Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Diaper Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Terra Jones who was the randomly selected winner of my Diaper Giveaway hosted by Momma in Flip Flops 2! Terra won a Bare Bottoms Boutique custom AIO cloth diaper! She chose a large diaper with red PUL, skulls and guitars flannel, and snap closures. Here's her completed diaper:

Let me know what you think, Terra! :)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dear Kids Sunday

Here it is Sunday again...I didn't do well preparing for this week's installment of Dear Kid Sunday. With all the hussle and bussle of the holiday, I didn't take the time to write down how our week went. So, here's just a few thoughts...

December 29th, 2008

Dear Ry Ry and Issey -

This past week we celebrated your 4th and 2nd Christmas'. The week was filled with holiday things like Ryleigh making Christmas cookies with Nanni, wrapping last minute gifts, and cleaning. And then the festivities began...Its amazing to think back to last year when Ryleigh was so much smaller and less excited about the holiday season and Isaac was just a newborn whom we propped up next to his stocking. And now this year I watched you, Ryleigh, become so much more curious about Santa, and so much more anxious and excited about Christmas. And Isaac, I watched you run around, undecorating the tree, and pulling bows of gifts that weren't yours. We had a very nice Christmas this year. Both of you were so good. Ryleigh, you were very patient in waiting until it was time to open presents, and you made sure you said thank you for each one - most of the time before you even opened it. This made me so proud of you. One of my favorite memories of you this Christmas is when you opened a hooded sweatshirt that I made for you. You were so gracious and telling me what a great job I did and that you loved it so much. It's as if you knew the time and love that I put into making it for you. I love you for that and appreciate that YOU appreciated it. Isaac, you really weren't that interested in opening presents this year. Mommy and Daddy opened most of them for you. You did enjoy playing with all the trucks you got, though. The thing I will remember the most about you this Christmas is just how adapting you are. With all the craziness that went on, and having your routine interrupted, you just kept on going with that adorable smile on your face the whole time. Never once did you get overwhelmed or cranky. You're such a happy little boy! You both got way too many gifts and we had to clean out your old toys to make room for the new ones. We'll be donating the old ones to a family who didn't have money to buy Christmas presents. Ryleigh - I know its hard for you to get rid of some of your old toys, but I hope you soon realize how lucky you are and that the season is about giving. We're trying very hard to instill that in both of you. I enjoyed you both tremendously this Christmas - you make the holidays so much more fun and meaningful then they were before you were born. I love you and hope you both had a great Christmas! I can't wait for next year!

Big Hugs and Kisses!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dear Kids Sunday

In an attempt to keep me blogging regularly and record some of the precious, fleeting moments that I have with my kids, I've stolen an idea from Kelly of Macaroni and Glue (who stole it from someone else). It's called 'Dear Kid(s) Day'. My day will be Sunday - each Sunday I will post a letter to my children highlighting the week's activities, milestones, etc. So, here goes!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dear Ryleigh and Isaac -
Well, we survived another crazy week!

On Monday morning we headed out to dance class. On the way Ryleigh and I had a wonderful conversation that covered just about everything. First we talked about how Christmas is only 10 days away and how you don't think Santa be coming to our house because you're not sure you were a very good girl this year. I told you we'd have to wait and see, but I thought he'd be coming to our house. You went on to say how you loved Reindeer and thought it was pretty cool to feed them at Santa's Village last week. Then you randomly switched up the conversation to say that 'Maybe next year, when you're 4, you'll like swimming lessons and you won't be scared and cry'. We'll have to see - I know you'll be so much bigger when you're 4! We arrived at dance class to find out that they still didn't have power from Thursday's ice storm and class was cancelled. We decided to go to the library for story time instead. We hadn't been to the library in so long because it conflicts with dance class. Mrs. Cole was happy to see you guys there and she couldn't believe how big Isaac had gotten. The theme at story time was Haunakkah and we sang Haunakkah songs, learned about dreidels, and painted a Star of David. Ryleigh enjoyed that part! Isaac enjoyed the star-shaped cookies that Mrs. Cole made for everybody. The rest of the day was pretty 'usual'. Ryleigh - you had a terrible melt-down at bath and bed time. You really need to take your naps!

Tuesday is preschool day for Ryleigh. You always have a good time at preschool even though I can never get information out of you about what you do. But, you did come home with a cute little paper horse that you made and a picture of an Easter basket with colored eggs that you cut out and glued on all by yourself. This was of course an exercise in cutting and pasting and learning about the oval shape. Afterall, it is Christmas time, not Easter. You also 'visited' Iran today - at least that's what I got from the paperwork that came home with you....you wouldn't talk about it. I really wish you'd talk to me more about school. While you were at school Isaac took a little nap. Poor baby...you haven't been feeling well. We took you to the doctors twice last week - you were running a fever and were diagnosed with double ear infections. I thought you were getting better, but you came down with a fever again Monday night. So, after Ryleigh got out of school we headed back to the doctors. Unfortunately there was nothing they could do for you...its a viral infection and just needs to run its course. I hope you're feeling better for Christmas!

Wednesday we stayed home for the day. It was snowing when we woke up and Ryleigh immediately wanted to go out and play in it. So we did. It took about 10 minutes to get everyone suited up in their winter gear. Ryleigh, you loved the snow. You made snow angels and 'belly angels'...which are apparently snow angels done on your belly. Isaac, you hated it. You could barely move in your snow pants and boots. You couldn't walk without falling over. You reminded me of Randy from 'A Christmas Story'. lol....you just kept falling on your butt and crying. Poor kid. So, unfortunately, we didn't stay out long. After we came in, we wrapped some gifts...Ryleigh was such a big helper with the tape. I decided not long into this project that wrapping is a project to be done after bed time. But, you had fun with it. You also helped me clean my room out a little bit today. We got some new bedroom furniture, so I had to clean out drawers, etc. You found some of my old jewelry which you thought was beautiful and we dressed you up in it. Isaac still wasn't feeling very good and after being up most of the night, he slept from 10:30-3:00!

Thursday is preschool day again and this Thursday was your Christmas party! Parents were invited to come back to school at 10:00 for 'lunch'. We brought a veggie platter and dip and there were lots of other goodies there as well. I was excited to see you in your school environment since I didn't get to go to your Autumn Party...Daddy went with you to that one. I watched you sit at the table and eat your lunch like you NEVER do at home. At home you're so restless at the table. Miss Elaine must really keep you in line! I think she should come live with us! Isaac got to go to the party as well. You were a handful, buddy. You kept climbing on the chairs to get into the food that was on the table and you were insistent on eating tomatoes which I don't like to give you because of your reflux. Miss Elaine gave each of you gift bags with a puzzle, a book, a coloring book, and some crayons in them. Ryleigh loved her gift and immediately opened the crayons and colored puppy pictures for everybody. The other bit of excitement for the day was that Isaac's 9th tooth popped through! YAY!

Friday...today we went to kindergym and guess who else came?!?! SANTA! Both of you were a little leary of Santa...you didn't want to sit in front of him with the other kids. Santa brought everybody gifts. Ryleigh got some little dollhouse type dolls and Isaac got a ball! You were both happy with your gifts. We came home and you both had naps. Ryleigh - this was your only nap this week! I basically had to lock you in your room, but you napped and it was soooo nice! I love you to pieces, but Mommy really looks forward to that break in the day. After nap we cuddled up on the couch and watched 'I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown'. Or at least we attempted to. Isaac - you didn't think sitting down for a whole hour was a good idea so you climbed and jumped all over me and annoyed your sister and laughed when she got mad at you. And to think you're only 14 months. lol...Daddy got home early today so you got to spend more time with him than you normally do at night and both of you really enjoyed that.

Saturday was the Goodheart Family Christmas Party at Grammie and Grampie's house. You both had a ball running around playing with your cousins, eating tons of food and waaaaay too much sugar! You also got gifts, of course. Ryleigh - you got a Doodle Pony, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, a new backpack, a sock monkey, and a little wooden basket that your cousin Chloe painted for you. Isaac - you got a set of 3 construction trucks, a Pooh bear stuffed animal, and a new really cool bath toy that I'm sure your sister give you a chance play with. After all the festivities, Ryleigh ended up sleeping at Grammies. You love it at Grammies - you practically live there. In fact, you told Grammie last time you stayed that you thought you should just live at Grammie's and just come stay at Mommy and Daddy's house once in a while to visit. It's funny and hurts my feelings at the same time. But, I understand...you sure do love Grammie!

Today has been a lazy day...we're getting a big snowstorm today. We're expecting over a foot of snow! So, we've just been hanging out inside all day. We've been in our pj's all day...we played Ryleigh's new Candy Land game. Mommy won and I was proud of you when you weren't sad that you lost. You can't wait to go out and play in the snow tomorrow!

Sorry...no pics to post this week...the monitor died on the desktop computer which is where all my pics are stored. But, its been a fun week and I love you guys to pieces! Looking forward to Christmas next week!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Diaper Review and Giveaway

I learned about this fabulous review blog through Twitter when Andrea - blog author of Momma In Flip Flops 2 - was hosting an event for Cloth Diaper Month in November. She had all kinds of reviews of cloth diapers and cloth diapering accessories, articles on cloth diapering, etc. I wanted to take part in the event, but learned about it a little too late. I contacted Andrea anyway and sent her one of my AIO diapers to review. The review was posted on her blog today along with a GIVEAWAY! You can win a CUSTOM AIO diaper! Please check it out and enter to win!

Thank you, Andrea, for reviewing my diaper and hosting this giveaway for me!

Click HERE to be directed to the review and giveaway.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New Consumer Product Safety Law - The End of Bare Bottoms Boutique?

For those who don't already know there is a new law going into effect on February 10, 2009. The law is known as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and it requires all products intended for children under the age of 12 to be tested for lead and phthalates by an approved third party lab. Not only must the raw materials used to make the products be tested, but also all components of a finished product must be tested as well. And all variations of that product must also be tested. From what I understand the testing can run anywhere from $100-$500 per test and there aren't anywhere near enough approved labs to handle the volume of testing that this law requires. So, what does all this mean? Well....it means a lot of small businesses like mine will be shutting down. There is no exclusion for small manufacturers or people who work out of their homes. For those people who make small batches of a certain product or who make one-of-a-kind items, it just is not financially feasible to comply with these testing standards. For instance, basically each one of my diapers would need to be tested unless I were to make every single one of them exactly the same. If I use a different color fabric, a different color snap, or anything of the sort, it would need to be retested. Spending hundreds of dollars to test a diaper that retails for $15 is just not feasible. So, small manufacturers like myself have other choice than to go out of business...well, unless you choose not to comply with the law. But, penalties are $100,000 per violation so I don't know many small manufacturers who would risk it for that much. Even big companies are in a panic about this law. This law WILL have grave consequences. Thousands of small mom-and-pop shops will be put out of business. And for those who do survive...lets face it - someone is going to have to pick up the expense of all this testing and more than likely it will be the consumer. So, children's products will be more expensive and harder to find. Now, don't get me wrong - I'm all about safety when it comes to children's products. I don't want my children's products to contain unsafe levels of lead and/or phthalates. But, fabric and clothing (unless painted on or embellished) pose very little risk of containing dangerous lead levels. The law needs to be targeted at items that actually pose a threat of containing lead and phthalates. And the testing needs to be less expensive and more accessible so that so that so many people aren't put out of business by this law. And is it really necessary to have the raw materials AND the finished products tested? Think about it...no more WAHM cloth diapers, OOAK clothing, wooden toys, furniture...it makes me sad. I have written my Senators and Congressmen and would urge everyone else to do the same. There is also a petition that you can sign. We need to flood Congress with communication and get them to realize the ramifications of this law for small business people. I applaud their attempts to make products safer for our children, but this law is too vague and not targeted where it should be. Here are some links:
House of Representatives:
Petition - PLEASE at least sign this petition!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What I've been up to....

If anybody actually reads my blog, they've probably been wondering why my posts have been so few and far between lately. So, I thought I'd post a little bit about what I've been up to lately. In between the normal everyday child rearing and keeping up with the house, here's what's been going on. We had a great, quiet Thanksgiving at home this year. Just Josh and I, the kids, and my mother-in-law. We watched the parade, had the traditional Thanksgiving feast, and then fell asleep on the couch watching Christmas Vacation. It was nice! My mom and I got up early on Black Friday and got to Jo-Ann's at 6 when they opened. It was craziness, but we got some fabulous deals! Then we headed home just to have my house torn apart. The floors in almost the entire downstairs of my house were replaced. It looks fabulous, but what a pain! Trying to keep the kids out of all the mess was quite a task! The floors were finished by Saturday night and then Sunday morning we were out getting our Christmas tree. Ever since then I've spent a good part of my day trying to keep Isaac from un-decorating the tree. I believe the ornament casualty count is up to 7 now. But, here are a few pics of the tree.

My Christmas Card Photo:

I've also been sewing like a mad-lady trying to get Christmas gifts made. I've tried to make as many gifts as I can this year, so I feel like an elf in Santa's workshop. Here are a few of the gifts that will be under my tree this year.
The kids have both had a cold for over two weeks. Isaac has a double ear infection, and I've been diagnosed with costochondritis. So, hopefully we're all better by Christmas! And finally...we took the kids to Santa's Village for the first time on Sunday. It was freezing, but they had a blast! Here are a few pics:

Sorry this post is so long! I'm almost done with Christmas gifts and then I plan to be back in full-force - blogging, marketing, making new products...stay tuned!

Monday, December 1, 2008

FAM-Made Holiday Gift Guide 2008

My fabulous fellow Fammies have come up with yet another great promo! The FAM-Made Holiday Gift Guide kicked off today and will run until December 12th. Check out the Fam Blog every day for themed gift guides and special sales, offers, and promos from participating FAM shops! Here's a schedule of the next 12 days' gift guides and specials. Be sure to check the FAM Blog daily for the beautiful gift guides and for lists of shops that are participating in that day's special!

December 1 - Gift Guide: Ornaments and Holiday Decor
Special: Link the FAM Gift Guide to your blog and receive an entry for the FAM
Bucks drawing.

December 2 - Gift Guide: Invitations and Greeting Cards
Special: Free Gift Tag with purchase

December 3 - Gift Guide: Boy
Special: Free Gift Wrapped item

December 4 - Gift Guide: Girl
Special: 1st customer of the day will get ...(what the shop picks)

December 5 - Gift Guide: Baby/Toddler
Special: 10% off purchase

December 6 - Gift Guide: Teen
Special: Discounted shipping

December 7 - Gift Guide: For Her
Special: Purchase from a participating FAM shop, and be entered in a drawing to
have your Etsy Shop featured on the FAM Blog. **BONUS Special** The
first 12 customers (that are sellers) to purchase from a shop listed below
and post a transaction link in this thread will be featured in a FAM
Customer Appreciation Treasury.

December 8 - Gift Guide: For Him
Special: Coupon for future purchase in shop (at discretion of each shop)

December 9 - Gift Guide: Jewelry
Special: Look for the item with a hidden "Secret" in each participating shop
for a super special discount on that item! Hurry, secrets go fast!

December 10 - Gift Guide: Sweet Treats
Special: Link FAM-made Gift Guide to your blog and get 10% off every purchase
that day from participating shops.

December 11 - Gift Guide: Housewares
Special: Mystery freebie in package

December 12 - Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers
Special: BOGO 1/2 off

Now get shopping! :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Black Friday Sale!!!!

Bare Bottoms Boutique is having a Black Friday Sale! That's right...sleep in, avoid the long lines, and get some adorable gear for your baby's bum at GREAT prices! All day Friday, November 28, 2008 - Buy any item and get any second item (of equal or lesser value) 50% off! Applies to both custom and instock items. Excludes diaper packages. All diaper packages will be 15% off. Please place your order and then wait for a revised invoice with your discounted total. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping to all!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Warning - Not for those with a weak stomach!

So, I'm assuming most of those who sew have knicked their finger more than once in the sewing machine. I've done it countless times myself. But, I took it to the next level on Tuesday. And trust me, it isn't an enviable level. I've been sewing like crazy lately...trying to get Christmas gifts made and continue adding new items to my shop along with keeping up with custom orders and trades. So, when I dropped my daughter off at preschool on Tuesday, I rushed home and got started sewing. Honestly, I don't recall exactly what happened, but here is what I DO remember: I was topstitching some flannel backed satin and it wasn't feeding well. I apparently got my fingers a little too close. I hit my left ring finger and immediately pulled it back to find thread sticking out of my nail. I had to pull pretty hard to get the thread out and of course it stung a bit. Then I looked at the needle and noticed that not only was it bent all out of shape, but it was also broken. So, I start looking around for the head of the needle. It didn't take me long to realize that it was IN my finger. Yup, that's right - it went through my nail, bone, and broke off in my finger. I started to panic...tried calling my husband at work, of course I couldn't get a hold of him. I'm calling him, emailing him, paging him...nothing. Irritated that I really need him and I can't get a hold of him, I just send an email saying 'I need to go to the hospital, call me'. That was it. Luckily my mom works only 15 minutes away from my house, so I got my mom to come and get me and take me to a quick-care facility. I had to have x-rays, a tetnus shot, and then they had to make a small incision in the back side of my finger to remove the needle. The doctor was having quite a hard time getting it out...he had to cauterize my nail (don't ask me why) and finally call in an orthopedic surgeon to come in and get it out (he got it out first try). All the while all I can think about is I wish I could turn my cell phone on because I'm sure Josh has gotten my email by now and is freaking out and I really need to call Ryleigh's preschool teacher to tell her that it will be my mom picking Ryleigh up from school today. Finally, I got to turn my phone on. Poor Josh had been driving around to every hospital known to man looking for me. lol...Then they cleaned up my wounds and sent me on my way - without pain meds, by the way. Thank god Josh had some pain meds left from when he threw his back out last winter because once the novicaine wore off it was QUITE painful! By yesterday, though, it wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be. My arm was killing me where I had the tetnus shot, though! But, I was able to go without pain meds. My nail is in rough shape. Warning - some graphic pics coming up. Here's what my finger looked like about 36 hours after:
Entrance Wound:

Exit Wound (definitely the less painful of the 2):
I was able to keep myself away from my sewing machine for about 24 hours. Its feeling much better today. Hope I never do that again! :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

And the winner is...drumroll please.....

JAYME! There were 47 entrants. All names were written on a piece of paper and placed in a bowl.

Then mixed...and tossed....

Then I had Ryleigh choose a name from the bowl.

And she picked Jayme!

Jayme, if you're reading this, I'll be trying to contact you to get your order. However, I don't believe I have your email, so feel free to contact me at: barebottomsboutique@yahoo.com. A big huge THANKS to all of you who entered!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ditto Daddy Gear Grand Opening - GIVEAWAY!!!

For those of you who don't already know, I'm now an Official Ditto Daddy Licensee!

If you don't already know about Ditto Daddy, you definitely need to make your way over to the Ditto Daddy site to check out all the great patterns available including training boxers, briefs, diaper access pj's, and cloth bum onesies. And now, you'll be able to shop for all these fabulous Ditto Daddy products in one place! How convenient! All the Ditto Daddy licensees are teaming up to bring you Ditto Daddy Gear - your one stop shop for pre-made Ditto Daddy items. Of course, you'll still be able to purchase the patterns from the original Ditto Daddy site to make yourself if you so choose. :)

Ditto Daddy Gear will be having its Grand Opening on Friday, November 7th at noon. You can preview some of the items that will be for sale now. Please check it out!!! There are even FFS lottos you can enter there as well! To celebrate, I thought I'd do a blog giveaway! Follow the directions below and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a CUSTOM Ditto Daddy Cloth Bum Onesie. That's right - custom-made!!!! You choose the size (NB-24mo/2T), fabric, sleeve length, and whether you'd like snaps at the neck or not. Here are some samples of Cloth Bum Onesies that I've done:

To enter the drawing:

1. Go to Ditto Daddy Gear www.hyenacart.com/dittodaddygear

2. Check out some of the items that will be for sale and choose your favorite - please, your favorite does NOT have to be one of MY items. Feel free to pick from any of the wonderful shops - what you choose for a favorite has no impact on whether you win or not - it is a random drawing.

3. Come back to this blog post and post a comment telling me what your favorite item is and why (doesn't need to be a book - a short answer will qualify) :) Make sure you leave an email, or some way to contact you in case you win. OR send an email to: barebottomsboutique@yahoo.com with the same info. Enter 'Giveaway' in the subject line.

4. Want an extra entry???? Post about this giveaway on your own blog and leave me a comment with a link to the post.

The drawing will take place one week from the Grand Opening of Ditto Daddy Gear - November 14th, 2008. You may continue to enter until 11/13/08. Make sure you check back to see who the lucky winner is!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

YAY for Organization!!!

Not too long ago I had a pretty decent set-up for my crafting needs. I had a nice little corner in our finished basement dedicated to both my sewing and scrapbooking needs. I had drawers, shelves, cabinets, a closet...I was in good shape! I mean, yeah, of course everyone has that picture in their mind of their dream crafting space, but I was very content with my little corner in the basement. That is until my mother-in-law moved in with us a couple months ago and what was our familyroom, office, and my crafting center was turned into her little 'apartment'. So, what's a woman to do??? The only other room in the house that was not really 'used' was the diningroom. So, my diningroom is now my office and sewing room. My scrapbooking stuff is now in bins and boxes, but that's a whole different story. My major focus now is sewing....so, anyway...I went from an area with a built-in desk that spanned 2 walls, built-in cabinets, shelves, and drawers, and a closet to....NOTHING in the way of storage. And since 90% of the furniture that I used in the basement was built-in, it wasn't something I could just move up into the diningroom. So, as you can imagine, I had quite a mess. I had Josh build me a cutting table with some big drawers to store fabric in. But, it wasn't nearly enough. I had so much stuff crammed EVERYWHERE that whenever I needed something, I'd have to dig through it and it ended up a huge mess very quickly. Here...let me show you. :)

Here's the cutting table and an old desk that I pulled out of the basement for my sewing machine.

Now, I know what you're thinking....that's not bad at all, right??? Well, that's because you haven't seen the inside of the drawers yet. lol...Top drawer (and, yes, the entire drawer was in the same kind of disarray - it wasn't just the top layer):

Bottom Drawer - same story...a big mass of tangled fabric, oh, and don't forget the elastic mixed in there, too!

And how about the drawers in the desk....well...here's a sample of that - all my Aplix tangled beyond recognition...don't ask me where the end of it is.

And what's worse is what I forgot to take pictures of....the piles of fabric to the left of the cutting table and against the opposite wall. There simply was not enough room for it all. So, I put Josh to work again! I had him buy some pegboard to hang above the desk so that I could move my thread and some of my other tools and notions up onto the wall freeing up space on the desk for the serger which in turn freed up space on the cutting table for the snap press. Then, I had him build shelves up to the ceiling to hold more fabric and notions. Then I organized everything! I wrapped all my elastic around little cardboard pieces and put them in bins, all my aplix is now neatly wrapped around a rod above the cutting table, and MOST of my fabric is now visible, and easily accessible. I used some pieces of mdf to wrap my fabric around - like little bolts that you'd see at the fabric store. I'm quite happy with the result! It's been so much easier and quicker to get things done! No, its not perfect, and no, its still not my dream sewing space, but it sure is an improvement!!! :)

Boy am I thankful to have such a handy husband! :)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Grand Re-Opening!!!!

After 2 months of being down for re-modeling, the Bare Bottoms Boutique website is finally back up and running! I'm absolutely thrilled with the new design - created by Dionne of Studio Chic Design. We had quite a bit of trouble getting the template to work correctly through my hosting provider, but I was able to find a WAHMShoppes expert to help out. BIG thanks to Lori of Scrapless Creations!!! So, everybody, go check out it out!!!! To celebrate the new site, I'm having a Grand Re-Opening special - 15% off ALL orders from now until November 9, 2008! Just enter coupon code: REOPEN at check-out. And stay tuned - I'm planning a blog give-away very soon!

Monday, October 13, 2008

My First Pink Fig Creation

I'm always on the look-out for adorable new things to make for my kids. So, when I stumbled across Pink Fig Patterns, I was in heaven! Pink Fig Patterns is owned and operated by Chelsea, stay-at-home mother of 4 with a knack for making adorable sewing patterns for little girls! She also has an Etsy shop where she sells designer fabric and patterns (including her own). I was anxiously awaiting the release of one of her new patterns this fall - the patchwork skirt and t-shirt.

I bought it from her Etsy Shop and couldn't wait to sew up an adorable outfit for Ryleigh! I had some Timeless Treasures fabric that I bought a while back that I thought might make a cute patchwork skirt, so I figured I'd give it a try even though it wasn't as girly as I would have liked. Here's the end result:

Pretty cute if I must say so myself! The pattern was very well written and easy to follow. I've since purchased 3 more of Chelsea's patterns and I can't wait for these 2 new ones to come out this winter:Thanks Chelsea for making such adorable patterns!!!! Chelsea's links: