Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baby Kisses

Is there anything sweeter than baby kisses? 

We were delighted to be able to partner with Danielle DeBorde Photography on this beautiful Valentine's photo shoot. Her kids are SO adorable, and it was a real pleasure for us to design and create outfits for them to wear. 

Danielle's kissing booth was such a fun setting for these pictures, and we are thrilled to see Jackson and Emma wearing GreatStitch.  

There is a certain innocence and sincerity in a sticky kiss or a smudged hand written Valentine from a little one that can never be recaptured.  Looking at the precious faces of these two sweeties just makes my day!

The Good Stuff

Styling and Photography: Danielle DeBorde Photography
Valentine's Day Oufits: GreatStitch

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sweet Traditions

Valentine's Day is usually thought of as a romantic holiday...but love comes in lots of different forms. In our family, Valentine's Day has always been a very special day. We started the day waking our kids up with a box of chocolates...

 ...and we ended the day celebrating our anniversary. That's right - we got married on Valentine's Day! It's a day that should be made special, and we never wanted our kids to feel excluded! So every Valentine's day, to this day, we get them a small box of chocolates. Don't leave your kiddos out of the family celebration. Build a tradition with them. Traditions in a family are so good for them. They know what to expect. It may be cheesy, but they know they can count on it! 

So to celebrate, what could be more fun on Valentine's Day than throwing a little party in a flower shop? Surrounded by flowers of all shapes and sizes, we decided to ask our brother sister team to enjoy themselves in our local Reasor's store and take in their newly renovated space.

These lovely printables are all dressed up for Valentine's Day from Forever Your Prints!

GreatStitch provided adorable outfits for Presley and Jackson. 

At Reasor's, they have a huge flower section, as many as any fact, don't tell, but I saw a local florist buying flowers from them! And the cheese shop...oh my!

One of our new friends from BASH, Keisha Sibert of Cupcake Wishes Store, made this yarn banner for us! Her poms are so full and round it would make any banner beautiful! We just added the hand written letters on the paper from Forever Your Prints and we had the best banner around! 

We also found these festive (and delicious) cupcakes right in the store!

GreatStitch made the shirts and pants. We did this design specifically for Valentine's Day to match the printables. Let us know if you have something you are trying to match colors on and we would be happy to help! 

For our ice cream sodas, we bought a "can" of ice cream. You push it from the bottom like a push up. It was quite fascinating! I suppose if you were desperate, you could just pump it right in to the mouth of a screaming child! Talking like a future grandma now, not a mom of course! A mom would never do that!! 

The other party treats came from the GreatStitch kitchen - We love to make goodies for our parties!

Presley got to have a "costume change" for this party!  And isn't it the cutest! This dress was created just for her by one of our awesome team members. Manny is careful and creative. He is working for the GreatStitch team now, but we know he will be on to better things soon because he is so very talented! Here is his impressive bio:

Enmanuel Durant was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. After relocating to the United States, he has lived in Raleigh, Atlanta and Miami. A 6 year veteran of the United States Air Force who served 3 tours, including Operation Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, he began sewing and construction while serving in the US Air Force with various projects, including work on Air Force One. A fashion design graduate of Clary Sage College, he was also named outstanding fashion design student within his graduating class. He took top honors at the 2014 Tulsa State Fair, placing first in both fashion sketching and original fashion design. Along with serving on the staff of John Casablanca’s Tulsa office as an acting instructor, Enmanuel also sews, designs and embellishes for Broken Arrow based Great Stitch. An active member of the Miss Green Country and Miss Teen Green Country Scholarship Pageants boards he does custom design, reconstruction and alterations from his Tulsa studio.

 You can contact Manny at if you are interested in the adorable dress below. He mostly focuses on adults, but we were so happy he came to help us on this party! I especially love the way he treated the stripe and matched it all up! 

We also made her brother a monogrammed pocket! 

They're all ready to cuddle up for a cozy night in...or after a fun night out.  A fuzzy blanket from GreatStitch would make the perfect addition to your family fun!

Our GreatStitch kiddos are so adorable! It may be the talented Gypsy Canon that makes them laugh we don't know, but there always seems to be a moment when everyone cracks up!  So, we will end this Valentine's with a family laugh!  Make sure you tell them you love them this Valentine's Day!! All of them! Even the littlest ones!

The Good Stuff:
Party Styling: Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Photography: GypsyCanon
Printables: Forever Your Prints
Yarn Banner: Cupcake Wishes Store
Cupcakes and Flowers: Reasor's Grocery
Valentine's PJ's and blanket: GreatStitch
Red Dress: Manny Designs

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cleopatra's Egypt

The hot desert wind blows the ancient sands away from the base of the pyramids as trumpets herald the entrance of the great queen Cleopatra. The rise and fall of the fabled queen was famously told in one of the most anticipated movies of all time—and our inspiration for the table top competition we did at BASH Conference 2015. Cleopatra.

The theme was Old Hollywood, and we pulled out all the stops! 

I can't wait to tell you all about the conference - what we learned, who we met, what we saw. But first, I wanted to tell you about our table! Now you know GreatStitch is not just Brenda right? The team is Brenda, Bob (my handsome hubby), Rhonda (my lovely and talented daughter), Manny, Amanda, Dave and Faye Young (my amazingly helpful parents), and now Kensy (my gorgeous daughter-in-law), and my son Bryant! You can't ship to all 50 states and 10 foreign countries and be the Woman Owned Business of the year and not have help! So, we thank our team first for all the love and heart you put in to making our table at BASH this year such a huge success! 

Black and gold were the colors of the competition. We updated the ancient Egypt theme with a little bit of Gatsby and voila!

Our centerpiece was topped off by a stunning pyramid cake from our dear friends at All Things Cake
Everything they do is the stunning! They never ever disappoint with their artistic abilities...and they're right here in Tulsa.

And the gold stand it is sitting on you ask? Well, my sweet dad was at it again (and the rest of my family).  I'm always so proud of what we pull off! I'm looking forward to sharing all about how we created it!

Malisay Designs made the most beautiful charms for the goblets.  They were 24K gold!  The people who sat at our table got to take them home and could write her for a chain!  She customized them especially for the convention and our table!

Red Kite Candy was so great to provide favor boxes on our Cleopatra table. You cannot imagine how her candy tastes, until you taste it! I am recommending her with my whole heart. She is a lovely person and her candy is beyond anything you can imagine! Charlie's factory has nothing on her!

Case Custom Creations took our lotus design and custom-etched the goblets we used.  Talk about a "wow" factor!  We really loved how they turned out.

Check out these "Cootie Catchers"!  Abbey at Chips and Salsa Designs - Wedding Stationary did them for us! She took my scribbles and made them into a show stopper! She melded the whole theme together in one piece! So glad we found her in our Etsy search - here is her stunning shop! Her paper choices are beyond compare, and ones you don't find just anywhere!! The quotes inside all came from BASH's Instagram.

Gypsy Canon is our photographer. We are always so pleased with what she does and this time was even more special because she was under such great time restraints and she still got the shots we needed to tell you all about what we did. GreatStitch would not be "great" without the help of my family. 

We found Sandy's Candy Bags on Etsy, and she came up with a little goodie bag that we thought epitomized the feel of the Egyptian men at the time (or at least Hollywood's version). 

We also met a new friend at BASH. Candles and Favors told me about her candles the first night we were there, so of course I had to see if she brought any along...she did, and you would not believe it, they were black!! They are so adorable and the fact that they had a lovely message that fit perfectly with the conference was just more than I could stand! They had to go on our table! 

Of course, we added the GreatStitch touch to the table.  The napkins, table runner, and chair covers had an Egyptian flair done with metallic gold thread. You will also see GreatStitch in the placemats that were $1 finds at Walmart. We added beads to depict Cleopatra's beaded hair in the movie. 

Our flatware was a Craigslist find! They tied together the pyramid theme and the gold with the silver flatware in the rest of the room. 

In our goodie bags, we had some great sponsors! We asked some of the people we worked with this last year if they would like to join us in the table. One of them, my dear friend Heidi at Party Prepaganda, even made special cards that told everyone who did the table! Aren't they the best? 

Jelly Belly Candy Company was at the conference, and I got to talking with them and they were so kind to provide Champagne Jelly Beans for our bags! This flavor is brand new and the perfect color for our table!! And have you tasted their Raspberry Jellies? I'm in love! 

Some of the people that contributed to our goodie bags went out of their way to put things in them that were themed with our table! Party Prepaganda makes beautiful custom envelopes! And these were no different!

Morsels Parties made custom Gift Certificates! 

And Piggy Bank Parties...well we all know what they do with favor boxes! They shrunk down this King Tut box Jen Carver at Banner Events used in her lovely Cleopatra party! We have used several of their things in the past and there will be more in the future. They are the gold standard for favor boxes in my book!

 Promise Pretzels also sent along a lovely gift certificate. I know the winner will be so happy to use it! Her pretzels are so adorable! 

Then finally, in our lovely gift bag, we had some awesome sponsors that sent certificates for our bags. We were so thrilled they were willing to join us!  Twinkle Twinkle Little PartyAutumn Lynn's Chocolate SinsTutus and Bowties, Modify InkLemonberry Moon, and our lovely charm maker Malisay's Designs

We were so glad that the people that sat at our table had a lot of really great stuff to take home with them to remember the Old Hollywood Dinner at BASH 2015! We thank our sponsors from the bottom of our hearts. None of these are paid sponsors. They have pitched in and helped GreatStitch at some point in time this last year. They are all people I believe in and love to work with. They are the backbone of GreatStitch Parties, and we wanted them to be with us in our success at BASH. 

The Good Stuff:

Table Styling: Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Photography: GypsyCanon
Pyramid Cake: All Things Cake
Glass Etching: Case Custom Creations
Tea Lights: Candles and Favors
Goodie Bags: Sandy's Candy Bags 
Table Cards: Party Prepaganda
Gift Certificates: Morsels Parties, Party Prepaganda
King Tut Favor Boxes: Piggy Bank Parties
Lotus Candle Holders: Luna Bazaar
Napkins, Table Runner, and Chair Covers: GreatStitch