries in a bucket, complete with MSG! :) What could be better than that.
Miss Maddy sitting in a tree....she liked hugging the tree. What can I say.
Can you spot the little piggy that escaped the shoe? Maddy came running up to me...."my toe, Mama! my toe!" I wasn't sure what was wrong, until I saw that her little piggy was trying to escape!
On our first day, we arrived around 6pm, we unloaded our cars, and headed to the beach! The day was slowly slipping away, but the water was calling to us. Maddy had to dip her toes in, and so did Mama and Tina!
And one last picture for now...Maddy on "Maddy's Beach" as she likes to call it. She's wearing her new bucket hat, something I tried out for her, and hope to be making more to add to the online shop and the markets.
We have one more day of sun ahead of us, and then we pack up and head home on Thursday. Back to rainy western Washington, and back to my sewing machine! Oh how I've miss you.
It was a chilly opening day at the Puyallup Farmer's Market today, but it was successful! We saw some familiar faces from previous seasons, and some friends stopped by to show support! Here's a picture of our new setup:
There are more items coming soon to the market, and a larger selection of some of the items I had today. I was testing the waters on a few items, and since we had a great response, there will be more! There will also be a separate section for custom order items, including embroidery options.
This past week was one of little sleep, but after getting a good night sleep tonight *fingers crossed* I will be ready to put the finishing touches on the additional items for next week.
I will definitely miss being at the market every Saturday, but hopefully we will have a chance to do some other festivals/street fairs that we have been wanting to do.
This week, I'm hoping to also start adding a weekly recipe and/or tutorial to the blog. I have an ambitous week ahead of me! Time for some sleep! nighty night
Slowly but surely, we made it to 200 fans on Facebook! Thanks for the support! To celebrate, and kick off the beginning of the Farmer's Market season (coming up so quickly on May 1st!) I am offerring a give-away!
The winner will receive a goody bag, with your choice of theme (for baby, for mommy, or for home) - in keeping with our shop theme!
3 Ways to Enter this Give-Away!
1) simply comment on this post, with your preference of theme for your goodie bag. 2) Follow this blog, and leave a separate comment telling me you are following 3) share this give-away on Facebook/Twitter and leave a separate comment letting me know!
Giveaway drawing will take place on Friday, April 23rd in the evening. Be sure to leave an email address for me to contact you if you are the winner! Winning number will be drawn by Random.org
In previous summers, we have enjoyed coming to the market every Saturday, June through August, and sometimes into the fall. This year, since I now live about 1 and a half hours away, we are just doing the market on the first Saturday of each month - maybe adding a few days here and there. This year we will just have 1 tent, but we are planning on filling it full of new items - including a new variety of items for little boys.
If you have been a fan of our on Facebook, you have probably seen me post links to Terri Beloit's Photography Blog and Website. She is located in Puyallup, and Kiki and I met her while she was shopping at the Puyallup Farmers Market, where we are vendors. She purchased a Tutu and some hats and headbands, and she showed us some pictures she had taken using our products. We have met with her a couple times to have pictures taken of our girls wearing our products, and we have developed a friendship. If you are looking for a photographer in Western Washington, take a moment to consider Terri - she takes amazing photographs, and she is so great to work with!