Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Treasury Example for Challenge 2

I just made a treasury a little bit ago. Here is an example for all of you who are still confused. It is very simple.
Just had a thought: Wouldn't it be funny if I got myself on the front page with this treasury? lol. That would be ironic. Luckily for you, I put myself in it so  I doubt it will even get looked at! lol. Its a good one though. Definitely evokes feelings of vintage summer picnics as the name says. Good luck!

Do You Accept? Challenge 2

Okay, so I admit it, I like competition and challenges I think that's why I'm doing so well as a boutique right now. Of course, I support my fellow boutiques--at least the good ones--but I really enjoy trying to better my boutique (aka kicking other boutique butts!* lol) There is nothing wrong with a little FRIENDLY competition. Keeping this in mind, I've decided to try out some little "Challenges" for my fans so they can try to win my clothes! I'm done with freebies these days. To be honest, I'm tired of making things to get my name out there and not receiving even a "thank you" in return! Crazy, I know! So now, if you want a "freebie" from me...you gotta at least work for it! Which leads me to my point of this whole blog....

I want to be on the Front Page of Etsy. Who is gonna get me there? Hopefully, one of you! lol. In return, you will receive the outfit that makes it to the front page in the size of your choice. Here is a little info on how to get me on the front page of etsy. First, you have to make a treasury. You can see the past treasuries I was featured in here (none of which got me to the front page). Second, you have to include ME in the treasury. Third, well, there is not third. That's it.

The front page treasury on etsy is changed every hour. Thats 24 chances a day for you guys to get me there. I recommend doing a little research about getting your treasury on the front page first because there does seem to be some "rules". For example, I'm pretty sure that you cannot put an item of yours in the treasury because they want you to spread the love.

Oh yeah! And here is a website to check to see if your treasury made it to the front page. It shows all the treasuries, BUT I will most likely know before you so no worries! Feel free to leave a link to your treasury in the comments so everyone can see them!

This blog will self destruct in 10 seconds. lol. Good luck everyone!

*hopefully, you know me well enough to know that this is, of course, a joke. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Match Made In Heaven....

That's what Dashingly Dainty Designs and Model Source Magazine are! I pitched them my "British Rock" line that I was planning on putting out this fall and guess what? They LOVED it!!! They are putting out a casting call for models in their area and I am sending them the outfits in July for the photoshoot! I also have Shake-Up Snow Designs, Belly Bell's Bowtique, and possibly a jewelry boutiques working with me on this to make sure that these kids are dressed to the nines!
I am beyond excited right now! It's so nice when hard work pays off!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Help Wanted!!!

I posted an add on Craigslist looking for an intern the other day. I've had a couple responses. But I figured, I should post it here just in case...

"Childrens clothing designer looking for an intern to work one or two days a week--possibly more if interested. I am currently working on my Fall 2011 Collection as well as current orders. You will be able to help in all aspects of the company including but not limited to designing, construction, and marketing. This is for boutique-style children's clothes--mainly girls.

Candidate must be 18 years or older with at least a high school diploma.
Basic sewing skills highly recommended

This will be a great hands on experience! Please state "intern" in the subject line of your email and please include your resume. Candidate must reply directly through email: DashinglyDainty@yahoo.com"

I'm in the Southeast Michigan Area if anyone is seriously interested. If you'd like more info please email me at the address stated above.

If you don't live in Southeast MI wish me luck! lol. Let's just say my door isn't getting knocked down with applicants. But if I saw this ad, I would totally apply. lol.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Did I Mention...

that my life is sometimes odd? Who does this happen to?


In case you can't tell... Yes, that is my grill! Yes, that is a birds nest complete with eggs inside of said grill. Awesome. Hopefully, these eggs hatch quickly because I want to bbq!

I Have Exciting News....

but I can't share it with you all yet. lol. I don't want to jinx it! It seems I've been saying this a lot lately. Yes, things are going well for me. I am bursting at the seams--a little seamstress joke for ya--and I wanna scream from the rooftop about all the things coming up in the near future. But I can't. Not yet anyways. Stay tuned though because there are some exciting new things coming up and I want to share them with you all.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


First, I'm working on my 4th of July outfit and I am this close to being done with it! I am beyond excited because it is turning out just as cute as I imagined! Maybe even more so! I want to send a HUGE shout-out to Little Boats for being so generous and sharing where she found the pattern for this top at many months ago! I finally got around to using it and I cannot wait to show you guys (a little hint at my 4th of July outfit). You many not believe this, but MANY boutiques are not willing to share any information on anything let alone where they buy their patterns. ::gasp:: Shocking, I know. So PLEASE go friend her on Facebook and tell her I said thanks! And by the way, her stuff is adorable, so you won't be sorry.

Second, I have a confession. I am a serial lurker. I am obsessed at seeing what all my favorite boutiques are up to. I never steal ideas...I just see if there are any new techniques or styles I'm missing out on OR, my fave, seeing what fabrics to avoid or definitely use in the future. But that's it. Scouts honor. But after constantly seeing some of these boutiques almost daily I must admit I'm getting pretty bored with some of them. They are all different, but the same. They never take any chances! They found their little dress style(s) niche and they are sticking with it! I would be going out of my mind if I were them! I need change--other than just fabric. I like to push myself and test out new patterns or ideas I have. Do you guys appreciate this in a boutique or do you only shop at certain boutiques for certain styles? I'm just curious seeing as how I own a boutique and my business is YOUR business (Like that nice play on words, ehhhh?) Besides, some of these boutiques have very loyal customers and many, many sales. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking their business practices or styles, I'm just curious if you get bored at seeing the same outfit over and over with just different fabrics?

I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say. Hint, hint. ::wink::

Friday, May 20, 2011

What an Evening...

Just when I was catching up on orders and getting things accomplished a night like tonite happens! I knew having a boy was going to be fun, but I didn't know they were so darn accident prone! My gosh! Today, my husband took the kids to the park with their cousins so I could work. Its really a win-win situation because he can hang out with the kids one-on-one who he doesn't see all week because he works two jobs, they get to see "daddy" and their "friends", and I get a quiet house to work in.
While they were taking a "Milk Break"--did I mention my kids are milk-aholics? A gallon a day over here--on the bleachers, my son stood up and fell right through them. He cried a little but seemed genuinely okay. That is until his cousin started freaking out about blood. Come to find out somehow he split the back of his head open. Again! Thats the second time in 8 months. Ugh... Poor kid. So we had to take a trip to the hospital where he got staples without numbing stuff because they said it doesn't really work well for that area. I felt like a horrible mom, but he was fine 10 minutes later.
All is well now. The kids are in bed after big bowls of ice cream--because ice cream heals everything--and I'm gonna try to sneak up stairs and work for a couple hours.
All I can say is "I told ya so!" My life is crazy...

Are You Up for the Challenge???

Okay, so I bought some fabric that I loved last year without knowing what I was going to make with it. Now I finally figured it out! (Hint: think an entire line including matching boys clothes) BUT guess what? I can't get anymore! NOOOOOOOOOOOO! That is so my luck. I've been scouring the Internet searching for anywhere that may have this fabric from eBay to etsy to fabric.com. Still, no luck.
SO...here is my new challenge. Find THIS fabric and get your choice of outfit from this line when it is made. Believe me when I say that this line will knock you socks off! I already have Shake-Up Snow Designs and Belly Bell's Bowtique working on hair accessories and A Chosen Few will be making a bracelet and did I mention there will be BOYS CLOTHES?!? lol. Whenever you find it (or think you find it) Post a link to it below along with your email address so I can contact you!
Good luck!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Gotta Have One of These!!!

Well, I WAS done posting for the night, but then I came across the most adorable shirt ever! I figured a lot of you mommies out there who have kids that model on Facebook could use one of these. Shoot, I want one for myself. I mean my boutique is getting well known on Facebook so why not? Then. On second thought, people who don't know me, probably won't think very highly of me! lol.


Be sure to say "Hi" to Jessica over at Cute Little You Bowtique and tell her DDD sent you!

Time For A Change...

Well now that the new FB rules ARE being enforced, I guess it's time for me to make my move to this blog. I've been wanting to really get it started for awhile now, but vacation threw that plan off course--as it so often does. I'm back now--ahem...been back for awhile now, whoops!--and ready to blog! I got my blogging fingers on as they say. Wait, do they say that? lol. I doubt it.

You will be seeing a lot more posts from me on here blogging about work, blogging about orders, blogging about clothes, blogging about motherhood...all the basics. I think I'm pretty hilarious too so hopefully I can get some laughs...or at least some head shakes.

So put your seatbelts on ladies because this is gonna be a (new) adventure for all of us.*

*Note: I sure know how to set my expectations high, huh? lol. I have a feeling this is going to go poorly.

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