New Year Special

Tis’ the season to sew, sew, sew!

Happy December to you! As expected I am overjoyed (and a wee bit overwhelmed) with the influx of holiday orders that have been received to date. This year officially marks the busiest holiday season I have ever had in my 11 years of handmade entrepreneurship with more than 115 outstanding orders and counting! Realistically I shouldn’t even be taking time to send this post…but, I continue to receive dozens of inquiries each day as to whether or not I am still accepting holiday orders and I wanted to address that with a group post.

Sadly, there really is no way I can add anymore custom bag orders to the schedule and still meet my existing commitments; but, I do have a two bits of good news and that is why I am writing to you today!

  1. I can still accommodate a few dozen more camera strap cover orders as these are smaller less time-consuming projects for which I have the materials on hand. So feel free to place those orders and know I do expect they will arrive in time for Christmas gifting and Stocking Stuffing! Just be sure to specify your fabric preference and monogram details in the notes field so I can process the order without delay. To avoid confusion the monogram should be listed  first, last and middle initial (as the last initial is featured in the center of the monogram).
  2. If you are interested in ordering a custom camera bag and able to wait until December 31st to receive your new bag I do have a limited time special offer whereby you will receive free shipping in the USA and I will include a coordinating complimentary camera strap cover with your order. This really is a great deal and I promise the bag will be worth the wait!

To take advantage of my limited time New Year Special, simply add the Camera Bag that suits your needs best to your shopping cart and use coupon code NEWYEARSEVE to receive Free Shipping in the USA and a BONUS complimentary coordinating camera strap cover with your order.

Your custom camera bag can be crafted from any cotton fabric offered at Hawthorne Threads or any of the Premier Prints . If you’d like either piece monogrammed, there is no additional charge, simply specify your first, last and middle initials (in that exact order) in the note to seller field. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an Etsy convo and I will get back to you asap or email me at watermelonwishes@me.com

Many thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm for my handmade business. I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Now, I really must get back to the sewing machine…

Lots of love,

Andrea

P.S. The Medium Camera Bag, shown below, is my best seller and will hold any combination of equipment that measures 8″ or less.

New Year Special

New Year Special

Top Handmade Holiday Gift Picks by Watermelon Wishes

Sharing our family traditions and the joy of gifting in 2016

Hip, hip, hooray! It is November. A month that is filled with all of my favorite things: food, family and festivity. This year I will be hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for 8 and cooking for twice that many to ensure we have plenty of leftovers! The day after, we’ll venture out into the woods for our annual holiday family photo shoot, then we’ll busy ourselves decorating the Christmas tree and hanging the lights.

The Chapman Family 2015

The Chapman Family 2015

For the last couple of years, we have chosen a theme for our Christmas celebration. Last year we had “A Tiny Christmas” which encompassed a 4 foot tree with teeny little glittery wrapped presents underneath. This years theme is “Joy” and all we shall partake will be centered upon that which brings us joy. Creating in and of itself is joyous, so we are planning several family gift making nights during which we will be creating hand poured hazelnut latte scented soy candles, sewing cloth napkins, baking peppermint cookies and monogramming vintage flannel shirts that have been soaked in an amazing lavender rinse.

And, of course, my heart will be overflowing with joy as I fulfill your holiday orders which I know are for special friends and family. This really is such a wonderful line of work and I want you to know that I put forth a great deal of effort to ensure your special purchases are crafted with the utmost care and arrive in plenty of time for your holiday celebrations. That being said, I encourage you to place your orders by November 24th and sooner if at all possible. Before my next blog post my holiday production schedule will be full and I will be focusing all of my attention on fulfilling existing orders, so please don’t wait too long. I want everyone to get exactly what they want for Christmas! Here are my top five favorites picks for your consideration:

My Top Five Watermelon Wishes Most Popular Gift Picks For This Year

Monogrammed Camera Strap Cover

Compact Padded Camera Bag

Padfolio Organizer & Notebook Covers

Craft Caddy & Organizer 

Vintage Inspired Market Tote Bag

As always, I thank you for reading along and continuing to follow my adventures as a Main Street Artisan. Until we meet again, I will be wishing you all good things!

XO,

Andrea

 

 

 

Watermelon Wishes Sewing Studio

Studio happenings, favorite fabrics and more!

Hey y’all! I hope this post finds you in good spirits. I am happy to bid September and all its Back to School madness a fond farewell and welcome in the refreshingly crisp breeze, beautiful colors and early evening that accompany a Virginia autumn. I am enjoying my days in the new studio and have settled into a comfy groove. Now that a reasonable amount of time has passed I can confidently tell you the decision I made to close my Middleburg boutique was a good one indeed. I especially love that I have my weekends free. Lately we have been spending those in the bleachers watching our daughter, Megan, perform in the high school marching band.

Weekends are for family

These days, weekends are reserved for family & fun!

I am so grateful that I can customize my studio hours to suit our schedule and I don’t have to miss these special moments in my children’s lives. That freedom, I believe, really is the point of being an entrepreneur.

Watermelon Wishes Sewing Studio

Watermelon Wishes Sewing Studio

Currently I have a three-week turn around time on custom orders. I expect that time frame to increase to four weeks by mid month as some holiday orders have already been submitted. This year, I anticipate the new monogrammed camera strap covers will be my best seller as the intro pricing of $12 will be good through the end of 2016!

Custom Camera Strap Cover by Watermelon Wishes

Custom Camera Strap Cover by Watermelon Wishes

Last year, by December 1st my holiday production schedule was at max capacity. With that in mind, I would suggest placing your custom holiday orders no later than Thanksgiving Day to ensure Christmas Delivery and sooner if at all possible.

Custom Camera Bag by Watermelon Wishes

Custom Camera Bag by Watermelon Wishes

If you are looking for an extra special gift, for the photographer in your life, I want to suggest my medium camera bag with camera strap cover. The medium bag will hold the digital camera body with 55mm lens or 300mm lens attached and is my best-selling camera bag. The metallic feathers and mint arrows used on the bag above have been very popular this season and are currently on back order until late December! Luckily, there are many other gorgeous prints available from Hawthorne Threads which you can choose from. For your consideration, here are some of my favorite fabric combinations.  If you see something that catches your eye, I would be delighted to work with you on a custom order and invite you to contact me via email watermelonwishes@me.com or start an Etsy conversation.

For those of you who sew or would like to learn how to sew, I want to remind you in October 2015 I launched Sewspire a sewing inspiration blog that features free weekly sewing tutorials. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please pop on over and have a look around! While most of the content is free, you will also find my ever popular Zippered Diaper Bag and Compact Padded Camera Bag Tutorials for sale under the Premium Tutorials.  As always, I thank you for reading along and your continued enthusiasm. I know many of you have followed my journey since early 2006 and I love that! Regardless of when you happened upon me and my handmade company,  your kind words and support me the world to me!

Until we meet again, I will be wishing you all good things,

Andrea