Archive for September, 2008


I was taking pictures of some new bags this afternoon, and this little guy graced me with his presence.

He fluttered around in front of me for a few minutes and finally landed on the palm tree long enough for me to get a little closer and shoot one picture. The only thing that would have made it sweeter is if he had actually landed on one of the bags.

Yep, more splooshes.

I just can’t stay away from these shapes. I find them aesthetically pleasing. And they’re fun to make.

There are 75 days until Atomic Holiday Bazaar, and I fluctuate between feeling completely on track and prepared, and panicking that there’s no way I’ll be able to make enough stuff by December 14. I’ve been working toward the craft show steadily and regularly without going overboard and hurting my back, and I have to know that that’s all I can do. I’m only one person.


September 30, 2008 at 8:41 pm Leave a comment


This apron is bright to begin with, but photographing it in direct sunlight certainly doesn’t help. My goodness! Shield your eyes!

At first, I made the apron without the small red star. But the more I looked at it, the more it seemed like something was missing. I pulled Alex over for a fresh perspective, and he recommended adding a little more red.

Such a simple alteration, but it made a huge difference. And I’ve officially promoted Alex to lead art director of Fat Orange Cat. Won’t that look impressive on his resume!

I finished the apron off with binding made from a leftover stash of a gorgeous Japanese print. You can’t distinguish the beautiful Geisha girls on such a thin strip of binding, but the I think the color and now-abstract images work well with the design of the apron.

September 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm 5 comments

Cardboard boxes and knuckle-busters

I took a big-girl step.

After tons of great advice from my EtsyFest group, I bought a credit card imprinter.

It’s just one of those cheap knuckle-busters, but still. It’s a pretty huge step for me. I’m going to take credit cards at my next show, and it makes me feel all fancy and professional. Like this whole Fat Orange Cat thing is…legitimate.

I put the box that it came in on the floor, and Nola promptly climbed on it and has been sleeping there ever since. We have a couch, a chaise lounge, quilts, pillows, a soft bed, and even piles of fabric, and she chooses a small cardboard box with pointy corners to lie on.

See how her paw is hanging off the edge? That’s because she doesn’t fit. Fat ass.

I’ve taken a short break from sewing to work on some paper goods. Specifically, sets of note cards. I need some items to sell for under $10 at the craft show, so I bought blank cards and colored envelopes rather than cutting and assembling my own like I normally do, and I’m just doing the applique design on the front of the card.

The less labor that goes into the project, the more comfortable I feel charging less money. And I definitely need some different price points, so this works well.


And a few sets of apple cards. I love the polka-dots.

September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm 7 comments


Is it really autumn? Judging by the wave of heat and humidity that hit me as soon as I stepped outside this morning, I’d say there’s no way it’s autumn. But then, of course, I live in Tampa, and our “autumn” consists of three cool days in mid-January when the rest of America is waking up to snow on the ground and ice on their windshields.

I love living in Tampa, but knowing that all my friends back home are enjoying the beginnings of a lovely northern autumn makes me nostalgic for the colors of falling leaves, the smell of wood burning in fireplaces, pulling out our sweaters and scarves for the first time that year.

Sigh. I miss it. A lot.

I’ve been doing TONS of sewing lately, including this lovely antelope market tote that you see here.

I’d like to be able to photograph and blog about everything I make, but as the show gets closer (83 days!!!) and I become Miss Speedy McSeamstress, I’m starting to think that’s not going to be possible. I simply don’t have the time, especially now that it’s starting to get darker a little earlier. That leaves less time for photographs.

I’ve also decided to stop posting everything I make for the show to The Boutique. It seemed like a really good idea at first. Then I started panicking every time I made a sale. And I was already panicking that I wouldn’t be able to make enough stuff for the show, so a sale meant that I now had to make up for that sold item. On top of that, I have three or four custom orders for friends that I need to work on before Christmas.

Yikes. No pressure. Breathe.

Don’t get me wrong — I am THRILLED each time I get a sale!!! It’s one of the best feelings in the world. But there’s always a slight twinge of “Oh my god, I’m not going to have enough items to sell at the show and I’m only one person and there are only so many hours in the day and I can only sew so quickly!”  

I’ll probably post a few items to The Boutique here and there to keep the shop fresh. But otherwise, I’m concentrating on Atomic Holiday Bazaar.

September 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm 1 comment

Antelopes and aprons

I thought it was about time to try my hand at a new style of apron. So instead of pleats, I did more of an A-line style skirt trimmed in polka-dot binding.

I lined it in this cute “balloony” fabric that I’ve had for ages but have never been able to figure out what to do with it.

You know, that fabric that looks perfect in the store, so you buy a whole bunch of it because you have a million ideas for how you’re going to use it, but then once you get home, you realize it doesn’t really go with any of your other fabrics the way you pictured it would in your head at the store, so it sits on the shelf for a year before you finally find the perfect project to use it in? You know, that fabric.

I also introduced my little antelope guy into this project. Turns out, he goes with just about everything. Also turns out I couldn’t stay away from black and pink. I can’t help it. It’s just such a rich, beautiful color combination.

The new apron is for sale here.

Eighty-seven days until Atomic Holiday Bazaar! (But who’s counting?) GAH!!!

September 18, 2008 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Something resembling victory is ours!

Today, Alex and I went grocery shopping, and for the first time ever, we paid attention to the prices of everything we bought and chose the generic store brand whenever possible. We’ve started getting really annoyed recently at how much we were spending every week on groceries. There’s only two of us!

Paying attention worked. We were astonished at how much money we ended up saving at check-out. Thirty cents here, 18 cents there. It really adds up. We felt like we had gotten one over on The Man when we walked out of there. You know. We take victory where we can find it.

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing, but as I mentioned in my last post, the weather has not been cooperating for photographs. It was actually beautiful this past weekend, but our lazy butts were floating in some 72-degree springs with our good friends near Orlando. So no Fat Orange Cat photos!

However, I managed today to finally get some decent shots of my new ricrac tote (for sale here).

I lined the bag in a gorgeous, bold IKEA fabric that I’ve been dying to use. I bought it months ago and finally got to slice into it for this bag.

One step closer to the craft show. It’ll be here before I know it.


September 16, 2008 at 7:48 pm 1 comment

Cranberry and pomegranate

I’ve been sewing a lot, but because of the crappy weather, all I have to show for it today is one lonely little Luna (for sale here). It’s a beautiful shade of red that I suppose I’ll call cranberry. Alex calls it pomegranate. Whatever, they both make me thirsty.

I tried to take pictures of everything I made over the past few days, but by the time I hung the next purse up to be photographed, it was already cloudy again.

That means you’ll just have to take my word for it when I tell you I’ve also made a tote bag (with RICRAC!!!!), a market tote and a new style of apron.

Sigh. Sunshine and more photos soon. I hope. Stupid hurricane season.

September 11, 2008 at 7:52 pm 5 comments

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