Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What is Success?

I picked up this book at a local bookstore about a month or so ago on a whim and honestly I love it. I'm not usually much for inspirational sayings or verses but at the time I figured I needed to start looking to see the positive in situations and this book has helped along the way. I also enjoy this book because it is not religion based and therefore I feel it may appeal and reach more people. Yesterdays reading(which I read this morinng-a little behind here) was about success and it really resonated with me.

It started with this quote...."Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value." Albert Einstein...and I'm sure he meant women too :)

Then it goes on .....the real heroes of our world are the soldiers, firefighters, police officers, businesspeople, teachers, parents, and others who safeguard or improve our communities everyday....

So true

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


So I'm been a little behind in my posts this week-big surprise I know....but I've been busy-it's a good busy though and I'm pretty happy about it so all is good. Since I need to share something this week I thought I'd share this AMAZING giveaway over at Tatertots & Jello(although even mentioning it will decrease my odds of winning-it's ok It's too great not to mention).

Giveaway Monday — $200 to Gussy Sews!!

Click to go to the giveaway enter(just promise me you'll buy me something pretty if you win-thanks!)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Schedule is now up...

So I finally put up the fall class schedule-thanks for hounding me about it everyone! I'm hoping to add more classes as the weeks go on, but this is the core set for now.

Sign Up Now to reserve your spot!

Have a great weekend everyone-I'll be spending time at the store, working on custom orders and enjoying the fall weather with the fam....oh and football to-can't forget the Pack.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hmmm...What to do

I had a customer order fabric from another seller and send it to me to have curtains made. The wrong fabric was sent but I've fallen in love with it and ended up purchasing it for the what to do with it.....I've also been working on some other custom projects that are turning out great-I'm waiting until the customers get to see them first before posting.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Why I Shouldn't Play With Guns

Glue guns that is...don't worry I don't touch the other kind either...certified tree hugger right here. Anyways, apparently a variety of custom commissions and cutting fat quarters for the Bash this weekend wasn't enough for me to do so I decided to start on another project as well. I'm totally into the fall spirit already-incase you haven't been reading my last few posts :) I wanted to whip up a new wreath for our door and at the same time make a few to take to the Bash with me. Well I have a few down and am working on a few more tomorrow, but my poor finger paid the price. Seriously why does hot glue have to be so hot! It was a fun project though and I got to break out some of the woolfelt.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Getting Ready for Fall

Well in true Wisconsin fashion it went from 80+ degrees Monday to complete fall like weather yesterday and today. Honestly though you will not hear me complain-I LOOOOOOOVE fall, the weather, apple picking, pumpkins, leaves, windows open, hot coffee-yeah I'm a sucker for fall. I made a treasury yesterday with some etsy favs and it got me thinking that I think I might take up a new fall hobby....really like I need one, but this needlework/embroidery/whatever it is craze has me intrigued.

These are some of the projects I'm digging.....

Source: via Danielle on Pinterest

Fall Feelings

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ditching the Furniture Store Basic

We purchased a new couch on an impulse around last Thanksgiving...we were in a hurry to meet people for dinner and Ethan was pretty much done with being there and then the salesman told me I had to pick pillow fabric...normally I'd love that but given the circumstances and the fabric choices I was a bit bummed. We picked this tree branch fabric because we like the print, but the material was horrible and when we got it home it just didn't fit. Well I finally got around to the pillows and went with a couple of Chevron fabrics that complement the other colors we have in the room. Funny how such a small change just brings a smile to my face.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

It's Back for Round Two

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I finally have a date pinned down for the Craft Supply and Fabric Swap.....Sunday October 9th 3pm-5pm.

So here's what you need to do if you want to participate....bring in atleast one plastic grocery full bag of craft supplies and/or fabric by October 1st. If you are bringing multiple bags, please call to give me a heads up as I will need to quickly go thru the bags to make sure they are items that people will use. (don't worry almost everything brought last October was useable!)

Just a friendly reminder:

Do Not Include: Dirty, Stained or damaged items, hazardous items etc. Please use your best judgement.

Light refreshments will be served. And just like last year...all leftover items will be donated.

For every bag you bring you will receive a ticket-bring the ticket to the swap to exchange for a bag to fill, you will get a bag for each ticket.

We had some great stuff last time and I can't wait to see what everyone brings this time.

Couple of new arrivals

These just came in this past week...unfortunately you won't be able to see them in person today-as I had to close the store since the Dr confirmed this morning that all 4 of us have strep throat. I don't want to spread it to my customers since I basically touch/cut everything they buy, so I'll be back and ready to go tomorrow when the meds kick in.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ramping Up Our Bathroom

I'm been on a kick lately to want to keep working on our house...we're on a tight budget though so I'm having to be a bit creative and give items facelifts rather than renovate. Don't worry I won't be talking about all of our crazy and hopefully creative house projects-I'm actually working on a blog debut of Finishing Our Starter House, but I'll let you know when it's ready to go.

Anyways I digress....our downstairs bathroom. It's right off of the kitchen and is the bathroom that our friends and family use. When we moved in it had floral paneling-not since we didn't have the budget to tear it down we did the next best thing...we painted it a chocolate brown. It kind of has an embossed look to it I guess. Anyways I'm trying to do one room at a time and since the bathroom is the smallest-it's first. Here's my plan....

Shower Curtain....Zippy by Premier Prints
Window treatment so cover up the wood blind that I got on sale from Target-totally too small but I was too stubborn to take it back....Robert Kaufman Print

Our Mirror...we just have an oval mirror there right now and am trying to decide if I want to find a oval picture frame and spray paint it or find some seashells or sand dollars or some little knick knacky thing and glue them onto a template to create a frame around the mirror. I'm a little worried about dust with option two-our house was built in 1890 and there is just always the presence of dust with a house that old.

Ok so those are my preliminary thoughts-now I've got to get to work and make some progress. Justin is taking the kids for a bit after I'm down with work so I plan on either working on the bathroom or making choc chip zucchini bread(we have two HUGE zucchinis from our CSA).

Also a big apology to anyone that's come in recently and left thinking I was on drugs....well I was on drugs...tons of cold medicine and I swear it made me loopy and nutso-hopefully this cold heads out of our house soon...really I'm not always that crazy :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day Sale

I can't own a store and not have a Labor Day Sale now can I-NOPE.

Labor Day Sale


Let ME work for YOU this Labor Day

Enjoy 20% off Selected Premier Prints Rod Pocket Curtain Pairs


1. Find the listings on the MadeByDrawstring Etsy Shop for Labor Day Sale Curtains


2. Pick the fabric from one of the 10 fabrics

3. Buy them

Enjoy your weekend off-I'll be hard at work on the sewing machine.

Offer good Thru Sunday Sept 4th

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Branching Out!

So I've always done custom work when asked by customers but I am now excited to announce that I am now offering custom curtains and window treatments via MadeByDrawstring on Etsy. I will be adding more fabrics to the listings in the next few days but almost every fabric I have in the store can be requested for custom curtains. Pricing for 2- 42"x84" Rod Pocket Unlined Panels runs $50-$75. And as an introductory offer you can get 10% off with PROMO CODE "BRANCH".

I am truly excited to start bringing these made items to the shop-I love fabric and I love the way that curtains can totally transform a room. I've had so many people come into my shop and say "I love your fabrics and wish I sewed"....well not you don't have to...I'll do the work for you!

Thank you!