Crazy [hair] week

WOW, I can't believe I've gone so long without blogging! This is quite unlike me. But I have a good excuse: I've been incredibly busy (and have some pictures to prove it!)

Last week was an eventful one for us. We went LIVE with our new website and within minutes of the announcement the sign-ups and orders started rolling in. We are so thrilled and thankful for the warm response our MODKID sewing patterns are getting.

I worked tirelessly managing orders all week and finishing up the editing on the patterns. A special thanks (with lots of hugs & kisses) to all my pattern testers for your hard work and dedication. I seriously couldn't have done this without you girls (and I will dedicate an upcoming post to the beautiful pieces you created.)

But it wasn't all work and no play last week. We had some fun moments too. On Thursday Sydney had "crazy hair day" at school so we had to get up extra early that morning to prepare this wacky concoction on top of her head:

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Don't ask me where my focus was that morning. It was 7 am when I took this next picture and I am NOT a morning person.

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On Friday, the girls helped me pick fabric and trims for a new pillow for their cousin, Asja, who turns 9 today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ASJA! I think this turned out so sweet! We used a baby wale cord that I had bought ages ago at Joann's and paired it up with two of my new aqua Andalucia jacquard ribbons, the Aqua Mod Dots and the Aqua Mod Blooms. Check it out:

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We were also visited by UPS, FedEx and the mailman quite often last week, which was a fun distraction for sure. Among the packages we received was this sweet gift from my pal, Paula. I absolutely love the frames and immediately found the perfect pictures to put in them. Thanks, Paula!!

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I also received a gorgeous print I purchased on Etsy a couple of weeks ago from an outstanding Canadian dollmaker. I fell in love with this doll the minute I saw her (I admit, it was mostly because I thought the resemblance to my Sophie was uncanny) but since I couldn't afford the price tag on the doll, I convoed the seller and asked if she could make me an 8" x 10 " print of Lulu. She agreed and here she is. She was sweet enough to send me a smaller print of a different doll that kinda looks like Sydney, so I can't wait to frame these and put them up in my office...

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And last, but certainly not least, I received some Mezzanine restrikes from Michael Miller. These are just the ones that went back to the mill for color tweaks & such. There's more where this came from but I just wanted to give you another little sneak... (a full reveal is still in the works.)

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PHEW, so that was last week! This week it's been all about patterns. I sent the electronic files to my print vendor on Monday and proofs came back yesterday. I told them I wanted to be involved in every little step of the process and approve every inch before going on press, to which they said they were actually thrilled about. Apparently they encounter a lot more mistakes on press when the customer doesn't take such an active role in the approval process... works for me!

Here are the proofs I received. They were absolutely flawless! The color was so brilliant... not a stitch (oh, wait... pixel?) out of place!

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The pattern sheet proofs looked awesome too. I actually got a tad teary eyed when I saw them all spread out like this. I felt like I had given birth all over again! LOL!

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I also received some folded mock-ups to check for page placement & such.

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I'm scheduled to go in for a press check later on this week and I absolutely cannot wait! I wonder if they'll let me take a camera into the press room? This is old school for me. Back in the day, when I worked in the marketing field down in FL, I did hundreds of press checks, some of them at 3 a.m. (wearing my flannel PJ bottoms and coffee in hand!) So I know exactly what sort of things to look for. I have my lupe ready! :)

27 comments:

  1. congratulations, patty ... all your hard work is definitely paying off! You should be proud!

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  2. Hooray! That IS an eventful week. I saw that dollmaker feature on Etsy too! hope you can finally get some sleep now...

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  3. When I first heard the name of the new line ( Mezzanine ), wrought iron gates came to mind. I see that in the fabric!

    Very nice, Patty!

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  4. Wonderful! Little did you realize what you were really training for while working in FL!

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  5. Annie4:09 PM

    Fabulous! The fabric, the patterns and all your little goodies! You are so talented! And, yes, get some rest, woman!

    Annie

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  6. YES!!!!!! You are so awesome! I'm so so so excited that you posted Messanine, any ideas when we can start seeing it in shop?! So so so so excited!!! eee!!!

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  7. Congratulations Patty!! Its really exciting to see how things are coming together for you. I cant wait to see more of the new fabric line.

    Karin

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  8. Oh, I love the new line! Fabulous!

    The patterns are adorable and I can't wait to see them up close. My daughter is really excited about getting one of those adorable aprons!

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  9. Awwww... thank you all for your support through all this. It has been a long and tumultuous journey but I cannot wait to see what's at the other end! :)

    patty

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  10. How long do I have to wait until I can get some of that gorgeous Mezzanine in my hands? I think you must have designed it especially for me!!!

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  11. wow girl you have been so bussy, I enjoyed reading all your post, so many cute things and the new line of fabric looks just amazing. Also very happy for the patterns comming I already preorder some at my quilt shop. Cheers
    Erika

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  12. wow...what a week! love your pics...your life is beautiful! =)

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  13. Emma, they should be available for pre-order right now at several online fabric stores. I'm trying to get a list of retailers together so I can post it. Otherwise, the patterns will be here in less than 2 weeks and as soon as all the wholesale orders are out the door I will open the website up for retail shopping! :)

    Erika, so glad you were able to pre-order locally! YAY!

    Love, thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Your life is beautiful as well. :)

    patty

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  14. I'm so excited about your patterns and can't wait to get them here! Sounds like last week was busy, but fun!

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  15. Congratulations on all your success Patty! Your Mezzanine line looks like it's going to be SO AWESOME!! Can't wait to get some of that and start sewing. And the patterns.... oooh! ~Lori

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  16. Girl, you totally need a vacation after all this work!

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  17. Wow! I love your fabrics! And your patterns! I'm thinking about buying them, but my string bean of a daughter is a size 10 (just turned 8 on Sunday.)

    Would it be easy for me to resize your patterns in length? She is a 7/8 in width, she's just l.o.n.g.!

    :o) I'm loving that fabric!

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  18. Amy Lu, thanks for the question. If your dd wears a size 7/8 in width you'll have no problem adjusting the length on FRIDA or KYOKO to fit her height. FRIDA actually comes with instructions on how to add length to the skirt and KYOKO comes with a guide for cutting the stripwork panels that can be easily modified by adding a few inches to the bottom to accommodate her height. EMMA might be a bit trickier because of the rounded petals, but it is still doable if you know your way around a pattern, LOL!

    If you ever have any questions on these at all don't hesitate to contact me. :)

    patty

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  19. i LOVE the sneak peek of the new fabric! I can't wait to get some!!!! I can already tell that it is going to be HUGELY popular.

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  20. Congrats Patty. Your patterns are wonderful!

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  21. TOTALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY blown away by everything you are accomplishing. I wish I could shadow you for 2 weeks. Can I come to Illinois? Love Syd's crazy hair and the patterns look fantastic-what a ton of work you have done. Hoping to see you in Pittsburgh on Saturday ;)

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  22. I love everything in this post..I am tired just reading it!:) You are fantastic Patty and right in your niche.
    Congrats on the new line and beautiful website. See you in May!
    ~Ronda

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  23. Congratulations! I just discovered your site and everything is amazing! I love it and can't wait to explore more!

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  24. Yay! I am so excited about the patterns--and about Mezzanine! Keep it cracking!

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  25. So so sooooo soooooooooo proud of you Patty! Every time I think about you I get all giddy. You're living your dream and I admire that so much.

    XOXO sweet friend!

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  26. hello patty. Im José from argentina. Just some brief lines to let you know how impressed I am by the work you do. Congratulations.

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  27. I saw your fabrics in person yesterday, and if it's possible those colors are even more saturated in the flesh than they are on my computer screen. Absolutely Gorge! Can't wait to see the new stuff too.

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