Saturday, September 22, 2012

National Sewing Month {My Sewing Pins}

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September is National Sewing Month, to celebrate I'm sharing my sewing-related Pinterest boards:

Tutorials and other sewing related goodies.

{Quilts to Try}
Pretty self-explanatory, I keep inspiring quilty ideas here.

{Shop Dreams}
One day I want my own little sewing shoppe... each of these pins shares something that I'd love in my shop.

What hobby boards do you have?  I'd love to see them, share a link in the comments!

XxOo~ Melissa

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Catching Up With Sewing {Craftsy BOM Progress: May}

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Here's some more Craftsy BOM progress!  Today I'm sharing my blocks from the May Lesson.

{Craftsy BOM: Wonky Log Cabin}

While I liked learning how to make these blocks, in the end I'm not exactly sure how I feel about them.  You can see that I used my blue scraps for one and green for the other, my whole Craftsy BOM quilt is blue and green, on gray.  My background fabric is Kona Ash.

 I like that the center of this block can be a fussy cut piece.  I also decided to use two different fabrics for the outer framed edge, I like the contrast of the light and dark corners.

This is the wonky five-side log cabin, I had issues with this block... you can see my Kona Ash background fabric as the center square, but it's obvious that I didn't have the whole "wonky" factor down until after the third row of scraps... then it all got a little crazy; my log cabin surely has more than five sides!  If you need a scrap-busting quilt, this is the block to make... I cleared out most of my green scraps on this one.  Although it was a challenge, I'm still happy with how this block turned out.  I'll have to make a mental note to not place it near my March Broken Spider Web block, as they may cancel each other out once the quilt is put together.

I'm getting caught up, more progress posts to come! 

XxOo~ Melissa

Friday, September 14, 2012

Ashley of One In The Hand {Feature Friday}

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Happy Friday and welcome to Feature Friday.  Feature Friday is my way of sharing handmade, sewing, and quilting shops & blogs with all of you, my lovely readers.  I love learning about other indie blogs and shops, so I hope you do, too!

Today I'm sharing Ashley of One In The Hand on Etsy.  Ashley is one of my "Tweeps" aka Twitter Friends, and, like me, she loves to craft and sew.  Read on to learn more about her Handmade Business and check out her shop... this cooler weather is going to have you craving one of her pretty knit and sewn coffee wraps and headbands!

Ashley is currently having a Sale in her shop and offering a Free Shipping coupon for SoChick! readers... Thanks bunches, Ashley!! 

Hey, y’all! My name is Ashley and I’m happy to be featured here on Melissa’s blog. I’m always excited to read her blog to see the cute fabrics she’s working with, or her latest display at a handmade market. Also I kind of went bananas when she offered her Everything You Want To Know About Fabric AKA Ashley Why Are You Monopolizing The Comments Section Of All My Posts series . . . I’m a married mom of three kids and work full-time in higher education in Chicago, but besides all that, I have an Etsy shop called One In The Hand! I sew and knit practical accessories basically because they give me the opportunity to feed my fabric/yarn addiction. That’s a good reason to start a small business, right? ;)

Right now I make a lot of cup cozies which are great on your drinks in any season, and headbands for those days you want to dress up your hair (and the days you want to hide it). I’m excited to be adding some new home accessories to my shop this fall and winter, so keep an eye out for them! I do my best to re-use great materials for my items in order to cut down on waste and to provide cute stuff at affordable prices. It’s also very important to me to support my community so 10% of all my sales go to charity. This year I’m donating to Chicago’s Emergency Fund, which is an organization that provides immediate financial and resource assistance to folks going through a crisis or life transition.

You can follow along with my Facebook shop page where you can share your opinion on weighty matters like, “Should hot pads have loops or do you store them in a drawer?” BUT ALSO for awesome giveaways and stuff.

I’m making room in my shop for new items so everything is currently marked down 30%! As a So Chick! reader you’re also entitled to free shipping by using coupon code SOCHICK when you purchase something in my shop. 

One In The Hand
~ Quality ~ Function ~ Charity ~ Beauty ~

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Ashley's One In The Hand button will be on my right side-bar under "Featured Sites" for the month so you can easily find her shop!

Have a fabulous weekend!

XxOo~ Melissa

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Catching Up with Sewing {Craftsy BOM Progress: April Blocks}

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It's been a while for sure since I have sat down to sew with my Free Craftsy BOM Lesson.  I don't mind playing catch up, though, so I hope you don't mind reading about it!

To recap about the Free Craftsy BOM Lesson, you can read any of the posts, here.

Today I'm sharing my blocks from the April Lesson, enjoy!

{Craftsy BOM: English Paper Piecing}

These blocks were a lot of fun! I enjoyed the hand sewing aspect for the hexies... especially that I was able to sit with my husband and watch football, while sewing, true story!  Needless to say, I can easily see how one could get hooked on hexies.

The first block for the Craftsy BOM: April Lesson, was a Hexi Stripe; here we just stitched our hexies in a row and then appliqued to our background square.  I used temporary spray adhesive to hold my hexies down, I love temporary spray adhesive; one of these days I'll tell you all about spray basting a quilt with it!

The second block in the lesson called for us to make a scene with different sized Hexies.  In the lesson, our instructor, Amy Gibson, made a sun with rays and grass (Sunny With A Chance of Hex), but I decided I'd do a flower; only after piecing it together did I realize it looked like a snowflake... oh well, it works.

I'm so excited to get all of these assembled into the quilt at the end of the year, you'll be seeing quite a few Craftsy BOM Progress reports as I get caught up and share them all.

Are you doing the Craftsy BOM Lesson?  Did you know you can still sign up?  If you haven't been over to, you should totally check it out.  Read why I heart it, here!

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Be sure to stop by tomorrow for Feature Friday to learn about my friend Ashley's Shop, One In The Hand, and a SALE!

XxOo~ Melissa

Monday, September 10, 2012

My New Martha Stewart Craft Cabinet {A Studio Tour}

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Happy Monday, friends!  Last week was pretty uneventful due to the fact that I had a nasty cold, which I am still trying to kick.  I'm feeling about 85% better and have another crazy week ahead, I will make up the Birthday/Shopiversary Celebration... we'll have a Belated Celebration, how does that sound?

Anyway, early last week, before this cold knocked me on my butt, my Mother-in-Law came into town to fit my little chicks for their flower girl dresses, which she is making for an upcoming family wedding.  With her, she brought a super awesome Martha Stewart Three-Drawer Flat File Craft Cabinet that she found at a Home Depot near her in GA.  She had previously purchased an identical cabinet and the coordinating hutch on clearance at another store and when she found a second one, she called to ask if I wanted her to pick it up for my sewing room... Of course I wanted it!  PLUS, this one was on clearance, too!! Seriously, at 50% off, who wouldn't buy it?!

Anywho, the cabinet sat in my living room until Saturday evening, mostly because I didn't have the energy to even think about helping my husband haul it up the stairs.  When we finally got around to moving it, it was quite a sight... I'll tell you that much.  With the drawers out of the cabinet we ended up flipping it end over end, up the stairs.  Hubby had to remove the door from my sewing room so that we could shimmy the cabinet in.  The good news is: 1- I didn't break hubby's hand when I smooshed it between the cabinet and the wall in the stairway, and  2- the cabinet fit through the door! Hooray!

{Welcome to my Studio}

There is my Martha Stewart Cabinet with my sewing machine on it.  It's insane how much I can store in the drawers, two of which have dividers.  I can fit so much in there that it eliminated the need for the wire shelf in the right of the photo... though, I'm sure I'll find another use for it.  Out of the shot, to the left, is my large wire shelf that holds the bolts of fabric and interfacings.

I love my folding cutting table because it really saves space and I can easily prop up one end for cutting orders, etc, then fold it right back down!

In the closet I have a dresser which holds embroidery blanks and office supplies, along with my wireless printer; I usually have the closet door open with my shoe divider-turned-supply-storage hanging on the inside.  The wire shelf behind my bolts of laminated cotton is from my girls' closet makeover which I have yet to post... Note to self: post the Girls' room re-do!

This is my little shipping center/office,  I keep everything I need to package and ship orders, as well as my folders for expenses, receipts, invoices, etc.  I also have a bin of to-sew/ in-progress projects.  Directly above it is my inspiration cork board wall.  This sits directly to the right of the closet.

Finally, a closer look at my new cabinet, I have scraps and extra embroidery stabilizer in these bins underneath, there is actually enough room behind these bins for another row, if I need them!  I'm considering this tractor seat stool, in green or white, to sit on:

Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

My studio has evolved quite a bit as my little business has grown, here is the first Studio Tour I posted a little over a year ago.  It has had slight changes in the past year, I moved out the dresser, added a small writing desk, removed that and replaced with my new Martha Stewart Craft Cabinet.  I think this arrangement will stick for the long-term.  I am loving the light, the flow, and the space in here!

Do you have a favorite piece of furniture?  Do you have any tips on how to make a small room "work" larger?

XxOo~ Melissa

*NOTE: I am in no way affiliated with Home Depot or Martha Stewart Living, I just really love this piece of furniture and was happy to have found it for such a great deal at a Home Depot store!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sewing, Quilting, Handmade Blogs & Businesses: Let's Work Together!

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Socializing is a favorite pastime of mine; we all know that networking is huge for businesses to be successful.  I like working with other businesses to get both of our names out there, and I love finding great sewing/quilting/handmade businesses and blogs.  After all, I learned a lot from blogs when I was first starting out, before my business was even a thought!  What I love more than finding new-to-me blogs and businesses, is sharing them with my readers via Feature Posts.

  Let's face it, as a one-woman show over here at SoChick Handbags, I don't always have the time to do awesome blog posts, while updating awesome inventory, as well as managing the other aspects of my business and family life.  By having feature posts, I can share and bring new readers/customers to other blogs/small businesses while offering great content for my readers, right here on SoChick~The Blog!  Win-win, see?

Want to be a Featured Site on SoChick~TheBlog?  

Here's the details:

- I'll host your 150x150 or 300x150 shop/blog button on my right sidebar for the month in which you are featured.  You can choose to also host my SoChick button, if you'd like. 

Example 150x150 Ad
Example 300x150 Ad
- I will have "Feature Friday" posts twice during each month.  In a Feature Friday post I will highlight your business/blog and give a short description (which you provide) along with one or two photos from your business/blog/product.

- You may also choose to share a sewing/quilting tutorial or fabric-related DIY, which will receive it's own weekday-post during the feature month. If you'd like to offer a giveaway or discount to your shop, email me and we'll chat.

- All of this is FREE and includes shout-outs on Twitter and Facebook, because Social Media is where it's at and this chick is all about Social Media!

~ 4500+ Page views per month
~ 150+ Followers via GFC
~ 470 Likes on Facebook
~ 445 Twitter Friends

You can read previous "Featured" posts, here.

   I like for Feature posts to tie into what SoChick is all about, "Everyday Chic for Everyday Chicks".  Take a peek around the blog and you'll notice that while I like timeless design for my bags and accessories; I'm drawn to beautifully fun and fresh fabric, I also like tattoos and rock music.  If you think our businesses/blogs would be a good match for one another, go ahead and shoot me an email: melissa{at}sochickhandbags{dot}com

I can't wait to get to know you, work with you, and share you with my readers!

I'm currently seeking Sewing, Quilting, Handmade blogs and small/indie businesses to feature for September and October.  

XxOo~ Melissa

Monday, September 3, 2012

We Survived Back-to-School Week {& A Labor Day Fabric Coupon}

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I'm happy to announce that I have we have survived the first week back-to-school!  It was like any other school week, except this year my oldest chickie is in 12.5 hrs of Gymnastics Practice and my hubs was away for work as Crisis Response for Hurricane Isaac... good times.

Because Chickie #1 has practice three days during the week, we started prepairing a week in advance with early bed times and wake-up.  I am super proud of myself for keeping to our schedule and staying organized.  While I let the blog slip a little, I was still able to stay on top of some orders and make a plan for this coming week.

Happily, I will be adding new items to both SoChick! shops this week... yep, there are two now!  You can visit SoChick! Handbags for Handmade Handbags & Accessories, here; or, find pretty Fabric in my SoChick Fabric Shoppe on Etsy, here.

You'll also notice that I've created two new ads for each shop over to the right:

I'll share my reasoning for two platforms in another post... for now, though, I'm leaving you with a coupon code for the Etsy shop... to save 20% on your entire purchase use Code LABORDAY20!  Sale ends Wednesday, Sept 5, at Noon EST.

Now, here are some pictures from our back-to-school week:

We're doing Bento style lunches and my 4th grader is loving them!  I use the same idea for little chickie's lunches at home:

 I scored this cute little pail from Target's dollar bin, I love that the chalkboard paint was already on it; more on this project in the coming week!

Nothing like coming home to a delivery of beautiful Fabric to brighten a rainy day, you'll be seeing more of these, too... yep, three of these are Laminates.... Eeeep!

Finally,this Saturday was the first Game Day of College Football season; you will notice that I tweet about the game like it's cool... wait, it is cool!  Here, my littlest chickie is wearing her UGA Cheerleader Uniform, a hand-me-down from big sister.

Plus, I have to share the fun with my friend Meagan of Fairly Fabulous, because she's a Dawg fan, too!

Have a fabulous Labor Day, don't forget to use the 20% off coupon mentioned above, and check back during the week as I'll be celebrating my Shop's 2 yr Anniversary and my Birthday... yay!

XxOo~ Melissa
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