Category Archives: Fiber Projects

It’s a Fun Bucket Kind of Day…

I spent the morning sewing up a bunch of Fun Buckets for a new Honeyflower retail location – the Wenham Children’s Museum!  I’ll have items in their shop for Mother’s Day, so that’s pretty exciting.

I hadn’t sewn Fun Buckets for a while – I had forgotten how much fun they really are!

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They come together pretty quickly, and sell really well – so definitely a bonus there!

This one’s my favorite:

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Which one do you like?

Back at it, and in full swing! The year in review…

A year ago, I was just thinking about updating this blog and just getting back into the swing of things after having a baby.  It feels like a lifetime ago, it’s really wild!  I can’t think of another year where there have been so many changes, and time flew so quickly – yet thinking back to a year ago and it feels like it was so.long.ago.  Weird.  I guess welcome to parenthood…?  Or just welcome to the crazy busy life of the Dardinski household.  I’m thinking that it really is just us – we have done a LOT this past year.

About a year ago, we got flooded out of our house due to construction and spent 4 months in a beautiful place on Rings Island in Salisbury where my sewing business came to life.  In the house construction/reconstruction world, we basically reconstructed our downstairs apartment, built a new kitchen, 2 new baths, a 2nd to 3rd floor stair, a new exterior deck and 1st to 2nd floor stair, all new heating, electrical and plumbing… it’s crazy.  Yeah, that’s pretty much enough to keep anyone busy in a year!  But no – we can’t stop there – my husband, Alex, has a new job (same company, different job).  I left one job, started a new business (Honeyflower!), kept a consulting business with my old company and then also got a new part time consulting job!  We’ve made dozens of new friends (being new parents and all) and reconnected with many old friends as well.  I know we did tons of fun things too – just hard to recall now, a year later.  Just being new parents is a pretty amazing thing, I know everyone says your life will change after having kids, well – they were right!  And after all that has happened tragically so close to home (Boston) in the last couple of weeks, I have to say I feel luckier than ever to have such an amazing community and family that we are a part of.  We LOVE where we live, love our friends and family. That is enough in the world.  Truly.

But Honeyflower.  Wow, Honeyflower has come a loooong way this past year.  I think we had just decided on the name “Honeyflower” right around this time last year.  Alex and I spent many hours putting words together and finally came up with the beloved name that is Honeyflower.  And now I feel like I actually know what I’m doing!  My first Newburyport Farmer’s Market  of this season happened seamlessly, and such a great turnout!  It was awesome to see so many familiar faces from last year, and so excited to see me there again!  It was a great feeling, being recognized.  And all my hard work over the winter of building inventory and new product, and perfecting old designs really paid off.  I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!  And the online side of my business chugs away, slowly but surely. Etsy is a great place to keep product moving when I’m not at the market, but it’s tedious enough that I still don’t have all my product online (even though I should!!).  The e-commerce site is great, but doesn’t have any built in marketing so it’s just a great place to showcase product and product photos.  And the photo part is really what my business needs help with.  That will be a big focus of what I need to do over the next year is build my photo inventory and improve the quality of my photos on both Etsy and my other e-commerce site.  Photos are hard, and so important!

Overall, I’m thrilled with the progress.  I still hope to do more, but I have to say, life comes first.  I don’t want to miss a beat with my lil’ 15 1/2 month old – he comes first.  It’s all about how much time you can create within an already busy schedule.  I keep trying, and chipping away at the immense tasks ahead.  But I’m thrilled with the way the last year has gone.  And that’s the most important thing.  Yay!

So – a little sharing – here’s an update on my little guy, all grown up at the age of 15 1/2 months:

 

I hope you all are happy, healthy and enjoying the spring days.

 

Sun hats are back! Must really be spring…

The first Newburyport Farmer’s Market of the season is coming up on April 14, just 2 1/2 weeks away! So excited that Honeyflower is participating in that event again this year. I had such great success (and fun) last year – I’m hoping this year will be equally as fun. I’ve been busily gearing up for the market, trying to generate a backstock of inventory so I can free up some of my time between markets for new projects and other activities.

Getting to the other news though, I have lots of new merchandise this season! Tons of new fabrics in great colors and patterns, including more PINK this year! I heard a lot of feedback from you all that my color ranges were distinctly lacking in that wonderful girly color we all love. Well, you won’t be disappointed by the colors available this season.

I know many of you will be happy to know that I’ve restocked (and redesigned) the reversible sun hats you all adored last year, and this year they are in 3 sizes (18″, 19″, 20″) and lots of great colors and patterns! (Think elephants, turtles, bikes, sea greens, magentas, oranges, blues…!) New features include REVERSIBLE straps with a velcro under-the-chin closure. The rough side of the velcro faces away from your baby’s soft skin so there should be no irritation from the strap. Straps are made out of a soft cotton twill, and can easily be tucked away for those ‘cooperative’ babies who don’t mind wearing hats. I’ll be showing sneak peaks of other new merchandise over the next 2 1/2 weeks, so stay tuned…!

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You can see in the 2 photos below that by using a buttonhole, you can reverse the strap for use on both sides!

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As I’m sure you all feel similarly, I can’t say enough how happy I am that Spring has arrived. Although it was a great winter filled with firsts with our little one, it was long and grueling weather-wise – more-so than usual! I am thrilled to see my daffodils starting to make their way up out of the ground and the snow to finally melt completely off the ground. I hope you all are enjoying the tiny taste of Spring we’ve had these last couple of days and here’s hoping we’ll get a beautiful, warm and sunny April. (Hoping I don’t jinx us by saying that!)

Enjoy your day!

Ecommerce is LIVE and a Spring Sale to Celebrate!

I finally have my very own e-commerce site where you can purchase all Honeyflower product.  Please visit my new shop!  I’m thrilled to be launching this site, it’s been keeping me VERY busy, so busy in fact that I haven’t done much else! I have started prepping inventory for the summer Farmer’s Market, but still a long way to go there.

I finished the quilt I was working on last month, it turned out really great. Stay tuned for photos…

Oh, and check out my sale: all clothing is on sale – 15% off!

Winter Inspiration

Hello all!  Wow, it’s been a busy 4 months.  November and December was a gigantic push to get out a whole bunch of custom orders for the holidays and preparing for a really successful market at the Wenham Shop and Sip event in early December.  About a week after that, we left for the holidays – headed to Arizona to visit family for 10 days.  And when we returned, my son Griffin turned 1, we had a birthday party – and then…. we were sick for almost the rest of the month!  Flu followed by stomach flu, ugh!  Finally we are better and back to life as we knew it back in October!  Ha!  But through it all, I’ve been keeping quite busy.

I’ve been working on a quilt for a good friend of mine’s daughter.  When her daughter was a newborn, I made her a quilt as a gift.  She loved it so much that I’m making her a big girl quilt, based on this pattern.

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Given our ‘state’ over the last month, there has been lots of fits and starts and most recently I ran out of the solid Kona snow background that I was using.  So, while I was waiting for more fabric to arrive, I thought I’d take a little inspiration break and make something fresh.

I’ve been enjoying watching the online quilt along for the Scrappy Trip Along.  Instagram has 100’s of photos of this quilt-along, and I couldn’t resist joining in the fun.  I thought I’d start by first making a block and sure enough – I realized what all the hype was.  What fun!  I knew I didn’t have the time to make a full quilt, so I thought some redecorating was necessary.

Remember this quilt?  Oh how I love this quilt.  It is, like I knew it would be, a favorite. Super warm and snuggly, perfect for cold nights in front of the fire knitting.  Our living room was instantly cheered by the bright colors and fun prints on this quilt, I thought doing pillows to match would be a perfect, small project for this quilt-along.  I made a couple of blocks, and added some white sashing and my precious  yarn-dyed essex linen.  It’s a super simple pocket pillow design, no zippers, no frills.  But I’m super happy with the results.

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So now, I’m back on finishing up the bunting quilt.  Can’t wait to see the finished results on that one!

In other news, I now have labels, yay!  Totally love them.  They are easy to sew in and just what I hoped for.  Really happy with the results from this company.

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And that’s all for now!  Lots of work to do.  Hope you all are finding your own winter inspiration to help pass these dark, cold days of winter.