Wednesday, October 29, 2008

How Boys Model!

a recent modeling shoot with my boys produced these lovely photos!

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just a bit different than the girls!

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and yes...these hats will be available in my etsy store soon!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Blow Out Sale!

just SLASHED prices on ready to ship items in my etsy store AND I am offering free shipping! Help me raise the $$$ to pay for my booth in 2 weeks!

here are just a few of the goodies!

What's for dinner tonight????

well...actually I made this last week but it was such a hit I wanted to share with everyone!

I substituted butternut squash for the acorn squash....MMMM MMMM good!

Find the recipe here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sharing some show goodies.....

I have been chaining myself to my sewing machines the past few weeks as I prepare to do my first show of the holiday season. I am participating in the Holiday Shoppes sponsored by the Junior League of Syracuse. The show details can be found here.

I am very excited but a bit unsure of what to expect. I thought I would share a few of the goodies I have finished for the show...




I just love to photograph my daughter and her friend...trying to capture those glimpses of sweet innocence and childlike delight in the littlest things....

Thursday, October 23, 2008


or why we almost miss the bus most mornings......

My youngest is an inventor, designer, creator, builder, architect, engineer, master of his own dreams..... also a bit obsessive! Yesterday & today became a mad dash for the bus as he was focused on making airplanes from popsicle sticks, gum wrappers and paperclips!

It is amazing to watch him in can almost see the wheels turning....I hope he never loses this passion

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

special order...........

I love it when someone contacts me with a special request .... at the end of the summer a very sweet bride to be saw a dress I had made that was posted on Jennifer Paganelli's blog. She was planning on using one of Jennifer's fabrics...casey gold scroll .... at her reception & contacted me to see if I could make a dress for a 6 year old and a skirt set for an 11 year old that would incorporate this fabric. I was delighted at the opportunity and set to work.

I wanted to share the results with all of you! Fortunately my daughter is a beanpole and was able to model BOTH sizes for me!






the patterns for the skirt and dress were from farbenmix - the INSA skirt and from Studio Tantrum - the FELIZ dress...I love the versatility of both of these patterns and the fact that the style is appropriate for a wide range of ages.

Well...the bride received the package and her response is one of the reasons I love doing what I do....

Received the dress, skirt, and top today and they are GORGEOUS-!what a great mix of fabrics and colors, and so fitting to the girls' personalities. You have outdone yourself and far exceeded my expectations. Ella tried her dress on immediately and it looks amazing, and I know Hannah will adore hers too when she gets into town next week. I will definitely send pictures and talk up your name to everyone I know. Thank you, thank you!!!!"

thank you Nancy for letting me be a small part of your beautiful day!

Saturday, October 11, 2008


my folks are having a big bash this afternoon & I have volunteered to bring one of my favorite side salads....I am not a fan of potatoes but I LOVE yams & sweet potatoes and I love Martha Stewart's magazine...EVERYDAY FOOD. This is a delicious twist on a potato salad...

find the recipe here

Friday, October 10, 2008

some DIY tips.....

while catching up on all of the blogs I subscribe to I came across this list from contrariwise ramblings that gave me a good chuckle so I thought I would share...

1. If you’re choking on an ice cube, simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat. presto! the blockage will instantly remove itself.

2. Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop.

3. Avoid arguments with the females about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers ~ simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure on your veins. Remember to use a timer.

5. A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives. then you’ll be afraid to cough.

7. You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. if it doesn’t move and should, use the wd-40. if it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.

8. Remember - everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

9. If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you’ve got an electrical problem.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Something new on etsy....and some customer cuties!

I decided it was time for a new skirt design so after scouring my magazines & patterns for inspiration I am pleased to offer the Autumn Spice Collection....

I also thought it was time to share some more customer cutie photos! I LOVE to see the girls in their gock's frocks so if you have any photos you've me!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Pop Garden!

I LOVE the latest line from Heather Bailey at Freespirit - the colors are so vibrant, refreshing palate, fabulous designs....I set out to create a design that would work for girls of all ages - I was inspired to try some pintucks after following my friend Geeta's blog aptly named Pintuck!

Be sure to POP over to ebay and check it out!




Wednesday, October 01, 2008

gock's frocks fall SALE on etsy!

Time for Fall Cleaning! I have just listed a number of one of a kind - ready to ship fall inspired items in my etsy shop! Find savings of up to 20% off!

gock's frocks on etsy

and with the cooler weather I have pulled out my felted wool and am pleased to offer my first - one of a kind - wearable art felted wool ballet wrap cardigan!

and for Halloween.....