Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pursewna is MOVING!

That's right folks, the US Navy is moving this family and with it Pursewna!  Little do they know they were moving a business in the bargain!  (insert evil laugh here....)
However at the moment that means one Rubbermaid tub, some tote bags, a trunk of fabric and a sewing machine - gives new meaning to the term 'small business', huh?

Interested in knowing where?  JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA!  

Never having been to Jacksonville (or Jax as I guess the locals call it) myself I've done a little perusing online to see what's in store for us.... here are some links I found helpful:



Map of Jacksonville

My husband found us a wonderful house which is large enough for me to have a sewing area - yeah!  Even if it's not the craft/sewing room I've always wanted, I know I'll be able to customize an area that works perfectly for sewing and crafting other fun items to include in my Etsy shop, to give as gifts and to even keep for myself.  I'm super excited to decorate and make this house a home - it's always fun to start fresh and bring in some new interior design/decorating ideas to make a house comfy and warm.  There are so many wonderful ideas on so many different blogs that I follow!
(Interested in this list?  Check back soon!)

In the meantime, we are patiently waiting for next week.  Then everything goes to heck!  My husband gets home after being gone for two months of training and then two days later the packers come.  They'll handle all our personal items (carefully, I hope), wrap them and box them with care for two days while we try and stay out of the way.... that includes keeping a large dog and toddler occupied!  Then on the third day they load everything up into a huge truck and we shut our doors on a home that we've loved living in the past three years.

I'm sad to leave this little community - we've made wonderful friends, joined a church, become a part of the community enough that we run into someone we know daily around town.  I also started my business here and learned some valuable lessons in how to make it successful.  I had my first experience selling wholesale to a wonderful local business, preparing proposals and creating professional documents, networking with other local businesses and business women, attending holidays bazaars as well as the local farmer's market.  I'm excited to see what Jacksonville thinks of Pursewna!

My Etsy shop will be closed for a month during this transition - March 21st - April 21st.  I'm more than happy to answer any questions and to research for custom orders but as my items will be driving cross-country as we are, I'll be opening for business once we're able to feel settled in our new location - SUNNY Florida!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Personalized Garland

A good college friend contacted me last week about adding a 'happy birthday' message to one of the sections of garland that I currently have in my Etsy shop.  The garland I have is great but the flags are fairly small so I offered to make something custom.... she gave me a great example of something she saw in someone else's Etsy shop and I just kind of ran with it.
Jennifer gave me the color scheme of yellow, pink, green so with that in mind I went to JoAnne's and was going to just buy a whole plethora of fat quarters - I found some really cute fabrics too.  But, at $2 a pop it would've been $30 just in fabric!  I figured I'd hold off and see what fabric and scraps I already had in my stash at home and I was so happy I did!  Those colors are already ones that I tend to buy a lot of when picking fabrics for myself so it was EASY to find a mix of fantastic fabrics.  From there I cut them (well, my Mom ended up cutting them actually) into 7.5X14.5 inch rectangles.  Then I added some medium/heavy-weight interfacing to one half of each rectangle.  Then using stencils I used some fantastic fabric paint by Tulip - it's velveteen and after you paint it on and let it dry - you use your iron to 'steam' it and the paint raises up similarly to velveteen fabric.  It looks so cool!!!  (Here's a link to more about this fun paint:  learn more about Tulip Fabric Paint Velveteen.

Then I folded each rectangle in half to make a square and sewed them inside out, leaving about a 4 inch section un-sewn to turn the fabric right side out.  Then I sewed a finishing stitch all the way around the squares in an apple green color to give it a more finished look.  Then using Brown wide double fold bias tape I pinned each 'flag' to the binding tape - leaving 12 inches at each end to easily tie or hang the banner and about 1 inch between each flag.

I am SO happy with how it turned out and I hope Jennifer is too!  This special garland is for celebrating her little one's first birthday - Happy Birthday Jane!