Flower Girl Dress by Whimsy Wendy

Flower Girl Dress by Whimsy Wendy
dropping petals... one by one.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

They Don't Make Them Like They Used To...

I had a hard to believe experience the other day. I went through THREE sewing machines!

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!

I've been in my workroom all day, getting ready the rush on Halloween Costumes. Didn't want to post my mess, but loved the colors of all of my stock tutus, wands and ribbons made. Isn't it fun eye candy!

Looking at these pictures make me want to revamp my studio. Next big project - recreating my work space...

Friday, September 21, 2007

Tutu Picture Show!

I can't belive my luck. A friend of mine (and her sister) has some darling little girls, just the perfect tutu size. Anyways, my little girls are a little too big to model for me anymore, so yesterday, I met them outside on a gorgeous day to try some new (and old designs) on them. I traded some product for pics and think they turned out so cute!
Still can't figure out how to turn my photos, but will work on it -

I was also able to get some feedback from one munchkin on my new petticoat tutu design. I love it! (see blue and white design) Would love to hear back from anyone - i am bringing it in to a boutiuqe next week. We'll see if any orders come out of it.

My orders for Halloween Costume tutus are going really well. Looks like I'm going to be doing my late night sewing for a little bit. I'll put on my favorite tunes and hide in my studio for a couple hours tonight after everyone is asleep.
So happy the weekend is here. The weather is going to be beautiful! Maybe I can put my sewing machine outside on the deck.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Selling to A New Store

One of the hardest things for me to overcome, is approaching stores to purchase my products. It is so unnerving to think of rejection, but what a life lesson it is. I've never been skilled at selling (that's my husband's area of expertise), but because I really believe in the things I have been making, and they are MINE, I sell a little stronger, a little better.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with a darling boutique in my area and I KNOW my tutus, wands and princess gear will be a perfect fit. I just need to remember to put on my selling hat and shed my creative hat for the meeting. That way, my emotions aren't so invested. It's hard to differentiate.

So.... today, I am going to head down into my studio and come up with a selection of tutus, halloween costumes, wands and a little magic to wow the boutique owner.

Also on my To Do list: take Cece is gymnastics, hit the bank, drop off books at the library, come up with dinner, take Norman to the vet, schedule a tune up for the car, load more products on my Etsy store site, list items on Ebay, start girls' costumes and plan both girls' birthday parties. That's Mondays for you.