Apr 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I just made a fabric watch strap. 

Unfortunately it is SO not commercial! 
but it is cute. 

I'll keep working on the idea. (born out of need).
I am also wanting a sort of 'bum bag' for walking
but I just can't imagine it. yet. 
Any idea welcome. 



Apr 19, 2014

I'm absolutely obsessed with clothing. 

Hard to admit. Most of my clothing comes from op shops, people really do throw away the most amazing things - designer wear stuff in silks, wools, cottons. ( It has to be really good for me to buy a synthetic). I love all the rich colours but also love doing all black. As a result I have boxes and boxes of clothes in storage in the shed, in boxes in the wardrobe and hanging on the racks. I love every single piece I own and if I don't, I give it away or sell it. I also love accessories, scarves, gloves, hats etc. 

But now I'm wanting to only wear my own things, clothing I make. For two reasons - 1 because I'm making things I've always wanted to find in shops and 2 because it's great advertising. I wore a skirt over to the ice cream shop the other week and the young girl nearly ripped it off me! I was fabulous!

However, I have not ventured to sew in sleeves yet so it's summer here all year till I do. 
Lucky I also adore cardigans!

Apr 17, 2014

This sewing gig is way trickier than I had imagined. 

I'm also working another job part time and I'm just terrible at time management. Working from home means I'm always up and down doing non work related stuff. I wouldn't have it any other way of course but it's something I just have to get better at.

 I finally finished off this set of tops. I just have to put swing tags on and iron before they go into the wardrobe. 

I have a bundle of skirts cut out and then I'm excited to get onto dresses, of which I would like to have quite a few done before October.....better get cracking. 











Apr 11, 2014

I just put some of my paper purses up on Ebay to sell. I am a tad nervous about that, these purses have a dedicated following in a way. You either 'get' them or you don't and I have a nice little group of customers who just love them. But there was one person who just did not 'get' them and told me so in no uncertain words so much so that I was actually afraid. Her venom was frightening, she just couldn't understand why anyone would make a purse out of paper and 'old paper' at that. I always cringe at the thought of that sort of person making a purchase again. 











Apr 10, 2014

Unboxing

I've watched a few unboxings on youtube - they are sort of hilarious and weirdly fascinating at the same time. I don't do a lot of shopping - too busy working. But I do order stuff online for sewing with.   I felt a little low on colour variety in my press studs recently so I ordered 6 packets of 20 sets.
 That cost me $56us including shipping which was a bit exy at $17.00us. 

These are the best and easiest studs to use. I get 100% accuracy with them, you need the little plastic tool (off the website) and a hammer. I use them for my purses and I love all the colours available. 

The website is www.snapsource.com. 

so here's the unboxing!








Apr 9, 2014

So here is a photo of all the stock I have ready for the market. I don't know what other people do. I have given it half of my wardrobe because it's so long away and I don't want it sitting folded up all that time. Once I get going and I'm (possibly) doing more markets it won't be necessary because I'll be lugging it into the car every week. I have to think all that through and maybe look for something in wheels. 

It does look pretty all together. 



Apr 7, 2014

Oh and I'm really sorry all the people who have left comments that I've never replied to. 


I'm back. Hopefully for longer. 

My sewing is getting better - the more I sew.  I have a goal of doing a market in October this year. So I'm working towards that and using Ebay as a holding place for things I make. I'm not expecting to sell on ebay and lucky too because they are not.

 It's been a long long time since I did markets - back when I was making hats. The hats were so successful for 3 years that I ended up opening a shop - which was not so successful. I was paying way too much rent and was really in the wrong part of town. It was before the funky indie scene and the interest in handmade was not in this ritzy part of town. I was going backwards and it was one of the most stressful times in my life. I had a lucky break though and met a man who helped me escape from the 3 year lease. I'll never forget his help. A  month later I took off and went to the USA for 6 months.

So in celebration of new beginnings here are some photos of photos of that trip. 


Vancouver I think





Miami

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

Amtrack

Heading to Phantom Ranch - Grand Canyon

LA


First day in LA

Sedona I think





San Francisco


Heading to Seattle from San Fran.


Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Bremerton



Miami