Based on the response I received from Tuesday's post, I'm not alone in having trouble finding gifts for men.
I stitched up 6 bags--three prints in two different sizes. These are now available in my shop. If there is a specific print you would like to see, just ask and I will see what I can do (within reason, of course.)
Click the images to take you directly to the listing.
How perfect is the khaki with anchor lining for a US Naval officer? I can say that because I'm married to one ☺️
Check them out and tell me what you think!
Men are the most challenging group to sew for, in my opinion. Leather Dopp kits, grilling tools and hipster-inspired beard accessories are the most frequent finds if you search Etsy for "gifts for men."
That just doesn't work for the men in my life!
A custom bag request for an engineer inspired this bag. Before I get hate mail about women engineers, I get it!! This would be a great gift for women too, but this happens to fill the head-scratching question people like myself ask this time of year--What to get for him??
An unassuming khaki bag from the outside, but a fun and personal lining hiding on the inside. Choose a lining based on whatever he likes best.
What would he use it for? Travel, electronic cord storage, sunglasses...think of ways someone would use a plastic zip baggie. The possibilities are endless!
This is inspiring me to do some holiday gift planning.
I hope this finds you making plans to relax and enjoy the gorgeous fall weather (at least it's beautiful here in Rhode Island right now).
If you find some reading time, grab a cuppa and check out these posts I found interesting this week:
What are you working on this week? Here are some of my works-in-progress.
Above--wet bags, aka swimsuit bags. It may not be beach weather anymore, but lots of kids take swim lessons year round. A wet bag is a must!
A drool-worthy new magazine, Simply Moderne Quilts and Crafts. I just picked this up today at Barnes and Noble and oh my goodness it's gorgeous! The quilt inspiration is endless. It was quite pricey ($17.99), issue #2, published in France (then translated and printed here in the US), but I have a strong need to support good print magazines when so many have fallen lately. I haven't read through all of it yet, but can't wait. The cover quilt is simply stunning.
Goodie bags in progress!
A new digital sewing pattern is in the works--I'm rather excited about this one. Those who are familiar with my earlier days, consider this a blast from the past, but the DIY version.
Something just for me. I've set a lofty goal for myself in the coming months to expand the handmade section of my wardrobe. This will be a simple A-line skirt.
What's on your cutting table? (not to be confused with a filmmaker's cutting floor...)
Artisans like myself have been thinking about and planning for the holiday season since, oh, about June. Hopefully it is a very busy time of year for me, and to make it less stressful, I like to plan ahead.
If there is a specific color ribbon you want, but don't see offered, just ask!
Now that I'm on a Show Sabbatical, I can focus entirely on stocking and maintaining my Etsy shop. Here are some recently added items, all freshly photographed. Clicking the photo will take you directly to the item in my shop.
There is still a large stack of items waiting for their moment of fame in front of the camera. Editing takes longer for me than the actual photo shoot, so check back each day this week for newly added shop items!
This week I had planned two blog posts. Since it's already Wednesday when I sit to write, one is about all I'm going to manage.
Hangovers. They are real in the world of small business. A two-day craft fair, such as the one I attended last weekend at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, leave you with quite a hangover.
It was a lovely event once the rain and arctic chill of Saturday passed. But Saturday was a long haul.
Not only does an artisan need to physically recoup from hauling, setting up and staying warm, but there is emotional recovery from running your business from the middle of a muddy hay field for two straight days. I forget how many customers I talked with (enough to give me a scratchy throat from so much talking!). The vast majority were absolutely lovely--I thank you for that. But there are always the 1%-ers, though, who make you feel like crap. Tossing my bag onto the (muddy) ground because you didn't like the price tag? Really? The other dozen people who picked up the same bag and complimented my embroidery skills--well you're just good people, thank you!
There is much work immediately following a fair. Follow up newsletter sign ups, restocking inventory, accounting and tax paperwork. Then there's the huge (for me) task of photographing things that didn't sell for my Etsy shop. And orders I put off while prepping for the show.
Lots to keep me busy this week, so one post will suffice. I know you understand.
This Saturday will be my last in-person event of 2015. I'll have a full tent at the Aquidneck Growers Market from 9-1 at Newport Vineyards. That means NO holiday craft fairs. Nothing is on my schedule, nor will it be, until at least next Spring. Trust that I have my reasons. I'm thinking of it as a show sabbatical.
Shop with me this Saturday, or in my soon-to-be-filled-to-the-brim Etsy shop this holiday shopping season. Locals should feel free to contact me, I will still be offering free local delivery to Aquidneck Island.
Until Saturday, my show hangover might make me sneak in a nap here or there.
This weekend, October 3-4 is a huge family-oriented fair here on Aquidneck Island. The Norman Bird Sanctuary holds a two- day event with games, food, harvest competitions (flowers, veggies, jams, pies, etc.), a beer garden, potato sack races, pony rides and most importantly--an artisan tent with 70+vendors. I'll be there!
Wear your wellies, it's going to be a soggy one, but the fair is held rain or shine. As their latest update says, 22,000 square feet of fair is under tent cover.
Check out some of my newest products at special show prices! Start your holiday shopping early.
Choose reusable, not disposable.
I hope to see you there!
10-5 both days
Visit their website for directions and more info.
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.