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Give peace a chance

I finally got some sewing done that had nothing to do with our new house, and it felt really good.

A new tote!

The fabric store had a yummy display of new corduroy, and I just couldn’t resist. Hello Autumn.

This will go in my Atomic Holiday Bazaar stockpile, because the big, bad craft fair will be here before I know it. I can’t wait, but I have a lot of work to do. A lot. I don’t want to think about it.

In the meantime, this tote is for sale in The Boutique here.


September 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm 4 comments

Atomic Holiday Bazaar

I’m in! I’m in! I’m in!

Fat Orange Cat is officially a vendor in this year’s Atomic Holiday Bazaar!

I had so much fun doing this show last year, and I was THRILLED to find out that I’ve been accepted as a vendor again this year.

If you’re anywhere in the Tampa/Sarasota area, you must come to this show. Not even just to see me (although I wouldn’t mind if that’s why you came!). Atomic attracts the best and most creative vendors from around Florida, and I guarantee, you will be wowed. I’m honored to be a part of this show for the second year in a row.

So…um…I guess I better get sewing, eh?

August 31, 2009 at 2:35 pm 1 comment

AHB: the aftermath

Atomic Holiday Bazaar. Was. Awesome.

I’ve never seen anything like it. There was a line stretched around the side of the building waiting for the doors to open at noon.

There was a steady flow of people through my booth all day, and I made a bunch of sales.

I had some of the most interesting conversations with people, including my neighboring vendor from Detroit who poured me a mimosa in the afternoon, a textile designer who discussed fabrics with me, an 8-year-old girl who played with my aprons like they were toys, and a woman who said my aprons would be “perfect” if only they had pockets. I know! I’m working on it!

The other vendors were fabulous! My mom manned my booth for a few minutes toward the end of the day so that Alex and I could walk around, and I was super impressed by the talent in that room. And honored to be among them.

By the end of the day, I was thirsty and hungry and exhausted and my feet hurt and I was simply thrilled to have been a part of it all. I had the best time.

I’m going to try to post one to two items to The Boutique each day that didn’t sell at the show. Today, I posted this:

and this:

December 15, 2008 at 7:21 pm 6 comments


Three days until Atomic. But, ya know, who’s counting?

I realized a few days ago that I only had about five Fat Orange Cat labels left, and I’m now officially out. I’ve reordered them, but they’ll take a few weeks to get here.

So anything I make between now and then will be sans label. I’m being a very bad self-promoter!

I made another apron with “cheater” pockets.

This horse fabric makes me smile. It’s just so kitschy and fun.

This is lined in a contrasting green and white fabric and finished with yellow binding.

Off to sew!

December 11, 2008 at 6:36 pm 6 comments


Atomic countdown: FOUR DAYS!!!!!!!!!!

I’m excited. And nervous. But mostly excited.

I’ve made full aprons as gifts for friends and my future MIL, but I’ve never made any to sell until now.

And so I’m in the final stretch before the big show. This is the week where I fit in all the last-minute sewing that I can and then let fate and circumstance take over.

The show is this Sunday, Dec. 14, from noon to 6, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium on 801 N. Tamiami Trail. If you’re able to make it, please stop by my booth and introduce yourself. You don’t even have to buy anything! I promise!

December 10, 2008 at 6:43 pm 2 comments

Pockets: how I cheated the sewing gods

Few things in the sewing world scare me more than zippers and pockets. They seem really complicated. Perhaps I just need someone to teach me how to sew both of those things so I’ll know what the hell I’m doing, but in the meantime, they scare the poop out of me. When someone asks me something like “Do you have any aprons with pockets?” a shiver runs up and down my spine.

Damn you, pockets. Damn you and all you stand for.

But I really wanted to try making an apron with the aforementioned shiver-inducing pockets. So I totally cheated.

Five vertical panels with pockets that I sewed in while I was sewing the panels together.

I can’t take credit for this idea. I saw something similar at Anthropologie.

So I’ve halfway overcome my pocket fear, although zippers are still another story. If anyone has any advice or knows of a good tutorial for sewing “real” pockets, please let me know!

NINE DAYS UNTIL ATOMIC HOLIDAY BAZAAR!!! It’s so close I can taste it.

December 5, 2008 at 5:34 pm 2 comments

Acoustic guitar

I hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great one. I had several significant things happen this long (and completely sew-free) holiday weekend. I found my wedding dress! I’ve always heard that you immediately know that you’ve found Your Dress as soon as you try it on, but it wasn’t like that with me. I really loved five completely different dresses and had to think long and hard and discuss the pros and cons of each dress with my mom before deciding. I’m so happy with my decision, but I really feel like I couldn’t have gone wrong with any of them. 

My future mother-in-law (MIL) met my whole family, and everyone got along famously. Thanksgiving Day was loud and crazy and everyone ate way too much, but it was wonderful. This weekend we also picked out and bought Alex’s wedding band. He’s been trying to wear it ever since we got it home, but I keep telling him he’s NOT ALLOWED! I’m just thrilled that he’s so enthusiastic about it.

I didn’t sew at all over the holiday because we were so busy, but I did sell four items — two aprons to my future MIL, one bag to my friend, and one bag on Etsy. Four items!! Just when I was starting to feel prepared for Atomic. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not complaining at all about the sales. I just need to sew a bunch this week to replace those four items.

Starting with a new applique design.

I’m also working on a new apron design with — gasp — pockets. More on that soon.

December 2, 2008 at 8:42 pm 1 comment

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