Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boys' Birthday Festivities

I'm a little late posting this, but we finally wrapped up our week-long birthday celebrations around here recently. The boys' birthdays are three days apart, so it gets a little hectic in early April!

Since I'm tired and want to head to bed soon, I might as well just do a big photo share from our gathering at my parents' house, the kids opening gifts on their birthdays, celebrating at school, and the cake decorating/Lego party we had at a friend's bakery. Lots of good times were had, along with too much sugar! Whew...







Tyson was just a tad excited to get a certain Lego piece he was wanting




Tyson with his decorated healthy mini cake

The slappy hands were a big hit!


Delicious Lego cake by Mad House Cakes


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Spring Sewing Orders

I completely forgot to post pictures from my first order for The Gingerbread House. So here they are, along with a few other odds and ends I've been sewing up. Enjoy! :-)

Small Pleated Tote Bag for N.G.

Crayon Rolls for G.H.

Baby Doll Diaper Bags & Changing Pads for G.H.

Deluxe Coloring Caddies for G.H.

Baby Doll Diapers for G.H.

Mei Tai Baby Doll Carriers for G.H.

Large Velcro Pouch for L.S.

Deluxe Coloring Caddies for G.H.

Deluxe Coloring Caddies for G.H.

Baby Lovey for L.K.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Photography Changes

Hi friends,

I just wanted to let you know that I'll be making some changes to my business(es). Hopefully my customers won't notice too much, but this is more for my peace of mind than anything. Last fall I got my new studio all set up and then in some ways, realized I don't love studio photography! And now we're moving to a new house this summer and my studio has to go anyway (sad face).

I decided that having my sewing and photography gigs along with everything I do around here for my family feels like too much at times. I do love taking portraits but I think I'm going to scale it back a bit. I will still take pictures occasionally but really I don't want to worry about marketing or advertising.

So I'm just basically going back to the roots of Mom-Made where I started off in my sewing room creating things that made me and others happy, and I'm going to stick with that. I want to focus on my new and continuing partnerships with The Gingerbread House and girl Friday, and go back to the original Mom-Made brand when it was just a sewing shop. You can expect to see those changes reflected here on the blog soon.

I know that this may mean I don't get many photography bookings, and I'm ok with that. I'm trying to find a better balance with it all. But I'm not giving it up entirely, and actually have a ton of great props that I haven't even had the chance to use yet! Plus a soon-to-be country home with so many great photo ops. I would just like to think of photography more as a fun hobby again and not stress about it at all.

I hope that makes sense, and I haven't let any of my customers down. I will try not to turn anyone away who still wants pictures, but if it gets too busy or crazy around here then I may have to. FYI, if you're already on my calendar then there is no need to worry!

Thanks again for your amazing support through these past few years! XOXO



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Monday, April 7, 2014

New Retailer: The Gingerbread House

Well, I let the cat out of the bag on Facebook recently, and it was about time I blogged about it!

The Gingerbread House toy store, a Mom-Made retailer

In addition to girl Friday, I am now selling my handmade items at the COOLEST toy store in the area! Yes, that's right - I'm talking about The Gingerbread House! Located in Bloomington, they carry a huge variety of unique, high quality fun and educational toys that you just can't find at big box toy stores. The new owners are wonderful, and I happen to know a couple gals who work there as well. They just keep improving their selection, and the customer service is top notch as well. Check out all the services they offer! I really just can't say enough good things about this store! It's my go-to stop for birthday and Christmas gifts, for sure.

And now, they're carrying Mom-Made items! We've started off with crayon rolls and deluxe coloring caddies in the arts and crafts room.




In addition, there are Mom-Made baby doll diaper bags, changing pads, diapers, and mei tai carriers in the doll adoption center, located in the building adjacent to the main Gingerbread House building.






I have a feeling this is going to be a great venture, and a step in the right direction for Mom-Made. I'm thankful to my customers and the wonderful staff at the Gingerbread House for supporting my little home business.

And seriously, stop by the Gingerbread House if you're in the area. It's quite a gem in our community!

Look at that adorable doll nursery!

The Gingerbread House
603 S. Hannah St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
(309) 827-8811

Store Hours

Monday-Wednesday, Friday: 10AM - 6PM
Thursday: 10AM - 8PM
Saturday: 10AM - 5PM

Have a great week!



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