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A Change is Coming

With the start of a new year there comes a time of reflection.   As I look over the past year I can see how blessed I have been.   The highlight was the birth of our first grandchild.   I have been fortunate to have a good bit of time with him.

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Looking back I also am grateful for the business my daughter and I share,  oh koey, has kept us quite busy.    We sell mostly from etsy and have a great time working together.

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With the baby and the business I have decided that I need to simplify a few things.   In order to free up more time (and therefore scoop up more baby time :)  )  I have given up wholesale accounts.    The best part of that is that I can create more one of a kind,  ready to ship bags.    I am so excited to create with all of the wonderful bits and pieces of fabric I have collected over the years.   The feeling that I will have to recreate an exact bag stifles me.  My love is mixing a crazy variety of prints, but with the looming thoughts of recreating that mix holds me back.  It also clutters my work space with having to stock all of the fabrics, thus hindering my purchasing of new fabrics!  So off to one of a kind land.  I am prepared to pull out some of my favorite stash fabrics and use them until my heart is content.

To celebrate ringing in the new,  I will be clearing out a few bags that I have in stock.   Look for some terrific prices in the tag sale section.

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Yikes, I can hardly contain myself.  The fun part of creating bridesmaid gifts is the joy in handing them over to the bride.   The hard part.  Keeping it to myself until after the wedding!  I so want to post a sneak peak, but will have to hold off for a few more weeks.  In the meantime, another Bridesmaid Gift.

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Indian Rocks Beach Wedding DIY

Having been through two DIY weddings in the last couple of years I have a few thoughts that rumble through my mind regarding a beautiful DIY wedding from the Mother of the Bride perspective.

1.  Make your list, one list!  We had lists for this and lists for that and eventually they all became mixed with each other.   It would have been so much easier on us to have one page with everything in categories, printed and saved on the computer so we could modify and reprint as necessary.  

2.  Prepare for anything, HA.  Both weddings were outdoors.  The first one turned out to be a glorious sunny and somewhat windy day.  How were we to ever guess that the winds would be gusting at 30 mph? in the open farmhouse field.  Yep, we had table top disasters.   Second wedding we had ideas for how to handle the wind should it kick up.  HEAVY decorations haha.    In any case, you can not prepare for everything, but my lesson learned with wedding number 1 would be to prepare my brain and heart that things might not go as planned and to move on.  It was hard to let go of our initial idea and realize that all table decorations would now be stacked together to create an awesome display with hay bales by the food tables.  

DIY Wedding Peacock Theme

Notice the little tree in the background. Normally it stands nice and tall and straight.

3.  Get help!  When you think you have enough, get some more.  The day goes so quickly that setting up all of the beautiful creations you have made will be much better with more help.

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4.  Give in to letting some things go.   Enjoy the day as it occurs and realize that the entire day will be the memory, not just the ceremony.   My daughter would have had a hair style that might have held up better on the beach had she not

a) gone for ice cream at the corner ice cream store with her bridesmaids on the spur of the moment {how could one of the girls go back to her state without stopping in for ice cream}  

b) run down the street in her PJs with her father {who was not in PJ’s :)  } to see what the commotion was when a helicopter flew overhead and landed nearby.

But those memories are way more important than a hairstyle. And in the end, her hair was beachy and pretty and so much her personality.Beach Wedding Hairstyle

5.  {this is the most important one for me} Give your vision to someone else.   Although I had great help setting up, my daughter and I were the only ones with the true vision of what we wanted.  Therefor, every single aspect involved us stopping what we were doing to give someone the vision of exactly how their job was to be carried out.  Looking back, I would certainly have talked it out beforehand and maybe a few diagrams would have been terrific.

When all is said and done, you will be left with some terrific memories to sit back and reflect upon.

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Are you like me, I can not get enough chevron.  We have been sewing with it for a while now, but still each time I pull it out of the stack, I love it.  Doesn’t matter if its grey chevron, pink chevron, blue chevron or what the color is.

Here are a few of my favorites from our stores.

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Chevron Diaper Bag in Grey

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Personalized Bridesmaid Clutch in Grey Chevron

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Blue Chevron Ipad Case

 

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Pink Chevron Macbook Sleeve

 

 

It seems like just yesterday my daughter and I were planning, making and dreaming of her wedding day.   We had such a good time creating a set of matching weekender bags for her bridesmaid gifts that we decided to add a section of bridal party gifts to KeetaCollection.com   ,  It’s just so fun to work with a bride creating the perfect bags for her bridesmaids, whether all the same, or one for each personality.   Watching the process of her choosing her fabrics and us creating together a one of a kind gift is delightful.    Here are a few of our latest sets of bridesmaid bags, the perfect gift for your bridal party.

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Personalized Bridesmaid Clutches

 

Bridal Party Gifts

This bride chose a variety of bags to suit her bridesmaid’s personalities.

 

Weekender Bags for bridal party gifts

These were weekend bags and matching cosmetic totes for a destination wedding.

 

Spring has turned into summer too quickly around here.  We started out early with a beautiful wedding for our daughter Corri and her dashing new husband Matt at Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.   It was a small mostly family wedding.  I never realized how hard it would be to not include everyone that we love.  But with an outdoor reception space that was limited we had to start cutting the list.  In the end, it was the perfect number.

We could not have asked for better weather, company or a better location.  Let me tell you, this is the way to do it.  We rented a beach cottage for the week before.  Spent the days relaxing, the evenings relaxing, and in between relaxing.  Until the final countdown, where we bolted into action, prepping tables, food, flowers and everything in between.  It was such a great week and we will always treasure those memories.  Even the dogs had a great time.Image

I won’t bore you with the entire album, but here are a few of my favorite shots from the wedding.

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Corri’s dress was designed by both of us.  It was a fun undertaking, we started with some ideas and a couple of bolts of fabric.  I was the main sew girl, but she did call most of the shots in the final design.  I think it turned out to be a beautiful dress.   Can I just say I could be happy wrapped in silk chiffon from head to toe!

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We are finally back in the swing of things.  Would much rather be lounging on the beach!   So instead of soaking up the rays, I have been soaking up the fabrics.  Yeah… it’s almost as much fun isn’t it?  I’ll pop in a few pics of some of the new bags and ipad /macbook sleeves we have been busy creating.  I have to say I have been on a Jennifer Paganelli streak lately.  I love her bright flowered fabrics.     Wandering off to another subject, it must be time for everyone to purchase their computers to take to college.  We have been swamped with orders for Macbook Sleeves.  Hope all the girls ready to leave home for the first time enjoy their new macbook homes.

I love these prints, and if I had a little girl, this would be a keeper for me.  Its a large tote style just right for a diaper bag.  Equally as cute for a school bag.

Baby Bag, Diaper Bag, Bright Flower Tote

Large Scrunch Purse

Apparently Chevron Fabric is the way to go.  This chevron macbook sleeve has been a big hit this season.

Macbook Sleeve in Blue Chevron

Hellooooo anyone home?

Yikes, has it really been this long.  I feel like we have been living in the sewing studio.    Since my daughter’s move back to our town it has been crazy, and mostly work, not enough play.   It feels we have neglected everything for so long.

Rather than pop in and post a few wonderfully exciting post I think I will lump it into one.  You can glance through the photos and see what we have been up to lately.     In honor of my terrible blogging skills I will be presenting a mishmash of cute new items as well as just cute!  Ta Da…

Funky Ipad Sleeve

A cute ipad case in funky fabrics.

Scary Yet Adorable Dog

A Dog and His Ears

Funky Paisley Ipad Sleeve

Super Cute Handmade Fabric iPad Case in Paisley

Wedding Snapshots

A Bride and Her Man (My daughter in law and son) and.... her Brother??

Matching Accessories for iPad Cases

A Superb Set of Matching iPad Case Accessories

Two sweet little donkeys

Peekaboo!

SPLASH! Riley goes for the gold. Excellent form.

My latest painting project.

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