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Shop re-opening!

Hi Friends!

We're back from our amazing family trip to Disney and the shop is now officially open! We had an incredible time enjoying our vacation, but I have to admit that I am so happy to be back here creating and making.




I'm feeling re-charged and re-inspired to work as hard as ever with my shop. So in honor of it's mini re-opening today, we're having a quick sale! Go ahead and treat yourself to something sweet and enjoy 15% off all items currently listed. Just use code SHOPLOVE15 at checkout. PLUS all tote bags have been marked down to $15 plus shipping. Don't miss out on this great handmade deal. Just click on the 'Shop' link on the home page and you'll have everything right at your finger tips.
Glad to be back! Keep your eyes peeled for a post-vacation breakdown very soon!

Alyssa/Amaia Papaya Shop

Around the shop

I've been working on my little handmade shop for about 7 months now. It's been pretty slow going with working full time, having a one year old (how did she get this old already!), maintaining a home, and trying to stay sane while doing it all. Most of my work is done in the early morning, late at night, or during nap time. But it's always something I've dreamed of doing and I'm determined to make it happen. And at least I'm having fun making pretty things while trying!

Here's my current work space. A wooden table nestled in the corner of our living room. Small space living at it's best!



It wasn't until after my daughter was born that I discovered this amazing online community of successful woman that are making their handmade shops and dreams become a reality. They have truly been an inspiration in this process. Creating and making things has always been my passion in life. Growing up I never liked sports and I hated any sort of extra-curricular act…

Tutorial - one hour fleece baby blanket

Amaia was recently (does April count as recent? mom time is much different than real time.) gifted a Dora the Explorer birthday balloon that has provided hours of entertainment. The balloon has since deflated and now sits sadly on the floor still attached to the back of a chair. But we cannot get rid of this balloon because it has become a staple toy for the little miss Amaia/might cause an epic meltdown. Dora has become a very good friend around these parts.

As I was strolling the aisles of Joann a few weeks ago, I stumbled across some cute Dora fleece and decided to whip up a quick blanket. Mostly in hopes that I could toss the balloon. It took me about an hour to complete. Thought I would share my DIY steps with you all. 
Here we go!

Materials:
One yard of your favorite fleece (or more, it's up to you)Rotary cutter and mat, or scissorsCutting rulerPinsSewing machine & basic sewing machine suppliesCoordinating thread
1)  Lay your fleece out flat. Fold in half width-wise and c…