Do you handmade?

I’m inspired by my poll: only one voter said that none of the gifts they give are handmade.  In an effort to make it a little more exciting to buy handmade gifts, I want to tell you all about an awesome movement going on over at Etsy.  It’s a win-win-win situation.  One person gets an awesome gift, one person gets a sale, and one person (you) gets to feel warm and fuzzy.  Throw another win in for Etsy, since they get their commission fees.

It’s called a Sneak Attack.  It was started (I do believe) by PhippsArt as a way to promote people will zero or very few sales.  Every weekday, someone sponsors a sneak attack.  They set the time and promote the “attack” in the Etc. section of the Etsy Forum.  Only the sponsor and PhippsArt knows who the lucky shop will be that day until it’s announced.  Announcements are made on The Handmade Movement site.  You can also find this week’s schedule and all past Sneak Attacks on the site.  Just take a look at those stats!

I’ve participated in one Sneak Attack so far, and it would be lovely to participate in more.  Unfortunately, right now my checkbook is telling me to stop spending money.  So unless I receive a lot of sales, I have a moratorium on spending money on non-essentials.

Now… Go buy handmade!

October 31, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . etsy, handmade. 5 comments.

Stalling?

Not any more than usual…  I’m taking a very small break from my sewing schedule to show of one of my favorite sights.  It’s utterly simple, but to me it’s heartwarming.

I try to be an energy conservationist, I really do, but my machine light often goes overlooked, especially if I plan to sew when I come back from wherever I went.  So as I turn the corner into my room, I feel a little gooshy when I see my way illuminated by my machine.  It’s really comforting on these evenings when the sun goes to bed at such an unreasonable hour (yet refuses to get up early to make up for it).  It’s a little like those commercials that end “We’ll leave the light on for ya’,” which would be an exceptional ad campaign if only I could remember the hotel chain.

I would also like to point out how much I appreciate my MacBook.  I uploaded a ton of pictures just now, some of which I took back in August.  My old Dell never would have told me I took them in August, but my MacBook is seriously on top of things.  Not only that, but it didn’t lump them all into one blob; each photo session was magically grouped together.  I am impressed by you, Apple.  I will never doubt you again, so please do your best not to fail me.

Back to work!

October 29, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . pictures. 1 comment.

Welcome to Suckville, population: Me.

Every so often a project comes along that makes me want to give up sewing all together.  I am, by nature, a quitter, and I would probably give up on just about everything given the chance.  However, three years ago, my boyfriend told me to just pick something to become obsessed with (“I recommend sewing,” he said) and run with it.  So I can’t very well give up on sewing.  Also, I would actually miss it.  I miss a lot of the other things I’ve given up on, but some of that is more regret than anything.

I wasn’t going to do a post on this item until after Christmas, but I truly, truly despise it.  I hate this project so much that I literally want to throw it away.  The idea of throwing it away makes me want to cry, because I’ve put a fair amount of work into it, and it’s really quite cute.  But the craftsmanship sucks.

I will say this much: I have my entire sewing life been fairly adamant that I’m not a quilter.  I’ve started quilts, talked about making quilts, I even help people plan quilts.  But I don’t finish them.  I’ve decided I don’t mind making the quilt top.  I’ve accepted this much.

See?  It’s a cute quilt.  Let’s ignore the fact that my top and my backing fabric don’t always match up.  That can be hidden and trimmed, right?  Right?  Maybe not.  What do I know?  I’m not a quilter.  I feel confident that these words should go on my headstone: She was not a quilter.  For proof that I am not a quilter, I feel the need to reiterate that I hate hand sewing.  A lot.  I hand sew the small bits on sock monkeys, and that’s about all I have the patience for.  That being said…

This is really one of the better corners.  I could correct the piss-poor mitering if not for the errant stitching you see about 1/4″ from the corner.  That’s from stitching the other side of the binding in place.  Remember, I don’t hand sew, and I’m sure as hell not going to hand sew an entire quilt binding.  I’ve known some people who find that process relaxing, and more power to them, but I find it frustrating and tedious.  Oh, no thank you.

I honestly don’t know what more to say about this.  I guess it’s up to Rocketdog now.  I don’t think I can rip out the binding again.  I’ve done it once already.  Sadly, this is the better of the two attempts.  I know it’s a joke that she always ends up with my prototypes, and my prototypes usually have some problems, but I feel really bad about this one.  I feel bad that what could potentially be my niece’s blankey is so poorly stitched.  I can safely say, however, that this will not be a Christmas present.  I feel like Christmas presents should be more special than this.

And I just realized that I really need to rethink the quilt I was going to make for my bofriend’s mother.  Is Christmas over yet?  For the record, everything else I’m making it’s 100% tried and true.  I’ve made them before, successfully, and I feel confident I can make them again.

October 28, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . crafting life, handmade, pictures. 3 comments.

If you happen to be in or near St. Cloud this weekend…

Head on over to the St. Cloud National Guard Armory (1710 8th St N/Veterans Drive) between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, October 25 for the Women of Today Shopping Boutique.  There will be all sorts of great vendors as well as a “Kids Karnival.”

Silver Pear Designs will be there in all our glory, vending headbands, wallets, totebags, buttons, cozies, and hair snaps.

We have tons of new cozies, some clearance, and even a special offer that’s only available at craft sales!

It should be a fun time.  In honor of the Kids Karnival, my little girls’ headbands are only $5!

October 23, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . announcements, craft shows. 3 comments.

Testing a new feature

Subtitle: Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolly, lolly, lolly…

In honor of the new PollDaddy feature on WordPress, I have decided to come up with a poll.

That was painless.  I hope to have more in the future!

October 22, 2008. Tags: , , , , . blogging, handmade. 3 comments.

Just when I thought it was safe to think about Christmas…

Jenna and I found out the folks at No Coast Craft-O-Rama had an opening they were willing to offer us.  But we had to act fast.  Even though I’m terrified of taking any more time off this fall (it’s a hairy time in retail to think about requesting days off… Christmas, you know), there was no way we could turn down No Coast.

I’ll post this information again closer to the actual sale, but for now I’m excited to say that Silver Pear Designs will be found here:

So, I no longer feel safe with the inventory I have.  No Coast will give us the opportunity to shake or crafty money-makers, and I need to be as well stocked as I posibly can.  Despite that, I did manage to get 75% done with a Christmas present that I can’t even pretend to talk about here.  People might see it, and that would ruin the surprise.  I think we’ll be looking at two months of me not posting the things I’m working on, because I’d rather not ruin any surprises.

NO COAST!

October 17, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . announcements, craft shows. 3 comments.

I’m not going to lie…

Saturday’s show in White Bear Lake sucked. At least I got a fair amount of knitting done, right? Our table didn’t recoop booth fees (though we weren’t TOO far off), so we still have a ton of product left for the rest of our shows this season. Which actually feels like a blessing. I don’t feel like I have to stress out. I feel like I can actually make things for myself and maybe get a jump start on making things for Christmas… Of course, I would have to figure out what I want to make people for Christmas, but at least I have a little time for that now.

Actually, I think that’s what I would like to start doing. Less blogging, more sewing. I do lament not buying serger needles while I had the chance today. Shucks!

October 13, 2008. Tags: , , . crafting life. Leave a comment.

And then the following Saturday….

Our weekends are filling up FAST over at Silver Pear Designs.

On Saturday, October 18th, 2008, we will be selling at the North Dale Annual Fall Craft Show.

We will have a great cozy special going on, which is only available at our shows, a TON of brand new cozy designs (30+), and we will have a lot of great cozies on clearance!

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The sale will be held at the North Dale Recreations Center from 9am-2pm.

1414 N. St. Albans, St. Paul, MN. Hope to see you there!

October 2, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , . announcements, craft shows. Leave a comment.

Danger Kitty Designs–Live!

The first craft sale of the season is less than two weeks away.  Keep your October 11 open, because you won’t be disappointed.

Follow the graphic to the Crafted Together blog for more information on the event.  You will find me and my loverly wares under (or behind) my sweet Silver Pear Designs banner.

October 1, 2008. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.