Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I wish I lived closer so I could go to some of her gallery shows. I love how different her ladies look and how they remind me of people I know or people from different eras, like flappers. Please go check out her site . I apologize that some of the heads of gotten totally chopped off. Check out her flickr and see all of her lovely ladies.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Let me start off by saying I would never knowingly give or sell items that I thought had lead in them. When I first heard of this law I didn't think it applied to me because I didn't sell toys. I read that the items included in the CPSIA were all items that kids under 12 could come in contact with. I watched as the fear grew on Etsy and made a phone call to Cheryl Falvey who is the lead counsel for the CPSC. I called her because I felt that there was a ton of misinformation on Etsy and on some blogs and at least I would know the facts from someone that knew the law. I was suprised she answered the phone. She was well aware of the plight of my fellow etsians, I explained that I embellish products that are bought from big box manufacturers and wholesalers and I can't afford to test each skein of floss from DMC and all of my other items. She stated to me that the original law did have a small business exemption in it and Congress shot it down. Cheryl said that the CPSC hoped that what would happen is that the small biz would get the exemption and that in a couple of years all the products from big box retailers would have to be certified or they couldn't be sold, which means we couldn't buy them and all would be right in the world. She said they were working on some rulings that were released last week and that untreated cotton, wood an other natural products should be excluded (if the vote passes). I did see that this was up for a vote on January 5th.
This law is making life for small business owners a mess. Let's say I had a onesie that wasn't white, the onesie would have to be tested as well as the snaps ( which means I wouldn't be able to use the onesie after testing) as well as each individual skein of floss I use. Expensive and Nightmare city. I think the craft community really needs to be vocal about how we will have to close our businesses and in turn not be able to shop at Joann's, Michaels, Hobby Lobby because we will not have a business to but materials for and not have a need to shop there, which in turn will help to make this fragile economy a lot worse..
I hope it doesn't mean I have to stop making kids items for sale. If the ruling does pass I will still make the items for gifts which is how my whole thing started. I will have to concentrate on making more adult items and I could make some great new things. I know this law could mean the possible closing of a lot of my friends businesses and that sucks. I hope the Cheryl can work her magic and all that she stated to me on the phone will become a reality.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We then drove over and were running kind of late ( I am dumb remember). We first stopped at Laura's shop "Everything But the Girl" ( great band too btw) and chatted with Ragamufyn and 75 Rabbit for a bit and got a few goodies and made our way to the pre-party at the Sarasota Olive Company which we had the best sandwiches ever! The had little dense almost challah like rolls with the best hummus ever! We chatted a bit with Kelli, Kyle Stacey and Doug. We actually we the last people left.
We got up after a crappy night sleep at the really nice La Quinta with a really loud wedding party from NY that camped out next to our room.
Our room at the inn...
The show was a blast Adrien did a fab job along with all of the people who helped her. I was literally working until the show and even some during. I did finish my tiki towel.
The dog I wanted from the shelter isn't she adorable?
My mom and dad with the ugliest baby ever. It is a weighted doll Stacey uses for people to try on slings. I told my dad we were going to send this picture out in the holiday cards and introduce the new grandchild..
My booth at AHB
The Crowd at AHB.
I didn't get around much at AHB. Like 1/2 way around the show. I did but an adorable bag from Sara Leigh.
We had to stop by Dan's work Holiday party and when we got there we saw this outside by one of the cars
a life size cardboard cut out of George W.
I had a couple of orders I had to get done so I worked on them but I had to make it to chat. I did make it to the FEST chat and I signed up to do Blogradio with Dogonwear more news about that to come.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I am thinking it may be time for another contest..I hit over 200 hearts yesterday on ETSY woo hoo. I know a lot of people have far surpassed this mark but it made me feel good to finally do it. Also Aunti Franni sent me a convo on etsy that I was on the front page last night at 10:22 pm...
Screen Shot but I may get a better one from Aunti Franni...
Bigger shot of my Jemaine shirt I made from a design done by the fabulous lilyvanilli a while back...
I am slmost at 100 posts. I think this is post 98. So when we hit over 100 a new contest will be established..I want to be creative on this one....
BIG SHOW THIS WEEKEND
Come visit me in 6B with Elle Belle on Sunday
Thursday, December 11, 2008
See what I am talking about, it looks like dessert but it really is a gingerbread whipped sugar scrub for all those rough parts like elbows and feet.
For all the vegans there is this soap which is made from 100% vegan friendly glycerin. It had part of a loofah in the middle and smells like cranberry. Loofah is a natural exfoliant and is a great was to help revive your dull winter skin.
I know with some of my friends children they go through periods where bathing isn't important to them but this little mitt can make it playtime. It is a ladybug hand crotcheted mitt, made with 100% cotton yarn. The secret part is that a bar of soap fits in and they can scrub away in the bath. They can put on a puppet show for you! The will have such a good time they won't pay attention to the fact that they are getting clean too!
This would be a great place for all your last minute holiday gifts and she is offering FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING effective 12/9/08 until 12/15/08.
Spotted Cow Soaps is the place to be!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I am trying to get ready for a big show this weekend, send out x-mas cards and fill some custom orders. There is never enough time to get done what I need to do..
Here are some pics from the vacay.
My dad and dan wearing my moms hats ( and they aren't even drunk!)
Our ship docked in Grand Turk. It is so beautiful. They were hit really hard when Hurricane Ike came through and rebuilt the part of the island where the dock is in less than a month. We found loads of shingles in the water. It was the clearest water I had ever seen. We were so close to the boat I could have swam there.
Gtg back to work.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Someone years ago brought me a silver necklace with Fetish Bears on them from a trip out west. I know they are supposed to be good luck and when I saw this necklace (below) at Storybeaders shop I went and found my necklace.
There is anEtsyBloggers HOLIDAY S*A*L*E* is going on from Black Friday thru Cyber Monday!!
Storybeader is offering 10% off all items in the shop, plus free shipping in the US. So check it out!*
* I have been sick so sorry for the tardiness of this entry
Sunday, November 23, 2008
See above ditches? I ate it in it. It was soo dark from Macy's until really Jcpenny's I didn't see a trench in the ground and busted ass. I was super embarrassed and Dan was just trying to get me up so I didn't get run over by a car.
I didn't go in and say what happened cause I just wanted to go home. My ankle got really swollen so I decided to go fill ot a report at the mall on Friday ( when I called the lady at security yelled at me because I didn't fill it out the night before). Dan took them to the spot which the mall stated was clearly marked..hmm 12-15 ft. trench in a dark parking lot was so clearly marked that I fell in it right? Don't you all see how well marked it is? The also said the lights were on timers so it may be dark in the parking lot. Put the lights on timers at 9:30 when the mall is closed...Anyway they wouldn't give me a copy of the incident report and the mall office just said to tell the Dr. that the mall insurance company would pay for it.
I called Dan's worker's comp attorney cause at this point I was fuming ( and my ankle still hurt) and asked wat I should do. We went to 2 different Dr. offices and no one would see me without payment and the stupid secretary at the mall was like" you pay and then we decide to pay.." hmmm no way in hell. So we wound up in the ER. While waiting my mom e-mailed Dan the number of Westfields Corporate Office and I spoke to lady that apologized a ton and she said she would take care of it. In the ER got a bunch of xrays taken, nothing was broken but a really bad sprain. I took a vicodin and was super spaced out. The put me in a half cast for a couple of days to keep my ankle from moving and gave me crutches. The vicodin left me loopy and I remember almost eating it with the crutches so I got wheeled away...
* thank goodness I shaved before going to the hospital..lol
Moral of the story, park downstairs at the Westfield Countryside Mall and fill out an incident report if you fall becuase it is worth hurt pride to not be hurt...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
FEST: Meet Sew It's For You!
Here is a post about me too! Thanks Flor!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Girl Angel on tote
Boy angel on tote
Angel tote for my mom's friend
Happy Challah Days Apron
Merry Christmas towel
Nuts towel patter from Urban Threads
Lion Onesie again...
Crayons peeled and in the silicone molds...We baked them at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. I forgot to put tham on a baking tray soooo
Thursday, November 13, 2008
pattern for Annie Oakleaves
angel towel became an angel bag
bag for my friend
one christmas toddle outfit (pants and top)
towel for the family I work with tutoring their son
friend of my moms towel
2 kids pillowcase covers
I need to make 24 reindeer 20 x 20 napkins by christmas... added 11/16/08 (I have finished 11 of them)
whew..good thing I do not have any plans for the weekend..
things in red I have completed so far..blue should be starting soon
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Santa Towel pictured below sold on Sunday, as well as the Happy Challah Days one and the Deer One ( that were here before)..
JDS clipart for the Santa
Pattern for the napkins from Sublime Stitching
Monday, November 10, 2008
I will post pictures of the show later. This is my little Oscars thank you for the production of HHB 2008 I wanted to thank Karrie of Fiberologie for allowing us to have the show and open up on her day off for us ( and for her staff for coming in too), Mike of Nova for allowing us the use of his space, Limeys for being fantastic to deal with, before, during and after the show. Mark, Mike, Jessi and Jodi really helped us out and everyone appreciated the discount. All of the places we had that published about the show Creative Loafing, Skirt, St. Pete Times, and TBT. My folks and sister for coming and helping us during the day. Doug ( Stacey's husband) who helped multiple people unload, set-up and strip down and was as super good sport. Dan (my husband) for being there all day and watching the booth while I was chatting away, I know it was his IDEAL Sunday. He also helped Doug with setting up and stripping down vendors spaces. Lastly Stacey my partner in crime for this event. I would have never been able to do this without her. She is uber organized and always thought of things I didn't. I know planning this was not easy for her with her family, work and etsy life but we did it. Pluse she made me an AWESOME apron.. I am so glad we decided to take a chance. We wanted to do a show we were proud of, Mission Accomplished.
*some vendors are not pictured I do not know what happened to my camera( and I forgot to take some of people that asked me to come around later) please e-mail me at email@example.com if you'd like your booth picture up here. Thanks.( some people are not in the pics because they chose to not be in them, I gave them that option if they weren't feeling like a they were having a movie star day)
Fallen Fey/Kreepy Kids
Our Pursenal Touch
Sew It's For you
Bungle Bear/Paper Sparrow
Chiara's Hand Painted