Going on Hiatus….

Life is FULL!

I would love to not have to start every blog post with “It’s been awhile…”, but until I find the secret to pause the passage of time….my blog posts will be infrequent.

I want to move this business forward, and to do so I know changes need to be made.  I plan on spending the next month or so enjoying our family….so there will be even less sewing/blogging/posting before I begin fresh.

I have many ideas of where I want to take LadyBeez Designs.  I’d like to gather all my thoughts and make a clear business plan before I relaunch….I’m thinking August….

That’s the beauty of owning your own business.  You get to decide.

That is also the stressful part.  YOU HAVE to decide.  Everything falls on your shoulders. Your mind…your heart.

Creating LadyBeez Designs has been my greatest creative outlet.  I love almost every part of it.  It’s the parts that add stress to my already very busy life that I need to iron out.

Please do not worry….many things will not change.

If you have orders placed with me, they will be completed.  I have a handful of custom orders that I will finish up, but I will not be taking any more new orders until August at the earliest.

One of my largest issues is keeping track of requests/orders.  Between Etsy, Facebook Page, Facebook Group, PayPal, Instagram, Messenger, Personal Texts, and IRL….I have questions and requests coming at me all the time.  It’s very difficult to have back and forth conversations for custom orders on all these platforms without losing track of them.

I need an organizational plan.  I need SOPs.  (Lol!  If my husband ever reads this, I will never admit to writing that)  No, honestly, if you see my sewing studio, you will know what I mess I can be when it comes to my creative process…..BUT I’m a scientist at heart, so I am VERY precise and follow strictly to procedures.   It’s left/right brain battle all the time y’all.  (also, I’m not Southern, and never use that in spoken word…I sure do love to type it though)

Yikes!  all of this to say….I’m taking a break from new orders…. I will probably still post pics of things I make and do with my family.  And, I am totally down for suggestions if you know of ways to streamline the business side of this gig.  (social media gurus, apps, free maid services, etc.) So, I’m not really signing off completely…

oh, AND before I do, I’ll be posting our latest family project this week 🙂

 

Sewing My Stash Off, Week 3: Letter M

It’s only week 3, and I’m already breaking my own rules.

I’m not going to lie, this gave me great anxiety all week, and I almost printed a letter C pattern Thursday morning because I thought I was letting myself down….failing at my goals….letting my people down…..and then I realized

I made up this weird challenge…and I’m the only one participating….so who would know the difference? Me. Obviously (insert eye roll emoji)

I am, however, powering through. I keep telling myself it’s fine. I figure if I say that enough, by next week, I’ll believe it. (harder eye roll emoji)

Anywhoodle, the reason M follows B in the little alphabetical challenge I’m playing is I joined a Sew-A-Long this week….and I think you’ll enjoy the results.

The Pattern is named Mattia. (From CKC Patterns who also hosts these fun SAL on Facebook)

This pattern is available in Girls….Babies….Tweens…Women….and wait for it…..

Dolls!!!!

Oh my goodness! Look at the cuteness of these Dolly and Me sets I made.

I didn’t break any other rule…these were all out of my Stash fabrics….hence the creative color coordinates

And I will be listing them for sale as sets in my Winter Love Sale on Facebook….

Because it’s Wisconsin here….and it’s FREEZING…..I couldn’t think of a better use of some FLEECE!

The pattern features a cross body wrap look on front and back with an asymmetrical skirt (hi-lo)

And in case you were wondering….the twirl game is strong with this one!

And, I can’t forget to mention….the doll pattern is sized for 14″, 15″, and 18″ dolls!  Just so they are all included 😉

Do you know a little girl that needs a set? ❤️❤️

Sewing My Stash Off, Week 2- Pattern Letter B: Belinda

I struggled a bit choosing the pattern this week. I have so many “B” named patterns but almost all of them are summer styles… and this Wisconsin girl is not feeling very summery this 2nd week of January 🥶

Remember my rules: only Stash fabric may be used to try out these “new to me” patterns

Well, I went waaay back….

If you know me I’m a crazy sentimental nut. I treasure memories and keepsakes to a fault. (Don’t even get me started on pictures) God blessed me with an amazing memory, and I love it…but it’s bittersweet too. I’m so grateful my memories are vivid though. They help me carry on so much happiness in my heart. Our time here on earth is so short.

Okay, so what in the world does this have to do with sewing my Stash Off?!?! Well, I’ll tell you: the pattern I used is Belinda’s Button Up Dress from CKC patterns ….and I immediately knew what I was going to do:

See that bottom piece? The button up skirt…. it’s my husband’s. 😍. It’s a shirt he wore ALL. THE. TIME. Before we were married ….I can still see him in it. At any rate, I’ve had a small pile of his shirts sitting in my sewing room to use in some way….and this was perfect!

Oh, and don’t think I left the boys out! I used the scraps to make a bow tie

Do you have a Daddy’s girl that would love to wear a dress made out of Daddy’s shirt? Or boys that could use a bow tie made from Daddy’s shirt? What about a special grandpa or uncle?

I wish I would have taken a picture of Georgia when I showed her this dress and explained why it was so special….she Lit up! Instead, I’ll leave you with this. She puppy -dog-eyed, pleaded to wear it to school immediately 😍

Sewing My Stash Off: Week 1, Pattern Letter A: Andrea

Since this is the beginning of my pattern sewing challenge, I thought I would start with a little explanation.

Over the years, I have accumulated many patterns that I’ve never even opened….. Coupled with a stash of fabric that I feel is being neglected…..

So here I am with my 2019 sewing 🧵 goal….to Sew my Stash Off!

I do purchase patterns from many companies online, but the majority of them come from Ckcpatterns.com So much so, I’ve got an alphabet of patterns I have yet to print and sew 😳.

No more. I will sew them. (Well at least 26 of them)

This week we begin with A

A for Andrea

As with many of the patterns for women…there a SO MANY OPTIONS. The part of this style that doesn’t change, however is the Wide neck…. however, sleeve length, ruffles on sleeves (0-3) , and top to dress length is all available in size XXS-3X

Isn’t that so cool!

I chose 3/4 length sleeves, 2 ruffles (one lace), and the tall top length.

I’m not trying to be dramatic here, honest…I’m talking to the dog

See, he’s so needy! 😜🐶

I love this in a solid with the lace under ruffle, but it would be super cute in a floral or print too!

What do you think? What style would you want to wear?

2018 Year in Review

It’s been an interesting year for LadyBeez Designs.

This has been the first full year without my mom by my side, so the way I run things had to change quite a bit.

New things I’ve tried:

Many new patterns

$5 Auctions

Facebook Live Sales

Facebook Live Fabric unboxing

PreOrders

12 Days of Giveaways

Even jump starting this blog again.

Some things worked better than others, but I am glad I tried them all. It’s fun to try new things…learn new things….

Thank you so much for your love and support in my small, handmade corner of the world. Whether you’ve purchased something or not, every comment, like, compliment you’ve given makes my day.

I’d love your feedback!

What did you like in 2018?

What would like to see in 2019?

I have one BIG goal and many little ones already written down and ready to launch in the new year…

May your New Year Be Blessed!