Jen Shank of Missouri is incredibly proud of her sewing heritage and loves to tell a particular story about her mother's youth
My momma was playing outside as a little girl when she saw something fall off the back of a truck that happened to be a bolt of royal blue fabric. Consequently, a bolt of fabric was a boon to her family living on a very tight budget back then! My grandmother made curtains for several windows in the house from that fabric, but my Mom begged for the leftovers to make herself a robe.
"I love that my Mom, at a young age, squealed at the thought of making a robe. I love that this ‘manna from heaven’ lifted the spirits of the entire household. And I love that I’m from a long line of sew'ers.
It makes me feel as if I was destined to sew. I learned by watching for sure, but mostly, I like to think it was my legacy to sew.
Trying to stay current is hard -- there is a fine line between current and yesterday’s news! Sometimes you have to take some risks and that means there will be some inevitable failures when doing so. I also avoid mimicking my competitor’s designs, so that helps to make my products stand out a bit."
Funny enough, with all her family history, Jen's first foray into the making business wasn't sewing at all! Place an order with Swanky Shank and you'll be especially impressed with her personalized stationary and lettering. Wonder why?
"About ten years ago my hubs and I had a paper craft and calligraphy biz on the side. We made custom calligraphy bookmarks, home-made mats for prints and ink-dyed/handmade gift tags."
Jen does a lot of remixing of her work. Whether her onesies, dishtowels, shirts or others, she's able to make small changes for a customer based on a previous piece, or start completely from scratch with her endless supply of fabrics and patterns.
She's always keen for her next challenge and loves to see her work on the final owner!
Jen's clothes make me want to have a bunch of babies all over again just so I can dress them in her too cute pieces!
She has BOY clothes guys!
How often does that happen????
She is GIVING fans 15 % off in her shop HERE with code WIGGINS!
Sooooooooo cool and hold on.........
She is GIVING AWAY 4 gift cards to her shop!
So easy to enter you MUST be a fan on FB , leave a comment on her FBpage and leave a comment on this post HERE! (Comment as many times as you wish to improve your chances! 4 WINNERS will be picked at random on Nov 15th!) You can also find her on Instagram HERE!
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Positively Oakes was created in order for kids to be comfortable but fashionable. She believes that clothes should be functional and comfy for your little ones, but also fun!
In late 2013, Positively Oakes was started in a small spare bedroom of a Utah apartment. Beginning as just a small shop on Etsy, in order for owner, Jessica Oakes to follow her dreams of creating and sewing the cutest fashions for little ones and their Mamas. After just five short months and over 4,000 sales on Etsy and Paypal, Positively Oakes became a full time career and is continuing to grow each day !
Jessica Oakes: Founder
With a childhood and life filled with sewing and creating, Jessica knew this was the perfect opportunity to expand her talents and do something she was passionate about. She grew up in Orange County California, where she spent every second she could with her Grandma McQueen, who taught her to sew, craft, be positive and live life to it's fullest. After turning fourteen Jessica's family, along with her Grandma moved to Meridian, Idaho. Shortly after moving Grandma McQueen passed away, which was extremely hard for Jessica. She focused on fashion and creating, something she had grown so passionate about because of her Grandmother. Today Positively Oakes' main headquarters are based out of Meridian, Idaho, where Jessica continues to follow in her Grandma's footsteps and operate Positively Oakes.
Love Love Love reading success stories like Jessica's!
Here are a couple samples of her adorable pieces!
One of my lucky fans can win a 50 dollar gift card to her shop! So easy you MUST be a fan on FB , leave a comment on her FB page and leave a comment on this post HERE! (Comment as many times as you wish to improve your chances! 1 WINNER picked at random on Nov 13th!) You can also find her on Instagram HERE!
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Use code FORTYTOES to take 15% off all orders HERE!
Giveaway ends Nov 13th!
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My business, kids, even some personal issues what can I say it was hard!
What happens when I feel stress???
Then my mind plays tricks on me and says, "well you already MESSED up so keep going! You know that chocolate was good! You know you want more!
So today I was scared scared out of my mind for my monthly weigh in!
All my measurements stayed the same! BOOOOOOOOOO!
Bust 45 down from 49! Waist 41 down from 49! Hips 47 down from 49! Upper arm 14 down from 15! Upper Leg 24 down from 25! But my weight changed this time! I weighed in at 229 down from my original 250.6!
I am down 21 pounds since July 17th! So 4 pounds this month!
I could not even believe it!
All I can think is the walking is HELPING???
And YES this is sooooooooooooooooo slow!
It seems like it will take years at this rate but on a positive note I am loosing!
I googled what 20 pounds looks like....
Brace yourself it is gross but.....
SOOOOOOOO what have I learned this month??? I lost more weight even cheating while exercising! I think the walking is helping! My girlfriend and I had a hard week we did not walk! Our weather has been soooooooooooo wet! Like pouring cats and dogs wet! Isn't she cute???
So we have plans to try walking the Mall this week or even thought about joining a gym! She is like me we don't often spend money on ourselves! But we are discussing our options and we might just do it!