Wednesday, March 27, 2013

{An Update!}

Hi all ~ Kim from Eggo in the Oven writing again - with an update worth celebrating!
Pennant banner and necktie made by Eggo in the Oven
Photo courtesy of Tanya Mally Photography
Thank you SO MUCH for all the wonderful, positive feedback!  YOU have helped me learn and grow today - I figured out how I can share the albums / photos on my Facebook page with those outside of Facebook!  Woo-hoo!

I have updated the links in my last post to take you to the albums / photos that are visible to ALL!  Yay!

With future posts, I will include these public links - and share about other items I make & sell.  I make such a variety of items that I definitely can't include them all in one post!  BUT - feel free to take a look around - all of my photos should now be visible when you visit - regardless of if you have a Facebook account!

Please note that many of my items do not include pricing - or they include "general pricing ranges" - this is because MUCH of what I make is custom and may not be able to be re-created exactly.... and some depends on the price of the materials you choose, etc.  BUT I am always willing to answer pricing questions via email! eggointheoven{at}hotmail{dot}com

One Little Biz {a guest blogging series}

Hi all!  My name is Kim and I'm the {mama / woman / creative designer / seamstress} behind Eggo in the Oven - my "little biz" that sells mainly custom items for babies, kiddos, moms, homes, and anyone else who could be looking for high-quality handmade items!  I'm excited to be writing a few guest blog articles for Marcia - all about the puzzle pieces that fit together to make my little biz!
Custom Apron Knot Dress and Ruffled Pants - made by Eggo in the Oven
Matching headband made by RubyKinz Hair Accessories
Photo courtesy of Kimberly V Photography
I recently read a blog article that centered around this manifesto -  so my articles will be MY experiences with all of this.... as I couldn't have designed a more perfect visual representation if I tried!
{Part 1 - one woman...}
Owning / running your own handmade small biz {or any small biz for that matter!} is tough.  YOU are everything.  Not in a self-obsessed, "I'm the queen of the world" way - but more the "I'm wearing so many hats I can't walk through that door without hitting them on the frame" way.  You are the design department.  Research & Development.  Marketing.  Pricing.  Manufacturing.  Email / Admin.  Invoicing.  Shipping.  CEO & CFO.  It's like that Staples commercial featuring "Dave" -

There are pros and cons to wearing all these hats.  YOU make all the decisions, and ultimately can take your little biz in the direction YOU want.  But it is also VERY easy for YOU - the person, mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister - to get lost in all of this!
My family - March 2013 - Clam Digging on the Washington Coast
{Kim (Mama Eggo), Jimmy (my biggest supporter!), Colby ("Baby Eggo" - 2.5 years old), and Brendan (6 months)}
When I started my business in January 2011, I had NO idea what it would become.  I took the plunge because others {my friends, family, people I had never met} had been begging me to - and in the back of my mind I thought: "Here, I'll show them I tried, and in a few months I'll move on to something else and they'll all stop BUGGING ME!". 
"Born to Fish" custom onesie by Eggo in the Oven
photo courtesy of Tanya Mally Photography
Hmmm.... joke's on me.  Within weeks, I was working more hours than my husband {a full-time Engineer}, while also adjusting to being a Mommy for the first time {Colby, "Baby Eggo", was 4 months old when Eggo in the Oven opened}.  I was getting up at 4am to sew / answer emails / design custom items - sewing most of the day - and answering emails {and yes, you guessed it - sewing!} in the evenings.
I LOVE putting together coordinating gift sets - perfect for baby showers!
My husband and I kept saying "... when it slows down..." - we stopped saying this 3 months in, after I had invested in a much nicer Sewing & Embroidery machine, and continued to send out invoices as quickly as I was shipping out completed orders.  Within my first year of business, I did over 750 individual orders.  Me.  The ONE woman behind this "little biz".  Sewing in what used to be our home office / craft room - a room that quickly got a face-lift to become Eggo in the Oven headquarters.
Eggo in the Oven headquarters - August 2012
we have since moved.... and I haven't yet taken any good pictures of my current work space!
Thanks to some forced changes {multiple moves with VERY short notice}, as well as some very tough, deliberate changes by me, and a commitment to me / my family, I am now at a place where I have much more balance. {2+ years into this journey!}

Project QUILTING - week 1
See other patchwork blankets I have made
Most recently, I participated in Project QUILTING - at Marcia's suggestion!  I was able to complete 5 of the 6 challenges (missing one due to moving!).  I created because I WANTED to.  I drew inspiration from the challenge, my life, the world outside of my little biz!  It was refreshing - and a good reminder that I LOVE what I do.
Project QUILTING - week 2
One-of-a-kind patchwork / quilted bib
Project QUILTING - week 3
An example of some of my {E}Home decor
I learned so much about quilting / designing / the creative process - through my experience and reading about others' / seeing their finished products.  It also helped me see that I am a better person / mom / wife / little biz owner when I have a better balance.  With the completion of this season of Project QUILTING, I am sad that I will not have that bi-weekly "outside nudge" to help me continue in my commitment to ME.... but I'm hoping it has truly inspired me to keep up the creative process - outside of my little biz.

Project QUILTING - week 5
More {E}Home Decor

Project QUILTING - week 6
A one-of-a-kind quilted bag - my first of this design!
Guess what?!  I am still the one woman behind it all.  I haven't taken off any of those hats.  But somehow, lately, we actually fit through the doorway! :)

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Stay tuned for more about my journey / my little biz - including building BIG relationships... creating a BIG community... and taking pride in being a little biz!
Eggo in the Oven original owl applique onesie - blue and grey

Thank you for all of your comments on the blog!  Marcia will be forwarding them to me so that I can reply to each one!

The links provided above take you to my Facebook Business Page - where I conduct all of my business.  As I continue to streamline my business processes, I may try to introduce a blog or re-institute my online presence outside of Facebook, but for now this is what I can do as {one woman}.  
I actually made the decision to abandon both Etsy (to avoid the double fees!) and the website I developed / launched because I am kept FAR too busy with JUST my Facebook page / shop.  BUT.... I just figured out how to share my albums / photos {in my Facebook shop} to those without Facebook - so with a little patience, I will update the links above and provide a few more here (and with future blog posts). 
If you see something you LOVE please don't hesitate to contact me via email for pricing / more information: eggointheoven{at}hotmail{dot}com

Thanks for all the wonderful feedback!

A recap of my {One little biz} guest blog series:

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wisconsin Flowers

I created my table runner using scraps and strips.

First I quilted the flowers.

I used a very light blue thread.

Next, I quilted the swirls around the flowers.

Had fun placing my blue dishes on my Wisconsin Flowers table runner.

Front and the back.

Wisconsin Flowers have to push through the snow this year.

"Wisconsin Flowers"

This was the final quilted project for Project Quilting.

You can see all the quilted projects on the flicker site - click here.

Enjoy your day!

Want to know more about Project Quilting?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hodgepodge Patchwork Tuesday on Wednesday!

I collected a bunch of white on white scraps and strips and a pretty blue flower print.  I am going to create a quilted project for Project Quilting with them. The challenge this week is Celebrate Spring.

I will name it "Spring Flowers in Wisconsin" or something like that.  We still have lots of snow and this morning the first day of Spring, it is extremely cold!

My storm door is all frosted.  Up close it looks beautiful.

Looks like a quilt to me! Or a great idea for one!

I am going to create my quilt based on tiny flowers trying to break through the snow.

Plan to start it tonight after work!

Enjoy your day and hopefully it is warmer where you are!

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Winner is....

       Jane from Quilt Smiles Blog!

Jane was contacted by email and she wins a set of three Photo Note Cards. Congratulations Jane!

Thanks to everyone for entering!

Thank you Quilting Gallery for hosting 
the Blog Hop Party Giveaway! It was great!

Enjoy your day!

Photo Quilt Note Cards are available on my website.  Free US shipping

Extra Wide Quilting Fabric available on my website.

Quilt Patterns available on my website.  

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Scraps - A Baby Quilt Made from Scraps and Applique Blocks

I used the scraps from the baby quilt that I made for my Mom to give to the "Baby to Be".  Here are the posts about that quilt --- Grandma's Star is Born.

I added the scraps from the quilt, I made for my daughter for the first months of her pregnancy, to comfort her with a quilt and hug from her Mom.  I haven't shared that quilt yet, but I will share it soon.  It is on my list.

I also used the scraps from the  baby quilt  that I am making from us for the "Baby to Be".

I cut everything into 1 1/2 inch strips and squares. I want it be totally scrappy. I made strips sets. Some of the sets with only 2 strips and some with 3 and some with 4 and couple of short sets of 5.

I added my blocks to the applique blocks I ordered from Marsye's Quilt Blocks.  She makes the coolest applique blocks and designs.

I did not sew them together yet.  I will do that later, but I couldn't wait to post about them. I'll share again, after I quilt it!

I ordered the applique blocks pre made from Marsye's Quilt Blocks.  They are already ironed on to the blocks.

 I requested an assortment of different cream backgrounds and light/soft colors to go with my vintage look fabrics.  I love them!

Here are the links to Marsye's Quilt Blocks






I am ordering more applique blocks to make a girl baby quilt next.  I love them.  

If you hop over and buy any, please tell her Marcia sent you!

You know I always share stuff I love!  I love her blocks!