Thanks to Crystal for her beautifully sizable Christmas order. I promise you I did not procrastinate. I am especially pleased the "mom" bag. Crystal's mom (like me) is a compulsive knitter. I constructed a bag with pockets for needles and notions that I am ever so jealous of. I did not skimp on the fabric quality. I love the colors! Here ya go.
I am almost positive that Anna's family members are not frequent checkers of my blog. Knowing that, I am going to post everything so my lovely Anna can finally geek out at the sight of what I made for her Christmas orders. I love Anna. Oh yeah Anna, no sunlight equals crappy pics... this stuff looks so much better in person.
Bible verse bag side one
pink themed necklace ocean themed scarf scarf close up
I had to add the pic of my awesome zipper pouches. I am so happy with the way these turned out!
The folks at the Smelly Hippie shop were interested in my purses so I made up a line of bags just for them. Since I got off to a late start, I missed out on the black Friday madness. Fortunately my stuff will be in the shop in time for a good chunk of the Christmas season. I just started this mess eleven days ago. Today I am planning to start the next phase of stuff for the hippie shop... I will have a bunch of appliqued zipper pouches made up by the end of the weekend. (even if it kills me)
When I am not working on the hippie stuff, I have been trying to nurture the etsy site with spurts of guitar straps here and there. I have noticed, if I keep adding and renewing I continue to have about one sale a day. It doesn't sound like much, but it is better than I have ever done before. I do have a nice healthy back stock now so keep those orders coming!
Man. Christmas is really inching closer and I have to do something otherwise I will miss out again on all of the etsy traffic I could have seen last year. Its funny how I can sell certain items at certain venues. Strange Folk cleared out all of my small items like headbands and magnets, the only thing I can move on my etsy are guitar straps, the shop in Carbondale is only interested in purses, and I do the occasional custom necklace for a certain individual. I really am blessed to have such a wide range of stuff to offer. The varitey does make me happy too. When I do the same type of item over and over everything gets mechanical. So this weekend was all about guitar straps... Sorry for all of the skulls. I need more ideas of what guitar playing guys will wear. It is so hard to find manly prints out there. I also finished the first of the group of hippie style bags I plan to bring out to the shop in Carbondale. As always the zipper was a little fussy and the applique' placement is a little high, but whatever. It looks fine in the end. I really do like the size... I bet I could fit a book and a knitting project in there along with all of my purse stuff. I did list this one on etsy. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32921442 I plan to list more of this type as I make them. It will be kind of an experiment to see if any of them sell before I take them to the shop for consignment. I will figure out this etsy thing one of these days. Sure.
Here I am at the end of our very brief craft show season. Amy and I are pleased with our decision to leave the high school indoor craft shows behind. From now on we are in the search of independent artists events. It is coming more and more apparent that we were involved with the wrong creative venues. We were involved with the ever growing Strange Folk festival in O'Fallon. I was really busy all weekend, but did catch a few snaps of our booth... Amy's stuff!!If I have an other couple of shows like this one, I could quit my day job. It was just brilliant! People spend money at this show. It just blows my mind!
In the middle of the week, Joe and I caught a show at the pageant. We saw Built to Spill which is the best band you have never heard of. We had a great night with some fender strat sounds and some redbull n rum. Happy girl right here. (Unfortunately, I didn't take this pic and I'm sure it wasn't even at St.Louis, but somebody somewhere got a really good shot!) This past weekend Amy and I set up the booth again at the Lebanon Fall Festival. If I remember correctly, this year was the fourth time we have done this one together. Its a bummer but I didn't get any pics. Just imagine the above pictures only all squished down from lack of inventory. Even so, I made more sales this year than any other despite the really cold weather and my sudden lack of inventory. Score. My only question is what to do now that the season is over. I guess I'll start on the Christmas madness. People are bugging me already about custom orders for Christmas presents. Wish me luck!
Gypsy has encountered a creature she has never encountered before. Luckily for her (and me) this beetle type thing was outside the window and attached to the screen.
You can't tell from this angle, but later we discovered that there was actually two beetles stacked on top of one another. We couldn't tell if they were mating or eating each other. It really looked like they were just resting on each other.
Here are some more of my big inventory inflation project. The pressure is on because next week I won't have a chance to sew. Joe and I are going to Pigeon Forge to hike the smokey mountains, stay in a luxury cabin and um... do other things. He did say that I am allowed to bring my sewing machine along. It wouldn't be much of a vacation though. I'm probably going to knit all weekend, but I promise to do that leisurely. Here is what I came up with in the past couple of weeks.
I made up some more awesome appliqued zipper pouches. Here is what I was rocking out to when I wrote this.
Here is who was watching me rock out when I wrote this.
So I've got this festival coming up at the end of next month (http://www.strangefolkfestival.com) and my inventory is just shot all of a sudden. (thanks Anna!) I went a little crazy with the online fabric shopping and have been sweating it out in my upstairs studio. My air conditioning makes it up there, but its really weak. In the past week I have cranked out six bags... three of which were fired out just yesterday. I guess I'm getting faster or something. Here is everything that was sitting on the top of the pile of new wares. Please pay no attention to the wood paneling. I really need to come up with some kind of permanent photo set-up. I also had a custom order a couple weeks ago... it was a recreation of the sacred heart applique' I did oh so long ago.