Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Neat thing is, the store has been selling my tutus, better than ever!
Can you belive how serious I am?
Monday, December 3, 2007
My exception to the weekend indoors, was venturing out to a friend's house on Friday for our traditional once-a-month evening of BUNCO! The evening was beautifully hosted by two group members that put on a Bunco soiree to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season, capped off with a White Elephant gift exchange. Look what I ended up with...
However this "exquisite" piece of art wasn't supposed to come home with me. After a fun filled evening tossing the dice, I pleasantly said my goodnight and thanks and artfully scooted out the door, pretending I had my newly acquire gift in tow. (Secretly I had stashed the glass swan in the hostess's Christmas decor on her coffee table). Wiping my hands clean of the item, I went home giggling of my fortune to be rid of the offending item.
This is what I awoke to the next morning.....
Not only did the swan return to my home in its full glory (loaded with old Halloween candy), but Santa paid a visit to my home, in addition to a number of various Holiday decor swindled off of a friends porch.
I am currently trying to come up with some sort of retribution.
On another neat note, I took this picture Sunday morning after the storm had passed. This pumpkin looks like it's been dipped in egg wash and super fine sugar. Isn't that beautiful.
It looks good enough to eat!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Well doesn't fate have a way of playing its hand. Two minutes later, I am being interviewed as both a toy shopper as well as a small goods manufacturer. We'll see if it makes it on the news tonight, but it really brings up a good point. Where are our children's things being made? What quality standards are they following? I want to know that my girls' toys are safe and sturdy and reliable.... Just like my clients want to know my products are clean, safe and reliable.
A few weeks ago, I had a interested client contact me, asking where my fabric was manufactured. (I am assuming they wanted to make sure it was safely manufactured stateside).
I did a little research with my supplier and sure enough, my tulle is 100% Made in the U.S.A.. Additionally my supplier writes,
"It is 100% Nylon, which the federal government recognizes as being inherently flame retardant. Caution your customers to ONLY purchase Nylon tulle! Polyester tulle is sometimes treated to make it flame retardant, BUT the chemical used may be a carcinogen, and potentially more harmful than the flame itself.
Our factory has been manufacturing tulle since 1926. We are the largest TULLE maker in the USA. That is why we can STOCK 65 colors of tulle and 42 colors of iridescent tulle: we have the distribution that can absorb the yardage needed to sustain such a huge inventory."
I really do feel much better about supplying a product that is made under strict guidelines and monitored closely and so glad I double checked; especially because I make these things for little children.
Any thoughts? The temporary and easy solution... buy handmade.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Now, you and I both know that this isn't very realistic. I have always lived in a bit of a fantasy world, however, just for a few minutes tonight I felt as though I had accomplished something off of my life list. Everyone should have a life list. You know what it is. A list of all the things you want to accomplish or do before your life ends.
Some items on my life list include, but are not limited to:
- travel to Manchu Pichu
- selling things that I make to complete strangers and have the love them!
- live overseas again/ or have a posh apartment to visit regularily
- revisit my old home in Tokyo with my girls and show them around
- make enough money to truly suprise my husband with a trip
- learn to juggle
- teach a class, but I don't know what
- keep in shape and have killer arms (girls know what I mean)
- travel around the Greek isles on a sail boat
- have a great, healthy family that loves each other and stays tight
- master chess
- relearn one of my languages (French, Japanese or Italian) to a passable level
- take an art class
- master the stock market
- understand the stock market
Monday, October 29, 2007
Next, a friend of mine came over with a very simple design for fleece scarves - I got so excited and carried away with the number of variations I could do, I went out and bought about 10 yards of colorful fleece. Here are my first variations of adult scarves.
The best part about them is they can be color coordinated to suit school colors! They would be great for sports teams and cheerleaders - Should be lots of fun. Now I just need to figure out how to photograph them to make them really stand out!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I am so excited! I've been getting ready to enter the Etsy Halloween costume contest and I finished the costume today. I'm not sure how I came to my final design but my girls definitely had major input. Anna's titled it "Under Water Princess". I pulled out all of my tulle colors in blues and greeens that don't sell well on their own and found this wonderfully rustic green cotton for the waist. There are over eight layers of tulle that have been individually cut with shears so they look like flowing seaweed swirling in water. I also hand sewed on these beautiful strings of greenish beads to drape down like coral/ seaweed too. I really think it pulled well together. I capped the tutu off with a starfish wand and a beaded green 'seaweed' crown.
I hope I get some nice feedback from the contest. It is the first time I've used this style of waistband and was really pleased on how good it looks and fits.
These days I've been sewing like a nut trying to get all of my Halloween tutus finished so I can begin to focus on the Holiday Boutiques that start next week. I feel like I've been spending more on materials than I've been making lately, but hopefully the payback will be worth it. (I could NOT get my hair done, but this girl has limits!) The good news is that my Etsy sales seem to be solid and steady. Thank you!
Until next time!...
Friday, October 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I was finishing up an order for a boutique and my new (Made Overseas) sewing machine took a digger. No problem, I said to myself and I pulled out my back up. Apparently my back up didn't appreciate being set on a shelf in my studio for over a year, left to defend itself from dust and neglect. That too refused to work!
So from the recesses of my sewing closet, I pulled out the "Norge", Grandma's Singer Sewing machine - the one most people leave in their storage rooms, basements and attics waiting to get rid of it at their next garage sale. Lo and behold, my lovely sewing machine fixer-man (my savior many times over) has let me on to the fact that I own a gem!
Not only do I have an original all-metal Singer Sewing Machine, but it's a "feather weight" which makes it very valuable. I had him lube it up and now it is a perfect back-up for me and the stitches... they are beautiful. It's not fancy, and my girls think it's funny looking, but can this machine sing! Thanks grandma!
Looking at these pictures make me want to revamp my studio. Next big project - recreating my work space...