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Shop Update!

I have been working hard to fill up the shop with some new products.

Its been weeks in the making.

Everything in the shop is on sale. I also lowered my shipping for Cyber Monday.

Since I still have a few more items to list later today I will keep my sale going until Tuesday night.

To see more from my shop just click on this link.

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Its a Good Thing

I have been waiting for two weeks for this day! One of my favorite artitsts released his new album.

I love the genuine story behind his album, which he talks about here on his blog.

I love his first single, The Leave Behind. If you go to the album page you can get a preview.

I have been working a frenzy on several projects. I will take some time to get some new photos. For now I am going to enjoy the new music and get to work.

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Snapshots

As promised I have few snapshots of my work space.

The photos don’t really capture the craft anarchy.

I didn’t want to broadcast my mess.

I have been having fun the last three weeks discovering new techniques and playing with new yarn. This week I complete a few dolls to post online and start sewing linings and totes (more on that later).

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Horror-filled Weekend

I am pressed for time. I have a lot of work, a lot of prep, and a lot of deadlines coming up.

Which is to say I will be watching a lot of movies. I will make time for a few TV shows like say: Project Runway, The Rachel Zoe Project, South Park, Pushing Daisies and Hell’s Kitchen.

But the thing I am most excited about are the horror movies. I have a lot of movies lined up on my Netflix queue.

Gotta admit I’m kind of scared.

I like horror movies. I prefer to rewatch the classics for Halloween but…I am a little terrified of foreign films.

American horror movies are predictable. For me I can glean very little enjoyment out of American films. Its the foreign films that scare the crap out of me.

I think the loss in translation has little to do with it. Truly successful horror movies…could scare you without dialogue…so I would say that foreign filmmakers are fearless when it comes to what is put on screen.

For now I want to focus on one of my few favorite American thrillers:

Blood Simple

The movie was not what I thought. The director’s, Coen brothers, have a special place in my heart. They carve out humor in the most surprising places and they can build terror into the mundane of settings.

This film was for me reminiscent of Hitchcock. What startled me is how realistic it felt.

The characters in this movie are ordinary and without charm. Initially I could not relate to them. There is a catalyst. And one character has to make a difficult choice.

What happens in the aftermath is pure chaos.

It is a truly bittersweet journey to the end of the movie.

I could not help but think that this film was most disturbing because it feels as though it could happen now. It is as though you read about this same incident in a newspaper.

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Hooray!

I have a lot of work to do before this day is over. I just thought I should mention that after a very long night I have a new ad for my shop!

The picture is from my new shop mascot! She is about 2 inches tall and an inch wide. She also happens to be a finger puppet.

I have a few coming into the shop this weekend. For now they need some finishing.

Oh my ad can be seen online on one of my favorite blogs, The Dainty Squid. I love visiting her blog. In my younger more rebellious youth I used to browse through antique shops and hunt for awesome vintage wares.

Seeing her thrift finds remind me of those moments.

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Hello! How are you today?

The craft show was an interesting venture.

I am by nature a shy person. Why then did I participate in a craft show? I had not interacted with a customer before this point. I wanted to know my strengths and weaknesses. Here is what I have learned.

First and foremost my strength was display and quality. Other than a few knitters who could not bear the idea of buying any knitted item I had several people come by to look at my table.

As far as weakness goes I had several slip ups:
-could not close the sale, which is to say I found myself saying the wrong thing or saying too much and scaring off a customer by trying too damn hard.

-humility, I was very quick to move away from my own price point. Even when a customer was about to purchase an item I would be quick to lower the price. Ugh.

-unbearably awkward, it got to the point where I was not sure if I was smiling or grimacing. I was not breezy or inviting but tired and desperate to pack up my table. Which was a shame because more people came by in the afternoon than earlier in the day.

I am not prepared to slink away. I am a stubborn cancer (astrology sign) which means that I am only going to keep on working.

First thing I need to get down pat is my pitch. Not necessarily some scary tactic to get people buy things…I mean quite simply I have to know my products better than I know my own name. I need to be able to describe the process of making every item.
I also need to stand up and get out from behind the table. It was as though the table was there to keep people at bay. Well that worked a little too well.

I also need to be myself. I am prone to talking too much, quick to smile and likely to chew your head off about some new tv show or a great sale at Target.

Good experience all around. Next time I will get some sleep and drink more coffee.

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Preoccupied

I have been busy. For a while now. But that is because I have an itty bitty secret.

I will be in a local craft show in about two weeks.

I have been creating non stop for weeks now. I have been too busy to photography…to blog. I am hoping to fill my little table up with all sorts of awesome new products.

The image above makes me happy. It reminds me of fall.
I have a lot of new goals for this fall. My shops will be going through a transformation.

This week I will be trying to get some photos of all the new items. This weekend I will have a sneak peek for the blog.
Have a great week.

** Both of my shops are currently on vacation until after the craft show. I just won’t have the time to ship anything out. **

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Its the small things

So happy right now. I am busy sewing, knitting and designing.
This startling productivity brings to mind an important question, why now?

The answer is quite simply, sleep.

I started getting up early. Which in turn means I have started going to bed early. Which results in a happy more productive self.

The goal for this week is to keep up the pace and maybe if I am good I will watch a movie that has been in my netflix queue for years:


My Neighbor Totoro

I will post some progress pictures later this week.

Enjoy the week, its full of potential!

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Knee Deep

I have been knitting and sewing in a frenzy.
If I were to put down my pair of knitting needles I would be just as likely to pick up a needle and thread.

Even watching tv or eating breakfast has become a multi-tasking wonder. On Thursday I made pancakes and fried eggs for breakfast while also knitting and making a new doll pattern.

Its an endless cycle.

The goal is too keep up this momentum for the next two weeks. More on that later.

For now I have a tiny pile of blue fabric just waiting to be sewn up.

You wouldn’t know it to look at it but all of that fabric represent the limbs and torso of two new plushies.

Sounds gory. I promise that no plushies are being harmed.

I will have more sneak peeks tomorrow.
Have a great weekend!

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Shop Update

I woke up this morning to a brief moment of clear skies, a rare treat thanks to the monsoon season in AZ, I leapt out of bed and took as many pictures as humanly possible.

It was hilarious. I was a whirling dervish.

I now have a selection of mini-clutches and accent pillows in my shop.


Adding to all of this mayhem I gathered up a few choice items in my Etsy store and put them into a new section, Under 5.00 dollars.

AND

Over at my Big Cartel shop, Rx Knits, I lowered all the prices by 50%. Shocking I know.

It seems drastic but I have a new line of knitted bags coming out. Much more structured and luxurious. I would rather focus on that scale of craftsmanship for the fall.
So these knits are getting a necessary price drop.

Next week just proper blog entries. Thats a promise!

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