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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanks- Giveaway!

Thanks - Giveaway!

As we roll into the holiday season, Paige at Great Pacific and I would like to say thanks in a tangible way. So....we are hosting a giveaway starting today and running through Tuesday, November 25th.  You can enter until midnight that night. We've teamed up to put together a little package of crafting goodness that will help kick start your shopping for the holidays or something you can keep for yourself!

Included in the giveaway:

- one Daisy Lane Design craft tote bag 
- one skein of your choice of Fable Fibers Hand Dyed Yarn (the owner is a friend of Paige's and Paige carries a nice selection of her yarns at the Shoppe.)
- your choice of one set of knitting needles OR crochet hook 

This gift is valued at $56 and all of it will go to ONE lucky winner!

All of the items will be on display at Paige's shoppe for the duration of the giveaway entry time if you want to take a peek - but this is not just open to local pals - anyone can enter! Paige will help give you a "tour" of the Fable Fiber skeins that she has available and you'll be able to select the color that is your favorite as well as select the hook or needles that best suit you.

There are lots of ways to enter, and you can pick the number of entry options you like. However to be considered for the prize, you MUST:

Follow the Daisy Lane Design blog. 
Go to Great Pacific's blog and follow her. 
Enter in those two parts of the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

There's lots of ways to earn extra entries in the giveaway, 
but these three steps need to be followed in order to win. 

Will it take a little leg work on your part? Yes! But it's taken a little leg work on our part to put this all together, and after all the turkey we're going to eat in a few days, we could USE the legwork 
(in fact, too bad it's only virtual leg work!)

The winner will be selected at random, by Rafflecopter 
(that's why you have to make sure you record your entries there! Muy importante!!! K? K. :)

Winner will be drawn and announced on Wednesday, November 26 and if you are local, you can pick up your winnings on Small Business Saturday, November 29th. If you are an out of area winner, your items will be mailed to you the following week.

Good Luck Everyone!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

DLD Holiday Gift Guide

The Countdown is On...
I promise not to panic if you don't. 
Here are some ideas at a variety of price points for the people on your list who enjoy handmade items. Lots of these things are ready to ship or available either at Great Pacific Gallery in Point Pleasant or Intentional b in Bradley Beach, NJ. Custom orders are always welcome...as long as you don't wait til the last minute! Last day for custom orders for holiday gifts is 2 weeks before you need them - 3 if they need to be shipped. Prices reflect ready to ship items. Custom items may be slightly more.

For the Stocking Stuffing
$10 - Coin Purses.
I have a bunch of these pre-made and they will be delivered to Intentional b this week for locals. 
They are conveniently sized to hold store bought gift cards! So it's a two for one gift if you're going that route. Great for teachers, bus drivers, and other appreciation holiday gifts - adds a special personal touch. Made with two coordinating cottons, interfaced and closes with a pearl snap. Cute cute.

For the Sipper
$12 - Custom Coffee Cozies
(these three pictured are the only ones in stock and are clearanced at $8 each.) 
My most popular gift for teachers is a coffee cozy. Pair it with a coffee shop gift card or a mug and you have a great gift. Can be made up in any color. Perfect for male teachers if they enjoy a specific sports team. Yes, I'll even sew up other NFC teams besides the Giants....I just won't like it. :) Buy 4 or more at once and get 25% off. Made of 2 coordinating cotton fabrics, lined with cotton blend batting. Loops over a button. Fits standard disposable coffee cups.

For the Drooler
$14-16 Infant and Toddler Bibs
Have a little one in your life that you are buying for? Consider a bib. Available in two sizes, infant and toddler, these bibs are super absorbent with a batting layer in-between. They are cute on both sides, so they are reversible and they close with a pearl snap, so there is not messy velcro to deal with in the wash. The in-stock ready to ship ones are down at Interntional b. Or you can custom order one or more!

For the Crafty Betties
$18/each Crochet Hook or Circular Needle Holders
Know someone who loves to crochet and/or knit? Do they need a pouch to store their tools? These are great for just that! Made of two coordinating cotton prints or solids and lined with batting, each pouch closes with a pearl snap. Bonus: The one on the left is great for holding pens...the one on the right could be used as a sunglass case!

Crafty Betties continued
$25 Crafting Project Bags
Great for carrying just your current project to the coffee shop or the yarn store for a little work night. Patterned after a small brown paper bag with grab handles, these bags are lined and interfaced and have a small side pocket for holding your tools so they don't get lost at the bottom. Yarn and tools not included.

All crafty betty items are available at Great Pacific Frame Shoppe in Point, or as a custom order through my etsy shop.

For your Girlfriends (or yourself!)
$29-36 Wallet Clutch with Wooden Buttons
The newest clutch design from DLD. Sized to fit cash envelopes, but also can come with a zippered inside pocket and/or credit card slots. Convertible strap makes it either a short strapped shoulder bag or a wristlet. Real wooden buttons are hand-sewn on in coordinating thread. Truly a show stopping beauty. 

For Something Personal 
$22-28 Personalized cosmetic cases - available in lots of different styles.
One of the shop's most popular items throughout the year, these are great gifts for anyone on your list that you'd like to have something personal. 

Monogram one letter: $22
True Monogram (three letters, not pictured): $23
Greek Letters $23
Rosette: $25
State: $25
State with heart in specific spot: $28
Custom order includes choice of chevron color, choice of solid letter/rosette color. The inside color is the same at the solid on front. 

For the Homebodies....or the Homesick
$30 State pride totes with heart
Great for that someone who really really loves where they are from, or misses where they used to live. Perfect for college kids away at school or a grandparent whose grandkids are far flung. Black and white chevron bag, you choose state, state/handle color and where to place the heart.

DLD Gift Cards
Any amount
Daisy Lane Design gift cards can be used on DLD merchandise or sewing classes. I ask that you please not use them in Great Pacific or Intentional b, because they are separate businesses, but I can make up anything you see there that you'd like to use a gift card for. Available in any denomination.

Hope that gives you some ideas for your gift list this holiday season. Of course, there are lots of items I make that are also available for the holidays - just wanted to highlight some new and popular ones. Let me know if you have any questions!

:) allison

Monday, October 20, 2014

Food Donations Being Made This Week

Thank you to everyone who donated food this week! We collected a good variety of non-perishable food items and they will be taken to The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties later this week. If you'd like more information about volunteering or donating food at this location, you can see their website for more information. 

We were only able to get a few bags made to put the food in, but hopefully they will be a blessing to whatever family receives them.

The bags make a great carry-all and can be used for just about anything!

If you are interested in making a tote, and filling it with food to donate to your local food bank, email me at daisylanedesign@yahoo.com, and I'll send you the pdf for making one of these cute bags. Maybe you can even just fill it up with something for a elderly neighbor, whip some up and bring them to a nursing home filled with some toiletries or treats....they can be a blessing to lots of different people! 

Also, this weekend, I discovered this sign in the window of the subway at Aldrich Plaza on Rt 9 here in Howell. If you know anyone who can benefit from this location's generosity, please let them know! And if you're hungry for a 6" Italian BMT someday, please consider supporting this business which is trying to do its part. :)

Our next Create and Donate is scheduled for 
Sunday, November 16 from 2-5 pm.
We will be making zip top pencil cases for Operation Christmas Child
It is an annual campaign run by Samaritan's Purse. 
Pricing will be as follows:
Attend the zipper class and make a cute pencil case: $30 - plus your materials.
Attend the zipper class and donate your pencil case to be included in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox: $15 plus materials.
Attend the zipper class, donate your pencil case and bring another item to be donated and your class is free! (You just need to bring your supplies)

We will also be collecting items at the shop to fill shoeboxes. Directions for filling shoeboxes and the items that are ok to include can be found here. If you are considering donating - please read over the list before purchasing. There are just some things that can't be sent or accepted, and these items will be weeded out before being packed in a shoebox.

If you would like to donate supplies to make pencil cases, or if you are coming to the Create and Donate, here is what you need:
One 9" zipper in the color of your choosing
a fat quarter or 1/4 yard of 100% cotton fabric print (nothing with guns, military or violent themes).
a fat quarter or 1/4 yard of solid colored fabric or muslin.
1/4 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing.

If you are interested in purchasing a pencil case for yourself, as a gift or to include in your own Operation Christmas Child shoebox, you can find the listing for these in my shop here. These will be available for purchase through November 10, and for each one purchased, $7 will be donated to Samaritan's Purse.

Hope you all have a great week!
:) allison

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2nd Create and Donate - Unlined Tote Bags

Come Join us on Sunday, October 12 from 2-5 pm.

In September, we wound up making 9 bibs and collecting 11 packages of diapers for Solutions Pregnancy Center in Central NJ. I was blown away by everyone's generosity and willingness to help out! Here are some of those donations:

So, I'm excited to announce our next community event!
October's Create and Donate project is this unlined tote and food donations for an area food bank (specific organization to be determined.)

When: Sunday, October 12, from 2-5 pm
Where: Great Pacific Frame Shoppe, in Point Pleasant, NJ
Cost: The tote class is $30. If you donate your bag it's $25. If you also bring food items to place in your bag it's $15. There will be some supplies (fabric, webbing) available, but they are limited and handed out on a first come first serve basis, so reserve your spot today!

How else to get involved: if you don't sew, but would like to be involved, we are collecting non-perishable food items at the Shoppe, October 1 through 16. 

What if you don't live nearby?
If you are a sewer and would like to make a bag and fill it with food items and donate to a collection site in your area - let me know! I have a tutorial written up showing you how to make the bags. I would love for you to be able to impact your community where you are in a meaningful way as well. Just make sure you take a picture and share! #dldcreateanddonate in all the usual spots.

For those who like to plan ahead:
November's Create and Donate will be zippered pencil cases for Operation Christmas Child
December's Create and Donate will be fleece hats and a warm clothing donation. 

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Friday, September 19, 2014

We've Got Spirit, How 'Bout You?

School Spirit Color Run 5K
Saturday, September 27
at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
641 Struthers Ave, Grand Junction, CO.
Registration is a 9 am, run starts at 10 am.

Get your run on before you head over for your fry bread at the Fruita Fall Festival!

This is a step away from what I normally do at the shop to tell you about an incredible opportunity to support teens in the Grand Valley next Saturday, September 27. My husband, Chad, and his partner, Leigh, head up a dynamic non-profit called Neural Activity. This program is

"...a unique non-profit organization. 
It marries adventure activities with a drug prevention message. 
Students learn about natural highs and how drugs corrupt the body's natural reward pathways. 
Once trained, NA Teens present the message to younger students." 
-quote is a description from their Facebook page.

Neural Activity takes teens out on all kinds of adventure activities, ones they might not normally get a chance to participate in otherwise. This summer at their annual training, they summited Mt. Crested Butte, in Crested Butte, Colorado, rappelled and did some white water rafting. Once the teens see how life itself offers plenty of exciting opportunities, Neural Activity teaches these teens how drugs can steal those opportunities from them and the biological effects drug use can have on their bodies. 

From there, the students who participated went back to their area high schools and started organizing their schools' clubs, recruiting other incoming and returning students at back to school nights across the valley:

Throughout the year, they will continue to receive research-based instruction that they will then be trained to present to younger students in area middle schools so that they can serve as mentors to the kids coming up behind them. And they will continue to do exciting adventure activities in their area. This weekend, for example, they are climbing Mt. Garfield. The activities are funded mostly by the clubs themselves. Here is where you come in:

Neural Activity's first fundraiser of this season is the School Spirit Color Run 5K. Instead of having dye packs thrown at you, the idea is to show your school spirit by wearing your area high school colors. Are you a fan, alum, parent of a future Bulldog? Let's see your maroon and white! Live in town? Get your orange and black on, and come walk/run! 

Here is the link for the 5K run/walk registration:

Cost is $19 in advance, $25 the day of.
You receive a bright green sling bag for participating

AND....because you are a DLD fan too, there is a way to earn another freebie! 
A coffee cozy in your school's colors!

Example of coffee cozy in Central's colors

Interested? Here's what you do:
1. When you register for the event, sign up under a business.....Daisy Lane Design. (if you forget this step during registration, just tell Chad at the event - he'll be there!)
2. Take a picture of yourself or your group in their school colors at the event.
3. Post your picture on the DLD Facebook page.
Every picture will be entered into a drawing. Everyone in the picture selected will win a DLD coffee cozy in their school's colors. 

Of course, this is only for those that are in the Grand Junction area next weekend, but I'm excited to say that NA is also starting up in New Jersey this year! Perhaps there will be a color run here next year too!

:) allison

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stop! Read This Sign

We are back to school, people!
A little late, I know, but I am still all aglow....

Hurray! Huzzah! I know, I'm the worst mom ever - but I love back to school. When I was a full time teacher, (and before I was a mom) I did not quite understand. I would listen to those with kids, off for the summer, and wonder at their complaining. I would think, all self-righteously, that when I had kids and they were home for ten weeks on end, I would absolutely love it! We would have so much fun! 

Flash forward 9 years. I have two kids. A just starting fourth grader and a just starting second grader. And they are great! And we DO have so much fun! But I now realize that those "complaining" moms from before I knew what I was talking about were really just speaking about the exhaustion of having to be ON 24 hours a day, for 10 weeks on end, and constantly cleaning up and organizing things for their people. But I have also discovered, 10 weeks and 7 days  - that's the number of days we've been back - late that the need to be ON 24 hours a day, and especially taking on the responsibility of all the cleaning and organizing is totally completely and utterly my own fault.


I admit it.

I created my summer monster and now I have to wait 180+ school days to try and fix it.

Here's is why back to school rules: because there is structure to it! You wake up at a certain time, follow morning routines, send your little ones off, take care of your own stuff or go to work, come home, afternoon activities/homework/dinner, night-time routines and bed. And then you repeat, repeat repeat. It's bliss. It's wonderful. Do you know why? Because you don't have to think about it! You don't have to create an elaborate "what are we going to do today" plan. You just work the plan you have! Genius. Whoever thought of this thing really knew what they were doing. And I was reminded of it while sitting in my daughter's back to school night. The teacher started talking about the morning routines, how the kids come in...put away their backpacks...sign in...make a lunch choice...do morning work, and on and on. It makes her days smooth, it makes it easier for the kids to learn and guess what? The kids LIKE it!

It's not how I want to live every moment, trust me. We all need a Saturday that we stay in our pjs and watch mind-numbing TV all wrapped up in blankets with a bowl of homemade popcorn between us. I'm all about that. But I need to do a better job of teaching my kids how to be responsible for their own entertainment, as well as teaching them how to be active and responsible members of our family unit.

And I'm not waiting until next summer. We're starting now. With little things, like the sign at the beginning of this post. Here it is again:

It's hand-written on a piece of scrap paper and taped to the back door with painter's tape. No Pinterest sign here. (I only have time to pin, not actually make any of that great stuff). I also don't have to be the crazy mom, running around looking for all the last minute things that they need for the day - getting angry that all 180 school days of each of the 6 years we've been doing this, it's the same script. I merely point to the door. If they forget after that, oops. They'll remember tomorrow.

here's to a step in the right direction!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Week's Work

Week of September 7
This is a super busy class week! Three regular adult classes, open sew, one kid class, and the fall's first Create and Donate! Full details are available on the Classes tab, but here is the overview below...

Classes this week:
Tuesday the 9th, 6-9 pm: Advanced Class - Coasters Part 1
(actually, if anyone signs up for this class, we will need to talk about another time - we have open house for back to school at 6 pm!)
Wednesday the 10th, 10 am - 1 pm: Beginner Class part 2 - Stuffed Pillow
Thursday 11th, 10:30am - 1:30 pm: Intermediate Class - Rotary Cutting
Friday the 12th, 6-9 pm: Open Sew. Come and work on existing projects. $15/person
Saturday the 13th, 1-4 pm: Kid's Sew: Beginning Sewing/Stuffed Pillow
Sunday the 14th, 2-5 pm: Create and Donate - bibs

New Pattern: Coffee Cozies
This is actually a tutorial that is already available right here on the blog, but I am going to write up a pattern for it too, in case there are some of you out there that don't want to do that part for yourself. I'll also be putting together coffee cozy kits, which will then be available for sale at Great Pacific. All you'll need is your machine, thread and a hand-sewing needle and you'll be able to make one for yourself!

Newsletter Sign-up
The first email newsletter is going out this week. It is full of the more important, don't want to miss and exclusive DLD information. If you want to be the first to know, you should receive the newsletter! Send your email to daisylanedesign@yahoo.com and I'll sign you up!

Hope you all have a good week.