Monday, April 30, 2012

Sketching in the carpool line

A little photo update ~ When I'm not sewing, I'm daydreaming and sketching out designs (this happens alot in the carpool line). 

Inspiration today came from the latest JCrew catalog, specifically, the scalloped hem shorts and striped shirt ...I mean seriously, how cute?!

P.S. Tomorrow I'll be posting some pictures of some clothing I've been sewing for the Livingston Farmers Market ...... oh If only I had about 10 more pair of hands!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bug & Bell at Livingston Farmer's Market

Happy Monday everyone!

I wanted to share some news with y'all today and let you know why I haven't been blogging as much as intended. As I mentioned before it's birthday month in our family and on top of that a wave of sickness has swept through our house and will not let up. I think we're on the mend now and hope to get back into the swing of things, but also I want to share some news with you. 

My new little venture 'Bug & Bell' has been selected as a vendor at the Livingston Farmers Market - a local farmer's market that features fresh locally grown produce, chefs, MS craftsmen, live music, hot food & children’s activities. It will be every Thursday evening from 4-8 pm, May 17th - October 4th and I will have a booth there on May 17th (the grand opening). If you are in the Jackson, MS area please come see us, it's bound to be a fun time!  

As excited as I am, I'm also anxious - my head is just spinning with ideas, lists that need to be made, and things that need to be done. I may be absent from the blog for just a little longer as I try to make and sew in all of my spare time. I'll be posting photos here and there of sneak peeks, and if you see anything  you like, just know that after the farmer's market I'll be selling everything in my etsy shop. 

I snapped these with my phone today......

Bears and Birds and Foxes! Yay!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Birthday weekends are the most fun.

My birthday was on Sunday, and my firstborn's birthday party was on Saturday (although her real birthday was Monday). I woke up on Friday with a sinus infection so I wasn't completely up to snuff the whole weekend, but that didn't stop us from celebrating this beautiful baby girl's special day with an "art" party. 

I made the invitation in photoshop because the only art party invitations I could find online were just too "themed" for me. (it was my first time to use photoshop and I am fully aware that I'm a total amateur!) 

The kids had a great time painting. We hung banner paper and cups filled with paint on the fence in the backyard, and used men's button down shirts as art smocks.

A little sass from the birthday girl! She gave me crazy faces and poses all day every time I would try to get a picture.  She also made the sign above - it says "Art Smocks". 

The rainbow cake after we started serving. I'm a little bummed about this being the only photo I got of the cake, but it is hard to be present and take photos of the birthday party too. And I would rather be present in the moment - I mean my girl only turns 4 once! I made the cream cheese frosting (my fave) and used skittles and miniature flags to jazz it up a little. 
(If you want to know how to make a rainbow cake just google it and lots of ideas will come up - it is very easy!)

I get a little teary thinking about how lucky I am to have my family and how it was not too long ago that we welcomed her into the world in Florida, just me and her daddy (we were joined by the grandparents a few hours later).  She is her own spirit, so creative and joyful. I hope she stays this way for ever. 

Happy 4th birthday sweet girl! I love being your mama!

 P.S. the morning after jump in pajamas might have been the most fun of all! crazy girlies!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Baby Boy's Nursery {Sneak Peak}

My younger sister is having a baby boy in a few weeks and we've been busy designing a nursery for his arrival. Today we hung everything on the walls...and by "we" I mean me. My sister's already had one fall that landed her in the hospital for a week (and nearly scared us to death), so she sure didn't need to be up on the ladder! It's really coming along and oh my gosh is it cute! When we are completely finished, I'll share photos of the whole room, but for now here are a few details:

Some of the photos don't show the paint color accurately. It's really a mint green and is best shown in the bottom photo (the one with the elephant head). Oh and that elephant head is my pride and joy, we stalked that thing for weeks and finally got the saleswoman at Anthropologie to give us a discount! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Summertime Shorts (in Pink Gingham)

 Last week I made some shorts for the girls. I used the Darby Shorts pattern from Brownie Goose. It was my first Brownie Goose pattern to use and it was a breeze. So easy and the patterns are original and unique. I chose pink gingham because I want my girls to be happy and pink is their fave! For the pockets I used white and pink polka dot fabric with a floral band on the top. The wooden buttons keep the shorts from being too over-the-top "sweet".  These shorts are so darn cute and since they have an elastic waist, they're comfy too!

 ~Back of the shorts~


If you would like a pair of the Summertime shorts for your little one, you can contact me at

Price is $25.00 and sizes range from 6-12 months - 4T.
Average lead time is 2 weeks for production (as I am just a one woman show!)


Monday, April 9, 2012

Bug and Bell Announcement

I'm the type of person who likes to have everything perfectly presentable before I show it to anyone, especially when it comes to a project. However, I think sometimes it's better just to jump into something before you lose your nerve! 

 So....I have a little secret to let you in on.......I am going to start selling some of the children's clothing that I make. I've come up with a name (Bug and Bell - after my 2 girls) and have been working on a logo with one of my best friends, Emily, who also happens to be a very talented graphic designer. I'm really excited, but of course a little nervous too. Who knows if anyone will even like my clothes or want to buy them.....but I need to try as I've been thinking about this for a while. This is something that gives me joy and I would like to see if I can make it work. I always thought that if I didn't study Interior Design in college I would have liked to do fashion design. Staying home with my girls has actually giving me this opportunity to learn and try something new and I'm so thankful that I've been able to discover this new passion. 

I think my style could be described as playful, sweet, vintage inspired, and maybe a little quirky and we are trying to convey that in the logo. Emily sent me a little mock-up the other day (shown above using a photo from my In Bloom facebook page) and its a rough idea, but already I'm so excited! She is so talented.

Right now, I'm still making / selling hair accessories from my In Bloom Barrettes etsy shop and facebook page. I plan on eventually shutting that down and just adding hair accessories to Bug & Bell so I have everything "under one roof", so to speak.  I'll let y'all know as soon as I get everything up and running, but as of right now if I'm offering something for sale, I will just let you know on the blog  and you can email me if you're interested. 

I appreciate your support of this blog, it means so much to me that you read and I love to hear feedback! I just wanted to let you know what has been rolling around in my brain for the past few months. It feels good to get it all out!
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