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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

As Seen on MakesMomHappy.com !!!

Amy did a wonderful job with the TotRags review on Friday - you can see it here:

Her reviews are very informative and the products she chooses are great! Go show here some luv!

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

A TotRags Equation

(or any combination of TotRags Bibs & Burp Cloths)

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The perfect gift.



No wrapping needed!

And after it's gift wrap, it's the perfect DipeWipe Clutch.

Check out the Happy Mom's review here!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

2nd TotRags May Giveaway Winner is...



Hailey Lyn


You will receive a $15 TotRags Gift Certificate! You certificate will be emailed to you and you can redeem it in the TotRags Etsy shop.

Thanks to everyone who is participating in the giveaways! REMEMBER - your name will stay in the twice monthly drawings until you win - And if you want to boost your odds, email your friends about the giveaway or post to your blog, just remember to CC me in the email!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Materials In-Stock & Custom Ordering

I can't seem to get rid of the white space between this paragraph and the next. I'm a seamstress, not an HTML guru. So I guess enjoy it. They say white space is a powerful tool.



I've made things a bit easier around here. There are two new links on the site where you can see the materials I have In-Stock at any given time. This is great for custom ordering!

Go here: Click Here and then click on the two material links in the center of the page under the header "To Place a Custom Order".

Then just email or convo me on Etsy with your wishes and I'll set up a RESERVE listing for you. Your item will typically ship within 3 business days after payment received.







Thanks for all of your support!

(If you've purchased an item or have been one of the lucky GIVEAWAY winners and have not yet sent me your feedback either via email or one Etsy, please do so. I LIKE IT, I LOVE IT, I WANT SOME MORE OF IT.)


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New DipeWipe clutches AVAILABLE!

I swear they just keep getting cuter with every new one I sew.
These will be in the shop by the end of the week and are available for custom orders!





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Big News!

TotRags has been noticed! Amy at MakesMomHappy.com was looking for a small diaper carrier that would give her more mobility and not be so bulky like a diaper bag. AND SHE CHOSE THE TOTRAGS DipeWipe CLUTCH!!! She will be posting her review of the clutch and bibs sometime in the short future. I'll keep you posted on the exact date as soon as I know.

In the meantime - make sure you go over to MakesMomHappy.com to see what all the buzz is about and tell her how cute the new design of her site is. She does fantastic reviews of items that make your life as a parent easier - and there's certainly no harm in that!

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Friday, May 15, 2009

$15.00 in free TotRags Product!

Hey Everyone. I've made a slight change to the twice monthly giveaways. Instead of sending you !the winner! finished product, I am giving away a $15.00 Gift Certificate which my be used on any TotRags merchandise in the TotRags Etsy Shop! or custom orders.

Other than that, everything else is the same:
To Enter to Win, click here
Then sit back and wait till you win!

Drawings occur on the 5th and 20th of each month.

Your entries will stay in the drawing until you win. To boost your odds, enter more than one way. There is no limit to the number of times you can get your name in, so go ahead and boost your odds!

Happy May Everyone!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

TotRags $5.00 / 20 COUPON


As a way to thank my customers, I am for an undertermined length of time, sending out a $5.00 coupon to all of my Etsy orders. Coupon is good on your next purchase of $20.00 or more! As always, custom orders are of course included.

Thanks for your support!

On being creative...

A friend of mine told me yesterday that she does not have a creative bone in her body. Funny thing is - when you walk into her home, you feel very calm and at ease. She has a wonderful decorating sense. Her walls are beautifully sponge painted. Her kitchen cabinetry, though 23 years old, has been completely transformed into something that looks new and trendy - by her hands. And her home is not in any way cluttered - just the right amount of decor. I told her she was dead wrong about her personal assessment. We are all creative in our own ways - that's the wonder of God - we are his greatest creation. To deny our own creativity would be like ignoring the parts of ourselves that God so cleverly crafted.

The other day I read this wonderful post over at Soule Mama and it reminded me of when I really started to go my creative route. I have always loved working with material - ALWAYS. I made my own Barbie clothing when I was 8. I bought thrifted dresses and re-constructed them for my high school proms. I've been making my own curtains since my teen years. And every now and then I sit down and draw up what is floating around in my head (though I won't share those with you cause well, my sketches tend to fall a little into the "chicken scratch" category) Now I sew almost daily - it's like an itch that I cannot scratch hard enough. While I was searching deep for an old picture of my huge pregnant belly to grace the Mother's Day post on my other blog today - I ran accross some other pictures of creative projects from my past. I thought it would be fun to share the stories behind some of those projects. Hope you Enjoy these three little stories - and that your Mother's day is SWEETLY (Pillsbury dough-like) GRAND!

The quilt I painstakinly put together for my -before he was my husband- husband for him to remember the time he spent in the beautiful country of Venezuela. If you can't tell what the picture on the quilt is, well - try stickinng that creative bone of yours out just a little bit more...and maybe put a Pina Colada in your hand. Sadly, these 3000+ squares are no longer with us. Just because I am creative does not mean that I always exercise common sense...but that's another story.

In college, one of my roomates had this awesome huge American Flag framed print that we hung in the dining room of our shared townhome. So I made some totally crazy American Pride (can't even call them drapes) drapes and seat cushions. Still LOOking for a picture of that...but a few years later, I still had a lot of the red-white-blue material, so I figured, why not? And came up with this very unique bathroom on-a-budget look.


My wedding gown had a very unique look to it. I always wanted to make my own wedding gown - but the cards did not fall that way. So I found a gown that truly matched my personality. The lace was definitely not typical- just like me. I wanted to wear something in my hair other than my veil, but did not want a crystal or pearled Tiara and wasn't happy with anything I found in the stores. So I crafted my own hairpiece and (with the help of my wonderful MIL) veil to match the gown. It wasn't perfect but I loved how it turned out and it's the one piece from our wedding that I hope to keep forever.

I'd love to read or hear your creative memories - leave me a comment with a link to your post!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

May 5th Giveaway Winner is...



ASHLEY OWENS


You are the winner of the May 5th Giveaway and will receive a $15 TotRags Gift Certificate! You certificate will be emailed to you and you can redeem it in the TotRags Etsy shop.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! REMEMBER - your name will stay in the twice monthly drawings until you win - And if you want to boost your odds, tell your friends about the giveaway or post to your blog, just remember to CC me in the email!

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http://www.totrags.etsy.com
http://www.totrags.blogspot.com

TotRags in action

Kelli, Haley and Hilary (and Marie), please forgive me for stealing these pics off of your sites, but you all look so fantastic in them that I felt you should look fantastic over here too!

Thanks Kelli for your feedback on your Dipe/Wipe Clutch:
"I absolutely LOVE the diaper clutch! I am a busy mom with 2 small boys and it is great to not have to carry a big diaper bag anymore. I can just grab the diaper clutch with a few diapers and enough wipes to cover any messes they may create and be off. The handle is perfect and allows me to keep my hands free and also provides something fun for my 3 year old to hold onto when he wants more control then holding mom’s hand again. I’m already thinking of getting one for each of them so that they can carry their own toys and cup to the car and back. They love having the responsibility for something of their own."

Hilary and Haley with their handsome new nephew Ty. (Is that a TotRag on your shoulder? Why yes, I'm quite sure it is!)
So sorry for the lack of updates lately - I know you've all been wanting to know what's new. I've had a lot on my plate...family, travel, juggling schedules, career, cooking, and working out.

I haven't forgotten about you - in fact, I've felt very much out of touch by not updating anything here. Here is some news: I've almost got all of my fabric inventory photographed and catalogued. This will make it easier for you to make custom orders. WATCH for an update on that soon to come.

If you're interested, you can see what's literally been on my dinner plate at my other blog here. There's some great money saving shopping information and some new recipes in the Experimental Kitchen.