Thursday, September 12, 2013

Exciting news on the homefront

Yup, that's right - I'm pregnant! We were all surprised, but I guess that's how it happens sometimes. Besides feeling tired and a little anxious, I feel fine. I had no morning sickness with Baker and so far none with this one. It should be fairly smooth sailing from here on out as I'm just at the end of my first trimester. I am SO happy that Baker will have a sibling to play with and hopefully not fight with. Haha, yeah right!

As for the big announcement, I searched on Pinterest for ideas. There are SO many! I just did a search for 'pregnancy announcement' and really liked all the chalkboard themed ones. I picked up a chalkboard and some chalk at Office Max. The best thing about this idea, is you can just keep erasing and re-doing it until it's perfect. Or if a certain 2 year old puts his hands all over it! Baker was having one of his moody mornings, so I had to bribe him with a popsicle and make silly sounds to get that smile.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

pattern vs. product

For the past year or so, I have been contemplating selling pattern PDF's instead of my finished products. Now that Etsy has recently announced a new delivery method for digital files here, I am super motivated to get the ball rolling.

I am NOT a graphic designer, so I've got a lot of learning to do. I do know that you need a vector drawing program, like Illustrator, to create patterns digitally. I recently purchased the Classroom in a Book for the Illustrator we have.  I've done basic website templates before and learned how to edit the html all on my own. So I feel fairly comfortable in learning new computer tricks. I think I can, I think I can! Right?

Well, so far I just finished the most important chapter that will help me create my patterns into a digital PDF: the pen tool chapter. In case you didn't know, the pen tool can be used to take a scanned image of a drawing or pattern and convert it into a digital format. This is the backbone of digital pattern making. Once I have the pattern converted, I just have to add the instructions and pictures, etc. I still have a LOT of practice to do, but I feel way better than before I started. I actually feel like I can do it!

Here is a very rough draft of a hedgehog I drew with the pen tool. First, I scanned my drawing and then used the pen tool to "trace" the outline. Obviously, it's not done yet. I still have to add the face and body details, and fine tune the curves and lines, but it's getting there! I am so proud though!

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE making things and get great satisfaction from it. But what if I could spend a lot of time and effort into a digital file now and then have the opportunity to kind of sit back and reap the rewards? It just seems that almost everyone is a crafter these days, maybe I am in the wrong market of selling finished products. Maybe I would be more successful at selling sewing and embroidery patterns. I know there are lots of etsy sellers doing the same thing. I guess it's worth a try!

What do you think? Would you be more interested in my patterns or would you rather buy my finished product?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Elephants on Etsy

I am so excited and yes, a little proud, to show you my new nursery pillows just added to my etsy shop...elephants!

I am so happy with how they turned out and they are so much fun to make. These 4 elephant pillows are currently stocked and ready to ship! And in case you missed it, I have a FREE SHIPPING coupon valid now through March 31st. Use the code: SPRING2013 at checkout. Head on over to my shop here!

What do you think of my elephants?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bye Google Reader, Hello Bloglovin'?

So it seems that Google Reader is going away, and also the Google Friend Connect. It's not happening until July 1st, but apparently the Friend Connect button is not working already. eek! So how can you follow this blog, or your other go-to blogs? One answer: bloglovin'.

I actually use bloglovin' myself, and I love it! I get an email every day with new and recent posts from the blogs I follow. You can also use it to search for new blogs that might interest you. If you want to follow Sewing Rocks with bloglovin', please do, it's easy. Here is a link below:

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That's it for today!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Whoa moment. Ty Pennington fabric!?

For one reason or another I found myself browsing for fabric on, and I came across a new collection from Ty Pennington! What!?! I LOVED him on Trading Spaces years ago, and now he's designing fabric!?

Yes, well apparently I missed the boat on this one. Ty has a 2011 collection and several 2012 collections all for Westminster Fibers, one of my favorite fabric manufacturers! You can view them all here on his website and even get projects and inspiration. Also here is a link to his new collection, Ty Pennington Impressions 2012 on, one of my favorite places to buy fabric!

What do you think? Do you like Ty's fabric? Do you remember Trading Spaces?

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