Giving Back.

I LOVE to sew!  I LOVE that my mom and an amazing sister-in-law taught me most of what I know.  I dare say I have even been ‘blessed’ with the talent to do it pretty well.  I am humbled when friends and customers are more confident in my skills than I am…and trust me with making things to celebrate milestones in their life’s and the lives of their loved ones.  I’ve been able to make some pretty fun things over the years.

I am constantly feeling the desire to ‘give back.’  I’m a dreamer.  I have high hopes that one day I can even create a foundation of my own. (That is an entirely separate post.  But it would involve the quest to make sure every little sick girl in every hospital has a headband and bow that make her feel like the Princess she is.)  In the mean time though, and while I am still raising little ones, I have found one little way to give back!

A few months ago, I came across the Margaret’s Hope Chest Blog.  An excerpt from the Directors Message on their website… “Margaret’s Hope Chest is a blending of two passions in my life – quilting and helping to spread God’s hope in a broken world.”  Basically, they give quilts to people who need them.  Among the receivers are children of parents who have been incarcerated.  They make quilts to give to the children FROM their incarcerated parent.  How cool is that?  Quilts have been donated to many other causes as well, from babies in Haiti to young men in Honduras and so many others.  (You can read THIS post to get an idea of the good they have spread.)  It is such a fabulous organization.

Every other month they have a new ‘Project HOPE’.  You can see March/April’s project HERE.  Essentially, they give you a tutorial, and a little direction, and as you to send in completed quilt blocks, which they will turn into quilts.  The reason I LOVE these projects?  I don’t have the time right now to make and donate full quilts, but I certainly can find the time to make a few blocks to send!  Below are my contributions for the March/April project.

Although I get the opportunity to give back, I get to learn something in return!  A new sewing technique or block that I might not have otherwise known.  It’s a win, win!  I’ve only been involved for a few months, but I think that somebody at just about any sewing skill level could participate.  And yes, it feels good to give back a little. 

If nothing else, I hope this helps you to think of ways YOU can give back, in some small way or another.  If it’s joining the cause of Margaret’s Hope Chest, AWESOME!

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The Perfect Wedding Shower Gift!

What a fun idea!  Surprise a summer bride with a set of beach towels to use on her honeymoon.

A friend of mine has a little brother getting married in June.  She came up with this great gift idea for his fiance’s bridal shower. I love making what somebody dreams up into reality!Image

Interested in a set of your own?  I have multiple choices of towel patterns available (AWESOME Charisma Resort Beach Towels 35″x70″ – as seen here…retails on amazon.com for $24.87.)  All The Trend price – $24 per towel, which INCLUDES the embroidery!  A fantastic value.  **I am also happy to monogram towels that YOU provide!  $10 per name**

Please feel free to contact me for more information!

Vintage Lace Crowns

Photographers, this one’s for you!  I’ve started a new collection called ‘Sweet Bryar – Couture Crowns’.  These gorgeous crowns are made from vintage lace that I have stiffened and given a beautiful coat of paint.  The larger crowns have a sweet ribbon rosette and feathers attached to give them that extra touch of ‘couture’.

Thanks to my SUPER TALENTED friend Stacy, of http://www.focusphotographyllc.com, who provided me with some beautiful photos of the crowns.

The {Bryar}

The {Sage}

The {Abbey}

As you can see, our crowns make beautiful photo props!  These crowns are great for princes and princesses of all ages.  Simply place on an infants head for elegant and royal newborn photos, or bobby-pin into the hair for older children.

These beautiful crowns are now available in my ETSY shop at http://www.sweetbryar.etsy.com, or on my website at http://www.allthetrend.com.

As little perk for checking out my new blog (and for making it this far down the post….haha!) Use the code NEWBLOG0 (that’s a zero, not an ‘o’) for free shipping from my ETSY shop!  (Also, be sure to read the shop announcement for another opportunity of future savings!)

One final blurb…when I said I’m using Vintage Lace, It’ no joke!  I was the recipient of my friend’s Great-Grandmother’s stash of lace.  Awesome!  Most of the lace is AT LEAST 30 years old!  The stash was handed down to my friend’s Grandmother, who upon passing it along to me said “I hope that you can have a little fun with this and make something beautiful.”  Well Grandma Dorris, I hope I am making you proud!

It’s about time!

This blog has been a long time coming!  I’ve dabbled a little here and there with a hobby craft blog, but never really had my heart into it.

All The Trend, LLC is really starting to take off!  I’ve been sewing and creating a little bit of everything…from custom quilts and dance bags, to embroidered ‘Bride & Groom’ beach towels and vintage lace crowns.  The business has me busy, and I LOVE it!

I figure this will be the best place to show new items I’m making, custom orders that have come in, and even a great place to advertise when I run a sale in the shop!

Thanks for your support…and bare with me as I make little changes and work out the bugs that come with starting a new blog!