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