Welcome to my blog! I'm a stay at home of 3 beautiful children and I love to sew! I have been sewing ever since I was a little girl and my gran taught me everything from machine-sewing to cross-stitch. I started making Barbie clothes this past Christmas for my daughter and I loved it! It's so much fun to design and create fashions for the ultimate model - Barbie! I opened a shop on Etsy in May of this year and I have met a lot of talented artists that I enjoy networking with. So, take some time to look around, read my posts, and enjoy!


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Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Dresses!

Hello, dear reader! How was your weekend? Mine was full of love and laughter and I hope yours was, too! This weekend, my darling daughter was in her 2nd ever fashion show...

Mine is the one in the red & white - isn't she just precious? Her outfit came from Kids Bazaar, my favorite consignment shop! The fashion show was for the ABC expo and all the kiddos wore something from Kids Bazaar. My boys even walked the cat walk!

This weekend was my husband's weekend off, so we spent a lot of time just being together. He works nights and sleeps days so we just get a few evening hours with each other through the week, so it was very special to get time together this weekend.

I promised you all on Friday, that I would finish up a new dress and post photos, so here goes!

This is a peasant style strip dress with a solid yellow bodice. The strips come from two different fabrics - a yellow "rainy day" fabric and a periwinkle blue with lime dots. The umbrella fabric is pleated over the blue at the waist. A turquoise ribbon belt ties around Barbie's waist and a beaded necklace completes the outfit. I'm just in love with this fabric! It is scraps from this outfit which was made by Frog Kisses:
Yes, this is my obnoxious - I mean, precious - little angel. 

Two more things before I go tonight! I updated my shop banner. What do you think?

AND, I designed a new dress!! I think I really like this...

What do you think? It's a fairly simple halter dress that features a ruffle down the center vertical line of the dress. I think it's fun and different, which is kind of what I'm all about! Does it need anything different? Don't pick on the colors - I can do different colors. But tell me what you think about the style of the dress. Leave your comments below! I'd love to know what you think. 

And now, good night, Dear Reader. Sweet dreams...

Friday, April 27, 2012

Catching Up...

Oh wow I am horrible at keeping up with this!! Will I ever learn to make this blog a priority? I'm so sorry, dear readers - I will try to be more faithful to you!

Over the last 6 months, a lot has happened - business has expanded and been absolutely wonderful! I've have been very busy keeping up with a steady stream of orders and creating new and unique items. Also, I began making American Girl size clothing, like these:

Both of these outfits can be bought here, along with the matching outfits and hair candy for your daughter! A wonderful seamstress friend of mine created the hair candy and the girls' clothing.

In the coming weeks, I will be filling orders for these outfits as well as building up my shop inventory and preparing for BarbieBoutiqueBasics' first TV spot. My products will be featured on the Show Me St. Louis segment "Jennifer's Favorite Finds" (watch her latest segment here). I am too excited about this!! This will mean HUGE exposure for my shop!

I will also be preparing for an upcoming "Christmas in July" craft show that is being held by a local quilting community. This will be another exciting opportunity to reach my local market. I have a feeling I will be running a special in my shop to coincide with this event.

Well, dear reader, it is time for me to sit behind my sewing machine and get to creating! I hope to finish these orders up soon and start on a new line of boutique fashions for Barbie - I'll post photos once they are done! Until then, check out these most recent creations: