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shop’s open!

23 Sep

Soooo, I’ve finally listed some items in my etsy shop. Yay! You can take a peek here and here and here too.

It’s all baby stuff right now, but I’ll be making more adult totes and cushion covers shortly. I’m very excited about this. Like very, very excited.

Here’s a cute pic of some of my stuff in action! And, by stuff I mean the pacifier tether and my little mover and shaker!

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it was a productive nap time. with a bit of nostalgic inspiration from my mum.

11 Sep

We’ve been lucky enough lately to be in a bit of a nice routine at home. Evie goes down for her morning nap and James relaxes with a snack and a show while I sew. I like this.

IMG_3653Today’s nap was a productive one, I made a bandana bib and a zippered pouch out of the tie dyed fabric from the other day. It was a good opportunity to test out a different size of pouch as I haven’t settled on sizes yet. I do know however, that I’ll be selling a small one and a big one! I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out.

And, on a slightly different note. I’m here at my mum’s house and she went into her basement of treasures and brought up some old art and design books. These bring back memories for me. I would refer to them when doing school projects. I opened one up called “Hands-On Design” and this is what I saw:

IMG_3666A super cool example of DIY button making. This kid LOVES DIY button making!! Thing is though, you’d see this guy on Queen St. today and he’d be the coolest person around.

 

IMG_3670Then I turned the page and I just had to share this Josef Albers designed alphabet. I really love the simplicity of the shapes (only 10 used in the whole thing). I’m a fan of the colours too.

My mum has always got something interesting to find in that deep dark basement of hers.

the results are in….

9 Sep

And I’m not too sure about it. It was definitely a learning experience, that’s for sure. What I learned was that I don’t need to let the fabric sit for 24 hours. Man did the dyes ever saturate. I also applied the dye directly, as opposed to immersing it so, I’m sure that’ll make a difference when I do it again. That and the black looks like green – not what I was going for. IMG_3621

More experimentation is definitely needed and I’m not discouraged. The samples that I did still turned out pretty cool so, I’ll sew those into something. What’s next in this department is to play with making my own natural dyes as well as playing with how long to let the stuff soak.  I can see it all coming together in my head, it’s just getting there will be there interesting part – not to mention messy!!!

Oh, and my hands aren’t blue anymore!

 

 

i got excited

8 Sep

I got excited because I’m experimenting with tie dying and I wanted to dive in and didn’t put gloves on so now I have blue hands. which is fine. Just don’t call me a smurf…

This’ll be interesting because I have zero experience with this. Could be a bust, but fingers are crossed. Results to follow tomorrow.

it’s been a while and i miss you

6 Sep

IMG_3550I’ve been busy working on a few things including this little darling. She’s already 8 months old!! It’s been a whirlwind but I think I’ve got my bearings which means I can think of other things like sewing and screen printing!!!

What little Evie is holding on to in the photo are little rattles that I’ve sewn up. They’re hand printed and sewn by me out of unbleached cotton, soft flannelette and black corduroy for some interesting texture.

I’m going to be adding to this website as well as to my etsy shop bibs & pacifier tethers for babies and also an assortment of screen printed bags and totes & cushion covers in the next little while. So stayed tuned for more. …I’m VERY excited to finally have this part of my life up and running again!

update!

20 May

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Well, it may seem like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth lately. And, after two disappointing false starts to the spring craft show season I’m pleased to say I’ll be taking part in the Toronto Etsy Street Team Springtime Marketplace on June 1st at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture from 11:00 to 5:30!

I’ll be selling some new dog bandanas, sunglasses cases and the Super Lovey Bunnies and maybe some new bag designs if I can squeeze it in!

Also, in July and August I’ll be vending as part of the Gifts of My Hands Summer Craft Market at Sorauren Park Fieldhouse (50 Wabash Ave.) That’ll be July 29th and August 26th from 3:00-7:00pm

Woo hoo!!!

See y’all there! … I promise 😉

one month’s worth of sleeps

21 Mar

Hey folks!

It’s less than one month away! The Spring Made By Hand Show that is. I’ll be in booth #85 selling lotsa great stuff including totes, bibs, stuffies and hopefully some new screen printed items! oh, and dog bandanas too!!

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