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Zippers are to me as Kryptonite is to Superman. So far.

Well, for me, it was a rather difficult and disappointing Thanksgiving break in regards to my advancement for Lilly Ella Collections.

After sorting out a few kinks in my process, I’m back at pushing towards my new deadline I’ve set for myself. By December 25th, I plan on having items listed in my shop– — and I’m about a third of the way there.

I’ve decided that frustration will not overtake me. Some things I have struggled with are pretty major in regards to the whole outlook for the shop.

First and foremost, the Pfaff and I were instant enemies. Right from the beginning, it was a rough start. I did a few practice stitches after setting up the machine, and everything seemed to be fine–on the surface. I felt comfortable enough to begin sewing on my beautiful fabric I raved about in the previous post, but no sooner than I went about an inch, it began tearing through it faster than I could even realize it was swallowing it down by the bobbin! After fumbling with the bobbin, the needle, the settings, and pretty much everything else I could think of, I was near meltdown mode. I enlisted the help of my sweetheart husband, even though he has no experience with sewing machines, and we tried for about two hours with no avail. Penelope knows exactly how to express how I felt: Eventually I decided that my grandmother (who owns the Pfaff) would know better how to fix it or what was wrong. I returned it. So, I was sewing machine-less again. But only for a day.

My sister-in-law kindly lent me her Brother CS-6000i, which was still in the box brand new. I got the honor of opening it up and making the first stitch. And it works great! I love it so much I’ve added one of my own to my Christmas list, which is very long, by the way, ever since I discovered Etsy.

The beauty herself (and you can pretty much see my entire “studio” aka the kitchen table)! So, to continue on with my sob story of frustration. I’ll make it quick and painless for you, don’t worry. I wouldn’t want to put anyone through the simply infuriating sensation that the next topic has brought upon me. Zippers. Simply said, I pretty much suck at them. In all the sewing lessons of the past, they have never been included. And they should have been. I have really tried, grumbled, ripped seams, tried, grumbled, ripped seams, and tried again. The end product is merely acceptable at this point, and until I can get some more practice, they won’t be included in my designs.

But on the upside, I really did learn at lot in the past week. And I have become reacquainted with the sewing machine, and I have developed a solid design for a 16 X 16 pillow. Now that mostly everything has worked itself out, I feel like I may be pretty much unstoppable.

Look out world.


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Holy inspiration!

So, Friday (yesterday,) I had the day off. I had big plans for yesterday. Big ones. Most didn’t happen. Yes, I did do an online post for my philosophy class, but the 200+ pages that were to be read of Thomas Hardy? Nope. The compelling question essay for ENGL 4580? Nope.

But, I would like to think I did some hardcore researching for Lilly Ella Collections. This research consists of browsing Etsy, and eventually getting distracted by other blogs that branch from their blog. (Blogs are awesome. Mine’s not, yet, anyways…working on it). However random and time-wasting this may seem, I actually benefited greatly from it.

First and foremost, I discovered:

1. Fancy Tiger!

Fancy Tiger is a local craft and fabric shop off Ellsworth and Broadway and in short, is mindblowingly amazing. I love the feel of this shop! Their fabric collection is absolutely amazing, and I just feel so inspired by the whole idea of this shop. Here is a sneak peak of some fabric I got:

I'm in love. Period.

Ryan and I made a quick trip down there, and my only regret is that we didn’t have enough time to spend there! I have a feeling I will become increasingly acquainted with this glorious treasure very soon!

Now for the other benefits of my web-surfing.

2. Wholesale opportunities.

I have looked into some wholesale outlets for organic hand dyed fabrics, because I think there is more of a possibility for profit for Lilly Ella Collections if I buy wholesale. Plus, I found some more mindblowingly  beautiful fabrics. More to come on this later.

Last and not least:

3. Inspiration.

Through my browsing and shopping, I have developed at least three new designs for pillows! Woo Hoo! It is easy to be creative when the mind is introduced to so many creative ideas and places!

All in all, my seemingly unaccomplished day (in terms of un-fun stuff) really transformed into a rewarding day for Lilly Ella Collections.

Now I just need to get my hands on that sewing machine before my mind explodes from all these ideas!

See you soon!

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Slowly…but surely.


First and foremost, thank you so much for being a part of this process with me. I have recently started the process of opening a shop on, where I am planning on creating housewares.

Since I was 11, I have been sewing different things, all thanks to my wonderful grandma. She has an unspeakable talent for sewing, and she has probably made about 10 quilts (totally complete) and I am pretty sure she has over 50 started, and 30 planned (give or take a few :)). She has taught me everything I know. I was very active in 4-H, where I developed my passion for creating things. I did Decorate Your Duds, and Heritage Arts (Quilting), and was fairly successful at it. Now, I want to turn that passion into something that I can share with everyone.

I’m going to start with decorative pillows. As of right now, I do not have a sewing machine, which presents a bit of a dilemma. Hand sewing is an option, but I definitely do not have the patience or skill to even attempt that. So my wonderful grandma (who I introduced before), is lending me a metal Pfaff, that she said is probably 40 years old. This is perfect for me! A good, solid, proven machine is just what I need to get this started. Hopefully I will be getting this by next Wednesday.

So until then, I have just begun the initiating phase of Lilly Ella Collections. I have this blog (which I am blindly groping my way through, bare with me), and I have created my shop on Etsy. I have put the final touches on my shop policies, and I have started to get some of my designs for pillows down on paper.

As for the design of my shop, I attempted this for about four hours to get my banner and avatar set. This was a nightmare for me! I was certainly not blessed with that artistic talent, and I am planning on reaching out to a very talented graphic artist to help me out with this. Hopefully it can really help illustrate what my brand and design is all about.


For one of my Decorate Your Duds projects when I was younger involved origami fabric flowers, and I really want to incorporate some of those in my designs. I have included an image of some of them that I have started above.

One of the long-term goals I have set for Lilly Ella Collections, is to become completely ecofriendly. I want to incorporate organic fabrics, and even want to make my shipping materials have the least amount of impact on the environment. Sustainability is really something to strive for, and I want to do my part in that goal.

So far, everything is coming on slowly…but surely. I want to make sure everything is done right the first time. I am passionate about meeting my goals and exceeding them, and I’m so glad you’re here to see it and support it. It means so much!

A perk of following me along in this journey (besides the obvious ones for me, knowing I have some support) is that there will be opportunity for you to save on purchases with Lilly Ella Collections. So please look forward to that.

That is basically it…for now. Stay posted for more development, and thanks for being here!

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