This last month has been a crazy whirlwind of changes at EI and my blog has been reduced to once a week sales posts. It is May 1st and everything is in place now to get caught up here! Lots of you have been asking about my free pattern page – I will be working on that tonight! So check back tomorrow. Also, my new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. So if you had an email bounce back, that’s why.
I love looking back at my start of Ellie Inspired and how each year has changed. I am all about reflection and setting goals. Each year has a distinctly different feel to it as EI grew and changed. Now, it is three years into the company and I have around 100 patterns available for sale, a team of incredible people who help me, and a business that has grown to the point I can’t physically keep up with it all myself.
Enter…Carissa! Carissa started a few months ago with helping me test different patterns and doing cover shots for patterns. She is a go-getter for sure and has the same crazy work ethic and drive that I do! She started trying to help me with taking a little more off my plate here and there. I got the chance to see her style and work with her on a couple of patterns. I realized this girl is really good! And we work well together so I approached her about working with me on a full-time basis.
So, I’m excited to announce that Carissa is now head of my doll department!! What this means for you are more patterns, more sewalongs, more contests, more freebies, more everything!! We have some fun plans for this year. I’ll let you read below to get to know Carissa better and all her remarkable talents. Please help me welcome her and put my blog back on your reader if you gave up on me last monthbecause we have soooo much in store for you!!
“Let me introduce myself…my name is Carissa Haning and I am a wife, mother of two, friend, blogger, and about a gazillion other titles that are too numerous to list here. My love of sewing started when I was just a little girl! I looked up to my grandma and she lovingly sewed so many of my clothes. I wanted to do the same. At 6, as my very first 4-H project, I sewed a skirt and simple shirt and I was hooked! I sewed every year after that and became a pretty good model as well (which if you know me will make you laugh pretty hard now).
I stopped sewing when I was in college and law school; but as a gift when I graduated law school, my parents gave me a sewing machine! I started sewing again while studying for the bar, but not much as I had so little time. Eight years later, after adding a husband to my life, we would adopt boy/girl twins from South Korea! I gave up practicing law to stay home with them and then realized how few matching things you can buy for boy/girl twins. So the sewing machine was back in service and by then I had added an embroidery machine. I started sewing again and even doing some of my own designs only for my children.
Recently my daughter, Johanna, became the proud owner of Bittty Twins ~ Baby Johanna and Baby Samuel~ and she firmly believes not only that she and Baby Johanna should match, but that Baby Samuel and her twin brother, Samuel, should also match! Thus began a search for doll clothes patterns! I found that there were not many 15″ doll patterns out there, but I would modify the 18″ patterns to match Johanna’s clothes. I LOVED Ellie Inspired patterns because they required no modifications! I am so excited to be a part of that process for the dolls now!”
It’s going to be a fun year!!