Sugar House Shop - Best of Etsy 2016

Technically my October "Best of Etsy" series is over, but I can't help but share this shop because my excitement over starting my next project is overflowing!

The last month has been insane between blogging daily, regular life, & prepping to participate in my first local vintage maker market.  Let's just say I put too much on my plate and I knew it by October 2nd - but I don't quit!  

I found Sugar House Shop, via Instagram randomly in September & immediately went and bought her 'Star of Wonder' Advent calendar pattern.  Like immediately - because I'm a sucker for a DIY project.

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Our little one is just starting to grasp who Jesus is and I want to be sure we are having age appropriate conversations with her leading up to & explaining Christmas.  I'll share our new alternative-elf-on-the-shelf idea next week, but today I want to share the Nativity Advent calendar that we will use for years to come!

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

The directions are clear & illustrated so it's easy to follow for a beginner or expert sewer.  The base of the calendar can be machine sewn, but the individual pieces are hand sewn.  My favorite part of this is that the pieces are all magnetic!   I love this so much, it will be a highlight of our holiday decorating to make it front & center.

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

I'll be honest, the pattern is affordable, but buying all the supplies cost a bit more than I had anticipated.  I used the shops she suggested, mostly because I didn't have time to prance around town looking for all the supplies this month, which I'm sure would have cut my costs. Here's a visual of how it starts out on December 1st.....

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

I'm just so stinking excited to spend time crafting something that is educational, fun, and won't involve treats or candy to help walk us up to Christmas day, I could burst!  Bring on next week when I can get started!

There are lots of other countdown calendars in her shop for birthdays & even Halloween - I've read that the birthday ice-cream cone pattern is a great beginner pattern if the thought of basic sewing scares you!

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Jennifer from Sugar House Shop has offered a free heart cake topper pattern that you can try if you have fears of stitching  - you can get that pattern by clicking here.

You can also watch this video that highlights the making of these heirloom advent calendars - click here for that.

So put on your favorite Christmas music & sew with me friends!  Check out Sugar House Shop for all her felt countdown calendars.  Now, if only she'd create a Disney countdown you'd know I'd be first in line for that one!  Watch my Instagram account for updates on my progress next week once I get started!
 

HootnHollar Clothing - Best of Etsy 2016

HootnHollar Clothing is an Etsy shop based in Nashville that makes the most amazing Disney themed dresses for little girls.  

I'm a sucker for a dress with a great twirl and these most certainly fit the bill!  Each dress is custom made to order so keep that in mind if something catches your eye - the turn around time is 4-8 weeks, but usually longer closer to the holidays.

I absolutely adore her non-traditional dresses from some of the Classic princesses.  This Cinderella version with my favorite mice embroidered is just too much! Suzy, Perla, & Mary (the rarely seen mouse in the yellow dress) are favorites around our house! Jaq and GusGus tend to get all the fame, but those girls worked hard sewing for Cindy!

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

And this monogrammed Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) day dress? I need to create a separate savings account for all these dresses...how can you possible choose a favorite?

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

Younger girls may tend to lean towards the newer Disney Junior shows, and this Doc McStuffins is super cute!  We have a collection of Disney movie & show character dresses for dress-up, but I despise the scratchy sparkly fabrics that they are covered in.  HootnHollar's dresses may cost a little more, but will surely hold up better & lack the scratch factor!

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

I also love that she takes boy characters and incorporates those into dresses for all the little ones that aren't princess fans.  These Toy Story numbers are the perfect example!

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

And don't leave out BB-8!  Star Wars is for girls too!

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

We sing a lot of 'Dumbo's Circus' around here - I've indoctrinated the little one with episodes of the 1980s Dumbo live action show on the Disney Channel, so I know she would love this one (plus it was in her top 3 favorite rides at WDW).

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

And we can't forget the Fab5 (plus Pluto!)!  This circle skirt has a spot for all of our favorites.

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

Photo used with permission from HootnHollar Clothing

HootnHollar Clothing makes dresses that would be perfect for a special trip to WDW or Disneyland, or even to expertly match a birthday party theme.  I hope you smile as much as I did as I browsed through their shop!  Happy shopping (& saving)!  

I've got one last shop to share - so hold tight until tomorrow & we will bring November in with a taste of Christmas!

4th Generation Designs - Best of Etsy 2016

I've got one last locally based shop in this years Best of Etsy series and it's 4th Generation Designs...(stick around to the end of the post for a coupon code for her shop)!

They make pendant necklaces that are the perfect statement pieces.  I love throwing on one of these over a solid colored top to liven up my outfit a little bit.  Or maybe because I need to see the message printed on it every time I look in the mirror all day.

I love the way these guys use just a touch of lace to brighten up a solid colored necklace.  The navy one gets all heart eyes in my book!

Photo used with permission from 4th Generation Designs

Photo used with permission from 4th Generation Designs

There are lots of options when it comes to message pendants - everything from Bible verses to famous quotes.  

Photo used with permission from 4th Generation Designs

Photo used with permission from 4th Generation Designs

The illustrations on this 'Bloom' pendant makes it one of my favorites.  Sometimes I find myself wishing I was in a different situation - when I'm at work I want to be home.  On days overloaded with tantrums, I wish I was at work.  It seems like the harder the day, the less satisfied I am.  Those are the days I need this reminder.  To Bloom.  Bloom where you are planted.  My outlook is sure to be better if I'm focused on the flowers & not the piles of dirt all around.

Photo used with permission from 4th Generation Designs

Photo used with permission from 4th Generation Designs

There really are so many beautiful necklaces that you can get your hands on - plus they come in varying lengths based on how you plan to wear them!

Photo used with permission from 4th Generation Designs

Photo used with permission from 4th Generation Designs

The flower fabric in these pendants are so cute - they remind me of the Rifle Paper Company patterns, and I can't get enough of them!

Photo used with permission from 4th Generation Designs

Photo used with permission from 4th Generation Designs

4th Generation Designs has something for everyone - in addition to their jewelry pieces, they have a shop full of crocheted items for newborns and up!  If you are local & headed to Vintage Lynchburg next weekend - you can find them there too & take something home on the spot!

If you check out her Etsy shop use the coupon code BLOGSALE for 15% off your purchase!