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Hi, there! I’m so glad that you found your way over to my little internet home. My name is Bonnie. I’m Mama to six amazing children, two girls and four boys, ranging in age from preschool to all grown up. I’m also GiGi to one granddaughter and one grandson. I am a follower of Jesus who is blessed to be married to a wonderful husband, Ray, who is a huge encourager of all the crazy craftiness that I’m always into. For that matter, he’s quite the crafter himself!
 



 
I own a little business called Fishsticks Designs where I design and sell sewing patterns for children’s clothing and accessories. My biggest business goal is to create designs that are unique and modern but always straightforward and practical. Fishsticks Designs was born from my desire to not only sew clothing for my own children but also to teach other moms (and grandmas, and aunts, and maybe even a few dads) to do the same. You’ll find that many of my patterns are sewn with cotton knit fabrics because that is exactly the fabric that most of us live our lives in. Each of my patterns includes step-by-step instructions with words and pictures so that you can read and see what to do next. It’s almost like sitting in my sewing room with me. It’s at least the closest that I can get without you stopping by for a visit. For more information about my patterns, just click on this image:
 
 
Why the name “Fishsticks”? Well, let me see if I can make a long-ish story short-ish. Remember back in the dark ages when the internet was brand new? Everyone was choosing an email address, not knowing then that what they chose might forever become their new online identity. On that day long ago when I chose my first email address, I happened to glance out the window and see the back of our van adorned with six Christian fish — two big fish and four little fish. Hmmm . . . how about fish6mom? And, the rest, as they say, is history. Because the name fish6mom when said quickly sounds just like “fishsticks mom” that became my online nickname. When it came time to choose a business name, I decided that it made sense to use the name Fishsticks. First of all, it wasn’t already taken. Second, it reminds me that regardless of where my business goes, my focus must always remain on Christ. Finally, it’s a fun name that brings about memories of childhood for me. (That was not short-ish at all, was it? There is a longer version . . . )
 
But do you eat fishsticks? When I opened Fishsticks Designs nearly a decade ago, frozen fishsticks were a fairly common visitor to our dinner table, along with just about every other processed food on the market. (The original name of this blog was Fishsticks & Fries.) In October of 2011, a good friend issued a little challenge to a small group of moms to join her in eating “real food” for one month following the rules over at 100 Days of Real Food. That one month completely changed our family’s eating habits and our health. I’ve discovered a passion for cooking real food from scratch, experimenting with creating healthy new recipes and watching my friends and family enjoy food the way it was meant to be!
 
 
In addition to sewing and cooking, I love decorating. We moved back to Central Florida in the fall of 2012, and I’m enjoying making our new home ours with plenty of handmade décor along with some vintage and flea market finds.
 
 
My husband and I are “sent missionaries” from our home church, but we live around the corner from our church and attend services here every week. For the first six years after Ray’s retirement from the Air Force, we served on staff with Gospel for Asia at their home office in Dallas. In the spring of 2012, Ray accepted a position in the Information Systems Department at the U. S. Mobilization Base of Pioneers in Orlando, and that is what brought us back home to Florida. (We send out a quarterly ministry newsletter to our prayer and financial supporters. If you’re interested in hearing more about our ministry and would like to be added to that email list, just click on “Email Me” here on my blog and put Ministry Newsletter in the subject box.)
 
 
I’m a “crunchy” mom who strives to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible. The only paper product we use in our home is toilet paper (and that’s not one that I’m even thinking of giving up.) I’m always looking for ways to reuse or upcycle something. There’s nothing like the satisfaction that comes from picking up something at a yard sale (or on the curb) and giving it new life.
 
Other things that I love:
Worship (My radio is always tuned to our local contemporary Christian station, and I’m often singing slightly off-key at the top of my lungs and dancing along.)
Homeschooling (We’ve homeschooled for over 13 years now!)
Science fiction (A love that my husband and I have passed on to our children.)
Dark chocolate (Fair trade, organic, soy-free . . . yum!)Coffee (If I could get over my Starbucks addiction, I’d really be done with artificial food.)
Baby wearing (My babies are too big for wearing now . . . but I’m glad to take a temporary loan.)
Photography (I’m still learning, though. Sometimes I love the photos that I take. Sometimes I’m less than thrilled with them.)

Things that I’m hoping to learn to love:
Gardening
Chickens
Running
Flying (Yes. I’ll admit publicly that flying terrifies me. Even typing that made me a little bit nervous.)
Woodworking
 
I hope that you’ll continue to stop in and enjoy everything that I have to share and that you’ll be willing to share with me! I get a huge amount of joy out of reading your comments and seeing the things that you create with my patterns and my tutorials! Feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions about anything at all that you find here on my site. I look forward to getting to know you!
 

Bonnie

You hem me in, behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5

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26 Responses to About Me

  • Stacy says:

    Hi! I have been eyeing your undies pattern for over a year now, but have hesitated purchasing it because my little guy loves the boxer brief style of undies. My question for you is, have you ever tried to alter the pattern into a boxer brief style? I love the idea of making him some undies because he is so tall and skinny that commercial undies just do not fit him quite right, but have yet to find a pattern for the boxer briefs style. Thought you may be willing to help :-)
    Thanks for your time!
    Stacy

  • Cynthia Fedak says:

    I love your blog, you do such a nice job with your sewing. As a fellow sewer, mom and grandma to six, I enjoy making children’s clothing, but in the past two years or so I have been finding it quite difficult to find a variety of ribbing. Do you happen to know of any stores that sell ribbing? I also love machine embroidery and collect designs.

    Cynthia

  • Ashleigh says:

    Hi, I love the tags you use on your cloth dipes, could you give me a head start as to where i might find some of these “handmade” tags?

  • Rebecca says:

    A friend referred me to your blog and I noticed that you make your cloth diapers. I’ve thought about doing this for my son too but the cost of all the supplies scares me a bit. I looked at the La Di Da website and the pattern sounds great. Does it take awhile to complete (I’m an experienced sewer but haven’t made diapers)? And what supplies are needed besides the PUL material? Do you make your own inserts or purchase those?

    Thanks for your time!
    Rebecca
    ourbusylittlebunch@hotmail.com

  • Bonnie says:

    Hi, Rebeccca!

    I’m so sorry that it’s taken me a bit to respond. Things have been absolutely crazy here with the planning of our oldest daughter’s wedding this past Friday. Once you’ve sewn a diaper or two, you’ll find that they sew up really quickly. Many moms who have never sewn anything else, sew cloth diapers for their children. With a little sewing experience under your belt, you’ll have no problem at all.

    To sew AI2s, in addition to PUL for outers, you’ll need a polyester fabric such as microfleece or suedecloth for the inner part of the diaper shell, and you’ll need cotton (most diaper makers use cotton velour) for the soaker. I do make my own soakers/inserts–they’re actually the easiest part of the diaper. I prefer to make mine a large square and trifold them for extra absorbency.

    I would highly recommend joining the board at diapersewingdivas.net . The mamas there are absolutely amazing and are a wealth of information when it comes to sewing your own cloth diapers. (It’s also kind of my home-on-the-internet. I promise you’ll love it over there.)

  • jo says:

    Hi there!
    I’ve just come across your blog and love it! Thanks for taking the time to post…you’re like wonder-woman! I’m a sister in the Lord, and love "meeting" other sisters that are crafty and fun like this blog:)
    I do some blogging for OttLite.com/blog and am just really starting to link with others..i noticed in your workroom for sewing you don’t have an OttLite..would you like one? I have some samples, and if you could network with us, we could send one of your choice..i’d like to find a rep for the sewing community…I’ve just started sewing with my 12 yr. old daughter, and we love it. We’re going to try the little messanger bag…so if i have questions i’m gonna ask you!!!:) Thanks again, nice to meet.- jo

  • Libby H says:

    Hi Bonnie,

    I tried to contact you through your shop, but I couldn’t get it to work, hope you see this soon!

    I’m interested in your Little Ones Jammies pattern for toddlers/kids, but I was wondering if you could tell me the materials that are needed first? Also, I was wondering if flannel would be suitable for this?

    Thanks!
    Libby

  • Katie says:

    Hello Bonnie!

    I am so glad that we had a chance to talk Wednesday!
    I LOVE what you are doing! Can’t wait to share this with my sister and her daughters!

    Looking forward to talking to you again!
    Katie

  • Kyong A says:

    hi there,
    i attempted to sew with cotton knit fabric for the first time yesterday and found things to learn afterward! i finished every part of the shorts i was making for my daughter…except the hem…. so i googled “hemming knit fabric” and found your site. kudos on al you do! an i love Jesus, too!!! so it was cool to find your site. i was looking to post a copy of the pattern i made from a pair of shorts that my daughter loves, but after i scanned the images, i found that when i would print them, the computer would reduce the image, so it was not a 100% image, even though we selected that. can you tell me how you do online patterns (computer wise)?

    thanks!
    kyong a

  • Michelle Z says:

    Oh BOY! Boy patterns………I LOVE!!! I plan on going through all your patterns after I get through SMS giveaway. Good boy patterns are really hard to find. We are expecting 4 babies this Fall in our family so I would love to have good boy patterns waiting :) Thank you for this oppty to win!

  • Maria White says:

    I didn’t know you were involved with GFA, my hubby and I are long term partners (financial/prayer).. probably going on 15 years :)

    • Bonnie says:

      How cool, Maria! GFA is a great ministry! We’re still supporters ourselves, even though Ray is serving on staff with a different ministry now.

  • queenieweenie78 says:

    Hi, I’ve just signed up to your newsletter. Looking forward to your beautiful patterns. Can’t wait :)

  • Cathy says:

    Love that you are a Christian and not afraid to tell about it. I am a Christian also and was fortunate to be raised in a godly home with a dad that was a Baptist mnister for 52 years until he died in 2011 from Alzheimers. My mom passed away 3 months later and I was so angry at God for awhile. But I now realize that God was protecting them of what is to come. Love you patterns and would love to win the jumper pattern. I have twin 3 year old grand daughters that I love to sew for. I will definitely keep you ministry in my prayers.

    In Christ,
    Cathy Adams

  • sarah taylor says:

    hi ive just subscribed through the giveaway I have been aware of your designs for a few months now and im very eager to give them a try I love that you have an awesome collection of patterns for boys as well as girls I shall be keeping my fingers and toes crossed in hope that I might win :)

  • Janna says:

    Hi Bonnie, just subscribe. I am not handy person, I am looking forward to follow you how to make cloth for boys…. It’s really hard to find any ideas…… Thanks for your site.

  • diane siegel says:

    I saw the boys overalls, I thought,on your website using the clothworks little surfer boy fabric and can not find it anywhere. HELP thanks diane

  • Barb Colvin says:

    Just wanted you to know that I have NOT stopped following you! I just changed from email to bloglovin. Cheers!

  • Mary Smith says:

    Every time I get this message to click on a link to complete unsubscribe action, it sends me here and doesn’t do anything. Fix this.

    • Bonnie says:

      Hi, Mary! I’m sorry. I’m not sure I understand what issues you’re having. You are not currently listed as a subscriber on my blog at the email address that you used for this comment. Just let me know if I’m misunderstanding your concern.

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