Friday, November 17, 2017

Etsy Shop: Patchwork Fish

I'd just like to share a little project I've been working on for the holidays- fish ornaments! More specifically, Patchwork Fish Ornaments, made mostly from my scrap fabric collection. 

 The fish, of course, are modeled after my Hanging Fish Wall Decor- same size, same raw edges, same button eyes. But each fish has a bit of twine in its mouth, to hang on a tree or door or anywhere else needing a bit of decoration.

 They measure approximately 6 inches long and are made using anywhere from 5 to 6 different scraps of fabric. This was such a fun project and a great way to use up some of my growing scrap fabric pile! (Which I can't bear to throw away!)

Please visit my Etsy shop to see these and more cute fishy projects!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Everyday Tank Top

 Voila! My newest creation: a tank top in a lovely polka dot print! What do you think?

The pattern I used was the Everyday Tank pattern by Indygo Junction. The pattern itself was fairly easy- until it got to the part about adding the bias trim- then, it was nearly impossible to make sense of- but I think that would be true of any pattern company trying to describe something that you really need to SEE in order to understand. Thankfully, Indygo Junction had a very helpful video tutorial on their website here

The fabric I used was an out-of-print cotton lawn that I happened to find on Etsy: Cotton + Steel's Sunday Dress in Navy. 

I love the tiny little pleats at the neckline and the fit is very flattering. I really enjoy making my own clothes! I still consider myself somewhat of a beginner at garment sewing and this pattern was a good way to advance my sewing skills. I think I will be trying more patterns by Indygo Junction in the future!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Buttons and Rainbows

Just a quick post today to share photos of my vintage button collection- I love these buttons! They're so pretty and colorful. I can't decide if I should use them or sell them: I can't quite bring myself to use them: you know how it is- you're waiting for just the right project...

xo- Havilah

Friday, June 30, 2017

Etsy Shop Giveaway!

I love giveaways! So, to celebrate the 100th sale in my Etsy Shop, I'm happy to announce that I am currently hosting a giveaway for $20 to spend at Darling Savage! Here are a few items from the shop that the winner can put the money towards:

Drawstring Pouches

Hanging Fish Wall Decor

Zipper Pouches

Here's how to enter: just leave a comment below in the "comments" section of this blog- tell me which item you like best in my etsy shop. I will use a random number generator to choose the winner. Please, US residents only (although I love my international customers, I really do!) and you must be 18 or over to enter. I am running this giveaway through the long holiday weekend so you have until 11:59pm on July 4th to enter. **The contest is now CLOSED. Thanks to those who entered!**

If you are so inclined, feel free to check out Darling Savage on social media- it's not required for the giveaway but here's where you can find me around the web:



EMAIL: darlingsavage [!at]

Good luck! -Havilah

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Darling Savage

Let me tell you a little bit about "Darling Savage". I chose this Etsy shop name because my last name is Savage and, well, I like it (I even kept it after getting married!) But since the word "savage" usually conveys a negative perception, I wanted to soften it up a bit: "darling" sounds sweet and affectionate. So I created the oxymoron, "Darling Savage". A little bit sweet, a little bit wild.

I currently sell two different types of items in my Etsy shop: gift bags and Hanging Fish Wall Decor. The Hanging Fish have become my signature item- they were even used as a prop in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog (yay!) Although I had originally intended for them to be displayed in any part of the home, most of my clients have used them as decor in a nursery or small child's room. So, in turn, my marketing strategy changed a bit- so now my target audience is primarily new moms and those looking for a unique baby shower gift. Here are a few recent pieces I've finished:

The gift bags are a fairly new item for me- I really like the idea of gift-giving without the waste of wrapping paper, so I thought I'd try to make some reusable bags in really cute fabrics. (I actually stole the idea from my mother-in-law who used to make & sell reusable bags several years ago- she was ahead of her time!) So far, the gift bags in my shop are all tiny (about 3" x 4") but I will also be offering larger sizes very soon. The small ones are great for gift cards and small item storage:

Lots more new items coming soon, including holiday-themed gift bags and felt fish wall decor- I will share these items as I add them to the shop! Thanks for reading my blog!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Back in the Saddle

Hello blog! I've missed you. Looks like I haven't posted in four years... and let me tell you why. I had a baby, got married, had another baby and guess what- babies take ALL of your time! Even though they are two and three now, they still require constant attention- and since my husband and I decided that I will be a stay-at-home-mom until the kids go to school, I really don't get a break from the munchkins. I honestly don't know how working mothers do this (I bow down to you). 
Now, I have a confession to make- I don't intend to make this blog into one of those "mommy blogs". To be frank, I don't like "mommy blogs". I don't enjoy reading about women gushing over their little "darlings" who can do no wrong (when you know the actual truth is far different. All children are d**ks sometimes.) In fact, I intend to make my blog about my passions outside of motherhood- sewing, crafting, photography, art, cooking- basically, anything creative. Here's a tidbit for women who have not yet had children- if you have any hobbies or passions such as mine, they get put ON HOLD in early parenthood. Unless you choose not to sleep. And I don't recommend that. 
Another confession- you can't help but resent your kids a little bit when your passions get put on hold. It's just natural. I guess I could rephrase that a little- you can't help but resent your decision to have kids a little bit when your passions get put on hold. It's not your kids' fault that they exist- it's yours. And I love my kids like crazy but I often feel trapped by them. Although, as they get older, it is getting a little easier day by day to partake in my hobbies here and there: after they get put to bed, during naptime (IF they happen to nap at the same time!) So this blog will be an outlet for my creative side- though I will probably mention my kids from time to time, it can't be helped. 
One last tidbit about motherhood- you always hear that being a mom is the hardest job in the world- and I have to admit, I had always been dubious about that. But it's absolutely TRUE. And I have done everything from blue-collar physical labor to a white-collar desk job. This is by far the hardest one.
I hope to create a blog post at least once a week but we'll see. I've recently re-opened my Etsy Shop and I've been doing some art and sewing projects so I will post about those in the coming weeks. And I will be having an Etsy Shop giveaway so stay tuned for that! 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Pink Fish in PBK catalog!

Last December, I was contacted by a client for a custom order for a Pink Fish Wall Decor... 5 months later, I see this ::

Page 31, Summer 2013 Pottery Barn Kids catalog- there are my fish!
They are just being used a a prop in the photo, but isn't this delightful? I didn't even know about this until another client mentioned it in an Etsy message (thanks, Suzy!) And I've since been in contact with the gal who bought the fish (who works along with the photography department) and she will make sure that any inquiries about the fish are directed to my shop. How sweet.

My Fish Collection will be available at the upcoming Crafty Wonderland show in Portland, Or! May 11th at the Oregon Convention Center. Hope to see you there!