Monday, September 28, 2009

{ sneak peek }













I'm so excited about this one! I love, love, love this great owl fabric from Alexander Henry and have been waiting to find some time to get my hands on it and come up with something fun. So here's my take on an owl, which will be available as a lounge set with coordinating pants, or on it's own as a tee or onesie.

I made up a prototype last night, and I changed the eyes a bit. I think he needs a bit more tweaking, but I think he's going to be pretty fun when he's done. He should be ready to go up in my shop later this week.

I've also got some of the owls in blue, so keep your eyes open for another version!

{ random studio shots }







Works in progress, new designs, and some inventory!

{ big, big news }

And I'm so excited about it! One of my designs is going to be featured in the holiday gift guide on Parents.com! I received an email from etsy's marketing department about 10 days ago about the possibility of rocket lounge set being featured in the gift guide, and I was really honored just to be asked. Then, last Wednesday I got the official word that my set will be included! It should be published by the end of October or the first of November and it will link back to my etsy shop, so I'm gearing up for the potential increased traffic that may come as a result. I usually make things as an item is ordered, but I'm trying to build up some inventory and have more pieces available to ship.

Here’s a peak of the Rocket lounge set as it will appear in the gift guide.

Monday, September 21, 2009

{ a fun surprise in my mailbox this morning }

I got a fun little surprise in my email box this morning! A shirt of mine has been featured in a treasury on etsy that was curated by a seller that I've done business with. How sweet is that?! She choose my guitar tee to include and I think it looks great!



Thank you very much, Rita! Go visit her shop at Forever Threads. She carries a lot of very nice supplies and is great to work with. Also, check out the entire treasury at the link below.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=83165

Monday, September 14, 2009

{ I have the best customers ever }

Seriously, I really do. I just received the nicest convo from one through my etsy shop, who purchased a set of bibs from me about a year ago. Here's what she had to say.

"Hi Heather...I bought a set of bibs from you in October last year. Just thought you'd like to know that they are still going strong. My daughter loves them...they are the ONLY bibs she will wear and they have held up so well. They wash beautifully and look (almost) as good as they did when they arrived (guess you can't help a few stains after a year of hard wear!)

Thanks for the awesome bibs!
Annette"

I love that she took the time to send me a message to let me know that they're still going strong. And I'm tickled to death to get this kind of feedback from my customers. I think I'll send her another bib as a thank you. :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

{ it's beginning to feel like fall }

It's beginning to feel like fall is in the air, and that's got me in the mood to start working on some new designs. Here's a sneak peek of one of my newest designs, and an old favorite from last year.










And the finished product.








Saturday, September 5, 2009

{ olive & ollie }

I get asked a lot where the name Olive & Ollie came from, or what it means, so I thought I would share here again.

I have been crafting my whole life, but it wasn't until I became pregnant with my son that things really began to fall into place. As soon as my husband and I found out our first baby was a boy, we began to shop around for all sorts of things for him. Much to our dismay, there were not a lot of choices when it came to things for boys. So, I began to make my own.

That's where Olive & Ollie started. My philosophy is that every child deserves something made by hand. My shop is named after my Great-Grandmother Olive, and my Great-Great-Aunt Ollie. Both were strong, independent women who made all sorts of things with their hands, and shared my belief that handmade is best.

I now have two children; Aidan was born in August 2006 and Olivia came along in February 2008, and as you can imagine, they keep me quite busy. But, they are truly my inspiration. So, at night when they're both asleep, I create my goods.



{ Great-great aunt Ollie Belle Cox holding me as a baby }



{ Great-grandma Olive Brandeberry holding me as a baby }

{ today is the last day to enter and win }









your choice of one of my custom birthday tees from the Metropolitan Mama. Stephanie, the writer of that awesome blog, reviewed one of them for her newly-turned 3 year old, and we're teaming together for this giveaway. Just click here for your chance to win. The Metropolitan Mama

Good luck! The contest ends tonight at 11:59 PM MST.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

{ my two studio assistants }





Or, Aidan and Olivia, as they're known better. They both LOVE to play in my scrap bin. Olivia yells, "fabric, fabric," while Aidan pretends that he's digging dirt as he tosses the pieces around. Here they are in action, making quite a mess, but having loads of fun.











Wednesday, September 2, 2009

{ can one ever really have enough fabric? }

It's a question I ask myself a lot. And the answer, I believe, is no. Emphatically so. Good thing I've got 45 yeards or so on the way then, huh?!

I've got some of this coming...



And some of this coming....




And a new bolt of this, because I'm just about out of my first one.

{ sneak peek of a new custom birthday outfit for little girls }





But just a peek! Or actually two, I guess. :) I'm really excited how this set turned out. Stay tuned to my shop where this will make it's debut very soon.
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