Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Preparing for the holidays...

Today the kids and I are preparing for Christmas and their Papa's Birthday which is on Christmas Eve! We will be getting messy in the kitchen baking homemade cookies and muffins. We will also be making our Gingerbread house. I think the kids favorite part of this day is getting to lick the bowl from the cookies and eating the candy from the Gingerbread house.

Look how cute this Gingerbread house is. No it's not ours...We make ours from a kit and will try to post some photos once it's done. I have never made a Gingerbread house without a store kit. I have seen some people who go all out and make the entire thing homemade...wow!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

So Chic...

How cute are these alphabet cards, each featuring a charming illustration with a French word!

I would love to display them on my coffee table. You can purchase these chic cards at bibitty!

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

We need your help!

Written by another designer/blogger but speaks for us all:

As most of you know I own a children’s clothing business, and as of February 10, myself and thousands of others in the children’s industry will be deeply affected financially or will be out of business.

Remember the outcry last holiday season over lead in imported toys? In order to combat such safety issues, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has passed legislation called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The law sets stringent guidelines for children’s products containing lead and phthalates (a chemical used in some vinyl products).
It is supposed to go into effect February 10th, 2009, and after that date any product intended for children ages 12 and under must meet these guidelines, and have a certificate of compliance from a CPSC-accredited laboratory. This includes not just toys, but clothing, jewelry, blankets, sheets, books, bibs, strollers, carriers, and anything else that a child under 12 might come in contact with. Sounds great, right?
In theory, maybe. But in actuality the law is so far reaching that it may succeed in turning the economy upside down. For starters, the CPSIA requires end unit testing on every product intended for use by children under 12. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to do this testing, regardless of how small the business. That means that manufacturers (like myself ) will have to pay to get every different product they offer tested.
These tests have to be done at a CSPC accredited lab, and cost tens of thousands of dollars. For example if you offer 3 different types of dresses. Each dress contains 2 different fabrics, as well as buttons, and thread, so that’s potentially $600 to test one dress. But if you have 3 or more styles, that’s $1800. And when you get a new bolt of fabric, you need to start all over again.
At present, there are no exemptions for small businesses and “micro” manufacturers and most handcraft artisans. There is no exception for quantities made, where the garments/products are made or anything else. Nor is there an exception for unadorned fabric components, unfinished wood components, materials which, by their nature, are free of lead and phthalates.
Also, the Act takes a “guilty until proven innocent” approach, which would treat a handmade, unfinished wooden toy that doesn’t meet the certification deadline of 2/10/09 as a “banned hazardous substance” which would be illegal to distribute in this country. Each infraction carries a $100,000 felony charge. This legislation is also retroactive for any pre-existing inventory as of February 10th, 2009. This means that everything on the shelves in those big (or small) stores will also be “banned, hazardous substances” - contraband.
Larger corporations that can afford testing will incur thousands, maybe millions of dollars in fees, and this expense will be handed down to the consumer, probably making the prices for children’s products go through the roof.
This also means that after that date, even selling your kids old things on eBay or Craigslist will be illegal. Charities will not be able to accept donations without a certificate of compliance either. February 10, 2009 is being dubbed “National Bankruptcy Day” by many people in the apparel and toy industry. If this legislation is not amended, it will affect everyone from port workers to parents looking for legal products. Billions of dollars worth of children’s products will have to be destroyed because they can’t be legally sold, and this will cause major environmental problems.
While I am all for higher safety standards and keeping our kids safe, this law is so overreaching as to put thousands on manufacturers of children’s products out of business -hurting our economy and causing even more loan defaults. Though this legislation was well-intentioned, it cannot be allowed to stand as is.
Please help us defend the American dream and our entrepreneurial spirit! This law affects every stay at home mom trying to help put food on the table and every grandmother knitting blankets for the local craft fair. It makes the thousands of us who have found a niche in the burgeoning children’s market have to make a tough decision - continue to produce items illegally and possible incur a $100,000 fine, pay the enormous fees and raise costs of goods sold, or close up shop!
Please help us!
Contact your Congressperson using this link: http://capwiz.com/americanapparel/issues/alert/?alertid=12274476
It only takes 30 seconds!
If you have an extra minute send a hard copy of the letter as well!To sign the online petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/economicimpactsofCPSIA/index.htmlRead more about it here: http://nationalbankruptcyday.com/

Please copy and paste this on your blogs, we need all the help we can get!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How fun are these...

Here are some great gifts for children that I happen to come across while searching ETSY's Gift Guide!

Create your own family by Goosegrease.

What a great idea this is! What child doesn't take blankets and create a tent with a card table. Missprettypretty offers this Post Office Card Table Playhouse for only $85. Other styles are available in her shop!

What child doesn't love play dough! These make perfect stocking stuffers! You can find them here at Dosidough!

Paper Doll Pizzazz Game is a perfect game for girls with a passion for fashion! You can find it here at Tazetta!

Have fun shopping!
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Stocking Stuffers!

More goodies for her stocking!

Macy Hair Clips

Mallory Hair Clips

Hurry they won't last long at only $5.00 a set and FREE SHIPPING! Our Holiday Sale is ending soon!
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

A few of my favorites...

This gorgeous necklace would fit perfectly in my stocking which is hanging on my mantle waiting patiently to be filled with goodies from Santa. Speaking of Stockings...I need new ones! Does anyone have a suggestion on where to get some gorgeous ones??

You can get this necklace at ErinElizabeth

Light as a Feather Necklace $30

If you haven't been to Drikab stop by and check it out! She has wonderful handmade totes and wristlets! This one would fit perfect under my tree!

Gray Raspberry Plumes Ruffle Tote $78

Our Holiday Sale is still going on! Save up to 60% on gifts for the little ones and receive free shipping on all orders! More hair clips to be listed today!! Yeah!

Have a fabulous day!!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008


I just had to share these darling photos that Kellie of Heavenesque Photography sent over!

Our Malia ruffle pants are available for purchase here !
Please contact us at angie@dolcebaciboutique.com if you are interested in the Malia Knot Dress.

We have extended our SALE! That's right it's still going on...with up to 60% off select items and FREE SHIPPING on all orders!

Have a blessed day!
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Monday, December 8, 2008

They are finally here!

I have had these adorable clips all packaged up and ready to go since the end of summer and they are now available for purchase here ! Just in time for Christmas! What little girl wouldn't want to wake up to a stocking filled with adorable hair clips.

Malia Hair Clips (pink)

Malia Hair Clips (silver)

Neapolitan Hair Clips

Take advantage of our great introductory price of only $5.oo and FREE SHIPPING! I will be adding more designs over the next couple of days. Happy shopping!!
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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Making some changes!

Well I happen to come across this website called The cutest blog on the block that offers FREE blog templates and more. The directions are soooo easy to follow and look how cute it looks! I'm having so much fun with this you may see a few more changes in the next few days!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Mud Mill

Gannon had a field trip yesterday to our local Mud Mill. What a fun place to create a handmade gift for the holidays! Gannon's Kindergarten class went and created a Christmas Tree on a tile. They got to use their fingertips and paint to create a masterpiece!

Here he is waiting so patiently for instructions.

Getting just enough paint on the paintbrush...

Here is his masterpiece!

If you live in the area I recommend checking out The Mud Mill !

Our Fabulous Fall Sale ends this Sunday! No need to go out in the cold when you can shop for your loved ones here and save up to 60% and recieve FREE shipping!
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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Earring for Charity at eNVe

Ngan of eNVe Designs has an Earrings for Charity section in her Etsy shop where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Liver Foundation. There are some really gorgeous pieces at fabulous prices, definitely worth checking out.

Earrings for Charity - $14

Ngan is also raffling off 3 seriously awesome shopping sprees to her site, eNVe Designs. You can find all the details here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fabulous Fall Sale

Our Fabulous Fall Sale is still going on! Now is the time to finish up that Holiday shopping and save up to 60% on select items and receive FREE SHIPPING on all orders!

I just have to share this picture of my handsome nephew Logan. Oh how he has grown so fast, he is now a freshman in high school. We are so proud of you!

I hope you all have a blessed day!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sample Sale!

We have been adding some of our sample pieces that were used for photos to our website. These samples are all in new condition and will be mailed with labels, hang tags, and wrapped...ready for gift giving!

Sweet Sparrow Apron Skirt

Chloe Top

They won't last at these prices! Hurry and grab them while you can!

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Back in the game...

I know it has been some time since our last post! We will try not to make that a habit...Anyways we are back in the game with a few exciting changes. We just added some new items to our shop with some special pricing and free shipping for a limited time!

Malia pants and apron skirt

Macy Knot Dress and Pants

Finish up your holiday shopping and save a bundle with Dolce Baci !
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Just for fun!

Look how cute this little elmo tank turned out for Trey's First Birthday!

I'm actually working on our website tonight and needed to take a break. I wanted to share with you these photos of our friends son's First Birthday Party.

Look how cute the back turned out.

Happy Birthday Trey!

Everyone has been asking where I got my darling little dresser that we had at our Celebrate Mama event. I found it at an antique shop here in down town Lodi. When I saw it I knew I had to have it! It was a perfect fit for our display and now looks amazing in my office.

Well I better get back to work. I need to get this website up and running!

Stop by and check it out at dolcebaciboutique.com

Have a great night!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Celebrate Mama!

Okay please forgive me for not posting the photos from the photo shoot before our big Celebrate Mama event. This last week was so crazy I have to say that I am kind of glad it is over. We worked hard! The Celebrate Mama event was a huge success! There is no way we could have completed all that we did without all my fabulous helpers! So a big THANKS to my lovely sister Christie, Casey, Traci, Jesse, Sierra and Pam! Thanks so much for all your help in this event!

Our booth was packed with visitors for about the first 4 hours and then as the heat set in the crowds started to die down. My Sweet Grandmother came to sit and keep me company for nearly the whole day bless her heart.

Steve and Vance made it back safely from Church camp and came to visit the last hour of the event. It sure is nice having them back at home.

Okay Now to the photos!

Bre over at B W Black and Whites did such an amazing job on the photos.

Look how sweet Macy looks in our new knot dress for fall.
Thanks Bre for the fabulous photos!

Well it's back to work for me. We are trying to get our new website up and running by the end of the week. If you have time stop by and check it out at www.dolcebaciboutique.com

Have a great day!
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Off to camp...

Well it will be very quiet around here. My oldest son Vance and my husband Steve are off to Church Camp this morning! So it will be just me and my youngest son Gannon at home this week. Actually Gannon will be gone quite a bit this week too. He has Kindergarten in the morning and then he will at his Mema's house for the afternoon so I can get a lot of work done for our Celebrate Mama event this Saturday! We are so excited to reveal our new Fall Collection for 2008!

Vance has started Flag Football a couple of weeks ago and just loves it! He will be missing his first game because of Camp but there will be plenty more games this year. He is going to have a great time with his friends and bonding with his Dad the Counselor. What great memories for them both. Okay enough of that I miss them already and they just left 10 minutes ago.

I guess I better get to work! I will be posting those sneak peek photos as soon as I get them.
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Keeping busy...

I think we have been keeping everyone busy around here, including FedEx and UPS! I love coming home and seeing packages at my doorstep. I get so excited...as if I don't already know what is in them.

We have been cutting yards and yards of gorgeous fabrics in preparation for our big Celebrate Mama event coming up on August 23rd.

We even pulled an all nighter in preparation for a photo shoot that we just had last Wednesday. Don't worry I will be posting some great photos over this next week and will tell you all about the shoot. Now it's back to work...

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