Thursday, June 14, 2012

Disappointed.

I know most of us like to participate in giveaways.  I love the fabulous sew, mama, sew! giveaways days that take place in the spring and winter.  I usually win one item and no matter how small it is, it feels like Christmas when you were a kid - so exciting!  Well, last December I spent hours entering all the giveaways.  I ended up winning one item.  Just one, but it was a good one.  A beautiful jewelry shop on etsy had graciously given away an item of choice from their shop.  I picked out a lovely necklace and eagerly waited for its arrival.  The shipping date came and went and I knew it would arrive any day.  Soon Christmas came and went, but we all know how crazy shipping is around Christmas, so I decided to sit tight for a few more weeks.  Pretty soon it was mid-January and there was nothing.  The end of January, still nothing.  I finally gave in and emailed the shop owner, wondering if perhaps I gave her the wrong address and the necklace was returned.  She emailed me back a few days later saying "Oh no!  I'll look into it!"  Then there was silence.  Months of silence.  Nothing was ever looked "into" there was no response ever given to me, and no necklace ever arrived.  I know that sometimes things happen, life gets in the way...and that is ok.  However, no communication, no explanation of what or why, that just leaves me a little bitter.  

So here's my message:  Don't host a giveaway if you can't keep your end of the deal.  That is just ridiculous.  If something does happen and you aren't able to ship the item, a simple email letting me know why would have been nice.  Maybe even a credit to your shop could have been a fair trade.  Instead I get silence, and a lie about "looking into it."  

Oh well, there will be plenty more giveaways to enter, I just be sure to pass your shop over in the future.

On a brighter note...here are a few cute pictures to enjoy.  These three make me smile.





xoxo 
crissy 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I did it!

Becoming a mom at a young age put a slight damper on my college dreams and then the years just started slipping by.  I felt like I would never be able to return to school.  Finally, in early 2010 I decided to go back and finish the last two years of my undergraduate degree.  Two months after applying and being accepted, I found out we were expecting a baby in January of 2011.  Hmmm, that put a little bit of a kink in my school plans, but I stuck with it anyway...and I am so thankful that I did!  Getting that diploma this last Sunday was such an incredible sense of accomplishment, I am SO proud!  Being a mom of three little kids and going to school was not easy.  I lost quite a bit of sleep, was pretty crabby at times, and usually pretty stressed out.  I am very lucky to have such great support from my family, especially my husband.  Without their help I wouldn't have managed to get a 3.93, write an honors thesis, and complete two research studies!  I have learned SO much since I started and I so thankful for the opportunity that I was given.  Who knows?  Maybe I'll even go back for a PhD! 



xoxo
crissy

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Featured!

My favorite pattern maker featured me on her blog today!  Liesl, from oliver + s, liked my ombre ice cream dress and gave it a shout out on her blog.  I was more than delighted!  Check it out!


xoxo
crissy

Monday, June 4, 2012

yet another!

I finished this in March, and am just now blogging about it.  Ha.  This time it is the oliver + s tea party sundress!  This pattern was the first oliver + s pattern that I saw.  I couldn't justify spending the money on the pattern at that time since it was only offered for birth-24m and miss L was already in a 12-18 mo, so I bought another pattern and decided to wait on this one.  Of course it was out of print by the time she was big enough for a 2T.  So sad!  As soon as a digital copy was offered I snatched one up in a 2T-5.

This was a serious stash buster, the lavender was left over from these dresses, and I didn't have enough of the gray fabric to match up the pattern on the bottom half of the dress, I hope nobody notices that.  :)

I love the hem facing, even though hand sewing is a total pain-in-the-you-know-what.  The lavender and gray are pretty together, sometimes muted colors are just the way to go.  I've been sewing with muted colors quite a bit lately, which isn't my norm.  I have some super bright fabrics lined up for the next few dresses, can't wait to start on them!  If I can just make it through this week (finals week), then I can dust off my sewing machine and start creating again.

xoxo
crissy