Monday, September 29, 2008

I'm Still Here

I promise I'm still here and sewing away like a crazy lady. I'm sure some of you are wondering why my Etsy shop hasn't had many new items. Well, I've been working on some custom orders and hope to finish them shortly. I should have some new bags listed starting on Tuesday night. I have great new fabric (again!!) that I'm very excited about ~ a couple new shades of corduroy, a modern bird print and a floral corduroy with a retro feel. Here's a view of the floral pattern.
Be sure to check my shop throughout the week. You won't be disappointed!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Saying Goodbye

When we bought our house about 2 1/2 years ago, we were looking for something to accomodate our growing family as I was pregnant with our second, and we wanted to be closer to my husband's work to shorten his commute. We fell in love with our new community and the "small town feel" it exuded. We just knew it was right. But we got so much more than this.

I always hear stories about that "annoying" neighbor ~ the ones that stop by unexpectedly, that don't take care of their home, or pick quarrels over trivial issues. I wish I could empathize, but we've been blessed to have a great family live across the street from us. We were so excited when we first found out our neighbors were around our age and had children similar in age as well. It was an instant "click" for everyone. And in the last 2 1/2 years, we've developed some great friendships. Now they're leaving us (sob, sob).

I really can't cry too hard as they are only moving about 25 minutes away. But we'll miss the great conversations and laughter, the after-dinner hanging out, the "just walk out your door and chat for a spell". It has been great sharing "motherhood" with Kari and having someone that understands about my daily life. We've watched our children grow and blossom together. She's the first one I'd call when one of our children had a mysterious rash. :-) I know I can count on her for honest advice and encouraging words. And Kari has always been one of my biggest supporters as I've grown my business. A true friend.

So as they move on Friday, we will miss them terribly. We know we'll still see them and our friendships will stay strong. But why does change have to be so hard?

Kari, Matt, Matthew, Madison and Luke ~ We wish you the best in your new home and lots of treasured moments along the way.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Baby on the Brain

For some odd reason, I seem to have baby on the brain lately. And no, I don't personally have a bun in the oven, but it seems like I know a lot of people that do. Even more, I seem to notice tons of pregnant women everywhere I go. There are so many great baby items nowadays, nothing like when I was pregnant just two short years ago. Now everything is so fresh and modern, I just love it. I came across this fantastic shop on Etsy this past week called "Quilt Baby" and had to share it. Their handmade infant items have great design and are hip and bold. There are plush blankets (they look so great in the pictures I even want one for myself), changing mats, original artwork, and funky mobiles.

You can check out the rest of their shop at

Happy Shopping~

Friday, September 19, 2008

Shop Updates

This has been a great week for Camille Star. My new Gathered Bag was featured on the front page of Etsy and recognized on the following blog: Thank you!!!

The Gathered Bag is one of my very first designs that has remained a true favorite. I've made some changes to the size & straps, added nickel rivets, and included grommets with a wraparound tie. This style is feminine and practical. It has soft folds and angles and is super roomy.

I've also "super sized" the Stacked Tote so it can better hold a laptop or carry infant essentials. It can now serve so many different purposes. I've also discovered this great outdoor fabric which is soil & stain repellant. It's a bit of a courser material and holds up so well. Not to mention the floral pattern ~ the colors are gorgeous with robins egg blue, maize corn, sage, ivory, and mocha. The inside has a soft robins egg blue suede.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pumpkin Muffins

I love to bake, and my children love it as well. They think it's great measuring and dumping the ingredients, mixing the batter, and licking the spoon of course! So we're always making some kind of goody and this week was no different. I was really in the mood for something pumpkin. The change of seasons always puts me in the mood for pumpkins and apples.

So today it was just me and Jonas as Camille was in preschool. He was so excited that he got to do all the baking and didn't have to share with his sister, and I love having special time with just him. He often gets jipped (is that a word?) as he's the youngest.

I found this recipe on the internet and adjusted it a little bit. It's very simple and only takes minutes. The muffins were so moist and yummy. The scent of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon filled my house all day. It was wonderful.

I wanted to share the recipe for anyone else that has a pumpkin craving. It makes 12 muffins so you'll have plenty to share.

Pumpkin Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
15 oz. can of pumpkin
1/3 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F. Put liners in muffin cups or grease.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.

Mix pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and 1 1/4 cups sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Then pour flour mixture in and combine.

Stir together topping ingredients in a separate bowl.

Pour batter into muffin cups and sprinkle with topping. Bake approximately 20-25 minutes (mine only took 20).

Cool for five minutes and remove from pan to rack.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wall Art Worth Millions

My 4-yr old daughter, Camille, is huge into coloring and drawing. She's just recently discovered that she can now draw lots of things. She's been making sailboats using shapes, tracing bowls and cups, and making all kinds of scenes. She drew this for me the other day. It's our family (including our 6-legged dog Harley down at the bottom) and we're all happy under the beautiful rainbow (exactly how she put it). She said she made it especially for my sewing room. So now I get to look at this great picture everyday. . .I absolutely love it!!!

Her drawing reminds me of two things: how blessed I am and how uncomplicated life should be. To be a kid again, and to think so simply and innocently would be the best. There's no stresses, no money, no sadness, no hunger, no hate whatsoever in her picture. It's love, family, security, and beauty all in one and it's from a 4-yr old's heart.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Finds

I went shopping the other day and came across some gorgeous fabric I just couldn't pass up. I love discovering special "finds" that you don't see everywhere else. And you can't go wrong with browns and blacks. My fabric stash just keeps growing and growing. . .
This one is a suiting fabric so it's great for Fall/Winter and is extra tough. There are black flocked flowers on a grey background. I love the flowers ~ they appear to be freehanded and floating.

Brown and turquoise make such a great color combination. These petals are huge and seem to be dancing on the warm chocolate background.

I also have several new shades of corduroy ~ smoky grey and dusty lilac. Check out my shop for new bags being posted this week.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Handmade Christmas

I know Christmas isn't for several for months, but it's already on my mind. I really don't look forward to the shopping, trying (key word here) to find the perfect gift, and then spending so much money. I realized early on that this is going to be a somewhat "tight" Christmas for us this year and others in our extended family due to career changes, family additions, and the increase in gas & groceries. So my sister, mom and I have decided to make this a "Handmade Christmas".

Each of us loves to make things and can use our talents in different areas. For example, my sister is awesome at scrapbooking and papercrafting, my mom is a great sewer and crafter, and I love working with fabric and crocheting. I'm so excited about gift giving this year and already have lots of ideas in my head for what I'm going to make (sshhh. . .it's a secret though. I can't share them in case they read my blog).

I'm also making a lot of handmade gifts for my kids, nieces/nephews, and godchildren. I know my daughter will love a handmade blanket for her bed (anything pink, purple, or with princesses!). I've also spotted some great fabric hair accessories on Etsy that I can't wait to get for her. And what kid wouldn't love a handmade pillow with their favorite characters on it. They can snuggle with it while laying down and watching a movie.

I truly believe the gifts will be so much more meaningful. In addition, I'll be supporting other handmade artists on Etsy which is a wonderful thing.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Warm & Cozy

I never have idle hands, and I can't sit still. My husband is forever frustrated with me that I don't just sit more, relax and watch t.v. with him. I could do it, but unless it's a show/movie I'm completely into, I feel like I'm wasting time and my mind starts thinking of the other 25 things I could be doing. So I learned how to crochet many years ago, and I absolutely love it. I feel like I'm still accomplishing something while sitting and relaxing. The best of both worlds. Now it's not so bad watching a show I'm not completely absorbed in because my mind is focusing on the task at hand.

Whenever Autumn approaches, I get the urge to start crocheting. It's almost like my fingers crave it. This year is no different. I've already started a scarf and can't wait to make more. I love chunky, textured scarves and this one is my new favorite. It's a very simple pattern that I made myself (nothing complicated, nothing frou-frou), just warm, cozy wool. As I get time and make more, I hope to add some to my shop.