Tuesday, December 16, 2008

blue corduroy

my new friend, emily, has just started an etsy shop called blue corduroy, selling her amazing crocheted visor hats. she was one of the vendors at my house last week and she did really well. i had to try really hard to restrain myself from snagging one of her great hats. they are super comfy and soft, and the shape is really flattering. and her prices are great. so far she only has infant and child sized hats available, but keep checking back for the adult ones, too. and she also make the most amazing children's clothing from thrifted linens - so fun! so go check her out and tell her i sent you!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

crayon rolls

crayon rolls are now in the shop!

order quickly to get them by christmas, or for birthday gifts throughout the year. they are $15 each and have 16 little pockets that include crayola crayons. each roll is finished off with a coordinating ribbon tie closure.

these little guys are great to throw in your purse for unexpected long waits, car rides, plane trips, and at restaurants.

head on over to the pleated poppy to find even more new items up for sale. i've just added tea towels and travel tissue cases and checkbook covers - something for everyone on your list! and don't forget about the discount!


Saturday, December 13, 2008

winner, winner, chicken dinner!

congratulations, wendy from the shabby nest! you were randomly chosen as the winner of a set of posy pins! yay for you! head on over to my shop and pick yourself out a little gift, and email me with which set you chose and your addy, and i'll ship it out to you in time for christmas.

and speaking of christmas... i have a little gift for you all. i had a boutique at my house last wednesday, which was super fun - filled the house with food, friends, and great crafty goodness - but i forgot to blog about it ahead of time to invite all the locals. so here's my gift/peace offering: enjoy 15% off your entire order anytime from now through the end of the year! i can only guarantee orders in time for christmas if they are ordered by the 15th of december, but a little after may still have a good chance of making it, just no guarantee. when you are checking out, enter the coupon code holidays to get your discount.


Monday, December 8, 2008

collection of capes

here's just some of the capes i've been working on the past few days. i'm loving how different some of these capes are. its been really fun to work with customers to come up with something that their child/grandchild/niece/nephew will really love.

a few details for orders: email me with any orders at thepleatedpoppy@gmail.com. if you would like your cape guaranteed in time for christmas, i must receive your order by december 15th. each cape is $35 plus $3.50 for shipping. you get to choose your monogram color, and the front and back colors. we can discuss any further details like printed fabrics, stars, shields and other designs. there may be an extra charge for special designs.

here are some of the capes i've been making, as well as some from the past:

and for those of you who are savvy with a sewing machine and don't want to spend the money, i wrote a tutorial on my other blog awhile back on how to make these capes. let me know if you have any questions or need me to clarify anything!

don't forget to enter the giveaway. you have until this saturday!


Friday, December 5, 2008

a giveaway!!!

***sorry - the giveaway is now closed!***

did i get your attention? i thought so!

the shop is freshly stocked full of gifting goodness, so i decided its time for a little giveaway. how would you like to win a set of 3 posy pins? how would you like 3 chances to win? here's how we'll do it:

1. go to my shop and let me know in a comment in this post what your favorite product is and how you would use your posy pins if you won. deadline is next saturday, december 13th.

2. for an extra entry, let me know in a separate comment that you are a subscriber or follower (see right hand sidebar) of the pleated poppy blog.

3. for a third entry, let me know in a separate comment that you have blogged about my giveaway
on your blog.

i just filled up the shop with 30+ new items and 30+ sets of new posy pins! go check it out!


Thursday, December 4, 2008

shop update

hey all!

wow! you guys are keeping me busy with the capes - 10 orders already in just a day and a half! so fun!

in between emails with customers, i've been able to squeeze in a little time to update the shop. here are a few of my favorites of what i just added:

posy slippers - $15

my little lily's chubby feet modeling them for you!

acorn tea towel - $15. more designs coming soon!

lots of checkbook covers - $15

what is it about this fabric that i just *love*? this may just make its way into my purse!

keep checking back over the next few days as i'll update whenever i can squeeze in the time. happy shopping!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

superhero capes

i've been making these capes for quite awhile now as gifts for all the little super heroes in our life. they also work great for little girls - both my girls have one and so do many of their friends and cousins.

i am now taking custom orders on these. they can be just about any color, you can choose 2 colors - one for the inside, one for the outside. i'll do a custom monogram and we can talk about any other little details you're interested in. each cape is $35 plus $3.50 for shipping. email me for details at thepleatedpoppy@gmail.com.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

christmas boutique

i had a space in a christmas boutique last friday and saturday (did you notice my shop was empty?). thankfully i didn't have to drive far (2 blocks) because it made for a very long weekend. my sales were decent, but overall the show was very slow. saturday was nearly dead. my husband brought me my iphone after a couple hours so i could entertain myself.

i'd rather i wasn't actually in that shot above, but i had to hold the papered window up in the back of my booth because i didn't want you to have to look entirely into the booth behind me. no, i don't typically pose like that!

here are just 2 of my many helpers, mom and j. it was awesome to have them around. and when it was time to break down saturday afternoon, we were done and back home in - get this - 17 minutes! i think thats some sort of record.

so here's a peak at all that i was offering at the show, and some of what i'll be putting in my shop. i have 4 sets of these adorable slippers left.

almost all of the headbands sold. they always do better in person. i need a better way to show how adorable they are online. i'm in the process of making more of them.

here's a fun new product i've been dying to try - checkbook covers! they turned out so cute. i only have a handful left, but will be making more of these as well. these are gonna go fast!

the pencil rolls were a huge hit, too. i've only got one left. need to make more, as well.

stacks of chubby buton magnets.

new tea towels!!! i am loving these! (this one sold, but i hope to make more)

another fun one, stacking bowls.

and those acorns!

chubby button pushpins - already back in the shop - great little stocking stuffers.

the journal covers and posy pins were big hits, too.

and the crayon rolls are all gone! there are only a few travel tissue cases left in the shop (another stocking stuffer. for 4 bucks? come on!).

almost all of the clips and pony tail holders are gone, too.

in the back of the window display in a twin sized duvet cover, covered in appliqued flowers.

lots of fun posy hair clips.

isn't she just the cutest assistant ever?! we got to have "special time" together each day for a couple hours. she did awesome, after a few times of coaching on how to interact with customers ("when someone is looking at something, don't go walk in front of them and start playing with that something"). she's got the bug to start selling her own things. she's been asking me for months if she could make stuff to sell and i have been gently putting it off (1st idea was paper purses. they're super cute, but really impractical.). but there was a little girl there selling cheesy little foam ornaments (her mom's words, not mine) in her dad's booth, and she was raking it in! who could resist a little girl smiling at you, asking for a buck? maybe next time, gracie. we gotta work on your product line. in my free time. when will that be? who knows, i just made myself a huge task list as i wrote this post!


Sunday, November 30, 2008

soon, i promise!

you've probably noticed my shop is, umm, a bit bare. i cleared out most everything for a boutique this past weekend and i plan on working hard over the next couple days on restocking... with some new products!!! so check back for some details on the new stuff as well as some pics from the show - fun stuff!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

stocking up

i have a huge craft show coming this friday and saturday after thanksgiving. finding time to really power through and get my inventory stocked has been really difficult lately. so my dear sweet kind thoughtful loving giving wonderful husband took the kids all day yesterday so i could shut myself up in the playroom at my sewing desk and sew like crazy. all. day. long. it was wonderful, not without its many interruptions, but wonderful nonetheless. here's what i was able to accomplish:

7 covered journals, with a pencil pocket in the inside flap and a ribbon tie closure. these fit perfectly over a standard composition notebook, and are refillable. great for students and anyone who likes to make lists, take notes and doodle (ummmm.... that would be me).

6 checkbook covers, with 2 inside pockets and an elastic band to hold it all shut. so much beter than the boring black one that came with my purse. i must keep one for myself.

4 colored pencil rolls with 10 pencils included, finished with a ribbon tie closure.

3 crayon rolls (so far). once i buy crayons each one will include 12 crayons. perfect in the car for a little artist.

and this was another fun project i thought i'd throw in here. i needed a sign of sorts to help set my booth space apart, so i pieced this banner (?) together with scraps of paper. its a little bigger than i anticipated, but i think it'll still work. sorry for the lousy pics!

and here's a close-up of some of the details - alittle fabric, buttons and tags add some fun embellishment.

if you're local, come see me at the vets hall friday and saturday from 10-4. its gonna be HUGE! i'll be offering an online coupon code to all my customers (oooh!) and you can get your hands on some of these items before someone else does. whatever doesn't sell at the show will be put in my shop on monday.