Thursday, May 31, 2012

Been Quiet..but with good reason ;)

So I've been busy. And by busy, I don't just mean no time for coffee dates with my girlfriends. By busy, I mean, I'm down in my studio at least 6 hours! Oh, except's family day ;)
It may look like a mess to you...but it's piles of progress to me :D

It's always a good sign when the piles move enough for me to see a surface!
Starting to look like an end product. But this is only one third of them...*sigh

I've been praying that God would allow me to use my purse business to help support my family. And when God's will lines up with yours....POW!
about 1/8th of the orders I am filling right now!

I pray every night before I fall asleep, reflecting on all He has done for me. I have to pause, take a minute from the craziness of filling orders and realize that God has blessed me RICHLY with the ability to do what I love, and help pay for my two daughters tuition at their AWESOME christian school!

I know I wouldn't be able to keep this pace up if it weren't for the grace of God, so when it gets crazy, I look up and am reminded of how I got here in the first place, and how wonderful it is to be here.

My hardworking. lovely serger and sewing machine <3

Next post (when I can spare a minute!) I'll show you some finished products. It feels so good to utter those words...finished products!

Thanks for checking in!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

HUGE sale on Gathered & Sown Items

In case you haven't heard, I am taking part in a boutique sale this weekend!
It's been a grueling two weeks preparing, but it has really paid off.

I've heard it's really hard to get in with BelleChic, so I wanted to make sure I did everything right :) It all happened so fast, I only had about 2 weeks to prepare. And when I saw they had over 48,000 followers on Facebook, I was excited for the opportunity!

In my 4 or so years of handbag making, I have never EVER attempted to finish a quantity a high as this:
60 wristlets
60 Crayon bags
50 Ruffle Bags
...and all the orders from etsy that keep on rolling in :)

 It's been a little chaotic....

My husband laughs...he thinks my studio is a MESS, but to me, it's organized chaos :)
Lots and lots and lots of straps. But aren't the colors so pretty?!?!
Each step required oodles of time, making such a high quantity, but I'm proud to say I didn't skimp at all. I couldn't bear to sacrifice quality in the details for the sake of getting done faster!

It's hard to sell online without great photos, so I called in the reinforcements: My friends Tim, Krissy and their curly haired beauty Eleanor. Krissy took the pictures, and poor Tim was in charge of handling the bags and chasing their two year old. Unfortunately for him, his wife has a sense of humor and took a  few behind the scenes pictures ;) And Eleanor was in love with all the dandelions everywhere, so Krissy got a shot between purses changes of me receiving one of her pretty little "flowers" Too cute!

They have a great camera, and eye for pictures and the ability to take pictures that I can't do by myself. Thanks guys, you made my day!  And you know we were on a time crunch, since I was in all the pictures. There is one thing you should know about me. I avoid the camera lens at all costs. But I trust Krissy :D

So if you get a minute, hop on over to BelleChic, my sale is live until Monday. This is the lowest you will EVER see my prices get. I worked out an agreement with them because of the amount of followers they have, and the amount of my products they feature.  I also want to  encourage you to follow them. I've been following them for a while and the shops and sales they feature are beautiful! I'm anxiously awaiting the beautiful smelling lotions I ordered this week...I know if they are featuring it, it must be a good shop, wink!

 Have a great day!
:) Angie

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Busy Week, Surprise Gift :)


I've have been so busy this week. I am literally overflowing with purse parts. It will be worth it in the end, but I am currently in sweat shop mode down here...ask my friend Amy, she's been sweating it up with me, she'll tell you it is no exaggeration!

But it's all good things. Without huge workloads like this, my hobby wouldn't be a job. But my job is also my hobby, which makes me love going to work :) Do you get that??? God has blessed my little business beyond belief, and 3 months ago, I would have never dreamed I would be where I am now.

When I get a little breathing room, I'll try to post some pics of the sweat shop in action. But not today....I'm on my way out the door to take advantage of my awesome Granny, who has graciously offered to help me get some sewing done today. Since I got her help, I have a little spring in my step, so hopefully the rest of my day will be EXTRA productive now!

So you may be asking why I'm blogging when I have so much work to do.

Good question!

But there is a good reason. I have to brag on my friend Tonya a little bit :)

She is a perfect example of one of those people that God sends into your life, and with little or no warning, you realize down the road that they have been strategically placed there to bring you tons (and in this case...TONS) of blessing! A little background....

Tonya read the post I did about my Mom earlier this year, and asked if she could use it on her blog, Love of Family and Home. I agreed. I had no idea how many doors God would open from this one simple post. A post, that if you remember, I almost didn't publish!

Fast forward to now, and I consider Tonya a good friend. I've never met her, but we talk online all the time. I share her successes, she shares mine. I'm proud when I see her being blessed in some way, and she does things like this:

She designates and entire VLOG to my business. How awesome is that!?!?!

Take a minute to see what she had to that I've wiped my tears from the first time I watched it, I'm ready to share it :D

Thanks Tonya!! You are the best!!!!

I'll check back soon, but in the meantime Have a great week!