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THREE Handmade Holiday Sales

Hi there friends! Are you stuffed to the brim with Thanksgiving goodness? Now it’s time to burn it all off with some holiday shopping and/or sewing! I have 3 Handmade Holiday Sales to share with you so here goes! (This post contains affiliate links)

1. From now till December 15th I will be offering
Free Shipping
in my shop on all ready-to-ship items!

JaimeSews | Handmade Children's Clothing & Quilts

2. A new sale I just heard about is going on at Blank Slate Patterns. Their patterns, usually $7.95 each are on sale today only for 2 for $10!

Blank Slate Patter Black Friday Sale

Believe me, you are not going to have a hard time finding two to purchase! I used the Coastal Cargos pattern to make pants for a Fall Clothing Swap and loved them so much, I had to make another pair for my son. Great fit and great instructions. I picked up a few patterns I have been eyeing!

Blank Slate Patterns Coastal Cargos | JaimeSews

3. Lastly, I want to remind you about the Peek-A-Boo pattern sale going on now through Midnight tomorrow! Just click the picture below to start shoping!

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop Holiday Sale!

Wednesday I showed you my son’s Downton Duffle Coat made with one of the newer Peek-a-boo Patterns. Today I’m going to show you my daughter’s Hang Out Hoodie made from a soft pink knit and a black slub knit I pulled from my stash. Pardon the mismatched outfit – it was a good!-you’re-up-from-your-nap-now-try-this-on moment, also as evidenced by her sleepy-face. 🙂 This pattern went together in a flash. It’s comfy and easy to wear – no screaming from the child when I put it on her so you know that’s a bonus!

Hangout Hoodie | JaimeSews And don’t forget that the Happy Camper Pattern I used to make my son’s Super Hero Happy Camper Jacket is ALSO a Peek-A-Boo Pattern!

Super Happy Camper | JaimeSews

So have some fun shopping this weekend and I’ll see you Monday!

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OK Craft Fair in Review

Well I survived! And had a great time! This past weekend I was honored to be included in a 50+ vendor craft fair. Unfortunately, I only got one, partial, bad, cell phone photo of my booth:

JaimeSews Craft Fair Booth

And I didn’t even get the part with the Dress Up Station housing all my clothes! For shame! I wanted to share with you some of the items that I didn’t have a chance to post to my Etsy Shop, and let you know what’s still available if you’d like to get some handmade Christmas gifts for anyone on your list.

As you can see, front and center in my booth photo, I had a great time making 6 different Pajama Eaters (Pattern by Sew Fearless). The first to go was the Super PJ Eater:

Super PJ Eater | JaimeSews

Then the Airplane Eater (not pictured) and the Cowboy Eater were next:

Cowboy PJ Eater | JaimeSews

A little girl and her family came and snatched up the Collage PJ Eater with a bow:

excuse the TERRIBLE picture
excuse the TERRIBLE picture

I still have one available I hope to post to the shop this week.

Another item I have available is the Winter Holidays Lucy Tunic, available in sizes 12-18 months and 4T here in my shop. This 100% reversible tunic has classic in design, but is made modern with whimsical Christmas and Valentine’s prints. Both sides feature in-seam pockets and pleated cap sleeves. Buy a Christmas Tunic and you have Valentine’s covered too! Works great with a long sleeved shirt and jeans – comfy and festive.

Christmas Lucy Tunic | JaimeSews Valentine's Lucy Tunic | JaimeSewsHoliday Lucy Tunic | JaimeSewsHoliday Lucy Tunic | JaimeSews

Thanks to everyone who came by my booth to say hi – it really encouraged me to see some familiar faces! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving – there is so, so much to be thankful for! We’ll see you next week!

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Olive Knolls Craft Fair

Olive Knolls Craft Fair

Every Saturday before Thanksgiving there is a 50+ vendor Craft Fair at Olive Knolls Church in Bakersfield, CA. It is by far one of the best craft fairs (if not the best) in town and if you follow me on facebook or instagram, you know I’ve been sewing like a crazy woman in preparation! Unfortunately, due to my sewing frenzy, I don’t have any better pictures than the few ipad pics I’ve snapped, so definitely plan to come on out to see it all in person! It’s at 6201 Fruitvale Ave from 8am – 2pm complete with pancake breakfast and/or soup or salad lunch (to benefit the school’s Washington DC trip) and a coffee bar (to benefit Olive Knolls Women’s Retreat)! Here’s what I’ve been working on:

To go along with the Super Happy Camper, I made a new pair of Coastal Cargos.

Coastal Cargos | JaimeSews

Here are a few pajama eaters, with hopes to make a few more this week

Pajama Eaters | JaimeSews Pajama Eaters | JaimeSews

Some Christmas Table Runners (In addition to the one in my shop)

Christmas Table Runner | JaimeSews Christmas Table Runner | JaimeSews

The Lucy Tunic (pattern by ShwinDesigns) in sizes 12 months to size 5. This pic shows it unfinished, but the Lucy Tunic is reversible with this Christmas Print on one side and a Valentine’s Print on the other – two shirts in one!

Lucy Tunic | JaimeSews

And fresh off the Longarm, a Batik Friendship Star Quilt

Batik Friendship Star Quilt | JaimeSews

With a minky backingBatik Friendship Star Quilt | JaimeSews

These are just the newest items I’ve been working on. I’ll also be bringing everything now active in my Etsy Shop and I’m so excited to be sharing a booth with Sarah Botts from Peanut Button. I will have special prices just for the craft fair so you won’t want to miss it!! Even part of my display will be up for grabs!

JaimeSews
Craftiness Is Not Optional’s Dress Up Storage

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

I know I just posted about Christmas and stockings, but I skipped Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is weird here in CA because you want the feeling of fall, but the CA weather doesn’t always cooperate. Halloween is generally warm, and between the end of October and the end of November, there can be some cold weather, but we always seem to have a warming trend the week of Thanksgiving and that usually bums me out. I like cold weather, and while I’m in a house full of people, family and friends, I’d like it to be cold outside and warm inside. But that’s just me…

We usually head two hours north for a main meal with my husband’s family, though we won’t this year, and then drop in on some other family while we’re in town. With all the step families and in-laws, my mom has claimed the Friday after Thanksgiving for just “us”. One of the things mom does is, after the prayer and while we begin to eat, we must go around the table and name one thing we’re thankful for. Mom, sissy and I always cry. hahaha!

We’re kind of sad this year because our family dynamics have changed – divorces and weddings and new babies have moved some people out of town, added new family obligations, make it hard to travel, etc. So now that I have a new family, I’m feeling some sense of new found responsibility (not in the negative sense) to make new traditions for the three of us.

One idea I heard (I forget where) was to write thank you notes to everyone who attends the meal, thanking them for who they are and how they’ve impacted your life in the past year. When I think of traditions, I sometimes think it must be burdensome, or grandiose, but this is one tradition I think I could handle! As the years go on, I hope to add other traditions that help to make the holidays more meaningful, that teach my son to be truly thankful and that foster fond memories of the holidays throughout the years.

What about you? What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

(Card Pictured is from fellow Etsyblogger, macaroniandglue)

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