Y'all had some fun, challenging, & ridiculous questions ((umm hannah)). I chose as many as I could handle & here are the answers. Part Two will make its way this afternoon or tomorrow. Oh, & thanks for actually asking questions & not making me feel like a dumbo on my own blog. :)
Moriah asked: What's the first thing you made on a sewing machine?
See the Dr. Pepper dress in this picture? That was my first sewing project with my Memaw.
We She sewed an A&M dress while I watched & then she let me try my hand at her machine when I wanted to make this one. It's still one of my favorite dresses...and it got me hooked.
Kel asked: How did you come up with your business name?
I'm embarrassed to say that I just came up with it, spur of the moment. There's no real story behind it other than I wanted something that reflected joy. That's one thing that I've tried to stay true to in my business...bringing people joy by products that are fun & functional.
Tips that help with the creative process?
Find out what inspires you...what gets you motivated, and surround yourself with those things. For me, it's a husband & family that believes in me, oldies playing on pandora that makes me so stinking happy when I sew, and working with gorgeous designer fabric. Also, find your style. Don't make things just because you think they'll sell. Find out what products YOU would wear/use and be able to stand behind 100% and go from there.
Lindsay asked: Have you always been so strong in your faith? Since my son was born I feel a need to know God better. Any advice?
I would like to say yes...but it wasn't until college that I realized this whole "Christianity thing" wasn't (just) about going to church & reading my Bible every day. It's about a relationship with Him, craving His word, living in community with other believers, and soaking in His new mercies every morning. My advice to you would be to take a look at your life and see what is holding you back from knowing God more. If it's an idol that you need to displace, get rid of it. If it's laziness/hermit crab syndrome because you don't want to be a part of a community, get over it & let people into your life. Above all else, pray. Talk with God. Be honest with Him and lay your burdens down at His feet. He loves you & wants to love on you.
Maiedae (Savannah) asked: I'm looking into purchasing a sewing machine for home projects. Do you have any recommendations for a good reliable (affordable) sewing machine?
I use a Janome 7330 (Magnolia) & a WHITE overlock machine & LOVE them.
My only recommendations: 1. Don't buy a $100 machine from wal-mart. 2. Figure out your budget & go to a local dealer. They'll help you figure out what machine is best for you. I'd say spend around $200 & you'll get a machine that will last you a long time. I plan on keeping mine for a lonnnnnnnnng time, so I spent around $400.
Have any good date night ideas/favorite dates with your husband?!
Chase & I make it a priority to have a date night each week. I feel like it's crucial in marriage ((especially before kids)) to build a solid foundation of continuing to "date" your spouse. We usually pick a nice restaurant ((we try not to eat out during the week)) & then come home & watch a movie or go get ice cream.
However, I LOVE sleeping in on Saturdays, waking up & going to eat a fun breakfast somewhere...the more "hole-in-the-wall" the better. A bonus is when we are up for a matinee movie after that big breakfast ;) It makes almost the entire Saturday a date. Love it.
Hannah asked: Where did Yellow Songbird come from?
Once again, there's no major meaning behind it...but you can read here for brief further explanation.
When are you gonna have a baby? I bet it would be pretty since you and your hubs are both pretty. I only ask because people keep asking me as if this is an appropriate question to ask a lady.
It's on our radar, but not in our immediate future. I'd say in the next year or two? :)
Cat asked: What is your favorite quote?
"I love birds. I love that they bring glory to God just by being birds. I want to be more like that...bringing glory to God just by being who He has created me to be." - Lauren Chandler, wife of Matt Chandler ((pastor of the Village church))
What inspires you most?
I actually just did a guest post here on what inspires me. Check it out!
**p.s. whoever anonymous is...email me & I'll give you a link to who I buy my colored snaps from ;)**
Stay tuned for ((a much shorter)) part two!