What’s in a Name?

What's in a name?  If the extent of my agonizing over whether or not to change my online business name is any gauge, then a name is pretty darn important! Last month, I made a big change in my online business.  I made the decision to re-brand my business using my own name, and I hired a graphic designer to make a logo that suited my business.  I'm very pleased with the work my designer did for me, and I'm pleased that my business name is consistent locally and online. I have three main … [Read more...]

Car Seat Ponchos Available Now

Now that you know that a car seat poncho could help to keep your child warm and safe this winter, I want to share some details about the fleece car seat ponchos hand-crafted by me, Elaine Searer.First of all, the name "car seat poncho" doesn't tell the whole story.  These ponchos are great for traveling, but they are also warm, comfy, and easy to wear for other cold weather activities.  The ponchos are made from two layers of anti-pill fleece, making them a soft, warm alternative to a winter … [Read more...]

Car Seat Ponchos for Safety and Warmth

Here in Pennsylvania, we're still enjoying summer weather with temperatures in the high 80s, but these warm summer days will soon be a memory.  When the temperatures start to fall, how can you keep your little ones warm and safe for fall and winter traveling? You may need to swap out that heavy winter coat for a cozy car seat poncho. Until a few years ago, I had no idea that buckling an infant or child into a car seat while he is wearing a winter coat is not safe.  A puffy winter coat … [Read more...]

Making Children’s Wear Safe

Being a small business owner can be rewarding and challenging.  My sewing business provides me both rewards and challenges.  One of my most recent challenges involved compliance with regulations concerning making children's wear safe. My sewing business consists of alterations (but NOT prom or bridal alterations!), some custom sewing, and some handmade products that I sell.  For a few years, the bulk of my sewing projects were bags and purses.  Over a year ago, I ventured into doll clothes … [Read more...]

My Pinterest-Inspired Pedal Mats

I have tons of ideas pinned at Pinterest.  Every once in a while, one of those pins actually results in a project.  My most recent Pinterest-inspired project was a set of four pedal mats to keep my sewing machine foot pedals from sliding on my new laminate floor.  Even on my carpeted floor, the sewing machine pedals had a tendency to move when I'm sewing.  Once I began using them on my new laminate flooring, I was constantly chasing the foot pedals across the floor.  Sewing was quite … [Read more...]

Frog Novelty Fabric Purse

I love novelty fabrics, and I make no apologies for that!  Novelty fabrics are a sub-category of 100% cotton quilting fabrics that are printed with conversational themes that make them popular for a shorter period of time than most classic cotton quilting fabrics.  Here's a few of the novelty fabrics that I have on my fabric shelf right now:  Fabrics that feature certain animals, hobby tools, foods, sports team logos, and the like are considered novelty prints.  Naturally, I'm drawn to … [Read more...]

Tee-Shirt Memory Pillow

I've been making some memory pillow covers from clothing since December.  Until last week, all of the memory pillows I've made were fashioned from men's button up shirts. On more than one occasion, I've had someone ask if I could make a memory pillow cover from a tee shirt or a sweatshirt.  My answer to that question was affirmative, and last week, I finally gave it a try. My sister, whose husband passed away two years ago, gave me one of his tee shirts so that I could make a pillow … [Read more...]

My Little Pony Bedroom Makeover

My granddaughter Aaliyah just had a new baby brother!  In anticipation of the little guy's arrival, his parents painted and furnished his nursery with a Lion King theme. They thought this would be a good time to make a few changes in Aaliyah's room, too.  At age 3.5, she is ready to transition from nursery to little girl's room.  What better way to do that than with a My Little Pony bedroom makeover? One of the things I love about Aaliyah's parents is their commitment to save money when … [Read more...]

Bluebell Dress in Microfleece

I've recently been buying and using more and more pdf sewing patterns.  On Black Friday last November many designers were having great sales with deep discounts on their pdf patterns.  One of the patterns that I bought that day was the Bluebell dress pattern from My Childhood Treasures. Here's my first run with this pattern, and I'm very happy with the results.  I chose a microfleece fabric that I bought at Joanns. My favorite things about this pattern are the raglan sleeves (because they … [Read more...]

A First Birthday Outfit for Eliza

Some pretty little girl is going to be celebrating her first birthday today, and she's going to be celebrating in style! Just one week before Christmas, my sisters and I were gathering the components for a special birthday party outfit requested by Eliza's mom who is my niece.   The plan was for me to applique a plain Gerber onesie and make a tutu to match the appliques on the shirt. While shopping at Kohl's, we found this cute collared onesie that looked much dressier than the … [Read more...]