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Name that Baby!?

Ok no!! This is not some backwards way of announcing that I am pregnant.  I have mentioned before wanting to open up a shop and sell handmade goods on Etsy before  but I really don’t know what to name my shop.  I don’t have a fun enough given name to simply name it after myself so I have been trying to come up with a shop name and I need some help.  My husband and I have not seen eye to eye on some of my ideas in this department and you could all really help clear up this issue for me.

So, I want something catchy, too the point, but something that fits the market too.  I make handmade, off-the wall, craft goods.  Everything from babywearing gear, to clothing, to jewelry, kids products, grocery totes, diaper and wet bags, etc.. these are just some of my numerous ideas.  I will probably be eventually expanding to knit products and eventually toys hopefully as well.

So…that gives you a little bit of an idea of what it will be…

My names are as follows:

a)  Something along the lines that goes with my already penname of 1urbanmom and the shop name would then be: 1 URBAN (or) ONE URBAN and then each sub division or department would then be ONE URBAN BABY (or) ONE URBAN MOM (or) ONE URBAN KID…ACCESSORY..ETC..

b)  My other name idea is a little out there:  “The Bird-Fed Society”  and the tag line would say “..stray from the mundane”.  The thinking behind this is that our general market basically puts forth a standard by which we are forcably asked to fall into line in how we dress…parent..etc.. My offerings would be a little alt-standard so to speak.

c)  ???  IF YOU have any fun great ideas for me I would LOVE and appreciate your feedback. Names..words..anything that could prompt me towards making a decision here.  I am not planning on opening up shop for atleast another month or more while I build up a starting line of various products.  But, I am trying to bring in a little side money and have fun in the process.

Thanks in advance for your input!

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Princess Tutu

The last time I was at the fabric store I bought a couple yards of pink and black tulle to make a tutu for Mirabelle. I have been meaning to make one for a while for a photo shoot I had been planning but I kept putting it off. Finally, I found a super-easy, no-sew method online and the results were outstanding. Next time I will probably make it a bit longer and would use a bit more tulle. I think I would also like to cut the ends to a point.

There will be better pictures of her in her tutu coming but in the meantime here are a few snapshots taken with the iphone.

In the Mirrorhappy ballerina

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My latest creations..

I figured I would post sewing or knitting projects and the like as I completed them but I am way behind.  Actually, I am way behind in blogging in general!  I have 3 drafted posts that I haven’t touched in weeks.  So, in the meantime here are a few images of some of the sewing projects I have worked on lately.  Some of them date back to Christmas time but I don’t think I ever posted them on the blog!

For Christmas I made a purse for my daughter (only my 2nd project-no pattern!)

Brown Corduroy with bright, leaves and butterfly pattern.  The bag is lined with the same material as the pocket.

Brown Corduroy with bright, leaves and butterfly pattern. The bag is lined with the same material as the pocket.

I made this bag for my SIL for Christmas.  This was my 3rd project and there were ALOT of pieces to it. It came together really well and I am hoping to make one for myself soon.

I made this bag for my SIL for Christmas. This was my 3rd project and there were ALOT of pieces to it. It came together really well and I am hoping to make one for myself soon.

The exterior is made from a brown suit material and the lining is a pink and brown scroll pattern.  The handmade buttons were my favorite part to make and add.  Such a great touch that really adds a ton of character!

The exterior is made from a brown suit material and the lining is a pink and brown scroll pattern. The handmade buttons were my favorite part to make and add. Such a great touch that really adds a ton of character!

Recently, I made floor pillows for my other SIL, for her birthday gift.  I let her pick out her own fabric for this.  Making the pillows was easy but tuffing was not.

Recently, I made floor pillows for my other SIL, for her birthday gift. I let her pick out her own fabric for this. Making the pillows was easy but tuffing was not.

I wanted to buy a kid-sized chair that my daughter could sit in..particularly when we are in the living room.  I had intentions of making a cushion for the seat but decided to modify and cover a ready-made pad from Ikea instead.  As you will see below.  I cut down the pad to fit, measured and made the cover, and put it all together.  The great thing about the pre-made pad is that it came with Velcro straps that attach to the back legs!

I heart Ikea!

I heart Ikea!

Trimmed chair pad.

Notice the fabric is the same as what was used for Mirabelle's purse.

Notice the fabric is the same as what was used for Mirabelle's purse.

I took a break from my sewing machine for a much needed, no-sew household project!  My 5-year old dining room chairs were looking very sad and I had been in search of some cheap upholstery fabric.  Finally one day I found some great 50% off fabric and get to stapling away!  I did not remove the old fabric; I stapled the new fabric on top of the old.  This was super easy and made a huge difference visually.

ewww..the old covers looked terrible!

ewww..the old covers looked terrible!

Here is a finished cushion.

Here is a finished cushion.

Here it is all put together.

Here it is all put together.

Here is a close up of the fabric.  The entire project costs me 15 bucks!!

Here is a close up of the fabric. The entire project costs me 15 bucks!!

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2009 To Do List

I know the whole “New Year’s Resolutions” thing is very cliche and most say its an unhealthy practice since they are often comprised of unattainable goals that are usually tossed aside come February.  But, this year..I am making a To Do list which I like to think is different from resolutions.  The difference is that I have a full year to put them into full working order.  Some will need immediate action while others I am giving myself a December 31st, 2009 deadline for. So here is my current list…I will add to this list as the week goes I imagine.  It is a work in progress:

1. Lose weight

  • follow the Weight Watchers plan (which I am currently on) or begin meeting with a nutritionist and follow a personalized plan
  • no more sodas (including diet)
  • exercise- use gym membership, run every day, meet with a trainer for 10 sessions to jump start wellness plan
  • train for my first mini-marathon (to be accomplished first of 2010)
  • eat out only 2 meals a week and cook only fresh, unprocessed foods

2.  Switch to safe, organic household cleaners (all toxic cleaners will be thrown out on New Years day)

3.  Create a flexible daily routine for me and my daughter so that I am maximizing on time spent with her while also getting household chores done.

4.  Finish Wedding Scrapbook

5.  Start my Etsy shop

6.  Learn to knit

7.  Get pregnant with baby #2

8.  Take a digital photography course (refresher and so I can better use my Nikon)

and…more to come!

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sew domestic.

This past week I got together with a semi-new friend who said she would give me a refresher course in sewing.  I have made a few items in the past but had never set up a machine on my on and I don’t know any of the terminology and such.  I was given a sewing machine for Christmas LAST year but I had never used it because I didn’t have anyone to help me learn how to use it and my daughter needed too much of my attention for me to sit down with the manual and figure it out on my own.

My husbands grandmother is in an assisted-living home now and uses a walker.  I got the idea to make a hanging fabric pocket to attach to the front of her walker for her to keep items like her keys, a pen, klennex, etc.. When she lived on her own she used to love decorating her home for the various holidays so I bought several holiday print fabrics and made a different pouch for each holiday.  I had a blast and now I have a ton of projects in the works.  This week I plan to make my daughter a purse and I have a few Christmas gifts for family members I want to make.  This past week I even hit up Hancock Fabric’s 99 cent pattern sale and bought a bunch of baby/toddler patterns.  I also have plans to start making my daughters cloth diapers rather than buying anymore.  She will need to move up to the next size this spring/summer so that gives me time to start working on creating a stockpile!

I think I have finally found a hobby I can do and feel good about!  There are still alot of other hobbies I want to learn but for know I think I am going to continue to focus on my sewing and knitting.

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I heart Amy Butler.

One of my favorite things to do is to dream up ideas for a future business creating and selling sewn and knit products.  I have tons of ideas swimming around in my head so much that I bought some notebooks yesterday so I can start writing them all down and sketching the basic look so that I won’t forget my believed brilliant product idea.  A favorite past time is to cruise around on sites like Etsy and Amy Butler for ideas and to drool over the beautiful designs and fabrics that are out there.  The crazy thing is that the ideas and the will is present…the know-how is NOT!  To this day I still do not know know to knit or sew.  I have my sewing machine that was a christmas gift (from 2006..esh) and I have knitting needles but I still to this day have not taken the time to slow down and gain the knowledge.  I am afraid my desire is going to soon outgrow my inabilities and I will never learn.

Luckily I came across a place right here in Houston near the Historic Heights area called Sew Easy that offers both sewing and knitting classes.  I have the basics of sewing but not enough that I could sit down and set up my machine and go after it.  I have also had a few impromptu lessons with a dear friend on how to knit but I never practiced after and by the time I would think about how I needed to practice, it had all been forgotten. As soon as my alternative teaching certification classes finish up in mid-October I am going to definitely sign up for a few classes over at Sew Easy.  It looks like a super fun place!

If you love to sew and for some reason have never heard of Amy Butler, definitely take some time and pop on over to her site.  The fabrics will literally take your breath away and start you daydreaming like you never have before.  There is a tab on the bottom of the home page that offers several free patters for some great practical products.  There are several quilt patterns this month and of course the stuffed kittens and fabric leaves will definitely make you squeal with delight!

one of the many free patterns offered on her site.

one of the many free patterns offered on her site.

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