Pirate Birthday Party at home

We celebrated E’s sixth birthday yesterday with putt-putt golf at a local pirate-themed course, followed by lunch, cake and presents at home. Here are some party pictures to inspire your next pirate theme shindig. You are welcome to message me for more details on anything we made. xx M

:: Eats & Treats ::
Awesome Pirate Birthday Cake DIY Boys Pirate Birthday Party

Pirate Theme Breakfast Menu EASY Ideas for Pirate Birthday or Camp
Birthday Breakfast:
French Toast Sticks (aka PLANKS) served with Cap’n Crunch whipped cream and a pirate banana


Make a Pirate Ship from a watermelon with Fruit Salad EASY Version for Pirate Birthday Party Food
Pirate Theme Lunch Menu for Birthday Party of Camp
Birthday Lunch:
Fruit Salad in a Watermelon Pirate Ship, Pirate Booty, Tuna Salad, and
PEG LEGS (aka Corn Dogs) these were E's idea - SO fun!

:: Decor ::

DIY Giant Treasure Map Pirate Birthday Party Decor

DIY Pirate Ship for Pirate Theme Birthday Party

Red and Black Pirate Theme Birthday Party Decorations
 Red and Black Pirate Theme Birthday Party Decor Ideas
Pirate Theme Birthday Party DIY Treasure Chest with Dollar Store Loot






April Showers bring...

April Showers bring... CUTE skirt season! ;)

Let’s have some fun!

TODAY in the shop I have a  HUGE Grab Bag deal for You!

Here’s your chance to score a  one-of-a-kind skirt• made exclusively for YOU for HALF OFF!

::The Details::

You choose the size and style and I will create a SURPRISE skirt for you! 

In true “grab bag” style, pieces will be discounted 50% from their retail price!
This is a GREAT way to stock your gal’s wardrobe with OOAK skirts for Spring! 

Here’s the scoop on each style:

ELLE skirts (sample photo #2)
Elle is a high waist “paperbag” style skirt with a slim a-line style and fully enclosed elastic waistband. 


ETTA skirts (sample photo #3)
Etta is a classic twirl skirt made mod with it’s flat front waistband, enclosed elastic back, and full gathered skirt.


ELOISE skirts (sample photo #4)
Eloise is my most popular piece, and for good reason! Featuring a flat front waist band and adjustable “suspender straps” that criss-cross and tie thorough loops in the back for a comfortable, completely adjustable, fit! Eloise is a semi-gathered skirt with plenty of twirl! Tie the straps higher for a vintage, baby-doll, look or wear them loose for a more ‘90s vibe.



::The Fine Print::

Each skirt will be made to order, making it truly unique for each child! No duplicate fabric combos will be used! 

Available in sizes Nb through 12.

The fabrics will remain a surprise for these pieces; that’s part of the fun! No fabric requests, returns or exchanges will be made. IF your girl refuses to wear flowers or really can’t stand gingham; please let me know and I will avoid said prints :) I want y’all to love your custom pieces! Rest assured that all fabrics are Daydream Believers approved high quality cottons in prints that are current with today’s trends. PLEASE LEAVE A NOTE AT CHECKOUT WITH YOUR TOP CHOICE OF PRIMARY COLOR. I will select a fabric that features the color you tell me. If no note is left, I will select for you.

Sound fun?! Here is the link to shop! xx M
https://etsy.me/2VV2BNs

Spring Break Inspired

Just returned from a gorgeous Spring Break vacation  with my family. My heart is full, and I am feeling recharged and ready to create! The sights and sounds of South Carolina  have inspired my fabric choices for this month.





I am opening orders for custom pieces only.
To commission a special outfit made from the fabrics shown here, shoot me an email daydreambelieversdesigns@gmail.com with the subject SPRING BREAK INSPIRED.

You can view the Bespoke Clothing catalog to select your style HERE

Orders for these fabrics will close on Friday, April 12.

xx M

I believe in timeless fashion...


I believe in timeless fashion, in purchasing better-quality items less often.

In creating pieces that are environmentally and ethically conscious, rather than trend-driven.

Through Daydream Believers I modify classic clothing patterns to create pieces designed to grow with your child, so you can enjoy them and pass them on for many seasons.

By hand crafting each item myself, I ensure these garments are durable and lend themselves to repairs, not disposal.

While the process is time consuming and the amount of clothing I create is limited; I am confident it is worth it.

Thank you to my many clients who share this mission! xx M



Last year's dress is this year's tunic! High Quality, Handcrafted clothing designed to grow with your girl! www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com
Last year's dress is this year's tunic!
High Quality, Handcrafted clothing designed to grow with your girl! That is Daydream Believers!

How to place a custom order

At it’s core, Daydream Believers is a celebration of each child’s personality. Through the bespoke design process, I collaborate with my clients to create one of a kind garments that perfectly suit each child.
Linen sundress rose pink for girls classic slow fashion by Daydream Believers Designs


Maybe it is a special occasion dress for a wedding, or a themed piece for a birthday.  A coordinating sibling set for family photos, or a personality filled outfit for the first day of school. A special dress for vacation, or a mix and match capsule wardrobe for comfy everyday wear. No matter the reason, every child deserves a one of a kind outfit designed just for them.

Vintage Style Baby Doll length ruffle twirl dress for girls by Daydream Believers Designs

Each piece is created, by me, for your child. Each pattern is drafted based on your child’s measurements, ensuring a perfect fit, every time. No need to worry if your child is between sizes; I am experienced in pattern drafting and tailoring for children. Each heirloom quality piece is handcrafted, by me, in my Michigan studio.


HOW DOES IT WORK?
The process begins with reserving a design spot. In order to give each order my fullest attention, I must limit the number of orders I take on each month. I encourage you to reserve your spot as early as possible. There is a $25 deposit required at the time of reservation.

Classic 1960s style clothing for girls by Daydream Believers Designs

Once your spot is reserved, you will receive a design-consultation-worksheet. This simple form will help me to understand what you are commissioning to be made. I review each worksheet and then put together a design proposal that outlines your options (fabrics, embellishments, prices, timeline) for your order. I love collaborating with my clients! Hearing them share stories about their child, then dreaming up the perfect pieces to make; it is an absolute joy and privilege.
Boho romantic flower girl dresses handcrafted in Michigan by Daydream Believers Designs
After you review your proposal, we finalize the details for the order. I will write up a detailed listing for you to purchase directly from the Daydream Believers Designs Etsy shop. Then I get to work creating your special piece and you get the excitement of the signature pink bag arriving in the mail with your unique creation! 

Interested in commissioning a custom piece for a child you love? Check out the Bespoke Orders page for more details or email me directly to reserve your spot!

xx M

Quitting.

I started blogging ten years ago. I was a stay at home mom with two tiny girls and I enjoyed the hobby. I met some lovely ladies through blogging, many that I still talk with today. Over the last decade we have watched each other’s children grow, our families change, and our outlet transform.

Through my blog,  I was lucky enough to connect with wonderful women who saw the beauty in the clothing I was making for my girls and encouraged me to continue creating. I didn’t start out blogging for business. I didn’t start designing clothes with the intention of selling them. I started sewing because fashion has always been special to me and I found joy in curating unique wardrobes for my girls. I opened my shop because I wanted to give other parents a way todo the same for their girls.I wanted to give them a way to get one of a kind clothing designed especially for their child. I wanted to give them clothes that fit perfectly, that you wouldn’t find anywhere else! Connecting and creating; I have been fortunate enough to spend the last decade doing just that.

I have designed clothes that are already treasured family heirlooms.
I have created pieces for kids to shine in on their most special days.
I have connected with hundreds of people who used my chemo-cap tutorial and took the time to reach out to me
I’ve  sewn chemo caps for beloved friends and prayed over caps being sent to strangers that I will never meet.
I have made precious pieces for gender reveals, and capes for real life superheroes.
I was privileged to make a precious outfit for an angel who celebrated her one and only Earthly birthday wearing a Daydream Believers original.

I never intended to start a business. Then once I did, I never imagined quitting.


Still,
Last year, I began preparations to close Daydream Believers Designs.

The creative community had changed. I felt out of place. I found myself in multiple groups for small shop owners on Facebook and these up and coming entrepreneurs made me realize that I was not a business person. Yes, I was running a successful shop, but I was not a business person. Seeing behind the scenes how these people were running their companies made it clear, I was not in the right place.

I would sign in to the groups and read:
You can’t just post photos from your phone, that’s tacky.
Then I’d feel badly because my photos come from real clients, not models.

I’d see:
A small shop MUST have a stand alone business page. Your customers are following you on social media to see your work and do not want to hunt through photos of your kids to do so.
Then I’d question if this was true, and WHY hadn’t I separated my work from my personal page? DB grew so authentically, it was such a big part of my life, it hadn’t occurred to me to separate the two until these other shops wrote about doing so daily.  I’d read their posts, then I’d worry that I upset my clients by forcing photos of my kids in to their feeds.

I read through in depth conversations giving advice, such as:
You MUST start a VIP group on Facebook. General Facebook just doesn’t reach enough clients.

You have to leave Etsy – it’s juvenile.

You have to get on Twitter! That’s the BEST way to connect with clients!

An Instagram page has to have cohesive tone. Do you even follow a schedule?

Pinterest is a business tool. Instagram is a business tool. Twitter is a business tool.

Email marketing is the way to go!

Hiring brand reps is the way to go!

Send celebrities swag – it’s the BEST for exposure.

It was endless.

Even though I didn’t buy into much of their advice, I was made painfully aware that Daydream Believers was not like these other shops.  Side by side with the wave of trendsetters and wanna-be-moguls; I simply did not fit in.

My company was thriving, but I was disheartened. I saw Instagram as an app, not a business plan. MY business plan was to better utilize my time so I could say yes to more custom orders. When I realized that more of my precious work time was being spent on a computer than at a sewing machine, I admitted to myself and to my sweet husband that I couldn’t keep doing it.

So last January, the plan was to complete the reserved custom orders, then close it all down. But it wasn’t that easy. I fell into the rabbit hole of reflection. I read though every post on my blog (including the fun old ones that lay archived). I looked though hundreds of photos and spent a solid month trying to find the words to write the goodbye announcement to end Daydream Believers.

The words never came.

In looking back, I realized that despite not being a modern business woman, I had grown a special company. My goals for Daydream Believers were met. I connected with people, helped them celebrate life, and I have  made some CUTE clothes!
 

I enjoyed my work. But friends, I did not enjoy the social media marketing.

So, I quit.

I just stopped posting. I stopped sharing on the business Instagram page. I archived the VIP group. I deleted twitter from my devices. I left every annoying small shop “encouragement” group. I stopped wasting time Facebooking an Instagram post to tell you that there was a blog post highlighting a new product in the shop. I designed and fulfilled orders without ever sharing a photo of them. And do you know what happened? My business continued on.

I found that by minimizing my social media use, my work time was better focused on getting meaningful work done. I was more productive and more inspired to create.  2018 was, by far, my most successful year to date. Isn’t that something?

I realize now that in order to keep going, I need to focus on doing the work I love and leaving the rest behind. I plan to spend my work time designing and sewing. I’m not interested in putting energy into social media marketing, so I’m not going to. Keeping it old-school; I will create beautiful clothing and will continue to be available to my clients for custom designs. Your personal referrals and happy Daydream-Believers-wearing kids will be my advertising. I appreciate you for being here, I hope you’ll stick around.

Here’s to 2019: to being honest, to taking chances, and to quitting things that burden us.
xx M


: Updated to add : For now, I will be using this blog as THE space for db updates. I will still be sharing on my personal Instagram page (@daydreambelieversdesigns) because I genuinely enjoy sharing and connecting. I hope you are cool with seeing photos of my kids mixed in with the fashion posts. xx

Surprise! Blind Bags Are HERE!

You guys! Who loves surprises?!

Here’s your chance to score a one of a kind Daydream Believers piece without a custom design spot! Whoo!

Here’s the deal:
Choose a style, pick your size, and leave the rest to me!

I will surprise you with a one of a kind piece out of the fabrics featured here!
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These gems will each be one of a kind! You may receive a style not currently available in the shop, or a piece adorn with vintage trim from my collection! The surprise is part of the fun!

Sizes 0-3m up to a youth 12.

I know, the anticipation of what’s to come is half the fun! Please allow 3 weeks for your piece to be made and shipped.

Pop over to the shop to read all the details and snag your blind bag now!

https://etsy.me/2r3K18o

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