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Craft Show Circuit – I’ve found my people!

These past two weeks have been a whirlwind it seems. I got to participate in my very first craft show – Crafts in the Stacks – which was put on by the amazing gals of Neighborhood Handmade. So awesome. This is what’s been missing from my sewing venture. I met some amazing artisans from the area and made some great connections. In fact, Sheri (part of the Neighborhood Handmade team) is opening a handmade and vintage store in February which will offer areas for local crafters and artisans to sell their goodies. I can’t wait to be a part of it, the store is Downtown Handmade & Vintage and located in an area that seems to be soaking up the local and handmade movement. setup2_resizesmall

We’re doing one more trunk show before Christmas, so if you’re local stop by and see me on December 21st from 5-8pm. I understand that Forage Market (located just below and amazing!) will be making wood-fired pizza and there will be wine and cheese offered… seriously you shouldn’t need more convincing! Last minute Christmas gifts, downtown just before Christmas, wine, and yours truly! 160 Lisbon Street, 2nd Floor, Lewiston. Come!

setup_resizesmallBack to the first craft show – I was a bundle of nerves but the room got busy right as we opened so I was able to settle in quickly. I sold quite a bit but more importantly, I gained some insight on what people are attracted to, what I was missing (size tags, NEED!), and what I was doing that people seemed to love. My newest design – exposed waistband twirl skirts – were a big hit, I ended up completely selling out of my larger sizes and taking orders for skirts when a size wasn’t available. A number of women told me they would have loved a ladies size in the skirts, so I’ll be offering 3″ elastic band skirts in ladies S/M/L! I got loads of compliments on my fabric selection, so at least I can justify my fabric addiction. I’ll also be throwing a few aprons into the mix for the trunk show on the 21st, since I didn’t have any ready for Crafts in the Stacks. So I’ve got a few things on my to-do list, though I’m feeling much less stress after having a few shows under my belt (it’s like an old hat really).

As if all this weren’t enough going on (did I mention my husband’s final is in 4 days? And then he’s on to his final semester!), check out this little addition: tate_12wks_resize

He is just about the sweetest guy ever, an adorable 12-week old chocolate lab named Tate. He and Gordon are destined to be partners in crime (how I ended up with two snoring dogs who eat acorns…). Even though Gordon enjoys the naptime a bit more than the playtime, he has been an exceptional “big brother” to Tate, dealing with the puppy bites (Tate tends to go for the nub!) and allowing Tate to move in without being territorial. Liv is also somewhat unsure about playtime with the puppy, she seems to think it’s hilarious from a spot where she can’t get in the middle of it! However she’s all about the puppy curling up on the couch with her, she kisses his paws and tells him he is, “just like a princess”. J and I are totally in love, and I think Tate has even given J a better appreciation for Gordon!

Although there were a few crummy  things that happened last week, the good things so outweigh the negative I won’t even take the time to write about them. J & Liv are snuggled up in bed, the dogs are curled up with me, the pellet stove is roaring, and I’m on my second cup of coffee. Doesn’t get much better than that 😉

xx

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So Here It Is!

My entry for EtsyMom Team’s Color Palatte Challenge!

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I’m super pleased with how it turned out. You can find my listing for it here or browse the rest of my listings in my shop.

I spent an hour yesterday stitching pockets for my next set of dresses, inspired by a new one I’m working on for Liv. I’ll not only be listing them in my shop but I’m participating in a craft show at the end of November. Local friends come check it out at the Lewiston Public Library, I’ll be posting more information about it in the next few days!

Today I’m snuggling a sick kid (fever was 103.8 last night, poor babe) so I probably won’t get much sewing done, maybe a little fabric cutting. Time to brew another pot of coffee (with Salted Caramel Mocha creamer, it’s the business) and get this girl some chicken soup.


Summer Solstice!

So this summer has started off a busy one for us. We are in the process of buying a home, which means a lot of the time I typically take for sewing or other creative things has been spent packing, doing paperwork, and obsessively checking my email for good news! We are in the last stages of financing, which means we’ve already done the inspection and all the initial paperwork. It’s just a waiting game now. Exciting! And nerve-wracking 🙂

I have a little work I’ve been doing, these two aprons will be listed in the shop later today! I am also offering handmade jewelry now, my sister is working as my guest artist! Please check out the shop to view them, before I steal them all 😉


I also am working on a custom order of 5 bloomers, headed to Australia! My shop has only been open since December, but I have recently found myself a little discouraged that I wasn’t making any sales (part of that is my own fault, my shop needs updating way more than I’ve had time for the past two months). BUT! This is my first real sale to someone I don’t already know! I’ve finished two pair, and have cut the rest. I’ll be stitching them up tomorrow and sending them off sometime next week I imagine!

And finally, I have cut the pattern for the dress I’m making for my vintage pattern trade! I’ll likely stitch that up at the same time I do the bloomers and send it off as well!

I’m including a few photos of my current fabric selection (although, some of these are less than a yard), perhaps there will be a little inspiration in there! Let me know if something catches your eye 😉

We are enjoying the first real days of summer, I hope you all are doing the same!


You Guys….

Check this wonderful machine out! I didn’t plan on buying a new machine immediately but well, there was a sale, and we got our taxes, and it was on sale, and just look at how cool it is!

Yeah so, hopefully this speeds things up a bit for me! Keeping this short so I can go sew!! Updates soon!