Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Finds!

Hopefully, every Friday I'll be able to bring some fabulous finds to everyone that has not yet stumbled across them yet. Today's find is something that has made my life sooooo much easier.  I don't know about you all, but tiered twirl skirts and dresses are ALWAYS a go to when designing something new and cute for my little E.  I actually offer a E-book Tutorial on my ETSY page, but there are soooo many freebies out there for you all to search through as well. 

Chica & Jo has one of my FAVORITES, because they offer a skirt measurement calculation toolHow simple is that? Their tutorial offers numerous colorful photos and instructions for those of you who are wanting to try something new!  Enjoy.

CLICK HERE for the tutorial at Chica & Jo!

Talk to you soon!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Welcome to my Website

Hello Everyone, and welcome to Teensy Couture blogspot.  I currently work on a joint blog with a good friend of mine called A Sprinkle of This.  I have had my ETSY shop now for about a year.  When I first opened it, I called myself Mama's Sew Ripped.  I recently changed it for various reasons.  Some of you may be familiar with the previous name, but if you know me, I like change, and being difficult, so here we go again! 

So, a little bit about myself...

I currently live in Ballwin, MO.  It is a town just outside of St. Louis.  I was born and raised in Pensacola, FL.  After a couple attempts at college life...Florida State University, and University of West Florida, I decided to go out and "Get A Real Job".  Ha!  Funny right.  I loved the work I did for about a year with the US Pro Wakeboard and Waterski Tour in Orlando, FL.  I traveled around the US and Canada during the spring and summer months doing promotions work for the tour.  It had its ups and downs...mostly ups!  But after a year of actually working my tushie off, I decided to send myself back to school.  That's when I moved to Tampa, FL to finish up at the University of South Florida...GO BULLS!  This is where I met my husband.

Hubby is in the United States Coast Guard.  Three months after we were married we were transferred to Cape Canaveral, FL where I began teaching for 2 years.  I also had my first child, boy "A".  Then hubby was sent off doing drug and migrant patrol for the USCG.  He was gone 6 months out of the year.  It was tough at first, a learning curve, but manageable.  Once I had our second child, daughter "E", we were shipped off again.  This time to Go Ole St. Louis, MO.  Super scary since I had only seen snow the year before in Arkansas.  Huge adjustment. 

So that brings us here.  After about 6 months of searching endlessly for a teaching job here, I decided to pick up a new hobby.  HA!  Hobby.  Hubby will laugh at that one.  I went out, bought a $150 sewing machine from Wal-Mart, and got on You Tube.  I am 100% self taught...with the help of my buddy over at Sprinkle of This...and a couple tips from my mom...a supermom herself!  After burning through 3 sewing machines in a year and a half, I decided to actually put my money where my HOBBY was and get me a good one!  This time I bought my first baby...a Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118.  The week after, my yard sale serger bit the dust and I bought my second baby...a Husqvarna Viking H Class 200S.  I am hoping to trade up for some of the Embroidery Models, but until then, they get the job done! 

So hopefully I can bring you some helpful insights into sewing and crafting as well as some great links to some other sites I frequently visit.  There is a wide array of FREE tutorials and patterns out there just waiting to be found.  So go play!  Also, visit some of the sites I have linked on the sidebar that are GREAT GREAT blogs and websites I use daily!

Talk to you soon!