Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Nice long weekend break!

Well after the long weekend due to Memorial Day holiday, we got back into town last night. We went to the lake and it was plenty HOT to swim. I actually did get a little sun. We all needed a break, since the girls are now offically on summer time!!! I am going to try to get into my garden this week and finish what I started over 3 weeks ago. Then hopefully I will sit down and make a list of serious goals for the summer in my Etsy shop. First being to try to create this purse that has been floating around in my head for about a month. I need to sit down and draw it out. This is a flaw in my sewing. I usually kinda just start cutting. Teehee!!! I will do it right this time.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Extra work of bat quilting my handbags

Ever since I started this little business of making handbags and accessories I have been questioning the extra work ( and money) it takes me to buy then put the quilt batting in all my items. It adds so much extra time plus it does terrible things to my sew machine. The batting fibers get all inside my machine so I have two clean my machine every few days. Working with the thickness also is very tricky adding to it that I often use heavy weight interfacing in addition to batting to give more structure. So the big question is -Why do I do it? I could do what all the other bag makers do and just use interfacing. Just for fun I made myself a zipper pouch like all the others- man- that was fast, easy and alot cheaper!!! But did I like it as much? No- not even close- it felt and looked basic. Now don't get me wrong- I think some of my competitors are awesome!!! I am the only one on Etsy that does bat quilting of all my things, that I know of. But getting my uniqueness of my bags out there has been so difficult. Can't tell from a pic, can't get it across in my descriptions- only my customers know once they get their orders.
Will I stop doing it? NO!!! Because it goes back to what I always keep telling myself- I have to like and believe in my work!!! Please give me your thoughts and Thanks in advance!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

New purse- really liking it!!!

I am really liking my new purse that I just listed. If it does well in shop I may decide to keep making this style. The removable clips make it great for if you just want a clutch type instead. Deciding on fabrics, then coming up with new styles and trying to figure out if others will like them is really hard for me. I try to think outside my own tastes as much as possible. At some point I guess I need to just concentrate on what I would like to carry if I was in the market for a new handbag. I mean really lets face it-when items don't sell who is stuck with them!!! teehee

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Wholesale custom order done!

I did this custom order for 10 clutches this week. My complusion when I have a big job in front of me is just to get it done as soon as possible. Love all the colors in this pic.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Ginger is so good!

There is my little sweetie!!! She is looking a lot better once we found an eye doctor (vet) for her chronic eye condition. The meds the Vet put her on seem to be working!! 3 times a day I say to her " Ok Ginger I have to put medicine in your eye" and up on the couch she jumps. She patiently waits for me to put two different drops in her right eye. That is why Ginger is so good!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Simple Rose

On Mother's Day we were all getting ready to go out for an early Lunch. I prefer to eat my biggest meal then. So we were about to leave and my husband say " I will be right back". Well, my daughters and I are thinking where is he going now. He does this often- usually he doesn't even tell us when he leaves. About 10 minutes later he came in caring this beautiful rose!!!
I guess I'll keep him for now LOL!!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Tagged again!

Well I was tagged again by Amanda at Polyclarific and Artisian Jewelry. I of course could easily list 7 more facts and wierdo stuff about me since I have so many odd tendancies. But I won't go there just yet!! teehee.
I think today I am off to run errands (Target, Petsmart etc). I have been very bad since I started this handbag business about keeping the house a home. Don't get me wrong I have never been that idealitic wife and mother. I have always just done enough to get by- but this time I have let things slide so once again I am going to try to get organized. If I plan my day better then maybe I get still get all the things done I have to do and still do the things I want!!! Off to drop girls at school then to stores!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Which fabrics to buy?

I must say some of the hardest decisions I make is which fabrics to buy. What I like is often very different then what will sell. I find picking out fabrics so much easier when I have my daughters with me. Yesterday I went to a local quilting shop by myself, mainly looking for clip hooks. But they were having a 25% off sale- oh no!!! Well, I actually was very good and only bought 4 new fabrics. I think they all will be great but boy, do I have a hard time !!! I also don't buy large quanities because I maybe so wrong about what people will like. I tend to see how it goes. I guess that might be good since I try to create OOAK things. Now what to make is my next decision for today.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

I survived!

My daughters 13th birthday sleep over! It turned out calmer then I thought it would. That is probably because I was dreading it so. But the good thing about it besides having the fun of all those teenagers in my house was three of the girls bought purses! LOL My husband put Monty Python and the Holy Grail on about 10:00 pm which helped get a lot of laughs. Around 2:30 am I was able to finally get them to fall asleep so then I could also.

Saturday, May 5, 2007


HAPPY SNS for May 5, 2007
20% OFF everything in my shop!!!!!!!
I listed many new items this week so don’t forget Mothers Day!
5:00 pm EST until 6:00 am EST
Please put SNS in notes at check out and wait for revised invoice!!!

7 Things About Me You Probably Don't Give a @&%# About

I've been tagged by Gina at Mosaico to do this...
• Start with 7 random facts/habits about yourself• People who are tagged have to write their 7 things on their blog• Then choose another 7 people to get tagged and list their names• Don't forget to leave them a comment to tell them they have been tagged and to read your blog
1. I love Dogs
2. I can't stand to cook.
3. I will do the laundry- but never want to put it all away.
4. I have a weird sense of humor.
5. I read so much that I have checked out library books and start reading them only to realize I read it already!!!
6. I have to take a relaxing bath every night!
7. Even though I am an avid reader- I can't spell worth beans!
I'm tagging:,,,,,,

Thursday, May 3, 2007

New designed wallet -Side pocket JPAT

I am excited to introduce this wallet I came up with. I was inspired because I am a lazy shopper. I use my credit card 99% of the time when I shop and I thought what a handy wallet if the cards were on the outside pockets but safely snug within the slots with velcro. I worked on this awhile. I am not a inventive type of person, it took me a few attempts. I think it turned out well enough for me to list on my Etsy shop. I have two more I will list later. My goal is to try to get the size down alittle. It is abit bigger than I would prefer. With time and playing around that may come. Now here is the thing about coming up with new designs and ideas, I guess this might be copied! Well, it is not so special that there is problably something very similar out there. I will just have to deal with it LOL !!! Please let me know what you think? It is very hard for me to be objective in situations like this. Thanks

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Pink bloom!

I love this fabric! I just thought this was so pretty! I listed this wristlet today. Whenever I get new fabrics I have to hold on to them for about a week before I can decide what to make. I don't buy fabric in large quanities for fear of it not selling. So I give a lot of thought before I cut!