Monday, August 1, 2011

Pattern testing....

Have I mentioned before I love to test patterns? Well, I do!! I've been doing a lot of testing for Ellie Inspired, so I thought I would share some of my creations with you.....picture heavy!!

Here are 4 of the patterns I have tested for Ellie Inspired....soon to be released!! You can find Ellie Inspired on facebook too!!

This is one of my favorite!!


I did a rolled edge on the sleeves, neckline and the bottom of the dress!!

Look at it twirl!!


Pixie Girl

(which I still need to finish the straps and the buttons/buttonholes on the back!!)

Classic Girl

The sun was so bright I couldn't get a good picture this day.....the red corduroy is not as bright as the picture!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Happy Hairbows Auction

Starting tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST the Happy Hairbows Auction begins. It runs from tonight, July 11, through Thursday, July 14 at 9:00 p.m. EST. I have 15 of my favorite things in the auction. Here is a sneak peek at a few of the items in the auction....

Here is the link to the Happy Hairbows Auction album,

Happy bidding!! Lots of cute stuff up for auction!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Outfits for my daughter

Well, I have not been good about blogging the past few months. Life is busy and there just isn't enough time in the day to do it all. Kids are on summer break, so I wouldn't expect me to get too much better the next couple months, but I will try!! :)

The end of May I finished up custom orders and then spent the last week working on clothes for my kiddos. We took a nice long vacation down to Florida the beginning of June and arrived back home around 4:00 a.m. this past Friday.....we drove straight from Florida!! We spent a couple days at Disney, visited with my grandparents and then headed down to Siesta Key Beach (Sarasota, FL) for 5 nights. After being out in the sun all day for 2 days at Disney and not getting burned I expected I wouldn't burn while at the beach....I always underestimate how strong the sun is at the beach and fried my back the first day while in Siesta Key and had to be really careful the rest of vacation not to burn myself any more. :( We still had lots of fun and spent plenty of time in the sun on the beach, in the ocean and at the pool. We stayed at a Hyatt Residence Club and would highly recommend it to anybody! We had a beautiful condo type hotel room. It was about 2000 sq. ft, 2 large bedrooms with king size beds and 3 full baths, full kitchen and eating area and a nice family room, a balcony with access off the family room or the master bedroom. The bedrooms and family room all had flat screen TVs and 2 out of 3 had DVD players. We got it for a great price too!! We found out while down there Siesta Key Beach was rated the number one beach in the United States. If you haven't been, I would highly recommend!! Beautiful white sandy beaches and the waves weren't too rough.

Now onto the outfits. In 5 or 6 days I made 10 outfits for my two kids, plus another embroidered tank for my son. I have pictures of my son's outfits once I take them. The pictures below were taken right before I packed them into the suitcase, but I do hope to have model pictures soon!! I also made a purse and wallet for myself....more to come on that. The purse pattern I drafted at the request of a friend and hope to have it available for sale sometime later this summer, but will be making purses from the pattern starting in July.

All the skirts and the halter dress are made from Ellie Inspired patterns, with some variations on the attached shorts under the skirt. I will be making more from both of these patterns....the next skirts will be double layer skirts and the halter will be a ruffle halter dress.

Skirts are made from the Dancer Skirt pattern.

Berry Sweet embroidery is from here.

Dress is made from the Ruffle Halter Dress pattern.

Capris are made from the Easy Fit Pants Pattern.

Hopefully later this week I'll have pictures of the outfits I made for my son and the purse.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Doll Skirt

As I finish up orders I'm also testing some patterns for a couple different pattern designers. Today I'm sharing with you a skirt from the Simple Ruffle Skirt for 18" dolls by Nicole at Cole's Corner and Creations. This pattern is super simple and goes together in less than 30 minutes. The pattern has not been released yet, but I'll be sure to let you know when it is available. Isn't it cute!! Thanks Nicole for a super quick pattern!! This is Nicole's first pattern, but I hear she is working on more!!

Don't you just love my dolls hair? It is in need of a good brush. At the suggestion of Nicole, I think I'm going to to wash and condition her hair and then "attempt" to comb/brush it out. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!!

Off to water my garden and then finish the other two patterns I'm testing. I'll have pictures to show you the finished products tomorrow. If I'm productive today I'll also have a shopping cart cover and two appliqued shirts to share with you as well!!

Happy Wednesday!!

P.S. Don't forget about the SPECIAL I'm running through tomorrow (or the weekend possibly). All Ready to Ship products are 40% off! Use coupon code 40MAY in my Etsy Shop or comment under the pictures you are interested in on my facebook page. Only products in the Ready to Ship albums qualify for the 40% off.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Limited time offer - 40% ALL Ready to Ship Products

For the next few days I am offering 40% off all Ready to Ship products in my Etsy shop and in the Ready to Ship albums on my facebook page. Use coupon code 40MAY in my Etsy shop or leave a comment under the picture of the product you would like in the facebook Ready to Ship albums:

Ready to Ship
Ready To Ship (hair accessories)
Etsy Shop

You can also e-mail me a link to the picture(s) if there is something you would like to order.

This SPECIAL OFFER will run for at least 2 days, ending no sooner than Friday morning.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Check out Spring Top Week at Made by Rae

Voting started today. There are 5 days of voting....4 groups spread out between 4 days and the 5th day is final vote. The final vote will determine the Best Top Award (Readers Choice)!! Check back each day and vote for your favorite top!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Christening Outfit and some new items....

I've been busy trying to get all my orders done so I can move onto sewing for my family before vacation. We are taking the kids to Disney, to see my Grandparents and to the beach. I'm really looking forward to the time away, but not to the LONG hours in the car. I've got a long list of things I would like to sew for the kids, as well as for myself. So, this week I am finishing up my orders and moving onto my long list. Oh, I almost forgot, I'm also going to be working on some of my own patterns. The first one is a purse/backpack combo. My friend requested on for her trip to Disney with her husband and daughter in October, so I drafted a pattern and plan on making one for myself before my trip to Disney so I can test it out and see if I need to make any changes. I'll show some pictures when I have the first test done!

This past week I spent a lot of time on this Christening outfit for my friend's son. He is getting baptised Memorial Day weekend. I made her daughter's Christening Gown last year, which you can see here. I did not draft a pattern for this outfit, I used McCall's 3063. Both this outfit, the Christening Gown and all accessories were made out of my friend's wedding dress. It is very nerve racking cutting into something so special, so I always have to build up my nerve before I cut my first piece. Anyway, here is the completed outfit and shoes (hoping the shoes fit the little guy!!).

I also have been wanting to add some more stock to my Etsy shop. I haven't gotten that far, but I did get these FQ Purses and Small Wallets in the ready to ship album on my facebook page. The purse normally run $25.00 plus shipping and the wallets $20.00 plus shipping, but I have them listed at $20.00 and $15.00 plus shipping. If you buy both you get free shipping! And if you are a fan of my facebook page you can get an additional 20% off or free shipping if you just buy one!! Post a comment on my facebook page if you are interested in any of these. I have a bunch more purses to list (different styles), so check back soon!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sorry I haven't blogged in a while!!

As you have noticed I haven't been very good about blogging lately. Life is busy and I haven't taken the time to blog. Expect this summer to be about the same since the kids will be home with me 24 hours a day very soon. My daughter has about 2 weeks of preschool left and my son will finish up kindergarten June 2. During the month of June I won't be working on any custom orders. I will be spending time with my family and taking some much needed vacations.

I'm closing out custom orders today and will probably open them back up the last week of June. I'll be back to working on custom orders after July 4. If you have something you would like to order and don't need it until July, feel free to e-mail me any time to place your order so you are at the top of the list. Once I finish the current list of custom orders I'll be taking some time to sew for me and my family. I have a long list of things I would like to make for the kids, some new patterns I've been wanting to try out, so I will hopefully have lots of pictures to share, along with new products you can order. I also hope to work on my own patterns....we'll see how much time I have!! :)

Below is a set of coordinating items I made my daughter for her birthday. Each piece can be ordered separately or you can order it all as a set in the fabric(s) of your choice.

Happy Mothers' Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and all other mother figures!!

Peasant Top and Double Layer Twirl Skirt

Peasant Top and Double Ruffle Pants

Princess Crown Birthday Shirt and Double Ruffle Pants

I have LOTS of embroidery designs to choose from for the shirt!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

500 Facebook Fan Giveaway - new winners

Below are the new winners for the unclaimed prizes for the 500 Facebook Fan Giveaway. You have 48 hours to contact me.

$20 to spend in the Ready to Ship album on my facebook page - Angie Alford
$15 to spend in the Ready to Ship album on my facebook page - SAPsMaMa
$10 to spend in the Ready to Ship album on my facebook page - All Things Beautiful

If you see something you want in my Etsy shop that is Ready to Ship, just let me know. I also have lots of bibs and burps I haven't had a chance to post, so if you are interested in some let me know.

Thanks for participating!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

SALE - Today & Tomorrow ONLY

Order any custom product from my Etsy shop, website or Facebook page and receive 10% off your order. Sale runs until 10:00 p.m EST on Friday, April 22.

E-mail me if you would like to place an order. Visit my other blog if you would like to see more outfits and products I have made in the past.

Winners - 500 Facebook Fan Giveaway

Thanks to everybody who participated in the 500 facebook fan giveaway!!

Congratulations to the following winners:

Custom Outfit - Sew Sweet by Beth

The following winners can spend up to the amount listed. You can choose one product or any combination of products up to the value of your winning. Your products are shipped FREE!!

$20 in the Ready to Ship albums on my facebook page - Robyn H
$15 in the Ready to Ship albums on my facebook page - Susan
$10 in the Ready to Ship albums on my facebook page - Sheila

Here are the links to the two (2) ready to ship albums:

Ready to Ship
Ready To Ship - Hair accessories

Please e-mail me to claim your prize. You have 48 hours to contact me (you have until 10:00 a.m. EST Saturday, April 23). I will draw for any unclaimed prizes sometime this weekend.

Happy Thursday!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Today I have a few SPECIALS posted on my facebook page. These specials are in addition to the 20% off Ready to Ship products and free shipping(FBAPRIL2011) in my etsy shop for my facebook fans.

Size 4T - $25.00 shipped (today only) - Ready to Ship

Custom order other sizes - $30.00 (free shipping today only)

Personalization - $5.00

UPDATE: The bird is from here.

Flower Bunny Softies

$8.00 (free shipping today only)

Add a Pet Carrier for $6.00 (today only)

3 or 4 Softies and Pet Carriers Ready to Ship

Small Car Carrier - holds 6 hot wheel size cars

$8.00 shipped (today only)

Custom order in the fabric of your choice $10.00 plus $2.50 shipping.

Personalization $5.00

Thursday, April 14, 2011


If you haven't already entered the 500 facebook fan giveaway, go here to learn how to enter. You can earn extra entries into the giveaway by blogging about the giveaway or posting about the giveaway on your facebook page. If you post about it on your facebook page include an @ symbol before Little Darling Designs to link it back to my facebook page. I'm also offering 20% off all ready to ship products in the Ready to Ship album on my facebook page. Comment below each picture with SOLD and your e-mail address so I can invoice you. Please feel free to e-mail me or post a comment below the picture or on my wall if you have any questions. For a LIMITED time I'm offering free shipping to my facebook fans in my Etsy shop. Use coupon code FBAPRIL2011. Make sure you are a fan of my facebook page or you will be sent an invoice for shipping! Have a WONDERFUL Friday!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New items added to the ready to ship album....

I just added 19 new photos to the Ready to Ship album on my facebook page. Here are some of the items in the Ready to Ship album. All items are listed at special prices....if interested in ordering one is the size and fabrics of your choice, please e-mail me.

All products in the Ready to Ship album are 20% off the listed price this week!!

Princess Crown Number Shirt - 12 months

$14.00 shipped (add a name for an additional $5.00)

Frog Baby Lounge Set - 0-3 months

$22.00 shipped

Ruffle Skirt - size 8 (girls) - 15.25" long

$21.00 shipped

Crinkle Ribbon Blankets

Small $7.00 shipped/ Medium $10.00 shipped

Crab Baby Lounge Set - 0-3 months

$22.00 shipped

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

500 Facebook Fan Giveaway




I noticed several have add a comment for being a follower of my blog and a seperate comment for being a facebook fan. You must do both to enter, but you only get one (1) entry. Extra entries can be earned by:

  1. Blogging about the giveaway and leaving a comment below with a link to the blog (1) extra entry; and

  2. Post a link to my facebook page and the giveaway on your facebook page (link your post to my facebook page by adding an @ symbol before Little Darling Designs) (1) extra entry. Comment below with your facebook name.

I'd like to thank all my fans on my facebook page and my followers on my blog! I hope to continue growing my business and hope you will help bring more fans/followers to Little Darling Designs. As a thank you to all of you I am hosting a giveaway.

Rules for the giveaway include:

  1. Become a fan of my facebook page,

  2. Follow my blog, and

  3. Leave a comment under this post.

You will have a chance to win a custom outfit. The winner will have the chance to pick fabric from my stash for the outfit.

Some outfit options include:

  1. Pillowcase dress

  2. Peasant Dress

  3. Embroidered shirt and skirt/ruffle pants/capris/shorts

  4. Embroidered shirt and pants/short (boy)

I will also pick 3 additional winners for one item from my stock. Some options include:

  1. Pocket Key Chain

  2. Small Wallet

  3. Coloring Wallet

  4. Burp Clothes

  5. Ribbon Blankets

  6. Outfit

  7. Embroidered Shirt

  8. Lounge Pants

  9. Skirt

  10. Cell Phone Case

  11. Change Purse

So you don't have to scroll back up to the beginning, here are the rules again:

  1. Become a fan of my facebook page,

  2. Follow my blog, and

  3. Leave a comment under this post.

Giveaway will run for at least one week. I'll draw the winners sometime after next Wednesday (April 13th). Here are some items from my stock that you will be able to choose from if you are one of the winners. These are ready to ship items listed on my facebook page.

Small Wallets

Pocket Key Chains

Check back each day for more pictures and additional chances to win entries into the giveaway.