Thursday, June 28, 2012

Laketon Elizabeth

I've had little Laketon in my mind for a while now. She reminds me of everything I grew up with in a little Dutch beach town in West Michigan. Seersucker in sky blue, lighthouse red accents, sunkissed blonde hair, and eyes the color of the great lakes. Ironically, the seersucker fabric used in her dress, was leftover from one of the many Dutch costumes I stitched up for my kids to wear at Tulip Festival, before we moved to the Southwest. I spent many a summer sailing on my grandparents restored boat, making sandcastles along the shore, clogging around in wooden shoes and a Dutch costume, and licking soft serve ice cream cones. Laketon reminds me of all these things, and is just the kind of doll I would have loved when I was little. Untitled-1

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Brooke's little lady

Such a sweet one, she turned out to be! Her hair is AMAZING yarn spun by The Fine Lime. Her little dress is a Japanese linen cotton blend on top, with a Sarah Jane skirt trimmed with yellow ric-rac. I might need to make another one that's very similar as a ready to ship because I'm smitten with the sweetness! Untitled-1

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Angella's custom

Just finished this little peanut! Angella asked to be surprised with highlights, so I did a mix of pinks, with some striated ice cream-ish pastels mixed in. LOVE! She has the sweetest lil face. :) Untitled-1

Monday, June 25, 2012

Missing summer storms.

Just finished another ready to ship lady. Little Miss Stormy Raincloud. This is what happens when you combine Amie getting sick of the color pink, and my fierce love of thunderstorms. A thoroughly moody little lady who is anything but pink. :) I have had this adorable umbrella fabric for YEARS, and so glad I held onto it, because it was PERFECT for her!! stormyblog

Saturday, June 23, 2012

2 new ladies

2 ready to ship little ladies. The first is Strawberry Sprinkle, the second is Sweetpea. itsy-224 itsy-242

Thursday, June 21, 2012

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!! Introducing Itsy Dream Beans. Sweet, sleepyhead cuddle dolls. This one is named Snapdragon. She is made of European tricot, with sleepy eyes, a pleasant, dreaming smile, and is stuffed with sheep's wool. The knotted bedtime cap and body are made of cuddly soft plum colored velour, and the little wisps of hair are super-soft brushed suri. Enter anytime between now and July 6.  
Ways to enter: 
Like the Facebook page
Comment here on the blog
Share the giveaway post (either this one or on the Facebook page) on your Facebook or blog.
Please comment ONE TIME ON THE BLOG, AND LET ME KNOW ALL THE WAYS YOU ENTERED. 

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In the works...

I've been feeling really inspired this week! Maybe it's because I have this peace about my business since making my decision about the mini dolls. I've been sewing clothing like MAD for the little ladies, working on customs, ready to ship dolls, and I've been thinking about giveaways. I want to do one in June AND one in July. A hint of what I'm working on for this month's giveaway (something for the little people)... itsy-161 Sundresses galore!! itsy-159

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New beginnings

itsy-124 Well, apparently my sewing machine got the memo about new directions and new beginnings for Itsystitch, because it died yesterday!  After 10 years, it gave out on me.  The gears locked up, the dreaded error messages flashed on the little screen, and the rubber belt came loose.  Poor dear thing has been worked to death in the past decade!  It has seen many Halloween costumes, dresses, pillow cases, pajamas, elaborate Dutch costumes for the Tulip Festival back when we lived in the Midwest, and the start of this business.  It may be possible to have it repaired, or it's time may have come to an end, either way, I needed a new machine, stat!
Thank GOODNESS for our local machine shop, 35th Avenue Sew and Vac.  They had a Babylock Creative Pro (which is pretty similar in layout to my deceased Babylock Decorator's Choice) for $399.  I think they felt bad for me, so they dropped the price to $299 and threw in a warranty for the pre-owned machine.  It looks pristine and runs like a dream!  It's only a few years old and looks barely used.  It's basically a cross between their current Grace and Elizabeth models.  Not bad for $299!

So, it seems appropriate that I dive into this new period of growth for my business with a new machine. 

So many minis on the horizon!  Sometimes I just sit in my studio with a cup of tea and survey my fabrics and yarns, deciding how to best use them.  Making dolls is so fulfilling, because you can literally be inspired by ANYthing.  Yarn, fabric, a cupcake, a rainy day, the ocean, a peach tree, the circus, summertime, a blueberry, anything can inspire the theme for a doll.  And then, there are a million ways to interpret each idea!  You will be seeing many more themed dolls in the future, and lots of little accessories with each doll (particularly ready to ship dolls).  I'm so excited to set off on this new journey with Itsystitch!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Changing with the tide...

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The tide of life, that is. Ebb and flow, winding, climbing, exploring, growing, grieving, rejoicing. Our family has experienced all of those in the past 10 years. My little business grew from the roots of changing tides and new beginnings and blossomed into something so important to me. I never knew what I intended for this little Itsystitch adventure, but it's been a cathartic and exciting experience this past year. A little overwhelming at times, as I find my rhythm and methods. I realized over the course of the past several weeks, that what I really LOVE are the mini dolls. I don't NOT love the big ones (double negative, I know), but I ADORE the minis. They fit into my life and the rhythm I have found since my husband left for his overseas job (he spends a good portion of each year out of the country for work). They allow me to find my creativity, and pour it into each one, without holing up in my studio for too many hours and days each week. My mom, who helps me, loves them for the very same reasons.

 I have been offering both sizes, because, well, that's what you *do* when you have a waldorf doll business. I've really wanted to focus on only minis ever since I designed them, but felt trapped by non-existent rules. Then I realized, this is MY life, and MY business (silly!) and if I love making the mini dolls and they help me find balance, then that's what I'm going to offer. I can't say this will never change, but I feel that right now, this is the best choice for the kids and me. Not to mention, over 70% of my sales have been for mini dolls since I introduced them! I think they are so appealing because, well frankly, to make a decent living sewing larger waldorf dolls, you need to charge at least $200+ for them. I know what it's like to live on a budget, and I know what it's like to go without. Instead of raising the prices of the larger dolls and alienating a large portion of the market in today's economy, I can focus on the smaller size, while still keeping the prices well under the $200 mark. I love that people who could not otherwise afford a doll can buy an Itsy Mini.

 I will always have a soft spot for the larger dolls, they are where I began, how I learned, and how I grew, but after I finish the last of the 15" customs for the summer, I will only be offering mini 10" dolls. Thank you to all my loyal 15" customers, and I hope you will still return for the pint sized pals as well! I plan to offer ready to ship minis, custom minis, boy and girl minis, mermaid minis (the first is in the works and is STUNNING!), and special edition dolls with 1-3 extra outifts.  You may find me uploading a limited edition 12-15" doll every once in awhile, if the mood strikes me, but I will not be taking custom orders at this time.

The blog has been started fresh and I have cleared all prior posts because I'm trying to avoid confusing new customers with posts featuring multiple sizes of dolls.  Thank you so much everyone! And yes, a July giveaway is in the works to celebrate the new direction for Itsystitch.

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