New York City sneak peek!

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I am busy sewing, fulfilling orders, prepping for craft shows, getting fabrics ordered and working on new designs (not to mention raising a three year old) but I had to take a break for a moment to share some exciting news...

If you follow @threadjoy on instagram you will already have seen bits of our New York City adventure and that in the midst of a glamorous wedding, site seeing and time with family I found time to sneak away to the Garment District in Manhattan.  This was my second trip to New York to source fabrics for ThreadJoy products and it did not disappoint!  I can hardly wait to share the new designs and see the fabrics turn into burp cloths, snack bags, pacifier clips etc!

Sorry to leave with you with just a sneak peak...but you saw my to do list!


cute stuff aria says

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(While gluing and cutting during an art project)  

Aria: Mommy, do you think this could be great?


(Aria and I were playing house.  I was the baby and she was the mommy.)

Aria: I promise I love you baby!


Aria: Let's read some books for my brain


Me: Do you want raspberries, blueberries or watermelon with lunch?

Aria: maybe strawberries


Aria: Are you thinking what I'm thinking? I'm thinking that my tummy is hungry!


(Baba asked Aria if she loved baba)

 Aria: Yes, but I love momma best!


Aria: Yeah, I'm pretty good at dancing.


(After a time out)

Aria: But mommy I'm a girl, only boys get a time out!


Me: Wow, is that the car you built?

Aria: No, it's the prettiest house you've ever seen!


(She had fallen asleep in the car and woke up while I carried her inside and had clearly been dreaming because she groggily said this)

Aria: I'm flapping my wings mommy.


(Aria was all tucked into bed and I thought she was asleep until she called out to me)

Aria: mommy, I have a dea (an idea) if you cut my feet off I can have a tail.

I asked again because I didn't think I understood her correctly, then she repeated,

Aria: if you cut off my feet I can have a mermaid tail!


(We were playing house and Aria went to ring the doorbell)

Aria: ding bell 


Aria: Dad, I don't want coffee because I have a cough


Aria: Mom, it's past my bedtime. It's WAY past my bedtime.


(while looking out the window during our flight to Colorado to visit Nana and Papa)

Aria: Mommy where is the Colorado door? 


(At the airport)

Aria: It's a suitcase party! 


Aria: Want me to read you this book? First I need to find where to start. I always start with once upon a time.


This girl cracks me up.  She cracks herself up too!

I just can't get enough of her.  I love her so much!!!

crafting is good for my soul

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Some mornings I wake up with the need to create.  In order to restore peace to my body and soul I have to make something.  Today was one of those days; probably because I have been walking by my craft room for weeks wishing I had the time or inspiration to sew. 

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I try to have a bunch of project ideas stored away on Pinterest so I don't have to waste very much time deciding what to make and can get right to work creating.  I pinned this picture years ago because I love handmade toys and hoped to make my own version for Aria sometime. The bunnies were made by Savannah May of Sleepy King.  Similar bunnies and other sweet plush animals are available in her etsy store.

My favorite part of beginning a new sewing project is getting to pull out my fabrics and supplies and playing with all the possible combinations.

I am definitely a sentimental person and when it comes to sewing I love using materials that have special meaning to me.   I pulled out my Grandma's sewing box and used her pinking shears and thread. The bunny faces are sewn using embroidery floss left over from my childhood collection that was used to make many friendship bracelets.  The polka dot fabric was picked up during a road trip with some lovely girlfriends in March.  I love the floral fabric not only because of its adorable vintage charm but also because it was given to me by my friend Gina before she moved to California. I have been waiting for just the right project to use it!  

I turned the bunnies around so I could show you their cute little pom pom tails.  It felt like I was putting them in time out!

I know this picture is blurry but it was so sweet watching Aria hug her new friends!  She said, "mmm, I love them!"

The bunnies are best friends and are named Petunia and Princess, although Petunia sounds like "Tuna".  If you want to come play Aria will share Princess or we can whip up another one just for you!

This project was good for my soul not only because I was making something for my sweet girl but it made me feel connected to women who love and support me and have played a part in bringing creativity into my life.