Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It seems as though I’ve been hiding from the world for months now, though please be aware that I’m far from ‘hiding’. While I was enjoying a wonderful holiday with friends and preparing for lovely Kara’s wedding, I found out that there is a child in my uterus. This new surprise wasn’t planned, but the husband and myself are excited with the new direction our futures have taken. Shortly after returning home, the dreaded ‘morning’ sickness took over my life. I’ve spent the past month force-feeding myself toast and crackers, eating my prescribed anti-nausea medicine, and pre-natal vitamins, all the while half sleeping half watching television as the days pass me by. Let it be known that I am not a lazy person, but this past while any movements my body makes seems to worsen my nausea. Hence, my little Etsy shop has been neglected. No new items have been added in quite some time and there’s only one item left for purchase. I realize I’ve missed quite a bit of Christmas sales due to my inability right now, but it’s important that I take as best care of myself and my baby as possible. I’m currently 9 weeks pregnant, they say this sickness usually passes around the 10th week, let’s hope that is true. I’m ready to start enjoying my pregnancy, and let out my creative energy.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The Hubber and I are currently 7 hours away from our home, our comfy bed and coffee maker at a conference for his work. Which is somewhat like a holiday for us, seeing we have a lot of friends that we get to see each time we come to one of these conferences. As much as I love to sew and create, and sort and resort through my buttons, sometimes it's kind of nice to force yourself not to obsess over buttons and fabric. At least, since I didn't bring Kenny (the Kenmore sewing machine) along with me, I've no choice but take deep breaths, convince myself that everything will still be there when I go back on Monday.
In happy news, my little corner of Etsy has received over 200 hearts! Another joyous milestone!
In no time it'll be November and I'll have a lovely wedding to lend a hand or two in. It seems like time's flying faster then it used to. I suppose being super busy does that. No complaints though!
Monday, October 20, 2008
I purchased a beautiful pair of earrings (there's still some of these same earrings available) from executeme.etsy.com
Here's my experience with executeme!
I purchased these earrings on September 18th and they arrived on September 29th. Just 11 days for shipping, which is pretty good from the US.
Here it is again, the name of the earrings are handwritten on the little tag. There are two stunning business cards included (see a better photo of those at the top of this posting).
I eventually convinced myself to take off the rope and check out the earrings. Safely and snugly packaged!
The photos and description of them on the etsy site are very accurate, the colour is exactly what I wanted!
Here is how they look when you're wearing them! Forgive me, I'm not an 'ear' model, but wanted to give an impression of the real SCALE of them.
Although, I have to admit, I had an idea that my experience with executeme would be a good one, this is actually my 3rd purchase from this shop.
My first purchase were these fantastic red earrings, which are still by far my favorite earrings.
I've also purchased a similar style, for Kara. And keep wishing and hoping that more show up like this, so I can buy them too.
Altogether, a great experience with another purchase! I hope this helps with any purchasing hesitation from this shop!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I'm happy to share seven facts about myself, tho I don't know many bloggers to tag in turn.
1. I'm in love with Starbucks, I know it's a huge corporate evil stamping out the small individually owned coffee shop, but it's too late for me I've been lost in a swirl of foam, espresso and caramel.
2. I always have a cup of coffee on my desk while I'm at home, if it cools before I drink it all, then I nuke it and add more from the pot. I'm not ashamed to drink coffee that's been sitting in the pot for hours.
(I really need one of those electric coffee cup warmers, does Kitchen Aid make a pretty red one?)
3. I love songs that hold nostalgia for me, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the 80's rockers, and some of the songs that made me smile in the 90's now put butterflies in my stomach (in a good way). That way music often makes me happy with memories and sad with nostalgia all at the same time. It's like emotional drugs.
4. I own all the seasons of Gilmore Girls and watch them over and over and over. And I always cry when Rory graduates (from Chilton and Yale).
5. Sometimes my own thoughts are so loud that I can't hear when someone calls my name or says something to me. I promise, I'm not being rude, I just didn't HEAR you.
6. I don't like 'noise' but I'm a very loud person (esp while watching hockey)
7. I have terrible anxiety (it runs in my family), it ranges from a slight panic when someone plays with scissors, or sits on a pillow (they're for your head, not your bum. Unless it's a designated floor pillow) to a full scale panic attack when in a serious confrontation.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I was really shocked/surprised when I listed Serendipity last night and after a minute decided to edit the listing slightly, clicking on my shop realized it had sold. It has been my fastest sale in history! I thought I’d lost it into the inactive items, or simply dreamed that I had actually listed it. I love the colours and the way the bag works, I’m glad someone else did too!
And another that I just listed named Magpie. This one doesn’t really have an accent colour, which I think it’s a nice bonus because it can be worn with most anything. It’s got a great black and camel plaid which can be paired with pretty much anything!
[yikes plaid doesn't photograph well, for a better shot check the shop, or click the photo above for a larger view]
Currently I’m taking the evening to promote my shop after a LONG day of setting up, conducting and cleaning up from the Children’s program I run. I’m also teary-eyed and joyfully watching the Montreal Canadians vs. Boston Bruins game on TSN, like any Canadian would. Yes, I’m a fan of the legendary Habs, and a very vocal and passionate one at that. So far it appears to be a beautiful and joyful centennial year for the Habitants!
Singing; "Ole ole ole ole ole ole"
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Happy late (Canadian) thanksgiving! A much more substantial post tomorrow, hopefully.
Monday, October 6, 2008
This bag is made from a fantastic lime green canvas upholstery fabric; it’s very durable and wears beautifully. The inside is lined with a great white/yellow/orange/green cotton plaid. The bag closes with a snap closure, and has two small plastic yellow-green buttons adding a nice modern detail to the front of the bag. The handle measures 19 inches, perfect for your shoulder. The opening is 10 inches wide; from the opening down the bag is 11 inches deep. The bottom width of the bag is approx 11.5 inches (the corners are rounded so that's about the widest part of the bag).
It's very very windy here, so I don't get the opportunity much to take photos outside. I can hardly believe that the house is still standing with the force of the wind. So it's a lot harder to get a bunch of good photos, I think I'll have to build a light box.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I named it after good ol’ blue eyes, because it seemed to have it’s own class and is pretty dignified, and it’s the style of bag that is timeless and classic. Sadly, there's only enough shirt to make two of these.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
And a few similar to this;
We finally have some furniture. We’re not exactly rolling in money so the furniture we bought for our bedroom and dining room all needs to be assembled (this kind of furniture is cheaper), so the Hubber has been labouring on getting it all together. We’re still waiting on the actual dining table and a few chairs. The sofas are a different colour then I expected (that’s what happens when you buy things online, this coming from someone who makes her ‘living’ selling things online) so it’s a little difficult tying it into the décor I had planned.
Here's our Dining Table. I think this is our living room sofa and love seat, in light spice brown (on here the colour looks a lot lighter, like a cream colour, instead it's much more caramel or camel colour, which clashes a little with my charcoal walls), and this is our bedroom furniture.
Now to fill a few orders! YAY
Monday, September 29, 2008
What I found! Inside there was the hippo soap, wrapped with tissue paper, a business card and a little free gift, or token of appreciation! I really love it when sellers include free gifts with their orders. It really adds to the excitement of receiving your purchase.
At first I smelled this guy and really wished that he were chocolate so I could eat him.
But making the safe assumption the he was soap, I brought him into the bathroom to test him out (since the hippo is a gift for someone and didn’t want to ruin him, but did want to give my readers an idea of how the soap feels). It was so soft, and silky, I was excitedly attempting to work up a very photogenic lather, when it proved it’s silkiness and shot out of my hand, and landed in the toilet bowl. I know soap is self cleaning, but I couldn’t bring myself to fishing out that little gem. So now I’m sad with my loss, but pleased with my purchase.
And this was my experience with LoveLeeSoaps! I'm in love with the novelty style soaps in their shop, and also think the prices are great along with the low cost of shipping, I think I'll be buying from them again.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I named it ‘Goddess’ because it has a special quality to it, something feminine but beautifully unique. It reminds me of the Greek Goddesses. Maybe it’s the silver threads that add that mystical touch. Whatever it is, I think it’s a good name.
I hope other’s love it as much as me. Check it out here.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Winter is coming, so this bag is made from a fantastic black and white plaid wool fabric. It reminds me of classic 50’s black and white high gloss shoes.
I'll be posting this on etsy soon, hopefully people there will love it as much as I do!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Here is a nice little pile of my card holders ready to be mailed out with orders.
I’ve finally gotten an excuse to make a bag out of this fantastic wool fabric I found. It’s still without an accent button, but I’m so excited about this bag I needed to post it. I’ll be making more like this for sure.
My studio is starting to come together, still need some storage for my fabric. It’s either store it or sew it, and I can’t sew that fast. Hopefully I’ll get some nice shelves soon, so far the Rubbermaid bins are working, but not convenient. Every day that passes is one day closer to our furniture arriving.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I’m in the process of filling orders, and took a little time to make some fabric cases for my business cards from my scrap pile. Here is the first one;
I’ve got a large consignment request that I’m excited to fill, and as soon as possible since optimum shopping time is ahead. Got to love the Christmas season!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I’m still getting adjusted in our new location; keeping busy sewing really helps with that.
Here’s the diaper bag I mailed off yesterday.
Here’s a shot of our living room, in transition. We’re using a futon we had for the basement since our sofa set still hasn’t arrived.
I’ve also only had time to make one curtain panel; hopefully I’ll get a chance to finish the other soon (you’ll notice in the picture it’s across the window, since it’s the only privacy we have for that window). I want to add a little more colour too, though I really love the green and turquoise that I’ve managed to bring into the space so far. We’ll see what happens with the look of it all when the new sofas get here. We’re still busy unpacking things, putting things on the walls, etc.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
It always seems as though Sunday is the most exhausting day of the week. The kind of day where you want to have a really fantastic nap, and not the kind where you doze while watching a movie or watching your husband play baseball on his beloved X-Box 360, but one of those naps where your body feels like it’s gone completely lifeless and you wake up having drooled a very embarrassing amount on your pillow.
It's a very beautiful day today, if I weren't so tired I might go out and enjoy it a little.
I made this bag yesterday, as a special Etsy request. I loved the colour combination so much (I’ve a thing for teal and grey) that I cut out extras and will post one on Etsy and another on Facebook within the next day or two.
There are three good things about fall, and only three.
1. It means that hockey seasons is teasingly near
2. Christmas is around the corner (which is fantastic for business), and
3. There’s the scent of loose-leaf paper (crisp and white, waiting), sharpened pencils, brand new books being opened, a life time of knowledge to absorb.
I love school, not High School that wasn’t overly entertaining, but University. Sadly I’m not a part of the atmosphere for the second year in a row, the soft sigh of the study area of the library, the shuffle of feet and the constant crackle of a page as it’s being turned. The smell of books, old and new, lining the shelves. Five floors of books, full of words telling you something you didn’t know before.
Oh, I believe I’ve said too much about my book-wormy-ness. I think my pillow is beckoning to me, or was that a good book. I guess I’d better figure out which it is!
Friday, September 12, 2008
I just finished another one too, I’ll post a photo of it when the buyer lets me know what button’s she would like on it.
I got an email for a pretty large order this morning, I’m stoked, or thrilled, or over the moon (whatever the kids are saying today).
The weather here is terrible for taking pictures of my products lately. Rain and wind, and when there’s no rain there’s angry wind. If I were to bring a bag outside, it’d blow away. I don’t have a light box set up, and it’s pretty difficult to set up a like box for my bags, since they all very in size and show best when hung from their handles. Maybe I can figure out something creative. I really love the colour of the walls in my studio (you can see it in the photo above), maybe I could use that as a background.
I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's as I was sewing this morning, it never fails to affect me in different ways, today it's the fashion (and the danish Audrey's eating as she window shops).
Today is one of those days where I have this huge pit in my stomach. I’m not sure if I’m hungry or nervous. Maybe I’ll make some food in case it actually is hunger, though it feels more like nerves. Then it’s off to the post office.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I’m a 25 year old that could pass for a 14 year old. I get lots of random people walk up to me and ask how old I am. Restaurants hesitate to serve me coffee, theatres won’t let me in to see scary movies, and people talk to me in a high-pitch and dragged out tone while they tilt their heads and smile nicely.
I have a husband, who helps me combat the masses who accuse me of being a child. Though, he’s short and fair faced which makes both of us look like teenage boyfriend and girlfriend who do everything together.
My husband is a pastor for youth, I enjoy being involved in his job and am thankful to Etsy and the other venues I sell through that I can work at home and still have time to do the things I really love. I mostly organize events and fun things for children and teen girls.
I’ve an obsession with coffee and I currently live in a community with no coffee shops (I expect my coffee percolator to sigh of exhaustion and give up living at any time).
I love to read, anything that stretches my mind, and teaches me something new. I’m not a fan of romance books, though I guess I could read one if forced. I like living in another world in novels, not depressing states of this world. I read a lot of non-fiction as well. When it comes to non-fiction, I hate books that say the same things in different ways, or something that tells me something I already know.
When I walk into a fabric store, I HAVE to touch everything.
I get oddly attached to inanimate objects and tend to name them, which only serves to enhance the attachment.
I’m slightly OCD. I love to sing loudly (but not well, my husband is the musical one) and dance around to some of my favourite 80’s tunes (Much to my husbands annoyance). I’ve got a growing dvd collection, I love to buy a range of movies from the classics (An Affair to Remember, anything with Audrey Hepburn) to somewhat newer classics (Indiana Jones) and super hero movies (Fantastic 4, Spiderman, X-Men) along with movies like Oceans and Bourne.
I’m a little too noisy. All while I was growing up, and even now sometimes, I’m embarrassed by my own voice. I talk and talk, and sometimes talk loudly and fast. Some days I’d wake up and tell myself, that today is going to be different, today I’ll be the soft spoken, kind and gentle kind of person that I want to be, a resolve I was never able to keep.
I finished a diaper bag today, I think it's be best one I've done yet, really neat and I think it's very gender nutral. Here's a link to a photo of it, my computer is being weird and won't let me open the "add image" box. I'll be back to edit it in later.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I've got some orders that really need filling, so before I can make something new to showcase, or put up on etsy I need to finish these requests.
Here's a treat, hopefully you can forgive me.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Whoooo.. they heart me, they really heart me! My shop is showing that 100 people have 'hearted' my shop. I know for many 100 isn't a lot, but it's a landmark that can cause happiness!
I’ve a need for shelving, of some kind. I’ve designed a cutting table that my dad is working on building for me, and the ‘legs’ of the table are similar to bookshelves (he’s not exactly sure when he’ll get it finished and have the free time to visit me, he lives 6 hours away). So I was kind of banking on those for storage, now all of my fabric is organized in large Rubbermaid bins, which work somewhat successfully, though it’s a pain to get the fabric in there in such a way that you can easily find everything. My poor ironing board is acting as a cutting table, and shelf as well as its traditional use as an ironing board.
Another day, another bag for Facebook (this one will be uploaded to the group soon).
Sold a bag last night, it’s always thrilling, like winning the lottery. My husband thinks I’m nuts, I run into the living room (or wherever he’s hiding) and jump up and down, spin in a circle and announce my success. Yes, I’m aware I resemble a 5 year old.
It’s a little ‘odd’ to move to a small town, where everyone KNOWS who you are because you’re new and they were somewhat expecting you. They don’t seem too worried that we know that they know who we are. It makes me feel a mixture of amusement and paranoia.
Back to Kenny (the Kenmore sewing machine), I’ve got two diaper bags to finish (YAY for having orders to fill!!)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Here are some brownies I had wanted to try making for a while. It’s the first time I’d baked with the new oven, and every oven bakes differently. So they’re not perfect like Martha’s.
I made a few new bags to put on Facebook, hopefully people will like them enough to buy. Christmas is coming up; I can’t really imagine finding cheaper and more unique gifts. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The sun is shining, there’s a slight breeze, just enough to make the leaves rustle. There isn’t a cloud in the sky from my view, and the sun is HOT. I just finished photographing and listing this guy on Etsy and Facebook (I’ve made two so far).
There’s some great colours on the inside of this bag that reminds me of summer, and late night adventures into downtown St. John’s. I think it still works for fall, it’ll definitely make those winter days a little brighter.
As for the sun, in a way it’s too beautiful to stay indoors, but my credit card statement is too terrifying to not take this time to create new things. Yet, look how tempting the view is from my back yard.
I’m very excited to announce that the lovely Kara has decided to have her wedding the 8th of November!
I’m so excited to have the opportunity to help her with her wedding, like she helped me with mine. I’ve finished making flight reservations and only have a few plans left to make before then. So excited to be spending a week back in my ‘home town’ and enjoy some late night adventures, visit my handsome nephew, and eat mounds of nachos.
Back to the grind, see if we can make a dent in that credit card statement!
Monday, September 1, 2008
It’s been a week (that felt more like a month) of suitcase living and frantically searching boxes for those ‘misplaced’ packed items.
We’re in a bigger house (some photos to come eventually), which is great in some ways, and a little weird having everything distributed so much around the space. Like my husband who has set up ‘office’ in the basement, while I set up my studio in the main floor. I’ve got great vocal cords, and can yell better then most, but in order to actually talk to him, I’ve got to walk down into the big-empty-dark basement.
(So happy to have all of my sewing things in one space tho)
After a whole week (half of which was spent holidaying at the in-laws), we’re finally settling in. There’s still some furniture to arrive, lots of pictures to be hung, and even more to be organized.
(A Sunset view from the In-Law's living room, Saturday night)
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Obviously, I want people to come back. I hope to get the Internet man out on Wednesday, but they're always fickle, so it may be Thursday, and heaven forbid Friday! I'll try to communicate my desperation and dire need over the phone.
We had to say goodbye to some terrific people today.
The hardest thing is saying goodbye to fantastic girls like these, and others that I really wish I'd had a group picture with.
Oddly enough, the oldest person pictured (myself) is almost the shortest (in the white). I get mistaken for a teen all the time. (I know, I know, it'll pay off when I'm 40 and still look 20ish?).
These girls, and several others, are my duckies, and I'll always love them and be available to them, even if its not in person. It's amazing how mature and gifted each of them are, I can only imagine the great things they'll all accomplish (I'm tearing up thinking about it).
A few more loose items to pack, and try to get the coffee out of my system and force myself to sleep. Early rise tomorrow, and a looong drive.