Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bring on The Fall!!!

Has it really been a month since my last blog post? It sure has. You want to know why? Every time I try to log in I get told my password is wrong. EVERY TIME! So I literally have to reset my password every time I try to get on this site. Eerrr, annoying!

Bring on the Fall! The Fall Season that is. I LOVE Fall. The weather starts to change, the smell in the air starts to smell of rain and festivities, football is a permanent fixture in my home, the kids are back in school full time, the leaves begin to change color, and, well, you get it. The only part of Summer I like is the swimming. I am really tired of the continuous heat here in Central California. It's in the 90's till the end of October, and starts back up the first of March. Just continuous heat! Ugh...

Life is busy as ever. We went to Monterrey and had a wonderful time. We cannot wait to go back. We went to the aquarium, and we spent lots of time at the beach. The kids had a ball! Sam drew a "I (heart) Andrea" in the sand. Awww, how sweet huh? I snapped a pic with my cell phone. I wasn't able to get many pix while in Monterey because I got sand in the camera lens pretty much as soon as we got there, and my brother in law had to fix it for us, when we got home. Oops.

Noel is now considered the best dog ever! While daddy gave her a hair cut today she went right behind him and ate all her shaved off hair! Sweet. No sweeping for mommy! Whoohoo! Thanks Noel, Mommy Loves You!!!!! =)

Riley, my 7 yr old, started 3rd grade. OMG! I am beginning to feel old!!!! He will be 8 soon, and the twins will be 5. They have not yet started school, one more year. They are so excited to go to the same school as their big brother, I on the other had am not real sure how I will handle it. I refuse to think about this for at least the next 11 months..........

The shopping season, honestly, is upon us! As soon as September is here, it all begins, not only for my Etsy shop, but at home too. Shopping for 3 kids for their birthdays and holidays is not cheap, or easy, so we start early....Lots of big sales to happen in my Etsy shop! Zipper pouches make great gifts!!!! FattsMaGee.Etsy.Com copy and paste, copy and =)

Cheers! Till we meet again...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

"People's Don't Have Baby-ing Suits!!!"

"People's don't have baby-ing suits!" Words of my daughter and she was SO serious! I still am not real sure what she was talking about. She's 4!

Long time no blog!!!! Seriously busy. Way busy! Totally busy! AAAHHH. I had a HUGE sale on Etsy, FattsMaGee.Etsy.Com where I literally sold 73 pouches in a single day. Definitely a record for me! Then I had another sale the following week. Essentially I was neck deep in sewing. But it's worth it. A painful, yet elective, surgery and long recovery later.....I still feel so tired! I'm trying to eat better and exercise more and I just can't help but feel like my body is rejecting all things =)

Tried to do some new things around my Etsy shop. Didn't work! It's one of those if-its-not-broken-don't-fix-it sort of deals....I thought I would make some new bigger pouches, some new wristlets, and take ALL NEW pictures. Bugged and nagged the hubby to create this all white backdrop for me. I just knew the white backdrop would enhance the look of my pouches.......not so! It's wasn't a complete flop. Some of the newer stuff has sold, which is fun. The white backdrop though? Not so much. Every pouch looks blurry, like I tried to photoshop them to make them look thinner and prettier, hehe, kidding; but they were seriously blurry. I perhaps need a new camera? Anyway, back to the old way of doing things, the good ol' fashioned rolling cutting board. Place the pouch on top, make sure none of my tile floor is peeking through the picture, and ta-da! A way better picture for some odd reason.....who knows....

Next up? A nice little family vacation. I think this is the first vacation the 5 of us will have. And by vacation I mean we actually planned it, we weren't thrown into it due to other circumstances. We are going to Monterey Bay! We rented a little cottage right on the beach! And we will take the kids to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! My husband has never been there and he has lived his whole life in this state! Riley loves all things science and water-life, sharks are his fav! The twins are just stoked that they get to ride in daddy's truck!

Upon our return I am thinking of having a big back-to-school sale! Will probably place the entire shop on sale for 1/2 off! So keep your eyes peeled on the shop.....I've posted some recent photos! Enjoy.....=)


Monday, May 25, 2009

Christmas and Frosty...

Kids are funny! And very creative. Just the other night my 4 year old twins decided they wanted different names. Apparently Casey and Reese just isn't good enough for them! So I decided to let them pick out their own names, just to see what they would come up with. This is a very entertainting experience! =)

Reese: 4 yrs old, daughter, new name: Christmas!

Casey: 4 yrs old, son, new name: Frosty the Snowman!

Wow, right? Imagine that! I asked my oldest son Riley what he wanted and he said "Riley" will do just fine, he is 7, and too mature for a new name. Too bad! At this point, all must pick a new name! The twins and I thought we would call him The Great Pumpkin. But he didn't like that! He decided Jack Skellington would be better, direct from the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Daddy has decided to go by the name "Grinch." Not sure why, he isn't big and green and hairy!?!? Hmmm....And since all the kids had picked the best names I had no idea what to pick for myself! Not to worry, Reese, er, Christmas decided that since her and I are the only girls I would be called "Christmas Eve"! PERFECT!!!!

The kids are very happy with their new names! This last Saturday we attended my friend Jessica's graduation party (Congrats Jess!!!). Jessica's sons grandmother (did you keep that straight, lol) came up to my daughter and casually asked her what her name was, to which she promptly responded "Christmas!" HAHAHA I love it! Kids....always make you laugh!

Monday, May 18, 2009

It's a tough life...

This is what happens when you do not take a nap! You fall asleep on your bowl of ravioli!

This is what happens when you do wholesale orders! You spend an entire weekend sewing hippo themed pouches.......40 to be exact! Fun, but a lot of work, so much for a restful weekend.....oh well =)

OH! And P.S. this is what happens when you have a weekness for bags and purses....and the color pink! You find awesome stuff like this.......Courtesy Crafttastrophe.Etsy.Com OMG Check out the shoes in her shop!!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sew SEW Busy....

Lots of sewing this last weekend and the last couple of days! Busy little bee. Custom order for some the purple and greens...and LOTS of new items made for my shop....and listed if you want to see ~~> FattsMaGee.Etsy.Com

New Rounded Makeup bags, that lay flat, or sit on their own!!!

New Padded Sunglass Pouches.....

And some other FUN stuff!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Other Member...

This here is Noel Lee Beauchamp! She was welcomed to the family back around Christmas time. What an experience! Many a time I have found myself asking the question "What was I thinking?"

Sam and I and the kids watched that movie "Marley and Me." Cute film (love Jennifer Aniston!) We noticed that they call Marley, the dog, THE WORST DOG IN THE WORLD. Too funny, and that dog was bad. Noel, is nowhere near that bad. But let me tell you what we DO call her: THE GROSSEST DOG IN THE WORLD!

Why you ask? She literally eats anything and everything she can find off the ground. Nasty right? Oh, wait, not to fear, she just vomits everything back up! Yay!

That big old turd on the side walk from somebody elses dog.....gone, as Noel licks her chops (as I run around frantically trying to find a stick to dig that crap out of her mouth....UGH) Grass, bushes, sticks, shoes, stuffed animals, all of it, GULP! MmmmTasty. A narly hairy spider crawling across my kitchen floor. EW, EEK. Have no fear! Noel to the rescue!!! No worries about her eating all these things though, like I said, she has every intention of just regurgitating it all right back up. Ah huh. I just love cleaning dog puke! Noel is the grossest dog in the world...........

She's cute though right? =)


Monday, May 4, 2009

Two COOL Custom Orders!

Custom Orders can be super fun! People have really great ideas..... I have been fortunate enough to have made some really cool custom requested stuff! Here are a couple....

Allison is addicted to this amazing Fishy fabric! It's a super soft cotton that literally looks like fishy's swimming around in water! So FUN! And Allison has purchased a couple of pouches with this fabric, and has just purchased this great sized one and now, sadly, I am out of the Fishy fabric! Oh well. Happy the fish found a loving home....

And then, wow, check this fabric out! HELLO! Vibrant and gorgeous! I had never seen this fabric before until I was asked by another super cool Etsian to make this makeup bag. So happy to oblige.......there will be more where this fabric came from, I am lovin these green's..........

Thanks for the custom orders both of you, I SO appreciate it!!


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Let's Get This Party Started....

Ok so here we go! I just let friends and family know that I am starting this blog so I better post SOMETHING! I didn't realize it would be so difficult, perhaps it's just me? I must admit; Sam has had to step in and help out!

Big Daddy, aka Sam, got me a brand new pink laptop for my b-day! Hello! What an amazing gift! What an amazing guy, always the gift giver....the laptop has inspired me to start the blog, since Sam and I will no longer be fighting over our home PC.

**A little about me, that most of you already know: Andrea, aka AnnDreyHey (thanks to one of my best friends Britni who came up with the name in highscool) I am married to Sam, who is the VP of Guardian Technologies in Fresno, CA, we have three cute kids, Riley (boy) 7, Casey (boy) and Reese (girl), twins, 4 yrs old. I am a Data Specialist at Children's Hospital Central California, of which I am super proud to work for. Amazing hospital and organization! AND to boot, I work with some amazing ladies! And I was inspired to sew from my friend Dawn, at DSCHICBOUTIQUE.Etsy.Com and I now have my store, Fatts MaGee, which is Reese's nic name....A whole other post re: nic names to come later.....hehe!

I plan to do a few things with this blog. A) Talk about random stuff! B) Talk about my friends and family and their goings on, post their pix etc, C) Have "Jane's Daily Q" because she posts fun questions on twitter that I would like to transpose check out the Daily Q's, Polls, Etc. D) I will probably post games and such, lots of pictures, lots of stuff about my Etsy shop, and E) Last but not least: GIVEAWAYS!!!!!! I will have some great giveaways as soon as this sucker takes off. Free Items from my Etsy shop, and perhaps other Etsy shops, and other places as well....all in all, fun stuff!
Do any of YOU have some good ideas as to what else I can do with this blog? Let me know!!!

Had to post this pic! The kids think it's the funniest thing and it was the ONLY picture out of 230 where they all three smiled at the same time....A little taste of our family humor! =)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

OMG I'm Starting A Blog!!!!

Hello All! I have been inspired to start a blog but I can't really figure this stuff, more to come, as I learn how to navigate through this!

Whoohoo..........Gotta love modern day!


P.S. If you don't know who I am check me out on Etsy or Twitter!