Friday, October 31, 2008

Late Arrival - Pink Friday Gift Baskets

I'm late, so late ... but hey ... better late than never right? I thought I'd have to pass on today's Pink Friday sale, but I was inspired by our leader, Joyce Lucas, to make up some great gift baskets. 
I have put together a couple that I think someone will like. They'll make great holiday gifts or just a nice gift for yourself, or anyone who sews. You can see more images and descriptions and ordering information on my website's PINK FRIDAY PAGE.  There are only two baskets, each is a one-of-a-kind.

This is the "Seek Tranquility" Vintage Sewing Goods Basket

The first basket is a lovely floral hardboard, hat style basket filled with loads of vintage sewing notions, tools, buttons,
 lace, ribbon, seam binding, scissors, shears, embroidery floss, measuring tape, and all kinds of other goodies for the collector of sewing items.
This basket also includes 25 gorgeous decorator fabric samples! 

The second basket is filled with all the things you'll need to make a set of Mother & Daughter vintage inspired aprons. They are so cute! 

This is the Lola Apron pattern from Sew Liberated, and I've created a kit in a basket, with beautiful Anna Griffin fabric, ric rac trim, and seam binding to decorate your aprons, as well as a few other goodies of my own thrown in. 

If you know someone who sews, wants to learn, or just loves vintage sewing & sewing basket items, I have these on sale until midnight tonight (and yes, I'll be up... It's Halloween and I have a house full of teenagers spending the night!... now that's scary!)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas Shop Hop at MMP

Mama's Pocketbook cordially invites you to

Join us - November 2  - November 13
for the Make Mine Pink

When: November 2nd - 13th

You can register now or wait until you've found one of the Christmas Trees. 
Registration is necessary to get credit for each of the trees that you find.

There will be prizes daily!
Mama's Pocketbook will be adding Holiday Items and Specials every day of the Shop Hop.
Click the link above to register! We'll see you there!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Show and Tell Monday - Pink Sisters!

OK, Here's my best Show & Tell yet!
I just found all these pics on my iPhone! 
These are my Pink Friends at the MMP Retreat we had in September in Williamsburg, VA

Saturday, October 25, 2008

New - Victoria Black Rose Pocketbook

I really enjoyed creating this One-of-a-Kind "Victoria" style pocketbook. I love combining contrasting fabrics and these compliment each other beautifully. I dug around in my baskets of trim and found a perfect flat braid with all the right colors and then added some of my dwindling supply of the ecru tatted lace. I love that lace, I need to start hunting for more of it, or more similar to it anyway. 

This is my favorite day bag design. It is the perfect shape and size. Not too big, but boy can you carry everything you need in it.  Click HERE or on the title or the highlighted link above for more details .

I love this style for whenever I go out with my family on a day trip or even just shopping because they inevitably want me to hold onto their ipod's or cell phone or a book or magazine and even with all my stuff (makeup bag, big wallet, and several card cases to keep things organized, my iphone and assortment of pens, paper, sticky notes, ResQ ointment, tissues and other stuff I must have with me at all times, there's still room for the other things I seem to accumulate while out and about with my family. This bag is both beautiful and a workhorse! 

This one is a One-of-a-kind due to the trims used. I can't replicate it. But I do have more of the fabric so you may see a Porch Pouch or a smaller bag show up soon on the site. Maybe I'll try my hand at some pretty makeup bags to coordinate with this pocketbook? 

Anyway, thanks for looking! Maybe this is the perfect bag for you or someone on your holiday gift list? I hope so! Oh, and don't forget, there's always a matching tissue holder and printed tissues and mints included with my bags ... and this one includes another freebie - a matching card case! YAY! Don't you love freebies?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pink October Tote Set - Only 10 days left!

Just wanted to remind everyone that Pink October is coming to a close and due to other obligations and my construction schedule I will only be able to offer the Pink October Tote Set through Oct. 31st. in order to guarantee early shipping before the holiday rush.

These sets make wonderful holiday gifts and today only, Oct. 22nd, I am offering FREE Shipping to U.S. addresses. and I am still donating 15% of the sale to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation through my Passionately Pink website. This is for a good cause. Together we ARE making a difference!

Thanks friends! ENJOY!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Few Positive Changes at Mama's Pocketbook

Mama's Pocketbook is a small business - my pride and joy - and I will never stop doing what I love so much. I've learned so much , and now that I am well into my third year of this venture, I can see where it's time to make a few changes to improve the quality of service and to improve operations to stay strong in this time of change for the entire country.

While the present economic tightening is affecting everyone, we can all make some simple changes that will make life a little easier and allow us to enjoy a savings of time, gas, money and energy. One change that is easy to do and that brings savings in all those areas is to shop online! What could be better than to browse the most wonderful beautiful shops. like mine, and all the shops at Make Mine Pink for example! In the comfort of your own home, in your own time, you can find all the gifts and goodies you want for the holidays and have them come to you! Many of the shops even offer free gift wrapping - and you haven't seen "presentation" anywhere like what these shop owners have to offer!

Just think - No crowds, no parking, no wasting your gas driving from store to store looking for that elusive perfect gift, no lugging around heavy packages and no wearing yourself out!

When times are tough we are called upon to be smart and savvy and realistic in our business and personal decisions. Shopping at online boutiques stimulates the economy just as much as shopping the big box stores, more so if you ask me, because you are helping the small businesses thrive and grow and supporting families like yours directly. You'll find unique items, handcrafted goods, carefully selected products, antiques, home decor, furnishings, arts & crafts, "green" and personalized gifts for everyone on your list.

I've recently taken a hard look at where we are as a family and as a small business owner and have made some important decisions in order to keep my business alive, serve my customers fairly, contribute more to my family income and have time to balance my life, tend to my health, and spend with my family.

Over the Winter 08/09 I will be giving my website an update and I'll be modifying my product offerings in preparation for a "Grand Revival" of Mama's Pocketbook in Summer '09. But don't think I'm going anywhere! NO... I'm not going away! No, not at all! I'll be right here, but over the winter months I will be re-engineering my business, tightening up by offering only those items I can produce for you in a way that is managable and that allows me to balance my work and home life for the better for everyone.

My children are growing way to fast, and as much as I love creating beautiful accessories, I don't wish for all of their memories of me to be ones in which I am stressed out, sewing all hours of the night and never having time to spend with them. That is not what I started this business for. I'm here to celebrate my God given gifts and talents, my love for creating and to keep close to the memory of my own mother through this venture. But I also am learning about how to balance my life so that I am giving my all to have good health, precious time with my family and a healthy business.

So, If you notice a little less product, or a change in the items I offer, that just means I'm doing what I can to ensure the success of this shop. I'm here, you can always reach me as usual, and I think these changes will keep everyone happy and will prosper my young business through these current economic challenges. I will involved in quite a few new ventures over the next few months that will ultimately provide the platform for taking Mama's Pocketbook in an energized, new exciting, and hopefully properous direction.

Throughout this winter, new products will be added in the form of One-Of-A-Kind's and possibly some Limited Editions, as I have the time to create them and add them. But whatever you see posted, will be ready to ship. Other than wholesale orders, during this time I will create very few made-to-order products. I do still welcome custom order inquiries!! Email me anytime!

I thank all my customers for their kind patience and loving words of encouragment as I've weathered the growing pains, learned what works and what doesn't, and made the hard decisions to implement this new business plan. Please continue to visit and stay subscribed to my newsletter so you will know when I've posted something new and delicious!

Mama's Pocketbook will always be your source for One-of-a-Kind and Limited Edition Fabric Pocketbook and Accessories Designs that are beautifully, lovingly and durably made from the finest Vintage and Modern Decorator Fabrics in Romantic, Cottage, Floral, Shabby Chic, Victorian and Vintage Appeal Styles

Sunday, October 5, 2008

2008 Pink October Tote Set

I'm so excited to launch my new 2008 Pink October Tote Set benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure!

This year I am offering a limited edition, one time only release of this special tote and accessories package.

Each set will be numbered 1/50 through 50/50. Sales of this bag will be available beginning on October 6th, with the kick-off of the "Make Mine Pink "Pink October Shop Hop". Sale will continue until all 50 bags are sold or through November 30th, whichever comes firs

To purchase this set go to my website for more details. 15% of the sales of these tote sets will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

I also have a Passionately Pink webpage where you can donate directly to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.