Smile and Wave is the new Bling!

Welcome to my new blog! I have been ready for a more well-designed look for awhile and decided I was also ready for a new name. After weeks of planning and scheming it is finally ready to share and I couldn't be happier about what my co-conspirator and I have come up with. Bling on My Sewing Machine's archives are still here, as well as the intent to publish regular inspiration from the many sources in which it is provided online. A few new things include featuring collected Etsy finds, sharing more DIY projects and crafts from readers, and offering ads in the side bar.

In order to celebrate, I'm giving away a set of three vintage sheet fat quarters from my studio stash! Simply leave a comment in this post sharing your new favorite Etsy shop or recent Etsy purchase as well as a project you've been meaning to start all summer. (The cut off for entries is Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and the winner will be shared that evening.) Thanks for your patience as we've been changing things out over here. Here are a few things that caught my attention over the weekend!

Upcycled plastic bags turned into pretty owl pockets by SoSheSews.

These pretty tones against a neutral background are unexpected and fresh for a little one. Found on Pickles via Holly.

This cross stitch pattern and these plushies from Penguin & Fish are making me happy!

These fantastic jumpers from Zurza.

Unfortunately these darling mobiles from Emilie Friday are out of stock.

Everything about this collage from Christine of Gun Hip, Swollen Lip.

One of many beautifully staged images from Dottie Angel.

If you're interested in being an August blog sponsor be sure to e-mail Leigh-Ann at FreckledNest@gmail.com for more information. We have two ad sizes available and are offering 20% off to the first five sponsors so be sure to get your spot in line!

Don't forget to re-subscribe to this address in order to get notification of new posts. The old address should redirect you in the meantime. Thanks for joining me at my new blog home!

xoxo, Rachel


Anonymous said...

The new blog is fantastic! Congrats on all your hard work paying off.

Carrie said...

Love it SO much! It's beautimus maximus to the tenth power. xoxoxo

Judith Cebreros said...

I agree, the blog makeover is awesome!
My recent Etsy purchase was a retro teal fan from happydayvintage. I love it!


Joyful Weddings and Events said...

Looks great!! I love it!

At the moment, I am looking for a great wall decal for my room, as we just moved into a new rental and have a huge wall to fill. Looking for something fun and unexpected on Etsy.

Summer project I have been meaning to start... painting an old bookshelf to move into my son's room.

India Daisy said...

Hey Mama2be,

The new blog looks super awesome, love the colours used.

My new Etsy shop find is "SmallEarthVintage", i love finding new bits to add to my collection, (which is what i have started - collecting VINTAGE)

Hugs & x

N A D I N E said...

Love the fresh look of your new blog!
Congrats + Have Fun!

Since I am the proud new owner of an "vintage" PFAFF sewing machine I would love to turn those vintage sheets into a summery patchwork bag for myself!

Take care and I am so looking forward what you will be doing in this new place.

Toni Brockliss said...

aw so pretty Rachel!

I love your new home.

Anne said...

The new blog is PRETTY! My favourite Etsy purchase is my little picture that says "Freak Out and Throw Stuff" http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28209849&ref=sr_gallery_1&&ga_search_query=freak+out+throw&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=date_desc&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title

The project I've been meaning to start for ever? Sorting out my own blog! I WILL get around to it!

anne esquibel said...

Wow the blog does look ohsocute!

My favourite new shop on Etsy is:

And the project I need need need to start is:
An Art Journal & when I get a job and get some supplies - a yummy Quilt for this winter!

Love it! I'll give you a mention in my blog x

Heather said...

Hey! Love the new blog look and the new name!!

My most recent purchase was the vintage Satellite camera i got from Pony Party. I am sooo in love with it. Did you know that they made one in teal too? Yumm!!

My new favorite store is Pouch. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5039961
Some lovely stuff here!

aka_Nik said...

My latest purchase from etsy was a few bookwormz: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6766411

Super cute! Also, your blog looks great, can't wait to see what's coming up next.

lindsey said...

The new blog looks fabulous! And I love it's name.

My recent etsy purchase was a vintage apron from SparklePower.


I always love to see what's you're creating lately.

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

love the new blog! Have been a faithful reader for a little over a year--and couldn't wait to see it!

Favorite recent etsy find: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21583657

(not purchased...YET...but soon :0)
and a project I've been meaning to start all summer? making 3 Mei Tei Carriers, one for me, two for Preg. mama's I know.
1 down, 2 to go!
Sarah M

ScrapScene said...

Love your new blog - looks beautiful!

mama*thayer said...

Love the new blog!

My newest (although it changes almost every day :D) favorite etsy store is ElleBowsAndMore. Her blog is also great for inspiration.

And the project I've been wanting to start- dresses for my 1 year old. I actually have started a couple of times but have had sewing machine difficulties. :( And also, a quilt for my boy coming in October. And diapers. Lots of projects that involve the machine cooperating.

katie said...

way to go! it looks great.

i recently purchased a pencil case from bhive on etsy, and it's darling and impeccably made. and a project I've been meaning to start? working on a personal portfolio website. it's a big challenge, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful new images and name-love it!
My new favorite etsy:

Oh, and this one too:

A crafty project I am endeavoring on this summer:
building raised garden beds in my backyard!

Have a lovely day!

lisrobson said...

My recent purchase from Etsy:
Vintage Owl Wall Clock
from theyearoftherabbit I love it. It went perfect in my sons room. Love your new website, it's so pretty.

nicole said...

My favourite recent etsy purchase was a vintage poloroid camera from juniperhome.

I've been meaning to get to purging all of my crafty stuff and just get down to the basics.

Mandi said...

Rachel! I love it!! Looks great, m'dear.

I've been buying so many little things on Etsy lately for my bedroom makeover. Now I need to motivate myself to sew curtains...

house on hill road said...

the blog looks fantastic!
favorite recent etsy purchase: typewriter from you.
project i've been meaning to do all summer: make myself a skirt.

Anna Joy said...

Love the new blog! My new favorite Etsy shop is hopeink! Beautiful artwork with inspiration scripture...brilliant!

Alizabeth Noel said...

OH MY!!! Your blog is soooo cute! =) =)

I just found this etsy shop yesterday:

I bought this cute owl pillow for my new apartment:

I have been meaning to learn how to quilt ALL summer. (Maybe some creative fabric would kick start the process... hint hint!) =D


Vanessa said...

Yeah! The new bloggie looks fantastic! Love that mustardy yellow color you have used :-)

This summer I intend to:
1)Learn to quilt
2)Learn to cook one thing so that it is GREAT (betting I learn to quilt before this happens..lol)

I have not been to etsy in a bit..time to pay a visit.

Amy said...

A project that I have been meaning to start is zipper box pouch favors for a bachelorette party I am hosting. I recently have been eyeing up a necklace on etsy at aprhodite888's shop. Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Love the new blog!!!

I've come across-evalicious.etsy.com...lovely, lovely shop!

I've been meaning to start some crochet baby hats...hopefully they will be done in time for winter! =)

Lindsay said...

Yeah Rachel... I have been checking for the past couple of days to see when you're new blog would be up. SO happy to see it... so pretty, I love it!
I recently bought this:


It's a great set of some vintage fabric ribbon. I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet... but I couldn't resist.
I have a little journal that I keep a list of all the lovely things I'd like to make ( or else the thought might escape & I'll lose the great idea forever ).
One of the things at the top of my list is to make some fabric covered journals.. pretty flowers and buttons covering them. I think they'd be gorgeous!
Great blog... look forward to reading it!

Sara said...

Wow! This looks amazing. I'm a bit smitten with this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_3&listing_id=26566037

And I have a million projects to start... I'd like to make a new bag for the fall.

Michael & Beth said...

I just got my first Etsy purchase in the mail yesterday - a mixed paper mini-book from Elise Blaha. I LOVE IT! I plan on using it to document the dates I plan for me and the hubby this year...

I've been eyeing the Posie quilt kit at Red Velvet Art so I'd love to win the fat quarters.

:) Beth

margot said...

RACHEL! blog looks fab!
i love this etsy store:
and wanna order from it soooon and also, i'm abouuuut to start sewing the CURTAINS for my living room as per your lesson! and btw i'm almost done with a pillow case (yes you taught me almost 2 months ago lol)

congrats on everything, you amaze me!

katie said...

you new blog looks fabulous!

my favorite recent purchase would be the vintage camera and owl needlework art i bought from pony party, and this little bird from fern animals [ http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=17496703 ]

and my project i've been meaning to start all summer is making a quilt, but i actually just did that! and i've been meaning to organize my bedroom. it was never unpacked from our move out here in february.


Anonymous said...

Your blog looks fantastic! Great work. :) I love the layout.
As far as a recent Etsy purchase, I just bought some earrings from this seller: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6436727
They arrived in 2 days (awesome seller) - I love them!
And, I have been meaning to sew a knit dress for my mom all summer long. I have been promising it to her for quite some time. :)

Amby said...

Love the new look!

My favorite new shop: acatsnest.etsy.com

Her crocheted items are beautiful!

Katherine said...

wow, rachel and leigh-ann. this is gorgeous!

Tiffany* said...

I am just about to buy a spot in an art journal class from Inspired Mess! I am really excited about this class! I have also been meaning to start my very first quilt this summer, I think that I am going to kick it in high gear in August however!

Trains and Sewing Machines said...

How does everybody get their blog to look so good? Where do you get all those cool things for the sides, and how do you get them on both sides?!

rachellovespeace said...

smile and wave looks lovely! great new blog.
i love those upcycled owl pouches. so cute.
from an other rachel
rachel is a dreamer

Julie said...

The new blog is great!:)

My newest fave etsy shop is Blooddrop:

The project I've been meaning to start is culling my scrapbooking supplies but I don't even feel like looking at them.

Amber said...

Hey Rachel...the new blog is beautiful! My most recent etsy purchase was a floral clip to wear in my hair for my recent wedding! It was from motleyhandmade. It looked perfect for my big day!

As far as projects I intend on working on this summer. The first is your very first journal class you offered. I bought it recently and really want to start that. I also want to start a mermaid quilt for my new mother in law!

Thanks for the daily inspiration!

heyjenrenee said...

LOVE the new everything!!!! so perfect and cool and you. gorgeous job!

Anonymous said...

Nice new blog! I just need to update mine, haha. My most recent etsy purchase (and first one) was a Mathilde felted doll from feltathome. Amazing and I can't wait to get it through the letterbox.
And the one project? Well, I've got about 10 on the go but the main one is to knit a scarf with my new found skills - if I start now I'll hopefully be finished by the time it gets cold again!

LewandLisa said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the new blog! Everything about it! You are brilliant! Oh, and my most recent (and first) etsy purchase was the art journaling class that you and Kara taught! YAY! I loved it!

Linda S. Stordahl said...

Karaku Style is my favorite Etsyshop today. I have just ordered some really nice japanese fabrics... All summer I have been wanting to make a quilt for my little girl - but didn´t know how to make the backing pretty. I bought your quilt tutorial - and now I have made a quilt I am very proud of!! Just in time for her second birthday :) You inspire me!

Momma said...

Hi Rachel,
Your new blog looks fantastic, (I guess I'm a little biased). I love the colours and the layout. Nice new look and refreshing!
I guess my last or only etsy purchase is from Leigh-Ann's etsy shop (Freckled Nest.com). Oops, sorry! :( I should shop more but it's a little intimidating to me, the whole paypal thing. I'm thinking of buying your quilting tutorial, THIS IS something I've wanted to learn all my life, don't know if I'll get to it this summer though. This summer, I want to make some of the scrapbook kits I bought from LA. I think she has given up on me.
Take care of yourself and baby Ruby. I love to see what you're creating.:)
LA's Momma


Emily said...

love the makeover! Beautiful!

Sincerely, L. said...

Hey Rachel, love the new look!

My favorite etsy shop right now is Kimari Jewelry (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5262835)
I am hoping to get one of the beautiful charm bracelets for my upcoming birthday! :)

I have MANY projects I would like to get done this summer, (those its coming to an end so soon, yikes!) but I think my favorite is making nylon dolls. When I was young my grandma bought me a kit and I'd love to make one or a few again and sell them on etsy :) Or even put together my own kits to sell! It was so fun as a girl.

Angela said...

I have so many favorite etsy stores! One of my faves is vol25 http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5543697

Melody said...

Oh I'm so glad you have the new blog up and going. I was beginning to miss you! It looks great. I can't wait to see all the new inspirations you share with us.

Let's see. A favorite Etsy shop...goodness I have so many...maybe I should just share my own http://www.creativeradiance.etsy.com/

The projects I've been putting off lately are sewing ones. I plan on solving that today though. I finally have my studio moved back and the sewing machine all set up again. I'm making some little girl dresses for my shop (the local one and maybe Etsy later). They have knitted tops and fabric bottoms. I'm using some butterfly fabric I bought back in the '80s.

jarispry said...

i <3 Lovelove your new home rachel! it is so you! PRETTY!

favorite etsy right now...

pretty clothes!

something that i'm working on that i've meant to all summer... quilt! i'll do the posie as soon as she comes and then i want to make a cabin one... nontraditional. ooo and knit... i think i might do that today. it's raining out!


wendy darling said...

THis is so cute!! My summer goal is to make a quilt!! I saw all of your beautiful quilts, and I found my grandmas too this past weekend and it has put me in the mood to try out my own! I hope it goes well!

cindyo said...

My recent Etsy purchase was this lovely piece of fish art from Tsk Tsk. I hope to pair it with a sponge print that my daughter (age 3) made of fish swimming in the ocean and start a little fish-art themed collection.

It can be seen here (oops, except that I bought it at big cartel, not etsy)


So I'll add this other etsy purchase that I got for a birthday present for a friend and presented on a plate as "dessert". Yum.


Summer project that I have been meaning to start is revamping a couple of lampshades by covering them with fabric and ribbon. So easy, but so little time!!

DavenHeather said...

the blog looks amazing! love your new name! i have been loving this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28427446 from Shabby Chic Designs and also drooling over this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27577045 from the fabric bar.
I have many sewing projects waiting to be done. some pillows and two baby quilts for friends. procrastination is easy for me in the summer.

Olivia said...

Congrats! It's a beautiful site -- and so very *you*!

My most recent Etsy purchase was from the wonderful LEIGH-ANN! I ordered several goodies from her, including a wee owl to add to my already enormous collection! Can't wait to get the package in the mail :)


Tina said...

I recently purchased this magnet from Twinkie Chan http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=17916632 because it is adorable and I just came across her site from Elsie's blog.

I have been procrastinating on doing any scrapbooking this summer. Need to get my mojo back!

melissa kaye said...

Hi Rachel :) I love your new look!

Here's my favorite etsy shop right now:

As far as summer projects I haven't yet started..I have a couple. One of them being a mini scrapbook/photo album for my uncle.

Tiffany said...

pretty pretty pretty.. :)
and i am thrilled you are going to keep sharing yourself on a blog. :)

My latest etsy purchases were classes actually...

Kara's "Music + Composition Journals: An Art Journalling Adventure" class (I bet that was fun to guest design for!) http://www.flickr.com/groups/1137824@N20/
and Kim Smith's Going To A Happening (Travel Journals)" class http://www.flickr.com/groups/1158136@N21/

And a project I've been meaning to make all summer? Well, probably the art journals and patchwork skirt and embroidery and upcycled shirt and a zillion other things. :)

PaperTurtle said...

Awesome new look, Rachel!

One of my favorite Etsy shops is this one:


And, I recently purchased a super cute apron pattern from Sexyapronday (Etsy shop) and that is my "this summer I'm going to make an apron!!!" project that hasn't been done YET.

Oli said...

Congrats. The new place looks hot.

FormerlyLisaS said...

I have been {heart}ing little mini books and zines lately. One that I have my eye on is here.

I have been wanting desperately to paint one little tiny wall in my kitchen with chalkboard paint...and I finally found some wonderful magnetic paint so maybe now I'll get it done!

P.S. Love the new look! Leigh-Ann did such an awesome job!

Artsy Momma said...

I recently bought a custom tea dress on etsy. It is my first "big" purchase and I am so excited to get it! http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=17944533

This summer the project I have been meaning to start all summer is to hang a large amount of pictures in my newly made craft area. They sit in a pile on the floor, its sad really.

julie.schellin said...

My two favorite Etsy shops are Elsie's and Emily Falconbridge. As far as a summer project, I meant to start my family album for 2008...haven't got to it YET, but I will, I promise. :)

project simple life said...

Things are looking good around here. I like looking at things on etsy to prepare for my upcoming wedding!

Heidi Joe said...

Love the new blog! Have you seen madebyhank's etsy? Adorable!

I just got this clutch, and it's the second one I have purchased from her.


Mallory Phillipy said...

wow, cute new blog! i love the new design, i bet it feels good to refresh :]

my new favorite thing on etsy is this:
and something i've been wanting to do all summer: embroider some clothing! i got into embroidery a little while ago and i have yet to take it to my wardrobe.

jen said...

Congratulations on the new blog :)
its so cosy over here!
Just your style.
My new etsy favourite is TWIGS AND HONEY http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5060316

(a must see for bride-to-be like me)

and my ongoing project is a pieced quilt for my soon to be mother-in-law. Its so gorgeous I just want to stroke it!


lrw said...

Love Etsy! My most recent purchase was a print from madebygirl, her shop:

Anonymous said...

yay for blog makeovers! my favorite etsy find is gouncharted.etsy.com

this summer i have been meaning to paint some onsies and make some baby shoes....but haven't gotten around to it yet...

Kirsten W. said...

Your blog makeover is lovely!
My latest etsy purchase was a cute little xylophone from your shop! And I've been meaning to make a quilt for my brother and his fiance for their wedding in Sept. This is the week I'm going to start!.

cottage girl said...

LOVE the new blog!

I really want this print from The Poppy Tree:

I just bought a clutch from The Wren for a friend (and wanted to keep it for myself!):

And I'm dying to ANY project at the moment. I work at a summer camp and have NO free time until our 8 weeks of camp are over. Want to make the apron from your Pretty class!

Michelle said...

Umm...Dude! Rachel! The blog looks fantastic! :) Love it to bits!!

As for my new fave Etsy shop: I ran across it this morning - lovely handmade ballerina flats I'm dying for! Spirocreations: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7519704

And there are a billion wanna-make-this-summer projects I have in mind, but I've been meaning to learn how to hand-bind this summer and make some journals. :) I have everything I need to do them but time, so far! lol

Happy day! :)

Tara said...

I just found this new etsy shop today http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7678030

I've been trying to get my photos all in albums and then develop the last 2 years of my childs life and get them organized.(He's only 2-1/2, so that would most of the pictures I've taken of him).

Steve Rodli said...

I am liking that yellow and white background pattern a lot. Have already added your new name underneath the old one on one of my Flickr photos. Purchase: from you...project that I've been meaning to start -finishing all the little wall hangings that I've started. Happy happies Rachel. Joyce

miss money said...

I love the new blog! The shop I'm loving is DrikaB and I have been dreaming of, but putting off making a picnic blanket/quilt.


Liz V. said...

love the new look for your blog rachel! and the fat quarters are gorgeous!

one of my favorite etsy shops: Summersville ...gorgeous screenprinted fabric http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6168430

All summer i've been not quite starting a set of scrapbook pages about my best friends... i have pictures all picked out and supplies and paper waiting!

hollysarah said...

holy freaking smokes lady! put more beautiful and inspiring things is one post..... um, NOT POSSIBLE! :P
LOVE THE NEW BLOG, leigh-ann rocks, and your ideas together are a masterpiece. It's so fab, I'm almost speechless.

hollysarah said...

oh yeah...
and my fave etsy is replicca.etsy.com, which is where my most purchase is from as well. Rebecca's clothes fit soooo well, and I'm in love when I wear them.
ummmm,.... something I've been wanting to make all summer... an afgan!

Xstine said...

so happy to see that you liked my collage :D i had sooo much fun making it :D

and i love love love your new design, it looks awesome :D

Julie said...

Congrats on your lovely new blog :) I had only discovered your other blog a few short weeks ago and it went straight to my favs list!

My latest ETSY purchase that I am still stalking my postman for is a 'Cage Free Cutie Tee' from Ellembee. Myself and 2 girlfriends got one each :)

Summer project... I WISH! It is winter in Australia, but I am dreaming of the sun and the productive things that come with it!

Jess Tank said...

Hey Rachel! I love the new blog. Your stuff always seems to be perfectly in line with my favorite style.

Well, I didn't purchase this recently, but one of my friends is about to be proposed to with a Hydrangea Blossom Ring from patrickirlajewelry.etsy.com. I am totally in love with it!
This summer, as soooooon as I get a sewing machine, (which should be really soon!) I am going to start learning some repurposing techniques for making pretty clothes out of old ones that no one wants!

Anonymous said...

love the makeover a lot!
my last purchase was this http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=17625438
love her minibooks a lot.

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Burdy. said...

I swing by your blog as often as I can and have awaited your revamp with baited breath... Without a doubt it is truely fabulous and already I am inspired to go off and do some 'stuff'.
Most recently I have designed a new card range based around poems and quotations stitched onto vintage fabric squares and mounted onto greeting cards, I am just in the process of production.
My fave etsy shop at the moment is NattyknitsLots of fun knitting ideas to be found there!
This is the first comment I have left you as I am quite a shy young thing but what tipped the scales of decision was the curly hair info you gave over on your FAQ page... To a fellow curly girly our advice rocks! Loving the new look pretty girl!

Mandi said...

Your blog is so lovely. My most recent Etsy purchase is a darling wrap skirt from sohomade. A couple of my new favorite Etsy loves are allorahandmade and orange poppy. Both sell fab accessories!

Trina said...

Absolutely lovely!