New Fabric Styles

I have started adding some new fabric styles in the shop. Here’s a little peek. If you don’t see them in the shop yet, the rest will be up by end of day today. And remember, the thanksgiving special of Free shipping continues all weekend. Thanks!

Hydrangeas in black

Hydrangeas in black with rings

Hydrangeas in blue

Hydrangeas in blue with red polka dots

professor "slight red stripe" cozy

professor “slight red stripe” cozy

Straw flowers

Straw flowers with yellow polka dots

Hydrangeas in blue

Hydrangeas in blue with yellow polka dots

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the Doe & the Mouse – Free Shipping This Weekend

ok. I admit it.

Hello!

I’ll be having a little Thanksgiving special this weekend in my Etsy Shop. From Black Friday (12/28) to Cyber Monday (12/1) I will be offering FREE SHIPPING on all items in the shop.

All listings will be updated to include this special during that time. I hope you can pop in and take a look. I’ll be adding some new items to the shop this weekend as well, so keep an eye out.

 

Thanks!

Kim

Photography for Etsy

More coffee sleeves cut out and ready to flip.

I’ve been having a tough time this weekend trying to figure out the best kind of photography for my Etsy shop. You can see here that when I photograph the coffee sleeves on the table against the green wall, the light and texture looks so good. But I have learned that using background colors different from the item itself discourages people from using these types of photos in Treasuries, collection that are sometimes chosen for the front page of Etsy.

New XOXO coffee sleeve

I don’t have a white or neutral colored wall in the room with the most light, so I decided to try a white curtain for the background. I don’t think it’s working out, though. The photo then becomes bleached out somehow. Or maybe my camera is just off.

Russian Dolls coffee sleeve

Anyway, I’ll be experimenting more. I hope this doesn’t affect item views!

Fly Brain Fabric

My printed fabric from Spoonflower arrived last week. I wanted to test it out first by getting a swatch. I decided on an image that my friend, a scientist, had made from one of her experiments – A Fly Brain!

color brain

I thought the darkness of the image would really test the limits of the printed fabric. And besides, the fly brain is so cool looking that if it came out well enough then it might be nice to make stuff with it. What stuff, you ask? I have no clue, yet. That’s why I took so long to post this. I wanted to make something and post all stages of the project, but that will have to wait.

fly fabric brain from Spoonflower

It’s pretty amazing looking, but this might not be the best use of Spoonflower. I think the colors are too dark. You can tell from the close up below that you lose some details compared with the original.

fly brain close up

All in all, it’s pretty amazing to order your own fabric, so I would definitely use them again… As soon as I come up with a great design. There are certainly people out there who have used Spoonflower in amazing ways, one of my favorites being The Small Object who made a letter to her niece on a quilt.

New To Do

 
Lazy cat being flat
 

Wow! Look at that amazingly lazy cat. I have been super busy these days, especially compared to him. Sometimes, it’s just not fair to see him so relaxed when I feel so stressed out.

I’m have finished my bulk order of coffee sleeves (Phew!), but all this time I have been making a mental list of the seemingly endless tasks/items to make before christmas. It doesn’t look like much, but it feels like a huge undertaking. The coffee sleeves alone will take forever, just because I feel like I need to make a million. I’ve been so stressed out about it, that I took a whole  week of vacation, so I could get a good head start. The boyfriend cautions that I MUST do some fun stuff for myself during that time, though, like a museum or movie, etc. We’ll see…

 

1. Austen’s Quilt – It’s almost done. Just need to add the binding.

2. Susan’s christmas orders – 2 Teacher’s Tote Bags and 1 insulated lunch bag. (I should make myself one of those, too)

3. A million coffee sleeves  – For the craft fair at the Brooklyn Lyceum.

4. Rose’s christmas orders – Well, that’s a surprise. Sorry!

5. A scarf for myself – It’s cold as shit now and I sold my own scarf last winter to the boyfriend’s sister in-law. 

6. RB’s scarf – black polka dots with a black flannel backing. Should be cute.

7. Yellow checkered scarf – That needs to be made. Then again, it is a fall or spring scarf. It could wait considering number 5 on the list.

Label Makin’

My cream herringbone ribbon finally came in from M&J Trims on Friday. Phew! I was getting a bit worried because the white ribbon is on back order and I have alot of coffee sleeves to finish up by the end of the week. 

This morning I set to work. It’s a time consuming process. A bit nerve racking as well because I am stamping the ribbon with fabric ink and I hate when it doesn’t come out perfectly. But all in all I have about 170 labels now – or at least that much because I may have lost count once or twice. More is always better, anyway.
 


 

I’m beginning to think I think it’s time to take the next step and order some real woven fabric labels instead of making my own. The stamping was supossed to be a temporary solution. I’m just not sure where to buy them. There are so many places online, it feels hard to choose. If anyone has a place they love, please let me know! I would love to hear from you.

Procrastination Inspiration

Mental dialogue last night…

Left Brain: Just what do you think you are doing, young lady?

Right Brain: Well, uh… You see I had these fabric squares. And I just thought maybe they would make cute coasters. I mean, everybody needs coasters.

Left Brain: Yeah, but nobody needs coasters when there are 130 coffee sleeves to make – right now. Focus!


sixty five coffee sleeves

 

I am a notorious procrastinator. I was born this way. I’ve gotten better, though, especially when things that I need to do are items that are paid for already. Yesterday, I was doing so well. I had 65 coffee sleeves cut out and sewn together (about the half way point to being done).

 

coffee sleeves

 

But somehow, things went awry. Suddenly I find myself matching up fabric squares and making 22 coasters.

 

coasters and cozies

“Procrastination Inspiration” has hit. That’s when you feel inspired to create something RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND… when you really should be doing something else.

I guess it’s okay, though. I still got a lot of work done.