Coming Soon: Leggings

If you follow Little White Arrow on Instagram, you know we recently asked for input about adding leggings to our product line up. Great news: they're coming soon!  

Today I whipped up a pair for a friend and tried them on Madelyn. I used some Art Gallery Knit which is super soft but also a good, thick fabric. They looked adorable under her Matilda Jane lap dress.  

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The plan is to have leggings in both women's and children's sizes. You can match or coordinate depending on what fabrics we have in stock. We can even upgrade to a maternity panel if you'd like! So many great options: we can't wait to see how you style them all!! 

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Pattern Testing: Boheme Sky.

Every once in a while, we take a break from making and selling to play around with some new patterns. Sometimes those new patterns are so new that they're actually being tested before being released for sale. The pattern designers ask for seamstresses to make test runs and provide feedback about using the patterns. This Fall, Molly got to test the Baby Boheme Sky dress pattern from Striped Swallow Designs.

The Boheme Sky is a unique combination of a well-fitting bodice (choose from four sleeve options) and a skirt with a handkerchief hem (four lengths available). Molly made the short sleeves and midi length skirt in a size 2T.  Miss Mila is a petite little peanut so Molly made this 2 inches shorter than the original pattern. One of our favorite reasons for sewing clothing is making it to fit the individual.

We don't have this dress in our current line up, but if you'd like us to make one for you please send an email to katy {at} littlewhitearrow {dot} com. We can let you know what fabrics we have available or help you choose something just for you! The best part: this pattern is also available in girls' sizes AND womens' sizes.

We're looking forward to more pattern testing in the future. It's so awesome to be chosen to work with these talented pattern designers and get to be a part of making their latest and greatest!

Christmas {Sawyer}

Our latest {Sawyer} design is absolutely perfect for the Christmas season. The body of the baseball-sleeve tee is a super-soft, cheery red. The front features a white lace overlay {with hints of silver sparkles}.

Courtney + Mila reading one of our Christmas favorites: The Elf on the Shelf.

Courtney + Mila reading one of our Christmas favorites: The Elf on the Shelf.

Our {littles} sizes are a comfortable, relaxed style. We have sizes ranging from 6 months to 16. Just choose your size in the drop-down menu when you order. Littles fit true to size, but you can message us if you have questions about fit!

Mila is 22 months and wearing a size 2T.

Mila is 22 months and wearing a size 2T.

Our {Ladies} sized {Sawyer} is a feminine fit with a curved waist band. It does fit true to size, but you're welcome to send us questions regarding what size to order! A unique feature of the {ladies} size is the thumbholes on the wristband. Perfect added layer for those cold winter days! If you prefer not to use the thumbholes, simply fold up the wristband for a typical long sleeve.

A unique feature to our {ladies sawyer}: thumbholes on the wristband.

A unique feature to our {ladies sawyer}: thumbholes on the wristband.

We love making coordinated looks for {ladies + littles}.

We love making coordinated looks for {ladies + littles}.

We typically have about a 2 week turnaround on our custom orders, so order today to ensure you'll get yours to celebrate the Season!

Flowers and Stripes

We love the flowers and stripes combo, so that's what we've chosen for the August pre-order! My darling niece, Mila, and her godmother, Courtney, were our models this month. I love the sweet moments that happen during a ladies and littles photo shoot. Check these out and be sure to share with your friends!

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Courtney is wearing our Flowers and Stripes Tank and Mila is wearing our Flowers and Stripes Dress.

Courtney is wearing our Flowers and Stripes Tank and Mila is wearing our Flowers and Stripes Dress.

You are my wildflower.

Recently, I was discussing some parenting issues with a dear friend. She wisely reminded me what a critical calling it is for us as parents to help our children know their identity. For us as Christians, this means knowing they are His and a reflection of His beauty. It means knowing they are created uniquely beautiful and that He cares for them so much more than even the wildflowers.  

The Bible passage which inspired this design is found under the heading "do not be anxious". How much do our little people (and us!!!!) need to hear this: God has got this. He cares for us and has created us beautiful as we are, each of us different and gorgeous.  

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You can order your little one a wildflower tee here: www.littlewhitearrow.com/shop/wildflowertee

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful.

I saw this sign on Pinterest today and saved it to my Home Office Inspiration Board. Then I thought: why wait for my home office to happen, let's put it on the chalkboard today! "Be your own kind of beautiful," is what my chalkboard reads now. This quote sums up our family pretty well. None of my girls is terribly concerned by playing by fashion rules or looking exactly like their friends. Goodness knows they don't look to their father or I for fashion advice. They're naively confident and I hope that transitions into a confident awareness of who they are as their own person as they grow. I have no idea how to instill that in them other than to show them that I love myself as I am and that I love them for who they are. And pray.  

This reflects us even more as Ava decided to help me with the chalk art. Pretty and nowhere near perfect. That's OUR kind of beautiful.  

This reflects us even more as Ava decided to help me with the chalk art. Pretty and nowhere near perfect. That's OUR kind of beautiful.  

Fear.

As I sit down, ready to sew, I am wrestling with quite a bit of fear this morning. It has been knocking at the door and I have been ignoring it, but now I'm leaning against the door as it tries to push its way in.  

Can I tell you how mad that makes me?! 

That stupid fear is trying to suck the joy out of this beautiful project. One that supports my family and allows me to use my gifts for His glory and to bless others.  

A tool I am practicing is repeating Scripture in the face of struggle. The verse I am praying over this morning is 2 Timothy 1:7-- 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Pray this verse with me today and anytime Fear tries to take over your heart.  

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Live Your Dreams, Friends.

One week until the launch of my first release of the new look for Little White Arrow! But today I have a bonus for you: a sweet Dreamer raglan tee and a set of unique arrow necklaces. All ready to ship! {or pick up if you're in town!} 

Dreamer Tee and Arrow Necklaces available at www.littlewhitearrow.com/shop

Dreamer Tee and Arrow Necklaces available at www.littlewhitearrow.com/shop

When I first started looking for women's clothes to complement my handmade girls' clothes, this particular top caught my eye. I loved the bohemian feather arrows, and I've always been a "dreamer" so I was drawn to the main text, obviously.  

The small text is what made me pull the trigger and order it: live your dreams. As I've contemplated what that means to me, there's one Bible verse that I keep coming back to: Ephesians 3:20-21.

 

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As I launch this new direction, I am fearful, nervous, and panicky at times. But then I remember this verse. I know that no matter how successful my business is, He has already fulfilled all of my dreams and plans to a degree which I can't even imagine. I offer this adorable raglan for you as a reminder of God's good gifts in your life.  

In addition, the project I did with the girls this week was making some cute, simple pendant necklaces. They stole some of the sets for themselves first, of course! We do have a few left for you! These make a great "thinking of you" gift if you would like to send some happy mail. Simply put your friend's address in the shipping field and we will wrap it up all pretty and make someone's day! 

To God be the glory!  

Live in TWO weeks!

My first new release will be live on Monday, January 18!! Only 2 weeks from now. Feels so close yet so far away. I have a long to do list! I am trying to simply pace myself and check things off of my list one at a time so I don't get overwhelmed and so everything is ready. I want to make it all at once but I'm really excited to reveal projects one by one and see it all come together!  

{Sneak peek of the fabrics I have on deck} 

{Sneak peek of the fabrics I have on deck} 

Time for a change: the "why".

I have hinted at it on social media: Little White Arrow is going in a new direction in 2016.  I have learned quite a bit in the last three years about sewing, crocheting, running a small business, etc. I am a learn-by-doing type of a girl, so it's been an exciting learning experience. It's not been without its frustrations, and this new direction will attempt to address those.

I began this as a way to give myself a creative outlet. As a young mom, it was easy to feel as if I had lost my "self" and that I was only about the people I was caring for.  I found success quickly and easily and the encouragement was just what I needed. As things continued to go well, it was also easy to have it take over. As a dear friend and I have discussed, it seemed as if this good thing was pulling me away from what I'm truly called to do in this season of life.

I have an amazing husband and now four beautiful girls. Traveling to markets and spending all of my free time making things to sell was beginning to feel like it was less of a blessing and more of a drain.  The two biggest issues were the time I was spending away from my family and that I was never making anything for my darling girls or our home. The girls are so interested in the projects that Mark and I make that I don't want to brush that off.

This new direction is a way to bring my beautiful family together, fusing our talents and personalities.  To begin the year, I will focus on making clothing for little girls. My little ladies will offer input on comfortable, wearable skirts and dresses made to fit their personalities and preferences.  I'll pair that with collections of tops and accessories for women, some of which will also be handmade. Down the road, I'll offer an entirely handmade shop of women's and children's clothes and accessories. As Mark has time, we have some great woodworking projects we would like to bring in as well.  I am so looking forward to seeing this all come together. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement in my first few years in business.  I hope you continue on in this adventure with me!

Sneak peek of one of the new women's tops coming in January! 

Sneak peek of one of the new women's tops coming in January! 

Simplify: Four Gifts for Christmas.

I have been meaning to do this for YEARS: I looked it up and found the original idea pinned back in 2012! This year, Mark and I decided to follow this simple plan for gifts for the girls. We also added one Santa gift and a few small things for stockings. I loved having this as a guide, especially since we have been working so hard on our debt snowball this year. I really, really love gift-giving so it's easy for me to go overboard when I have the chance to give gifts. Having these guidelines in place kept me in check. What's your family gift-giving tradition?

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Introducing: Little White Arrow

Back in the Fall of 2012, I had the opportunity to do some sewing and crocheting to help a friend fill her booth at our church's craft show. It was really fun and I had a pretty good response {people bought my stuff!}. Leading up to Christmas that year, I continued to gain sales from family and friends. That was so encouraging--to know that people would value the things I was making! I decided to turn it into a little business and see what could happen. I had to come up with a name. It needed to be unique but something that still represented me. I settled on Lily Alyssa: A Sweet Boutique. My first name was pretty common. The Lily flower symbolized purity which is the same meaning as my first name. And Lily is much less common than Katy! It's been a really fun {nearly} two years of learning how to run a handmade business and learning my craft.

BUT I've never completely been in love with the name. I can't quite explain it: it's just a feeling about it that I've not ever been settled with it. So I've been thinking of making the change for a while. Little White Arrow is mostly a cute, random name for my shop. I'm working on integrating the blog and the shop onto one internet home, and settling into running my business as less of a hobby. This has been a really fun ride and I've learned a ridiculous amount of new things since the Fall of 2012! I hope you'll continue to take this ride with me and see where we go from here!

Peace, Katy.