Monday, December 14, 2009

Geneva Designs featured on Parenting.com!

So last night I got an etsy conversation from a sweet girl who found one of my aprons on Parenting.com. I was so happy! It's an article titled, "12 Retro Cool Aprons" and is mostly aprons from etsy. There is a link to my site and an option to buy that apron. This featured apron, unfortunately, is on the sales floor at Puffy Mondaes, but is coming home today :-) It's one of my favorite fabrics, so I was glad they choose that one. It's a bit different than most of the aprons on etsy, so maybe it stood out from the crowd. That's what I like - an individual!!

On another good note, I've sold 6 of my precut apron kits so far and have received feedback from one buyer. She says the instructions are easy to follow and they turned out great. I'm waiting for pictures, but so far so good!!

I'm thinking 2010 looks to be a good year for GenevaDesigns! Ron says he is quitting his job today to work for me. Haha.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Since this a place to post unexpected surprises, here is a list of some nice surprises in my life recently:

* I discovered a job posting for my dream job in the neighborhood middle school library and was hired! With this new job I was able to quit my super boring job and my husband is happy, too. Apparently I was not real pleasant of late :-)
* My daughter opened a new etsy vintage shop and had 2 sales in the first 2 days she had merchandise!
* Only one of the young adults was able to come to the 'project linus' night we had last night, she had never used a sewing machine and by the end of the night she had finished 2 quilt squares! Since it was just she and I we had great conversation and we have a new friendship! I'll post pictures of the squares when we are closer to finishing.
* A friend ordered 3 aprons for her sisters, I made 5 so she could choose. She, of course, picked the ones she originally asked for and the ones I made extra are now for sale. This one, pictured, was the most 'iffy' in my mind, I loved the fabric, but would other people??? It has had the most views on Etsy and also Flickr. Isn't it funny how things go?

Monday, September 14, 2009

50 Fabrics, Time & Love from 4 Amazing Girls

Sara. Married to our son, mother of our grandkids and is the perfect daughter in law. She coordinated this project and put the final pieces together. So much work. Such a wonderful girl. These are her squares, appliqued flowers, perfect for me.


Emily. First born daughter, big sister, married to Tim. Biggest smile you'll ever see. She had never sewn before but learned so she could make her 9 patch squares. Never had to redo one and all her corners are perfect. Amazing.


Rachel. The thinker/laugher. Married to Alex and may be moving close to mom and dad :-) Each of her squares is different, using small strips and some pieces of clothing. Topstitched pieces. Ya, she's definitely watched Mom sew.


Abby. Back in college, busy with art. Each of her squares has a fun polka dot she learned from a friend. Her squares weren't done in time so she needed to secretly sew after she was home for summer. "I'll never get them done, Mom keeps making me try to get a job!" She managed to finish her squares, get them mailed and get 3 jobs :-)


Each girl made 9 squares using 12 of her own fabrics plus one from Sara. Sara used one more print to back and bind the finished product when she quilted it, making 50 fabrics for 50 years. I am completely blown away, they are amazing. There is no better birthday gift a mom could get! Thanks girls, I love you :-)





The polka dot ironing board.

This blog is about fun little surprises. Like finding an old steel ironing board in a beautiful turquoise with a white and turquoise polka dot cover. At Goodwill. For only $3.99. On a day out with my daughter. Such a fun day.