BLOG UNDER CONSTRUCTION

I am working on updating the LKC blog but my Etsy page is up to date with ready-to-ship items. You can visit my Etsy page by clicking here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/laceykayecreations

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Custom Hand-Painted TOMS, BOBS, VANS, shoes, etc...

Offering the highest quality hand-painted shoes.  Please email laceykayecreations@gmail.com to order.

VERY IMPORTANT:
I DO NOT accept orders for ANY shoes requesting reproduction of trademarked logos or designs!  THIS MEANS NO SPORTS TEAMS with a TM logo OF ANY KIND




***I donate a percentage of the proceeds for all Cancer Awareness shoes to an organization of your choice, in your name choice***

Some other ideas for Custom Shoes:
Aztec Design
Animal Print
Dia de los Muertos
Bridal Party/Bride
Birthday
Ice Cream
Strawberries/Fruit
Use fabric to decorate and "upholster" your TOMS
...you think it, I will paint it!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ordering from LKC and Boutique Policies

To place an order with LKC, please email laceykayecreations@gmail.com.  Include a brief description of what you are wanting and I'll communicate with you through the process.  You can also view my Etsy shop and purchase through the Etsy website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laceykayecreations


Turn-around:
My average turn-around is three weeks, plus or minus a few days in some cases.  I do my best to mail your item as quickly as possible.  In a lot of cases your item (shirt, bloomers, etc) must be ordered and those items tend to take a little longer since I have to wait for them to come in the mail.  The order of payment received from each customer is the order items are added to my schedule.  If you need your item by a specific date, contact me to discuss options.  I offer a RUSH option and if I am able to rush your order, you can purchase a custom listing after we decide your due date is possible.

I do not begin processing your order until paid in full.  This means I don't order items or begin stitching them until payment is received.  If you're item is time sensitive and has a specific due date, prompt payment is a necessity.

Shipping:
Orders weighing 13 ounces or less (about one or two shirts plus packaging) will be shipped USPS First Class Mail (3-5 day shipping).  Other shipping upgrades are available in the "Upgrades" section of my shop (or see links below).  Once your item has been shipped and given a tracking number via the USPS, delivery time is out of my control.  Time may vary slightly from the USPS time estimate based on time of year.  Tracking numbers and shipping info are sent via email address on your Etsy order information or PayPal information.

I ship to CONFIRMED PayPal mailing addresses.  If you would like your order shipped somewhere else, state the details in "Notes to Seller" when making payment and verifying your address in PayPal.  PayPal has specific policies to protect you as a buyer, and this is one of them.

Contact me to discuss shipping via USPS Priority Mail or USPS Express Mail.
 
If your package does not arrive within 10 business days of mailing date and the tracking details on the USPS website show the item has NOT BEEN DELIVERED, contact me and I will begin a claim on your behalf and provide you with claim details to follow-up on package delivery.  If you still have not received your package within 14 days of the CLAIM date, I will refund your money. *If the tracking details show the package was delivered but you did not get it, you are responsible for all claim details and a refund may not be given.  Thank you for understanding.

Returns and Cancellations:
If a mistake is made on my part or you are not satisfied with your item, you must contact me within 48 hours of receiving your item and provide proof of the mistake.  If it is proven a mistake has been made, I will refund your money in full and in some cases, I may provide a return shipping label to send the item back to me. Overall, I strive to ensure you LOVE your items from LKC.  If there is ever a pre-order issue, such as design, color, or shirt style/color availability, I am happy to refund your money.  I will do my best to meet all requests and provide as many options as necessary.  Due to the custom details of each order, orders cannot be canceled after payment is received.

Laundering your items:
All items are hand-made and require delicate care.  Wash inside-out in cold water on gentle cycle or hand-wash.  Hang to dry or lay flat.  Warm iron if needed. DO NOT IRON SEQUIN FABRIC.

I do not ship internationally.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Baby Post - For the Mommy-To-Be


I've had multiple requests for a post like this, so here ya go, Mommies!!!

I’m at the stage in life where most women my age are pregnant or just had a baby, or want a baby, or are planning for baby #1 or 2…we are all baby cray cray right now!  Great thing for me: my business is CHILDREN!  And not only that, I have hundreds of ladies at my finger tips I can count on for advice and encouragement thanks to the wonderful world of the internet and Facey (Facebook)!!!!  Now that my little guy is over 6 months old, my husband and I are able to sit down and say, “I’d do ‘this’ different,” or “I’d do ‘that’ different,” and when a friend asks, “what did you do?” I can tell them what we did, and then what I’d do different!  But here are a few of the most FREQUENTLY discussed topics amongst me, my hubby, and my besties…..

If you know me, you know I’m an OCD-list-freak.  Yep, I said it, I make lists for EV-ER-Y thing!  So of course, when we knew little Hudson was baking in the oven, the list making began.  All the way from items to decorate his room/bathroom, to registry items, to hospital bag items, and last but not least, at-home items you need to get BEFORE coming home from the hospital so your poor hubby isn’t running around town for last minute should-haves.  For your pleasure, I have included those lists in this post…with the “what I WOULD have done” changes, links to registry items and all the info I think you can’t live without.

First things first:  WHEN YOU FIND OUT!
Plan for decorating your nursery!  This is the FUN part!
·      Color scheme/nursery theme
·      Pillow, decorative (Order from LKC with monogramming!!)
·      Boppy cover(s) (also can order from LKC)
·      Crib bedding, bumpers, bed skirt, sheets
·      Rocker/glider/chair - for the nursery, but also for your living room if you can get your hands on two
·      Furniture: crib, dresser, some sort of book shelf
·      Basket (for blankets, toys, etc)
·      Wall accent items:
o   Baby’s name?
o   Art (1-2 depending on your wall space)?
·      Trash can (one with a LID because - ew.)
·      If you have a large space, consider a reading nook.  Add a large stuffed animal or two and a collection of books and a nice, cuddly spot.  This will be part of your nightly routine and can later be used for playing.  You’ll be happy you have it.
·      Hanging pegs.  For tomorrow’s school outfit or a bath towel, or a jacket in the winter, or the little guy/girl’s back pack!

REGISTRY:
Wow, this list can go on and on and on and on and on and OOOONNNNN!!!!  For-EVER.  I’m only going to list our MUST-HAVE items because the stores give you some pretty decent lists already for the small things. These are the things we probably could never have lived without.

·      VIDEO MONITOR – Trust me when I say I was the FIRST person to say, “I don’t need one of these, what a waste of money.”  Boy was I wrong.  I might go as far as saying it’s addicting.  And I also might say I’m a semi-expert on the item.  I’ve purchased and returned 3 different monitors at this point, they definitely have not been perfected, but they are a must-have.  We currently have RETURNED the Babies R Us brand made by ‘Summer’ found here: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11892376  We are getting this Motorola, and I hear it's AHmazing:  http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12369631  DON'T buy the Babies R Us Summer monitor.  Just don't.
o   Side note if you care about the science of the monitors:  I learned there are “analog” and “digital” monitors.  The analog monitor will pick up the frequencies of ALL analog monitors.  If your neighbor has an analog monitor, you’ll be monitoring their baby as well as your own if within range.  The digital monitors are on a different frequency allowing communication between itself only BUT, the feed will interfere with wireless internet…mostly when loading a webpage and downloading heavy material like pictures or videos.  We have changed the “channel” of our router which improves the situation, but doesn’t solve the problem.  Good news, most people are not using the internet while sleeping which is when you mostly want to use your monitor.  Plus, it’s easy to flip on and off if you need a quick check and then to get back to the internet.
·      For the teeny, tiny days….Velcro swaddle blankets, like these at Target: http://www.target.com/p/bonkie-for-baby-swaddle-blue-polka-dot/-/A-11289524#?lnk=sc_qi_detailbutton
·      Woven cotton swaddle blankets, like these at Target: http://www.target.com/p/aden-anais-for-target-vroomaroo-swaddle-wraps-4pk/-/A-11219326
o   DO NOT REGISTER FOR ANY OTHER BLANKETS.  You will get PLENTY as gifts!!!!!
·      Waterproof mattress pad – that covers the whole mattress like a fitted sheet
·      Waterproof mattress pad – that just lays on top of the mattress pad (this one makes it easier to change just a sheet and ONE mattress cover after accidents…
·      Don't forget SHEETS!
·      SMALL Waterproof pads to lay under baby on top of sheet (in case of spit up, keeps you from changing the entire bed multiple times a night.  Figured this out night ONE).  We found a Babies R Us brand but I can’t find it online.  The Item# is 6739140K10.  These partly saved my sanity.
·      Nap Nanny Chill - Made of miracle foam.  Just get one.  ESPECIALLY useful if your baby has reflux…just sayin.
·      Boppy Pillow -
o   At least one additional Boppy cover
o   Register for TWO Boppys if you have a two-story house and spend time up and downstairs.  You will thank me for this.
·      Car Seat Cover - You can buy these quite a few places like ebay and Etsy... but LKC makes them as well!
·      Exersaucer - My brother has 3 kids, they all used it, now we have it, and we’ll use it again!  You’ll be thankful you have this when baby is somewhat on the move and you have to leave the room to go to the bathroom.  Something like this: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3420756.  They make a ton of them, just choose one.  I recommend one with BUTTONS and one that does NOT bounce because you won’t be able to use it for a while if it does.  We started using this right around 3.5 months but couldn’t use a bouncing one until about 5 months or so.  You’ll appreciate it at 3 months.
·      Teething toys - Rings, and just plain items than can be put in a mouth.  So many people told me this, but it didn’t register until everything in sight was in Hudson’s mouth.
·      Bath sponge - Ours looks like a frog.  We will probably end up buying another one when this one wears out just because it makes bath time a little bit safer in my opinion.  AND, we never needed any other bath/tub accessory, even when he was an infant.  You can get away with putting just a tiny bit of water in the tub without submerging and still protect the cord for those first couple weeks.  The other things are bulky and a waste of money and space if you ask me.
·      Activity Gym - I used this almost every day until Hudson could sit up. Similar to this: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11606731
·      Car Seat toys - Anything to wrap around the handle.  3-5 different things so there’s SOMETHING to suck on or make noise with.
·      Seat protector...for highchairs and grocery carts.  As soon as baby can sit up, you'll be glad you have this.
·      I can’t say this one enough:  CLOTH DIAPERS to use as burp cloths - If you have a spitter, which most do, you want LOTS of these.  I went out to purchase more at least 3 times.  Had a drawer full and took at least 20 with us everywhere we went for 3 months.  Plus, they are cheap, so if you ever need to clean up a BIG mess, like poop, you can just throw it away without worry.  The thicker the better, 6 ply is the thickest I found.
·      Rock and Play – Get some sort of “chair” to lay the baby in.  You’ll use it while you eat dinner, clean house, type on your bloooog……oh wait, that’s me, some friends even used this as their “bassinet” until putting baby in their crib.....multiple uses and easy to transport!
·      Bibs with SNAPS, so the pesky Velcro won’t ruin other clothes in the laundry!  These are mostly for when baby starts solid food, but useful too if you're bottle feeding a lot.
·      Pack-n-Play – ESPECIALLY if you don’t have a bassinet or would rather spend your money on one and not the other.  Our nursery is about 10 steps from our bedroom, so we put Hudson in his crib right away, but a friend’s nursery is upstairs and they used their Pack-n-Play for the first month or two and said it was a life-saver.  Their unit actually came with a small “cradle” attachment for a newborn that was very cool.  This one at Babies R Us has the “cradle” and changing table attachment.  Awesome, I wish I had this. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4389470
·      MORE TO COME as I continue thinking and using all my stuff!

BEFORE YOU GO TO THE HOSPITAL:
There are a few things I wish I’d have picked up before heading to the hospital so I wouldn’t have had to send my mom or hubby on so many errands.  Here’s a few things:
·      Underwear at least 2 sizes too big, small package
·      Underwear at least 1 size too big, small package (you'll gradually want to size them down)
·      Stretchy, cotton underwear that will be comfy before fitting back into your original undies
·      Small packages of different size maxi pads.  Super absorbent, extra long, thin, thick, panty liners, wings, no wings….just get some small packages and be prepared to use/try them all when you get home.  When you find one you like, THEN send someone out on the hunt for the RIGHT ones.
·      Get that nursing tank and nursing bra.  And plan your trip to Petticoat Fair.
·      Depending on the time of year, have a few extra tank tops or long sleeve comfy shirts to wear for a couple weeks until you're used to your new mommy-bod :)

HOSPITAL BAG:
Now this is a special section.  I’ve gathered info from MANY mommies to form this list, and PLEASE, feel free to add a comment and keep the list going!  Side note: you barely need anything.  We packed and packed and had WAY. TOO. MUCH.

FOR YOU:
·      Insurance papers and hospital papers needed.  Bring your ID and pediatrician info!  Also be sure to make a note somewhere to call your insurance company to add baby to your plan!
·      Blanket.  Probably fleece because they are small/thin, easy to pack and super warm.  LKC sells these!
·      Nursing tank.  Go to Target and try some on.  Get ONE for the hospital and then go back after 3-4 weeks and get another one or try more on.  OR keep your receipt and exchange for the right size if you’ve changed in size.
·      Nursing bra.  This is important.  VERY. IMPORTANT.  Go to Target, buy yourself one, then after 3-4 weeks once you are past engorgement and know how large your breasts get when they are “full,” go to a specialty store that does BRA FITTINGS and get PROFESSIONALLY fitted.  Trust me on this one.  I worked in a bra store, Petticoat Fair in Austin, TX, for a year, and this is a MUST DO.  It can truly make the difference in whether you continue breastfeeding or not.  I won’t lie, good bras are expensive, but you will wear this EVERY DAY, and if you don’t want boobs sagging to your belt, do what the fitter tells you and LEARN to wear a bra correctly, it will change your life.   www.petticoatfair.com.  Go there.
·      Large t-shirt/nightgown or 2.  These are just comfortable.  You won’t care about being cute, and if you think you will care, bring a fashionable robe because you will wear that as well and will look cute in pictures.
·      Robe.  I found a short robe that was fairly thin but still warm.  Easy to pack.
·      Pajama pants, one size too big.  You’ll thank me for this.
·      Slippers that have GRIPPERS/SOLES on the bottom.
·      One more pair of pants that a bit large (maternity pants) and a shirt to wear home.  You can wear your slippers home if they have soles on them.  ONE pair of shoes to pack sounds good to me!
·      Water bottle, and ask where the water fountain is so you can refill when you want and don’t have to ask a nurse to do it.
·      At least 2 pillows, I’d bring 3 of different fluffs.  Hubby can sleep with one too.  The others you can use to help prop for feedings instead of lugging the Boppy to the hospital.
·      Socks
·      Toiletries.
o   Toothpaste
o   Toothbrush
o   Hair comb/brush
o   Hair ties
o   Headband
o   Face wash
o   Lotion
o   Shampoo
o   Soap
o   Deodorant
o   Make-up, if you must.
·      Snacks.  Mostly for Hubby, but for you too when that hospital food just ain’t that great.
·      Change.  Vending machines.  Even if you don’t use it, you’ll have the option.
·      Laptop/iPad.  I couldn’t just do my iPhone.  On day 2 (or day 3 if you have a C-sect), you will be happy you have something to play with.  TV just doesn’t cut it.
·      Camera, or iPhone.
o   Download a baby app if you have an iPhone.   I use “Baby Nursing.”  Use the diaper, feeding and sleeping app.  Your nurses/doctor will love you for this.
·      Chargers for electronics.
·      Lip Stuff…most use Burt’s because it’s natural and won’t interfere with baby details
·      Chocolate
·      Gum
·      A lot of friends have had special hospital gowns made.  If you do this, just be sure they have some way of opening so you can nurse.  And wear this AFTER giving birth.  One word: FLUIDS.

FOR BABY:
·      1 extra onesie for baby besides going home onesie
·      Going home outfit for baby (hat?)  I read somewhere that only newborns need a hat for the first week or 2, then it's pointless.  Maybe unless it's winter time?  We put a hat on little Hudson for a couple weeks and then couldn't keep it on so it because a hassle.  Unless we were going outside in the cold, there was no hat.
·      Blanket for baby (going home)
·      Baby WIPES.  Most hospitals do NOT supply wipes, but you can use them if you bring them!  They are old school and just wet thick, hard paper towels….something I wouldn’t use myself, so why would I use it on my BABY!?
·      Car Seat, installed

FOR PARTNER:
·      Pillow
·      Overnight clothes
·      Snacks
·      Change for vending machines
·      Patience
·      Encouraging/loving words
·      Camera
·      Phone
·      Laptop
·       Blanket, again, fleece is so easy to pack and super warm.  Order here at LKC.

Items I packed and never considered using:
·      Make-up
·      Cards
·      Movies
·      All other clothes including underwear.  Wear the mesh panties from the hospital and ask for extra to bring home until your swelling goes down.  Then opt for the larger ones you bought before you had baby, then get your booty into your old ones!
·      Daily shoes
·      Game Boy (this might be something only I would pack haha …..)
·       

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Blanks Websites - Applique Corner Facebook Post

September 2013 Update:  Just stumbled across this link to WHOLESALE CLOTHING.  Have not looked through any of them, but might be the jackpot for some of you small-business owners out there!
http://www.wholesale.wholesalewholesale.com/clothing.html

Ladies, per your request, here is the list of blanks websites.  I have not been able to check each of these links, so a couple of them may not be correct, but you should be able to Google them and get going in the right direction!  Please leave comments if you find any great deals or mistakes in the sites...we can all learn from each other on this one!!!

My favorite:  Rock Bottom T-shirts :)

***If the columns are off, please let me know and I will re-post the list.  Just copied and pasted quickly this morning to get these up for you!***

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Website: Company: Notes:



www.jiffyshirts.com Jiffy Shirts
www.allaboutblanks.com All About Blanks Linens, Guest Towels
www.monag.com Monag
www.kavio.com Kavio
www.jlisandra.com J. Lisandra & Heavenly Kids: great dresses (a-line)
www.ohmint.com Oh Mint
www.discountembroideryblanks.com Discount Embroidery
www.designappeal.com Design Appeal Robert Mark
www.blueskyimports.com Blue Sky Imports $minimum
www.heavenlykids.com Heavenly Kids Supposed to have chngd to J. Lisandra
www.threadart.com ThreadArt great bags
www.shortall.com Short Tall
www.jonjons.com Jon Jons
www.broderbros.com Broder Bros
www.allstitch.net All Stitch
www.dharmatradingcompany.com Dharma Trading Company white blanks
www.wholesaleboutique.com Wholesale Boutique bags; $minimum
www.ssactivewear.com SS Activewear
www.cheapestees.com Cheapest Tees
www.onestopinc.com One Stop Inc
www.embroiderthis.com Embroider This
www.blankapparel.com Blank Apparel
www.tsfsportswear.com TSF Sportswear
www.kidsblanks.com/index.php Kids Blanks Laughing Giraffe line
www.reallycooltees.com Really Cool Tees
www.heritagesportswear.com Heritage Sportswear
www.discountmonogramblanks.com Discount Monogram Blanks aprons & golf towels
www.sophisticatedstitcher.com Sophisticated Stitcher $minimum
www.kidsblank.com Kids Blank if call can mix colors, great cust svc
www.rockbottomtshirts.com Rock Bottom T-shirts tons of colors
http://www.whimsicaldesignsclothing.com/ Whimsical Designs

Monday, November 21, 2011

Want to search designs and don't know where to start?

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is:
"What designs do you have?" or "Where can I see all of your designs?"
Well, the answer is not just "click here" because I don't have every design on my computer nor do I make all of them.  You'll have to do a bit of searching but it's SO easy!  I'm going to tell you exactly how I find all my designs and you can start there!

Always remember, you can send me a THEME and I can come up with something to go with it.  You're not required to choose a design, that's just the way some prefer to do it :)


A couple step-by-step instructions when wanting to view designs: 
1. Go to any of the following websites; these are all my favorite websites I search most frequently and get the best quality designs from: 
2. Find their search bar and type in a keyword or follow their menu buttons.  If you're wanting a Christmas design, type "Christmas," etc.
3. If you find a design or two you like, copy the links and send to me in an email or copy on to your order form.
4. I will then be able to give some insight on which design will work best to help you decide (if you've chosen more than one), or I will be able to give you a proper quote off the design you choose.
5. The order process is almost finalized at this point and we may email a bit more to iron out a few details, but that's about it!

If you ever have any questions, just email me.  That's what I'm here for.  100 emails is better than 0 emails as long as you get the item you want and it's perfect for your occasion.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What is an Applique?

And what's the different between an applique and embroidery?  I am asked this question all the time, so I thought I'd try to work up a picture to help answer these questions....never hesitate to ask me questions and make your item as perfect and custom as you like!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Applique Fonts

Below are samples of my applique fonts.  If you'd like to see a specific letter, number, or punctuation just email me and I'll send you a .jpg.
The "leaves" of the flower will not be stitched on this alphabet











Only available in ONE or TWO - LETTER appliques

















Only available in ONE or TWO - LETTER/NUMBER appliques



Only available in ONE or TWO - LETTER appliques


Only available in ONE or TWO - LETTER appliques











Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fonts - Embroidery

These are the fonts that stitch the best.  Sometimes we will run into a situation where a font will not stitch well because of the fabric it is going on, etc.  There are a few more I still need to add, but these are great choices and look good on all fabrics...

**Always feel free to email me with a request to see your order in any font**


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Designs - There are THOUSANDS!

I have hundreds of designs and I don't have the time to make samples of all of them.  PLUS, there are thousands out there, if not millions, and I can get it if I don't have it already!  Feel free to visit sites and refer me to them by copying and pasting links into your inquiry emails.  If you're interested in one of the design categories I have, just email and ask me to send you a page of design examples.  As I make more items, I will always post pictures and build my online "library" but I have no idea where I would even start posting the design examples on the site because there are so many!!

Some of my favorite design sites:

*Thanks to Kim Wittry for introducing me to all of these wonderful sites!!!
www.bunnycup.com
www.dbembroiderydesigns.com
www.planetapplique.com
http://embroidery-boutique.com/index.php
www.appliquecafe.com
http://lynniepinnie.com/shop/index.php
www.ginabugs.com
www.designsbyjuju.com
http://www.divasdoodles.com/shop/
http://www.appliquemarket.com/


Again, here are SOME "categories" to consider when thinking about your design:

4th of July
Aggies, Longhorns (I can more than likely get your school)
Animals
Baby
Birthday
Boy STUFF, like "Big Bro, Lil Bro" and many other types of boy designs, like robots, trucks, tractors
Bugs
Characters, like Superman, Batman, Pooh, Tiger, Strawberry Shortcake, Dora, etc
Christmas
Crosses
Easter
Fish/Ocean/Water
Flowers
Food
Girl STUFF, like "Big Sis, Lil Sis" and many other types of girlie things, like cupcakes and bows, etc
GREEK
Halloween
Paisley
Rock On!
Sports
St. Patty's Day
Summer
Thanksgiving/Fall
Valentine's Day
Western

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Navigating My Blog

I can't tell you how many people have told me how confusing it is to navigate a blog...not just mine, but all of them.  I never really understood them myself until I created my own blog and figured it out from the inside-out. 

Here's Blog Navigation 101:
Basically, every "post" I make, I add a quick link, or a label, that connects that post to all the links or buttons down the left side of my page.  Note that EVERY post I make gets put on the HOME page in order by the most recent post, no matter what.  But let's say I posted Applique Fonts last Wednesday...if you click the "Fonts" button down the left side of the page, it will take you to all the posts that I've labeled "Fonts" and that will lead you to Applique Fonts.  I also can label the same post multiple things...not only can I label it "Fonts" but I could get super specific and label it "Applique Fonts" and you could then click on the quick link directly to Applique Fonts.

Another important note:  Once you click a button or quick link, only the latest 3-5 posts are visible on that page.  After scrolling to the bottom of the page, be sure you click "Older Posts" to see the rest of the posts (if any) that share the same label.  Sometimes there may not be more, but a lot of times there are multiple posts under the same button or quick link.  For example, "Boys" and "Girls" will eventually have multiple posts that you'll have to click through because I will have MANY Boys and Girls posts :)

I hope this helps.  If it doesn't, leave me a comment here and tell me what you're not understanding.  I want it to be SO EASY to navigate my site, so any advice is welcome.  Happy creating!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

LKC Designs

Lacey Kaye Creations is ready!  If you're wondering what design to order, I can help!  Below is a list of categories and I have many designs in each.  Get your thoughts going!

4th of July
Aggies, Longhorns (I can more than likely get your school)
Animals
Baby
Birthday
Boy STUFF, like "Big Bro, Lil Bro" and many other types of boy designs, like robots, trucks, tractors
Bugs
Characters, like Superman, Batman, Pooh, Tiger, Strawberry Shortcake, Dora, etc
Christmas
Crosses
Easter
Fish/Ocean/Water
Flowers
Food
Girl STUFF, like "Big Sis, Lil Sis" and many other types of girlie things, like cupcakes and bows, etc
GREEK
Halloween
Paisley
Rock On!
Sports
St. Patty's Day
Summer
Thanksgiving/Fall
Valentine's Day
Western

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

All the Rest

If you have a special request or a specific item you want to send me to embroider/monogram, please email me.

Cups, towels, blankets, burp cloths, bibs, totes, and more...all available!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pricing

99% of what I do is CUSTOM.  Therefore it is best to ask me for a quote for exactly what you want.  To see some pricing estimates, you can view numerous items for sale in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laceykayecreations.


Embroidery and Applique is a skill and craft very commonly undervalued among small business owners like myself.  After a LOT of coaching and encouragement from fellow businessmen and women, I have come up with a pricing system that gives me credit for my designs, supplies and hard work, and also helps me make a small profit at the same time.  I can't tell you how many people gawk at pricing on hand-made items.  At the end of the day, all I can say is that I have put a tremendous amount of time, effort, and energy into the process I use to price my items and into making those items, and it is more than fair.  I look at Etsy shops similar to mine and while some may be cheaper, I can promise you those individuals are devaluing their work.  On top of that, I guarantee I am a top-notch perfectionist (very OCD!) and you are getting an item that is of the highest quality using the highest quality products.  I pay income tax just like the rest of America and I'm trying to run a successful business while doing what I love.

I hate to sound like a snotty pants, but there's too many emails and comments about pricing for me not to make this post.  For those customers needing an explanation, I'm happy to provide.  For the average appliqued t-shirt, here's a breakdown of my time to put your mind at ease:
  1. EMAIL and correspondence: 15 mins on average per order...from when I receive an order via email and respond discussing details.  Most of the time we will exchange emails at least 10 times throughout your order process, if not more.
  2. SHOPPING:  Let's say 30 mins on average for this one, but it's way longer than that!  Yes, I stock a lot of shirts (and I LOVE it when I get to use one!), but a lot of orders have special requests.  I either shop online for your t-shirts, or make a run to a local store to see if we can get a shirt in a speedy time in order to get it to you even sooner!  Everyone makes a request in order for their item to be unique...I do my best to meet all of those requests, that's what a small business like mine should do and I take pride in it.
  3. DESIGN:  20 mins on average per order...I use a Brother software that communicates with my Brother embroidery machine.  This means choosing the design files and merging them together to make your final, one-of-a-kind design.  I then send this design proof to you via email for your approval.  I have to make sure names are spelled correctly.
  4. SET-UP: 10 mins on average per item...I adhere a paper stabilizer to the hoop that connects to my machine and then attach a t-shirt (or other item) to that hoop making sure it is centered and set to stitch in the correct place.  This also means, the more items you have, the more set-up time there is.  It's hard to discount a "batch" order.  Each item requires the same amount of time to set-up and sew.
  5. STITCHING: 45 mins on average per order...yes, in order to outline the item, cut and apply the fabric to an applique, cut away excess fabric, stitch the rest of the outlines and then clear the excess stabilizer from the back of the shirt, this process is the longest.  On shirts with more detail and more stitching, this process can take up to 2 hours or longer.
  6. SHIPPING: 10 mins on average per order.  You'd think this was the easy part, but it's the small things that add up.  I find your printed order and locate your mailing address, usually via your payment confirmation email.  I try to copy and paste addresses to ensure I don't make a mistake in the shipping address.  This guarantees your item gets to you the FIRST time I try to send it!  After entering and confirming your details, printing the label, filling your envelope/box, and taping the box, it's been at least 10-15 mins.
This is a little over 2 hours for one shirt...and a lot of the time it's more than that!  After shipping costs and tax, my average order is around $30-35.  Not bad for a boutique-quality item personalized and mailed to your door step!

So, for those of you who were wondering,"WHAT'S the big deal with this embroidery stuff and why does it cost so much?"  There ya go!  If you have any questions or care for me to elaborate even more, I'm HAPPY TO!  Just shoot me an email!  laceykayecreations@gmail.com

*MINIMUM ORDER: $10 PLUS SHIPPING*
      *Pricing is ALWAYS subject to change!  And all orders within Texas will be charged TAX!