Archive for October, 2008

Suffering for my art

I, dear readers, have suffered greatly for my art. And by art, I mean sewing and stuff.

I’ve mentioned before that Alex and I live in a tiny….err, I mean cozy apartment, and my craft show display racks are pretty much just hanging out right in the middle of everything. There’s really no place to put them, and I don’t want to break them down because I need a place to store my purses and aprons until Atomic Holiday Bazaar. (I’m hoping to sell so much stuff at Atomic that I won’t need my display units once we get home. Good plan, no?)

Yesterday, before I’d had my coffee, I failed to deftly maneuver around my grid rack, and I stepped with stockinged feet right on the corner of the thin metal base that holds the whole thing up. (Please refer to the giant red arrow.)

And let me tell you, it HURT! It hurt all day, and since I’m such a big baby with an incredibly low tolerance for pain, I bitched and whined about it. But I never took my sock off to actually see the damage, so when I finally did, I was surprised to find a huge bruise. On the bottom of my foot. That just seems weird to me. And a little gross.

So “I suffer for my art” really translates to “we have a small apartment and I have too much stuff and I’m not the most graceful creature in the world so I got a big bruise.” Yep. Suffer.

Amidst all this suffering and complaining, I’ve managed to make a couple of new bags.

I’m digging this poodle applique. I sold my only poodle apron at Craft Roots, but I plan to make a new one to replace it.

So far, the three star market totes I’ve made have sold quickly, so I figured I’d make another one.

The corduroy is this sort of soft plum color. It’s unusual and, I think, really pretty.

As with my other star market totes, I included a small star on the strap.


October 30, 2008 at 5:37 pm 2 comments

Open windows

What an amazingly beautiful day!

The sun is out, but it only got up to about 60 degrees here today, which was a sweet relief from the humid mid-80s temps we’ve been having lately. We might even have to turn the heat on tonight, which Alex doesn’t know yet. I’m always cold and he’s always hot, so the temperature in our apartment is a constant battle.

We usually keep it cool (in my opinion) and I load on sweatshirts and sleep under four blankets while he sweats on top of the covers.

I made a new “sploosh” market tote. The autumn colors feel just right today.

I lined the tote in a red and yellow bird fabric by Moda.

Off to sew with the windows wide open so I can enjoy as much of this beautiful day as possible.

October 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm 1 comment

One down, one to go

Saturday’s craft show was a blast.

There was a decent crowd (although we would have preferred a larger crowd), the weather was beautiful, and we had a really nice group of vendors. I sold the perfect number of items — any more sales, and I’d be concerned about not having enough for Atomic Holiday Bazaar.

I was happy with how my booth turned out, and especially thrilled with the rack I bought at Puckett’s Store Fixtures. It was super easy to take apart and put together. Alex helped me, but I probably could have done it myself.

Overall, Craft Roots was a lot of fun. And it made me more confident about Atomic Holiday Bazaar — which is in 48 days!!!!!

October 27, 2008 at 9:08 pm 5 comments

Craft Roots this Saturday!!

Two more days until Craft Roots, the fabulous little craft show that I’ve helped organize in Ybor City (Tampa). We’ve secured some awesome vendors, so if you live in the Tampa/St. Pete/Sarasota area, please come out, introduce yourself to me, support our vendors, and SUPPORT HANDMADE!!!!!

Hope to see you there!

October 23, 2008 at 12:27 pm 2 comments


Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and well wishes!!! We’re so excited to get married. We’re planning a tiny wedding on the beach, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing details as we figure stuff out.

In the meantime, amongst all the excitement of our wonderful engagement, I still have two craft shows to prepare for. Apparently, getting engaged doesn’t pause real life. Oh well.

Last week, I went to Puckett Store Fixtures, a huge warehouse in St. Petersburg, Fla., that sells used fixtures from retail stores that have gone out of business. 

This place is amazing. It’s a craft-show girl’s dream. Not only do they have every single fixture you can imagine — racks, rounders, hooks, mannequins, hangers, bins, signage, jewelry display cases — they also have every single fixture you can’t even begin to imagine. And then some. Oh, and since almost everything is used (but in great shape), it’s completely affordable.

So the good news is that I bought an amazing used rack to hold all my purses. The bad news is that the only place to put it is the middle of our living room, and we have to scoot around it every time we want to walk into the bedroom. And that would be the bedroom that has a garment rack filled with aprons in the middle of it that we have to push aside every time we want to turn the air conditioner on and off.

Sigh. Poor Alex. All this, and he STILL wants to marry me. What a guy!

Here are a couple of aprons I finished recently.

The color combination reminds me of the 80s (in a good way). Turquoise and hot pink. I love it.

The pink fabric is one of the things I picked up at Fiberologie a couple of weeks ago. It’s so soft and easy to work with.

Had to get my ricrac in there somehow, eh?

This black and white fabric kills me. I just want to eat it up. I wish I could wallpaper my entire house with it.

I went with a sploosh applique on this one. I thought the bold background fabric needed to boast an equally bold design.

October 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment


I am the luckiest woman in the world.

Alex proposed on the beach in Fernandina on Friday. And I answered “OF COURSE!” Like there was even the slightest possibility of me saying no?! Come on now.

I love you, Alex, and I can’t wait to be your wife!

October 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm 16 comments


This is my 200th post! Holy crap! It certainly snuck up on me.

And as you can see, the kitties are just as blown away as I am.

I worked on one of several custom orders this evening. My friend wanted a Christmas bib for her friend’s daughter that wasn’t too Christmassy, so I stayed away from Christmas tree appliques and other traditional Christmas icons.

Instead, I tried to achieve a more subtle festive look by combining glittery gold with deep shades of red. And the bird image reminds me of a partridge in a peartree.

The gold ricrac makes me weak in the knees. I’m serious. I want to make an entire outfit out of it.

I added another touch of shimmer with a row of visible gold stitches on either side of each seam.

I hope she loves it!

October 15, 2008 at 8:04 pm 5 comments

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