Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March, Marches On...

March is nearly over and I have been fortunate that there has been an  upswing in sales of my Messenger Bag in Brown Canvas. A huge thanks to all my customers for making this such a busy month.  This week I am feeling especially rushed, as I am trying to finish another messenger bag order that came in over the weekend and I leave for vacation on Thursday.  Ha, and I still haven't packed and wanted to post a few more items in my shop, but perhaps when I return.

I did squeeze in some time to list the following items:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Lounging on a Sunny Winter Afternoon

Winter in South Florida is a wonderful thing.  After days of stormy weather in Florida, the clouds cleared and the air was comfortably in the mid 70s.  Although I was suppose to be locked away in my studio working on my two recent sales, I took a few minutes to enjoy the sunny winter afternoon. 

The view from my lounge chair...and apparently, I wasn't the only one to enjoy the lovely sunny day.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sewing Weekend - Hey Buy Handmade!

Promoting myself has been on my mind lately and I have been itching to get back to creating and sewing.  I have so busy working on my bedroom remodel project that I have had no time to add new items to my shop.  I guess I should add that it's not just one shop, as I have two shops on Etsy, HM Mills & Haute Bridal.  In addition to Etsy, last year I also opened a shop on 1000 Markets and opened another shop at Zibbet.com in December.

All these shops in the past two weeks have resulted in four sales, two being the Brown Canvas Messenger Bag.  As I have been working on these bags, I have been thinking about the customers who chose to forgo the normal avenue by buying something that was mass produced and took a chance on an unknown.  Perhaps they know that a lot of pride and care will go into making their product.

So with that thought, I say support handmade and local artisans.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

It's Thursday

Where has the week gone?

So much going on, I sold two items, another Brown Canvas Messenger Bag & the Charm Tag Necklace - Even Monkeys Fall from Trees in addition to a custom order charm tag necklace. 

The nice thing about the two charm orders is that they came from my 1000 Markets Shop, which I have to admit, I had sorta forgotten about...

Although, the bedroom has been quite an undertaking and time stealer, I have managed to start work on all three orders.  However, I am approaching the two week mark on their orders, so not what I would call the best customer service.  So that said, after work today, I plan on finishing the necklace and custom order and with luck will ship those out tomorrow.  The Messenger Bag will probably take part of Saturday to complete. My house is a mess as the contents of my closet and bathroom are in the dining room and kitchen. Our unusual cold winter has killed most of my landscaping and the weeds are overgrowing in the flower beds.  So much to do and I am itching to start other sewing projects, make a few bags with some fabric I have been dreaming about...

So what have I been dreaming about...Laura Gunn's newest line, the Poppy Collection...just dreamy.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Still Working on the Bedroom

A quick update on the bedroom...after several days of painting, I am exhausted.   Aside from some touch up painting can almost be crossed off the list:
  • Finish Painting
  • Pull up the protective paper from the floors
  • Clean up
  • Install toilet 
  • Schedule an appointment for the Shower Door measurements 
  • Install Shower Doors
  • Find a counter top
  • Find Sink 
  • Find and buy a mattress
  • Window Treatments
  • Duvet Cover & Linens
  • Lamps
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Purchase new TV
  • Find some accents to make the room feel cozy

The bedroom furniture was delivered last week and this past weekend the mattress arrived. Although I don't the right size linen (I just ordered it from West Elm), DH and I decided not to wait and just threw down a flat sheet and some blankets.  That first night after several weeks of sleeping on a full/queen with a tall man, was like sleeping on a cloud...