Friday, October 30, 2009

My New Baby...er...Toy

Let me introduce you to my new baby....

Yes, I have gone computerized! Now that I'm the proud owner of brand spanking new Singer Confidence Quilter, I can know the joy that is a 98 stitch capability. Free motion and walking feet, people! Drop and sew bobbin! 13 needle positions!

I'm like a kid in a candy store. CANDY....drool...drool...

In other news, I've dusted off my old embroidery circle for some light decorative needlework on a pair of fleece baby legwarmers for Lucy Belle and, eventually, Fancybelle Boutique. Butterflies. That's all I'll say for now. ;)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Beyond Cute Baby Ballet Slippers

I am getting close to perfecting my new knitting pattern for baby ballet slippers. You see, Lucy Belle is going to be a ballerina for Halloween. She has the tutu already, but what self-respecting ballerina could go without beautiful lace-up toe shoes? So I've made her a pair of the yarn variety. Darling!

Hopefully tomorrow I'll have a listing up for your choice of custom knit ballet booties. Also coming soon...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Baby Belle Doll Sale This Weekend

Just this weekend I'm running a 20% off sale on my Baby Belle dolls! So, if you've had your eye on one, it's a great chance to purchase.

The boys have left for WI and it's just me and Lucy Belle this weekend. I'm excited for some "girl-time" together! :)

Take care and have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Contest Winner Announced!

What a morning! First, one of our cars got towed. Another annoying thing about living in a larger city. Second, it's raining like crazy outside--booo.

Still, I somehow remembered to post the winner of this month's Facebook fan rewards giveaway! Check it out on the Fancybelle Boutique fan page.

I was excited to see another purchase at my store this morning, this time for the ladies Fusion Swirl ponytail holder. :) Yippee! I'm currently working on 3 pairs of custom knit Baby Belle leggings, each one in pink. Simply gorgeous.

Scored a ton of terrific fabrics at Joann yesterday--I'm hoping to make several half and full aprons to list at Fancybelle Boutique in the coming weeks.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Special Sale Next Week

I've decided to offer a special sale price on my Baby Belle cloth dolls next week. I'm thinking perhaps 20% off! I just love making these sweet little dolls and picking out new fabric combinations for each. In fact, there might be a few new dollies to choose from in the very near future!!

In the meantime,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Knitting--Bring it On!!

My sweet baby girl, Lucy Belle, playing with her new set of Girly Girl Baby Blocks! Here is the set that is listed in my store: Girly Girl Baby Blocks in Designer Fabrics.

We really went to town playing with Lucy's set of blocks over the weekend. My son Zach kept throwing them at us and saying "think fast", ha! Good thing they are ultra bouncy and soft...so it was kind of like a tiny pillow fight! Even though the blocks are very cuddly and squishy, they retain their square shape surprisingly well. So we can call these baby blocks kid tested, mother approved! :)

Looks like I'm going to be

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Coming Soon to Fancybelle Boutique

Sometime next week I hope to run another contest for blog followers and Facebook fans. This time I'll be giving away a cloth doll from my Baby Belle Cloth Doll collection. Excited!!!

I'm also planning on adding a few handknit "babylegs"-style leg warmers to my shop by the end of October. I just finished a prototype pair to try out on Lucy Belle and I think I have my design perfected at this point and ready for the viewing public!


Next up to Fancybelle Boutique will be

Friday, October 16, 2009

I'm Featured on Handmade Highway!

Fancybelle Boutique is now featured on Handmade Highway, an awesome directory of handcrafters that I'm really excited about.

Check out our post here!

Handmade Highway is a living, dynamic directory of handmade sellers giving users 1-click access to handmade shops, products, pictures, location, seller contact info, and availability. A totally terrific resource for people that enjoy buying unique handcrafted merchandise!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Girly Girly Baby Blocks Available Today!


These have been a long time coming. I started them a month ago and just couldn't bring myself to sew all of those hidden closing seams until today. So glad I did--they look fabulous!

I just listed one set of 3 baby blocks featuring petite jingle bells on the inside, for a light twinkling noise when shaken. There is one more set that I'll be listing later this month without jingle bells, but I assure you...I'm annoyed easily by noisy toys and these are not too loud, not too soft--just right!

The blocks are made in a combination of popular designer fabrics, and although I made 3 sets in total (another jingle bell set for my own daughter Lucy Belle), no two sets are exactly alike. A perfect, one-of-a-kind gift idea for the next baby shower you're invited to!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Who Wants a Pretty Wrist Pin Cushion?

Although I'm still perfecting my design for this item, I hoping to offer a few wrist pin cushions for sale at Fancybelle Boutique in the coming weeks. Looks like my spinal fusion surgery is on hold until the end of the month so I'll have a bit more time to concentrate on fun projects!


You can see a little peek of the jumble that is my workstation in the above photos...I didn't feel like straightening up! I do all of my work on an old library table desk that is totally piled full of sewing notions, project pieces and even a folio of scrapbooking items.

Today I got closer to finishing a sewing machine cover for my trusty sidekick, my Grandma Lucy's Riccar sewing machine. I'm experimenting with some zig-zag stitching on the storage pockets...I think it's going to be super cute!

Next up at my store: Amy Butler girly-girl baby blocks and a listing for Baby Belle custom handknit baby and toddler leg warmers. Some listings on Etsy for "babylegs" are just ladies knee-high socks with the foot cut off. Since I always feature custom items of my own design, my shop could offer no less than the same for babylegs!

Later this week I'm expecting to receive a pattern for toddler training pants that I'm more than a little excited about! My son Zach is 2 years old and about 75% of the way towards being potty trained. Some days we run through an ungodly amount of pull-ups, so I'm thrilled to eventually own a non-disposable yet waterproof option.

I love Twittermoms! Check out all the fun blogs posts on this entry or at my right sidebar. Enjoy!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Shop Notes & Free Shipping Offer!

So excited that my little unicorn horse baby toy and a slim reversible car seat handle cushion have both sold recently! I had so much fun making both and I'm happy to send them on to new homes. :)



I'm offering free shipping on all car seat handle cushion through October 23rd. Please take advantage if you are interested. I also have free shipping on my baby blocks right now, and hope to add my Amy Butler girly-girl baby blocks to my store this week!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's Tutu Time!

Wish me luck, I'm thinking ahead to Halloween and about to start my first baby tutu!

Yes, Lucy Belle, my 4-month old daughter, is going to be a baby ballerina...decked out in layers of pink tulle--hot pink, medium pink and light pink. All tied around a fuschia grosgrain ribbon.

At least, I think I bought some ribbon. It's hard to remember in the haze that descends over me when I'm at Joann Fabrics (my fave store) clutching a 40% coupon in one hand and a scribbled list that's invariably missing one semi-important item in the other.

Anyway, the Amy Butler baby blocks are on hold temporarily so I can satisfy the tutu urge...but the 3 sets I'm making are at least 90% complete anyway and I'm hoping to get them listed by the weekend. :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

My New Project: Amy Butler Baby Blocks


I've got the fabric cut and ready to sew for a set of girly baby blocks....in Amy Butler's Midwest Modern fabric. Just gorgeous and ultra-pretty! I can't wait to finish these. :)

The accent fabric will be Michael Miller's Dumb Dot in cocoa...a dark brown fabric with light pink polka dots. Love it!! Lucy Belle and I might have to keep a set for ourselves.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Contest for Facebook Fans! Ends Oct 3rd




If you become a fan of Fancybelle Boutique on Facebook, facebook.com/fancybelleboutique, you'll be entered to win a set of 3 ponytail holders in a football-themed fabric! When I saw this fabric, I just couldn't resist--it really reminded me of my recent obsession with the show "Friday Night Lights"!

The prize includes one large ponytail holder and two small sized ponytail holders, all in matching fabric. Perfect for mother/daughter or big sister/little sister!

Contest ends this Saturday October 3rd at noon!

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