What’s Up with this Auction stuff?

Hey-YO!

It’s my Birthday Month….and now it’s my birthday WEEK!  HOLLA!!!!!

I wanted to take a moment and explain all the good things I’ve got planned for you with the beginning of this new season in our lives.  The school year is always crazy busy and stressful and new and exciting…and this year, for the 1st time in 12 years, I am child-free during all of the school hours.  (well, unless one of our 4 cherubs gets sick or I am volunteering or field tripping)  So, on the days that I am not resting up from working night shift in da lab….I. AM. SSSSSEEEEEWWWWWIIIIINNNGGGG!!!!!!!!

It’s glorious.

What this means is more goodies for you!  YAY!  Everybody wins!

You may recall I was pondering ways to grow my business, but also streamline the process more.  This might be a surprise that I added another venue to my sales platform, but I promise it means lots of good things for us all.

What I am referring to is: Red Rose Auction House

It’s a multi-vendor auction page hosted on Facebook that I joined the beginning of September.  Basically, it is the place I will post all my sales, auctions, deals, and steals….and as a few of you have already been blessed with  (there are STEALS over there!)  Everything I post will be well under retail price….so get over there if you want some LadyBeez Designs at killer prices.  Once the sale or auction is over, those items will return to regular price and be listed in my Etsy shop.  Make sense?

Added bonus:  all the other vendors have ADORABLE items too!  And GREAT quality!  I have been bidding and winning items as a customer for almost a year and have scored the most amazing bows, necklaces, earrings, cups, decor items, and more!

Quick Recap:

LadyBeez Designs FB Page to stay in the Loop with all the things

Red Rose Auction House for Flash Sales and Auctions

VIP Group for preorders and exclusive buys (like today I posted a couple Packer items at 1/2 time of the game)

LadyBeez Etsy Shop for Ready to Ship and Made to Order Listings

AND, as always, message me for custom orders.  You know I love those! 😉

 

Patriotic Pop-Up Remodel

I know I haven’t used this platform for much besides LadyBeez Designs sewing business, but I think in the future that might change….and since I spent many years sharing a lot of DIY/personal projects with the world on my first blog, I thought, why not meld all my creative love up into one central spot.   So there you have it.

Hold on to your Happy Camper Hearts….I’m about to start of with a BANG with this reveal.

Our family bought a Pop-Up Camper 3 years ago. After a life of tent camping, I was over it.  Plus, I had been around the DIY world long enough to get the POP-UP Remodel bug.  Who doesn’t love a huge project added to their lives?  Thankfully I am married to really handy (and handsome) man that shares these desires too 😉

Once upon a time, we bought this Jayco looking like this:

It actually wasn’t in bad shape at all.  The only thing I did the first year was recover the cushions.

We camped a couple times, and it was fine.  Just fine.  Due to life’s ups and very low downs the past 2 years, last summer we didn’t use it at all.  The kids were bummed.

So, all this winter/spring we assured them that this summer we’d do more camping….to do that, however, we really wanted to make it great.  With all the extra snow this spring though, we didn’t pull it out of storage until May…and we didn’t even pop it up until the beginning of June!  Everything you will see here has been accomplished this month.  Sorry, but this very fact just dawned on me when looking up the pictures.  I can’t believe we made this all come together in less than a month.  What a whirlwind!

The first thing we did was rip out all the fabric: ALL the curtains and cushions came out.  (musty smell. ugh.)   I knew I didn’t want to keep any of it, so I didn’t bother washing it.  I did save it all to use as templates for the new versions though.

Then, the next day I was like, well, if you’re going to paint it, you might as well do it now….so one morning, I took off all the doors/cabinets (with the help of Georgia) and painted everything.  I ended up using Chalk paint (3 coats) with 2-3 coat of polyurethane as a top coat on all of the wood surfaces. I had already done cabinet paint on our kitchen cabinets, but I thought chalk paint would cover this faux wood better…..turns out I needed just as many coats with both.  So, whatever.  It’s all done now.

The countertops.  Randy and I actually talked about doing this faux granite treatment in our kitchen, so we figured this would be a perfect trial run to see how easy/hard it was AND test the durability….so we splurged a bit to buy a kit.  If you’re interested in the exact one, we went with Giani Counter Top Paint in Bombay Black. Honestly, it was SUPER easy, and for now it looks awesome.  Time will tell how it holds up!

The Flooring.  This was the vinyl planking from Menards we had left over from our home remodel, and Randy was very eager to install it.  (this is not sarcasm)  I’m actually very impressed with how quickly he finished it.  That’s how I knew he was as excited as I was to see the camper completed.  Isn’t it dreamy?!?!

The FABRIC.  This is where I knew I could have fun.  To say that this process only took a few weeks is a lie.  I’ve been going back and forth with fabric and color ideas since we bought the camper.  I knew I wanted a Patriotic theme.  I just wasn’t sure how Bold I was willing to be.  Ugh. Life choices are hard.  I LOVED the stars and stripes print with the barn board, but again, I didn’t want it to be too much, so I decided to just do the seat backs and pair with the solid navy for the seat cushions.

I went with the stars on navy for the side curtains by the beds….and for the main curtains…..I had so many versions in my head.  I’m glad I waited it out though, because what I was originally going to do is Red/White stripe curtains made of duct cloth, until it dawned on me that they wouldn’t be as functional as Blackout curtains (to keep out sun/heat…plus they would probably fade)   So, what I ended up doing was purchasing clearance BLACK OUT curtains from Shopko (farewell, old friend)  and cutting them in half….which ended up being too short so I added the navy trim.  Double bonus, they are neutral enough that they won’t assault your eyes!

Fun fact: those curtain tabs are CRAZY expensive to replace, so I just cut the strip off of the old curtains and sewed them on the new ones!  The valances were also a last minute decision.  I didn’t think I wanted them when we ripped the old ones off, but they really finish the look off, and I love the retro feel of the red and white gingham!

Bedding:  I found these red sheets at Walmart for a really good deal.  The kids all got their own blankets (not pictured…but they are red and blue) and we had an old comforter in navy that we’ll use on our side.

 

THE ACCENTS:

THE TABLE TOP.  I can’t even with this.  Randy keeps reminding me it’s his favorite part too– I don’t hate that.  🙂 I had the vision, and thanks to our very good friend/cousin who had some extra, amazing maps…I was able to make it happen.  That’s a beautiful 1976 National Geographic Magazine Map of the Good ol’ USA.

I ModPodged it onto the table…on 0 hours of sleep one afternoon, and ended up royally messing up WISCONSIN of all spots.  ( I almost cried.  no seriously, do not craft on zero sleep.  it ain’t pretty)  Thankfully, after opening up the bag o’ beautiful maps we were gifted, I found an ’84 version that was relatively identical.   A light modpodge grafting surgery, and we were back in business.

Can you see it?

The next day was the moment of truth though.  I embarked on my first Poly Resin experience. {BIG thanks to many a crafter I found on YouTube for their help} Only thing I would do differently was have a blow torch or heat gun for a large project like this….I stood over this thing forEVER with a little fire starter trying to take care of all the bubbles!  It’s not a perfect finish….but it’s still pretty darn cool looking.

Camping Maps:  Another use for MAPS!  Here’s where we’ll mark the places we will camp!  Super excited to use this with the kids!  We’ve already been searching for places on the table top!  The wooden USA map and the framed board were Hobby Lobby finds…and the Wisconsin/UP Map is just laminated from the MAP Fairy I told you about earlier.

NEW ADDITION:  a New Fridge.  The refrigerator was never functional, so we took that guy out and searched FB Marketplace for a replacement…..I really wanted a chalkboard to change up and add decor to it.  I found this Chalkboard vinyl which was perfect to not add any bulk to

the fridge.

One more little reminder of the before and after

I can’t wait to add more as we build memories as a family ❤  and we finished just in time for our first camping trip of the summer!

Happy Trails to You…and US!

 

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 😍