This post is a little overdue. I was recently giving a large stack of vintage fabric reprints (I think my dear friends who gave them to me thought most of them were from the 40s?). This red and blue floral is my absolute favorite, but they are all great. And some of them quite… quirky. A lot of nursery rhyme themed fabrics too. I wanted to wait until I had something to show for it, but I think I’ll just give a sneak peek instead… so I’ll take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ again! You know who you are, ladies.
Built myself a little tea towel display wrack for my table at The Merchant Company… Setting up shop there tomorrow! Going through all my items… tying off loose strings, labeling, and writing out my inventory… And trying to finish everything that is still ‘in progress’. Now. How do I get all my stuff over to the store??
I knew it! I knew there was a reason I’ve been saving all my scrap fabric. For years.
I couldn’t believe my ears when my uncle (the same who’s industrial sewing machine I now proudly own) asked off hand if I had any interest in a fabric button maker. I had been scouring the internet for months in search of one (I talked about it so much apparently my boyfriend was on the search as well). And here my uncle has had one all along. I love these things. But I have to focus on sewing. Fabric buttons can come later. Though I did take the time to oil and clean it and give it a run… now I just need to find a piece of furniture to screw it into…
Apparently tumblr doesn’t like accents in it’s titles: smörgåsbord.
Oh! I got so excited about finishing a pillow that I almost forgot this excitement. My boyfriend discovered a Scandinavian shop here in town, and took me there yesterday. I’m amazed how much control I maintained over myself. Though if they hadn’t had free samples of Finnish chocolate and Swedish almond cake… I probably would have bought a lot more sweets. Like a princess tårta (go here for photo and recipe), that I always got for my birthday. Lucky for me I have a summer birthday, and we always ended up taking our summer trips then. So I would get a bowl of fresh picked wild blueberries in milk for breakfast, and then princess tårta as my birthday cake. Raspberry jam, marzipan, cream… yum. I did get myself Swedish muesli, somehow I just haven’t found anything as good here. Ate this every morning the year I lived there. And gooseberry jam… I love gooseberries. Even better would have been a tart gooseberry pie….
I’m getting ready to start selling in a local shop (yay!)… on the 1st! (yikes!) So it’s major crunch mode building my inventory. Especially since I’m trying not to take anything out of my Etsy shop. But luckily I’m getting quicker and more efficient so I’ve had some very productive days. Still not sure how it’s all going to come together… really need to spend some time on labels and sales tags!
After a couple days of napping all day, Apple seems to feel she ought to make up for her absence from the studio by being extra needy. For three days now she has never been much further than an arm’s distance. Which is to say, in the middle of everything. It’s nice when she’s just sitting watching. Not so helpful when she starts pushing things off the table for attention or rubbing against the sewing machine while I’m sewing. Sigh.
(Photo: Tea towel production mode, and Apple warming herself by the iron).
It was not my intention to eat a couple hours rearranging my studio… but it was entirely worth it. I don’t know what I was thinking before. Lilleputt is starting to feel more like a room and less like a hallway, so much more usable workspace! It’s looking like I’ll be using the dining room table much less. Now all I need is a spinny chair to use all the new work space more easily. But until then, feeling inspired and rejuvenated to be in the studio!
Trying to do so many things at once! Have my online shop up and running, and now working on building an inventory to sell in a local shop… in a week and a half! Eek. Lot’s of sewing in the days ahead. I also have a bookmark in each of these books on my nightstand, as I read them simultaneously. (No bookmark needed in my Sunday Crosswords… it’s pretty easy to find my place in that one). But soaking up all the small business advice I can.
What’s your preferred option? Making some aprons, and personally I prefer the loop, but I like kind of a tight neck. Probably best to do one of the second options though. I appreciate the feedback! Also, pocket or no pocket?
It’s sometimes hard to pull myself away from my work to make a good hearty meal, especially when something like a snack of almonds works as a quick fix… but somehow I never learn or remember that in the end it’s always worth it. Been working a chicken soup for the last three hours, and excited to sit down and enjoy it… But first.
The quality and availability of local food here in Maine is really spoiling me. I was reminded of this by a newsletter I received this afternoon from BK Farmyards about a new project called Shout Out to Fresh Veggies!. The project, run by the Go Green! class at the High School for Public Service in Crown Heights, Brooklyn seeks to counter the marketing of junk food by running their own marketing campaign advocating for veggie consumption. BK Farmyards, who began a 1 acre youth farm at the high school, is an urban farming group I worked with in Brooklyn. Engaging teens and communities, and reclaiming unused spaces to create highly productive urban farms, BK Farmyards strives to promote food justice and tie people closer to their food sources and production. And from the lush growth in each backyard farm, it’s hard to imagine the farms were ever anything but.
This was my favorite ad from Shout Out to Fresh Veggies! below.
I have some very skilled, artistic friends taking some very exciting steps in their own fields in pursuit of their dreams. This weekend I was able to join my childhood best friend (since age 6!) and her father in opening their new joint photography studio in Boston. Combining her portraiture and event photography, JClements Photography, and his years of experience in art and product photography, Clements Photography and Design, I am excited to see what this father/daughter team comes up with together.
And after all the work they’ve put into renovating the space over the last couple months, while keeping up their photography all the while, it looks fantastic. I would also love to find a printer like this (but for fabric printing) for myself…
I found this beautiful old sweater at my mom’s, and snagged it for wearing around the studio… which apparently is the draftiest room in our apartment. Unfortunately the sweater had several large holes, at both elbows and a couple other spots on the arms, and frayed at the cuffs. The color is one my mormor (grandma) always wore, so I have a certain emotional attachment to it… but I avoided using it for fear it would unravel more. Until I had an idea. Needle felting! And somehow I just happened to have the perfect color match in wool roving. By no means is it suitable for wearing out, but it’s subtle enough and prevents further damage. And now I have another cozy house sweater.