Summer has been much fuller than I anticipated, but all in very good ways. Blogging, not yet having found a rhythm in my work schedule, kept getting brushed aside for other tasks. I thought I would check in and show some of what I'm sewing right now. This is only a portion of what is on my to-do list! Though it's only mid-August, I already have holiday plans well underway. There will be a couple of new products coming soon, just in time for great gift ideas. If you want the latest and greatest, "like" me on Facebook and sign up for my email newsletter where I share show dates, new products, and all the uses you may not have thought of for my reusable bags.
The stack of fabric shown above is destined to become grocery bags.
Knitting project bags will be more plentiful in my shop and at shows other than fiber festivals.
A messenger-style book bag in the works.
Something to *maybe* organize the car.
A dress for myself--those darts nearly did me in. I actually found myself thinking--maybe a $15 dress from Old Navy is not such a bad thing after all. Then I snapped out of it once I tried it on and found how well it fit. Still needs a hem, but I'm so glad that I stuck with it!
An idea. It only exists on a sticky note so far.
Another idea. Maybe in time for the Harvest Fair in October. It's beyond sticky note and in pattern playing stage. The playing part takes a LOT of time, so it will be interesting to see if this happens this fall or not until next year.
Ready for crayon rolls! How could I not take advantage of back to school sales? The cashiers all thought I was crazy, though I tried to *just* buy 20 packs at a time.
Booth design idea for my upcoming shows. I'm always thinking reusable and sustainable, even in my booth hardware.
Another booth improvement--reusable chalkboard signs. I plan to share a short "how-to" soon here in this space. After recycling many paper signs, this reusable option that uses no plastic tape (not sure how much of that I went through in the past year), also has the bonus of unifying my overall look. After last week's farmer's market test-run, I have to say I really like the upgrade!
I'm still making custom orders. These shoes are part of a larger order going out tomorrow.
Last, but not least, I've been working on a complete studio overhaul and reorganization. This is not something I can do in a day, but am tackling corners of the room when I have a couple of hours here and there. The must-do-something-with-pile keeps getting larger, but the completed corners are wonderful to work in now. I plan to have a studio tour here on the blog when it's finished.
I can't bear to sign off with a picture of something that gives me a headache, so I'll leave you with this one. One of the lovely views I am privileged to have this summer while working at the Aquidneck Growers Market. It has been a wonderful summer, and I look forward to all that the fall has to offer!
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.