Create Overload

I’m beginning to think I have a serious problem. I have a bad case of the don’t want to do its. I keep thinking up a hundred different things I want to do instead of working on product for my No Coast/Handmaidens weekend or even Christmas presents.

I have four bags, ten cozies, and twelve wallets cut out and waiting for assembly.

I have no fewer than twelve presents I would like to make. In fact, I only have one present made and one cut out. Some of them are really quite easy.

And yet, I would like to make a hat, a skirt, a secret bag, homemade bagels, red velvet cupcakes… I keep saying, “after Christmas,” but the pull is ridiculously strong. So strong, in fact, that I’m writing this entry on my iPod from work.

It’s all I can think about! I can’t even focus on all the fabric I need to find a home for…


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.


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!

Today’s the day!

It is only by the grace of Tylenol PM that I was able to sleep last night.  I’m nearly certain that I had many, many dreams regarding the sucess or failure of Craftstravaganza, but I was too drugged up to care (Yes, I’m a lightweight–Tylenol PM is the strongest drug I have ever given myself.)

backwards banner

That there is the evil twin to our banner.  This banner will help you find our table, so keep an eye out for the ginormous pear.  I’ll be the short, tired one underneath it.  It’s FAR cooler in real life.  After the show, I’ll post pictures and a description of the creation of a banner.

Here’s to selling out!

ETA: I re-read this entry, and realized my sentences make little sense.  I am leaving it this way, however, to show how my brain works at 5:30 am.

Back into the swing of things

The holidays are over, I’m back from my vacation, I’m starting to get my work space cleaned up… That means it’s time to start working again.  I am already accruing a fine list of craft shows for 2008.  I’m already locked in (as much as anyone can be, I suppose) to  four shows (Feb, May, Oct, Dec), and I have a very good chance at at least two or three more (Apr, Jun, Dec).

I have been telling everyone that my 2008 resolution is to donate my hair (I’m chopping it all off in about 3 hours!) , but I think my true resolution is to stay on top of my craft.  With a potential of seven-plus craft shows and the Etsy shop, I need to be sewing just about every day.  Cleaning, too.  I can’t let myself get so disorganized. If anyone has any advice on time management and organization, please feel free to share it.

Sale Recap

The Handmaidens’ Craftmas was an amazing success.  The sale was wonderful for a first run, and I definitely can’t wait for the February sale.  The setup went without a hitch–Ang and Sarah had the tables all mapped out, and two hours was plenty for us to get everything set up and looking pretty for our eager guests.  We had people busting down the door to shop at 10 am when we opened, and it remained really fast paced until 3pm.  From there it slowed down, but it was a very welcome relief.  It gave sellers a chance to finally get up and walk around without having to worry about their booth.

I had success with my sales, but my greatest success was completely unexpected:

A woman bought a headband from me, and pulled her wallet out to pay.   I noticed the fabric matched a cozy I was selling.  Then it hit me!  It was my wallet.  Not my personal wallet, but one I was selling at I Like You.  I told her I made her wallet, and she said she bought it a few days ago, and was already getting a ton of compliments on it.

It was a proud moment, indeed!