Monday, November 30, 2009

New Updates

So the fashion market didn't go as well as I had hoped. I think it may have been due to the holiday weekend. Only a handfull of people showed up but I did make my money back and came up with some new ideas. I also met some amazing people and plan on going back for the fashion market on the 19th, with clothes added onto my inventory (already have three finished.
The best thing about the fashion market is it really put things into perspective on where I want to be and what I have to do. I got started right away this week, I'm cleaning out my whole craft room and not buying anymore fabric until I use a lot of what I have up. I ordered some new business cards (not just ones that I print up at home), came up with a logo and made some tags today!!!!
I did half with the recycle image on it and half without since some of the things I make are half/half recycled/new items, but I am going to strive for all recycled items in the near future.
I also put a new wool cowl up in my shop that is made to order. I love the stitch pattern I came up for it!!! And it's super soft!!
While I was going through my fabric stash I organized and put all the solids together and made up a little color chart. These are the corors I will be offering in my shop for the reversible skirts.
I'm also going to be moving again so right now I am working on cleaning out my life (again) I already have a few bags for goodwill and I know it won't end there. Apartment and job searching will be part of my daily life the next couple of weeks, fun fun fun.
Hope everyone has a good week!!!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Giveaway from The Dainty Squid

I love this lady, she's so cute and has great style. Check out her blog!

You Win Some, You Lose Some

The craft show I went to at our local mall did not go as planned at all. I was supposed to be there Friday through Sunday over 9 hours each day (except Sunday). I did not have a sitter for Milo until about 5 for Friday and Saturday so I had to bring him with me. When I arrived to set up I saw where I was located, def not the best place especially for what I was selling. I sold $3 Friday and left an hour early, I had some other people come up to me and say they also sold less than $10 and one guy wasn't even coming back because it wasn't worth his time. I also found out that in the past years they had all the crafters grouped together, that was not the case this year, we were scattered throughout the whole mall. I went back on Saturday with very little hope and packed up an hour after being there, no one was even looking at my stuff. This discouraged me greatly but I guess you win some and you lose some. I have a fashion market in two weeks that I am very very excited for and I did get a lot whipped out last week so I have twice as much inventory as I did before (with more to come). All in all I'm going to take it as a learning experiance, I did just jump right in when I should have found out how much advertising they did and how they had done in the past years. I will def not be going back to that craft show.
Good news, I brought Milos car bed upstairs and he's finally in a big boy bed (and doing good!). His bookshelf is up there (not all his books but it's a start) and everything is organized finally. I also made some curtains here's a little view of it. Don't mind the wall we're still working on it and I want to sand everything down before painting so it won't look clumpy.
I'm also working on some clothes this week as long as I keep with it and Milo cooperates.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mail Porn!! And a few other things.

Ahh yes mail porn, I love it. Lately I've been spending some of my earnings on etsy. Here's a picture of what I got in the mail today.
The photographs are from this shop, she's adorable.
The buttons are from this shop, I can't wait to dig my yarn into those cute little button holes :)
And last but not least I purchased some makeup (that I don't have a picture of because I already dug into it and I'm to lazy to go upstairs and get it) from this cute shop (owned by a wisconsinite!). She has some of the most amazing makeup! I can't wait to buy more!

That's all I have for the mail porn. Today was fantastic! Milo woke me up at 4am, usually I'm not up to getting up that early but it was nice today and I got a lot done before 6. Then on a whim we decided to go watch the sunrise, it wasn't the best I've seen but still very beautiful and we had a blast running around waiting for it to come up. We also saw the sunset and it was AMAZING, but of course I didn't have my camera. So here are some pictures of this morning for you to enjoy!

Yesterday I was informed by my sil that she found some organic cotton (100%) jersey at the local fabric store so I jumped in my car and picked it up. Unfortunately they only had one so I bought the rest of the bolt. I would love to find a good organic cotton supplier so if anyone has some info on any please let me know!

I also have been working on a new cowl (knitting pattern) I knit one up the other night after it took quite awhile I unraveled it all :( but I finally figured it out and am happy with the end result. Here's a sneak peak.

I hope the rest of the week is just as productive! Ohhh very very good news before I end. Yesterday I found out that our mall is having a craft show this weekend and they still have openings so guess who's going!!! Super excited :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Beautiful Day and 7 Mile Fair!

FINALLY!! A nice day in WI (and tomorrow is supposed to be amazing also). I retook some pictures for my shop (all the hat pictures) and I think I'm getting the knack of being the model/photographer. I also had some help from my sister...well if that's what you want to call it, we did get some nice pictures though.
After picture taking and some cleaning we headed off to 7 Mile Fair with some friends. There is a guy there that sells mass amounts of leather scraps and I always raid his both, I hate the smell of leather and what it is but it is beautiful and feels amazing! And the fact that it's scraps and not a whole new hide help me justify buying it. Look for new items with leather soon! He also sells amazing belt buckles but I haven't caved in and bought any yet. Here's a little taste of what he has.
I really need to start carrying my camera around, especially to 7 Mile, so many awesome picture opportunities there! But it's hard with a kid (I actually stole this pic from a friend that went with me).
Here's some pictures of all the color hats I have available right now!
Tonight will be filled with knitting and watching movies! If only I had popcorn.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Excited for November!

Yesterday I went to s boutique/sewing school up in Milwaukee called Fashion Ninja to sign up for a Fashion Market they are having on the 27th and 28th of this month. It was AMAZING and I can't wait to go back and be able to look around more! I'm gearing up for the Fashion Market and have very high hopes for it, I think I will fit in there a lot better than the craft fairs I have gone to in the past (nothing against them I just feel a little out of place, I still love them). If it goes well this month they're also having one in December. I will keep you all updated and encourage those in the area to go and check it out. I just wish I would've been able to make it into Art vs. Craft and Renegade this year (although I don't think I would have been as prepared).
I've decided to make some cowls out of store bought yarn instead of recycled, but don't worry I'm supporting a local business. I usually went up to Milwaukee for my yarn but found out today that there's an adorable little yarn shop in Kenosha (a lot closer than the one I was going to) called Fiddlehead Yarns. I will admit I went a little crazy but I have to get ready for the Christmas season.
All balled up and ready for me to tear into!
I hope the month keeps up with the way it has been for me all week, I love this feeling! Also can't wait for UP to come out on dvd.
I'll leave you with a picture of a yummy pomegranate I cut up this morning.
Oh and there are new cowls up in the shop! Well new colors at least, and pictures of different ways to wear them, go check it out! It's hard being the model and photographer but I think I'm getting the hang of it. My pictures are okay but I would like them to represent the item better. I'm working on it, any hints would be awesome.
Have a good weekend!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Lots of updates for you guys! I have a couple more cowls up in the shop and more to come this week, look for a white and burnt red later this week :)
Here are some pictures of the new green ones I just put on
October went by so fast! It started with a concert and ended with Halloween it was an amazing month. Now for the updates!
After going apple picking earlier in the month Milo and I made some delicious apple sauce! I've never left the skins on while cooking before so I tried it out this time and I think I like it better that way :)
Now for the Halloween costumes
Milo was Batman!
I went out for my friends birthday as a sailor. I made my whole outfit including the hat. After making that hat I really want to try making some hats for in my shop :D
Sorry for the bad photos, I was in a rush :/
For my sisters birthday I made her a Jessica Rabbit costume that was quite reveling, but hey it's what she wanted. Everyone loved it.
Last but not least, I crocheted a Where's Waldo hat for my friend.

One more thing to share with you before I end this post. I've been working on a reversible skirt made from reclaimed sheets, let me know what you think! While I was putting it on the mannequin I thought maybe it could double as a shirt?? But then again I kind of think it looks like a skirt you're wearing for a shirt that way :/ hahahaha
I hope to have this up by the end of the month.